Category Archives: Energy

Moving Off the Grid

Bloomberg: Why Elon Musk’s Batteries Scare the Hell Out of the Electric Company: Here’s why something as basic as a battery both thrills and terrifies the U.S. utility industry. At a sagebrush-strewn industrial park outside of Reno, Nevada, bulldozers are clearing dirt for Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA)’s battery factory, projected to be the world’s largest. […]

The Exhaust Continues

I’d like the millions of self-righteous Prius owners in the Bay Area to read this article about electric cars: There are lots of good reasons for buying an electric car, from cutting your gas bill to feeling good for helping out with smog. But climate change? Not really. Though Priuses and Leafs are associated with […]

SunVolt

There’s 8 days to go on this Kickstarter: SunVolt is a portable charging platform which will efficiently convert the sun’s rays into powerful charging current for your mobile electronic devices. On a clear day, a SunVolt Solar Power Station can charge multiple devices with the same speed as if they were plugged in and charged […]

Sun and iClouds

Katie Fehrenbacher for GigaOM reports that Apple is building a solar farm for it’s data center: Apple has been laying plans for a solar farm next to its massive data center in Maiden, North Carolina, according to The Charlotte Observer. The solar project — dubbed Project Dolphin Solar Farm — will reportedly be built on […]

Edison Was Right?

PSFK: John Gerzema: Edison Was Right Two blocks off Detroit’s Woodward Avenue, inside an industrial building on Burroughs Street, a half-dozen engineers who work for Nextek Power Systems gather around a whiteboard where they have scrawled notes based on read-outs from a computer screen. They are analyzing data on the performance of an innovative power […]