Johnson Controls doubling car battery output in U.S.
Johnson Controls said Monday it plans to invest $445 million to double production capacity of its advanced car batteries in North America and also to build a new battery plant in China.
Tesla cofounder plays Frankenstein with hybrid electric garbage truck
A Tesla cofounder Ian Wright and his company Wrightspeed teamed up with commercial truck builder Mac Trucks to create a new hybrid electric trash hauler.
Tesla's Energy Business Will Scale Faster Than You Think
In some ways, Tesla's nascent stationary storage business is just as exciting as its automotive business.
Electric car better investment than solar
The extra expense of an electric vehicle roughly equates to the cost of installing roof-top solar electricity generation, making it a better investment for environmental outcomes, says John Hancock, the head of the Smart Grid Forum.
NEW, INNOVATIVE, ECO-FRIENDLY AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS COMING OUR WAY
No stone is being unturned in the search for ways to reduce energy consumption and one of the areas being looked into currently is air conditioning.
Nike's Ultra-Sustainable Distribution Center Is So Clean It Uses Sheep Instead Of Lawn Mowers
Most of the deliveries arrive directly by boat, the cranes are all hybrids, and it runs on 100% renewable energy.
Mercedes-Benz home battery systems pricing is now public
As more information about home battery products emerges, the differences among the major manufacturers are being revealed. Daimler’s ACCUmotive division manufactures Mercedes-Benz energy storage units. Until now, the Mercedes home battery has not been sold directly to consumers in Germany
Nissan Introduces Its Own Powerwall: “xStorage” From €4,000 ($4,500 USD) Installed
Nissan has taken a page out of Tesla Energy’s playbook by introducing its own Home energy storage solution, called the “xStorage” in Europe. Where this differs from several other ESS systems that are now coming to market is that the Nissan solution takes advantage of second hand batteries from Nissan electric vehicles (the LEAF and e-NV200).
Tesla Powerwalls for Home Energy Storage Hit U.S. Market
To Steve Yates, the best thing about his new Tesla Powerwall is that he doesn’t have to worry anymore about the lights going out during a storm. Or maybe it’s how cool an addition it is to the entryway of his house in Monkton, Vermont.
Mercedes home batteries are a potential rival for Tesla’s Powerwall
Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler AG announced that the storage units are being manufactured by its subsidiary Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE (Daimler has a real love of all caps). The batteries are being sold, installed and supported by partners like utility and solar tech companies.
Elon Musk Learning Hard Lessons in Energy Storage Market
When Tesla Motors launched the Powerwall energy storage product last year, it was considered a product that would let people use electricity they generated and also have a stable backup source of power. Early indications are that the fast-cycling 7 kWh model is doing well.
How the Grid Was Won: Three Scenarios for the Distributed Grid in 2030
Shayle Kann imagines the future of electricity.
Artificial Leaf in the Shade but Still Growing
The artificial leaf unveiled by Dan Nocera, now of Harvard University, US, in 2011 captured the public’s imagination. But are efforts to take this technology to market stalling? Sun Catalytix, the spin-out founded to commercialize the technology.
Experts: Powering your home with batteries is going to get cheaper and cheaper
In the past few weeks, there’s been a battery of new studies on batteries. Not the kind in your cellphone, but a much more revolutionary make – the kind that is already powering many cars, and that might someday help power your home.
Tesla wants to power your home with a battery
In a letter sent to investors and analysts on Tuesday, the electric car company said it will announce a "home battery" and a "very large utility scale battery." Similar products already exist on the market, but Tesla said it will explain why its batteries are better than competitors' solutions at the event.
Don’t have $13K to pony up for a Tesla home battery? It may lease them instead
Though the U.S. installed 30 percent more solar photovoltaics in 2014 than it did in the previous year, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association, they still only account for 0.4 percent of electricity generated in the United States.
This is the future: Elon Musk betting $5bn on super batteries
n the same way that Amazon.com carved out leadership in Cloud Computing by being bold at a time the competition wavered, South African-born Elon Musk is determined to lead the charge into efficient energy storage.
Home battery systems will be an energy revolution — but maybe not for Tesla
Elon Musk and Tesla Energy recently introduced a new home battery system. It is, in theory, pretty revolutionary.
Tesla Model X SUV coming this fall with a few surprises
As recently at May, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that deliveries of the SUV with distinctive falcon-wing doors and all-wheel drive could start in August. It has been taking orders for the Model X since 2012. At the end of last year, 20,000 order were already on the books.
What Elon Musk is really like as a boss
After working for Elon for over five years at SpaceX as the Head of Talent Acquisition, there are many potential answers to this question. Any answer I might give will be completely colored by my own experiences
This startup has a secret weapon for grocery stores
In the bottom of chilly refrigerated cases at a Vons super market in San Diego, a brand new type of energy technology recently made its commercial debut.
