The Race is On

The Tesla has received all the publicity, but there is another zero emissions vehicle available, the Toyota FuelCell Vehicle (FCV), the Mirai. The Mirai has an MRSP of $57,500, which is less than the Tesla’s 70D. (Tesla advertises a price Continue reading The Race is On

The Duck Speaks, Part 2

The general impact of renewables on the utility industry was discussed in Part 1, using Diagram 2. While the Duck curve displays the over generation caused by renewables, the effect of renewables can better be seen by examining a load Continue reading The Duck Speaks, Part 2

Is There a Future for Battery Powered Vehicles?

Many people expect the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) to disappear over the next decade, and be replaced with battery powered vehicles (BEVs). But could the opposite be true? Perhaps BEVs will disappear. Table 1 shows the basic estimated cost information Continue reading Is There a Future for Battery Powered Vehicles?

Is Tesla Gigafactory a Bad Investment?

Let the battle begin. It pits liquid filled Lithium-ion batteries against solid state Lithium batteries. The Department of Energy has established a goal of $125/kWh for EV batteries. Currently, many cite the rating of current EV batteries as being around Continue reading Is Tesla Gigafactory a Bad Investment?

The Quest for Storing Electricity

It’s generally accepted that wind and solar require storage if they are to be utilized on the grid without the very expensive cost of back-up power, such as from gas turbines. California has issued a mandate requiring the addition of Continue reading The Quest for Storing Electricity

Storage is Essential for Wind and Solar

  Electricity must be generated as it’s being used, so that demand and supply are always kept in balance. This is a critical factor with respect to unreliable, wind and solar. When the wind stops blowing or the sun stops Continue reading Storage is Essential for Wind and Solar