Last week, Tesla announced that it would build a new “Gigafactory” to produce lithium-ion batteries at a rate able to support the manufacture of 500,000 electric cars per year. Additionally, documents filed with the SEC indicted that some of the batteries will be used for “stationary storage applications,” or storing energy for use in homes, commercial sites and utilities.
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A new report by Stanford University finds that America’s natural gas system is much more leaky than previously estimated, and maybe up to 50 percent more so than the EPA estimates.
Previous estimates predicted less than 2 percent growth in U.S. energy demand going forward, due in part to policy changes and industry standards surrounding energy efficiency. However, a new report shows an even worse picture for the traditional purveyors of electricity. Use has actually been falling since 2007 and continues to do so.
If the lease request gets final approval, the WindFloat Pacific project would anchor the first offshore turbines in federal waters on the West Coast. It also would be the first in the nation to use triangular floating platforms instead of single piles driven into the ocean floor.
The building analytics company WegoWise launches new blog for building efficiency data, aimed at inspiring property owner to invest in efficiency improvements.
Wireless charging technology for plug-in hybrid and electric cars is being tested by Toyota, with an aim to make vehicle charging easier and more convenient.
President Barack Obama may not be able to get a bill passed through the current Congress, but he is able to increase fuel efficiency standards.
Energy Secretary Moniz announces new round of $25 million for low cost solar power, aimed at cutting manufacturing costs and speeding up installation time.
On Jan. 1, 2013, Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, became the first European capital to extend free public transport to all of its 430,000 residents. One of the main drivers was mobility for all, but does it really work? Is making public transportation free actually increasing mobility? While it might take some time to evaluate the economic impact of this change, a new study of three researchers from the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology provides an initial outlook into the changes in ridership following the introduction of free rides.
Two new reports find that the BLM is shortchanging the public on federal land sales, benefiting coal companies. How does this change the energy subsidy debate?
Hybrids don’t do as well in winter for reasons ranging from modified winter gasoline formulations, to increased stationary warm-up time, to increased heater usage, to reduced battery performance in cold weather. A recent report in MIT Technology Review claims that the situation gets even worse when moving from hybrids to all-electrics. But before we snow on the EV parade, let’s ask how serious these cold weather drawbacks actually are.