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Hyundai delivers first fuel cell trucks to Switzerland

October 14th, 2020 at 12:00 pm » Comments Off

LUCERNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – South Korean carmaker Hyundai on Wednesday presented the first seven hydrogen-powered trucks to customers in Switzerland, out of 50 such vehicles scheduled this year to bring zero-emission commercial vehicles to European roads. For long haul, proponents say hydrogen-powered trucks have an advantage over electric rivals as they have a greater range […]

Physicists build circuit that generates clean, limitless power from graphene

October 8th, 2020 at 12:04 am » Comments Off

A team of University of Arkansas physicists has successfully developed a circuit capable of capturing graphene’s thermal motion and converting it into an electrical current. “An energy-harvesting circuit based on graphene could be incorporated into a chip to provide clean, limitless, low-voltage power for small devices or sensors,” said Paul Thibado, professor of physics and […]

IRJ 2020 Innovations Showcase: Siemens and Ballard develop hydrogen trains

October 6th, 2020 at 11:48 am » Comments Off

SIEMENS Mobility is currently developing a modular hydrogen fuel cell drive for its Mireo Plus H regional train platform, which will subsequently be integrated into other platforms. The hydrogen-powered Mireo Plus H trains will be used on existing diesel routes and in regions where hydrogen is cheaply available. The €12m project, in partnership with Canadian […]

Transforming homes into power stations – how Sweden is disrupting energy production

October 2nd, 2020 at 12:18 am » Comments Off

54% of Sweden’s power comes from renewables and this energy is increasingly local. Smart grids are switching Swedish homes from energy consumers to power-making ‘prosumers.’ Local ‘district heating’ plants use excess heat to warm the majority of Swedish homes. Sweden tops the World Economic Forum’s Energy Transitions Index By 2030, almost a third of all […]

Nikola Tesla’s vision of wireless power transmission is alive with Kiwi startup Emrod

September 22nd, 2020 at 11:13 am » Comments Off

Its technology is supposed to be cheaper, safer, and more eco-friendly than wired power History lesson: In 1890, Nikola Tesla caused a total blackout in the town of Colorado Springs using a 140-foot Tesla coil. Creating a citywide power outage was not his goal. He wanted to power a light bulb that was more than […]

California approves largest ever utility program to expand EV charging

September 22nd, 2020 at 11:10 am » Comments Off

 A charging station for electric vehicles is pictured in Pasadena, California California on Thursday approved a $437 million effort to build thousands of electric vehicle chargers, its utility regulator said, calling it the nation’s largest ever utility program to expand charging infrastructure. The money will go to utility Southern California Edison SCE_pe.A to fund the […]

New autonomous sustainable robots could mine the deep sea

September 11th, 2020 at 11:17 am » Comments Off

Pliant Energy Systems says its C-Ray robot could be used as a less invasive ocean mining tool. Mining companies are ready to tackle two new frontiers like never before: space and the deep sea. The deep ocean is a place that’s not only rich in sea life, vast swathes of it are also abundant in […]

Brain-inspired electronic system could vastly reduce AI’s carbon footprint

September 4th, 2020 at 11:17 am » Comments Off

A wafer filled with memristors. Extremely energy-efficient artificial intelligence is now closer to reality after a study by UCL researchers found a way to improve the accuracy of a brain-inspired computing system. The system, which uses memristors to create artificial neural networks, is at least 1,000 times more energy efficient than conventional transistor-based AI hardware, […]

These EV chargers make money for their building-owner hosts

September 2nd, 2020 at 12:19 pm » Comments Off

  Los Angeles-based EV charging startup Xeal, which uses predictive AI software to maximize the profits of charging stations, will boost passive income for commercial and residential building owners. It’s just successfully closed its seed investment round.

Nano-diamond self-charging batteries could disrupt energy as we know it

August 28th, 2020 at 3:20 pm » Comments Off

NDB makes remarkable claims about its self-charging nano-diamond battery, here seen mocked up as a circuit board component California company NDB says its nano-diamond batteries will absolutely upend the energy equation, acting like tiny nuclear generators. They will blow any energy density comparison out of the water, lasting anywhere from a decade to 28,000 years […]

EGEB: Germany builds the world’s first hydrogen train filling station

August 21st, 2020 at 11:34 am » Comments Off

 Hydrogen trains in Germany Germany breaks ground on the world’s first hydrogen filling station for passenger trains. The town of Bremervörde in Lower Saxony, Germany, has broken ground on the world’s first hydrogen filling station for passenger trains. Chemical company Linde will construct and operate the hydrogen filling station for the Lower Saxony Regional Transport […]

Why wireless vehicle charging makes sense for smart cities

August 20th, 2020 at 10:01 am » Comments Off

Image of proposed wireless charging stations Investments we make today in urban EV infrastructure must take into account future requirements for ride sharing, transit and utilities   As the world’s population grows increasingly urban — it’s expected that by 2050, 70 per cent of individuals will live in urban areas — it’s critical for these […]

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