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Will Australia’s Major Cities Suffer +50° Celsius Heatwaves Soon?

Australia's largest cities could begin experiencing extreme heatwaves with +50° Celsius temperatures within the relatively near term (within the next ~20 years), even if international climate change and greenhouse gas emissions reductions goals are met, according to a recent study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters

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Just 260 Tesla Model 3s built in three months, volume production delayed: Q3 results and call

Only one topic really mattered in the Tesla third-quarter financial results call for analysts held Wednesday afternoon: Model 3. In light of far lower September deliveries than promised as late as July by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, all interest focused on the more-affordable, higher-volume electric car that's meant to catapult Tesla to selling half a...

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Tesla Continues To Push Autopilot, Service, & Supercharging In Support Of Model 3

Tesla just officially announced earnings for Q3 2017, and in the update unpacked the backstory behind the early delays in Model 3 production alongside updates on its efforts to improve and expand its Autopilot, Service, and Supercharging offerings

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Decentralization Is the Cheapest Way to Expand Energy Access in India, Says IEA

India stands out as “one of the largest electrification success stories in history,” accounting for two or every five people newly electrified since 2000, according to a new report by the International Energy Agency. However, the report painted a future quite different from the centralized grid focus of the current Indian government, saying that decentralized systems, led by solar PV in off-grid and mini-grid systems, “will be the …

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Puerto Rico’s Power Recovery Struggles

Since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico in late September, the island has seen a series of setbacks in its recovery and energy crisis. After the storm decimated the electric grid the U.S. territory, the bankrupt Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority faced a barrage of criticism over its insufficient grid maintenance. Then, after repairs got underway, intense scrutiny of a …

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Tesla Energy Storage … The Electric Car “Threat” … EV Sales Leaders … (Top 30 CleanTechnica Stories of the Week)

The most popular CleanTechnica articles in October were led by energy storage and electric vehicle shockers combined with EV market research, hurricane disaster responses, and Tesla, Tesla, Tesla news. From 509 articles we published last month, check out the top 30 stories of the month below for more details

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Panasonic CEO Says Tesla Model 3 Production Bottleneck Is “Now Understood” — Battery Pack Production To Now Be Fully Automated

The CEO of Panasonic, the co-operator of Tesla's so-called Gigafactory in Nevada, recently made comments that the Tesla Model 3 production bottleneck was "now understood" and that battery pack production was soon to be automated. ... That's a rather interesting reveal, suggesting that battery pack production has been a major bottleneck and that hand production has largely been the standard at the facility to date

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Tesla Close To Testing Self-Driving Semi Truck, Going By Emails Between Tesla & Nevada DMV

Tesla is getting closer to the point of testing a long-haul, self-driving electric semi truck, going by recent emails between the company and the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles that Reuters reported on. How much closer? It's hard to say, especially when one considers the economic hurdles that would have to be surpassed for long-haul […] Tesla Close To Testing Self-Driving Semi …

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BMW Electrified Vehicle Sales Top 50,000 (2017 Sales Through July)

With a fairly broad "green" array — eclectic blend of attractive electrified vehicles — the BMW Group is apparently the world's 3rd biggest plug-in car manufacturer. With the best ever July for BMW Group, the company's total plug-in car sales through July surpassed 50,000. "Year-to-date electrified sales increase 74.8% to 50,711," a press release from the Bavarian auto manufacturer stated

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Survey: What Electricity Customers Really Want

Electricity customers have more choice in how they consume and manage their energy today than at any time before, and the number of options available continues to multiply. But what is it customers want? What types of products and services are they being drawn to? And are they following through with a purchase? That's what the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative's (SGCC) latest

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Tesla’s Solar Roof Was Code Named ‘Steel Pulse,’ and Musk Called the Prototype a ‘Piece of Shit’

An insider account of the development of Tesla and SolarCity's much-hyped solar roof reveals new details about how the product came together. The project, code named "Steel Pulse," was originally a standing-seam metal roof developed by a team at Zep Solar within SolarCity's R&D unit, overseen by Zep's Jack West and SolarCity Chief Technology Officer Peter Rive. It was not originally made out of tempered glass solar shingles. When Elon Musk first saw the product, he reportedly called it a "piece of shit" …

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Can California Conquer the Next Phase of Renewables Integration?

The dream of a power grid that is equal parts reliable, affordable, and clean maybe one of the 21st century's greatest ambitions, and no economy is blazing the trail faster than California. Between its 50 percent state renewable portfolio standard (RPS), aggressive greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets and energy efficiency mandate, California has some of the strictest environmental policies on the books in North America. And these policies are progressively getting more stringent with a potential move …

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Smart Building Metrics: Measuring the Opaque, Misunderstood and Poorly Defined

Like any solution sale, smart building vendors typically create detailed business cases to convince building owners and operators to make a purchase. In the past, these business cases were based primarily on energy savings. Over the past few years, there has been some push to quantify other bottom line savings opportunities, such as reduced maintenance costs and avoided equipment replacement. At the same time,

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Opel Ampera-e Online Range Calculator Unveiled, Raises Questions About Cold Weather Range

The online range calculator for the Opel Ampera-e (the rebranded Chevy Bolt EV) is now active, bringing with it a number of important questions. For example, is the range of the Opel Ampera-e truly as affected by cold weather as it seems to be Opel Ampera-e Online Range Calculator Unveiled, Raises Questions About Cold Weather Range was originally published …

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How a Cold Day in Texas Exposed the Value of Grid Flexibility

As the sun rose over Dallas on March 3, 2014, thermometers read 15° Fahrenheit. Across the state, Texans turned their heaters on full blast as they prepared to head to work. Meanwhile, at the operations center for Texas' electricity system, ERCOT, operators saw the price of electricity skyrocket. Around 8 a.m. prices jumped to nearly $5,000 per megawatt-hour, more than 100 times the average price of electricity. Though the unusually cold weather caused electricity demand to increase well above historical …

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UK–China Rail Freight Service Kicks Off

Rail freight service between the UK and China recently began, with the first freight shipment leaving from a rail terminal at DP World's London Gateway port in Essex on April 10th UK–China Rail Freight Service Kicks Off was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers:

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Middle Eastern Oil Companies Look Beyond Earth: ‘Water Is the New Oil of Space’

Bloomberg: Space May Be Next Frontier for Earth's Crude Oil Giants The Middle East has an outsize impact on energy here on Earth. One analyst thinks some regional powerhouses may leverage that role into the development of natural resources in space. Countries like the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia are developing space programs and investing in …

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The day without coal: Britain’s first one since 1882

The Industrial Revolution that started around 1750 in England was powered largely by coal. With Watt's invention of the steam engine and the emergence of railways in the mid-nineteenth century, the carbon-dense fuel was central to the change from an agricultural economy to an industrial one. Last Friday, however, marked a watershed moment for...