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Bringing poverty-alleviating solutions to market in India, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda

Six social entrepreneurs who are addressing pressing poverty challenges through market-based approaches make up this year's cohort of the MIT D-Lab Scale-Ups Fellows. The entrepreneurs are all part of the D-Lab-affiliated International Development Design Summit (IDDS). The 2017 fellows include Tunde Alawode PhD '17, Honey Bajaj SM '17, and Rebecca Hui MCP '17, as well as three IDDS alumni: Abraham Salomon, Sebastian Rodriguez, and Chebet Lesan. “I'm excited to be selected as a 2017 D-Lab Scale-Ups Fellow,” says …

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Karma redux, gas stations vs charging, electric cars for Rallycross, CAFE changes: Today’s Car News

Today, the least efficient plug-in car, why rallycross should go electric, possible CAFE changes, and where electric cars should charge. All this and more on Green Car Reports. We drove the Fisker Karma in 2012; now we've driven the 2017 Karma Revero, the reborn version of the sleek, low, inefficient plug-in hybrid luxury sedan. Are gas stations...

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Tesla Shuttle To Attempt World Record In Electric Driving Distance (#Electrifying Webinar)

This coming weekend, Tomasz Gać, Jakub Stechly, and I are going to attempt to break the world record for miles driven in an electric car on a single charge. This attempt was planned before a group of Italians recently crushed the previous record, so they've certainly made our task more difficult, but we're still hopeful. Weather permitting, the last charge of a Tesla Model S 100D will take place on Saturday evening. …

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Trump NHTSA might reduce emission rules for two-thirds of U.S. vehicles

Consumers all over the world, but especially in North America, are buying more crossover utility vehicles and fewer passenger sedans and hatchbacks. The U.S. auto industry makes the bulk of its profits on light trucks, which include crossovers, pickup trucks, and even minivans. The Trump Administration has said it wants to roll back environmental...

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Krystyn Van Vliet named associate provost

Krystyn Van Vliet, an MIT professor in the departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Biological Engineering, with wide-ranging interests in research and innovation, has been named as the Institute's new associate provost. She will assume this role on Sept. 1. Van Vliet succeeds Karen Gleason, who has decided to step down in June 2018. MIT Provost Martin Schmidt announced both changes today in an email to the Institute community. Gleason, the Alexander and I. Michael Kasser Professor of Chemical …

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Will Rallycross go electric? Michael Andretti on why series is perfect for EVs

Rallycross has become a sensation in motorsport relatively quickly: similar to autocross, a single car races against the clock on a set course or "stage," usually in the dirt, mud, or gravel—anything other than a paved track, in other words. Drivers with the best time are deemed the winner, making it all about clocking quick times and...

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12-Step Climate Change & Global Warming Action Plan For India

Clean air and a livable climate are inalienable human rights. And solving this crisis is not a question of politics. It is a question of our own survival 12-Step Climate Change & Global Warming Action Plan For India was originally published on

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Gas stations aren’t a model for electric-car charging: ChargePoint CEO

For more than a century, motorists have been accustomed to gas stations, which provide places to stop and fill up a car with fuel, in recent years with larger and larger convenience stores attached. The model is so commonplace, it may mean drivers don't know electric-car charging stations even exist, since they often lack signage or branding...

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China Halts Construction On 150 Gigawatts Of New Coal Power Plants

China's state-run news agency Xinhua has revealed that China has currently halted construction on new coal-fired power plants in an effort to avoid building over-capacity while simultaneously hoping to promote a cleaner energy mix. China Halts Construction On 150 Gigawatts Of New Coal …

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Canadian Solar Posts Strong Second Quarter With Increased Shipments & Revenue

Canadian Solar, one of the world's largest solar power companies, this week posted strong second quarter results with increased revenue and shipments, but traders were immediately, if temporarily, concerned by Q3 revenue guidance below analyst expectations. Canadian Solar Posts Strong …

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Suniva & SolarWorld Section 201 Solar Trade Raises Fears Of Trump’s Protectionism

Hearings for the much-hyped and controversial Section 201 trade case filed with the US International Trade Committee by Suniva and SolarWorld began this week, further raising fears that if Donald Trump is brought into the equation, the US solar industry may suffer.

