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How An Increase In Telecommuting Might Impact The EV Charging Mix

June 14th, 2020 | by Loren McDonald

Workplace charging has long been touted as one of the keys to electric vehicle adoption, particularly in major urban and suburban office markets. But as potentially millions of office workers continue to permanently work from home a majority of the time after stay-at-home orders are rescinded, how might this impact the role of workplace charging in the coming years


IKEA Put 1 Million Solar Panels On 370 Stores In 2019

May 4th, 2020 | by Johnna Crider

In 2019, IKEA invested $2.8 billion in renewable energy infrastructure. IKEA put 1 million solar panels on 370 0f its stores and warehouses, and also built 535 wind turbines and 2 solar parks. The goal is to be climate positive by 2030. IKEA shows that we have the solutions. So, what's stopping us from implementing them


Responsible Battery Coalition Applauds University of Michigan Research on Lithium-Ion Battery Degradation Calls Research “Important Step” in Educating Consumers About Extending Battery Life

February 18th, 2020 | by Guest Contributor

The Responsible Battery Coalition (RBC) — a leading coalition of companies, academics and organizations dedicated to the responsible management and environmental sustainability of batteries — applauded research published today by the University of Michigan (U-M) in the Journal of Energy Storage on best practices for consumers for extending the life of lithium-ion batteries, as well as the cost savings associated with minimizing degradation


Big Tech Has Entered The Oil Business

January 20th, 2020 | by Johnna Crider

Big tech has entered the oil business. Well, not all of big tech, because we do have Tesla out there trying to decrease our dependence on fossil fuels. Companies like Microsoft, Amazon, and Google, however, are a bit different. They are talking the talk, but when it comes to the oil and gas industry, they are eager to work with companies to find easier ways to extract oil


Tesla & Robotaxi Economics: The Network That Optimizes The Machine

January 9th, 2020 | by Rahul Sonnad

There is a long-standing argument about whether Tesla is a car company or a tech company. This argument is typically made in the context of how Wall Street should value the company. If Tesla is just a new kind of carmaker, it should be valued at something significantly less than its annual revenue — maybe 25% to 50%, like Ford and GM. Alternatively, if Tesla is a tech company, then it could be valued significantly higher. Google, for example, is trading at about 6 times its revenues today, Facebook at 8, Microsoft at 9, and Salesforce at 10 times. Tesla trades at around 3 times its revenues with some profits, while Uber and Lyft trade around 4 times revenues and have never been profitable


5 Battery & EV Charging Stories You May Have Missed

January 2nd, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

Electric vehicle (EV) batteries and charging may not be as exciting as robotaxis and other autonomous vehicles, there's been a variety of fun news about these matters that should help to further raise awareness and get people to switch to EVs


On A Personal Note

December 22nd, 2019 | by Alex Voigt

Editor's Note: Alex sent along the letter below a couple of weeks ago. He let us know about the big shift noted here and that he'd be publishing the letter on Patreon on December 15. I decided to let his letter stand alone on his page initially and then republish it here a week later. So, here it now is!


No, Machine Learning Does Not Have A Huge Carbon Debt

November 30th, 2019 | by Michael Barnard

The increase in CPU cycles to advance machine learning has been accompanied by advances in efficiencies of computer technology and lower carbon electricity, but it's worth paying attention to. It's only going to increase. 


Heat (The Elephant In The Room)

October 30th, 2019 | by Gerard Reid

I came across a very interesting statistic the other day from the IEA's Renewables 2018 report. The statistic is that 50% of total energy consumption globally is used for the production of heat for our homes, industry, and other applications


From Google Kitchens: 4 Ways To Prevent Food Waste

October 26th, 2019 | by Johnna Crider

Creative ways to prevent food waste, which is all too common and in a country where hunger is an issue, are being pursued by Google Kitchens. That's right, Google has kitchens. It has employees to feed and since Google is on a sustainability mission, its kitchens offer an innovative way to help with the issue of food waste


Corporations & Renewables: Taking The Bull By The Horns

September 24th, 2019 | by The Beam

Commitment to sustainability has required untiring efforts from corporates. The race does not stop at 100% renewables. For taking up the sustainability reins, an attack is the best form of defense. At the beginning of this process, pragmatism was important. Corporate renewable energy pioneers were mainly focusing on standard corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs) and guarantees of origin (GOs). Now, sustainability leaders mainly focus on three areas: Location, supply chain, and synchronization of consumption and renewable energy supply



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