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Batteries Perform Many Different Functions on the Power Grid

Driven largely by installations over the past three years, the electric power industry has installed about 700 megawatts (MW) of utility-scale batteries on the U.S. electric grid. As of October 2017, these batteries made up about 0.06% of U.S. utility-scale generating capacity. Another 22 MW of batteries are planned for the last two months of […] The post Batteries Perform Many Different Functions on the Power Grid appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Special-edition 2018 Smart Fortwo electric minicar marks 10 years of two-seater in US

Birthed from the uncommon alliance between watch company Swatch and Mercedes-Benz, Smart's goal was to bring a stylish city car to the masses with a level of personalization not seen in other models. The first Fortwo rolled off the line at Smartville (in Hambach, France) almost 20 years ago, but it took another nine years for the little cars to...

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Energy Policy in Trump’s Washington: Year One

Nearly one year after President Trump was sworn into office, we're re-examining the state of energy politics in Washington. Our post-election episodes were some of our most popular shows of last year. This week, we're returning to the subject now that we've got experience, and not just speculation. Amy Harder, an energy and climate reporter with Axios, joins us to talk about a wide range of topics: deregulation, solar tariffs, ANWR drilling, …

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Spy Shots Of Tesla Semi Crop Up Online, Event Invitations Coming Soon

Photos of what may be the Tesla Semi have appeared online the same day the company started notifying winners of its latest referral campaign to start making plans to attend the launch ceremony on October 26. Spy Shots Of Tesla Semi Crop Up Online, Event Invitations Coming Soon was originally published on CleanTechnica. …

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General Motors Commits to an ‘All-Electric Future’ With Sights Set on China

General Motors is going all in on electric vehicles. Eventually. The American automaker announced yesterday that it's transitioning to a "zero emissions future," starting with the launch of two new all-electric vehicles in the next 18 months. These vehicles, based off of lessons learned from the Chevrolet Bolt EV, will be the first of at least 20 new all-electric vehicles GM will launch by 2023. In this case, "all-electric" refers to more than plug-in cars. Due to customers' various needs, hitting new …

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Superfast Charging For Big Auto Arrives! New 150–350 kW Charging Station From ABB [Hot!]

In an email just sent my way, ABB has announced that it is about to launch its first 150–350 kW high-power charger, the new Terra HP High Power Charge system. You can't touch the Terra HP in an IKEA parking lot yet, but you can check out the breakthrough charging product at EVS30 in Stuttgart, Germany. The dates for that event are October 9– Superfast Charging For Big …

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MIT physicist Rainer Weiss shares Nobel Prize in physics

Rainer Weiss '55, PhD '62, professor emeritus of physics at MIT, has won the Nobel Prize in physics for 2017. Weiss wins half the prize, sharing the other half of the award with Kip S. Thorne, professor emeritus of theoretical physics at Caltech, and Barry C. Barish, professor emeritus of physics at Caltech. The Nobel Foundation, in its announcement this morning, cited the physicists "for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves.” “We are immensely …

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Tesla Model 3 vs Used Model S (#Electrifying Webinar Today!)

As announced a few days ago, this week's #Electrifying webinar is about getting a used Tesla Model S vs a new Tesla Model 3. With various Model 3 details unveiled last night in Fremont, California, and then on the Tesla website, we now have quite a lot to consider in order to make this choice

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Battery progress, diesel approvals, Toyota solid-state cells, CAFE rules, Bollinger B1: The Week in Reverse

Which new electric vehicle wowed a crowd that didn't expect it to be as cool as it turned out? What environmental regulation is the NHTSA seemingly getting ready to roll back under Trump? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending on Friday, July 28, 2017. Friday, we covered two...

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Envisioning the future of metal and mineral production

Metals and minerals form the base of our society, with diverse applications infiltrating all corners of our lives, including agriculture, infrastructure, transportation and information technology. As populations grow, and demand for metals and minerals rises, enhancing the sustainability of the sector is a goal for many companies, communities and policymakers. To contribute to this, on May 11-12, MIT launched the Metals and Minerals for the Environment …

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Vipin Narang: On the brinkmanship beat

It's a wonder that Vipin Narang gets any sleep these days. The Mitsui Career Development Associate Professor of Political Science, Narang specializes in nuclear security, proliferation, and deterrence. It is work that has never seemed more urgent. Today, Narang is closely monitoring the ongoing rivalry between India and Pakistan, and the alarming, increasingly bellicose sparring between North Korea and the United States and their respective heads of state, Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un and President Donald …

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BMW i3 REx: owner’s 3 years with range-extended electric car

This week, my 2014 i3 REx turned three years old; I picked it up on May 21, 2014. For the most part I've been very pleased with the car. It's definitely not perfect, but then again no car is. It has fit my needs and driving demands perfectly and I only needed to drive on the range extender for about 2,700 of the 71,000 miles that I've...

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Sunrun Denies Allegations That It Delayed Cancelling Contracts to Inflate Solar Booking Numbers

A series of reports from the Wall Street Journal are raising questions about Sunrun's handling of solar contract cancellations. Sunrun is pushing back against the accusations. On Monday, the Journal reported that two former employees admitted to delaying the cancellation of hundreds of rooftop solar contracts in Hawaii over a five-month period in 2015. The story …

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What’s Up With Wind Power in Vermont?

The Vermont Public Service Board has sent recommendations to the legislature for new sound standards for utility-scale wind projects. Critics say the standards are so strict that the effectively kill development of wind power in the state. What's Up With Wind Power in Vermont? was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, …

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US Navy Lab Eyeballs Solar + Soaring For 24/7 Autonomous Flight

The US Naval Research Laboratory is combining solar wings with a thermal-seeking algorithm for long distance, autonomous unmanned flight US Navy Lab Eyeballs Solar + Soaring For 24/7 Autonomous Flight was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers:

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Diesel Cheating Investigation Leads To Raid On Daimler HQ, VW Code Hack Revealed

Diesel cheating is a story that just won't go away. This week, German prosecutors descended on several Daimler offices and hauled away a treasure trove of documents and computers in their search for evidence the company has engaged in diesel cheating Diesel Cheating Investigation Leads To Raid On Daimler HQ, VW Code Hack Revealed was originally published on

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How does the heat pump work in a Toyota Prius Prime plug-in hybrid?

The challenge of reducing the energy used by traditional heating systems in battery-electric and plug-in hybrid cars is one automakers still grapple with today. Reduced battery range in cold temperatures, combined with batteries working overtime to heat the cabin, can produce drastic declines in EPA-estimated range figures. The Toyota Prius Prime...

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Trump Budget To Decimate US Clean Energy & Environment Programs

Though unsurprising, the latest round of budget document leaks and officially released budget documents confirm many's worst fears, that the Trump administration is looking to slash and dice their way through the country's clean energy and environmental programs and institutions. Trump Budget To Decimate US Clean Energy & Environment Programs was originally published on

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DONG Energy Divests Upstream Oil & Gas Business To INEOS For $1 Billion

Danish wind energy giant DONG Energy announced Wednesday that it has agreed to divest its upstream oil and gas business to London-based chemicals company INEOS for $1.05 billion. DONG Energy Divests Upstream Oil & Gas Business To INEOS For $1 Billion was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from …

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Global Renewable Energy Industries Employ Nearly 10 Million People, Reports IRENA

The renewable energy industry continues to grow, and new figures from the International Renewable Energy Agency show that it now employs nearly 10 million people worldwide. Global Renewable Energy Industries Employ Nearly 10 Million People, Reports IRENA was originally published on CleanTechnica. To …