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Trump Says Solar Tariff Decision Is Coming ‘Pretty Soon’

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he would soon announce a decision on whether to impose tariffs on imported solar cells and modules in the high-stakes Section 201 trade case. The president criticized American trading partners for dumping subsidized solar products in the U.S. market, causing distress for domestic solar panel manufacturers. “You know, they dump ‘em -- government-subsidized, lots of things happening -- they dump the panels, then everybody goes out of business,” Trump said in an

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Turning heat into electricity

What if you could run your air conditioner not on conventional electricity, but on the sun's heat during a warm summer's day? With advancements in thermoelectric technology, this sustainable solution might one day become a reality. Thermoelectric devices are made from materials that can convert a temperature difference into electricity, without requiring any moving parts — a quality that makes thermoelectrics a potentially appealing source of electricity. The phenomenon is reversible: If electricity is applied to a …

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Niro EV, Nexo at CES; driverless Bolt EV; Tesla Model 3 teardown; gas mileage stays flat: The Week in Reverse

Why do a majority of auto executives believe that hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles will dominate plug-in electric cars in the future? What do individual Tesla Model 3 parts tell us about that crucial but currently challenged electric car? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending on...

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Startup aims to make vision care more accessible in developing world

Vision impairment is a major global issue. More than 2 billion people worldwide don't have access to corrective lenses. Getting eyeglasses prescriptions is especially difficult in developing countries. Optometrists are generally located in urban centers and rarely see patients from rural areas, so many people suffer from uncorrected impairments. According to the World Health Organization, this can lead to impaired quality of life, learning difficulties, and lost employment opportunities and finances. Now …

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300,000th Nissan Leaf electric car delivered as new version kicks off

Nissan, the first automaker in the world to launch a mass-priced electric car, has a reason to celebrate this week. The automaker said on Monday it delivered the 300,000th example of its electric hatchback, the Nissan Leaf—though it did not detail whether it was one of the new second-generation cars or a remaining first-generation model. The...

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The Benefits Of An Electric Vehicle Road Trip … In The Middle East

As a lead-up to the upcoming Middle East Electric Vehicle Road Trip (EVRT) (which CleanTechnica is a media partner for), which is kicking off from The Mobility Conference (which CleanTechnica is also a media partner on), Dubai radio station Dubai Eye interviewed Global EVRT Cofounder & Managing Director Ben Pullen. You can listen to the interview on the Dubai Eye 103.8 website, or you can just read the transcript below if you prefer that. Enjoy. And we hope to see some of you in the UAE and/or Oman next week!

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Velodyne Cuts Price Of VLP-16 (Most Popular LiDAR Model) Up To 50%

Arguably the top LiDAR producer in the world, Velodyne LiDAR, has just cut the price of its most popular offering — the VLP-16 — in half. Much of the price cut is down to growing demand for LiDAR sensors, and thus improving production efficiencies, according to a press release from the company

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Can We Prevent a Global Energy Crisis From Bitcoin Mining?

Bitcoin has a large and rapidly-growing energy and environmental footprint. The Bitcoin ecosystem now uses approximately the same power as the entire country of Bulgaria, about 0.2 percent of the global total for electricity. Bitcoin's computing network has grown at an 1,100 percent average annual pace over the last five years. So if we project out just a few years, we get a truly massive energy demand …