Flying electric water taxi, 500 Teslas a day, community solar doubles

Ground-breaking flying taxi cruises through Paris

May 24, 2018 by Staff/Reuters

River Seine in Paris on Wednesday, ahead of the VivaTech conference, which brings together tech CEOs and startups from around the world.

French yachtsman Alain Thebault wants to turn a boat design he used to break a world speed sailing record in 2009 into a clean, fast taxi service for the waterways of major cities.

The SeaBubbles prototype preserves its battery by rising out of the water on legs at speed.

»» Find out more at the SeaBubbles website

Inside EVs: Tesla Model 3 Production Hits 500 Units In Single Day

May 25, 2018 by Steven Loveday

Everything we’ve learned as of late points to Tesla successfully ramping up Model 3 production considerably this month. It seems the automaker is cranking out as many copies as possible prior to the May 26 to May 31 shutdown, which is set to increase production speed even more. 

A little over a week ago, we reported that Musk had emailed employees about the potential to hit a 500-unit-per-day Model 3 production rate. He had said it was highly likely and that employees should reach out to him personally if they became aware of any barriers to the production goal. It may not have actually happened within the timeframe that the CEO was speaking to, but nonetheless, Tesla has now pulled it off.

According to a new email that Electrek was fortunate to get a copy of, Musk congratulated employees on the latest milestone. The email said (via Electrek):

First time we’ve been able to run at a rate of 500/day or an extrapolated 3500 customer deliverable cars per week. Congratulations on a big milestone!

»» Read the full article at Inside EVs

The Solar Impulse Efficient Solution Label: a new approach to protect the environment

May 23, 2018

Solar Impulse, the solar powered plane that circumnavigated the globe, announced:

Today, we’re proud to announce the launch of the Solar Impulse Efficient Solution Label. For the first time, a label assesses the economic profitability of solutions that protect the environment.

This label serves as a new and credible sign that can be applied to products, processes and services and serves as an indication of quality to those looking to implement clean solutions, and affords a competitive edge to the innovators behind them. Each solution goes through a strict assessment process performed by independent experts. To be labelled, solutions must reach high evaluation of the following criteria: Technical Feasibility, Environmental and Socio-Economic benefit, Profitability.

Dr Bertrand Piccard, Initiator and Chairman of the Solar Impulse Foundation, said “Imagine the impact that this will have on the world! 1000 clean and efficient solutions with a label proving their profitability. They have the potential to create jobs and boost clean economic growth, while also reducing CO2 emissions and preserving natural resources. This is much more than ecological, it is logical!
»» Read more about the new label at The Solar Impulse Foundation

Smart Energy Power Alliance: U.S. doubled community solar capacity in 2017

May 1, 2018

Community solar capacity in the United States more than doubled between 2016 and 2017, from 347 megawatts (MW) at the end of 2016, to 734 MW at the end of 2017. At present, 228 utilities in 36 states have active community solar programs.

A couple of highlights from the SEPA report “Community Solar Program Design Models”:

  • The average subscription rate for community solar projects is 83 percent; with subscription rates for third party-owned community solar over 90 percent.
  • Utilities are starting to explore the use of community-scale, distributed solar as a grid asset for improved reliability and grid support services.
  • Many of the community solar projects in service are targeted at low-to-moderate income customers, renters and residential customers who live in multifamily buildings.

»» Read more at SEPA. Download the full report »» here


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