October 31 2017

Microsoft Is Getting Hungry for Fuel Cells

Written by Anna Hirtenstein. This article first appeared in Bloomberg News. Microsoft Corp. is moving to use fuel cells at its power-hungry server farms, saying the technology may double the efficiency of energy used. The software company is testing how it can use the devices to generate electricity and plans to install a 10-megawatt fuel […]

October 31 2017

Exxon Is Not Threatened by Tesla

Written by Joe Carroll. This article first appeared in Bloomberg Technology.  Exxon Mobil Corp. says the existential threat to oil producers from electric cars is overblown. Despite concern that electrification will render obsolete the gasoline-fueled internal combustion engine, the world’s biggest crude explorer says the 158 year-old oil industry won’t go gentle into that good […]

October 30 2017

The World’s Tiniest Power Market Will Leverage Big Data to Sell Solar

Written by Chris Martin. This article first appeared in Bloomberg Markets. It will be the world’s smallest electricity market. In mid-December, National Grid Plc will flip the switch on an automated trading system that pays hospitals and research facilities at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus to sell electricity from their onsite solar panels, batteries or […]

October 30 2017

Hong Kong’s Richest Man Doubles Down on Electric Cars

Written by Prudence Ho. This article first appeared in Bloomberg News.  Billionaire Li Ka-shing agreed to buy shares in O Luxe Holdings Ltd. for the second time in a month, a deal that would make Hong Kong’s richest man the second-largest investor in the owner of an electric-car maker. Shares of O Luxe rose. Goldrank […]

October 30 2017

Toyota Explores Airless Tires to Build Lighter Electric Vehicles

Written by Kevin Buckland. This article first appeared in Bloomberg Technology.  Toyota Motor Corp. is eyeing airless tires to help reduce the weight of battery-electric and fuel-cell vehicles and boost performance, even though the technology is years away from being ready for commercial use. The automaker is using airless tires — featuring individual motors in […]

October 27 2017

Latest U.S. State to Offer Nukes a Lifeline Is Connecticut

Written by Jim Polson. This article first appeared in Bloomberg Markets. Connecticut took a step toward propping up nuclear energy on Thursday, wading into a national debate over how to keep aging reactors running that’s become so intense that even the Trump administration is weighing in. A bill passed Thursday and sent to Connecticut Governor […]

October 27 2017

We’ll All Be Relying on Congo to Power Our Electric Cars

Written by Thomas Wilson. This article first appeared in Bloomberg News. The cars of the future will depend increasingly upon supplies of an obscure metal from a country in the African tropics where there has never been a peaceful transition of power and child labor is still used in parts of the mining industry. Most […]

October 26 2017

Wind Farms of a Certain Age Eyeing Surgery to Extend Lifespans

Written by Brian Eckhouse. This article first appeared in Bloomberg Markets.  Even for wind farms, middle age is a time for nips, tucks and sometimes replacement surgery. At least 600 megawatts of U.S. wind farms have already undergone significant upgrades, primarily in California, and NextEra Energy Inc., the largest producer of North American wind power, […]

October 26 2017

BMW Makes Cars Greener by Tapping Own Wind Power, Old Batteries

Written by Elisabeth Behrmann and Brian Parkin. This article first appeared in Bloomberg Technology.  BMW AG is tapping its own wind turbines and recycled batteries to power machines that make cars like its i3 all-electric model, adding a new shade of green to its production chain. The carmaker is linking 700 “second-life” i3 electric-car batteries […]

October 26 2017

Elon Musk Was Wrong About Self-Driving Teslas

Written by Tom Randall. This article first appeared in Bloomberg Technology.  A year ago, Tesla Inc. set up a hastily organized conference call between Elon Musk and reporters. Tesla had something big to announce—big enough for the chief executive to open the floor to questions. That doesn’t happen very often. What followed wasn’t so much the unveiling of a […]

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