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Elon Musk heads to court today in $2.6bn Tesla SolarCity lawsuit

Elon Musk heads to court today in $2.6bn Tesla SolarCity lawsuit

Elon Musk is in court today, as the Tesla chief exec testifies in a SolarCity lawsuit brought by shareholders upset with just how much the electric car company spent on the solar panel business. Tesla acquired SolarCity for $2.6 billion back in 2016, though the case alleges Musk applied undue pressure in an attempt to drive through the deal before the solar firm ran out of cash.

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Alphabet’s X moonshot division wants to bring AI to the electric grid

Alphabet’s X moonshot division wants to bring AI to the electric grid

Google parent Alphabet has been working on "a moonshot" for the electric grid, with a secret project in its X R&D division aiming to figure out how to make power use more stable, and more green, than it is today. The research, revealed at the White House Leaders Summit on Climate, has been underway for the past three years.

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Apple is building a mega battery for Tesla-style solar power storage

Apple is building a mega battery for Tesla-style solar power storage

Apple has revealed plans to build a huge energy storage battery in California, near to the vast solar farm which it counts on to provide renewable power for its operations. The strategy takes a leaf out of Tesla's book, among others, and will store excess energy generated by the 130 megawatt solar panel installation for use later on.

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Jackery Explorer 1500 Portable Power Station Review

Jackery Explorer 1500 Portable Power Station Review

California-based Jackery has been in the portable generator business for almost a decade now but recent events have shown how alternatives to gasoline-powered generators are even more important these days. Safety, environment friendliness, and flexibility have become just as critical as having a power source while off the grid or, more importantly, in an emergency. At its annual Jackery Day, the company announced two new such solutions and we take the Jackery Explorer 1500 for a spin to see how much it has improved since we met the Jackery Explorer 1000 last year.

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POC adds Powerfoyle solar-power tech to bike helmet

POC adds Powerfoyle solar-power tech to bike helmet

The folks at POC revealed a new sort of bike helmet this week - one with a solar panel. This new bicycle helmet has a red light at its base (at the back) and obtains power from the sun's friendly rays. This is only the latest in a collection of collaborations between POC and companies that bring advanced tech to the classic helmet line.

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Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Review: The solar roof is really good for one thing

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Review: The solar roof is really good for one thing

Hyundai offers a solar roof on the Sonata Hybrid sedan, though the promise of free driving courtesy of the sun isn't really where the technology shines. The frugal family car eschews plug-in hybrid technology in favor of the altogether simpler pairing of a decent-sized gas engine and an electric motor that play together, though the solar cells embedded in the glass roof do step away from the norm.

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NASA shows off new solar panels for the ISS

NASA shows off new solar panels for the ISS

The ISS has been in orbit above the Earth for decades. Power for the space station and the experiments onboard comes from four pairs of solar arrays designed for a 15-year service life. Those solar arrays have been operating continuously since the first pair was deployed in December 2000. Additional array pairs were delivered in September 2006, June 2007, and March 2009.

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NASA will live stream the total solar eclipse on December 14

NASA will live stream the total solar eclipse on December 14

Total solar eclipses are exciting celestial events that can be difficult to view. The difficulty comes in that you can't simply look at the sun; you need special equipment. Another challenge to space watchers who want to see the solar eclipse is that it's not visible from all parts of the world.

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Jackery Explorer 1000 Portable Power Station Review

Jackery Explorer 1000 Portable Power Station Review

We live in an electricity-powered world, which shouldn't really be news, but we will always find a time when electricity isn't always readily available. Be it a power outage at home, going off the grid in the wilderness, or simply being meters away from a power outlet, there will come a time when we wished we had a power source we can carry around that is more powerful than a smartphone power bank. The Jackery Explorer 1000 definitely fits the bill when it comes to raw power but is that all that it can offer? We take the company's newest and biggest portable power station to see if size is all that it has.

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Tesla Q1 2020: Model Y profit and Semi setback

Tesla Q1 2020: Model Y profit and Semi setback

Tesla saw $16 million in net income in Q1 2020 and recorded its third consecutive quarterly profit, the electric car company announced today, with the new Model Y crossover managing to turn a profit from out of the gate. Over 87,000 Model 3 and Model Y cars - Tesla's most affordable - were produced in the three month period ending March 2020, of which over 76,000 were delivered to buyers.

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Goal Zero Yeti 500X adds 60W USB-PD and foldable Nomad 50 solar charger

Goal Zero Yeti 500X adds 60W USB-PD and foldable Nomad 50 solar charger

Goal Zero has added a new portable battery to its range, with the Yeti 500X promising fridge- and TV-powering levels of juice along with new portable solar panels to keep it charged up off-grid. The newest "portable power station" in Goal Zero's line-up, the Yeti 500X packs a 505 Wh battery as well as a 60W USB-PD port for USB-C Power Delivery compatible devices like laptops.

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Panasonic is leaving Tesla’s solar cell Gigafactory 2

Panasonic is leaving Tesla’s solar cell Gigafactory 2

Panasonic announced today that it will begin winding down the production of photovoltaic cells it creates at Tesla's Gigafactory in Buffalo, New York. The two companies aren't ending their partnership entirely, as Panasonic said in its announcement today that it will continue working with Tesla in Nevada, with this decision having "no impact" on that particular team-up.

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