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AFFOA launches state-of-the-art facility for protoyping advanced fabrics

Just over a year after its funding award, a new center for the development and commercialization of advanced fabrics is officially opening its headquarters today in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and will be unveiling the first two advanced fabric products to be commercialized from the center's work. Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) is a public-private partnership, part of Manufacturing USA, that is working to develop and introduce U.S.-made high-tech fabrics that provide services such as health monitoring, …

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Advanced Functional Fabrics of America opens headquarters steps from MIT campus

These are not your grandmother's fibers and textiles. These are tomorrow's functional fabrics — designed and prototyped in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and manufactured across a network of U.S. partners. This is the vision of the new headquarters for the Manufacturing USA institute called Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) that opened Monday at 12 Emily Street, steps away from the MIT campus. AFFOA headquarters represents a significant MIT investment in …

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Finally, Honda Electrifies Its Cub, Introduces EV-Cub (Don’t Ask Production Date)

If you've been to Japan, or in certain parts of Asia, you will have seen those little Honda scooters, sometimes hauling more than their fair share. Honda's venerable Cub has been driven million of miles with no-frills practicality in mind. Yet, they have one little, tiny problem. They use gasoline and pollute

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How Many Cars Do Electric Car Drivers Have? (CleanTechnica #EV Report)

I'm of the opinion that most households could actually do just fine with a Nissan LEAF, BMW i3, Ford Focus Electric, or the like — and then also benefit as a consumer from the wonderful inherent features of an electric car. One key reason I think so is because I've seldom known a household that needed to drive all the cars in their household a super long distance on the same day. Typically, households have 2–3 cars …

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Green Mountain Power’s Latest Distributed Energy Play: Smart Water Heaters for 99 Cents a Month

Vermont utility Green Mountain Power has been taking a leading role in setting up innovative monthly installment plans for customers interested in distributed energy resources, from smart thermostats to Tesla Powerwall batteries. Now it's seeking to tap another kind of battery -- one that's already installed in about 50,000 homes in its service territory. Last week, …

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2017 electric motorcycle buyers guide

Electric motorcycles have seen a year of growth and challenges, both reflected in the offerings for 2017. Zero continues to push for its lineup to have more power, greater range, and lower prices, while new entries from Alta Motors and Energica expand available offerings. The demise of Victory motorcycles, however, seems to be the end of the...

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1st Tesla Model 3 Book Is Superb — 3 Reasons Why

The good folks over at EV Annex had a great idea — publish the first Tesla Model 3 book*. When I was introduced to the idea, I thought, "That's a neat idea," but just thought it would be a book about the momentous arrival of the most important electric car in history, a car that is iconic as a symbol of the unprecedented transition from polluting cars to clean cars 1st Tesla Model 3 Book Is Superb — 3 …

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Porsche 911 Plug-In Hybrid Project Officially Dead

Most industry observers have already guessed as much, but it's still interesting to hear it straight from an exec's mouth, as that seemingly takes away all doubt. Yes, the Porsche 911 plug-in hybrid (PHEV) development project is officially dead Porsche 911 Plug-In Hybrid Project Officially Dead was originally published on CleanTechnica. …

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Temperature Increase To Exceed 1.5° Celsius “Barrier” By 2026–2031, Research Finds

Global average temperatures could could cross a notable "barrier" in less than a decade. New research finds global average temperatures may rise 1.5° Celsius over pre-industrial temperatures by as early as 2026, if the Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation has indeed now moved into a positive phase as is suspected. The new research comes from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science

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Florida Sea Level Rise & Unchecked Coastal Developments

The piercing emerald-green waters of the Gulf coast of Florida and the wilder expanse of shimmering waves on the Atlantic coast, especially near Miami, attract immense amounts of development on an essentially flat limestone sponge — a porous sandy terrain. Even without climate change, the tropics are a throw of the dice when hurricane season comes along. With climate change and sea level rise, coastal developments make no sense — and yet, day by day, month by month, large coastal luxury buildings shoot sky high, with almost no …

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Ohio and Pennsylvania Increased Natural Gas Production More than Other States in 2016

After reaching a record high of 79 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) in 2015, U.S. marketed natural gas production fell to 77 Bcf/d in 2016, the first annual decline since 2005. Texas, the state with the most natural gas production, fell by 2.5 Bcf/d, while Ohio and Pennsylvania each increased by about 1.2 Bcf/d. […] The post Ohio and Pennsylvania Increased Natural Gas Production More than Other States in 2016 appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Future Volvo electric car to be built in China

Finally joining the bandwagon, Swedish manufacturer Volvo has confirmed that it will introduce its first all-electric vehicle to the market in 2019. The announcement was made last week at the 2017 Shanghai auto show. That proved to be an appropriate stage, as the Chinese-owned maker plans on having the model produced in China. DON'T MISS...

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Sonnen Braces for a German Storage Surge as Renewables Saturate the Grid

Sonnen, the Bavarian residential energy storage specialist, is bracing for an uptick in German sales on the back of falling electricity costs. The company suspects electricity prices could hit new record lows in the coming weeks as renewable energy floods onto the system. “New records for renewable generation are usually set in late April or early May,” said Felix Dembski, Sonnen's vice president of strategy. As a result, “we expect a continued uplift in storage due to falling prices for renewables in …

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Tesla to double global Supercharger fast-charging network this year, it says

Tesla continues to make sweeping changes as it prepares for the launch of the Model 3, its first mass-market electric car. The company has announced a significant expansion of its global network of Supercharger DC fast-charging stations. Executives believe, it said, that charging should be “convenient, abundant, and reliable” for all...

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Cleantech Patents Are Lagging—That’s a Big Problem

The number of U.S. patents granted for clean energy technologies has dropped over the past couple of years, after more than a decade of growth. Those findings come from a new report by The Brookings Institution. According to the think tank, while the total number of cleantech patents granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office doubled between 2001 and 2014, growing at a rate of 7 percent annually, the number of U.S. cleantech patents granted between 2014 and 2016 …