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41% solar conversion efficiency

It is unlikely CPV modules will be appearing on rooftops any time soon, but they could make a significant contribution to utility scale solar if they can provide far greater efficiency than conventional solar panels. Now the hard work of moving the new technology out of the lab and into the real world will begin.

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It is unlikely CPV modules will be appearing on rooftops any time soon, but they could make a significant contribution to utility scale solar if they can provide far greater efficiency than conventional solar panels. Now the hard work of moving the new technology out of the lab and into the real world will begin.

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Explaining the plummeting cost of solar power

The dramatic drop in the cost of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules, which has fallen by 99 percent over the last four decades, is often touted as a major success story for renewable energy technology. But one question has never been fully addressed: What exactly accounts for that stunning drop?
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The dramatic drop in the cost of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules, which has fallen by 99 percent over the last four decades, is often touted as a major success story for renewable energy technology. But one question has never been fully addressed: What exactly accounts for that stunning drop?
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SpaceX gets FCC approval to add 7,518 more satellites to its Starlink constellation

SpaceX’s application to add thousands of satellites to its proposed Starlink communications constellation has been approved by the FCC, though it will be some time before the company actually puts those birds in the air.

SpaceX is just one of many companies that the FCC gave the green light to today at its monthly meeting. Kepler, Telesat and LeoSat also got approval for various services, More

SpaceX’s application to add thousands of satellites to its proposed Starlink communications constellation has been approved by the FCC, though it will be some time before the company actually puts those birds in the air.

SpaceX is just one of many companies that the FCC gave the green light to today at its monthly meeting. Kepler, Telesat and LeoSat also got approval for various services, More

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Eco-Friendly Car Recycling

Most of us have heard the kitschy “recycle, reuse, reduce” campaign song from the early 90s, have scrolled Facebook or flipped on the TV to see something about climate change, and probably have even seen the Yipster kid at the local grocer in a Save the World T with recycling insignia on the back—anyone not living under a rock knows it’s a good idea to recycle.
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Most of us have heard the kitschy “recycle, reuse, reduce” campaign song from the early 90s, have scrolled Facebook or flipped on the TV to see something about climate change, and probably have even seen the Yipster kid at the local grocer in a Save the World T with recycling insignia on the back—anyone not living under a rock knows it’s a good idea to recycle.
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The Boring Company is open to building tunnels for utility lines, says Elon Musk

Concepts of The Boring Company’s futuristic, ultra-high-speed tunnels show a sleek system transporting passenger pods and private vehicles at speeds of around 124 mph (200 km/h). As revealed recently by Elon Musk during a “fireside chat” in Los Angeles, though, the tunneling startup is also open to building tunnels that are far less glamorous.

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Concepts of The Boring Company’s futuristic, ultra-high-speed tunnels show a sleek system transporting passenger pods and private vehicles at speeds of around 124 mph (200 km/h). As revealed recently by Elon Musk during a “fireside chat” in Los Angeles, though, the tunneling startup is also open to building tunnels that are far less glamorous.

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‘Harvesting the sun’: Washington state’s largest solar farm nears production

LIND, Adams County — Washington’s largest solar farm will begin commercial production next month in this Columbia Basin town better known for its annual Combine Demolition Derby.

Nearly 82,000 solar panels have been installed near Lind’s pioneer-era cemetery, resembling a mirage on the dusty landscape. Sensors adjust the angle of the flat, blue panels throughout the day, allowing them More

LIND, Adams County — Washington’s largest solar farm will begin commercial production next month in this Columbia Basin town better known for its annual Combine Demolition Derby.

Nearly 82,000 solar panels have been installed near Lind’s pioneer-era cemetery, resembling a mirage on the dusty landscape. Sensors adjust the angle of the flat, blue panels throughout the day, allowing them More

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Australian state pledges 50% renewable by 2030

The Victorian Labor Party announced on Thursday that, if re-elected in the upcoming State election, it would increase the state’s Renewable Energy Target to 50% by 2030 in a move intended to create thousands of jobs, increase renewable energy in the state grid, increase investment, and drive down energy prices.
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The Victorian Labor Party announced on Thursday that, if re-elected in the upcoming State election, it would increase the state’s Renewable Energy Target to 50% by 2030 in a move intended to create thousands of jobs, increase renewable energy in the state grid, increase investment, and drive down energy prices.
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Elon Musk authorizes employee to assist in California wild fire

California, Tesla’s home state, is currently on fire as the current wildfire season is proving to be particularly devastating.

