energy

  • Tesla co-founder and CTO JB Straubel explains its new solar storage facility

    Tesla’s new solar energy storage facility on the Hawaiian island of Kauai does what most solar power plants cannot: it stores energy from the sun during peak times for use when the grid (and its customers) needs it most. The facility is unique, with 52 MWh of storage capacity and 13 MWh of generation via its field of panels. We spoke to Tesla CTO and co-founder JB Straubel, who oversees… Read More

  • Tesla’s Kauai solar facility will offset 1.6M gallons of fuel use per year

    Tesla’s Kauai solar facility will offset 1.6M gallons of fuel use per year

    Tesla’s Kauai solar power facility is officially open for business as of Friday, with a 13 MW SolarCity solar farm installation providing power to a Powerpack storage facility with 52 MWh of total capacity. The beauty of the new facility is that it can capture energy from the sun during peak daytime production hours, and then keep that power ready for peak consumption hours at night. Read More

  • Kado wants to make the world’s thinnest charger

    Kado wants to make the world’s thinnest charger

    What can you wrap up in ribbons? Stick in your sock? And what can you take out in public and not get thrown in the dock? The Kado phone charger, of course. This new product by Itay Hasid and Daniel Assis is making the rounds at MWC and is essentially the “world’s thinnest wall charger for smartphones.” Obviously a wall charger isn’t that exciting but the pair raised… Read More

  • MIT creates an intelligent power supply that lets hardware sip energy

    MIT creates an intelligent power supply that lets hardware sip energy

    Researchers at MIT have created a power supply for small electronic devices that “sips” energy by turning devices on with packets of energy rather than a steady stream. Most power converters release a steady voltage. This means they’re generally inefficient for small devices like sensors and other devices that don’t need to be constantly on. The MIT’s… Read More

  • Energy giant AES partners with Measure to improve worker safety with drones

    Energy giant AES partners with Measure to improve worker safety with drones

    Major power producer AES Corp. is ramping up the use of drones with an eye toward shielding workers from industry hazards. Rather than buy all their own unmanned aerial systems, they’ve engaged D.C.-based drone services provider Measure to get access to a more extensive fleet. Measure recently raised $15 million in venture funding. According to its Vice President and Chief… Read More

  • GM and Honda partner to mass produce hydrogen fuel cells in Michigan

    GM and Honda partner to mass produce hydrogen fuel cells in Michigan

    Automakers GM and Honda are teaming up on a new venture to jointly manufacture hydrogen fuel cells at scale, with plans to start mass production by 2020 and a combined investment of $85 million split evenly between the two companies dedicated to the effort. Both GM and Honda intend to use the resulting hydrogen fuel cell system in future products, according to the companies. The joint… Read More

  • Ford begins testing Transit Plug-in Hybrids in London ahead of 2019 production

    Ford begins testing Transit Plug-in Hybrids in London ahead of 2019 production

    Ford has begun testing of its new Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid with Transport for London, working with the UK city’s local transit authority to pilot 20 of the new vehicles in use during a 12-month trial with select London businesses for commercial use. The pilot of the vehicles, which feature a pure electric range of around 31 miles according to European agency measurement standards… Read More

  • This battery is powered by bacteria

    This battery is powered by bacteria

    Researchers at Binghamton University in New York have created a “bacteria-powered battery on a single sheet of paper.” The project is aimed at creating batteries for disposable microelectronics that can run for weeks using a little bacteria-rich liquid. “The manufacturing technique reduces fabrication time and cost, and the design could revolutionize the use of bio-batteries as… Read More

  • Crunch Report | Tesla and SolarCity-powered Island

    Tesla and SolarCity power an island in American Samoa, after skipping last year Apple holds its Black Friday sale, robots will be helping with shopping at Westfield malls in San Francisco, Michigan doubles down on autonomous cars and Munchery gets a new CEO. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

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