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Apple To Build Solar Plant To Power Data Center

July 2, 2013 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Technology giant Apple Inc. will pay for construction of an 18-megawatt photovoltaic solar plant in northern Nevada. The Fort Churchill Solar Array, to be built in Yerington, was included in a filing Monday by NV Energy Inc. with the Public Utilities Commission outlining the utilities integrated resource plan.

GM, Honda To Collaborate On Fuel Cell Vehicles

July 2, 2013 10:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. and Honda Motor Co. are joining forces to develop hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. The two companies said Tuesday they plan to develop new hydrogen storage and fuel cell technologies by 2020. They will also push for more hydrogen fueling stations.

China Launches EU Dumping Investigation

July 1, 2013 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's Commerce Ministry announced Monday it has launched a formal investigation into claims that European Union countries are selling wine at unfairly low prices, as a prolonged dispute over Chinese solar power products continues to affect trade relations. The ministry said in a notice late Monday that it had accepted the complaint brought by the Chinese wine industry in May following a review.

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Letter To The Editor: OMG...It's A Tesla

June 28, 2013 8:01 am | by Stuart Koford | Blogs | Comments

I have a Tesla Roadster, which I have had for four years and which has 75,000 miles on it. My impressions: Compared to the various other sports cars I have owned – Porsche, RX-7, 3000 – the car has far better acceleration and has instant response to the throttle pedal compared to the lag and roughness of all gas engine cars.

IEA: Global Renewable Energy Growing Fast

June 26, 2013 2:20 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Renewable energy is growing fast around the world and will be the second biggest source of electricity, after coal, by 2016, according to a five-year outlook published Wednesday by the International Energy Agency. Developing countries are building more wind, solar and hydro-electric power plants to meet rising power demand and combat local pollution problems.

Canadian Solar Shares Rise On Samsung Deal

June 26, 2013 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Canadian Solar's U.S. shares soared Wednesday on news of a deal with Samsung Renewable Energy Inc. to open a new manufacturing facility in London, Ontario. The facility will produce solar modules and power stations and supply Samsung's Ontario solar projects. It also will serve as a hub for Canadian Solar to conduct research and product development related to solar energy generation.

OMG…It’s A Tesla

June 26, 2013 8:01 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

How many electric cars are on the U.S. market today? I can think of the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt – and, of course – the Tesla Model S. Despite these other zero-emission vehicles (that are also a bit more affordable), Tesla always tops this list.

4 Ways Manufacturers Can Cope With Rising Energy Prices

June 25, 2013 8:05 am | by Michael Lewis | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers require tremendous amounts of energy to power equipment and light and heat facilities, and move raw materials to their plants and finished goods to store shelves. Chemical, fertilizer and plastics manufacturers use carbon-based fuels as feedstock, so accurate projected costs and ready availability is essential to adequate pricing.

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Tesla Gets Supercharged

June 24, 2013 1:20 pm | by TeslaMotors | Videos | Comments

Supercharging enables Tesla Model S drivers to travel long distances, for free, indefinitely, says Tesla CEO Elon Musk. In addition to the expansion of the Supercharger network itself, Tesla has improved the technology behind the Superchargers to significantly speed up the amount of time it takes to charge the Model S, in some cases cutting charging time in half.

High-Voltage Battery Simulator & Test Systems

June 24, 2013 9:08 am | by Randall Beattie, President of SAKOR Technologies | Articles | Comments

High voltage battery simulator and test systems are essential for conducting testing of the high voltage DC power systems that are such a critical element of electric (EV) and hybrid/electric (HEV) vehicles. To accurately test a high voltage hybrid or electric drivetrain, you need to be able to provide precise, repeatable high-voltage DC power.

Musk: Time To Tackle Dealer Dispute

June 20, 2013 8:01 am | by Reuters TV | Videos | Comments

Elon Musk, Tesla Motors CEO, tells the Reuters Global Tech Summit that he'll talk to politicians who back local car dealers trying to keep Tesla from selling directly to consumers. He also talks batteries, charging stations, and why he is in no rush to take SpaceX public.

VT, Quebec Announce Electric Car Corridor

June 18, 2013 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Starting this fall, people who drive electric vehicles should be able to travel the 138-mile route between Burlington, Vt. and Montreal without worrying they'll run short of a charge thanks to a planned electric vehicle charging corridor, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin and Quebec Premier Pauline Marois announced in Montreal.

U.S. Official: Solar Plane To Help Ground Energy Use

June 18, 2013 10:06 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The plane parked outside the airport looks more like a giant exotic insect or maybe an outsized toy. When it's in flight, there's no roar of engines. It's strangely quiet. And as it crisscrosses the U.S., the spindly plane doesn't use a drop of fuel. Day, and even night, it flies on the power of the sun.

