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Non-Stop Engineering & Innovation Are The Lifeblood Of Tesla

April 28th, 2019 | by Kyle Field

Tesla is, at its core, an engineering company. The company as we know it today was founded on the building blocks of lithium-ion batteries and electric motors. Having an early interest and exposure to supercapacitors, Elon Musk saw the potential with lithium-ion and electric motors and ultimately found the golden combination he was looking for at AC Propulsion


Ocean Plastic Cleanup Project Is Better News Than You Might Think

September 18th, 2018 | by Michael Barnard

Boyan's vision could have fallen apart at multiple points over the past five years. Reisser's study or someone else's could have shown a much more even distribution of plastics through dozens of meters of water column. Plastics could have degraded more quickly in ocean water and sunlight. He could have failed to capture many people's imaginations


No, GM Isn’t Going To Crush Tesla

January 18th, 2018 | by Michael Barnard

Recently Business Insider published a fairly thoughtful, historically informed, but ultimately inaccurate opinion piece saying that GM just hadn't bothered crushing Tesla yet, but was about to. In other words, it looked backward well, but forward poorly


Blockchain Contracts For Electricity: Sweet Spots

December 27th, 2017 | by Michael Barnard

As these 3 articles show, blockchain-enabled smart contracts aren't a home run in the utilities sector. There are many cases where the advantages are strongly one-sided. But that doesn't mean that they have no value or that value won't emerge


Blockchain Contracts for Electricity: Underpinnings

December 23rd, 2017 | by Michael Barnard

Blockchain-enabled smart contracts aren't a home run in the utilities sector. There are many cases where the advantages are strongly one-sided. But that doesn't mean that they have no value or that value won't emerge


Bitcoin’s Hot But Blockchain For Cleantech Is Interesting

December 12th, 2017 | by Michael Barnard

Bitcoin is very interesting for cleantech for two reasons. One is obvious: the primary currency sucks a lot of electricity, and more electricity demand is good for investment in renewable generation. Of course, a lot of the electricity still comes from carbon-rich fossil fuels too. The second is the underlying technology, blockchain, which has a number of interesting uses emerging in the cleantech space


Cleantech Competition In The Age of Digitalization

November 10th, 2016 | by Tobias Engelmeier

Everyone is fully on board with the idea that the digital future is a central part of the future of their industries. They expect enormous changes, new business opportunities and new competitors. There seems to be a consensus that this is a new animal that requires an approach that is different. So far, so good. Yet, most are quite unsure about the specific likely implications and the best approach to take moving forward. There is a sense of gambling, a sense that traditional strategy development will not apply



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