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What the future of fuel cell EVs looks like…

August 13th, 2020 at 11:16 am » Comments Off

  Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) and Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) are considered by the most, as two competing technologies. Although both technologies power an electric motor, they have different properties and each of them is well suited for some uses more than others. BEVs market is increasing, with the major automotive companies, like BMW, […]

In a world-first, Australian University builds its own solar farm to offset 100% of its electricity use

August 12th, 2020 at 11:28 am » Comments Off

LIMITING GLOBAL WARMING to well below 2℃ this century requires carbon emissions to reach net-zero by around 2050. Australian households have done much to support the transition via rooftop solar investments. Now it’s time for organizations to take a more serious role. The University of Queensland’s efforts to reduce its electricity emissions provides one blueprint. […]

Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 5 refuels phones 50% in 5 minutes, 100% in 15

August 5th, 2020 at 9:48 am » Comments Off

Wireless recharging has become increasingly popular over the past few years due to its convenience — just drop your phone on a pad and pick it up later — but wired charging is faster, and some ultra-high-speed options have emerged this month to power next-generation phones. Today, Qualcomm is adding its latest innovations to the […]

Smart cities: The future of urban infrastructure

July 28th, 2020 at 8:31 am » Comments Off

Songdo in South Korea has been designed with sensors to monitor everything from temperature to energy use to traffic flow. By Timothy Carter Technology is changing everyday city life, allowing us to instantly adapt to everything from storm threats to traffic jams. Infrastructure is not exactly the sexiest word in architecture. There are no “starchitects” proudly […]

How ships could produce an unlimited amount of their own fuel

July 28th, 2020 at 8:28 am » Comments Off

The key is this special catalyst. A new study shows that a lower-cost catalyst could help turn seawater into fuel on ships. High-performance molybdenum is combined with potassium and gamma alumina to make a scaleable catalyst. The material costs less than previous versions that worked as efficiently. Scientists have taken a major step by improving […]

Australia to start paying EV owners for transferring electricity back to the national grid

July 21st, 2020 at 1:51 pm » Comments Off

Electric vehicles can help keep the air clean in our cities – as we’ve seen recently with the reduction of traffic through COVID-19 lockdowns – but they face two obstacles.  In the short term they’re still expensive. In the long term charging millions of vehicles from the electricity grid presents challenges. I’m part of a […]

Stanford research brings EVs one step closer to wirelessly charging on roads

July 4th, 2020 at 8:01 am » Comments Off

Imagine never having to plug in an electric car to recharge,but instead simply take the highway on-ramp to get a range boost. Researchers from Stanford University have published a new demonstration of highly efficient wireless charging that could allow the technology to one day be scaled up to boost driving range of electric vehicles on […]

Report: Hydrogen for fuel-cell vehicles likely to reach price parity with gasoline by 2025

July 3rd, 2020 at 9:46 pm » Comments Off

Hydrogen fuel-cell cars face many roadblocks to mass adoption, but a new report claims they could achieve price parity with gasoline by 2025.  Drafted by the California Energy Commission, the report lays out a plan for development of renewable hydrogen production plants in the state, predicting that future demand and costs will make this new […]

Chargers are the final roadblock to America’s electric car future

June 13th, 2020 at 3:16 pm » Comments Off

As long as there aren’t enough fast plugs in enough places, buyers and big automakers will stay away. Rods and waders were already packed into the electric Jaguar I-Pace as it gorged a few more electrons from the wall of my New Jersey garage. A quick glance at a map of northeastern Pennsylvania revealed charging […]

Hands-free wireless electric vehicle charging for the 21st Century

June 8th, 2020 at 12:18 pm » Comments Off

In yet another sign that electric vehicles are a more sustainable solution for 21st century personal mobility than gas mobiles, researchers have propelled electricity through 11 inches of thin air, from an in-ground charging system all the way up into the waiting battery pack of a hybrid electric UPS truck, all without using their hands. […]

New solar panels suck water from air to cool themselves down

May 28th, 2020 at 11:17 am » Comments Off

Intense summer sun can spike temperatures of solar panels, causing their electrical production to plummet. Like humans, solar panels don’t work well when overheated. Now, researchers have found a way to make them “sweat”—allowing them to cool themselves and increase their power output. It’s “a simple, elegant, and effective [way] to retrofit existing solar cell […]

Peer-to-peer highway EV charging would use telescoping cables between moving cars

May 26th, 2020 at 9:30 am » Comments Off

Imagine a future where your EV was getting low on charge ­on a highway road trip – so you deploy a telescoping charging cable to another EV and borrow a few kilowatt-hours. An engineering professor at the University of Florida believes it’s not far-fetched. We’ve seen a host of mobile EV charging van concepts. And […]

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