ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Swiss solar-powered plane took off from Abu Dhabi early Monday, marking the start of the first attempt to fly around the world without a drop of fuel.
Solar Impulse founder André Borschberg was at the controls of the single-seater when it took off from the Al Bateen Executive Airport. Borschberg will trade off piloting with Solar Impulse co-founder Bertrand Piccard during stop-overs on a journey that will take months to complete.
Traditional automakers say they’re skeptical about the ability of tech giants like Apple and Google to successfully build and market cars, but they’re moving to deal with the competition anyway, as evidenced by Audi’s R8 electric sports car, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Utilities’ refusal to buy solar power -– brought on as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government takes a second look at the country's commitment to clean energy -- has raised doubts about the future of the country's once-booming solar industry, The New York Times reports.
GENEVA (AP) — Top automakers are vowing not to give up on weak-selling electric vehicles — even as they unveil an array of powerful luxury cars with conventional engines aimed at a growing global market.
BMW AG CEO Norbert Reithofer said Tuesday at the Geneva International Motor Show that his company cannot do without battery-powered vehicles such as its i3 urban compact.
A $1.55 billion project to generate electricity from tidal force is being proposed for Swansea in Wales, with Tidal Lagoon Power envisioning a tidal lagoon that can power 155,000 homes, BBC News reports.
Jim Gordon, president of the stalled offshore project Cape Wind, has offered praise for the push to get a wind power coalition off the ground, and also backed a measure introduced in the state legislature that would require utilities to buy certain quantities of wind and hydropower, WWLP reports.
New safety rules for oil trains don’t go far enough to address the risk of dangerous derailments, said lawmakers including Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., as well as Rep. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., The Hill reports.
An environmental impact statement for the TransWest Express transmission line, which would run from Wyoming to Nevada, across the habitat of the sage grouse, has been published by the Bureau of Land Management in the Federal Register, starting a 30-day public comment period, E&E reports.
Toothpaste and other personal care items that contain synthetic microbeads would be banned under legislation introduced by House Energy and Commerce Chair Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. and Ranking Member Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., who are concerned about the effect of the microbeads on bodies of water such as the Great Lakes, National Journal reports.
Sliding oil prices took Chevron’s profits down with them, as the company reported a 43 percent fall in profit in the first quarter, to $2.57 billion, despite an increase in production, Reuters reports.
Oil dropped off its 2015 highs Friday on news of record Iraqi exports in April, coupled with gains in the dollar. U.S. benchmark crude for June delivery settled 48 cents lower at $59.15 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London, Brent lost 32 cents to $66.46, Reuters reports.
Without ever directly linking California’s drought to the wider issue of climate change, Gov. Jerry Brown has folded one issue into the other to push for wider environmental reforms, The Atlantic reports.
Used Model S electric vehicles made by Tesla Motors can now be purchased on the company’s website, complete with an extended warranty that covers up to 4 years or 50,000 miles, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Plans for an LNG export facility in Warrenton, Oregon won’t be upset by Clatsop County's rejection of a construction permit for a pipeline connecting to it, because only the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission can make such a decision, Oregon LNG’s CEO told Platts.