Geopolitics With Energy Independence After Electrification and Fracking

Global oil demand could peak by 2030 with a rapid rise in electric vehicles, ride-sharing and self-driving vehicles. Trucks use 20% of the world’s oil and cars use 40%. This is from 1.5 billion cars. Total global trade is about $20 trillion out of a $90 trillion world economy. Oil and gas imports and exports …

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Rivian Will Make Electric Amazon Delivery Trucks

Amazon has led a $700 million investment in electric truck and electric SUV company, Rivian. Amazon and Rivian will develop Amazon delivery vehicles and build out its logistics network. General Motors might also invest in Rivian. Rivian’s CEO R.J. Scaringe told Greentechmedia that they will have a 400-mile range truck with 185 kwh of cattery …

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Flying between small airports will be faster, cleaner and cheaper with hybrid electric planes

Zunum Aero is a startup backed by Boeing and Jet Blue who is developing hybrid electric and all-electric aircraft of varying sizes. The planes would fly between the thousands of small airports around the USA. Southern California-based charter air services, JetSuite and JetSuite X, announced a deal where they would buy up to 100 of …

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US is not buying regular cars so Ford will stop making them and shift to more SUV, trucks, SUV and new electric vehicles

By 2020, almost 90 percent of the Ford Motor company portfolio in North America will be trucks, utilities and commercial vehicles. Given declining consumer demand and product profitability, the company will not invest in next generations of traditional Ford sedans for North America. Over the next few years, the Ford car portfolio in North America …

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General Motors will self driving ride sharing service with electric cars in 2019

General Motors plans to introduce an autonomous ride-sharing service to several big cities in 2019. GM outlined its vision to reinvent itself. GM wants a future with zero crashes, zero emissions, and zero congestion. GM sells 2.7 million cars a year and sodl 150,000 electric vehicles. GM has the Bolt electric car. GM bought self-driving …

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First self-assembled 3D superconductor structure created

Prof. Ulrich Wiesner, material science and engineering, created the first ever self-assembled, three-dimensional superconductor with a research group of graduate students and professors of different disciplines. This is the first time a superconductor has self-assembled into a porous, three-dimensional gyroidal structure. After years of collaboration with co-author Prof. Sol Gruner, physics, Wiesner developed the idea …

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First new US reactor since 1996 is nearly ready to start

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has approved the expenditure of a further $200 million on the completion of Watts Bar 2, which would bring final spending on the project to a total of up to $4.7 billion. The scope of the project has increased by $125 million through regulatory orders and other items occurring since …

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Microwave absorbing circuit can enhance plane stealth

A team of Chinese researchers have made a breakthrough in stealth plane technology that could be so significant even local military sources say it should be kept out of the public realm. The team released the technical and design details of an “invisibility circuit” they claim has the potential to help aircraft trick the best …

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Trans-Formers for exploring dark and extremely cold areas of the moon

NASA NIAC has a phase 2 funding for a transformer lunar exploration robots. Imagine an oasis of warm sunlight surrounded by a desert of freezing cold darkness. Robots inside the oasis perform scientific lab analyses and process icy regolith brought from excavations in the neighboring darkness. This oasis, about the size of a football field, …

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