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Dec 17, 2017

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Why Truck Fleet Buyers Are Keen On Tesla Semi (Calculations)

Dec 17, 2017: Large truck fleet buyers and execs are not profligate spenders. They won't spend big dollars on untested technology, but instead do trial orders to test new technology. An increasing number of companies have shown interest in Tesla Semi with pre-orders. That includes large corporations like Sysco, Anheuser-Busch, Walmart, Loblaw, Deutsche Post / DHL, and PepsiCo. Recognize any of those names…

Tesla vs. Ford

Dec 17, 2017: For decades, electric cars have been a dream of the future. Magazines showed show cars and experiments, but fielded few or no production examples. During periods of high oil prices, their prospects rose, but as oil prices declined, they faded. Tinkerers and DIY mechanics made home-built lead-acid gas car conversions. There were tantalizing forays stimulated by California’s CARB ZEV (zero emission vehicle) mandates, like the GM EV1, Toyota RAV4 EV, and Honda EV Plus, but they were in limited numbers and more often offered for lease but not for sale…

Factory Outlet Malls: One Of The Keys To Building Out Interstate EV Charging Infrastructure (CleanTechnica Exclusive)

Dec 17, 2017: On a recent return trip from the Sacramento area on Interstate 80, I needed to add about 20 miles of range to my electric vehicle (EV) to make sure I reached home with plenty of range to spare. I most likely would’ve made it home without adding any additional range, but the Tesla navigation routed me to a Supercharger location at the Vacaville outlet malls. After plugging in, my wife and I visited a few clothing stores, the restrooms, and then spent about 15 minutes at a cookware/kitchenware store…

Electric Semi Trucks & Heavy-Duty Trucks — Available Models & Planned Models

Dec 17, 2017: Here's an in-depth look at electric semi trucks and electric heavy-duty trucks on the market today and planned for the coming years…

Tesla vs. Tesla: The Juice In Your Car Will Increasingly Come Through HVDC, Edison’s Preferred Current

Dec 16, 2017: So that's HVDC and why the electricity you use will increasingly come through HVDC transmission. It gets more power delivered over longer distances, it's increasingly economically viable, it works better underground, it works better underwater, it can dodge NIMBYs and it reduces the challenge of variable renewable generation. It's one of the top innovations in the world of electricity, and it's coming soon to a grid near you…

Why Solar Trade Policy Matters

Dec 16, 2017: Analysts say proposed tariffs on imported solar panel components could cut 88,000 jobs and seriously slow U.S. solar energy growth -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com…

Fact vs. Fiction: Public Perception Of Used EVs vs. The Facts

Dec 16, 2017: Yesterday, two women engaged me in conversation asking questions about driving an all-electric car (since I drive a Nissan LEAF). They were mystified and then happily surprised when I alleviated a few misconceptions about electric vehicles. Most of the time when I'm in a discussion about EVs, it's because I'm charging and people walk up curious about them. In general, people seem to become much more interested once the facts on driving EVs become clear…

Is Tesla Model 3 Production Gliding Into 5,000 Cars A Week?

Dec 16, 2017: There have now been multiple claims that Tesla staff members are telling Tesla customers that Tesla is sending out Model 3 configuration invites to batches of 5,000 at a time. If that's true, it seems that 5,000 email invitations were sent in the past few days, 5,000 were sent approximately a week before that, and 5,000 were sent around November 21–22, going by crowdsourced information in this Google Sheet…

SoCalGas Partners With UC Irvine To Design “Advanced Energy Community”

Dec 16, 2017: SoCalGas is funding research into using excess electrical power from wind and solar to make hydrogen. It claims the process can provide long term storage for electricity better than grid scale batteries.

Tesla Trucks Will Dominate The Market

Dec 16, 2017: Reading Zachary's article "Tesla Semi Price × Orders = $47 Million to $55 Million in Tesla Revenue (with Assumptions)," I thought I had something to add…

New Study: Better Education and Data Collection Can Further Water (and Energy) Savings

Dec 16, 2017: Can strategic pricing programs motivate people to save water and energy? Our new paper, Examining conservation-oriented water pricing and programs through an energy lens, suggests the answer is yes – but there are other factors besides pricing at play in programs’ success. Our findings support the notion that water is conserved through these utility programs, which […] The post New Study: Better Education and Data Collection Can Further Water (and Energy) Savings appeared first on The Energy Collective.

Who Saved US Electric Vehicle, Solar Energy, & Wind Energy Tax Credits?

