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Cleantech News Roundup: Audi Truck, Tesla Autopilot 2, Bioplastics, Volvo Sustainability, & Hippie Pants

We've got stories about Tesla Autopilot 2, Audi electric truck concept art, a proposal for how EVs should sound, bioplastics, a weird front-wheel drive bike, a whole heckuva lot of pollution and litigation news, a green Christmas in Denmark, the myth of "the" blockchain, homemade natural deodorant that actually works, hippie pants, and more in today's cleantech news roundup

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How EV Safe Charge Went From Helping A Few To Becoming A Full-Fledged Company

Charging station companies have flourished well during the past few years. Although it's still the wild far out west within that industry, a handful of startups are already prominent key players. EV Safe Charge started as a little word-of-mouth startup and now it seems ready to take the next step up to industry leadership

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During IAP, MIT community steps out of its comfort zone

This month is Independent Activities Period (IAP) at MIT, a four-week period when students, faculty, staff, and alumni organize and engage in all kinds of inventive and wacky sessions that range from relaxing to rigorous. There are how-to sessions at which students can learn how to build a skateboard or use a ham radio; forums, films, and lectures, such as an evening on sword making or a Harry Potter Mash — all eight films playing simultaneously; and tours, recitals, and contests, where students can tour databases for …

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Navistar Aims To Have More E-Trucks Than Tesla On The Road By 2025

You can add another competitor who has its sights on Tesla in the emerging electric truck (e-truck) industry. Actually, we wrote about some of trucking giant Navistar's plans in October (not to mention its autonomous trucking plans), but recent comments seemed noteworthy themselves

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In Alabama, You Could Pay the Utility $9,000 for Having Solar on Your Roof

As residential solar markets go, Alabama is about as small as you can get. Among the 43 states plus D.C. that GTM Research tracks individually, it ranks 42. It has just 1 megawatt of residential systems installed. According to GTM Research solar analyst Austin Perea, it's hardly “a blip on the radar.” “In the realm of what's happening in residential solar, I'd say what's happening in Alabama may be the least important thing,” said Perea. How did the state win that distinction? Through a mix of …

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Proposed Self-Driving Car Rules Would Bar US States From Setting Own Rules

The set of self-driving vehicle rules now being proposed by a group of US House Representatives would bar individual states from putting their own testing and design regulations in place, going by the contents of a draft proposal that was obtained by Reuters Proposed Self-Driving Car …

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CleanTechnica Begins Jetson Electric Bicycle Review, Stay Tuned

When I first saw the electric bicycle (e-bike) Jetson, I stopped to look again. Where is the obvious battery sticking out? Where is the obvious electric motor? Where is the obvious gearing system limiting these e-bikes to a handful of gears? What is this twelve speed bike doing here in the middle of the e-bike section

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Sweden’s Largest Pension Fund Sells Off ExxonMobil & TransCanada Stock

AP7, Sweden's largest pension plan, announced this week it is continuing with its fossil fuel divestment strategy by selling its shares in ExxonMobil and TransCanada. Sweden's Largest Pension Fund Sells Off ExxonMobil & TransCanada Stock was originally published on

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3 Vendors With Unique Ways of Helping Utilities Integrate Distributed Resources

The software and technology guiding energy procurement and grid operation have always been complex investments. And the landscape has been adapting to new complexity – leveraging distributed energy resources. California's demand response auction mechanism (DRAM) and New York's Brooklyn Queens demand management auction (

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Jimmy Carter Builds 1.3 Megawatt Solar Farm For His Hometown Of Plains, Georgia

Carter has leased 10 acres of land near his home in Plains, Georgia. Working with SolAmerica, a 1.3 megawatt solar farm has been constructed on the land. Each year, it will supply more than 55 million kilowatt hours of clean energy to the residents of Plains -- more than half the town's annual electrical consumption Jimmy Carter Builds 1.3 Megawatt Solar Farm For His Hometown …

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Indian Renewable Energy Projects Could Save $11 Million Per Year At Sea Ports

The Ministry of Shipping recently announced that under the ‘Green Port Initiative' a total of 136.5 megawatts of renewable energy projects will be implemented at a dozen major ports in the country. These include 91.5 megawatts of solar power and 45 megawatts of wind energy projects Indian Renewable Energy Projects Could Save $11 Million Per Year At Sea Ports was originally …

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JA Solar Will Supply 300 Megawatts Of Solar Modules To Enel Green Power’s Brazil Projects

China-based solar modules manufacturer JA Solar has secured an order to supply solar power projects being developed by Enel Green Power located in Brazil JA Solar Will Supply 300 Megawatts Of Solar Modules To Enel Green Power's Brazil Projects was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read …

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Ford Plans $1 Billion Artificial Intelligence Investment to Assist Its Self-Driving Car Plans

New York Times: Ford to Invest $1 Billion in Artificial Intelligence Start-Up One of the oldest automakers in the United States is making a billion-dollar bet that one day, owning a car may not be a necessity of American life. Ford Motor announced on Friday its plans to invest $1 billion over the next five years in Argo AI, an artificial intelligence start-up formed …

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CEFC identifies states with strongest opportunities for bioenergy

New South Wales, Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory have the most supportive policies for the deployment of energy from waste and bioenergy projects, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation has found. CEFC Bioenergy Sector lead Henry Anning, who is addressing the Bioenergy Australia 2016 Conference in Brisbane today, says CEFC research […]

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“Unfit” & “Unhinged” — A Lesson In Messaging & How To Not Elect Batshit Fucking Crazy Presidents

The best explanation I read of Trump's rise wasn't published this week. It wasn't published last week. And it wasn't even published in the last 6 months “Unfit” & “Unhinged” — A Lesson In Messaging & How To Not Elect Batshit Fucking Crazy Presidents was originally published on CleanTechnica. To …

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What 2 Million Years of Temperatures Say About Our Future

Originally published on Climate Central. By Brian Kahn That the climate has changed before is a given. So is the reality that humans are changing it now by dumping carbon pollution in the atmosphere. The deep history of temperature changes can inform us about what comes next for our fair planet and new research published [&hellip What 2 Million Years of Temperatures Say About Our Future was …