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New Research Touts Benefits Of Solar Power For Schools

May 5th, 2019 | by Steve Hanley

Researchers at Stanford have gathered data for over 100,000 schools and determined that adding solar panels to their roofs could help them lower their energy costs dramatically while helping to lower carbon emissions in the communities they serve.


US Department Of Energy Catalyzes Clean Energy Innovation in All 50 States

April 1st, 2019 | by NRDC

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has made clean energy research and development (R&D) investments in every U.S. state over the past two years, sending more than $1.8 billion to the national laboratories and to hundreds of private-sector and academic researchers last year alone. Unfortunately, the Trump administration recently unveiled a proposal to slash the Energy Department’s budget next year. If enacted, this would have devastating impacts on American innovation


Tesla Autopilot Improvements Are *Insane* — Technically Speaking

August 2nd, 2018 | by Paul Fosse

Editor's note: Paul Fosse is the kind gentleman who eagerly drove his brand new Tesla Model 3 from Tampa to Sarasota, Florida, to let me test drive it. I later found out he was a software engineer and today realized he could provide great context and insight into software and hardware matters related to Tesla, Waymo, and others. His debut article is below, covering the insane Tesla Autopilot news coming out of Tesla's quarterly conference call. Enjoy!


Failure To Mitigate Climate Change Could Cost Trillions, Finds Stanford Study

May 30th, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill

A team of researchers from Stanford University have determined that failure to meet climate mitigation goals set out in the Paris Climate Agreement could cost the planet trillions over the next century, highlighting less the climate and environmental benefits of achieving these targets but more the economic risks attendant with ignoring these targets. 


What Do Elon Musk, Socrates, Nietzsche, (And Maybe You) Share In Common?

February 25th, 2018 | by Steve Bakker

Until April 1st, 2016, the only thing I knew about Tesla Motors came from a news story reporting on an esoteric car company out of California that had appropriated the last name of famous inventor Nikola Tesla, and was marketing an awesome electric car with a price tag of $100,000. The car was clearly desirable, yet since my budget didn’t stretch to anywhere near the vehicle’s purchase price, I basically forgot about the car and the company


New Mark Z. Jacobson Study Draws A Roadmap To 100% Renewable Energy

February 8th, 2018 | by Steve Hanley

Last August, Mark Jacobson, a renewable energy expert and senior fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University, was the leader of a study that identified how 139 countries around the world could obtain 100% of their energy from renewable sources by 2050. But that study got some pushback from people who questioned its assumptions. The naysayers said the study relied too heavily on energy storage solutions such as adding turbines to existing hydroelectric dams or storing excess energy in water, ice, and underground rocks


Renault: Autonomous Obstacle Avoidance Matches Professional Test Drivers

November 10th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Check out an important next step in using autonomous driving to improve vehicle safety. This swift test run for Groupe Renault's autonomous control system shows Renault's autonomous control adeptly handling challenging driving scenarios. Renault reports that, as an industry first, its system can perform road obstacle avoidance as well as professional test drivers. Renault continues that the drivers served as the inspiration and the benchmark for this achievement at Renault Open Innovation Lab – Silicon Valley


Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging Breakthrough Achieved

September 4th, 2017 | by The Beam

One of the biggest issues facing electric cars is range. While EVs might be ideal for inner city commuting or short distances, anything over 200 miles and even an advanced car like the forthcoming Tesla Model 3 is going to need a recharge. This of course takes time, so it makes long distances a challenge for electric vehicles to overcome. Now scientists from Stanford University have made a significant step towards getting round this problem – by successfully transferring electricity wirelessly to a moving object


Stanford Tackles Wireless EV Charging

June 16th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Some of you are going to read this and say, "Ho hum. Another useless story about some silly lab experiment that has no relevance to the real world." And you could be right. There may be nothing here. Then again, figuring out how to keep an electric car fully charged wirelessly while driving could be a huge deal someday -- even if that day is fairly far off


Fossil Fuel Industry Pays For Climate Change Studies By Academia

March 18th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

An article written for The Guardian by Benjamin Franta and Geoffrey Supran accuses many of America's top universities of being little more than shills for fossil fuel companies when it comes to studies about climate change. They say that energy companies have ripped a page directly out of the tobacco industry playbook. The strategy calls for flooding academia with so much money to fund energy and climate change research that the universities have lost all semblance of impartiality and are simply reporting results pleasing to their industry paymasters



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