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Tesla Powerpack 2 system comes with “twice the energy density”

Tesla Powerpack 2 system comes with “twice the energy density”

Tesla has a solar roof and Powerwall announcement coming today and ahead of that announcement Tesla is taking the opportunity to talk about its Powerpack shipments. While the Powerwall products are aimed more at the end user, the Powerpack products are more for utility and enterprise customers. Tesla rolled out its Powerpack 2 system in September of this year and so far the products in the Powerpack 2 range have proven popular and are shipping robustly.

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Accidental discovery turns carbon dioxide into ethanol fuel

Accidental discovery turns carbon dioxide into ethanol fuel

Scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory have accidentally discovered a process by which they are able to convert the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into ethanol that can be used for fuel. The electrochemical process uses tiny spikes of carbon and copper in the conversion process. In addition to the carbon and copper, the process also requires nitrogen and an applied voltage.

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German Bundesrat says nein to all diesel and gas cars by 2030

German Bundesrat says nein to all diesel and gas cars by 2030

There is a big push all around the world to eliminate cars that run on gasoline and diesel fuel. There is more than one reason for this push with one big reason being a reduction in pollution and another being to reduce dependence on foreign oil since many countries don't sit on enough oil reserves to provide for the country's needs.Germany is one of the nations in Europe that wants to move away from vehicles powered by fossil fuels and word has surfaced that the country wants to ban gas and diesel vehicles by 2030.

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Challenergy shows off typhoon-proof wind turbine

Challenergy shows off typhoon-proof wind turbine

For many years, Japan thought that its energy needs moving into the future would be provided by nuclear power plants. When a typhoon hit in 2013 and led to the meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi power plant plans had to change. The problem for Japan is that normal wind turbines can’t withstand the forces of typhoon-class winds and the country has been hit with six typhoons in 2016. Normal wind turbines that we see in the US and Europe with propellers similar to aircraft can't survive the high winds of a typhoon, but the new design from Challenergy can.

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Microsoft aims to use 50% renewable energy by 2018

Microsoft aims to use 50% renewable energy by 2018

Microsoft has some ambitious goals to decrease its impact on the environment, and chief among them is the plan to utilize 50-percent renewable energy by 2018. This renewable energy will come from a mixture of solar power, wind, and hydro power, which the company says it buys through the grid and directly. The 2018 goal is only the start: Microsoft wants to see the percentage increase to 60-percent by the next upcoming decade, and to keep increasing upward from there.

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Germany will soon have a quieter, hydrogen-powered train

Germany will soon have a quieter, hydrogen-powered train

“Environment-friendly trains” is probably a bit of an oxymoron, unless you’re talking about electric-powered ones. Ever since their first incarnations, trains have been synonymous not just with the consumption of massive amounts of diesel but also of CO2 emission. But as they are an integral part of public transportation, especially in European countries, they can’t be simply removed. In Germany, however, a solution is already being tested in the form of the Coradia iLint, billed as the world’s first clean and green train fit for public use.

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Telsa and SolarCity’s solar roof slated for October reveal

Telsa and SolarCity’s solar roof slated for October reveal

Hot on the heels of the announcement that it intends to buy alternative energy company SolarCity, Tesla is wasting no time getting to work. We've already heard of Tesla plans to utilize SolarCity's expertise to produce a new solar roof, and now we have a date for when we can expect to see it. Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted today that the company is aiming for an October 28 reveal of the new roof, planning to show it off at an event in the San Francisco Bay area.

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NYC OKs plan to turn abandoned terminal into underground park

NYC OKs plan to turn abandoned terminal into underground park

New York City has approved a plan that will turn an abandoned trolley terminal into an underground park. The project was announced months ago, and renders of it have been provided by The Lowline showing walking spaces, green plants, and solar technology used to provide light. The park will be developed at the Lower East Side's Williamsburg Bridge Trolley Terminal, and will eventually be the first underground park in the world.

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Paris opens first part of its highway for bicycles

Paris opens first part of its highway for bicycles

Many people like the idea of getting around on a bicycle, but not having to do so on the same roads as cars. To deal with that issue, Paris has decided to create a 28-mile highway that is exclusively for bicycles, banning all motorized vehicles on them and, as a result, making a safe space for cyclists to get around more quickly. The highway is called Reseau express velo, REVe for short, and it was first voted upon last year.

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First US solar roadway to be installed on historic Route 66

First US solar roadway to be installed on historic Route 66

Solar roads are a very interesting idea that could one day see the roads around our nation generate power for use by streetlights, signals, or even nearby homes. The first section of solar roadway in the US is coming to a section of historic Route 66 in Missouri. The installation is part of the Missouri Road to Tomorrow initiative.

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Sweden launches test strip of electrified highway

Sweden launches test strip of electrified highway

Sweden has launched its first electric highway, something that is serving as a test of sorts for a potential wider rollout later on. This is part of the nation’s stated goal of ditching fossil fuel-based transportation in the future, making it possible for electric trucks to operate across a two kilometer stretch of freeway. The electric highway features electrified cables running overhead; electric trucks connected to them get their power through the lines, eliminating worries about batteries and range while curbing pollution and more.

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Apple will begin selling its excess green energy

Apple will begin selling its excess green energy

Apple has formed a new subsidiary company, but not one for developing the latest computer and mobile devices. Instead, "Apple Energy LLC" will be used to sell the surplus energy the company generates at its solar power farms. Incorporated in the state of Delaware in late May, Apple Energy has filed its request to sell power to markets in the US with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

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