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  • Nissan LEAF Sets New Annual US Electric Car Sales Record — Yet Again

    30 October 2014, 4:45 pm by: James Ayre

    The Nissan LEAF has just set a new electric car sales record, yet again — this time for the most US electric vehicles sold in the period of a single calendar year. The new record eclipses the one set in 2013 — also by the Nissan LEAF — of 22,610 units…
  • GM Reveals 2016 Chevy Volt Drivetrain Improvements

    30 October 2014, 1:30 pm by: Christopher DeMorro

    Gas2. Engineers working on the 2016 Chevy Volt have used data collected from customers to design a follow-up to the best-selling plug-in car in America, and GM has detailed the first of those drivetrain improvements. Among the improvements is a lighter battery…
  • Renault Claims Eolab 1-Liter Concept Car Would Cost Just $23,900

    30 October 2014, 12:30 pm by: Steve Hanley

    Gas2. How much would you spend for a car that gets 235 miles per gallon? According to a report in Automotive News Europe, Renault claims its Eolab, shown to the world for the first time at the Paris Auto Show this month, would cost the same as the current…
  • Cleantech Open Honors Innovators At 5th Midwest Summit

    30 October 2014, 11:59 am by: Sandy Dechert

    The Cleantech Open, a 501(c)(3) nongovernmental organization, catalyzes global cleantech. It runs a rigorous one-of-a-kind accelerator program for start-up cleantech companies over a period of five months per year. Rooted in the efforts of volunteers (many…
  • Toyota Claims That No One Wants A Toyota EV, Pushing Ahead With Hydrogen…

    30 October 2014, 11:31 am by: James Ayre

    A prominent Toyota representative recently made the comment that the main reason that Toyota isn’t developing any wide-release battery-electric vehicles is that no one wants one. And that’s why the company is pushing ahead with its hydrogen fuel cell…
  • Three Pathways For Scaling Up Societal Change

    30 October 2014, 11:18 am by: Zachary Shahan

    Sustainnovate. Sustainnovate is focused on companies and organizations that are making positive change in the world. Specifically, we are focused on cleantech solutions that help to solve the global warming, pollution, water scarcity, and food insecurity…
  • In 2064, This Is Your Life As An Energy Generator

    30 October 2014, 7:58 am by: Tina Casey

    This article is part of the ‘Think Further’ series, sponsored by Fred Alger Management, Inc. For more ‘Think Further’ content and videos, visit thinkfurtheralger.com. We’ve been all over MIT researcher Donald Sadoway’s new “dirt cheap” liquid…
  • Energy Dept. Still Chasing Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Unicorn

    30 October 2014, 7:52 am by: Tina Casey

    FCEV unicorn watch: The US Energy Dept. has just launched a new $1 million R&D prize to promote home-scale hydrogen for fuel cell electric vehicles…
  • Q3 Earnings: SunPower Reaps Strong Third Quarter

    30 October 2014, 7:10 am by: Joshua S Hill

    SunPower Corp, the second largest US-based solar panel manufacturer, announced its third quarter earnings Wednesday, reporting strong growth over previous quarters, beating analyst estimates and amassing an 8 GW pipeline. The company reported a net income of…
  • SolarCity Unveils ZS Beam — New System Improves Speed + Affordability Of Solar Carport…

    30 October 2014, 5:01 am by: James Ayre

    Solar Love. A new product intended to make the installation of solar carport systems easier, cheaper, and safer was recently unveiled by the US-based solar energy giant SolarCity. The new product — ZS Beam, part of the company’s Zep Solar line — will…
  • The Australian Solar Industry Has Grown By 1 GW Since July 2013

    30 October 2014, 4:32 am by: Giles Parkinson

    RenewEconomy. Australian households and businesses have installed more than 1GW of rooftop solar since July, 2013, with the rate of installations growing in the last few months due to uncertainty about the future of the renewable energy target. Data released…
  • IKEA To Sell Solar Panels In Stores In The Netherlands

    30 October 2014, 4:29 am by: James Ayre

    The multinational furniture giant IKEA will soon begin selling residential solar panels in its stores in the Netherlands, as per recent reports. The move is part of a new partnership between the thin-film module manufacturer Hanergy and IKEA. The solar panels…
  • Victorian Train Stations Save 30% With Solar Power

    30 October 2014, 4:15 am by: Guest Contributor

    RenewEconomy. Sophie Vorrath. Five Victorian train stations have reduced their peak summer electricity use by as much as 30 per cent, through the installation of solar power and energy efficient lights and appliances. The stations were built or upgraded as…
  • Clean Power Research Lowering Solar Soft Costs by Bringing Interconnection Processes Online

    30 October 2014, 4:09 am by: James Ayre

    Clean Power Research — a solar research, consultation, and software development firm — recently won the Innovative Solar Partner of the Year Award for its work cooperating with utilities to bring distributed solar interconnection processes online via…
  • Solar Decathlon Technology Spotlight: Heat Pumps

    30 October 2014, 4:03 am by: Amber Archangel

    1Sun4All. How much comfort is required to give up if we live in an energy-efficient house? How much would we lose by updating our home to net zero standards? Maybe none. Check out the latest article from Irene Ying for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar…
  • $1,000,000 Awarded To Chicago Cleantech Startups

    30 October 2014, 3:56 am by: Jake Richardson

    One million dollars was awarded recently to four cleantech startups in Chicago by the Illinois Clean Energy Fund. 1) Intellihot Green Technologies received $400,000 2) SiNode Systems received $300,000 3) AllCell Technologies received $200,000 4) Agentis Energy…
  • Violence & Climate Change: Warming & Storming Disrupt Human Lives

    30 October 2014, 3:38 am by: Sandy Dechert

    Have you ever thought that society might be a bit rougher at the edges, and interpersonal and intergroup conflict more frequent, in the summertime? or in the tropics? New research clearly links social violence with the occurrence of climate change. People…
  • Suntech Enlists Munich RE & Ping An To Insure Module Performance Warranties

    30 October 2014, 1:30 am by: James Ayre

    The Chinese solar energy giant Wuxi Suntech has enlisted the services of two large insurance companies, one German and one Chinese — Munich RE and Ping An, respectively — in order to offer improved insurance protection for customer module warranties. The…
  • German Utility MVV Energie Buys 50.1% Stake In Juwi

    30 October 2014, 1:00 am by: James Ayre

    The German utility MVV Energie has acquired a dominant 50.1% stake in the renewable energy project developer Juwi, according to recent reports. According to the German energy company, the Juwi acquisition is intended to result in the expansion of renewable…
  • Tesla Motors Deal For Nevada Gigafactory Land Concluded

    29 October 2014, 6:55 pm by: James Ayre

    Though Tesla Motors had already begun construction at the 980-acre site east of Reno where the Gigafactory is being built, the land didn’t actually belong to the company until a few days ago, when the deal for the land was finally concluded. As per the…

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