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Australia Pursues the Sodium Battery Dream

An Australian team is looking to commercialize a large-scale sodium battery technology, despite the chemistry's long and checkered history. Researchers at the University of Wollongong (UOW), New South Wales, are developing a 5-kilowatt-hour sodium-ion battery pack that can be used for stationary storage applications, according to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). A 30-kilowatt-hour battery system is due to be tested alongside solar panels at a Sydney Water sewage pumping station in 2019, said …

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RIP C-Max Energi, EU cuts carbon more, electric-car charging drone, fuel-cell Tesla: Today’s Car News

Today, we've got some far-out stories, from the hydrogen-powered Tesla to the flying drone that recharges your electric car while it's in motion. There's also a death notice for a plug-in hybrid, stiff new rules from the EU, and possible good news from the U.S. Senate. All this and more on Green Car Reports. It's Friday, so today's wacky story...

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It is Time for the UN Climate Process to Tackle Fossil Fuels

The word “fossil fuels” does not appear in the Paris Climate Agreement, write Georgia Piggot and Peter Erickson of the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). They call on leaders to start addressing not just greenhouse gas emissions, but coal, oil and gas production as well. Courtesy Climate Home News. This week, negotiators are gathered in Germany for […] The post It is Time for the UN Climate Process to Tackle Fossil Fuels appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Will China Bring an Energy-Debt Crisis?

It is easy for those of us in the West to overlook how important China has become to the world economy, and also the limits it is reaching. The two big areas in which China seems to be reaching limits are energy production and debt. Reaching either of these limits could eventually cause a collapse. […] The post Will China Bring an Energy-Debt Crisis? appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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How Clean Energy is Set to Overtake Coal in this Competitive Electricity Market

Look around the U.S. and you'll find plenty of examples of smart policy that is driving the adoption of cleaner, more efficient energy resources. In particular, California, New York, and Illinois are all leveraging policy to reduce carbon pollution and transition to a 21st century electric grid. But in addition to those success stories, markets […] The post How Clean Energy is Set to Overtake Coal in this Competitive Electricity Market appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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How Dominion Energy, Fracked Gas Giant, Lost Big in Virginia Election

Virginia's top corporate political contributor, Dominion Energy, had a rough night last night, as at least 14 candidates who pledged not to accept money from the monopoly utility won seats in a surprise wave election for Democrats. Depending on official counts that may take days or weeks, Democrats will likely tie Republicans with a 50-50 split in […] The post How Dominion Energy, Fracked Gas Giant, Lost Big in Virginia Election appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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More U.S. Distillate Is Being Exported

U.S. distillate exports have continued to increase in 2017, both in volume and as a share of total distillate production. Domestic distillate demand has remained relatively stable, increasing slightly from January through July 2017. Distillate exports from the United States reached a record high in July 2017 of 1.7 million barrels per day (b/d). In […] The post More U.S. Distillate Is Being Exported appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Ohio Needs a Clean Energy Future, Not a No-Strings-Attached Bailout

It's understandable that FirstEnergy's hometown newspaper, the Akron Beacon Journal, supports its own utility monopoly. Yet justifying that support and advocating for FirstEnergy's proposed nuclear bailout on environmental grounds is a surprise…and misdirected. FirstEnergy's proposal merely is yet another attempt to force customers to prop up its uneconomic power plants. Blanket subsidies for nuclear without […] The post Ohio Needs a Clean Energy Future, Not a No-Strings-Attached Bailout appeared first on The Energy …

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US Coral Reefs Not Likely To Last More Than A Few Decades, Researchers Say

Coral reefs within US waters are unlikely to last more than a few decades more, at the most, going by many recent comments from researchers in the field. On that subject, new research has made it clear that the strict conservation measures currently being employed in some parts of Hawaii have not protected coral reefs there from rising sea temperatures

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Germany, Denmark, & Belgium Plan 5-Fold Increase In Offshore Wind Power

Germany, Denmark, and Belgium have entered into an agreement that will increase the amount of offshore wind power in the world 5-fold, from 13.8 gigawatts today to more than 60 gigawatts within 10 years Germany, Denmark, & Belgium Plan 5-Fold Increase In Offshore Wind Power was originally …

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Nissan LEAF Achieves 20,000 UK Sales & 2017 “Best Green Car” Award

I've met quite a few EV drivers in the past year and a half. Invariably, the EV drivers always reflect my contentment, satisfaction, and wonderment with EVs. How is it that not every car on the road is electric? The Nissan LEAF I drive is so sublime and comfortable. How is it that everyone does not drive this EV or something similar

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Honda Aims For Level 4 Autonomous Vehicle Driving Tech By 2025

Honda is now aiming to introduce SAE Level 4 self-driving vehicle tech to its model lineup by the year 2025. The new development timeline also calls for the market introduction of "highly-automated" freeway driving tech (SAE Level 3) by the year Honda Aims For Level 4 Autonomous Vehicle …

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Tim Cook to MIT grads: “How will you serve humanity?”

Tim Cook, the renowned CEO of Apple, spoke to MIT's Class of 2017 on a beautiful sunny morning in the Institute's Killian Court, urging the graduates to search for a direction and purpose that extends beyond their own lives. Cook, who took over the reins at Apple after the death of company co-founder Steve Jobs, described his own years-long search for such a purpose, that culminated when he first met Jobs and went to work for the company. “Before that moment,” he said, “I had never met a leader with such passion, or …

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Newest Nissan X-Trail Now Available With ProPILOT Self-Driving Tech In Japan

The newest edition of the Nissan X-Trail, now available in Japan, features the company's very interesting-sounding ProPILOT semi autonomous driving tech — as an option Newest Nissan X-Trail Now Available With ProPILOT Self-Driving Tech In Japan was originally published on

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Henrik Fisker Shows Teaser Of EMotion EV Nose Design

With the expected reveal of Henrik Fisker's new all-electric EMotion sedan not that long off, the noted designer has now released another new teaser image, this time of the nose design for the model Henrik Fisker Shows Teaser Of EMotion EV Nose Design was originally published on

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President L. Rafael Reif's charge to the Class of 2017

Below is the prepared text of the charge to the graduates by MIT President L. Rafael Reif for the Institute's 2017 Commencement, held June 9, 2017. Thank you, Liana! I want to deeply thank the Senior Gift Committee and everyone who contributed to this wonderful gift, to support student activities at MIT. I also want to recognize the alumni volunteers from the New York metro area, who provided the challenge grant to increase the impact of gifts …