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UC–San Diego Researchers Tackle Microgrid Sharing Technology

Researchers at UC–San Diego are working on ways to permit neighbors to share renewable energy with each other in times of emergency using microgrid architecture UC–San Diego Researchers Tackle Microgrid Sharing Technology was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 …

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Engines vs motors, Mazda’s SkyActiv-X engine, Niro Plug-In, electric-car sales: Today’s Car News

Today, we've got a pair of stories on internal combustion, covering Mazda's innovative and fuel-efficient new SkyActiv-X engine and a dismissive comment on electric cars from a Japanese CEO. Also, a new Twitter poll to take and an update on U.S. plug-in electric car sales. All this and more on Green Car Reports. If you think of the global auto...

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Mazda’s SkyActiv-X: diesel fuel economy from gasoline engine

The internal combustion engine, now more than 200 years old, will be with us for a long time to come yet. Powering more than 1 billion vehicles on the planet and almost 100 million new ones each year, it is the default way to move vehicles along the world's roads. With its carbon emissions now conclusively implicated in climate change, electric...

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Why Are Only 19% Of Americans Talking About Climate Change?

According to a 2016 survey by Yale and George Mason University researchers, only 19 percent of Americans hear someone they know talking about global warming at least once a month. Why Are Only 19% Of Americans Talking About Climate Change? was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other …

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J-WAFS awards commercialization grants to develop technologies for water and food solutions

The Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab (J-WAFS) has announced three new recipients of J-WAFS Solutions grants, as well as the award of a second year of funding to two current projects. Together, the funded projects demonstrate MIT's application of innovative technologies to food and water challenges such as improving irrigation, reducing pesticide use, and improving water filtration and monitoring. The financial support and mentorship from industry partners facilitated by the Solutions program helps …

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2012 Chevy Volt has now crossed 400,000 miles, range remains steady

As more battery-electric cars are sold and more drivers become aware of them, the question of battery life recurs among pretty much every potential buyer. How long will the battery last? Will I have to replace it every 18 months as I do in my smartphone? Data on the liquid-cooled battery packs of older Tesla Model S and Chevrolet Volt cars offers...

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Xant Touts “Utility in a Box” System for Off-Grid and Water Pump Markets

XANT, a small-scale wind turbine maker based in Belgium, is looking to speed up off-grid electrification with a pre-integrated ‘utility in a box.' The plug-and-play PowerTower system includes a 50-kilowatt wind turbine, 50 kilowatts of PV and between 100 and 500 kilowatt-hours of lithium-ion battery storage, delivered in four twenty-foot containers weighing about 30 tons. It can be assembled without needing a crane. The DC-only system is governed by a Sustainable Power Systems microgrid controller that …

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Death of engines overstated, fully electric world a ‘comic book’ fantasy: Japanese test company

Most analysts agree the future of the automobile will slowly but increasingly come to rely on battery power. Electric cars will slowly displace internal combustion engines, many researchers suggest, and peak demand for fossil fuels used in transportation could arrive as soon as the next decade. What will become of companies, then, that focus on...

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Jaguar Land Rover: Only Electrics & Hybrids For Us, Thank You Much

Jaguar Land Rover is the latest well known auto manufacturer to admit that the future of automobiles is electric, the relatively near future even. Like Volvo announced a couple of months ago, Jaguar Land Rover's plan is to not produce a single vehicle without an electric motor and battery from 2020 onward Jaguar Land Rover: Only Electrics & Hybrids For Us, Thank You Much was originally …

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How Vulnerable Are Oil Markets To Extreme Weather?

Last week, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in the United States and for days disrupted the national energy industry. Refineries were closed, pipelines shut down, tankers held out to sea. The price of fuel shot up as gas stations went dry across the country, while crude slumped with a third of the U.S. refinery capacity shut […] The post How Vulnerable Are Oil Markets To Extreme Weather? appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Despite Huge Losses and Its Own Bungling, Southern Company Wants to Complete Vogtle Plant

With Southern Company's board voting to green light the completion of the Vogtle nuclear power plant, the prospect that Georgia utility customers may be on the hook for many billions for a plant that may never be economically feasible becomes very real. Southern Company CEO Tom Fanning has blamed the bankruptcy of nuclear reactor builder Westinghouse for the plant being […] The post Despite Huge Losses and Its Own Bungling, Southern Company Wants to Complete Vogtle Plant appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click …

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To Understand Pipeline Economics, Follow the Money

I have worked for electric and gas utilities in other states, so I am interested in seeing a modern energy system developed in Virginia. I prefer to find solutions where everyone wins, but Virginia is currently split between those who want to protect our land and waters and those who want the lower cost energy […] The post To Understand Pipeline Economics, Follow the Money appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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For Total, the Age of Oil is Not Over Yet

The decision of the Maersk group to sell its oil and gas division is partly due to specific circumstances, but it is also a vote of no confidence in the future of the oil industry now that peak oil demand and US shale oil imply systematically lower profitability, writes geophysicist Jilles van den Beukel. But […] The post For Total, the Age of Oil is Not Over Yet appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Why Oil Prices Can’t Bounce Very High; Expect Deflation Instead

Economists have given us a model of how prices and quantities of goods are supposed to interact. Figure 1. From Wikipedia: The price P of a product is determined by a balance between production at each price (supply S) and the desires of those with purchasing power at each price (demand D). The diagram shows […] The post Why Oil Prices Can't Bounce Very High; Expect Deflation Instead appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Electricity Prices Reflect Rising Delivery Costs, Declining Power Production Costs

Over the past decade, retail electricity prices have not closely followed the costs of fuels used to generate electricity, such as coal or natural gas, mainly because of changes in the other costs involved with producing and delivering electricity in the United States. The average retail price of electricity in the United States has risen […] The post Electricity Prices Reflect Rising Delivery Costs, Declining Power Production Costs appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Tesla Model S Charging Cost After 17,000 km = $70

We've had the first Tesla Model S in our Tesla Shuttle fleet for 3 months now. We've put 17,000 kilometers (~10,500 miles) on it. One of several reasons the business idea originally made sense to us was that we'd have almost no operational costs for the car itself. Most of the charging stations in our home city are free and Tesla's Superchargers are of course free (for vehicles up to a certain production date)

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South Miami = 1st City Outside California To Enact Rooftop Solar Mandate

Yes, South Miami, Florida, supports the Paris Climate Agreement. Miami has reason to do so, as concerns are large that Miami and surrounding areas will sink into the wild blue ocean before the end of the century if action isn't taken. Trying to do its part more, in July, South Miami became the first city outside of California to require that solar panels be installed on roofs of all new …

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Reusable Carbon Nanotube & Quartz Fiber Water Filter Removes 99% Of Heavy Metals

Researchers at Rice University have developed a simple water filtration material so effective that a single gram of it can treat up to 83,000 liters of contaminated water, after which it can be washed with vinegar and reused. Reusable Carbon Nanotube & Quartz Fiber Water …