CEO Elon Musk has authorized Tesla employees to provide assistance for the wildfires and not worry about payment.

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California, Tesla’s home state, is currently on fire as the current wildfire season is proving to be particularly devastating.

CEO Elon Musk has authorized Tesla employees to provide assistance for the wildfires and not worry about payment.

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Tesla Model 3 Dashcam Captures Road Rage Incident

f not just because we felt compelled to share and remind people what type of ridiculousness is happening on the roads today, this is another opportunity to provide a solid example of the new Tesla Model 3 dashcam (TeslaCam). Today, dashcam’s are becoming increasingly popular, and for good reason. In the world we live in, it seems just about everything is caught on tape, and while that may not be More

f not just because we felt compelled to share and remind people what type of ridiculousness is happening on the roads today, this is another opportunity to provide a solid example of the new Tesla Model 3 dashcam (TeslaCam). Today, dashcam’s are becoming increasingly popular, and for good reason. In the world we live in, it seems just about everything is caught on tape, and while that may not be More

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China Plans to Launch an ‘Artificial Moon’ to Light Up the Night Skies

The night skies might soon have company: Chinese scientists are planning to launch an artificial moon into orbit by 2020 to illuminate city streets after dark.

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The night skies might soon have company: Chinese scientists are planning to launch an artificial moon into orbit by 2020 to illuminate city streets after dark.

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Could Tesla And SpaceX Join Hands For Global Internet Service?

As anyone who’s stuck paying an onerous bill to a local internet monopoly will agree, there’s a great market opportunity out there for any company that could offer a global wireless internet connection. SpaceX has been working on just that since 2015, developing a broadband satellite constellation called Starlink. A recent article in SmarterAnalyst proposes that Tesla could be an integral part More

As anyone who’s stuck paying an onerous bill to a local internet monopoly will agree, there’s a great market opportunity out there for any company that could offer a global wireless internet connection. SpaceX has been working on just that since 2015, developing a broadband satellite constellation called Starlink. A recent article in SmarterAnalyst proposes that Tesla could be an integral part More

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The ‘Tesla Effect’ is starting to extend from legacy carmakers to the oil industry

Back in February, self-made billionaire Don Gao from China mentioned that the “Tesla Effect”continues to grow even in markets beyond the California-based company’s reach. Gao, who owns Positec – a maker of power equipment – uses lithium-ion batteries for his company’s products, and they are steadily becoming a potent rival for heavyweight brands like Black & Decker. The billionair More

Back in February, self-made billionaire Don Gao from China mentioned that the “Tesla Effect”continues to grow even in markets beyond the California-based company’s reach. Gao, who owns Positec – a maker of power equipment – uses lithium-ion batteries for his company’s products, and they are steadily becoming a potent rival for heavyweight brands like Black & Decker. The billionair More

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SpaceX to have base on Mars by the end of next decade

SpaceX wants to build a human settlement on Mars, and it could arrive before the end of the next decade. CEO Elon Musk revealed over the weekend that the company’s famed rendering, which shows a series of BFR rockets stationed on the red planet alongside roads and a more permanent base, could become reality by 2028.
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SpaceX wants to build a human settlement on Mars, and it could arrive before the end of the next decade. CEO Elon Musk revealed over the weekend that the company’s famed rendering, which shows a series of BFR rockets stationed on the red planet alongside roads and a more permanent base, could become reality by 2028.
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Google just struck a deal with a major auto alliance to run Android on millions of future cars

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SpaceX Has Signed Its First Passenger to Fly Around the Moon | Investopedia

“SpaceX has signed the world’s first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard our BFR launch vehicle—an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of traveling to space,” the tweet said. The company added that it will name the passenger and their reasons for flying on Monday. “Find out who’s flying and why on Monday, September 17.” More

“SpaceX has signed the world’s first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard our BFR launch vehicle—an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of traveling to space,” the tweet said. The company added that it will name the passenger and their reasons for flying on Monday. “Find out who’s flying and why on Monday, September 17.” More

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Boring company wants to connect your garage to high-speed loop

Elon Musk has confirmed plans for the Boring Company’s tunnel network to be able to connect all the way to residential garages so that commuters can enter the high-speed loop directly from their homes.to

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Elon Musk has confirmed plans for the Boring Company’s tunnel network to be able to connect all the way to residential garages so that commuters can enter the high-speed loop directly from their homes.to

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Sony to be using 100% renewable energy by 2040

Sony joins the RE100, a global initiative made up of big companies committed to using 100 percent renewable electricity.
Other members of the RE100 include Google, Facebook and Microsoft.
Sony wants to use 100 percent renewable electricity for all its business sites by the year 2040.

