Connected vehicles and infrastructure can make highways up to 80% safer. Better connections mean we all get through the day with greater ease and convenience. People receive the information they need, right when they need it. Cities adapt to the needs of citizens. V2X is a new concept but it’s cars talk to drivers and each other to avoid collisions. And planes keep pilots informed about the weather, and passengers in touch with their lives below.
Back in 2011, I went to an Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) conference. We were in a symposium with other media taking about V2X back then. Now painted in the Street lines are sensors connecting to the car sensors and creating this insane amount of data to help save lives.
As Panasonic states V2X is the car to everything Meta Data related (or connected vehicle technology). While it’s not the most popular term yet, it will be.
As I’ve learned, Panasonic has a Connected Vehicle Demo Center that’s collecting travel data from various sources and then communicates that information across a “technological ecosystem”. So it’s not just about collecting the data. The secret sauce is then taking that ton of data and making it into “intelligent, actionable information for roadway operators and drivers.”
In cars today, it will even sense people on sidewalks or at crosswalks.
V2X wireless communication makes moving vehicles and people visible. This technology enables vehicle to vehicle signals, vehicle to pedestrian communication and then takes all that information to make sure every car on the road knows about what’s going on. As Panasonic Staff told me personally, V2X will help prevent traffic accidents. To me: that’s how we do things to make traffic safe and focused on driving.
V2X States Prove It for a Nationally Connected System
There’s a reason seven of the top ten auto makers rely on Panasonic’s technology. As I wrote:
The Seattle Department of Transportation launched the New Mobility Playbook. As transportation becomes increasingly shared, active, self-driving, electric, and data-driven, Seattle is planning ahead to ensure that innovation contributes to a safe, equitable, sustainable city with a transportation system that serves everyone. The New Mobility Playbook includes a set of strategies that will position Seattle to encourage and guide innovation in transportation technology, reorganizing our streets to grow healthy communities and vibrant public spaces. Panasonic with USDOT and Colorado DOT are like Cowboys of the innovation toward pioneering the revolution of our driving experiences.
The Western movie playwright now cues in the Cowboy here to say:
Well my friends, Panasonic is a trailblazer for building connected transport and developing smart cities over there! No seriously, Panasonic is applying its heavy duty, smart automotive and traffic management tech and smarts to a connected transportation pilot in the United States and Colorado.
Recently, I was briefed on how Panasonic teamed up with the United States and Colorado Department of Transportations to build a connected transportation program.
What does that mean?
As we drive or move along in newer cars, there are sensors all throughout cars which are brand new. So those cars are connected to the sensors on the road. If an accident happened 10 cars ahead, the driver is notified of that traffic data, indicating they need to slow the heck down! Even stop why don’t cha!!
That’ s real-time data being shared across all vehicles, infrastructure and people to improve safety and mobility on the road.
Connected Cars “See” Way Better in Bad Weather
So when do crashes mostly occur? Those lovely intersections where two or more roads cross. Then on any day or might someone (not mentioning names here!) drivers do things like turn the wrong way, crossing over or something else. This is a recipe for something to happen. I live near an intersection and there are always active accidents there.
Check out this great video from Panasonic showing you how Connected Cars work. It’s a cool video!
So anything that can help drivers see pedestrians or other vehicles before an accident occurs can help reduce the danger of intersections and roadways in general. So with hundreds of billions of sensors on roads connected to cars connected to a big database is beyond Meta data for traffic management systems to allow cars to communicate with each other. That means highway infrastructure will keep our roadways moving smoothly. Now. There’s NOT anything wrong with that! Now they need to talk about better vehicle batteries to go hybrid, Plugin hybrid or all electric!
This post is paid for and sponsored by Panasonic USA on #PanasonicMovesUs
It took a little time to come up with someone to top Taryn Hipwell’s traction as the last Green thought leader. As I contemplated who it was getting too complex. Too many questions. What is right? What is wrong? What makes sense as the next person’s qualifications.
Then it totally dawned upon me. Simplicity. People want green to be accessible and easy. Not confusion or too many messages or that “fake news” thing. So always connecting what goes into and onto your body is simple, easy ways that a lot of people are trending toward on a daily basis.
Green Living News and thought leaders need simple thoughts to make the change so easy.
That’s why I picked Lori!
Post one that caught my eye!
5 BENEFITS OF PLANT-BASED EATING FOR ONLY ONE MEAL A DAY
It’s hard to imagine that we can change the world through the food that we’re eating. What if I told you it’s really that simple? By making small changes during one meal a day we can impact our own well-being and the health of the planet. It’s so easy and so true. I always try to add a 100 percent green smoothie. I mean it’s got lemon, mango in it but kale, spinach and cucumber. It’s a bright green and is so darn good. One step at a time.
5 NATURAL WAYS TO BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
Plus the answers are simple, sleep, eat veggies, keep moving. I mean can we get any simpler?!
Then when you get to about Lori (which I’ve known for a while now)
If you’re looking for safer products for you and your family you’ve come to the right place. I’ve been on a “green” journey for many years, trying to live a healthy, toxin-free life. I know firsthand that it’s challenging at times. I’m doing my best to walk the walk, but many times I fall short. That’s part of the journey.
This site is dedicated to providing an honest and credible setting for sharing useful tips, trends, and information relating to living a greener lifestyle. On any given day you will find practical information on products and ideas that support a greener, healthier lifestyle for you and your family.
