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It doesn’t look like much, but this black box pulls energy out of thin air

Engineers from MIT have developed a small device that captures energy from fluctuations in air temperature. The thermal resonator could offer continuous power to remote sensing devices.

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Hyperloop Transportation Technologies could soon be running a Cleveland to Chicago route

This week, HyperloopTT (HTT), one of the two companies seeking to create high-speed tunnel-based transportation systems, signed an agreement that could herald a new era in the feasibility of an interstate Hyperloop system.

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Automakers look to 48V electrics to power future vehicles

Automakers need EVs to meet the ever-increasing fuel economy standards presented by governments around the world. Car buyers want to see EVs with a lower price, more range and faster charging before many will move to the cleaner and more efficient vehicles. To improve electric vehicles and hybrids, automakers are looking to a new 48V electrical standard to replace the … Continue reading

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Audi, Porsche to jointly develop & share EV platform

Audi and Porsche may be considered rivals in some circles, especially when it comes to each brand’s high-end sports cars, but the fact is they’re both owned by Volkswagen, and that means they’re aligned when it comes to business needs. The two German manufacturers have revealed that they’ll be working together to develop an electric car platform to be used … Continue reading

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Budget deal has tax credit extensions for nuclear, fuel cells, carbon capture

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Enlarge / Atomic plant Vogtle, located in Burke County, near Waynesboro, Georgia. (Photo by Pallava Bagla/Corbis via Getty Images) (credit: Getty Images)

A two-year budget deal was approved by the House and the Senate this morning and signed by President Trump a few hours later. The budget (PDF) included a slew of tax credit extensions that will affect how the energy industry plans its next two years.

Most notably, the deal extended a $0.018 per-kWh credit for nuclear power plants over 6000 MW—a tax credit that’s primarily going to benefit one project in the US. That project is the construction of two new reactors at the Georgia Vogtle nuclear power plant. Vogtle’s future was uncertain last year after reactor designer Westinghouse went bankrupt. The plant’s reactors, which are now billions of dollars over budget, are not expected to be in service until 2021 and 2022 at the earliest. Before this budget deal, new nuclear plants would have had to be in operation before 2020 to take advantage of a key federal tax credit.

Georgia’s public utilities commission approved a deal to move forward with the project in December, provided the federal government extend the in-operation date for the federal tax credit. With this morning’s budget deal, it seems that Vogtle will go ahead unlike its sibling site in South Carolina, whose parent company is planning to shut it down and explore a merger with energy company Dominion.

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