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Tesla Inside Out — Tesla History From 7-Year Insider

I recently met a gentleman named David Havasi while charging our Tesla Model 3 at a ChargePoint station at a Whole Foods I frequently visit. He recognized me from CleanTechnica and I quickly learned he worked at Tesla for 7 years, until just recently. We got talking, talking, talking, and talking. I wasn’t sure if he’d be camera shy to repeat some of what he told me (or more) on camera, but it turned out he very much wasn’t shy — he had actually worked on Broadway before working at Tesla!

KIER Identified Ion Transfer Principles of Salinity Gradient Power Generation Technology

(National Research Council of Science & Technology) Dr. Kim Hanki of Jeju Global Research Center, Korea Institute of Energy Research(KIER) developed a mathematical analysis model that can identify the ion transfer principle of salinity gradient power technology. The result was published in ‘Water Research,’ which is the top authority in the field of water resources.

ORNL to take on nine power grid modernization projects as part of DOE award

(DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers will lead two new projects and support seven more to enhance the reliability and resilience of the nation’s power grid as part of the US Department of Energy’s 2019 Grid Modernization Lab Call.

Why Chuck Schumer Is Completely Wrong About Electric Cars

New York Sen. Chuck Schumer has proposed a law requiring every car in America to be electric by 2040. Sorry, Senator — “not gonna happen,” to use President George H.W. Bush’s iconic phrase. And anyway, it wouldn’t begin to make…

Should I unplug my appliances and, if so, will I save money on my electric bill?

All things plugged in will bleed some energy. Called “standby” electricity loss because it’s so often associated with electronics in standby or idle mode, it’s also known as “phantom” or “vampire” electricity (for obvious reasons). Even turned off, many appliances…

Shedding new light on the charging of lithium-ion batteries

(DOE/Argonne National Laboratory) Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory have discovered a photo-excitation process that speeds up the charging of lithium-ion batteries. If commercialized, such technology could be a game changer for electric vehicles.