Category: Electric Vehicles (EVs)

renewable energy systems

In what way does renewable energy differ from nonrenewable energy

Renewable energy and nonrenewable energy are two types of energy that are often talked about in terms of their environmental impacts. Renewable energy is a type of energy that comes from natural resources that can be replenished, such as the sun, water, wind, and geothermal heat. Nonrenewable energy is a type of energy that comes from natural resources in which the amount available is finite, such as fossil fuels. The…

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Cleantech environmental companies help to reduce environmental issues

Cleantech environmental companies help reduce environmental impacts and improve the well-being of society. Cleantech companies work in a variety of industry sectors and platforms. These companies often take advantage of energy-efficiency technologies, renewable resources, and smart software to minimize their environmental impact while maximizing their revenue. Cleantech covers many different types of industries including water technology , green building, clean transportation, clean production sources such as solar power , wind…

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Cleantech companies – What is cleantech?

1. What is cleantech? Cleantech is a broad term that refers to any product or service that solves an environmental problem. These cleantech companies are working to lessen the effect of humans on the environment by creating things like wind turbines, solar panels etc to help lessen fossil fuel consumption, electric cars to decrease car emissions, or even smart thermostats that can learn your patterns and adjust settings accordingly. Traditionally…

pros and cons of electric vehicles

Pros and Cons of Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicles (EVs) are alternatives to traditional gasoline powered automobiles, and while interest in electric vehicles is growing, there are still some concerns. Concerns about electric vehicles vary based on the person considering them. Some of the most common concerns include questions like “How far can I drive before I need to recharge?” “Do they cost more than gasoline cars?” “Are they environmentally friendly?” These are all valid questions; however,…

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Do electric cars have catalytic converters?

The answer is no, electric cars do not have catalytic converters. The majority of gasoline cars do have catalytic converters, though some countries do not require them.   You may be wondering how an electric car works, given that it does not have a catalytic converter. A catalytic converter is part of the system on most gas cars that reduces the toxicity of gases exiting the engine. When gasoline burns in…

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Types of Biofuels – Gas, solid, & Liquid

Biofuels can either be liquid, solid, or gas types. Liquid types are made from a variety of different sources, including vegetable oils and animal fats that can be processed in the same way as traditional fossil fuels. They provide an alternative to conventional gasoline or diesel fuel for automobiles, buses, trucks, trains, etc. Solid types usually come in pellet form and have many advantages over liquid types because they produce…

What is a sustainability app? Going Solar Options App

What is a sustainability app? Sustainability apps are tools that make sustainability easy for the everyday person. They function by helping people manage their power usage, keep track of sustainability habits they want to adopt, and more. Sustainability Apps: While there are many sustainability apps out there, some of our favorites include EnergySage Solar calculator (for knowing how much you can save when you go solar), and our Going Solar…

A New Generation of Energy Storage: Tesla Powerwall 2

Tesla has been selling a new version of the Powerwall called the Tesla Powerwall 2. The difference between this and its predecessor is that it has twice as much power, so you can store more energy for later use. It also has an improved battery management system which allows you to prioritize when your energy goes to certain loads in your home. This means if you need a burst of…

Commercial solar

What is commercial solar?  This question may seem simple, but it has a complicated answer. Commercial Solar refers to any type of system that converts sunlight into electricity for commercial use. It includes both photovoltaic (PV) systems and concentrating solar power (CSP). The main difference between PV and CSP is the type of technology used to create steam or heat energy from the sun’s rays. A typical commercial PV system…

Solar generation informed using machine learning.

For those of you who have been following the development of solar power production, there is a new trend in forecasting– machine learning. Machine learning has become popular for all kinds of purposes; from predicting movie box-office success to identifying spam emails. So what can it do for a solar forecast? The answer may surprise you: actually predict how much solar power will be produced. You can’t predict with certainty…