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Clean Power

Record 29% Concentrating Solar Cell Aims At Low-Cost Manufacturing

Published on February 20th, 2019 | by Charles W. Thurston

A novel combination of high-grade spacecraft solar cell material and advanced light-concentrating lenses has yielded solar panels with a record 29% efficiency that may become available for general rooftop use by 2022. The crux in the commercialization of the planar optical micro-tracking technology will be cost-controlling manufacturing process, which is the current stage of study for Insolight, the cell developer... Read More


Clean Transport

34 Emerging Market Countries Where Electrification Is A Great Idea

Published on February 20th, 2019 | by World Resources Institute

Electrification is a key step to creating low-carbon cities. Replacing fossil fuel-powered vehicles, stoves, furnaces with electric alternatives reduces emissions and creates a host of other benefits. But not all cities are equally suitable for electrification. In some cases, electrification is impractical or can actually increase greenhouse gas emissions... Read More


Clean Power

The Polar Vortex And The Green New Deal: Theory Vs. Reality

Published on February 20th, 2019 | by Steve Hanley

Researchers at Wood Mackenzie studied electricity usage in the US during the recent polar vortex weather event and determined that there is insufficient renewable energy resources and battery storage available at present to keep the electrical grid operating during such times of high stress. ... Read More


Clean Power

SunPower Reports Mixed Q4 & Full-Year 2018 Results

Published on February 20th, 2019 | by Joshua S Hill

Silicon Valley solar manufacturer SunPower published its Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2018 financial results last week revealing relatively mixed results across the board, showing quarterly growth but well down on yearly metrics and falling well below market consensus. ... Read More


Cars

Which 5 Electric Vehicles Will Next Cross 100,000 Sales In A Year?

Published on February 20th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

I reported 11 days ago that the Tesla Model 3 was the best selling electric car in the world in 2018 (special thanks to Jose Pontes and EV Volumes for the data). What the data also showed, which I didn't specifically highlight, is that the Tesla Model 3 became the first passenger electric vehicle to cross 100,000 sales in a single year. At 145,846 sales, the car actually crushed that milestone... Read More


Cars

Over 140,000 Electrified Vehicles Delivered By BMW In 2018

Published on February 19th, 2019 | by Jake Richardson

BMW sold 142,617 electrified vehicles to customers around the world last year. This figure includes MINI vehicles as well as BMWs, and of course plug-in hybrids as well as fully electric vehicles. Over 50% of the sales occurred in Europe. Wieland Brúch, an expert on BMW Group Electromobility, answered some questions about the sales for CleanTechnica... Read More


Cars

China’s Passenger Electric Vehicle Sales Jumped To 91,000 In January, Suggesting 2 Million Total Sales In 2019 — CleanTechnica Report

Published on February 19th, 2019 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

The China EV sales count for January 2019 is in. China recorded 91,175 passenger electric vehicle sales in the month, and around 96,000 when adding on commercial vehicles sales. Meanwhile, with total vehicle sales dropping in China almost 16% year over year this January, gasmobiles continue their inevitable fall whilst EVs inexorably rise... Read More


Cars

EVRT Middle East Put Three EVs Head To Head In The Regeneration Challenge

Published on February 19th, 2019 | by Kyle Field

The Electric Vehicle Road Trip (EVRT) Middle East tested the limits of today's electric vehicles in a region of the world that would not be at the top of the list for EV adoption. This year, EVRT Middle East took participants up to the top of the highest peak in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to put the participating vehicles to the test in the Regeneration Challenge... Read More


Clean Power

Consumers Power Stop-Work On New Solar Sparks Fire of Protest

Published on February 19th, 2019 | by Charles W. Thurston

Michigan’s Consumers Power has sparked a storm of protest over its inability to keep up with new solar requests for grid interconnection in its territory. Since the utility received over 2,400 interconnection applications in 2017 and 2018, compared with 215 in 2015, the increase in interconnection applications was “too substantial and too sudden” to cope with, it complained to the Michigan Public Service Commission... Read More


Clean Power

Why Minnesota’s Community Solar Program Is The Best

Published on February 19th, 2019 | by John Farrell

I’ve been asked a lot of questions about Minnesota’s community solar program over the past couple years and it’s time to make one thing clear: Minnesota’s program is the best in the country. Why? Because there 10 times more community solar projects in the queue—400 megawatts—in Minnesota than have been built in the history of community solar in the United States (40 megawatts)... Read More


Clean Power

Japanese Offshore Wind To Hit 4 Gigawatts In 2028

Published on February 19th, 2019 | by Joshua S Hill

Japan's nascent offshore wind industry is expected to increase dramatically over the next ten years, according to energy analysts Wood Mackenzie, who predict that by 2028 the island country will boast upwards of 4 gigawatts (GW) of offshore capacity, a 62-fold increase on 2018 figures. ... Read More


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