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Manufacturing

DOE Awards More Than $3 Million For High Performance Computing Manufacturing

Published on September 22nd, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

The U.S. Department of Energy has granted almost $3.8 million for 13 industry projects in the High Performance Computing for Manufacturing Program, which operates in various national labs like LLNL, LBNL, Oak Ridge, and Sandia. The program combines DOE supercomputing capabilities and expertise with American manufacturers to improve innovation and industrial processes. Robin Miles, acting director of the HPC4 Manufacturing program, answered some questions about the projects, and Brandon Wood answered the ones related to KeraCel for CleanTechnica... Read More


Agriculture

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Space Station Earth

Published on September 22nd, 2018 | by Andy Miles

On Space Station Earth, there are millions of untrained, careless people, knowing nothing of the intricate balances that maintain the life-support system, creating mayhem and destruction on a daily basis. We obviously need an intensive training program to make all personnel aware of the safety protocols, and to have some idea of how the life-support system on Space Station Earth operates. ... Read More


Cars

70-Year-Old Goes On Australia Road Trip In Her Tesla Model S

Published on September 22nd, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

Electric vehicles aren’t just for young Silicon Valley hipsters. The latest to join the ranks of EV pioneers is septuagenarian retired farmer Sylvia Wilson, who recently drove a Tesla Model S all the way around the Australian coast — a trip of 20,396 km that consumed a mere $150.90 worth of electricity... Read More


Autonomous Vehicles

In Germany, E-Mobility Startups Are Filling The Gaps

Published on September 22nd, 2018 | by Matt Pressman

Last month, another remarkable milestone came to fruition for the Silicon Valley Automaker. Eric Loveday reports (via InsideEVs), "It’s hard to believe it, but indeed it’s true. In the month of August, the Tesla Model 3 alone outsold all passenger cars from BMW." Meanwhile, in Germany, legacy automakers are struggling to develop a cohesive strategy for their fledgling electric vehicle programs... Read More


Autonomous Vehicles

New Tesla Roadster vs. Bugatti Chiron — Nasty

Published on September 21st, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

Tesla’s next-generation Roadster has been making headlines ever since the Tesla Semi unveiling last year, where this futuristic all-electric supercar descended from the Semi trailer. Tesla aims to launch the Roadster in 2020 and recently teased a stunning new photo of the Roadster in white... Read More


Demand response

Effective Conferences On The Future Energy Grid: Future Grid Labs

Published on September 21st, 2018 | by Jesper Berggreen

Solarplaza has its roots in the solar industry. Since 2004 it has been organizing conferences and trade missions about different aspects of this industry. In the past 14 years, it has organized over 100 events in over 30 countries. From Solar Asset Management conferences in Tokyo, San Francisco, and Milan, to trade missions pushing solar development in Senegal, Mali, and Niger, Solarplaza has been trying to accelerate the uptake of solar PV in many different ways... Read More


Clean Power

New Jersey Makes Way For 1.1 Gigawatt Offshore Wind

Published on September 21st, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities voted unanimously on Monday to move forward with its expansive offshore wind development plans, opening an application window for 1,100 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind capacity, the largest single-state solicitation of offshore wind to date in the United States. ... Read More


Green Economy

The Citizen-Led Movement That Divested Berlin

Published on September 21st, 2018 | by The Beam

On Valentine’s Day 2015, a group of climate-conscious Berliners launched a campaign to openly pressure Germany’s public institutions to divest from the fossil fuel industry  --  the greatest driving force of the worldwide climate crisis. Inspired by 350.org’s international call to action, Fossil Free Berlin joined campaigns spanning the world, from Ukraine to the United States; Nepal to Japan... Read More


Cars

ICE Car Death Watch Trolls the Trolls

Published on September 21st, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

What do you first think when you see a picture of a burning car on Twitter? Tesla of course, since that's the public service announcement the media has drilled into our head. Also, you know, a gas tank can't catch fire and blow up. And even if gas was flammable, cars wouldn't be catching on fire every day, ya know... Read More


Clean Transport

How Tesla & Elon Musk Inspired Me To Start An Electric Vehicle Company

Published on September 20th, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

I've followed Tesla for years. I like Elon, and I love SpaceX. Every time I traveled from Germany to Los Angeles my first destination was always a little industrial area in Hawthorne, 10 minutes from LAX. SpaceX is located there. It's entirely different compared to my previous visits to the massive operations at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral. The Tesla Design Center and the Hyperloop test track are located there as well. I always come away inspired... Read More


Clean Transport

Electric Tractors Have Advantages Over Diesels

Published on September 20th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

Electric tractors have a number of advantages over their diesel counterparts. Most importantly, they don't produce CO2 emissions or other air pollution directly. It's true that the electricity they use is sometimes generated by natural gas or other fossil fuels -- or a blend of energy sources -- but eventually, some will run on electricity from only clean, renewable sources. ... Read More


Buildings

Corporate & Regional Leaders Launch Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment

Published on September 20th, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill

In what is being described as an "unprecedented" level of coordination between corporation and government, a group of 38 businesses, cities, states, and regions have partnered to launch with the World Green Building Council the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment that is intended to signal the start of a leadership movement towards decarbonising built environment... Read More


Cars

US BMW 3 & 4 Series Sales Roll Down Hill

Published on September 20th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Cover your eyes if you don't want to see something nasty. Following this sentence are two charts showing a clear collapse of BMW 3 Series sales in the ... Read More


Agriculture

Does The Future Of Agriculture Lie In Biomass?

Published on September 20th, 2018 | by The Beam

Biomass Energy Generation is the process where agricultural products are used directly to create electric power. This specific technology and process is critical in discussing the future abilities and resources for renewable mix in energy and power grids, and can contribute to the overall goal of moving toward entire dependence on renewable sources in rural areas relying on an agricultural basis for their economies... Read More


Cars

Bloomberg On Tesla — #Pravduh Gone Wild

Published on September 19th, 2018 | by Vijay Govindan

On September 17th, as a person living on Earth, I was so happy to see Yusaku Maezawa and Elon Musk announce they were sending artists to orbit the Moon via SpaceX’s BFR. It gave me hope that one day my family could go to space! A positive and uplifting message. Reality intruded and led me to anger and despair... Read More


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