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This New Material Could Let Phones and Electric Cars Charge in Seconds

Posted By renewsable 143 days ago on Environmental

http://renewsable.net - Finding time to stop, plug in and recharge could become history, with scientists developing a new electrode design that could charge batteries in seconds instead of hours. They say it could solve not only the pain of recharging phones, but also solve one of the primary issues holding back the electric vehicle market. Previous research […]The post This New Material Could Let Phones and Electric Cars Charge in Seconds appeared first on Renewsable.net.

Study Shows France Could Face ‘Mega-Heatwaves’ of More Than 122° F by 2100

Posted By renewsable 145 days ago on Environmental

http://renewsable.net - In France in the summer of 2003, so many people died that the mortuaries over-flowed with bodies and refrigerated lorries had to be used instead. The cause was the country’s worst-ever heatwave, which saw temperatures hit a record 44.1°C in Conqueyrac, near Montpellier in southern France. Some 15,000 deaths were attributed to the searing heat, which also […]The post Study Shows France Could Face ‘Mega-Heatwaves’ of More Than 122° F by 2100 appeared first on Renewsable.net.

Apple Is Secretly Working on Electric Car Batteries With China’s Biggest Battery Maker

Posted By renewsable 145 days ago on Environmental

http://renewsable.net - Last year, Apple was rumored to be working on an autonomous all-electric car codenamed ‘Project Titan’. The company later confirmed development work on an autonomous driving platform and CEO Tim Cook even referred to it as “a core technology” for the company, but it showed signs of giving up on developing an actual car. But now Apple […]The post Apple Is Secretly Working on Electric Car Batteries With China’s Biggest Battery Maker appeared first on Renewsable.net.

Most of the 8.3 Billion Metric Tons of Plastic Humans Have Made Is Now Litter

Posted By renewsable 146 days ago on Environmental

http://renewsable.net - Almost all plastic now resides as litter or micro-plastics pollution in the natural environment, or buried in landfills. As of 2015, only 9% of the plastics made to date have been recycled, and only 12% incinerated — together accounting for around 2 billion metric tons of plastic — according to the new research. The other […]The post Most of the 8.3 Billion Metric Tons of Plastic Humans Have Made Is Now Litter appeared first on Renewsable.net.

The Trans-Canada Highway Is About to Get 34 Fast-Charging Stations for Electric Vehicles

Posted By renewsable 146 days ago on Environmental

http://renewsable.net - Good news for Canadian electric car drivers or soon-to-be electric car drivers. A new network of DC fast-charging stations has been announced to cover the Trans-Canada Highway in a currently underserved region between Ontario and Manitoba. Interestingly, the stations will be equipped with energy storage systems in order to make sure it can deliver fast-charging […]The post The Trans-Canada Highway Is About to Get 34 Fast-Charging Stations for Electric Vehicles appeared first on Renewsable.net.

Scientists Have Great Hopes for a Little Miracle Enzyme That Can Transform Carbon Dioxide Into Alkaline Water

Posted By renewsable 146 days ago on Environmental

http://renewsable.net - Scientists at USC and Cal Tech have discovered a way to greatly speed up the process of transforming carbon dioxide into alkaline water, effectively neutralizing the gas, a development that could be a boon in the fight against excessive greenhouse gas emissions. To understand how the process works, think about soda water. Sip soda water […]The post Scientists Have Great Hopes for a Little Miracle Enzyme That Can Transform Carbon Dioxide Into Alkaline Water appeared first on Renewsable.net.

2017 Is So Unexpectedly Warm It’s Freaking Out Climate Scientists

Posted By renewsable 146 days ago on Environmental

http://renewsable.net - Normally, the hottest years on record occur when the underlying human-caused global warming trend gets a temporary boost from an El Niño’s enhanced warming in the tropical Pacific. So it’s been a surprise to climate scientists that 2017 has been so remarkably warm — because the last El Niño ended a year ago. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported Tuesday […]The post 2017 Is So Unexpectedly Warm It’s Freaking Out Climate Scientists appeared first on Renewsable.net.

Hyundai-Kia Expects to Produce 50,000 Electric Vehicles in 2018

Posted By renewsable 146 days ago on Environmental

http://renewsable.net - Korean siblings Hyundai and Kia will aggressively increase production of electric cars next year, according to a report in the Korean press. The production increase comes amid the combined automaker’s goal to become the second largest maker of green vehicles (hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and electric cars) by 2020. Hyundai-Kia set the goal in 2014, but […]The post Hyundai-Kia Expects to Produce 50,000 Electric Vehicles in 2018 appeared first on Renewsable.net.

North Korea Developed a Light Portable Solar Panel That Folds Into the Size of Paper

Posted By renewsable 146 days ago on Environmental

http://renewsable.net - North Korean scientists have developed “a light and foldable” solar panel which can be “carried inside a backpack and… installed at any place”, state media reported on Thursday. According to DPRK Today, “polycrystalline silicon flakes with high conversion efficiency and high stability among various types of solar cell materials” were selected during the manufacturing process, […]The post North Korea Developed a Light Portable Solar Panel That Folds Into the Size of Paper appeared first on Renewsable.net.

China Added 13.5 GW of Solar Power – in June Alone!

Posted By renewsable 147 days ago on Environmental

http://renewsable.net - China has installed 24.4 gigawatts (GW) of solar PV in the first six months of 2017, including an extraordinary 13.5GW in the month of June alone, as developers rushed to complete installations to capitalize on a higher feed in tariff that expired on July 1. According to the data from the China PV Industry Association […]The post China Added 13.5 GW of Solar Power – in June Alone! appeared first on Renewsable.net.

Rooftop Concentrator Photovoltaics Can Now Produce 50% More Energy Than Regular Solar Panels

Posted By renewsable 147 days ago on Environmental

http://renewsable.net - A concentrating photovoltaic system with embedded microtracking can produce over 50 percent more energy per day than standard silicon solar cells in a head-to-head competition, according to a team of engineers who field tested a prototype unit over two sunny days last fall. “Solar cells used to be expensive, but now they’re getting really cheap,” […]The post Rooftop Concentrator Photovoltaics Can Now Produce 50% More Energy Than Regular Solar Panels appeared first on Renewsable.net.

Analyst: Tesla’s Ability to Update Software, Over the Air, Makes Other Vehicles ‘Highly Vulnerable to Obsolescence’

Posted By renewsable 147 days ago on Environmental

http://renewsable.net - Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas has long been warning of the impact of Tesla’s fast pace of innovation in the auto industry. He even warned that Tesla’s Autopilot machine learning could potentially render all other cars obsolete. Now Jonas suggests that the auto industry’s inability to match Tesla’s over-the-air software update capability could make them “highly vulnerable to obsolescence”. […]The post Analyst: Tesla’s Ability to Update Software, Over the Air, Makes Other Vehicles ‘Highly Vulnerable to Obsolescence’ appeared first on Renewsable.net.