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Tag: tesla

Tesla’s ‘World’s Best’ Solar Panel wont be easy

Tesla’s ‘World’s Best’ Solar Panel wont be easy

Making the World’s Best Solar Panel Won’t Be Easy for Tesla. Elon Musk claims Tesla will make the most efficient mass-produced solar panels ever, and do it cheap. But many who have come before him have failed in the attempt — and for good reason. The joint Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA)/SolarCity (NASDAQ:SCTY) conference call Monday night gave us a peek at what Tesla wants to do with solar panels and the solar roof long-term. And there’s one puzzling piece investors should scrutinize more closely.

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Musk Unveils Solar Roof With Storage and Charger

Musk Unveils Solar Roof With Storage and Charger

Tesla Motors Inc. plans to introduce a new combination of solar power, battery storage and electric-vehicle charging systems at an event near San Francisco on Oct. 28. Billionaire Elon Musk, the chairman and the largest shareholder of both Tesla and SolarCity Corp., announced his plans to unveil the new product in a message on Twitter Thursday. SolarCity’s board agreed to Tesla’s offer to buy the biggest U.S. rooftop solar supplier on Aug. 1.

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Tesla batteries for Hawaii

Tesla batteries for Hawaii

While its electric-car manufacturing continues to get the most attention, Tesla quietly continues to build up its energy-storage business as well. Today, the still-incomplete “gigafactory” in Nevada is assembling standalone battery packs for the company’s Tesla Energy stationary energy-storage division. Some of those packs will be deployed in Hawaii in a cooperative effort with another company tied to Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

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Who is the greenest of them all?

Who is the greenest of them all?

Tesla “green energy” tussle with Ecotricity runs out of fuel, rules UK ad watchdog. Tesla asserts that Ecotricity doesn’t have “the greenest energy.” ASA disagrees. Tesla has failed to convince the UK’s advertising regulator that Ecotricity was misleading folk with its claim to offer the “greenest electricity,” and “the greenest energy” to Brits. It’s the latest setback for Elon Musk’s electric car maker, which has been caught up in a lengthy legal battle with one-time biz partner UK energy outfit Ecotricity.

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Orbiting Solar Panels Could Provide a Wireless, Global Power Source

Orbiting Solar Panels Could Provide a Wireless, Global Power Source

2,500 orbiting solar “flying carpets” could power the planet. One need not venture to the Cave of Wonders to discover the magic of flying carpets. The Space Solar Power Initiative (SSPI), a collaboration between Caltech and global security company Northrup Grumman, has proposed the development of solar paneled “flying carpets,” each nearly the size of a football field, that would orbit in sync while gathering energy. This interstellar solar energy would then be beamed down to the planet to provide clean power across the globe.

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Solar energy rolls out like a carpet with groundbreaking Roll-Array photovoltaics

Solar energy rolls out like a carpet with groundbreaking Roll-Array photovoltaics

Solar power is easier to install than ever before thanks to the latest innovation: the Roll-Array. John Hingley and his team at the renewable energy company Renovagen designed a high power PV array that rolls out like a carpet. This flexible and easy-to-transport instant microgrid has the capacity to bring alternative energy to places we never thought possible. Check out the video below to see it in action. The Roll-Array is easily towable by a standard 4×4 vehicle such as a Land Rover. When connected to the back of the car, the flexible solar panels are pulled out of a…

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Watch out, Tesla Power Wall. New batteries coming fast.

Watch out, Tesla Power Wall. New batteries coming fast.

(Reuters) – A wing of the U.S. Department of Energy focused on breakthrough technologies may soon give billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s most recent foray into energy storage a run for its money, the unit’s director said. Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E, which funds projects meant to transform energy markets, has made huge strides over the last few years on next-generation batteries that could make electric cars and renewable energy cheaper and more accessible, Ellen Williams said in an interview this week. The battery division of Musk’s Tesla Motors turned a profit in the fourth quarter, after the first shipments…

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Consumer Reports Gives New Tesla Its Highest Score Ever

Consumer Reports Gives New Tesla Its Highest Score Ever

Consumer Reports gave the Tesla Model S P85D sedan its highest score ever for a car, breaking the magazine's scoring system by initially giving it 103 out of 100. Editors were forced to adjust the scoring system, leaving the electric car with a mere 100 out of 100. At $127,820, it's not only the highest-rated but also the most expensive car Consumer Reports has tested. Even if few Americans can afford it, the car remains an automotive milepost" that is a powerful statement of American startup ingenuity," the magazine wrote. It's a combination we've never really seen before," said Jake…

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