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Tesla to provide batteries for energy storage farm in Kauai, Hawaii

Tesla to provide batteries for energy storage farm in Kauai, Hawaii

While its electric-car manufacturing continues to get the most attention, Tesla quietly continues to build up its energy-storage business as well. Today, the still-incomplete "gigafactory" in Nevada is assembling standalone battery packs for the company's Tesla Energy stationary energy-storage... read more

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Nissan "fuel station of the future"

Nissan: your electric car is the fuel station of the future (video)

Electric-car charging infrastructure is a problem that vexes advocates, policymakers, and car companies. An adequate network of charging stations is key to mass adoption of... read more March 6, 2016 by


 
Colas Wattway road-mounted solar panels

France Will Pave Roads With 620 Miles Of Solar Panels

Thanks to a steep drop in the price of photovoltaic cells, you're more likely to see solar panels on buildings as you drive along. But what if one day you drove on those... read more February 17, 2016 by


 
Electricity grid substation (Image: FirstEnergy Corp on Flickr, used under CC license)

Utilities To Lead Surge Of Electric-Car Charging In Southern California

California already aggressively promotes electric cars, and has among the most developed networks of charging stations of any state. That network will continue to grow... read more February 17, 2016 by


 
Mercedes-Benz energy storage system

Battery-Based Energy Trading: Next Step After Reverse Metering?

The combination of battery-based energy storage and solar power already has some electric utilities worried. They believe consumers' ability to store energy harvested by home... read more February 16, 2016 by


 
Gas pump

Why Do West-Coast Gas Prices Differ From Rest Of U.S.?

U.S. gas prices plunged last year, and have remained at several-year lows through the first month of 2016. But they're lower in some places than others. Starting in January... read more January 28, 2016 by


 
2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell, 2016 Toyota Mirai at hydrogen fueling station, Fountain Valley, CA

Full-Retail Hydrogen Stations Now Coming Online In California

There are only a handful of hydrogen fueling stations currently operating in California, but that number is set to grow in the very near term. That's the assessment of the... read more October 9, 2015 by


 
Block Island Southeast Lighthouse, by Flickr user MJM Photographie (Used under CC License)

Small Islands Are Biggest Beneficiaries Of Renewable Energy

When it comes to sites where renewable energy can have the biggest impact, it's best to look offshore. Islands are often cut off from mainland grid infrastructure, which... read more May 27, 2015 by


 
Neradlize eRadiator

Computers To Heat Your Home? Startup Nerdalize Distributes Server Farms To Dutch Residences

Most discussions of alternative energy tend to focus on natural sources, such as wind and solar. Perhaps it's fitting that we tend to look to nature as an antidote for the... read more May 25, 2015 by


 
SolaRoad solar bicycle lane, The Netherlands

Solar Panels On Dutch Bike Lane Produce More Power Than Planned

Apparently, solar panels aren't just for roofs anymore. The Dutch company SolaRoad has long planned to build bike paths and roadways with embedded solar panels, using... read more May 19, 2015 by


 
Slide from 'The Future of Transport: Challenging Perceptions,' Shell Oil presentations, Apr 2015

How Shell Oil Sees The Future Of Energy And Vehicle Fuels In 2050

It's always good to understand how the huge global energy industry views the worlds of today and tomorrow. At last month's Shell Eco-Marathon fuel-efficiency competition... read more May 6, 2015 by


 
2016 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell car, Newport Beach, CA, Nov 2014

Despite Quick Charging, Toyota Exec Says Electric Cars Won't Work For Long Ranges

Toyota does not like battery-electric cars, and the world's largest carmaker isn't shy about that sentiment. Through numerous ads and statements from its executives, the... read more April 27, 2015 by


 
Coal, by Flicker user oatsy40 (Used Under CC License)

What Future For Coal In The U.S.: Slow Decline Or Faster Retreat?

Coal is the largest source of carbon dioxide and other harmful emissions produced by generating electricity, but that doesn't mean it will go away any time soon. While coal's... read more April 7, 2015 by


 
Arenal volcano, Costa Rica, by Flickr user Adam Baker (Used under CC License)

What Country Powered Itself Entirely On Renewable Energy For 75 Days?

The idea of an electricity grid powered entirely by renewable energy may seem like a utopian dream, but one country has recently achieved it, albeit briefly. That would be... read more March 26, 2015 by


 
Natural gas flaring from oil well [licensed under Creative Commons from Flickr user Sirdle]

Natural Gas Continues To Replace Coal: 'Bridge' Fuel To Lower-Carbon Energy

It's a simple fact that electric cars get cleaner when the electricity grids used to power them do. And, indeed, those grids are growing less dirty each year in the United... read more March 25, 2015 by


 
Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

As Solar Power Spreads, Diverse Users Fight Utility Attempts To Penalize It

You'd be surprised how much a rooftop solar panel can make utility-company executives sweat. Home solar installations are on the rise in the U.S., and that has electric... read more March 21, 2015 by


 

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