Tag Archives: Competitiveness

New NREL Data Suggests Wind Could Replace Coal as Nation’s Primary Generation Source

HE Featured on: Greentechmedia, REneweconomy, and The Energy Collective, CleanTechnica I have made some updates in response to feedback from commenters.  These can be identified by the red NOTE designator. By Clayton Handleman The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently … Continue reading

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Li_Ion at $270 / kWhr EV Tipping Point May Be Closer Than The Analysts Think

Nissan has just announced that they will provide replacement batteries for their Leaf cars for $6500 = $5500 after trade-in for your old battery pack.  This puts Li-Ion battery packsat about $270 / kWhr.  That is well within the range … Continue reading

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Windpower Hits 2.1 Cents Per KWhr

Things are happening rapidly in the wind industry.  Mike Barnard came back from Windpower 2014 with a great update on the state of the industry.  These included his summary of a report that PPA’s in the central region of the … Continue reading

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Tesla is the First Successful Car Start-Up in America in 90 Years

As a former First Lego League coach I love these videos: Tesla Motors Part 1: Behind the Scenes of how the Tesla Model S is Made-The Window-WIRED   Tesla Motors Part 2: How Tesla Motors Builds Electric Cars-The Window-WIRED   … Continue reading

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Solar City Introduces DemandLogic(R) to Reduce Demand Charges

Once again, Elon Musk is looking several moves into the energy future.  Solar City is marketing DemandLogic(TM), technology recently developed by Tesla.  This is a battery backup device that allows a user of solar energy to cut their demand charge … Continue reading

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Hydraulic Fracturing, the View From Harvard

I ran across this and have not had time to read the entire article.  Preliminary read suggests that it offers good information for better understanding the environmental issues associated with Hydraulic Fracturing. http://harvardmagazine.com/2013/01/frackings-future#article-images

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Tesla Performance Tops Most of Ferrari Lineup

Most have heard that the roadster has impressive performance.  It is faster 0-60 than nearly all production cars.  In fact, even Ferrari has only a few models over the last few decades that can top it. What surprised me was … Continue reading

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Six of the Top 10 PV Manufacturers are Chinese but US Still Has Two in the Game

US PV manufacturers SunPower and First Solar are still in the top 10 with First coming in second.  Both utilize novel technology to gain advantage and both have received considerable  government support.  First is low efficiency but very low cost … Continue reading

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Spain, A Cautionary Tale

Spain got overzealous and built an unsustainable renewable energy program.  To much too fast.  Does this mean don’t provide incentives for renewables?  No it means be smart about designing your programs.

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China Continues to Impress Growing The Renewable Energy Industry

China is leading the way in renewable energy.  Using policy and financial tools developed in the USA and which we are now shunning China expects to spend nearly $300 Billion by the end of 2015. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-30/china-s-spending-on-renewable-energy-may-total-1-8-trillion-yuan.html?cmpid=yhoo http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2013/07/30/can-america-learn-from-chinas-carbon-contradiction.aspx China has good … Continue reading

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