Scientists eye high-performance, long cycle-life lithium-sulfur battery

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have demonstrated in the laboratory a lithium-sulfur (Li/S) battery that has more than twice the specific energy of lithium-ion batteries, and that lasts for more than 1,500 cycles of charge-discharge with minimal decay of the battery’s capacity. This is the longest cycle life reported so far for any lithium-sulfur battery.

Nissan BladeGlider is one sexy concept car

For those who feel the all-electric Nissan Leaf is a car they wouldn’t be caught dead in because it looks too geeky, the automaker seems to have heard you in some round about fashion. Its answer to this was unveiled ahead of the Tokyo Motor Show in the form of the eye bulging BladeGlider concept.

Yamaha gets serious about electric vehicles

Yamaha is looking to showcase at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show not one, but five electric, two-wheeled rides all described as reference vehicle/prototypes. Four of them are best classified as full electric scooters or motorcycles, while the last one is an electrically power assisted bicycle.

2 for 1 in solar power

Solar cells offer the opportunity to harvest abundant, renewable energy. Although the highest energy light occurs in the ultraviolet and visible spectrum, most solar energy is in the infrared. There is a trade-off in harvesting this light, so that solar cells are efficient in the infrared but waste much of the energy available from the more energetic photons in the visible part of the spectrum.

Google builds new solar power plants

Is Google an Internet company or a renewable energy developer? Sometimes it’s hard to tell. The company on Thursday was at it again, announcing that it was joining with the investment firm KKR to buy into six solar photovoltaic power plants being built by Recurrent Energy in California and Arizona. The plants total 106 megawatts of generating capacity.

Sol Cuff is a wearable solar charger

From the world of crowdfunding meets solar powered gadgets we earlier this week covered the rather extravagant ZingBox retro solar boom box. We now turn to something a little smaller and more practical in scope – a solar charging wristband that doubles as a night light.

How biology helps scientists optimize battery design

Lithium-air batteries have become a hot research area in recent years: They hold the promise of drastically increasing power per battery weight, which could lead, for example, to electric cars with a much greater driving range.

Kia Soul EV Range? At Least 120 Miles

Kia Motors has released more details about its forthcoming electric drivetrain offering of the Soul. The company had originally announced last month plans for an electric vehicle version of its popular urban styled ride to debut in 2014.

Zero teases 2014 electric 'cycle lineup

Zero Motorcycles is a well established company in the electric motorcycles segment, making available models for consumers as well as military and police uses. It recently announced its 2014 line up, which includes word of a new extended driving range accessory as well as a new configuration of one of its motorcycle offerings.

Honda teases new fuel cell vehicle

Hydrogen fuel cell vehicle news this year has been relatively quiet until recently, with the only big item in the earlier part of 2013 being Hyundai’s debut of a production ready offering for testing in fleets.

This building helps fight pollution

As beautiful as Utah is, it has a serious pollution problem, particularly in the winter when emissions from power plants and cars and the full range of human activities conspire with Mother Nature – the weather and the unique topography of the Salt Lake City area – to trap air in the Salt Lake Valley.

Cadillac ELR Saks Fifth Avenue priced at $76,000

The Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Catalog each year is often filled with expensive offerings designed to part the upper crust with a small portion of their wealth. One item in the 2013 catalog is a very spendy expression of the Cadillac ELR extended range electric vehicle, which in itself is a very pricey up market version of the Chevy Volt.

Canada eyes in-stream tidal power

Everyone knows that the Bay of Fundy is a one big fat juicy tidal power possibility. Now there’s a real live bid to take a bite out of it – or, rather, several small bites out of it – on the Nova Scotia side of the Bay, incentivized by a feed-in tariff program that’s designed to encourage smaller-scale, locally based projects.

Obama admin wants to cut solar power red tape

The Obama administration’s latest bid to shrink the amount of red tape that homeowners and business people have to go through to install rooftop solar power systems is taking firm shape now. Some $12 million in funding that was put up for grabs last December in a competitive process is now pegged to go to eight teams around the country to pursue policy and permitting-process innovations.

Toyota touts new hybrid minivan concepts

The idea of American hybrid minivans is pretty much a dream. Chrysler a few years back built a small test fleet of Town & Country hybrid minivans, but that never evolved into a mass production offering. Though Japan has one in the form of the Toyota Estima, notes the Chicago Tribune, it doesn’t look like that’s being brought here either.

Iowa expands wind power, adds 1,050 megawatts

That announcement by MidAmerican Energy last spring that it intended to add 1,050 more megawatts of installed wind power capacity in Iowa – the state with more wind power per capita than any other, already – wasn’t mere talk. As part of a big information dump on the effort, the company said this week that all five of the projects are now under construction.

Distilling (solar powered) Vodka in Hawaii

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Toyota touts new fuel cell car concept

Toyota, continuing a steady march towards a 2015 debut of its first production hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, plans to showcase at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month a concept version of what this new offering might look like. It is still a work in progress, however, showing evolution from the automaker’s earlier designs.

Lexus teases RC Coupe Hybrid

And, boom, just like that, there’s a new luxury hybrid coming our way. Lexus, the upper end brand for Japanese automaker Toyota, announced earlier this week plans for the RC coupe. Two powertrain options will be available, including one making use of low carbon emissions technology.

Big beats bolster solar cell efficiency

Playing pop and rock music improves the performance of solar cells, according to new research from scientists at Queen Mary University of London and Imperial College London.