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Cal on May 23rd, 2017

Switzerland has voted in a referendum to provide billions of dollars in subsidies for renewable energy and to ban new nuclear plants. A proposed new Swiss law (“Energy Strategy 2050) plans to increase domestic renewable energy, reduce fossil fuel use, and reduce reliance on foreign energy supplies. The European country wants to increase solar and wind power capacity by 400% by […]

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Cal on May 13th, 2017

UK startup Tokamak Energy Ltd. activated its ST40 fusion reactor last week and achieved first plasma, an early milestone on the path to higher energy tests, and eventually, electricity production. The company is hoping the ST40 will show fusion temperatures—100 million degrees Celsius—are possible in compact, cost-effective reactors. Tokamak’s compact reactor is about 100-times smaller than ITER (International […]

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Cal on May 9th, 2017

San Francisco think tank RethinkX says self-driving electric cars will dominate US roads by 2030. Within 13 years self-driving cars will represent 95% of all car miles driven in the US.  While 40% of the cars in 2030 will still be of the internal combustion variety, they will represent just 5% of the consumer miles driven. This forecast is […]

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Cal on May 2nd, 2017

Global energy companies have sold off more than $22.5 billion worth of Canadian oil sands assets so far this year, concerned about depressed crude oil prices, high production costs, carbon emissions, and limited pipeline access to global markets. More energy efficient appliances, LED lighting, and a shift away from heavy industry all have contributed to a […]

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Cal on April 27th, 2017

Voice of America looks at the future of flying: Electric Planes and Flying Cars. See also CITYLABS, When Cars Fly while The Drive tells us about a hydrogen powered flying car. IDTechEx Research predicts electric vehicles for construction, agriculture and mining will be a $81 billion market in 2027. Transparency Market Research projects the global electric vehicle […]

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Cal on April 17th, 2017

GM is about to create the largest fleet of self-driving cars in the world. According to documents filed with the US Federal Communications Commission, the automaker will deploy 300 self-driving Chevy Bolts, perhaps beginning as soon as next month. The electric cars will include both new short- and medium-range radars. Each vehicle will have 10 radars to help it gather data […]

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Cal on April 9th, 2017

New research by McKinsey & Co. and the World Economic Forum finds new sources of energy, mobility, and industry fragmentation are set to disrupt the world’s energy system. Within two decades, as many as 20 new energy sources could be powering the global economy, including fuel cells; small, modular nuclear-fission reactors; and even nuclear fusion. An economy based […]

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Cal on April 6th, 2017

  The UK’s Transport Research Laboratory has commenced a driverless electric pod trial. (see photo above.) Over the next three weeks, roughly 100 people will ride the pod around a two-mile course in London’s North Greenwich to demonstrate how the technology could be used for “last mile” trips in urban areas. The shuttle is already in operation at London’s Heathrow […]

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