Coal

Total Number Of Coal Plants Plummeting Globally

Published on March 23rd, 2017 | by Joshua S Hill

The global total number of coal-fired power plants under development plummeted in 2016, including a 48% decline in overall pre-construction activity, a 62% decline in new construction starts, and a massive 85% decline in new Chinese coal plant permits. ... Read More


Clean Power

Canadian Solar Feeling Bite Of Falling Solar Prices

Published on March 23rd, 2017 | by Joshua S Hill

Canadian Solar published its fourth quarter and full-year 2016 financial results this week, and despite impressive and record-high shipment figures, the company finished the year well behind on revenue due in part to the massive cost declines we have seen in the global solar industry. ... Read More


Batteries

Tesla Wins Battery Innovator Of The Year (#CleanTechnica Original)

Published on March 23rd, 2017 | by Matt Pressman

With over 800 battery industry insiders in attendance, the International Battery Seminar featured Kurt Kelty, Senior Director of Battery Technology at Tesla, as its keynote speaker. The house was packed — it was standing room only to hear Kelty’s keynote. Kelty leads Tesla in forging key partnerships and battery cell material sourcing at the Gigafactory. He’s also responsible for material cost reduction efforts and the overall performance of Tesla's batteries. Before joining Tesla, Kelty worked at Panasonic for nearly 15 years. Sitting nearby (and listening intently) were competitors from other automakers like China’s BYD. Outside the conference hall, a gleaming BMW i8 was on display... Read More


Autonomous Vehicles

When Self-Driving Cars Must Make Ethical Decisions

Published on March 22nd, 2017 | by Carolyn Fortuna

Self-driving cars that kill to save? This is an ethical dilemma known as the “trolley problem.” A runaway trolley will kill people on either of two tracks. Which lever will you choose: the one that kills more people or fewer people? In either case, people will be killed, and you make the choice who lives and who dies... Read More


Cars

US Automakers Fighting Themselves & America — Stupid & Selfish? Or Are We Missing Something?

Published on March 22nd, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it, the old expression goes. After dropping their drawers and bending way over in supplication to the new president and his designated EPA wrecker Scott Pruitt, US automakers cheered when the putative president announced last week in Michigan that he is ordering a CAFE review for the standards due to take effect in 2025 — the same standards the Obama administration did its best to set in stone just before leaving office... Read More


Cars

Chevy Bolt Pricing Changes With The Wind

Published on March 22nd, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

The Chevy Bolt is now available in 7 states. If you want one, it may pay big dividends to shop around. In a pattern that is typical for clueless franchise dealers, some are offering steep discounts on the cars while others are tacking on equally steep dealer markups... Read More


Clean Transport

UK Navy Base Launches Electric Fleet With 48 Nissan e-NV200 Combi Electric Vans

Published on March 21st, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

The UK's Royal Navy is launching into the future in a way that values and protects the environment around the world as well as in the UK. Electric fleet purchases are heating up as EVs get more and more competitive, and the Royal Navy is just the latest high-profile example. A fresh electric fleet has been launched at Portsmouth Naval Base, sporting 48 Nissan e-NV200 Combi electric vans via onsite contractors BAE Systems. Defenceonline.co.uk reports... Read More


Autonomous Vehicles

Autonomous Delivery Robot Wants To Shake Up The Food Delivery Business

Published on March 21st, 2017 | by Kyle Field

Growing up, shows like the Jetsons and Wall-E promised kids around the world a future of robot-enabled leisure, with our time being spent on relaxation, space travel, and star gazing. A new personal delivery robot from Starship Technologies seeks to shake up food delivery with its good looks and speedy delivery capability on the road towards that dreamy sci-fi future... Read More


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