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Tesla Powerwall + High Electricity Prices Driving Australians To Energy Storage

Australia is undergoing something of an energy crisis — growing demand combined with under-investment in the electric grid has recently led to a series of embarrassing blackouts, and electric rates are soaring. South Australia has just overtaken Denmark as the place with the world's most expensive electricity

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The Strait of Malacca, a Key Oil Trade Chokepoint, Links the Indian and Pacific Oceans

Nearly one-third of the 61% of total global petroleum and other liquids production that moved on maritime routes in 2015 transited the Strait of Malacca, the second-largest oil trade chokepoint in the world after the Strait of Hormuz. Petroleum and other liquids transiting the Strait of Malacca increased for the fourth time in the past five […] The post The Strait of Malacca, a Key Oil Trade Chokepoint, Links the Indian and Pacific Oceans appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Tesla Model 3 Naysayers Slammed — Old Quotes

Now that we're about to cross the finish line of Tesla's first master plan, this also marks the end of the Model 3 Scoffathon. Let's pause and reflect on the sage words of various experts who flashed their credentials and then swore up and down that Tesla would never get here, to the high-volume $35,000 car. Sure, the car hasn't materialized in volume quite yet, but we're on the home stretch

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2 Years In A Nissan LEAF, What Will Be Next?

I am coming close to the 2-year mark of my travels in the light footprint of zero-emissions Nissan LEAF. It has me thinking of what changes I may make in my personal transportation (if any) in the future. An abundance of ideas come to mind 2 Years In A Nissan LEAF, What Will Be Next? was originally published on …

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Why Would Will.i.am Want to Buy Wink? And Other Less Questionable Smart Home Investments

We've seen a lot of startups attempting to take on Google's Nest, Apple, Amazon, Samsung and other giants in the always soon-to-arrive, but never-quite-there market of the “smart home." While the path for these startups is long, rocky, and strewn with failures, that doesn't mean they can't turn a profit for investors. Such appears to be the case for Flex (aka Flextronics) which last week revealed that it has sold Wink, the home automation startup it bought out of bankruptcy, to

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Exploring ancient engineering to inform the future

Three-dimensional laser scanners and unpiloted aerial vehicles in hand, a group of MIT students walked through the Privernum archaeological site capturing information about degrading structures and newly-exposed mosaics in an effort to build digital models of how the site was constructed in its prime and design appropriate conservation strategies. The exercise was one of many research opportunities afforded to students during the second annual program in Materials in Art, Archaeology and Architecture …

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German Transport Ministry: We’re Open To Class Action Lawsuits Against Auto Manufacturers Involved In Diesel Emissions Cheating Scandal

The government of Germany is, in principle, open to the idea of class action lawsuits against the auto manufacturers involved in the diesel emissions cheating scandal, a spokesperson for the country's Transport Ministry has revealed

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Company Known As “The Ocean Cleanup” Aims To Launch Fleet Of Trash-Collecting Booms — Does The Approach Make Sense?

A new company known as "The Ocean Cleanup" has reportedly raised more than $30 million over the last few years, which will be used to create a fleet of floating trash collectors to operate in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, according to CEO Boyan Slat Company Known As …

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Tesla Model 3 Spy Shots … Tesla Haters … Tesla Model 3 Production … (Top 20 CleanTechnica Stories of the Week)

The past week, with ~1 million pageviews, was a pretty big one here on CleanTechnica. With Tesla Model 3 production around the corner, spy shots jumping out of the corners of the interwebs, and leaks about production beginning soon, it's no surprise that stories about perhaps the most significant car in history topped the charts. Have a look and check out any cool stories you missed

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Houston Will Experience Increasingly Catastrophic Flooding Over The Coming Decades — How Will Residents & Industry Respond?

While Houston, Texas, is already regularly home to some of the worst flooding events that occur within the US, the reality is that, thanks to rising seas, increasingly extreme rainstorms, and increasingly powerful hurricanes, such events will actually become considerably worse over the coming decades

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US EPA Has Suspected Fiat Chrysler Of Using Defeat Devices Since Back In 2015, Newly Disclosed Emails Show

Officials with the US Environmental Protection Agency have suspected Fiat-Chrysler of using illegal auxiliary emissions control devices (aka "defeat devices") since as far back as November 2015, going by the contents of newly released emails US EPA Has Suspected …

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Kochs & Cronies Conspire To Corrupt Elementary School Curriculum

The Oklahoma Energy Resources Board is funded by the oil and gas industry to create teaching materials that laud petroleum products in elementary schools. Is what it does any different than child pornography? Kochs & Cronies Conspire To Corrupt Elementary School Curriculum was originally …

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100% Renewables Plan Has ‘Significant Shortcomings,’ Say Climate and Energy Experts

It's a common claim from advocates: We know we can create a 100 percent renewable grid, because Stanford Professor Mark Jacobson said we can. Jacobson's peer reviewed studies assert that it is possible to convert all energy use in the U.S., to wind, water and solar -- while maintaining grid reliability, saving money and creating jobs. It will require a World War II-style mobilization, he notes. But it's possible. That conclusion is being questioned in a big way. On Monday, a battalion of …