Innovation

New solar tech produces 50% more energy than standard silicon PV cells

New solar tech produces 50% more energy than standard silicon PV cells

New solar energy tech can produce over 50 per cent more energy per day By A’ndrea Elyse Messer UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A concentrating photovoltaic system with embedded microtracking can produce over 50 per cent more energy per day than standard silicon solar cells in a head-to-head competition, according to a team of engineers who […]

China’s plan to dominate global EV market includes pressuring automakers with “impossible” rules

China’s plan to dominate global EV market includes pressuring automakers with “impossible” rules

China looking for EVs, hybrids to be 20% of sales by 2025 Global automakers have urged China to delay and soften planned quotas for sales of electric and hybrid cars, saying its proposals will be impossible to meet and would severely disrupt their businesses, according to a letter seen by Reuters. The June 18 letter […]

EVs news brief: Porsche to launch first battery-only model in 2019; Ifo reports job losses on German ICE ban

EVs news brief: Porsche to launch first battery-only model in 2019; Ifo reports job losses on German ICE ban

Porsche EVs sales could reach 25 per cent of total sales by 2025 Porsche says it will spend one billion euros to overhaul its main Stuttgart plant where it will build its first battery-only model, the Mission E saloon. The car is expected to be available in 2019. The company sees a switch in markets […]

Clean energy brief July 18: Renewables do not harm power grid reliability – draft US report

Clean energy brief July 18: Renewables do not harm power grid reliability – draft US report

Also in this brief: 1) Smart street lights transforming local utilities 2) Virtual power plants, “trans-active energy” platforms putting consumers in charge Draft study not yet vetted by political staff, renewable energy industry fears political interference from Trump Administration A draft of a study by the US Department of Energy shows the expansion of renewable […]

Highly automated light duty vehicles to begin in 2020 – Navigant Research

Highly automated light duty vehicles to begin in 2020 – Navigant Research

Governments beginning to approve legislation to allow commercial deployment on public roads Governments are starting to approve legislation allowing deployment of vehicles with increasingly automated capabilities, finds a new report from Navigant Research. It analyzes regional markets for light duty passenger vehicles (LDVs) and medium or heavy duty commercial vehicles with highly automated driving capability, […]

As Chevy Bolt inventories swell, GM extends plant shutdown

As Chevy Bolt inventories swell, GM extends plant shutdown

Chevy Bolt sales amount to 7,592 in first six months of 2017 General Motors is extending the shutdown of its plant in Michigan that builds the Chevy Bolt electric car.  The company says the move is part of a broader effort to take control of growing inventories of unsold vehicles in the US. In June, […]

Oil/gas innovation brief July 10: Lithium from wastewater pilot project completed in Alberta

Oil/gas innovation brief July 10: Lithium from wastewater pilot project completed in Alberta

Also in this brief: Wireless sensing energizes oil/gas pipeline monitoring, Alberta engineering sector begins recovering in 2017 Lithium from SADG wastewater process pilot plant completed in Alberta MGX Minerals Inc. – a Canadian company with a patent to extract lithium from SAGD (steam assisted gravity drainage, used in oil sands production) wastewater – has completed an operating […]

Electric vehicles news brief July 10:  Nissan hopes to lead in Autonomous EV technology

Electric vehicles news brief July 10: Nissan hopes to lead in Autonomous EV technology

Nissan sees autonomous driving as long-term process that begins with enhanced safety technology, but will one day end in true self-driving cars Self driving electric cars are the Next Big Thing in the automotive industry and no automaker wants to be left behind. Manufacturers – see Volvo’s recent announcement that by 2019 all its cars […]

Solar-powered Lightyear car able to drive for months without charging, startup claims

Solar-powered Lightyear car able to drive for months without charging, startup claims

Company claims Lightyear One can handle almost any terrain The Dutch startup Lightyear announced their plans to bring a commercial solar car to the market in 2019 with a battery range of 800 kilometers, charged by the sun, according to a press release. The first vehicle, the Lightyear One, is an electric four-wheel drive car that […]

Trucks play key role in determining future global oil demand growth – IEA

Trucks play key role in determining future global oil demand growth – IEA

Fuels such as natural gas, biofuels, electricity and hydrogen can diversify fuel supply away from oil Improving the efficiency of road-freight transport is critical to reducing the growth in oil demand, carbon emissions and air pollution over the next decades, according to the International Energy Agency’s latest report, The Future of Trucks: Implications for energy and […]