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Sony joins the RE100, a global initiative made up of big companies committed to using 100 percent renewable electricity.
Other members of the RE100 include Google, Facebook and Microsoft.
Sony wants to use 100 percent renewable electricity for all its business sites by the year 2040.

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Researchers propose doubling today’s solar panel efficiency…

pv magazine USA Researchers from Lahore University and Benha University have proposed doubling the efficiency of today’s standard solar panels by going beyond the cutting-edge perovskite-silicon tandem solar cell in an increasingly common bifacial format. The scientists …… More

pv magazine USA Researchers from Lahore University and Benha University have proposed doubling the efficiency of today’s standard solar panels by going beyond the cutting-edge perovskite-silicon tandem solar cell in an increasingly common bifacial format. The scientists …… More

SpaceX and NASA had conference mars mission

Elon Musk and a SpaceX illustration of its Big Falcon Spaceship on Mars.
SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk, is building a rocket-and-spaceship system to land people on Mars.
Musk said he wants to launch the first humans to Mars in 2024, following an uncrewed mission in 2022.
As Ars Technica reported, SpaceX held a private “Mars Workshop” with NASA and other experts to draf More

Elon Musk and a SpaceX illustration of its Big Falcon Spaceship on Mars.
SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk, is building a rocket-and-spaceship system to land people on Mars.
Musk said he wants to launch the first humans to Mars in 2024, following an uncrewed mission in 2022.
As Ars Technica reported, SpaceX held a private “Mars Workshop” with NASA and other experts to draf More

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Elon Musk claims scientists are wrong about Mars terraforming, says we can definitely do it

Elon Musk has long had his sights set on an eventual goal of making Mars a more habitable planet. His dreams of manned SpaceX flights ferrying settlers to the Red Planet are no secret, but in order for that to be a reality we’d need to spruce Mars up a bit. Recently, scientists delivered some devastating news to anyone who dreams of Mars becoming Earth-like, and a new study revealed that there More

Elon Musk has long had his sights set on an eventual goal of making Mars a more habitable planet. His dreams of manned SpaceX flights ferrying settlers to the Red Planet are no secret, but in order for that to be a reality we’d need to spruce Mars up a bit. Recently, scientists delivered some devastating news to anyone who dreams of Mars becoming Earth-like, and a new study revealed that there More

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The world’s largest solar farm rises in the remote Egyptian desert

More than a century later, that vision has been resurrected. The world’s largest solar park, the $2.8-billion Benban complex, is set to open next year 400 miles south of Cairo in Egypt’s Western Desert.
It will single-handedly put Egypt on the clean energy map.
That is no small feat for a country that’s been hobbled by its longtime addiction to cheap, state-subsidized fossil fuel More

More than a century later, that vision has been resurrected. The world’s largest solar park, the $2.8-billion Benban complex, is set to open next year 400 miles south of Cairo in Egypt’s Western Desert.
It will single-handedly put Egypt on the clean energy map.
That is no small feat for a country that’s been hobbled by its longtime addiction to cheap, state-subsidized fossil fuel More

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SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket will make routine launches

Early Sunday morning, SpaceX is slated to launch its second Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket — the final and most powerful version of the vehicle the company plans to make. After launch, SpaceX will attempt to land the vehicle on one of its autonomous drone ships in the Atlantic. And landings should become fairly routine now, as all of SpaceX’s missions will utilize the Block 5 from now on.

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Early Sunday morning, SpaceX is slated to launch its second Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket — the final and most powerful version of the vehicle the company plans to make. After launch, SpaceX will attempt to land the vehicle on one of its autonomous drone ships in the Atlantic. And landings should become fairly routine now, as all of SpaceX’s missions will utilize the Block 5 from now on.