Dec 16, 2017: The United States Congress hasn't yet passed a tax heist reform bill. However, word on the street is that it's very close. Regarding clean energy tax credits and electric vehicle tax credits that were eliminated in previous versions of the bill, the rumors are that they are no longer going to be eliminated…

15,000 Tesla Model 3 Configuration Invites? (Customer Report)

Dec 15, 2017: The first Tesla Model X that I got to drive was an early Model X from a regular CleanTechnica reader who drove it from Northern California to Southern California when I was there for the first Tesla Model 3 reveal. He put in an early reservation for a Model 3 too, and he just got his invite to configure a few hours ago. More interesting is what a Tesla employee told him on the phone after he got the invite. The Tesla staff member told him that invites were going out in batches of 5,…

Luxurious eco-resort overlooks Sri Lankans most famous wildlife park

Dec 15, 2017: Sri Lanka’s most celebrated wildlife park is famous for leopards, elephants, and sloth bears—and now Yala National Park is also known for a stunning, sustainably minded safari camp next door. Designed by Nomadic Resorts and Bo Reudler Studio, the Wild Coast Tented Lodge is an eco-resort with organic architecture set between golden beaches and the national park’s jungles. Located on the country’s southern tip, the “five-star” lodge welcomed its first guests in November 2017 and promises...

Israeli bus company to invest $2.2M in wireless charging electric roads

Dec 15, 2017: Inhabitat covered ElectRoad, an Israeli startup developing electric vehicle-charging roads, earlier this year, and now the company could receive a big investment from Tel Aviv transportation service Dan Bus Company. ElectRoad's technology draws on electric coils underneath roads so EVs can charge up without a charging port - all while they're driving.

Retractable solar sails to help power "world's most eco-friendly cruise ship"

Dec 15, 2017: Peace Boat has been sailing the world since 1983, laboring to build a culture of peace through education and environmentally responsible travel. They recently unveiled their new Ecoship, designed by Oliver Design, that could take to the seas in 2020. A closed-loop water system, whale-inspired hydrodynamic hull, and retractable solar sails are among the features that make this ship, according to Oliver Design, the "world's most eco-friendly cruise ship." Related:…

ANNOUNCING: Inhabitat's 2017 Green Holiday Gift Guide!

Dec 15, 2017: It's that time of year again: announcing Inhabitat's GREEN HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE for 2017! Here at Inhabitat, we've been busy working to find you all of the best eco-friendly gifts out there to help make your holiday shopping a little easier.

Minimalist Revugia retreat is nestled amidst Germany's Black Forest

Dec 15, 2017: First images of the Revugia spa and wellness resort show a complex of beautiful cabins and treehouses nestled in the middle of a forest in Germany. Designed by architect and digital artist Matthias Arndt, founder of lichtecht, for German developer Tidevand Bau , the resort will be built using wood, natural stone and glass and have a minimal impact on its natural surroundings. The Revugia resort will comprise 50 junior and senior suites in the main building and over 30 more scattered around the...

1st Pipistrel Electric Airplane To Reach Canada

Dec 15, 2017: Pipistrel seems unstoppable lately. First, it struck a strategic partnership in China, and now, it has delivered its first electric plane (e-plane) in Canada…

Is The Oil & Gas Industry Causing Texas Earthquakes? A “Landmark” Study Suggests Yes

Dec 15, 2017: There is more than what hits the eye, or in some places, shakes the house. A new report, Discriminating between natural versus induced seismicity from long-term deformation history of intraplate faults (PDF), explains. While we all make assumptions on hunches, it takes a scientist assisted by a group of scientists and geologists to assess whether seismic activity is induced by human activity or is of natural origin…

Easier paths to quantum-based techology

Dec 15, 2017: Engineers have shown that a widely used method of detecting single photons can also count the presence of at least four photons at a time. The researchers say this discovery will unlock new capabilities in physics labs working in quantum information science around the world, while providing easier paths to developing quantum-based technologies.

A new theory to describe widely used material

Dec 15, 2017: A new theoretical model explains the coupling between ions and electrons in the widely used conducting polymer PEDOT:PSS. The model has profound implications for applications in printed electronics, energy storage in paper, and bioelectronics.

Discovery could reduce cost, energy for high-speed Internet connections

Dec 15, 2017: Researchers have developed an optical medium in which multiple beams of light can autocorrect their properties without affecting other beams. This could lead to a dramatic reduction in the cost and energy consumption of high-speed internet communications.

