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Offshore Wind Costs: Toward a Zero-Subsidy Era?

Offshore wind equipment is reaching record heights and unforeseen low costs that are allowing it to be deployed with fewer and fewer subsidies. MAKE Consulting (which recently joined the GTM and Wood Mackenzie family) has a new analyst note that further illustrates the increasing competitiveness of offshore …

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Dyson walks away from Sakti3 solid-state battery patents

Just 18 months after its $90m acquisition of Sakti3, the British consumer-products company Dyson is taking a step back. Dyson has chosen to relinquish the patent rights that were the core intellectual property of the Michigan based start-up company. Its move demonstrates the high risk companies are willing to accept in order to be at the forefront...

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Trump budget slashes EPA emission testing, hits makers with higher fees

The prospect of ongoing operations as usual continues to darken for the Environmental Protection Agency. According to a detailed internal budget document published in the The Washington Post, the Trump administration wants to eliminate virtually all federal funding for the agency's vehicle emissions and fuel-economy testing budgets. If the...

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Hybrid Electric Airplane Startup Zunum Aero Collects Investments From JetBlue & Boeing

JetBlue has made an investment in Zunum Aero, a Kirkland, Washington, startup that hopes to have a hybrid electric airplane flying in about two years. It will be like “Tesla for the air,” says Bonny Simi, president of JetBlue Technology Ventures, but she declined to say how much of an investment her company has made. Boeing is also an investor in the company Hybrid …

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First Solar and SunPower Exploring New Ownership Strategies at YieldCo 8point3

It was 2014. We were young and hope was in the air. We were experimenting with kale, mixed-race presidents and solar project YieldCos. And this week, First Solar, one of the last solar companies to jump into the YieldCo pool, announced it was looking to get out of the water and

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Four of 10 drivers globally would consider an electric car

It's been merely six years since the first modern electric car hit the streets, and the segment looks ready to take off. Over 43,000 people residing in 52 countries all around the globe were asked whether they are considering buying an electric car in the next five years. On average, four out of 10 motorists say they're either very...

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Kentucky Coal Mining Museum Invests in Solar Because It Will Save Money

KITV: Kentucky Coal Museum Switching to Solar Power You wouldn't expect a museum dedicated to the coal industry to run on anything other than coal -- but a mining museum in Kentucky is soon to be solar powered. The Kentucky Coal Mining Museum in Benham, owned by Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, is switching to solar power to save money. The museum, which …

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Mercedes & Bosch Team Up For Self-Driving Tech, While Audi & Porsche Commit To Work Together More Than Ever

The world's largest auto manufacturers and parts suppliers are banding together to bring self-driving cars to market as quickly as possible. The scope and complexity of the undertaking means it is more economical to combine forces rather that continue to work toward the goal separately. Bosch and Daimler have recently agreed to work together, and the heads of Porsche and Audi have announced their companies will work more closely together

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MIT Senior Lilly Chin wins “Jeopardy!” College Championship

Let's be honest: Even the most disciplined college students don't pay attention all the time during their classes. The temptations of a hushed conversation with a classmate, a daydream, or any number of digital distractions can be hard to resist. But one could argue that senior Lilly Chin had an excellent excuse for tuning out during one of her comparative media studies classes last October: She was taking a 10-minute online test to qualify for the popular TV quiz show “Jeopardy!” It was only offered on one specific …

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Porsche plug-in hybrid, 2018 Subaru Legacy, Bill Nye’s Bolt EV, wood-burning cars: Today’s Car News

Today, a much-loved TV scientist gets a Bolt EV, we drive a pricey luxury plug-in hybrid performance sedan, and we explain why cars don't burn wood any longer. Plus an excuse not to exercise! All this and more on Green Car Reports. One of the last acts of the now-departed Obama Administration was to convene a forum looking at how big data could...

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Sculpture in the Student Center encourages help-seeking

On Sept. 28, the lobby of MIT's normally bustling Student Center (Building W20) fell quiet. Students stood up from their laptops and lounge chairs and drifted toward the center stairwell, where Maryanne Kirkbride, MIT Medical's clinical director for campus sife, announced the unveiling of a new sculpture and interactive project on campus. Onlookers wondered: What was this small glass sculpture and wood tank, entitled “Helping You, Helping Others,” and how might it help the MIT community? Jared Berezin, lecturer in MIT …

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Customers Spend 8 Minutes per Year Interacting Online With Their Utility

If you've been at an energy conference in the past decade, you have heard the Accenture statistic that consumers spend about six minutes annually thinking about their electricity bill. For utilities that are trying to forge a more modern relationship with their customers to meet energy efficiency mandates or build new service offerings, they will not be heartened by Accenture's latest consumer …

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Retracing the origins of a massive, multi-ring crater

Scientists from MIT and elsewhere have reconstructed the extreme collision that created one of the moon's largest craters, 3.8 billion years ago. The team has retraced the moon's dramatic response in the first hours following the massive impact, and identified the processes by which large, multi-ring basins can form in the aftermath of such events. The findings, published today in two papers in the journal Science, may shed light on how giant impacts shaped the evolution of the moon, and even life on Earth, …

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Wireless Charging: Coming Soon to an Electric Vehicle Near You

Wireless charging could be a game-changer for electric vehicles -- and a crucial step in the shift to mass EV adoption. Mercedes-Benz is currently poised to be the first automaker to offer wireless charging for a production vehicle. In June, the German automaker announced the new feature would be coming to market in 2018 with the S550e plug-in hybrid (PHEV) luxury sedan. Earlier this month, it was revealed that Mercedes would use a version of Qualcomm Halo's technology, manufactured by an unnamed Tier 1 power …

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Carlos Ghosn’s Interview At The Energy For Tomorrow Conference In Paris (VIDEO)

Originally published on EV Obsession. Electric vehicles are only ~1% of the car market at this time, according to an interview with CEO Carlos Ghosn, but that is expected to change fast. In the short video below, one finds fascinating points from Carlos Ghosn's interview at the “Energy For Tomorrow” conference in Paris with Thomas Friedman. [&hellip Carlos Ghosn's Interview At …

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Paris Climate Deal Is Great For Solar & Wind, But A $46 Trillion Hit To Fossil Fuels

Originally published on RenewEconomy. The fossil fuel industry is facing a $US33 trillion ($A45.8 trillion) hit to its expected revenues over the next 20 years, following the dramatic and unexpected result of the Paris climate change conference last weekend. Energy analysts from the UK-based investment bank Barclays said the Paris deal, which aims to cap [&hellip

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160 MW Of Moroccan Concentrating Solar Power Coming Online

Electricity generated by the first 160-megawatt portion of the 580-megawatt Ouarzazate CSP plant will be added to the grid in Morocco beginning in December. The World Bank and the European Investment Bank have provided about $9 billion in loans for the huge project. ACWA Power was behind the fundraising and it might be in a position to acquire Abengoa's [&hellip 160 MW Of Moroccan …