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Tesla Steps Into The Utility Space With New Grid Controller Patent

This week, Tesla locked in a new patent for a distributed electrical grid management system, with capability to control everything from massive grid-scale energy storage installations down to your washing machine to keep everything humming along nicely

Energy Innovation CEO Hal Harvey: Climate Solutions Are At Our Fingertips

It’s easy to become overwhelmed with the climate crisis. With powerful political forces and traditional energy businesses pushing hard to deny the problem, delay progress, or greenwash their own activities, it can sometimes feel like progress is unattainable

Researchers rank ‘smartest’ schools of fish when it comes to travel formations

(New Jersey Institute of Technology) A research team from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and New York University (NYU) has showcased a new mathematical model capable of determining what formations give a school’s swimmers the biggest advantage when it comes to energy efficiency and speeds, particularly when compared to school-less fishes.

With the En-ROADS climate simulator, you can build your own solutions to global warming – Yale Climate Connections

Killer hurricanes, devastating wildfires, melting glaciers, and sunny-day flooding in more and more coastal areas around the world have birthed a fatalistic view cleverly dubbed by Mary Annaïse Heglar of the Natural Resources Defense Council as “de-nihilism“. One manifestation: An…

Acetone plus light creates a green jet fuel additive

(DOE/Los Alamos National Laboratory) Take biomass-derived acetone — common nail polish remover — use light to upgrade it to higher-mass hydrocarbons, and, voila, you have a domestically generated product that can be blended with conventional jet fuel to fly while providing environmental benefits, creating domestic jobs, securing the nation’s global leadership in bioenergy technologies, and improving U.S. energy security.

Advanced polymers help streamline water purification, environmental remediation

(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, News Bureau) It takes a lot of energy to collect, clean and dispose of contaminated water. Some contaminants, like arsenic, occur in low concentrations, calling for even more energy-intensive selective removal processes.

Top 3 Advantages of EVs

There are many electric vehicle (EV) advantages, but the top benefit according to EV drivers in survey after survey is the environmental benefit of driving electric. Our friends at Third Row Podcast recently broke that out into three distinct advantages. Those advantages are that they are energy efficient, reduce air pollution, and help prevent climate change

EV Ownership + Rooftop Solar Ownership — New Report & Charts

We were curious whether EV ownership/leasing correlated with rooftop solar panel ownership, and also whether driving an EV encouraged people to drive more efficiently or even conserve energy more at home, so we surveyed thousands of EV owners. Guess what the results were

Bolt EV: Drive Unit Deep Dive

While batteries get a lot of attention, drive units in electric vehicles don’t get as much love. Why? Because many think they’re simple and all the same. An electric motor turns a reduction gear of some kind, which turns the CV axles, which turn the wheels and makes us go. It’s just a few moving parts, right