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Cal on October 10th, 2017

Almost 50 new pure electric-car models will come to market globally between now and 2022. Globally, there will be 136 EVs on the market by the end of that year, and that does not include the hybrid models or hydrogen fuel cells. Analysts at Bernstein Research calculate that a 500-kilometer battery for an electric car costs […]

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Cal on October 5th, 2017

The government of Scotland announced it has received “overwhelming public support” to ban the practice of fracking for shale oil and gas. Fracking has been under a temporary halt in the country since 2015, and public consultation on its long-term future was carried out earlier this year. 99% of the 60,000 responses opposed fracking. The proposed ban […]

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Cal on September 30th, 2017

Professor Vaclav Smil tells us that when it comes to energy storage, size matters. A small national electric grid — one handling 10 to 30 gigawatts — could rely entirely on intermittent renewable energy sources (like wind and solar) only if it had gigawatt-scale storage capable of working for many hours. The largest announced storage system, comprising more than […]

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Cal on September 29th, 2017

Hedge fund Bridgewater Associates believes that almost half of the jobs in the next two decades will be replaced by artificial intelligence. CEO Ray Dalio said: “By in large, the world is going to largely consist of people who can take language and put it into code, which then allows the computer to operate like a […]

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Cal on September 25th, 2017

The Japanese government is expected to ease regulations on hydrogen refueling stations, with the goal of making the refueling points less costly to set up and to operate in the hope of spurring the adoption of fuel cell vehicles. Building a hydrogen station costs 400 million yen to 500 million yen ($3.5 million to $4.4 million), […]

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Cal on September 9th, 2017

    International consultancy company DNV GL projects natural gas will become the world’s largest single source of energy after 2034. DNV GL predicts that global demand for energy will flatten in 2030, then steadily decline over the next two decades, thanks to steep changes in energy efficiency. Fossil fuel’s share of the world’s primary energy mix […]

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Cal on July 20th, 2017

Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology have devised a low-cost, scalable approach to developing all-solid-state batteries, improving prospects for scaling up the technology for widespread use in electric vehicles, communications and other industrial applications. Described in a paper in the journal Chemistry of Materials, the approach involves substituting germanium in the solid electrolyte for two […]

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Cal on July 6th, 2017

  Many people in colder climates wonder about how an electric vehicle performs in winter, especially with the extra energy required to heat the vehicle as well as power through the snow and ice. Green Car Reports looked into this and has provided two articles on this topic:  Driving electric cars in winter: tips from […]

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