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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 21st, 2017

Japanese automaker Toyota announced plans to build a fleet of heavy-duty, zero-emission, hydrogen fuel cell trucks. If Toyota does go forward with the concept, this would be the most powerful hydrogen fuel cell vehicle on the market. The truck would generate more than 670 horsepower and 1,325 pound-feet of torque from two Mirai fuel cell stacks […]

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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 February 19th, 2017

Recent global solar-power capacity auctions have come in at record low levels: $0.033/kilowatt-hour (kwh) in India, $0.032/kwh in Mexico, $0.024/kwh in Abu Dhabi, $0.029/kwh in Chile, and $0.039/kwh in the United States. In adding renewable energy to their grids, many countries are now holding public auctions whereby the lowest qualified bidders get the government contracts […]

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Cal on December 23rd, 2016

In November the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) published a paper entitled “Measurement of Impulsive Thrust from a Closed Radio-Frequency Cavity in Vacuum” in which the authors claimed to have discovered a propulsion system that defies the laws of physics as we have understood them for the past 400 years. Newton’s third law of motion states that […]

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Cal on December 3rd, 2016

Scientists from the UK’s University of Bristol have developed a lab-made nuclear diamond that can generate electricity and is made from radioactive waste. The diamond battery has an incredible lifetime, and will only be half used up by the year 7746.  As most people know, a severe downside of the nuclear fission process is the creation of dangerous radioactive waste, which […]

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Cal on November 25th, 2016

A new report from Navigant Research predicts that the annual sales of electric buses will increase significantly between now and 2026. The market for medium and heavy-duty electric drive buses is growing quickly, with hybrid, plug-in hybrids, batteries, and hydrogen fuel cells becoming more prominent within the world’s urban areas. Navigant sees the number of electric buses on global steets […]

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Cal on November 9th, 2016

Toyota plans to sell 30,000 fuel cell vehicles a year by 2020, in time for the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, which it hopes to use as a platform to demonstrate the prowess of hydrogen technology. Toyota favours hydrogen over electric cars because of the short range and long recharging time of EVs. Toyota believes car buyers […]

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