January 11 2018

World’s Best Breezes Lead to Cheapest Wind Power in Brazil

In northeast Brazil, beyond the resorts and pristine beaches, lie some of the world’s best winds for generating electricity. Welcome to Serra Branca. It’s a wind generator’s heaven, featuring breezes so perfect for spinning turbines that this Brazilian region is capable of churning out more wind energy than any other part of the world. In the […]

January 10 2018

Bitcoin Can Drop 50% and China Miners Will Still Make Money

  Bitcoin mining is so profitable in China that the cryptocurrency could fall by half and miners would still make money, according to a report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Bloomberg clients can access the full “Bitcoin in Energy Crisis as China Cracks Down” report on the Terminal or on web.  Even at the country’s […]

January 10 2018

Tesla, Neoen Deal Would Outdo Record-Breaking Battery Down Under

The developers of the world’s biggest lithium-ion battery project may surpass their own record as French renewable-energy developer Neoen SAS looks into building another supersized unit in Australia with Elon Musk’s Tesla Inc. A battery with capacity surpassing the old project’s 100 megawatts may be developed at Neoen’s Kaban Green Power Hub, 80 kilometers (50 […]

January 9 2018

Tesla Powers Up New York Gigafactory Solar Roof Assembly Line

  Tesla Inc. has kicked off production of its long-awaited electricity-producing shingles that Elon Musk says will transform the rooftop solar industry. Manufacturing of the textured-glass tiles began last month at Tesla’s Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo, New York, according to an emailed statement from the Palo Alto, California-based company on Tuesday. It comes about four […]

January 4 2018

China’s Carbon Market Shows How U.S. Is Falling Behind: Q&A

China’s plan to trade carbon shows how far the U.S. has fallen behind other countries in managing emissions through financial systems, according to Paula DiPerna, special adviser with CDP North America (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project). On Dec. 19, China announced a cap-and-trade program aimed at reducing coal use in power plants, a move poised […]

January 3 2018

Coal Power Pace Slows in India as Glut Leaves Plants Unused

India is adding the least amount of coal-fired power in more than a decade as tepid demand from indebted state retailers fails to utilize the nation’s existing generation capacity. Coal-fired capacity, which accounts for more than three quarters of the nation’s electricity, rose by 809 megawatts during the April-November period, according to Bloomberg calculations based […]

December 27 2017

Autonomous Cars Need Tougher Batteries, Lithium-Ion Pioneer Says

Battery makers must rethink their technology if predictions for a wave of self-driving vehicles pan out, according to one of the inventors of the lithium-ion battery. In addition to focusing on making batteries more powerful to extend the driving range of single-owner cars, manufacturers will also need to develop devices that can withstand the rigors […]

December 22 2017

Why the Prospect of ‘Peak Oil’ Is Hotly Debated

The world is turning its back on oil. But how quickly? Technological advances driven by the threat of climate change could mean the world’s thirst for petroleum tops out sooner than companies such as Exxon Mobil Corp. or giant producers like Saudi Arabia are banking on. “Peak oil” has been debated for decades, but today […]

December 22 2017

Beijing’s Electric-Car Push Could Produce a World-Class Chinese Auto Brand

China has become the world’s largest automotive market, thanks to drivers whose numbers far eclipse those of such former leaders as the U.S. and Germany. But while mainland producers may lead the industry by number of new vehicles sold, China has yet to develop a car brand that rivals the cachet of Audi, BMW, Mercedes, […]

December 21 2017

Wave of Energy Auctions to Trigger $8.2 Billion in Brazil Spending

Brazil is expecting to see about 27 billion reais ($8.2 billion) invested into the country’s energy infrastructure over the next six years, the result of an end-of-year flurry of auctions aimed at boosting its electricity capacity. Energy companies won contracts to build about 5,000 kilometers (3,100 miles) of new power lines and more than 4.5 […]

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