Local Roots shipping container farms achieve cost parity with traditional farming

Dec 15, 2017: 99 percent less water 4,000 lettuce heads every 10 days. Los Angeles-based vertical farming company Local Roots achieves all that in their shipping container farms - but today they announced they've also reached cost parity with traditional farming. They plan to deploy over 100 of their TerraFarms in 2018. Inhabitat checked out their mobile TerraFarm in Manhattan and met co-founders Eric Ellestad and Matt Veil to hear more. Related:…

VW–Scooby Doo Fantasy Crossover, LA Auto Show, & Fair Trade Copper (CleanTech Talk 42)

Dec 15, 2017: Episode #42 of Cleantech Talk is here! This episode covers my LA Auto Show-inspired VW-Scooby Doo fantasy crossover and “Fair Trade” Copper. …

Simba Snoozeliner night bus will let passengers sleep on their way home

Dec 15, 2017: We doze off on public transportation 27 times a year, according to James Cox, CEO of United Kingdom-based sleep brand Simba. So the company came up with an idea: the Simba Snoozeliner, a bus with 14 sleep pods outfitted with Simba mattresses, noise-canceling headphones, and liver-cleansing Milk Thistle. A steward will even be on hand to wake people up at their stop. Related:…

National Australia Bank Ceases Financing Of New Thermal Coal Mining

Dec 15, 2017: The National Australia Bank, one of the country's leading banks, announced this week that it will cease financing new thermal coal mining projects, becoming the first major bank in the country to make such a decision. …

Macquarie Capital Acquires 50% Stake In Environmental Monitoring Business Brüel & Kjær

Dec 15, 2017: Macquarie Capital announced this week that it has acquired a 50% stake in environmental monitoring business Brüel & Kjær, a move which highlights the growing importance of such businesses in the wake of increasing environmental regulations, but also adds to Macquarie's green efforts. …

Transition To Wind & Solar Would Result In Small Indirect Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Dec 15, 2017: A new study has found that wind and solar indirect lifecycle emissions are not only on the lower scale compared to other generation technologies, but would result in only minor indirect greenhouse gas emissions if a full decarbonization of the global electricity sector was achieved with these technologies. …

Asian Hercules III Floating Crane Arrives To Construct European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre

Dec 15, 2017: One of the world's largest floating cranes, the Asian Hercules III, has arrived in Scotland to participate in the construction of Swedish power company Vattenfall's pioneering European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. …

US Solar Ekes Out Just Over 2 GW In Lowest Quarter Since 2015 As Uncertainty Reigns

Dec 15, 2017: The US solar industry installed 2,031 megawatts in the third quarter of 2017 in its eighth consecutive quarter in excess of 2 gigawatts but its smallest quarter for two years as political uncertainty and increasing prices shuttered the industry's recent success. …

Floating solar fuels rig created for seawater electrolysis

Dec 15, 2017: Chemical engineers have developed a novel photovoltaic-powered electrolysis device that can operate as a stand-alone platform that floats on open water. The floating PV-electrolyzer can be thought of as a 'solar fuels rig' that bears some resemblance to deep-sea oil rigs -- but it would produce hydrogen fuel from sunlight and water instead of extracting petroleum from beneath the sea floor.

The Long, Slow Death Of Carbon Capture & Sequestration (Hello, Carbon Recycling!)

Dec 15, 2017: Carbon capture and sequestration has flopped, but a new carbon "upcycling" system shows how carbon capture on a massive scale could become a thing…

Solar power and battery storage could topple 10GW of US natural gas peaker plants

Dec 15, 2017: Natural gas peaker plants step in when electricity demand is high, but their days could be numbered. Solar energy and battery storage prices have plummeted enough to make them competitive with some of those plants - and could soon take over 10 gigawatts (GW).

“Good Practice Of The Year” Award  — Call For Submissions

Dec 15, 2017: The call for submissions for the 5th annual "Good Practice of the Year" award is now open until February 16th, 2018! The competition rewards those who dare to think outside the box when it comes to creating the grid for the energy transition…

NERC Highlights Importance Of Providing Essential Reliability Services In Wake Of Decreasing Coal & Nuclear

Dec 15, 2017: The North American Electric Reliability Corporation, the independent body given authority over grid reliability, has published its 10-year forecast and highlighted the "unique set of challenges" facing the American bulk power system in the face of decreasing nuclear and coal sources and increasing natural gas and renewables. …

Passive solar home stays naturally cool without AC in Australia

Dec 15, 2017: Air conditioning and heating are rarely used at the Summer Beach House, a home in Somers, Australia that uses passive solar principles for thermal comfort year-round. Adrian Bonomi Architect designed this single-story home for a retired couple looking for a compact summer dwelling with a strong connection to the outdoors. To that end, the architects used natural materials in construction and installed ample glazing to take in landscape views. Designed with strong modernist influences,...