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Bloom Energy and PowerSecure Land Country’s Biggest Fuel Cell Deployment to Date

Last year, fuel cell maker Bloom Energy and Southern Company microgrid subsidiary PowerSecure announced a partnership to bring 50 megawatts of fuel cells to market through upfront financing and power-purchase agreements. On Wednesday, the partners announced they've landed a big chunk of that goal, in the form of a 37-megawatt fuel cell deal with data center company …

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Will Merkel Really Ban ICE Cars In Germany?

It came out yesterday that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is now considering bans on petrol and diesel cars — cars that use internal combustion engines (ICE). This possibility has been floated in the UK, France, India, Norway, the Netherlands, and certain German cities. However, it is a significant departure from the norm for the country's leader, Merkel, to consider such a strong policy, and I would say that even in recent …

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2017 Karma Revero: first drive of reborn luxury plug-in hybrid sedan

The 2017 Karma Revero remains as much of a head-turner today as the low, sleek four-door sedan was when it debuted a decade ago under another name. It also happens to be a range-extended electric luxury sedan, though we tend to think that the Karma would sell just as well if it ran on coal dust and baby-seal blood. It's a big, low, handsome shape...

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Post-IPO Landis+Gyr Seeks Financial Distinction from Toshiba’s Struggles

Landis+Gyr wants the world to know its financial fortunes are no longer connected to Toshiba -- even if its former parent company is still classifying them as its own. On Monday, Landis+Gyr reported unaudited second-quarter net revenues of $433 million and $54.6 million in adjusted EBITDA for the quarter ending on June 30, 2017. It did so not as part of its new reporting …

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Suniva, SolarWorld Make Their Case for Import Relief: ‘We’re Not Out to Kill the Industry’

Federal trade officials asked representatives for Suniva and SolarWorld to justify their request for tariffs on imported solar equipment on Tuesday, marking the latest step in a case that threatens to upend the U.S. solar industry. The 10-hour hearing at the International Trade Commission (ITC) in Washington, D.C., drew dozens of solar industry leaders, foreign diplomats and activists sporting t-shirts that read, "Save America's Solar Jobs, No New Solar Tariffs." Executives for the troubled solar …

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Petrol Car Ban Won’t Work Without a Huge Investment in Electric Infrastructure

The UK government is proposing a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040, in a move that echoes a recent announcement in France. Setting this sort of media-friendly target is a positive and welcome response to the challenge of air pollution across UK cities, write Richard Brooks and Jason Begley of Coventry University. […] The post Petrol Car Ban Won't Work Without a Huge Investment in Electric Infrastructure appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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U.S. DoE Report Shows How Renewables Can Help Utilities Avoid Risky Investments

It's no secret rising demand for clean electricity has upended America's utility sector, making building new fossil fuel generation a difficult proposition. But a related challenge caused by this trend is challenging utilities – the need for flexible planning and procurement to avoid risky investments. Utilities previously accustomed to a business model of making capital investments […] The post U.S. DoE Report Shows How Renewables Can Help Utilities Avoid Risky Investments appeared first on The Energy Collective.

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Energy News: In a Bout Between Advanced Energy Technologies, Who Wins? Everyone

Think of it as a championship prizefight between contenders for meeting peak power needs: In the red corner, at a size somewhere between a shipping container and an office building, but with a brain that's hard to beat, it's the GE Digital Gas Peaker Plant! In the blue corner, it's battery storage, which bulks up […] The post Energy News: In a Bout Between Advanced Energy Technologies, Who Wins? Everyone appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article