Author Archives: Steve Hanley

China Doubled Its Solar Capacity In 2016

February 9th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

China's solar capacity doubled in 2016 and is set to double again as the country takes bold steps to increase its access to clean renewable power to 20% by 2030. It will invest $364 billion to achieve that goal.

New Standardized Solar Consumer Information Tool Released By SEIA

February 9th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

The Solar Purchase Disclosure offers a suite of standardized summary documents that help consumers compare offers from competing solar companies. This first-of-its-kind purchase disclosure form will help consumers in all 50 states better understand the transaction they are about to sign up for

Uber Jumping Into Self-Flying “Cars”

February 9th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Congestion is the bane of all city dwellers. Getting from Long Island or Rahway into New York City every day consumes many millions of hours for commuters every year. Driving down the San Francisco peninsula from the Castro district to Cupertino is something every Bay Area driver dreads. Congestion is what inspired Elon Musk to propose the Hyperloop and the idea of boring tunnels underground. Uber has its own idea about how to conquer congestion and it involves an autonomous flying car that will whisk urbanites quickly and economically from place to place

SunShot Initiative Pays Off Big-Time For US, Now Faces Trump Ax

February 2nd, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

The SunShot Initiative is a program conceived by the US Department of Energy in 2011 with the goal of reducing the cost of grid scale solar power to under $1.00 per watt by the year 2020. When the program began, the cost of installed solar was more than $4.00 per watt. Solar power was responsible for only one tenth of 1% of America's total electrical resources at 1.2 gigawatts.

The Story Of The Sydney Opera House

February 2nd, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

There are only a few buildings that define an entire nation. The Sydney Opera House on the shores of Sydney Harbor in Australia is one of those. Its soaring roofs are meant to evoke the sails of the ships that brought many of Australia's original settlers to the Land Down Under

Wireless EV Charging Standard Finalized In Europe

February 1st, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Uniform technical standards are critical to the adoption of any new technology. Just imagine if every appliance manufacturer used plugs of its own design. Our homes would need a half a dozen types of electrical outlets and a welter of adapters in order to function. Having a standard design means we don't even have to think about how to plug in our appliances. Wireless charging for EVs is a great idea, but until now it has been hampered by a lack of agreed technical standards

Tesla Model 3 Air Vents May Be “Invisible”

February 1st, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

An interesting rumor has surfaced regarding the Tesla Model 3 interior. Preliminary peeks at the inside of the new car show an exceedingly stark interior. No instrument cluster, no clock, and no air vents. Just a steering wheel and a horizontally mounted touch screen. Most people assumed Tesla simply had not finished designing the dashboard yet and the finished product would at least have conventional air vents incorporated into it somewhere

Hot Demand For Opel Ampera-E In Norway Speeds Up Delivery Schedule

February 1st, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

The good news for Norwegian customers is that the strong demand for the car has convinced General Motors to begin delivering cars to customers in Norway in June. That is fully 3 months before the Chevy Bolt will be available in all 50 US states

3 Winners Named At Hyperloop Competition

January 31st, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Thirty teams assembled at SpaceX headquarters last weekend for the semi-final round of the Hyperloop Competition. The winner was the team from the University of Delft in the Netherlands. The final competition will take place this summer.

Trump’s Meeting With US Automaker CEOs: Who Said What, & Why?

January 25th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Donald Trump held a meeting with all three US car company chief executives yesterday — Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors, Mark Fields, CEO of Ford, and Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler. The three US car company leaders were only too happy to raise their voices in unison to praise Trump and his grand vision

New Tesla VP May Usher In Age Of Cars As Appliances

January 25th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Elon Musk says one day the self-driving car will be as common and as non-controversial as the self service elevator. People don’t hyperventilate about an elevator that goes up and down automatically and (usually) stops precisely at the proper floor. Why should a self-driving car be any different? Is the age of the automobile as appliance upon us

“America First” Energy Plan Puts Americans Last

January 25th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

The new boss waited about 1.2 nanoseconds before announcing his America First Energy Plan. Environmental groups weighed in a heartbeat later to denounce it as a dangerously misinformed mistake that will make America a pariah among the world’s nations. First, let’s see what the plan is

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