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Can California Eliminate Gas Cars? Brinkwire (press…

Brinkwire (press release) Ting has other legislation, A.B. 1184, that proposes a $3 billion incentive program through 2030 to encourage consumers to buy more EVs. Incentives include larger rebates for buying clean cars. He said his other bill, on phasing out gas cars, “would be the …… More

Brinkwire (press release) Ting has other legislation, A.B. 1184, that proposes a $3 billion incentive program through 2030 to encourage consumers to buy more EVs. Incentives include larger rebates for buying clean cars. He said his other bill, on phasing out gas cars, “would be the …… More

How Musk’s Hyperloop Became Just a Loop in Chicago Bloomber…

The numbers are pretty unbelievable — at a top speed of 760 miles per hour (more than 1,200 kilometers per hour), the so-called hyperloop proposed by entrepreneur Elon Musk could whisk travelers from New York to Washington in 29 minutes, one-fifth the time needed by Acela, Amtrak’s fastest train. Now, Musk appears to have scaled down those ambitions somewhat, at least for an early version More

The numbers are pretty unbelievable — at a top speed of 760 miles per hour (more than 1,200 kilometers per hour), the so-called hyperloop proposed by entrepreneur Elon Musk could whisk travelers from New York to Washington in 29 minutes, one-fifth the time needed by Acela, Amtrak’s fastest train. Now, Musk appears to have scaled down those ambitions somewhat, at least for an early version More

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The Boring Company scored a surprise victory in Chicago

The Boring Company scored a surprise victory in Chicago today with the announcement that Mayor Rahm Emanuel had selected Elon Musk‘s tunneling venture to design, build, and operate a rapid transit link between O’Hare International Airport and the city’s central business district. Even more surprising: Emanuel is adamant that the project will require no taxpayer money. The Boring Company has More

The Boring Company scored a surprise victory in Chicago today with the announcement that Mayor Rahm Emanuel had selected Elon Musk‘s tunneling venture to design, build, and operate a rapid transit link between O’Hare International Airport and the city’s central business district. Even more surprising: Emanuel is adamant that the project will require no taxpayer money. The Boring Company has More

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Elon Musk’s Stunning ‘Boring Company’ Announcement! (14th June 2018)

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Tesla has now installed over 1 GWh of energy storage,…

Electrek We have been reporting on a ton of new Tesla Energy projects being deployed lately and they have been adding up to quite an important energy capacity. Tesla CTO JB Straubel now confirms that the company has deployed over 1 GWh of energy storage – a …… More

Electrek We have been reporting on a ton of new Tesla Energy projects being deployed lately and they have been adding up to quite an important energy capacity. Tesla CTO JB Straubel now confirms that the company has deployed over 1 GWh of energy storage – a …… More

GM settles its self-driving car accident in San Francisco

A motorcyclist who walked away from a collision with a General Motors self-driving car in San Francisco has settled his lawsuit with the automaker, court records show. The settlement was announced in a court filing last week and was reported by Jalopnikon Friday.

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A motorcyclist who walked away from a collision with a General Motors self-driving car in San Francisco has settled his lawsuit with the automaker, court records show. The settlement was announced in a court filing last week and was reported by Jalopnikon Friday.

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Tesla ramping up 11,000 solar projects in Puerto Rico

sla is apparently significantly ramping up its effort to help rebuild the power grid in Puerto Rico after it was destroyed by hurricanes last year.

After having completed hundreds of energy storage project on the islands in the last few months, Tesla CEO Elon Musk now says that they have ‘about 11,000’ energy storage projects underway in Puerto Rico, which means something big is in the More

sla is apparently significantly ramping up its effort to help rebuild the power grid in Puerto Rico after it was destroyed by hurricanes last year.

After having completed hundreds of energy storage project on the islands in the last few months, Tesla CEO Elon Musk now says that they have ‘about 11,000’ energy storage projects underway in Puerto Rico, which means something big is in the More

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Elon Musk: SpaceX satellite internet good enough for gaming

It’s been three months since SpaceX launched the first prototype satellites for its Starlink broadband internet network, and there’s been precious little information about what they’re up to. Until today.
Responding to a follower’s Twitter inquiry, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk assessed how the twin satellites, dubbed Tintin A and B, are doing:

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It’s been three months since SpaceX launched the first prototype satellites for its Starlink broadband internet network, and there’s been precious little information about what they’re up to. Until today.
Responding to a follower’s Twitter inquiry, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk assessed how the twin satellites, dubbed Tintin A and B, are doing:

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