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Electric cars and cheap solar ‘could halt fossil fuel growth by 2020′

February 16th, 2017 at 11:40 am » Comments Off

Falling costs of electric vehicles and solar panels could halt worldwide growth in demand for oil and coal by 2020, a new report has suggested. A scenario that takes into account the latest cost reduction projections for the green technologies, and countries’ pledges to cut emissions, finds that solar power and electric vehicles are “game changers” that could […]



Solar employs more workers than coal, oil and natural gas combined

February 14th, 2017 at 11:29 am » Comments Off

U.S. solar employs more workers than any other energy industry, including coal, oil and natural gas combined, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s second annual U.S. Energy and Employment Report. 6.4 million Americans now work in the traditional energy and the energy efficiency sector, which added more than 300,000 net new jobs in 2016, or 14 percent of the nation’s […]



Fewer car owners and more driverless vehicles in future

January 16th, 2017 at 6:17 pm » Comments Off

Half of today’s car owners will not want to own a vehicle and more and more will want self-driving and electric cars in future, a survey of car manufacturing bosses has found. As fewer people see the need to buy a car, a majority of automotive executives believe the industry will increasingly focus on making money […]



World’s first solar panel road opened in France

January 3rd, 2017 at 2:51 pm » Comments Off

At this rate, just about every man-made surface there is could be covered in solar panels in the future. Yesterday, Tourouvre-au-Perche, a small town in northern France, opened what is likely the first road paved in solar panels in the world, the Guardian reported.



The 10 biggest things that will be less expensive in 2017

December 22nd, 2016 at 11:17 am » Comments Off

In 2017, the list of predictions for what will cost more is long. You’ll even spend more without even leaving home, as rent and house prices are expected to increase.



Nikola Motors introduces its hydrogen-electric semi

December 9th, 2016 at 2:38 pm » Comments Off

On Thursday in Salt Lake City, the Nikola Motor Company unveiled the Nikola One, the world’s first hydrogen fuel-cell electric freight truck. The full-scale, zero-emission semi will offer a range between 800 and 1200 miles, and produce 1,000 horsepower, about twice that of an average diesel truck. The company also claims it will operate at […]



Solar-Powered pipe can desalinate over 1.5 Billion gallons of seawater

December 8th, 2016 at 2:00 pm » Comments Off

Is it a power station or a public art installation? Well, this shimmering piece of architectural wonder, called “The Pipe,” might just blur the lines between the two.



Renewable energy takes a page from Bitcoin

December 6th, 2016 at 2:02 pm » Comments Off

Bitcoin is one of the most revolutionary ideas to come out of the tech world. A whole new form of currency was created from nothing, but people are now using it to buy everything from coffee to electronics.



Researchers invent the ‘perfect’ soap molecule

November 30th, 2016 at 6:39 pm » Comments Off

A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, has invented a new soap molecule made from renewable sources that could dramatically reduce the number of chemicals in cleaning products and their impact on the environment. The soap molecules also worked better than some conventional soaps in challenging conditions such as cold water and […]



VW’s electric car will have Augmented Reality navigation system

November 16th, 2016 at 11:45 am » Comments Off

Volkswagen’s upcoming, all-electric I.D., previewed in concept form a few months ago at the Paris Motor Show, is as important to the company as the original Beetle and Golf. The concept car showed off all kinds of futuristic tech that seemed like fantasy, but one of the I.D.’s coolest feature will make it to production–its heads-up display.



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