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The US Senate once had its own electric cars: two Studebakers that ran underground

One advantage of electric cars is that unlike gasoline or steam cars, they have no emissions. More than a century ago, that was why the U.S. Capitol acquired two custom-built electric cars, nicknamed "Tommy" and "Peggy." They were built by Studebaker, an early and hallowed U.S. car brand that finally folded up shop in 1965. DON'T MISS: Electric...

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Dynamic Growth In Sustainable Investments Driven By Greater Interest From Institutional Investors

As their importance for asset owners has steadily risen, assets from institutional investors now account for 82% of the Swiss sustainable investment market. Sustainable investment funds are gaining ground and currently account for 7% of the total fund market Dynamic Growth In …

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Solar To Be Primary Energy Source By 2050? IEA Says Yes

Solar will be the industrial world's primary energy source by the year 2050, according to a recent report from the International Energy Agency — presented at EU PVSEC's closing event. By the middle of the century, the report argues, solar energy technologies — whether photovoltaics, CSP, solar thermal, or others — will make up more Solar To Be Primary Energy Source By 2050? IEA Says Yes was …

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Winfried Hoffmann: Stored Electricity As Low As $0.06/kWh By 2030

You can expect to see the cost of storing electricity via lithium-ion battery cell systems fall drastically by the year 2030, according to the relatively well known figure Winfried Hoffmann. Hoffman — best known for his rather accurate projection of the solar module pricing curve of recent times — predicts quite bluntly that battery storage Winfried Hoffmann: Stored Electricity As Low As …

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New York State’s Energy Development Authority Unveils $5 Billion Renewables Vision

Those wondering when New York state was going to finally get around to taking renewable energy seriously may have to wonder no more, based on the content of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority's just revealed Clean Energy Fund (CEF) plan. The 10-year, $5 billion dollar plan — which is still pending New York State's Energy Development …

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Japanese Bank Offers $5 Billion To US For Northeast Maglev High-Speed Rail

The US may finally be on the verge of getting a new high-speed rail service in the Northeast, but it isn't because of a change in policy, it's simply because a state-controlled Japanese bank is offering up $5 billion in financing as part of a push to bring the maglev technology to the American market. The specific Japanese Bank Offers $5 Billion To US For Northeast Maglev …

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Catalyzing Action At The September 2014 UN Climate Summit

Almost everyone in the media has taken a stab at summarizing, if not snap-judging, the results of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's one-day UN climate summit last week. The meeting had a real name, but Robert N. Stavins in his New York Times runup to the conference was the only writer I observed using it: “Catalyzing Action.” Catalyzing Action At The September 2014 UN Climate Summit was …

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Exclusive: How Toyota’s 100-year textile history influenced FCV hydrogen fuel cell car

Filed under: Turns out, Toyota had a surprising ace in the hole when it came to building the new fuel tanks for the FCV hydrogen fuel cell car, which is coming next year. Well before Toyota became the Toyota Motor Company, it was the Toyota Industries Corporation and it made textile looms. This is important …