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Boeing's 787 Nightmare Is Over

June 17, 2013 1:46 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

It wasn't that long ago that the Boeing 787 was having some problems with its battery, leading to many airlines grounding their 787s. Now, the Dreamliner maker's stock is the 2nd best performer in the Dow this year as worries about Boeing's 787 battery problems fade.

Renault Seeks Change Of Mood With Electric Car

June 13, 2013 12:33 pm | by ReutersVideo | Videos | Comments

Renault hopes its eye-catching all-electric concept car, Twin'Z, can help persuade drivers who refuse to embrace alternative fuel technology to change their minds. Like other all electric vehicles, the Twin'Z is limited in its power and range so the French auto maker is focusing instead on sheer visual pizzazz to reel in the skeptics.

Fast Forklift Charging For Fast-Paced Environments

June 12, 2013 8:05 am | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution | Articles | Comments

Corwin Will is the facility manager of The Pampered Chef, a Berkshire Hathaway company, which has benefited from tremendous savings and safety improvements from installing Minit Chargers across four warehouses. The Pampered Chef warehouses face a daily challenge similar to those of all industrial facilities: trying to pick and ship thousands of items a day in the most efficient way possible.

Last Engineer Let Go At Idaho Hoku Plant

June 11, 2013 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An estimated $400 million polysilicon plant in eastern Idaho now has only eight workers, all security guards, after its last engineer exited last month amid dwindling hopes the facility will ever produce materials for solar panels. Hoku Scientific Inc., based in Hawaii, started building the plant in Pocatello about five years ago, as interest in solar energy grew and polysilicon prices rose.

Balloons Set to Take Wind Power to New Heights

June 6, 2013 8:03 am | by ReutersVideo | Videos | Comments

Boston-based company Altaeros has developed a new wind power generator in the form of a giant balloon that they say will offer a cheap renewable energy alternative to communities that live off the grid. The inventors say this could be the future of wind power. Reuters' Ben Gruber has more.

Where Cell Phones Go To Die

June 4, 2013 12:55 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Much of the world's electronic waste ends up in Guiyu, China, where old parts are recycled but chemicals like mercury leak into the water. Cell phones arrive in this town by the truckloads, where locals are experts in sorting through the electronic trash.

Utility, Alcoa Continue Negotiating Power Rate

May 31, 2013 2:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alcoa Inc. and South Carolina's state-owned utility have agreed to continue talks on a new power contract for the company's aluminum plant outside Goose Creek. Alcoa and Santee Cooper said Thursday they have agreed to extend the company's power contract deadline until the end of the year.

Tesla Promises To Add Charging Stations

May 31, 2013 1:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. promises to boost the number of fast-charging stations in the U.S. and Canada to make cross-country travel by electric car possible in the next year. The company said it will triple the number of charging stations it runs from the current eight, and the number will go to around 100 in the coming year, putting stations within reach of almost the entire populations of both countries.

Cheap Leases Offered To Spur Electric Car Sales

May 30, 2013 2:11 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Auto companies are hoping lower lease prices can put a charge into sluggish sales of electric cars. Honda announced Thursday that it's slashing the monthly lease cost of its tiny Fit EV by one third, following similar moves by other automakers. Honda also is throwing in other goodies, such as a free home charging station and unlimited mileage.

Trailblazing Israeli Electric Car Company To Close

May 28, 2013 10:09 am | by Jpsef Federman, Associated Press | News | Comments

It was an audacious idea that came to symbolize Israel's self-described status as "Start-Up Nation," a company that believed it could replace most gasoline-powered cars with electric vehicles and reduce the world's reliance on oil — and all within a few years. But it all came crashing down.

Tesla Repays DOE Loan Nine Years Early

May 23, 2013 12:16 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Tesla Motors, which makes a highly acclaimed $70,000 electric car, has paid off a startup loan from the U.S. government nine years early. The Palo Alto, Calif., company said it wired in a $451.8 million payment to the government on Wednesday. The money, coupled with two prior payments, paid off a $465 million loan Tesla got from the Department of Energy loan in 2010 to foster development of advanced-technology vehicles.

Chevy Spark To Be Among Lowest-Price Electric Cars

May 23, 2013 12:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. says the Spark EV subcompact will be among the lowest-priced electric cars in the U.S. The electric Spark will have a starting price of $27,495 when it goes on sale next month in California and Oregon. GM also is offering a low-mileage lease for $199 per month, with $999 due when the lease is signed.

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