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Panasonic Unsure About Committing To Tesla’s Gigafactory

By Nicholas Brown. Panasonic, a major manufacturer of batteries, is hesitant to join Tesla Motors’ ‘Gigafactory’ project, because it would raise investment risks, according to Panasonic’s CEO Kazuhiro Tsuga. “Our approach is to make investments step by step,” Tsuga said yesterday. “Elon plans to produce more affordable models besides Model S, and I understand his thinking…

GE Unveils Ecomagination R&D Centre In Masdar City

General Electric (GE) has revealed its Ecomagination research and development centre in the Incubator Building of Masdar City. It was inaugurated by His Excellency Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, UAE minister of state and CEO of Masdar. The Incubator Building is for housing small startup companies, small-and-medium-sized enterprises, and regional offices for multinational companies. Apart from GE,…

The Effect Of Autonomous Cars On Fuel Consumption

Brainstorm Project – Home Autonomous cars open a window of opportunity for amputees, people who suffer from visual impairment, Parkinson’s disease, and any other condition that could have an effect on their safety, such as severe cases of ADHD. It enables them to get around privately without soliciting lifts. That’s a godsend, but how is…

Nissan Introduces Their Commercial Electric e-NV200 Van

Originally published on Cleantechnica by James Ayre. The e-NV200 — essentially a compact commercial electric van inspired by the LEAF — was recently unveiled by Nissan. The electric van will be only the second battery-electric vehicle to feature into Nissan’s global line-up — the first being, of course, the highly successful LEAF. The general idea…

A Greener Insulation Has Been Developed Using Wood

The Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research has developed a non-toxic insulation using wood, which is renewable, instead of petrochemicals. They claimed that it insulates as well as traditional polymer-based foams.   “Our wood foam can be used in exactly the same way as conventional plastic spray foams, but is an entirely natural product made from sustainable…