HAWTHORNE, California (AP) — Tesla Motors Inc. unveiled a solar-powered charging station that it said will make refueling electric vehicles on long trips about as fast as stopping for gas and a bathroom break in a conventional car.
CEO Elon Musk said at a news conference Monday at Tesla's design studio that the company's roadside Supercharger has been installed at six highway rest stops in California.
Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said that they had to remove authorizations and new efficiency standards from their energy-efficiency bill passed Saturday in order to give the bill a chance in the House, The Hill reports.
Scientists at Northwestern University have developed a new thermoelectric material that is expected to convert 15 to 20 percent of waste heat into useful electricity for use in the auto and heavy manufacturing industries, Homeland Security News Wire reports.
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco awarded a $1 billion contract to build a solar power plant to a Saudi-led consortium on Monday, as part of this country's ambitious plans to harness the sun's energy and reduce dependence on imported fossil fuels.
The Moroccan Solar Energy Agency said that the consortium, led by Saudi International Company for Water and Power together with the Spanish Aries IS and TSK EE, would build a 160 megawatt solar power plant in the southern Moroccan town of Ouarzazate.
Critics are closely watching SoloPower, a solar panel start-up that shares many similarities with Solyndra, as it prepares to receive a loan from the Energy Deparment's controversial loan guarantee program, Reuters reports.
Mecca, Islam's most holy shrine, is advancing plans to operate the first utility-scale renewable energy plant in Saudi Arabia, Bloomberg reports. The plant would include 100 megawatts of solar capacity.
According to a study by the University of California, Riverside, a clean diesel-powered 18-wheeler emits the same amount of pollution as one charbroiled burger, FuelFix reports. By the end of 2011, about 30 percent of big rigs on the road had clean burning diesel engines.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Allison Macfarlane said the NRC can't consider a public hearing on the San Onofre nuclear plant until June, when an appeal period of an Atomic Safety and Licensing Board ruling ends.