Plug & Play Microgrid Systems

October 17th, 2016 by Steve Hanley  Originally published on Solar Love. On October 10th, ABB, a pioneer and world leader in microgrid technology, announced a new range of microgrid solutions to enhance and promote distributed power generation. These modular and scalable “plug and play” products are designed expressly to address the needs of remote areas that are not tied to the …

Masdar City: Test Bed For Innovations in Fuel Efficiency, Renewable Energy, and Livability

Cross-posted from Clean Technica October 17th, 2016 by Aisha Abdelhamid.  Originally published on Green Building Elements.  Also see ScienceDirect. Sweltering in the hot desert sun, Masdar City sits under a global microscope at the nexus of rising clean technology and the development of sustainable urban life in the glaring light of climate change. Conceived on a zero-moisture stretch of barren …

EV priority at traffic lights under consideration to encourage growth of “clean air zones” in cities

Cross-posted from Clean Technica 17 Oct 2016 As part of its consultation on the “clean air zones” to be introduced in a number of cities in the UK — Leeds, Birmingham, Derby, Nottingham, and Southampton — the UK’s environment department has recommended that local authorities give electric vehicle drivers priority at traffic lights and access to bus lanes, amongst other …

City of Austin adding 330 EVs by 2020, Poland aims for 1 million EVs by 2025, $37/wk EV subscription service in Einhoven

In contrast to the rest of the automotive industry, the PEV industry supply chain is more horizontally structured (see Figure 9).27 PEVs use fewer components and typically require less collaboration between parts/component manufacturers and vehicle manufacturers, which means that parts manufacturers can be less specialized and that they can produce generic products to be used by many actors in the …

VW electric van and delivery vehicle will re-charge to 80% in 45 minutes

Cross-posted from Clean Technica Another day, another new Volkswagen electric vehicle concept. This time, the concept is somewhat compelling — an electric van with a 100 kilowatt (kW) motor and a 43 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery pack, accompanied by a single-charge range of over 200 kilometers (~125 miles) on the NEDC testing cycle. “Somewhat compelling” ignores the fact that Nissan has been offering …

Introduction to tiny house zoning regulations

Cross-posted from Curbed.com Despite the growing enthusiasm for tiny houses, it still isn’t easy to legally build them for full-time use. Zoning laws and building codes, by and large, require a minimum square footage for new-construction homes, and progress to reduce that square footage is slow. “There are only a handful of cities across the country that directly address tiny …

On the incredible, shrinking cost of urban transportation

Not here yet, but venture capitalists have it in their sights.  By Alex Taussig, Partner at Lightspeed A few weeks ago, a Xoogler friend described his favorite brainstorming technique:  Take a major cost driver, and then design your product with the assumption that it goes to zero. I call this claim the “Big Ass Assumption” (BAA). The BAA that a critical cost …

200 mile range EV for about $30K due out in new few months

August 19th, 2016 by Kyle Field on Clean Technica An official Chevy photo from CES captured the author (in the Tesla jacket and glasses) snagging close-up photos of the big reveal. At the ACT Conference in Long Beach, California, in April, Chevrolet shared that the Bolt would be available for pre-orders in August 2016, with deliveries starting around October 2016. Being …

PACE explained

Cross-posted from ILSR A promising energy efficiency program could get closer to reaching its massive potential after a federal policy tweak that tempers lenders’ concerns to allow more homeowners to cash in. Variations of the Property Assessed Clean Energy program, better known as PACE, already exist in more than 30 states. Until now, the program has skewed mainly toward commercial …