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3Q: T.L. Taylor on diversity in e-sports

Imagine a sports arena full of cheering fans. Are you picturing basketball, or perhaps hockey? Actually, that image also applies to high-level e-sports (short for electronic sports), the competitions where fans watch people playing popular video games. E-sports have experienced a surge in growth in recent years, and boast their own professional teams as well as partnerships with major team sports. But how diverse are e-sports? A little over two years ago, an initiative called “AnyKey,” co-directed by MIT's T.L Taylor, …

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Nio ES8 electric SUV to go on sale in China this month; half the price of Tesla Model X

Another day, another electric vehicle from another startup carmaker in China enters the fray. The Chinese company Nio has now officially launched its first vehicle for the masses—an all-electric 480-kilowatt (644-horsepower) SUV to take on Tesla's Model X at just over half the price. The new model, called ES8, has a starting price of 448,000...

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VW extends dirty-diesel bonus in Germany; 8 percent traded for new electric car

A scrappage scheme in Germany launched by Volkswagen to take the dirtiest diesels off the road has been extended beyond its planned end date of this month. Two years after the diesel emissions scandal that cost it over $25 billion, Volkswagen is extending an incentive program aimed at owners of diesels certified under the older Euro 1 through Euro...

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Volvo Cars Rolls Out “Drive Me” Self-Driving Car Project In Gothenburg (Sweden)

Volvo Cars has launched a new self-driving vehicle development program in Gothenburg, Sweden dubbed "Drive Me." The program will provide participants with Volvo XC90s outfitted with the company's newest driver-assistance tech. The vehicles will also be packed with various cameras and sensors to monitor driver behavior

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Chanje Electric Van = Serious Fleet Industry Game Changer (Part 2)

In part 1 of this Chanje electric van review, we looked at the Chanje electric van's background and some of its features. In this second part, we take a look at what Chanje brings to the table for fleet owners if they turn from simple vehicles operators to energy management and vehicle coordination. Chanje is a game changer, and this time, pun intended

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Sharing the Burden and the Benefits: The Quandary of Allocating DER Interconnection Costs

Imagine you've just moved to a new neighborhood and you've signed up for your new internet service. You've paid an initial fee to connect your home to the network, and all systems seem to be a go. As you eagerly await the installation so you can catch the long-awaited Season 7 of Game of Thrones and order some new home necessities online, you receive a notice from the provider that -- surprise -- your internet connection is going to overload the network in your neighborhood, which will slow down everyone else's service. …

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Tesla gives in, adds local charging ports on Chinese Model S, Model X electric cars

The national EV charging network in China is growing by leaps and bounds, but that expansion has not been as standardized as in the U.S. or Europe. According to an article in October by Electrek, the confusion may get a little bit easier to navigate because Tesla will adopt a two-adapter system for Model S and Model X electric cars to be sold in...

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Most-accurate climate-change models suggest worst effects on global weather

The denial of accepted climate science by the Trump Administration has now put the U.S. at odds with essentially every other nation in the world. Meanwhile, the news on the effects of higher concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is, if anything, getting worse. A recent analysis of studies and models of those effects seems to indicate...

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Renault Kangoo ZE Wins What Van? Awards 2018 “Green Award”

The Renault Kangoo ZE — the current iteration of which (the Kangoo ZE 33) possesses a 124 mile real-world range and is available in a number of different body types meant to suit different uses — won the "Green Award" at the 2018 What Van? Awards that took place in London on December 13th

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Military Microgrid Startup Go Electric Wants to Bring Energy Resilience to the Private Sector

One of the few cleantech startups out of Indiana hopes to parlay its military microgrid contracts into a commercial storage and resilience business. Go Electric began with three people in Indiana in 2011, and still sports an old-school, Comic Sans-adjacent logo. But in the intervening years, it has delivered secure microgrids for military bases that led to additional defense contracts, and the company's ranks swelled to 27 employees. The Pentagon has shown an early willingness to pony up for microgrid …

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BMW sold 100,000 plug-in cars this year: more than GM, probably Nissan too (Tesla TBD)

You have to hand it to BMW. When the German automaker set out to eclipse last year's sales of plug-in cars by delivering 100,000 electrified vehicles globally this year, it was an ambitious goal. But as of the end of November, the automaker has achieved its goal—and in so doing has sold nearly as many electrified vehicles this year as it did...

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Why We Shouldn’t Be So Quick to Trust Energy Modelling

In Australia a fierce debate is raging over the future of the national electricity market. The arguments from the government and its critics are all based on energy models, but the outcome of models strongly depends on their underlying assumptions, writes Hugh Saddler of Australian National University. These are difficult to verify, since all models […] The post Why We Shouldn't Be So Quick to Trust Energy Modelling appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Don’t Let China “Clean Our Clock” in Clean Energy

Cheap, clean energy. That's what Americans want. So does the rest of the world. There's a race on to find it because the new industries that supply, manage, and efficiently use cheap, clean energy will be among the biggest of the 21st century. Public funding for research, development, and demonstration (RD&D), along with private investment, […] The post Don't Let China “Clean Our Clock” in Clean Energy appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Europe Inches Closer to Strong Energy Efficiency Target

Members of the European Parliament's industry and energy committee have voted by a narrow margin for a legally binding 40 per cent energy efficiency goal and a 35 per cent renewable energy target for 2030. The energy efficiency vote was won by only one vote (33 in favour and 32 against). German conservative Markus Pieper […] The post Europe Inches Closer to Strong Energy Efficiency Target appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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2017 Energy Books

One book digs into a scandal, another refuses to discuss one. Back in October, I was worried that I wouldn't have many energy books to review this year. But thanks to a flurry of late-year discoveries, that's not a problem. I came across some of the books so late that I haven't had a chance […] The post 2017 Energy Books appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Atomic Show #261: Three Advanced Nuclear Technology Developers

Advanced nuclear development projects have made some significant steps during 2017. I met – via Skype – with representatives of three of the projects yesterday. Several more were invited, but were busy doing business even on a Sunday evening. To Listen to the Podcast, Please Click Here The three who were able to attend were […] The post Atomic Show #261: Three Advanced Nuclear Technology Developers appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article