Global Coal Usage Increases



Global Coal Usage Increases

According to a report from the Atlantic (I recommend clicking on the link and viewing the brilliant picture gallery on the subject of the coal industry), global coal usage has increased due to the consumption of developing countries in Asia. Particularly India and China as an effect of their increased demand for energy to power their economies. This results in increasing carbon emissions world wide, despite the fact that coal usage has reduced in North America and Europe.

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Ferrari Threatens to quit Formula 1Ferrari Chairman, Luca di Montezemolo, floated the idea that Ferrari might pull out of Formula 1 racing. He cites the rule changes in the current season to be the reason for their pullout. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that they’re talking about the focus of Formula 1 to shift teams to use more efficient engines. By efficient we mean less bore displacement and more use of hybrid drive trains resulting in more fuel efficient cars.

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Fusion Energy Explained



Here’s a great animated explanation of how fusion energy works by PHD Comics. Fusion energy is the Holy Grail of energy development and as the video states it is one of the cleanest forms of energy available. The drawback is that not much funding has gone into it in order to study further how to achieve this future form of technology. And as explained in the video with the current techniques being used, a lot of energy is required in order to attain a fusion reaction.

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Tesla Opens up its stable of PatentsIn a remarkable turn of events, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, announced today that they are opening up their patents for public use. This means that anybody can use their patented technology to develop their own electric cars.

Tesla still owns the patents and will only file lawsuits against companies for defensive purposes and not if somebody uses their patents. This usually means that if a company files a patent lawsuit against them, they will check if the said company infringes on any of their patents then file a counter patent law suit till they reach a stalemate and opt for settlement.

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Crystal formation degrades battery capacity over timeHere’s an interesting article from Extremetech pointing to a study conducted by the US Department of Energy as to the reasons why modern day batteries lose their total charge capacity over time.

Through their study they discovered that in typical lithium ion battery, as the lithium ions pass through the cathodes and anodes of the battery their ion channels become stuck over time due to its reaction with the nickel oxide forming small salt nano crystals. The presence of these crystals limit the flow of ions thereby lowering the battery capacity over time. They also discovered that the drive to develop denser batteries (for more capacity and faster charging) can actually have an effect on the more rapid formation of these nano crystals.

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toyota.jpgAccording to this article from Extremetech, Toyota is letting go of its plans for electric vehicles and concentrating instead on Hydrogen ones. It ended its partnership with Tesla for their Electric Vehicle technology but will still maintain their 3% investment in Tesla.

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