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Engineers create plants that glow

Imagine that instead of switching on a lamp when it gets dark, you could read by the light of a glowing plant on your desk. MIT engineers have taken a critical first step toward making that vision a reality. By embedding specialized nanoparticles into the leaves of a watercress plant, they induced the plants to give off dim light for nearly four hours. They believe that, with further optimization, such plants will one day be bright enough to illuminate a workspace. “The vision is to make a plant that will …

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Renault Unveils SYMBIOZ Demo Car — Rolling Prototype Of “Electric, Autonomous, & Connected” Concept

Renault is now showcasing a completely functional demo-car version of its previously revealed SYMBIOZ concept car — which is an "autonomous, electric, and connected" car for the future — according to a new press release

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What About Florida? Energy Efficiency, Solar Energy, & Regulatory Backwardness In The Sunshine State (Part 3)

The Florida Solar Energy Center is Florida's independent energy research institute and part of the University of Central Florida. We are a state energy research laboratory and I'd argue that our efforts have been unparalleled in experimentation and measurement of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies applied to housing in Florida. Homes are key to the energy picture in Florida since more than half of the total state electricity consumption is used in the residential sector: 118,453 GWh in 8,786,683 households in

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Batteries Keep On Getting Cheaper

Here's another good news item that will certainly bother electric vehicle (EV) critics. Something readers on CleanTechnica know is that EV battery prices are continuing to get cheaper. This not only spells good news for the industry but challenges other alternative energy drivetrains. It might sound obvious to say batteries are getting cheaper, but we're always amazed to see how many people aren't aware of it

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GE offers to interview Mass. residents who complete MITx MicroMasters in supply chain management

General Electric has committed to interviewing any Massachusetts resident who completes the MITx MicroMasters program in supply chain management. The announcement was made by GE Global Learning Leader Paul Fama as part of Governor Charlie Baker's “Convening for Digital Innovation and Lifelong Learning,” which was held at MIT last …

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Electric Road Trip: Jaquar I-PACE Tested In Los Angeles Ahead Of 2018 Reveal

A longtime friend of mine with rooftop solar panels took a test drive of my humble 2015 Nissan LEAF the other day. He and his wife drive a nice SUV hybrid and once owned a Jaguar. After some nice comments about the LEAF, he and his wife decided that absolutely his next vehicle will be all electric. I encouraged him to test drive some Tesla options (explaining the value, quality, autonomous safety, minimalistic style, and top-of-the-line technology.) As his hybrid is in very good shape, he did not seem in a hurry. He responded …

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Why Trackers Are Essential to Profitable Utility-Scale Solar Projects

Watching the prices recently for utility-scale solar power-purchase agreements has felt a bit like being a spectator at an ultra-competitive Olympic event, where each successive race delivers a new world record. The headline-grabbing 1.79 cents per kilowatt-hour tender announced in Saudi Arabia this past October is just one indicator of a global trend, in which PPA prices …

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Tencent & Guangzhou Auto’s iSPACE Concept Car & “AI in Car”

On the 16th of November, on the eve of the 15th Guangzhou International Auto Show, Guangzhou Auto (GAC) held a pre-show introduction of its strategic vision of the future, along the lines of "Intelligence and Enjoyment," and it presented the new electric iSPACE concept car

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Dieselgate jail term, plug-in hybrid Jeep, Tesla battery puzzle, Jaguar I-Pace testing: The Week in Reverse

Which upcoming electric car has more than 200 prototypes on the road that have now covered 1.5 million miles of testing? What claims by Tesla caused some head-scratching among battery engineers? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending on Friday, December 8, 2017. Friday, we...

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What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming, & 5 Solutions

As 15,364 scientists from 184 countries just signed a dire warning to humanity for failing to act accordingly to the threats of climate change, I think it is time to refresh the 2015 publication from Norwegian psychologist and economist Per Espen Stoknes: What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming

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Toyota, VW, & Volvo: Driving Backwards On Climate?

Volkswagen, Toyota, and Volvo all recently made big announcements about their plans to manufacture electric vehicles. That's great news for the climate, but before we declare these automakers climate champions, we should also take a long, hard look at how they're spending their lobbying money in the US.

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Strong current of energy runs through MIT

On any given day at MIT, undergraduates design hydro-powered desalination systems, graduate students test alternative fuels, and professors work to tap the huge energy-generating potential of nuclear fusion, biomaterials, and more. While some MIT researchers are modeling the impacts of policy on energy markets, others are experimenting with electrochemical forms of energy storage. This is the robust energy community at MIT. Developed over the past 10 years with the guidance and support of the MIT Energy Initiative …

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Former FERC Chairman Joins the Chorus Criticizing Rick Perry’s Coal, Nuke Proposal

On Tuesday, former FERC Chairmen Norman Bay reflected on the question he said "everyone in FERC world is trying to answer.” That is: what exactly does the Department of Energy's notice of proposed rulemaking to support coal and nuclear mean for energy markets? According to Bay, who resigned from his post just after President Trump's inauguration, the proposal would mean …

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3Q: Robert Armstrong on 10 years of energy research at MIT

This year marks 10 years since the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) was founded as MIT's hub for energy research, education, and outreach. To mark the occasion, MITEI Director Robert Armstrong shared his thoughts on some of the MIT energy community's achievements to date and highlighted promising projects that could lead to breakthroughs in the decades to come. He also discussed the characteristics and resources that have helped MIT develop a thriving center of energy research. Q: What are some …

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Study: EVs Won’t Gain Serious Traction In Most Markets Until After 2025, To Achieve 14% Market Share By 2030

A new study from the Boston Consulting Group predicts a somewhat slower uptake for all-electric vehicles than some earlier studies have — with the prediction being that all-electric vehicles (EVs) won't gain "serious traction" in most global markets until after 2025, and that an only 14% of global new vehicle production will be EVs by