The problem with cheap petrol—study looks at fuel prices

The economist behind a new study into traffic and fuel prices has urged countries to continue their progress toward eliminating fossil fuel subsidies. He has also drawn attention to the need for Australia to move to a GPS-based road funding system. …read more

Tesla to build wholly-owned Shanghai plant: WSJ

Tesla has reached an agreement with Shanghai authorities that would make it the first foreign automaker to build its own plant in China, putting it in the driver’s seat in the world’s biggest electric-vehicle market, the Wall Street Journal reported. …read more

Designer binders protect silicon battery electrodes

In your electric car’s battery, swapping an electrode with one made of silicon could let the battery store 10 times more energy. Why isn’t silicon used? It falls apart. Scientists designed binders, small molecules and polymers, to modify the surface chemistry of the silicon. The binders improved resilience to cycling. A binder-based layer was formed … Read more

NTU deploys Singapore's first long-span wind turbine

Ushering in winds of change in clean energy, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has deployed the nation’s first long-span wind turbine at Semakau Landfill, which is one of several to be installed in Singapore’s drive towards sustainable energy solutions. …read more

Enhancing solar power with diatoms

Diatoms, a kind of algae that reproduces prodigiously, have been called “the jewels of the sea” for their ability to manipulate light. Now, researchers hope to harness that property to boost solar technology. …read more

Electric autos get high marks for dependability: Consumer Reports

Testing and consumer surveys show electric vehicles are more reliable than internal combustion automobiles, the head of automotive testing for Consumer Reports said Thursday. …read more