Browsing: Elon Musk

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Why Musk’s Powerwall changes everything

While wind and solar power have made great strides in recent years, with renewables now accounting for 22% of electric energy generated, the issue that has held them back has been their transience. The sun doesn’t shine at night and the wind

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Tesla Powerwall: Musk’s big energy bet

South African-born technology entrepreneur Elon Musk announced on Thursday night the development of a new battery system, the Tesla Powerwall, to store solar energy for later use, addressing a key

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The history, and future, of batteries

Batteries are so ubiquitous today that they’re almost invisible to us. Yet they are a remarkable invention with a long and storied history, and an equally exciting future. A battery is essentially

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IEEE to bestow honour on Elon Musk

South African-born founder of SpaceX and Tesla Motors Elon Musk will receive honorary membership of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in 2015, becoming the second person from South Africa to receive the

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Dawn of the planet of machines

The day is coming, we are told, when the world as we know it ends. Somewhere in a laboratory, possibly Silicon Valley in the US or more likely a rogue research group in China or North Korea, an engineer or

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The Internet space race is on

Cabling the world to spread Internet access is an expensive and time-consuming process, especially when taking to the skies for wireless coverage is far easier. That’s why Google, Facebook and now Elon Musk’s SpaceX are all heading towards the stars to set up systems that should cover the globe in Internet connectivity

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Elon Musk talks about a life on Mars

“F*** Earth!” Elon Musk said, laughing. “Who cares about Earth?” Musk was laughing because he was joking: he cares a great deal about Earth. When he is not at SpaceX, he is running an electric car company. Elon Musk argues that we must put a million people on Mars if

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