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Where will we see the most electric-car innovation? Take our Twitter poll

It hasn't emerged much into the public eye, but some advocates and auto-industry sources have had quiet discussions on whether the U.S. will continue to lead the world in electric-car technology in a new decade. California remains the epicenter of plug-in car adoption, with roughly half the country's electric-car sales over seven years recorded...

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Blockchain Consortium Aims to Create an ‘Energy eBay’

A U.K. consortium led by blockchain technology developer Electron aims to start testing an "energy eBay" in the first half of this year. The consortium is looking to test bilateral trading toward the middle of the year, said Electron's chief operating officer, Joanna Hubbard, who will be speaking at the Blockchain in Energy Forum being organized by …

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IKEA Group Acquires 25,000 Acre Forest In Alabama

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. — IKEA Group (Ingka Holding B.V. and its controlled entities) acquired its first U.S. forest property, covering approximately 25,000 acres in Lowndes County, Alabama. The investment in forestry is part of a broader strategy to invest in the sustainable production of resources that IKEA Group consumes directly, such as energy, or indirectly through its products (wood [&hellip

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JinkoSolar & Marubeni 1,177 MW Sweihan Project Wins MESIA Large-Scale Solar Project Award

SHANGHAI — JinkoSolar Holding Co., a global leader in the solar PV industry, today announced that its world record breaking 1177 MW Sweihan project, co-developed by JinkoSolar, Marubeni, and the Abu Dhabi Electricity and Water Authority (“ADEWA”), was named as the Large Scale Solar Project of the Year by the Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA). The [&hellip

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Beyond Meat Announces New State-of-the-Art Innovation Center In Los Angeles, Expanding Research Footprint By Seven-Fold

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Working to unlock the Future of Protein™, plant-based meat purveyor Beyond Meat announced the building of a new 26,000 square foot research and development center at their headquarters in El Segundo. The new facility will house more than 100 employees, and is the new home to Beyond Meat's Manhattan Beach Project, [&hellip

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Siemens Gamesa Signs Another MoU Towards Development Of Offshore Wind In Taiwan

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has signed yet another Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Taiwan with the express purpose of helping to develop the Taichung Harbor in Taiwan for offshore wind activities, following its MoU signed in December with the Taiwan International Ports Corporation.

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In fieldwork program, students take the lead

A group of MIT students said “Aloha, Hawaii!” during the latest Independent Activities Period, but it wasn't for a month of vacation. The students were tasked with conducting research and collecting data samples, which will help them further understand the environmental conditions of soil and air quality on the Island of Hawaii (a.k.a. “the Big Island”). The research was part of the Traveling Research Environmental eXperiences (TREX) program hosted by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), which …

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MIT neuroscientists give “invisible” cells a new look

Neurons are the star of the show in brain science, but MIT researchers believe they don't work alone to process information. In new research funded by a $1.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, a team at MIT's Picower Institute for Learning and Memory is working to uncover the likely crucial role of a supporting cast member with a stellar-sounding name: the astrocyte. The work could ultimately provide insight into many brain …

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LONGi Solar to Set up 1GW Mono Cell and 1GW Mono Module Manufacturing Facility in India

Responding to growing market demand, LONGi will invest $309 million, including about $240 million in construction investment and roughly $68 million in working capital, to double the capacity of its cell and module factory in Andhra Pradesh from 500MW to 1GW respectively.

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Greensmith Energy’s Texas Waves Energy Storage project now operational, responds quickly to January cold spell, increasing grid reliability in ERCOT

Greensmith Energy, a part of the technology group Wärtsilä, has successfully completed two grid-scale energy storage systems in partnership with E.ON Climate & Renewables in Texas.

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Not So Fast. Fully Autonomous Vehicles Are More Than a Decade Away, Experts Say

Don't expect to see fully autonomous vehicles in auto showrooms anytime soon. That's according to an informal poll of 300 automotive, energy and technology executives conducted at Bloomberg New Energy Finance's Future of Mobility Summit last week in East Palo Alto. Mobility insiders were asked to name the year when U.S. consumers will be able to buy Level 5 fully autonomous vehicles. Nearly 75 percent of respondents to the live poll said the milestone won't be …

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U.S. Green Building Council Releases Annual Top 10 States for LEED Green Building Per Capita

Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released the annual list of the Top 10 States for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the world's most widely used green building rating system. The list ranks states in terms of certified square feet per resident in

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LIftoff! All Eyes On Elon Musk As Falcon Heavy Performs Flawlessly During Maiden Launch … With Tesla Roadster #1

The SpaceX Falcon Heavy flew for the first time today and made a perfect launch. Both auxiliary rockets returned successfully to earth to be reused at a later date. Inside the rocket, Elon Musk's personal Tesla Roadster is on its way to Mars, complete with a mannequin driving named Starman.

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Honda PCX Electric Scooter Uses Battery Swapping

Honda recently introduced an electric version of its PCX scooter. But this isn't your usual, plug-in EV. The new Honda PCX Electric scooter features batteries that are designed to be easily removed when they're spent and swapped out for fresh ones, so you can get back on the road and keep on riding

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Cities of the future may be built with locally available volcanic ash

MIT engineers working with scientists in Kuwait have found that volcanic rocks, when pulverized into a fine ash, can be used as a sustainable additive in concrete structures. In a paper published online in the Journal of Cleaner Production, the researchers report that, by replacing a certain percentage of traditional cement with volcanic ash, they can reduce a concrete structure's “embodied energy,” or the total energy that goes into making concrete. According to their calculations, it takes 16 percent less …

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Record-Low Solar Bid From ACWA Power For 1st Utility-Scale Renewable Energy Project In Saudi Arabia

Leading Saudi developer and operator ACWA Power has announced it has won the right to develop the first utility-scale renewable energy project in Saudi Arabia, the 300 megawatt Skaka IPP PV solar project, at a record-breaking tariff of 2.34 US-cents per kilowatt-hour