Are Gas Prices Keeping You Away From Your Airplane

Dec 15, 2017: We’d love to have asked that question here on CleanTechnica but we’re not sure how many of you own an airplane. However, our friends at Plane & Pilot Magazine did ask that question. And the answer didn’t surprise us too much. It does spell good news for the electric airplane (e-plane) industry. Is The Price [&hellip…

Californian Cities Start Electric Bike-Share System

Dec 15, 2017: Bike sharing has been happening around the world for some time, but electric bicycle (e-bike) sharing has been left behind, at least until now. Some Californian cities are about to start an e-bike-sharing system and it will be the biggest in the country. Can Californian cities make business sense of an electric-bike-share system…

Environmental Working Group Warns Toyota About Its Promise To Clean The Environment On Its Website

Dec 15, 2017: Oh, Toyota, when will you ever learn! Toyota is an odd company for those of us who cover the electric vehicle (EV) industry. For one thing, we don’t have much to write about. Toyota has had a best-selling hybrid for the past two decades that has somewhat evolved over time. Over a decade ago when [&hellip…

UK Gas and Power, Observations on 2017 and Outlook for 2018

Dec 15, 2017: Despite the 2018 forward energy curves trading through a 20% range this year, we find ourselves looking at spot and 2018 gas forwards that could have for all intents and purposes been lifted from December 2016. It’s a similar story in power, although the spot hasn’t thus far seen the extreme peaks of 12 months ago, […] The post UK Gas and Power, Observations on 2017 and Outlook for 2018 appeared first on The Energy Collective.

Exciting Battery Technology Breakthrough News — Is Any Of It Real?

Dec 15, 2017: 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.

Why the Future of Batteries is Lithium and Why Their Impact Will Be Bigger Than You Think

Dec 15, 2017: The tremendous advances being made in lithium battery technology are being underestimated by many people, writes financial energy specialist Gerard Reid. Competitive EVs are just a few years away. They will be followed by radical improvements that will have huge implications for air and ship transport as well. Courtesy Energy and Carbon blog. I constantly here […] The post Why the Future of Batteries is Lithium and Why Their Impact Will Be Bigger Than You Think appeared first on The Energy Collective.

NERC 10-Year Grid Reliability Report Contains Nuanced Warnings That Many Fail to Understand

Dec 15, 2017: Greentech Media recently published another article claiming that there is a new report that supports its contention that the NOPR – Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to establish a Grid Resilience Pricing Rule – Sec. of Energy Perry sent to FERC is misguided. I cannot help but wonder if the author read the report. If he […] The post NERC 10-Year Grid Reliability Report Contains Nuanced Warnings That Many Fail to Understand appeared first on The Energy Collective.

Rooftop Solar and EVs Save Water and Cut Pollution, and Data Can Help Us Go Further

Dec 15, 2017: Thanks to improvements in technology, it’s easier than ever to be green. Solar panels and electric vehicles (EVs) are two prime examples of technologies that can help people minimize their environmental footprint, without sacrificing comfort or having to radically change their daily behavior. But the question still remains: How much of an environmental benefit do […] The post Rooftop Solar and EVs Save Water and Cut Pollution, and Data Can Help Us Go Further appeared first on The Energy Collective.

The Paris Agreement and the Trump Effect

Dec 15, 2017: Easier said than done: Last week, Taryn Fransen and Kelly Levin of the World Resources Institute published an informative analysis on the “Trump Effect” on the Paris Agreement, signed in Paris at COP21 in  December 2015. It was historic in many respects, not least of which was that it was the first time the whole […] The post The Paris Agreement and the Trump Effect appeared first on The Energy Collective.

Utility Solar Photovoltaic Capacity is Dominated by Crystalline Silicon Panel Technology

Dec 15, 2017: Most of the growing number of installations of utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) operating capacity across the United States have been systems that make use of crystalline silicon panels. In 2016, 70% of U.S. utility-scale PV capacity used crystalline silicon modules. Thin-film technology accounted for 28% of capacity. Crystalline silicon is typically the technology of choice […] The post Utility Solar Photovoltaic Capacity is Dominated by Crystalline Silicon Panel Technology appeared first on The Energy Collective.

512-year-old Greenland shark may be the oldest living vertebrate on Earth

Dec 15, 2017: A recently identified 512-year-old Greenland shark may be the world's oldest living vertebrate. Although scientists discovered the 18-foot fish in the North Atlantic months ago, its age was only recently revealed in a study published in the journal Science. Greenland sharks have the longest lifespan of any vertebrate animal, so it is perhaps unsurprising that the species would boast the oldest living individual vertebrate as well. Nonetheless, the fact that this creature may have been born as early...

Laser-driven fusion energy leaves no radioactive waste - and it's within reach

Dec 15, 2017: Dramatic advances in lasers could get us closer to fusion energy. An international team of 11 scientists are pursuing what was once thought to be impossible, according to the University of New South Wales (UNSW): fusion power with hydrogen-boron reactions. They describe this in their recently published study as the ideal clean fusion process: the technique needs no radioactive fuel elements and doesn't leave toxic radioactive waste. Related:…