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Used BMW i3, Used Nissan LEAF, or … ?

2½ years ago, I asked readers here on CleanTechnica to help me out with a tough decision — which electric car to get. We were planning to move to Florida, or back to Florida in my case (I've been living in Poland for nearly 10 years now, and my wife is from here, so she has lived here most of her life). I left Florida 14 years ago (mid-2004) in large part because of the car-oriented, sprawling development patterns down there, but I've missed the wonderful beaches ever since and would also like my parents to have some time with my …

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Listen to Our New Energy Blockchain Podcast Segment, ‘Consensus’

Blockchain is coming to the energy industry in a big way. We're at the beginning of a fierce hype cycle, when new startups are emerging weekly to tout their Initial Coin Offerings and tokenization platforms for energy trading. Utility executives are grappling with yet another distributed technology that proponents say will demolish the traditional power delivery business. Still having a hard time understanding why all this matters? Getting lost in the maze of new terminology? We've got you …

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JinkoSolar Finalizes Plans to Build the First US Factory in Response to Tariffs

JinkoSolar announced this week that it is finalizing plans to build an advanced solar manufacturing facility in the U.S., as the company continues to monitor the implementation new tariffs on imported solar cells and modules. The company's board of directors authorized …

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US climate action requires electric cars; utilities doing their part already

The subject of carbon dioxide emissions is hardly a simple one, especially when it comes to electric cars. They may not have tailpipes, but the electricity generated in order to keep them going has to come from somewhere. Electric utilities, it turns out, are doing their bit to reduce carbon emissions—and that makes it even more important...

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Coding, thinking, sharing, building

Sharon Kipruto knew giving birth was a precarious endeavor. In her home country of Kenya, the maternal death rate is much higher than in the United States — 510 deaths versus 23 deaths, per 100,000 live births. In part, that's because there aren't enough doctors to meet patient demand. And without visits, women aren't getting prenatal information that could potentially save their lives. Kipruto realized this was a problem ripe for intervention. Instead of relying on doctor visits to disseminate information, she …

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Prototypes for the new space age

What happens when 20 researchers conduct 14 projects from entirely disparate fields of research over the course of 90 minutes — while floating in zero gravity? Thrills, learning, magic — and results. This past November, the Media Lab Space Exploration Initiative chartered a flight with the Zero Gravity Corporation to conduct experiments that relied on the unique affordances of microgravity. Projects ranged across disciplines: design, architecture, engineering, biology, music, robotics, and beyond — manifesting the …

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Breaking: Trump Admin Issues 30% Solar Panel Import Tariff

The White House announced Monday that President Trump will issue a 30 percent year one tariff on imported solar cells and modules. Tariffs will decline over a four-year period. The first 2.5 gigawatts of imported cells are excluded from the additional tariff, according to the U.S. Trade Representative fact sheet. U.S.-based crystalline-silicon solar PV (CSPV) manufacturers Suniva and SolarWorld …

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Solar Car … 13K Nissan LEAF Pre-Orders … Tesla Model X Door Issues … (Top 20 CleanTechnica Stories of the Week)

There was a wild diversity of interesting stories published in the past week on CleanTechnica, which led to a fun mixture of super hot stories as well. Especially hot was the possibility of the ever fabled solar car. A notable 13,000 pre-orders for the next-gen 2018 Nissan LEAF also caught eyeballs. And, natch, Tesla Model X falcon-wing door issues couldn't slip by without notice. Check out these stories and the rest of the top 20 list via the links below

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Contest seeks writing about bicultural experiences

The Isabelle de Courtivron Writing Prize is seeking student writing submissions (creative or expository) about immigrant, diaspora, bicultural, bilingual, and/or mixed-race experiences. The prize was established to honor distinguished Professor Emerita Isabelle de Courtivron, who dedicated her career at MIT to the study of bicultural and bilingual creative expression. The annual prize competition is open to all MIT undergraduates; this year the submission deadline is Feb. 20. More information is available at the

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FirstEnergy Gets $2.5 Billion Equity Boost, With Coal and Nuke Plants Under Pressure

Investor-owned utility FirstEnergy got a $2.5 billion shot in the arm Monday. The company will use some of that money to pay down $1.45 billion of its $21.1 billion debt, Reuters reported. The investment came from Elliott Management Corp., Bluescape, Singapore sovereign fund GIC and Zimmer Partners. Based in Akron, Ohio, FirstEnergy owns 10 …

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Water-Based Air Conditioning Slashes Energy Usage & Uses No Refrigerants

Researchers in Singapore have invented a new air conditioning system that uses no compressor or chemical refrigerants. It is 40% more energy efficient than conventional air conditioners and creates drinking water in the process. Can you say "game changer," boys and girls?

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Beyond SolarCity, Vivint Solar and Sunrun: Who Is Actually Growing in the Residential Solar Market?

A chill has hit home solar. According to GTM Research's latest U.S. Solar Market Insight Report, Q3 2017 was the third consecutive quarter that the residential solar market fell by installation volume. It's easy to blame the “Big Three” for this downturn -- collectively, SolarCity, Vivint Solar and Sunrun are down 32 percent in installation volume over the first three quarters of 2016, according to the latest U.S. PV Leaderboard. At the same time, we talk about the rest of the market --

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Uber Hires Former Tesla Battery Engineer For Flying Taxi Program

Uber has hired Celina Mikolajczak, formerly a senior battery engineer at Tesla, to work on advanced battery technologies for its flying taxi program. It expects to begin service in Dubai, Dallas, and Los Angeles in a few years.

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Green-car deals, Porsche Mission E specs, 300,000 Leafs, California’s EV lessons: Today’s Car News

Today, we've got some tantalizing performance specs on the future Porsche Mission E, electric-car lessons from California, our monthly green-car deals roundup, and a ringing decision in favor of renewable energy. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Just as the second generation of the pioneering electric car arrives at U.S. dealers, Nissan has...