August 4th, 2019 | by Winter Wilson
In this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Zach Shahan sits down with Mark Z. Jacobson, professor at Stanford University and co-founder of The Solutions Project, to discuss Mark’s work to bring together important players from science, business, culture, and community behind his vision of 100% renewable energy for 100% of people. They also talk about the early days of Tesla and some of Mark's special history and connections
July 17th, 2019 | by Michael Barnard
Solar geoengineering is a bandaid on the symptoms, not a cure for the causes. It's like putting out the fires caused by an arsonist wandering around with a flamethrower instead of confiscating and shutting off the flamethrower itself. Global heating would slow and stabilize if we stopped forcing more CO2 into the system. But it's unclear if that's as true for oceanic carbon uptake
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.
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
December 19th, 2018 | by Michael Barnard
There are about 276.1 million cars in the USA in 2018. 77 million of them or about 28% could be fully powered by wind generation alone if they were electric and used full time
December 4th, 2018 | by Steve Hanley
Researchers at Stanford and the University of Oregon are using virtual reality to teach students about ocean acidification. Preliminary results of the experiment are promising.
October 14th, 2018 | by Michael Barnard
The problem we have created for ourselves is a large one. But over the past few decades, global researchers, engineers, public servants and industry experts have been building solutions and making them economical
August 24th, 2018 | by Michael Barnard
Almost all existing fossil fuel and nuclear generation assets are coming to end-of-life by 2050. They will have to be replaced. Academic studies show clearly that renewables will replace them close to 100% of the time
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!
May 31st, 2018 | by Guest Contributor
As climate talks stall, it’s clear the UN process is no longer the major driving force of the climate transition. But does that matter
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.
March 5th, 2018 | by Tina Casey
ExxonMobil has much to answer for when the topic is climate change, but its renewable energy investments could help accelerate the death of coal
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
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
December 15th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley
Researchers in California and the UK say they have found ways to make lithium ion batteries with far greater range than those in commercial use today.
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
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
September 3rd, 2017 | by Steve Hanley
Researchers at Stanford have devised a new way to make a compound solar cell from perovskite based on the structure of the eye of an insect.
August 23rd, 2017 | by Steve Hanley
Mark Jacobson of Stanford and 26 colleagues have created a road map showing how 136 countries could transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050.
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