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electric carsElon Tweets that Tesla Will Build Gigafactory in Berlin

Elon has tweeted that Tesla will build batteries, powertrains, vehicles starting with Model Y in a new Gigafactory in Berlin. Tesla has indicated that the European gigafactory should be operational in 2021. Elon Musk was in Berlin at “Das Goldene …

chinaNuclear District Heating Review

Several nuclear reactor concepts dedicated to low-temperature applications without any turbine cycle have also been developed, and the construction of two Chinese heating reactor prototypes (NHR200-II and DHR-400) is happening now or will start soon. If realized according to schedule, …

batteriesTesla Fourth Gigafactory in Europe Should Start Production in 2021

Tesla is speeding up their European Gigafactory efforts and are hoping to finalize a location choice in the coming quarters. Elon said in Q and A at the 2019Q2 conference call that he was hoping to have the Gigafactory 4 …

batteriesElectric Cars and Tesla Now to 2020

China is the global leader in electric vehicles sales. Over one million electric cars were sold in China in 2018 which was nearly three times more than the USA. Global electric car sales finished May 2019 with 180,000 sales for …

carsSwitzerland Has Clean Energy and One Third of US CO2 Emissions Per Person

Switzerland gets 95% of its electricity from nuclear and hydroelectric power. Both nuclear and hydro have almost zero CO2 emissions. Switzerland has a population of 8.5 million people. Switzerland gets electricity from Hydropower plants, 56% and Nuclear power plants, 39%. …

asteroidsAsteroid Day 2019 is Actually Five Days and Already Started Livestreaming

Asteroid Day is a global movement to protect Earth from asteroid impacts. 5 Days of Asteroid TV is streaming now! Tune in 12PM CEST (6AM ET, 9AM PST) on June 28 (tomorrow) to watch the 6-hour broadcast of Asteroid Day …

blue originEurope Tentatively Considers Copying SpaceX While China Has Four Companies Racing to Catchup

Europe has provided 3 million euros in funding for a three year investigation of reusable rockets. This program is not funded to actually build or fly any vehicles. They want to agree on specifics of two designs. Europe is tentatively …

astronomyImproved Telescope to Directly Image Alpha Centauri Exoplanets and Other Exoplanet Updates

1. Newly-built planet-finding instrument installed on Very Large Telescope aims to be first to directly image a habitable exoplanet. The instrument, called NEAR (Near Earths in the AlphaCen Region), is designed to hunt for exoplanets in our neighbouring star system, …

asteroidsAsteroid Day 2019 Promotion and NASA, ESA Lists of Asteroid Impact Risks

Asteroid Day is June 28. It is the official United Nations’ day of global awareness and education about asteroids. Redbubble is the largest global marketplace for independent artists. They are partnering to inspire the world about asteroids. Redbubble announced the …

businessBrexit and EU Predictions

It seems the odds are the Boris Johnson will be the next PM of the UK. He indicates he will try to renegotiate UK Brexit with the EU but will leave October 31, 2019 if there is no deal. The …