Solar Roadway Wins Crowdfunding

Thanks to a 9-yr-old for sharing this cool video with us about Solar Roadways, which is on the verge of achieving its $1,000,000 crowd-funding goal.

From Indiegogo:

Solar Roadways is a modular paving system of solar panels that can withstand the heaviest of trucks (250,000 pounds). These Solar Road Panels can be installed on roads, parking lots, driveways, sidewalks, bike paths, playgrounds… literally any surface under the sun. EVs will be able to charge with energy from the sun (instead of fossil fuels) from parking lots and driveways and after a roadway system is in place, mutual induction technology will allow for charging while driving. Read More

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Intel, Siemens Help Kildare, Ireland Student Electric Car Team

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NUI Maynooth with funding from global chip giant Intel will field the first team from the Republic of Ireland to enter the international IET Formula 24 challenge from the Greenpower Education Trust. Their first race will take place on 31st of May at Nutt’s Corner Circuit in Northern Ireland against five other new teams vying for a grid position at the final to be held in October 2014 at the Goodwood Motor Circuit in Sussex. Intel announced the partnership with the National University of Ireland on its website February 19.

Greenpower, an educational trust sponsored by multinational engineering conglomerate Siemens, was setup in the UK with the objective of encouraging education in the subjects of sustainable engineering and technology to young people. Read more of this post

New invention ‘harvests’ electricity from background radiation

New invention 'harvests' electricity from background radiation and could be used to beam power to remote locations or recharge phones wirelessly  Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2493931/New-device-harvests-electricity-background-radiation-like-Wi-Fi.html#ixzz2kMVuytum Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

Could be used to beam power to remote locations or recharge phones wirelessly

  • Device captures microwaves and converts them into electricity

  • Future versions could harvest satellite, sound or Wi-Fi signals

  • Technology could be used to recharge phones without cables or beam electricity to mountaintops

Engineers at Duke University have designed a breakthrough gadget that ‘harvests’ background microwave radiation and converts it into electricity, with the same efficiency as solar panels.

The development, unveiled on Thursday, raises exciting possibilities such as recharging a phone wirelessly and providing power to remote locations that can’t access conventional electricity.

And the researchers say that their inexpensive invention is remarkably versatile. It could be used to capture ‘lost’ energy from a range of sources such as satellite transmissions, sound signals or Wi-Fi. Read More

Ecotality selling assets for $4.3 million

Ecotality, the bankrupt electric car-charging company, has said it will sell its assets to a trio of buyers for $4.3 million.

AZCentral reports the company, which received more than $100 million in federal stimulus funds to install electric-car charging stations in a number of states, drew three bids in an auction for its assets such as the network of those charging stations. Ecotality started in Phoenix before it moved its headquarters to San Francisco in 2010.  (Phoenix Business Journal)

Electric Cars Can Now Travel From Montreal To Detroit Via Sun Country Charging Stations

Sun Country Charging Network between Montreal and Detroit

Electric-car owners may want to consider a road trip to Canada.

Sun Country Highway (SCH) has just opened an extension of its network of charging stations to cover the length of Highway 401 between Detroit and Montréal.

The new stations join the company’s existing corridor of free Level 2 charging stations lining the Trans-Canada highway.

Electric-car drivers will have 17 stations to get them between Montréal the capital of Québec and the Motor City.The stations are spaced 31 to 60 miles apart, the Globe and Mail reports.

The 401 corridor will benefit electric-car drivers in both Ontario and Quebec who were previously “city-locked” by a limited, urban-centric charging infrastructure. Read More

Electric Car Rentals Stalled in U.S. by Range Anxiety

Bloomberg - Electric Car Rentals Stalled in U.S. by Range Anxiety

Rental car drivers just aren’t plugging into electric vehicles, largely because of fears the batteries will die.

In fact, people who drive off in electric vehicles from Enterprise Holdings Inc., the biggest U.S. auto renter, often bring them back to trade for a car that runs on gasoline.

“People are very keen to try it, but they will switch out of the contract part way through,” Lee Broughton, head of sustainability at Enterprise, said in an interview. “Range anxiety makes them think they can’t get to a charging station.” Read More

ECOtality Goes Bankrupt, Stranding 13,000 Docking Stations

Ecotality Charging Station - Electric Car NewsNow here’s a fine mess, as Laurel and Hardy used to say. One of the biggest electric vehicle charging companies, Arizona-based ECOtality (a Nissan Leaf partner), went bankrupt, stranding about 13,000 commercial and residential stations. We all have a stake in this, because American tax dollars supported these installations through the so-called EV Project.

In the early rounds, only one bidder emerged, an unknown company called Tellus Power, which proposed acquiring ECOtality’s assets for just $3 million. Consider that the federal grants totaled almost $115 million (of which almost $100 million was spent) and you begin to see the issue here. There are clear parallels to what happened to the U.S. investment in Fisker Automotive, which went bankrupt after spending $192 million of a $529 million loan (the feds then seized $21 million in assets).  Read More