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EV Battery Giant CATL Planning $2 Billion IPO To Fund Expansion, Including New 24 GWh Manufacturing Plant

The China-based electric vehicle battery manufacturer Contemporary Amperex Technology Co Ltd (CATL) is now planning a $2 billion IPO to be completed by the end of June 2018, with the funds to be used to accelerate the company's expansion plans

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Toyota Chairman Tells Der Spiegel EVs Are Not Ready For Mass Production Yet, Too Expensive & Too Slow To Charge

In keeping with earlier comments from Toyota execs about electric vehicles, Toyota Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada was recently quoted by the noted German publication Der Spiegel as saying that plug-in electric vehicles are not yet ready for mass production and sale

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Toyota Mulling Sale Of Locally Designed & Manufactured All-Electric Vehicles In China

Toyota is now mulling the idea of selling locally designed and manufactured all-electric vehicle models in China — rather than continuing to design models outside of the country and then adapt them to the local market (which is now the largest auto market in the world and also by far the largest electric car market)

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A brief history of environmental successes

The headlines are full of bad news about the environment, but Susan Solomon, the Lee and Geraldine Martin Professor of Environmental Studies at MIT, thinks it's important to celebrate and learn from past successes as we think about today's environmental challenges. "We don't have a perfect record, certainly, but we have done a lot of things remarkably well," Solomon said the beginning of her lecture at the New England Aquarium last month. "Lots of issues have been managed rather than solved, but our performance is …

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MIT unites for Puerto Rico hurricane relief

Last month, the MIT Association of Puerto Rican Students organized a three-day donation drive to help Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. With an entire population affected by loss of electricity, shortages of food and water, and the inability to contact family members, two members of the MIT Association of Puerto Rican Students, seniors Gabriel Ginorio and William Rodriguez, decided to utilize resources on campus to help. …

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New player in cellular signaling

To survive and grow, a cell must properly assess the resources available and couple that with its growth and metabolism — a misstep in that calculus can potentially cause cell death or dysfunction. At the crux of these decisions is the mTOR pathway, a cellular pathway connecting nutrition, metabolism, and disease. The mTOR pathway incorporates input from multiple factors, such as oxygen levels, nutrient availability, growth factors, and insulin levels to promote or restrict cellular growth and metabolism. But when the …

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All Electric Around the World — Revisited

Hjalte has already seen me coming up the driveway to their house. He opens the door and greets me. I notice the electric Nissan Qashqai jacked up with one rear wheel removed. “What's wrong with your car?” I ask. “Green won't charge.” he answers, “Nina thinks it has something to do with the charge port, [&hellip All Electric Around the World — Revisited was originally published on

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Seizing The Initiative To Create Better Cleantech Policies In Germany

With their disruptive ideas and unconventional approaches, startups and young companies can make a decisive contribution to turning around the energy, mobility, and resource (recycling) sector, as well as ecological modernization worldwide. However, they are often hampered by regulatory hurdles that can provide protection for conventional business models and technologies for many decades.

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100% Global Renewable Electricity No Longer Flight Of Fancy, More Cost-Effective Than Current System

Making a global transition to a 100% renewable electricity grid has long been a dream of many, but new research published this week by the Lappeenranta University of Technology has proven it is no longer just a dream but a viable reality -- a reality that is more cost-effective than the current fossil fuel-reliant system.

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Can India Lead the Global Minigrid Market Like China Did With Solar PV?

Between 2006 and 2016, China evolved from a bit player in solar panel manufacturing to a behemoth. In the process, it sparked a global boom in renewable energy and created a huge domestic industry. India now finds itself in a position to do something similar for renewable energy minigrids  --  if the government seizes the opportunity. The microgrid market has massive potential. According to various estimates, it is expected to double by 2022, reaching between $23 billion to $39 billion, depending on the …

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What Grid Regulation Could Learn From the Food Sector

A new report on possible reforms to the U.K.'s electricity sector draws inspiration from an unusual source: the food industry. ReShaping Regulation, a study by policy expert Laura Sandys, in partnership with Professor Richard Green and Senior Research Fellow Jeff Hardy from Imperial College, London, aims to show how energy consumption could become as flexible as supermarket shopping given the right …

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Mystery electric BMW, US isolated, Tesla’s long odds, Hyundai Ioniq, battery cobalt: Today’s Car News

Today, we've got two BMW electric-car stories (one on battery cobalt, another on a mystery debut later this month), the long odds Tesla faces, the unlikely prospect of Syria one-upping the U.S. on climate, and our last Best Car To Buy 2018 finalist. All this and more on Green Car Reports. The cobalt in electric-car batteries is the cause of much...