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artificial intelligenceIBM overcomes von Neumann bottleneck for AI hundreds of time faster using hundreds of times less energy

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IBM Research AI team demonstrated deep neural network (DNN) training with large arrays of analog memory devices at the same accuracy as a Graphical Processing Unit (GPU)-based system. This is a major step on the path to the kind of …

batteriesChina’s CATL making two giant battery factories with billion dollar funding

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Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd. (CATL) has raised nearly $1 billion to fund new battery plants. China will be making 70 percent of the world’s electric-vehicle batteries by 2021, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). China is already the world’s …

nuclearOn track to commercial extraction of uranium from seawater

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Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and LCW Supercritical Technologies have created five grams of yellowcake — a powdered form of uranium used to produce fuel for nuclear power production — using acrylic fibers to extract it from seawater. LCW, …

air pollutionClean future trucks with gasoline-alcohol engines at half the cost of alternatives

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The US trucking industry is being pressured to deal with diesel emissions. California would require that NOx emissions from medium- and heavy-duty trucks be cut by about 90 percent relative to today’s cleanest diesel. India and China mostly do not …

energyPerovskite and silicon tandem solar could beat silicon solar in some to many situations

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Researchers from EPFL’s Photovoltaics Laboratory and the CSEM PV-center have developed an economically competitive solution to silicon solar cells. They have integrated a perovskite cell directly on top of a standard silicon-based cell, obtaining a record efficiency of 25.2 percent. …

energyIndonesia and ThorCon continue working towards thorium reactor

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Bob Effendi, a native of Indonesia, helped ThorCon win its 2015 deals with Indonesian companies to work on thorium nuclear power. In 2015, three state-owned companies in Indonesia signed a memorandum of understanding with a U.S.-based firm called Martingale. They …

energyTexas and Permian Basin oil production to double by 2023

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Permian basin oil production is forecast to reach 5.4 million b/d by 2023—more than current production from any single Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries member other than Saudi Arabia, IHS Markit said in a new report. The Permian Basin is …

energyDetails of Tokomak Energy plan to achieve commercial nuclear fusion by 2030

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Tokamak Energy UK has reached its first ST40 prototype testing goal of plasma temperatures of 15 million degrees Celsius. Their 2018 target is to reach 100 million degrees – the temperature required to force together charged deuterium and tritium particles …

chinaChina buys nuclear generators for moon and 4 new commercial nuclear reactors from Russia

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China is buying more nuclear reactors and nuclear technology from Russia. * four more VVER-1200 units at Xudabao and Tianwan * cooperation in the CFR-600 fast reactor pilot project * supply of the RITEG (Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator) parts for China’s …

batteriesTesla sustaining battery leadership and Model 3 has better gross margins

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Analysts at investment bank Berenberg have a $500 price target for Tesla. Tesla is currently trading at $320. * Original Equipment Manufacturers are not as threatening to Tesla because Tesla has technology advantages * Tesla’s centralized, integrated, technology-driven architecture enables …