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A deep dive into research

Ignacio Estay Forno handled his research project with care. “It was like my baby,” says the junior, who is majoring in electrical engineering and computer science (EECS). His project, conducted in collaboration with graduate student Di Zhu in EECS professor Karl Berggren's lab, focused on developing an array of detectors that could spot single photons, furthering a technology that is used in fast-paced communications and can reach near-gigabit speeds between the Earth and the moon. “I was involved heavily in every …

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Grassroots Group Promotes Local Alternatives To Wisconsin Utilities’ Big Ticket Spending

Wisconsin's coal-reliant utilities remain cool to wind and solar despite mounting enthusiasm for renewables. This intransigence places them squarely in the crosshairs of one grassroots group leveraging support from customers and policymakers in order to realign the state's energy economy with the public good

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Hydrogen Hyundai, Tesla changes, states vs Trump, Mercedes electric plans: Today’s Car News

Today, we've got news about an important change at Tesla, a future hydrogen Hyundai, another electric-car concept from Mercedes-Benz, and how states may battle Trump efforts to weaken emissions and fuel-economy rules. All this and more on Green Car Reports. There's a new head of the Tesla Autopilot group; the previous guy lasted just five months...

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Video explains how electric cars work, battery and motor technology included

While many drivers generally understand the concept of an electric car, understanding generally stops there. It's a car, and you plug it in to get power to run it. That's fine as far as it goes. Beyond that, things get hazy pretty quickly, we've found. DON'T MISS: Plug-in hybrid problem: buyers don't understand them at all We've stopped counting...

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States have a battle plan if Trump rolls back fuel-economy, emission rules

The Trump Administration has had a challenging start on numerous fronts, but its work to slash emission rules and eliminate regulations continues. The EPA administrator, climate-science denier Scott Pruitt, has said he isn't "currently" planning to target target California's ability to set its own emission rules. In March, the agency previously...

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Kite Power Systems Secures £2 Million Investment From Scottish Investment Bank

Kite Power Systems, the company developing innovative kite-powered energy generation technology in Scotland, has secured its latest round of investment funding, a £2 million equity investment from the Scottish Investment Bank. Kite Power Systems Secures £2 Million Investment …

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Taking The “Foot Off The Gas” To Prevent Stranded Assets & Increasing Temperatures

The role of natural gas seems to have increased exponentially over recent years, as countries look for a fuel to bridge the gap between more intensive fossil fuels and a greener, renewable energy future, but a new report has warned of the need to take the "foot off the gas," so to speak, to ensure we don't create stranded assets and breach the Paris Agreement's long-term temperature goal.

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Countries Are Progressing Too Slowly On Green Growth, According To OECD

A new report published this week by the OECD has concluded that, while many countries are making progress on environmental productivity in terms of carbon, energy, and materials, and the growing consensus that carbon dioxide emissions and fossil fuel use have decoupled from economic growth, progress is still too slow if we are to meet the targets outlined in recent international treaties and …

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Mercedes to show all-electric hatchback concept this fall, countering Audi: report

German luxury carmakers often follow each other's product plans in something close to lockstep. Let one maker—BMW, say—introduce a new category of vehicle—sport utility "coupes," say—and soon Mercedes-Benz and Audi will have their own too. And the premium brands appear to be following the same playbook for the expanding...

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Hyundai targets 1,400 units a year of next-gen fuel-cell vehicle: report

It's public knowledge that Hyundai plans to replace its aging Tucson Fuel Cell utility vehicle with an all-new hydrogen-powered vehicle, and that it has big plans for the future. The Korean automaker showcased the FE Fuel Cell concept in March to provide a glimpse of what to expect when the dedicated design for its next fuel-cell vehicle arrives...

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PJM’s Market Changes: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly for Green Energy and Demand Response

PJM, the grid operator responsible for delivering electricity to about 65 million customers from the mid-Atlantic coast to the Great Lakes, is working on ways to price carbon into its energy markets, and incorporate subsidized wind and solar power into its mix. It's also projecting a future grid that's stable despite a rise in wind, solar and demand-side energy flexibility -- contrary …

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Tesla gets new Autopilot head after just five months

Tesla's most recent Autopilot software head has left the company after just five months on the job. Chris Lattner, who had previously worked at Apple for more than a decade, joined Tesla in January as head software engineer overseeing development of the electric cars' Autopilot active-safety systems. However, it wasn't a good fit—something...

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Charting a better future for Africa

Almost 25 percent of the world's malnourished population lives in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), where more than 300 million people depend on maize (corn) for much of their diet. The most widely-produced crop by harvested area in SSA, maize is also highly sensitive to drought. Because maize in this region is grown largely on rainfed rather than irrigated land, any future changes in precipitation patterns due to climate change could significantly impact crop yields. Assessing the likely magnitude and locations of such yield changes …

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Global Warming: Drawdown, or Not?

A recent book and associated website discusses the steps necessary to address and even reverse the current warming of the climate system. The project, known as Drawdown, maps, measures, models, and describes the 100 most substantive solutions to global warming. For each solution, the Drawdown team describe its history, the carbon impact it provides, the […] The post Global Warming: Drawdown, or Not? appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article