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Author Archives: James Ayre

Volvo Trucks To Share EV Battery Tech Across Brands

April 25th, 2018 | by James Ayre

Sweden's Volvo Trucks, a component of Volvo AB, has revealed that plans are now in the works to share electric vehicle battery tech across brands — which would mean that Mack Trucks (USA) and UD Trucks (Japan) could both end up utilizing the firm's' battery tech in the future


Over 95% Of World’s Population Live In Areas With Dangerous Air Pollution

April 25th, 2018 | by James Ayre

More than 95% of the world's population in 2016 (+7 billion) lived in areas with dangerously high levels of air pollution -- that is, in areas where WHO organization guidelines for air quality (themselves likely an underestimate) were exceeded. This is according to a new annual report from the Health Effects Institute (HEI)


Solar Technologies Of Days Gone By — Solar Thermal Trains, Solar-Powered Ice Cream Makers, & Solar Steam Engines

April 22nd, 2018 | by James Ayre

Solar energy has been exploited in direct capacities, for various purposes, well before solar photovoltaic cell and module technology became the most prominent example of "solar energy technology." Solar stills, solar cookers, sunlight concentrators, solar furnaces, solar fire starters, et cetera, have a long history of use and/or suggestion of use. For instance, there's fairly good evidence (though disputed by some academics) that solar fire-starters have been in use in Central Asia for a fair many thousands of years


Passive Solar Greenhouses, Solariums, & Pineapple Pits

April 22nd, 2018 | by James Ayre

As an addendum to our earlier article on passive solar house design basics, I thought that it would be worth providing an overview of some of the possibilities when it comes to the design of attached passive solar greenhouses and/or solariums


Police Arrest Porsche Powertrain Development Head In Germany

April 20th, 2018 | by James Ayre

The head of powertrain development at Volkswagen’s Porsche business, Joerg Kerner, has been arrested by authorities in Germany in relation to the Stuttgart public prosecutor office's investigation of the ongoing Volkswagen diesel vehicle emissions cheating scandal, unnamed sources quoted by Bild am Sonntag have revealed


Canada Puts C$3.4 Million Into Lithium-Ion Battery Tech Firm

April 19th, 2018 | by James Ayre

Following our earlier article about the Canadian government's pledge to provide aid to ensure that the Kinder Morgan TransMountain oil pipeline expansion project gets built, it seems worth highlighting here the recent announcement that the government's Sustainable Development Technology Canada program has awarded C$3.4 million in new funding to a noted lithium-ion battery tech firm


Ola To Add 10,000 Electric 3-Wheelers To Fleet Over Next 12 Months

April 17th, 2018 | by James Ayre

Despite the current and reportedly ongoing problems with its electric vehicle pilot in Nagpur, the India-based on-demand taxi service Ola is now planning to add a further 10,000 electric vehicles — 3-wheelers this time — to its fleet over the next 12 months



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