New ARPA-E program to fund $20M for advanced nuclear power research

Dive Brief: The Department of Energy announced $20 million for funding as part of a new Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program on nuclear power research. The Modeling-Enhanced Innovations Trailblazing Nuclear Energy Reinvigoration (MEITNER) program aims to develop technologies for lower-cost and safer advanced nuclear reactors. The program will work in coordination with the DOE’s … Read more

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Demand Response Startup Voltus Raises $10M

Voltus, a startup with some large-scale demand response contracts that belie its size, has raised a venture capital round to take its technology and business model to a larger audience.  On Monday, the San Francisco- and Boston-based startup announced the close of a $10.1 million investment from Prelude Ventures and a family office represented by … Read more

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September unplanned global oil supply disruptions fall to lowest level since January 2012

October 23, 2017 Unplanned global supply disruptions fell to 1.6 million barrels per day (b/d) in September, the lowest level since January 2012. Over the past six months, unplanned oil supply disruptions have fallen by more than 1.0 million b/d, as outages in Libya, Nigeria, and Iraq abated. In addition, Canada’s disrupted supplies, which reached … Read more

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Solar Industry Helps to Rebuild Puerto Rico

In September tropical storms Harvey, Irma and Maria devastated islands and parts of the continental US. Both Irma and Maria reached category 5 intensity, with Irma wreaking havoc in Cuba before it continued on and made landfall in the Florida Keys. Hurricane Maria hit the US Virgin Islands, slamming Puerto Rico with winds of 155 … Read more

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Chongqing Changan To Stop Selling Non-Electric Cars From 2025

Cars Published on October 22nd, 2017 by James Ayre 0 October 22nd, 2017 by James Ayre  Image: Changan Benni EV The China-based auto manufacturer Chongqing Changan Automobile will stop selling internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles — that is to say, it will stop selling non-electric cars — from 2025 onwards, company execs have revealed. Accompanying this, … Read more

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Toray Opening New RandD Site In Europe Focused On “Environmentally Friendly” Vehicles

Clean Transport Published on October 22nd, 2017 by James Ayre 0 October 22nd, 2017 by James Ayre  The automotive materials and parts supplier Toray Industries has announced that it will be opening a new research and development center in Europe — dubbed Automotive Center Europe — focused on the emerging “environmentally friendly” vehicle sector. The … Read more

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Tesla Has Strong Advantages In Race To Self-Driving Cars

Autonomous Vehicles Published on October 22nd, 2017 by Michael Barnard 0 October 22nd, 2017 by Michael Barnard  In 2015, Tesla turned on its Autopilot suite of capabilities. At the time, it was the most capable set of semi-autonomous features that were commercially available in cars. Two years later, the field is more crowded, with many … Read more

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