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BMW electric-car batteries to be used as home energy-storage devices

BMW electric-car batteries to be used as home energy-storage devices

Tesla Motors was the first carmaker to branch out from selling electric cars to offering standalone battery packs for energy storage, but others have followed the company's lead. Mercedes-Benz and Nissan have stated their intentions to enter the energy-storage market, and now BMW is jumping on the... read more

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Santiago, Chile, by Flickr user alobos Life (Used under CC License)

Chile is giving away solar energy, for free, because it has so much

Chile has a problem with its solar industry. It's not that the industry can't meet electricity demand for the South American country—quite the opposite, in fact. There... read more June 8, 2016 by


 
Toyota Mirai showroom and hydrogen fueling station, Tokyo, Japan, May 2015

Hydrogen for fuel-cell vehicles made from wind energy in Japanese test

One of the big questions surrounding hydrogen fuel-cell cars is how to produce the hydrogen used to power them. Mass adoption of fuel-cell vehicles would not only require... read more March 17, 2016 by


 
Ontario Power Generation Nanticoke Generating Station coal power plant

North America's largest coal power plant to become 44-MW solar farm

Here's a turn of events that should make renewable-energy advocates smile. Located on the shores of Lake Erie, the Ontario Power Generation Nanticoke Generating Station was... read more March 16, 2016 by


 
Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

U.S. advanced research agency optimistic on storage-battery progress

The Federal government's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy said last week that it has made huge strides toward creating a next generation of batteries for energy... read more March 7, 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


 
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


 
Oil well (photo by John Hill)

Multiple Trends Turning Slowly Against Oil, Says Rocky Mountain Institute

The cost of a barrel of oil is now just a fraction of what it was several years ago, and fuel prices have mostly fallen across the globe as a result. Oil prices rise and... read more February 8, 2016 by


 
wind farm

Small Wind Turbines Now Offered On Leases, Like Solar Panels

Small solar-panel installations have allowed homeowners to lower carbon emissions, and perhaps save some money on electricity as well. Electric-car drivers with home solar... read more January 3, 2016 by


 
2016 Chevrolet Volt, first drive in California, July 2015

Chevy Reports It Met 2010 Carbon-Reduction Goal: 8 Million Tons

Five years ago, Chevrolet made two commitments to reduce its carbon footprint. In December 2010 it launched the first-generation Volt as part of the initial wave of... read more November 29, 2015 by


 
Renault Zoe electric car on the Outer Hebrides

Wind-Powered Electric Renaults For Rent In Remote Scottish Hebrides Islands

If you're looking to drive an electric car powered almost entirely by renewable energy, we have a vacation destination in mind. Islands in the remote Scottish Hebrides... read more November 1, 2015 by


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

Report Names Funders Of Anti-Solar-Power Initiatives & Legislation

As home-solar installations proliferate, electric utilities are worried about what effect that could have on their business. There's been much talk among analysts about... read more October 15, 2015 by


 
Photovoltaic solar panels on roof of Honda Smart Home at UC-Davis, California

Innovative Arizona Utility Program Rents Your Roof For Solar Power

The proliferation of home solar power systems has some utilities worried about potential damage to their business models. And charging an electric car with renewable energy... read more October 13, 2015 by


 
Carbon nanitube optical rectenna [Image: Rob Felt, Georgia Tech]

From Sunlight To Electricity: First Optical Rectenna Created In Lab

It's been the dream of visionaries for decades: Sunlight converted into direct current to use for recharging emission-free electric cars. Photovoltaic cells offer that... read more October 12, 2015 by


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

HyperSolar Reaches Voltage To Produce Hydrogen With Solar Energy

HyperSolar claims to have reached a major milestone in its quest to produce hydrogen using solar energy. The startup hopes to produce hydrogen gas from water using artificial... read more September 28, 2015 by


 
Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid used by West Hill House B&B, Warren, Vermont

Vermont B&B Offers Solar-Powered Electric-Car Charging

In Vermont, a bed & breakfast housed in an 1850s home is getting a 21st century makeover. The West Hill House B&B and Retreat Center in Warren, Vermont, now offers... read more September 23, 2015 by


 

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