Funding Circle's big moment: 'We want to be lending $100 billion a year'
Two years ago peer-to-peer lender Funding Circle did something pretty rare for a British tech company — it took on America.
This might become the hottest energy market
Panasonic is the biggest shareholder in the lithium ion battery market today. With a market share of close to 20.5 percent the Japanese company has left the other East Asian players such as LG Chem
We're Glowing Over Energy Field Photography
Inside a large, collapsible white dome with a black interior, a curious box connected to two metal plates sits in front of a chair.
Nissan wants you to use its Leaf EV like a Tesla Powerwall
In May, Tesla explained why it's a good idea to put multi-kWh batteries our homes. Half a year on, Nissan has worked out how to use the multi-kWh battery inside its Leaf EV in the same way.
Renewable Energy from Evaporating Water
Simple devices made of bacterial spores, glue, and plastic may allow capturing energy from evaporating water. This video explains the motivation behind our work and the exciting process of scientifically driven innovation.
D.C. Utility Using Tech ‘Never Before Used in North America’ to Turn Poop Into Power
DC Water’s $470 million Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant, unveiled earlier this month, processes an average of 330 million gallons of raw sewage each day, turning it into 10 megawatts of electricity.
First fully autonomous 'robot run' farm to open in Japan
A factory in Japan will be the first fully robot-run farm, with a team of automated systems handling every step of the farming process from watering seeds to harvesting crops.
The waterless toilet that turns your poo into power
UK researchers have created a self-sustaining nano-membrane toilet that could provide a safe alternative to open defecation and public lavatories
This computer will grow your food in the future
What if we could grow delicious, nutrient-dense food, indoors anywhere in the world?
Greener skies: Frenchman prepares for history-making zero-carbon Atlantic flight
The French town of Les Sables d'Olonne is no stranger to ambitious missions to harness the forces of nature.
Wonder material could harvest energy from thin air
Bold claims for new battery technology have been around since the invention of the lead-acid battery more than 150 years ago.
Carbon Sinks: The Next Big Thing (Part 3)
This is the 3rd in a four-part post on using ecosystems to store carbon. Part 1 was about the need to bring the Earth’s carbon cycle back into balance.
The Buoy That May Finally Make Wave Energy Feasible
We already harness energy from the sun, the wind, and many other natural processes for our own uses.
Why companies like Google and Walmart are buying so much wind power
The U.S. wind energy industry had a memorable 2015, from installing thousands of new turbines across the country.
THE FLYBOARD AIR GIVES US A GLIMPSE OF THE FUTURE
Islands appear in the middle of the ocean, buildings grow higher into the sky than anywhere else on Earth, and now people fly.
Off-grid UFO home is completely powered by wind, water and sun
UFOs could soon be spotted floating on the ocean as cool sustainable homes.
This Gorgeous, Sustainable "Leather" Is Made From Pineapple Waste
Your future handbag will be made from fruit—not cow or petroleum.
Inside The High-Tech Farm Growing Kale In An Old Paintball Arena
This could be part of the future of farming.
10 National Geographic Photos That Explain Earth to Extraterrestrials
How did this photograph of Jane Goodall end up in outer space?
The train goes up, the train goes down: a simple new way to store energy
The energy world is full of complicated technologies and regulations, usually expressed in a thicket of off-putting acronyms.
KARMA: NOT THE “MAINSTREAM” VERSION – THE REAL ONE
Karma is a concept taught by various cultures throughout human history, and is an idea that dates back thousands of years.
Just How Much Power Do Your Electronics Use When They Are ‘Off’?
Roughly 50 devices and appliances in the typical American household are always drawing power.
A COMPANY FROM DENMARK FIND NEW WAYS TO TURN OCEAN WAVES TO ENERGY
Danish company Wavestar is working towards using the oceans power and is producing a machine to do it.
The Great Electric Bus Takeover Has Begun
The US electric bus company Proterra has been making a series of rapid-fire moves into the EV transit marketplace
The incredible possibilities of 'invisible' wood
Wood has been the building block of some of the world's greatest architectural feats for thousands of years.
RENEWABLE ENERGY IS BECOMING A BIG PROBLEM FOR UTILITY PROVIDERS
Renewable energy is an unavoidable part of our future.
BMW Rolls Out Massive i3-Powered Energy Storage System – 22 or 33 kWh
BMW has introduced an energy storage system for residential and commercial applications from the Electric Vehicle Symposium.
Compact WaterCube uses solar power to make clean drinking water
Humanity has made a real mess of life on Earth, but people like Ap Verheggen are keeping us in the game.
Google releases Awareness APIs, giving apps unprecedented access to your behavior
Apps will soon have a much stronger understanding of your behavior.
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