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Tesla Roadster 2020 Will Exceed Expectations ‘In Every Way’: ‘Like No Other’, Says Chief Designer

Franz von Holzhausen, Chief Designer at Tesla Inc., asserts the much-awaited Tesla Roadster 2020 hypercar “will be even better than what we’ve unveiled.” Who knows, this machine might even really be able to “fly,” as Tesla CEO Elon Musk bragged about in August. As for his résumé, von Holzhausen is only the genius that designed the Tesla Model S, Tesla Model…

It’s evolving deservedly so; it needs more time. It will be even better than what we’ve unveiled. In every way.

Franz von Holzhausen, Chief Designer at Tesla Inc.

A closer look at hydrogen-fueled trucks

Hydrogen fuel cells are undoubtedly the future for heavy trucks but right now, a combination of factors means this still seems a long way off. The first of Hyundai’s hydrogen fuel cell-powered, heavy-duty trucks will be put to work in 2020 on the roads of Switzerland in what promises to be a landmark date for the haulage industry in Europe. Part of an order for…

Hyundai expects to gain a foothold in Switzerland where the demand for fuel-cell trucks is expected to grow from a stiff nationwide road tax on diesel trucks.

H2 Mobility

Tesco Lotus partners with Cleantech Solar to install and operate solar rooftop systems across 19 stores

Tesco Lotus has entered into a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Cleantech Solar, a leading provider of renewable energy to corporations in Asia, as part of the retailer’s commitment to source electricity from renewable sources.
The company’s current target is to have all-electric vehicles account for. The partnership covers 19 Tesco Lotus stores across Thailand…

Tesco Group has set a target to source 65% of our electricity from renewable sources by 2020 and 100% by 2030, as part of our larger commitment to become a zero-carbon business by 2050.

Mr. Miroslav Friml, Property Director, Tesco Lotus

Asia is set to outpace other regions in wind energy installations

Asia could grow its share of installed capacity for onshore wind from 230GW in 2018 to over 2,600GW by 2050, finds a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). By that time, the region would become a global leader in wind, accounting for more than 50% of all onshore and over 60% of all offshore wind capacity installed globally…

Our roadmap for a global energy transformation to 2050 shows that it is technically and economically feasible to ensure a climate-safe, sustainable energy future.

IRENA’s Director-General Francesco La Camera

TOP 7 IOT TRENDS TO WATCH IN 2020

In the IoT world, 2019 has been a year full of mergers, acquisitions, real vendor commitments and constantly expanding consumer adoption. In the business circle, producers hinted at adopting IoT, for example, Industrial IoT, or “IIoT” as an empowering innovation for everything from supply chain logistics to the formation of digital twins.
As bid goodbye to…


GUEST COLUMNIST: How Africa is forging a new path for renewable energy

The saying goes, the best way to predict tomorrow’s weather is to assume it will be the same as today. A lot of the time it will be. But this approach gives you no insight into what the future will bring and fails horribly when disruptive change is around the corner and people are left unprepared. That’s why weather forecasts were invented. Similarly, in the energy sector…


Renewables use only a fraction of minerals used for fossil fuel generation

Renewable energy generation technology uses just a fraction of the minerals used for fossil fuel power generation – and particularly for coal power – a new report from the International Energy Agency has shown. The research finds that while metals and other minerals are essential to the production of renewable power equipment and infrastructure, they…

Although renewable electricity technologies generate much lower CO2 emissions than fossil fuel power plants, their large-scale deployment has raised concerns about higher mineral requirements and related environmental and social impacts.

IEA report

Why Powering A City With Bicycles Is Impossible

One of the iconic European films of the 1990s, Emir Kusturica’s “Underground”, features a scene where a character pedals a stationary bicycle to produce electricity. The work that the character did on the bike was enough to power a headlight. Is this really possible? And if so, would it be an efficient use of energy? The idea of using bicycles to generate electricity…

Well, if you pedal full-day for a month, you could produce as much as…24 kWh. The average American household consumes about 1,000 kWh every month. In this context, your pedalling contribution to the total seems minuscule and not really worth the effort.


In The United Kingdom, Green Energies Produce More Electricity Than Fossil Fuels

In the last quarter, renewables generated more electricity than fossil fuels in the UK – a very encouraging first. The UK government aims to do without coal altogether by 2025 and then targets carbon neutrality by 2050. To do this, the UK must turn to renewable energy. The Sun is quite rare across the Channel, so important investments have been made in the construction of…


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