A healthy, organic lifestyle not only applies to what we put into our bodies but also to what we put on our bodies. It’s my hope that together we will find that embracing a green lifestyle doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Simple, small changes in your life can lead to a non-toxic, healthier lifestyle and a greener planet.
To top it off. Every time I go to twitter she’s there with a simple easy post like:
5 Stylish Reusable Water Bottles You’ll Want to Own buff.ly/2dKTjk9
Top 10 Houseplants that Clean the Air dld.bz/dZdPv
Looking for a safe, non-toxic shampoo? Here you go! dld.bz/dXcmP
TOP PICKS: SAFE DEODORANTS FOR TEENS
10 MUST-HAVE GREEN BOOKS FOR KIDS
I mean ever Her recent story (timely Said what?!)
Summer is finally here and for many it’s also time to head to the beach. This year I wasn’t only on a mission to find the safest sunscreen, but I was also determined to discover a few safe-for-the-beach products for everyone. How timely are these tips?! Huh?!
Her advocacy for cleaner products, cleaner air and frankly acting as an Attorney General for us on our products we use for everyday living. How appropriate since Lori started out as a Lawyer!
FN Media Group Presents OilPrice.com News Commentary on electric cars.
LONDON, May 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —
The age of the electric vehicle (EV) will be here sooner than many analysts think. Out of 1 billion cars in the world, only 2 million are electric. But that will soon change, as costs diminish, and more governments encourage the adoption of EVs to cut carbon emissions and fight urban pollution. Mentioned in today’s commentary includes: Pretium Resources (NYSE: PVG), Newmont Mining Corp (NYSE: NEM), Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd (NYSE: AEM), Turquoise Hill Resources (NYSE: TRQ), Cameco Corporation (NYSE: CCJ).
According to Bloomberg, by 2040, 54 percent of all new car sales will be for EVs. Millions of new EVs will take a big bite out of oil demand and displace 8 million barrels of transport fuel (gasoline and diesel) every day. But the biggest factor in the EV surge is what’s under the hood – lithium ion batteries. Bloomberg estimates that in the late 2020s, cheap battery technology will allow EV production to skyrocket.
The key is lithium, ‘white petroleum‘, which is quickly becoming the world’s most sought-after mineral.
Jonathan More of lithium miner Power Metals Corp. calls it the largest commodity boom ‘in a generation’. The world is going to need “mountains of lithium, from all over the world, to satisfy the global hunger for batteries.”
A lot of those lithium batteries will be needed for EVs: in fact, major oil companies like Total SA have estimated that 20 million EVs will be on the road by 2030, and they’ll need enough batteries to power 200 million cell phones. That’s 1.2 million tons, six times current production levels.
With future demand like that, it’s no wonder that miners like Power Metals are so bullish. With a 15,000m drilling program about to get underway on 3000 hectares, Power Metals is at the center of the Canadian lithium belt that could contain as much as 7.5 million tons of lithium.
Forget oil and gas; the future of energy belongs to lithium.
When EVs first started to roll off assembly lines, plenty of skeptics scoffed. EV sales were tiny and concentrated on the luxury car market. But now that’s all changing.
In March 2018, more than 40,000 EVs were sold in Europe, a 41 percent increase from last year. Total sales for the year were up 37 percent from 2017. European auto-makers like Volvo want to concentrate on EVs, and plan on electric cars and trucks covering 50 percent of all sales by 2025. Porsche will be 50 percent EV by 2023. General Motors and Toyota want to sell 1 million EVs per year by 2025.
The real juggernaut in the global EV market is China, where half of all EVs are currently in use. China will remain the chief EV market for the next 5-7 years, and demand is growing more quickly than expected. Global EV sales are estimated to increase from 1.2 million in 2017 to 1.6 million in 2018 and 2 million in 2019. By 2025, some states have decreed that EVs must make up 15 percent of all new car sales.
The Boston Consulting Group released a report estimating that hybrids and EVS would cut the market share of internal combustion cars by 50 percent by 2030.
The White Gold
EVs wouldn’t function without lithium ion batteries. That’s why Tesla CEO Elon Musk built a ‘gigafactory’ in the Nevada desert, where thousands of batteries are churned out every year.
The worldwide battery market was $5.1 billion in 2017, but it’s to expand rapidly and could reach $58.8 billion by 2024. Batteries have gotten a lot cheaper to make, but it all hinges on securing an adequate supply of lithium.
New lithium deposits are being uncovered all the time. One asset, Paterson Lake in Ontario, contains thousands of tons of lithium spodumene locked away in “pegmatite,” hard-rock formations that are entirely different from the salt-brine lithium found in South America.
Power Metals Corp., which owns the Paterson Lake property, has launched an aggressive 15,000m drilling program. According to head geologist Dr. Julie Selway, the property contains a “staggering amount of pegmatite dykes” and a “huge potential of finding more lithium mineralization.”
Along with firms like Nemaska Lithium and Quantum Minerals Corp., Power Metals (PMC) is at the forefront of Canada’s lithium boom. Together with new production in South America, Australia and Europe, Canada will help feed the world’s lithium demand and facilitate the surge in EVs by the 2020s.
When EV demand began picking up in 2015, it triggered a bull market for lithium. Prices shot up as battery manufacturers started buying up all the lithium they could find.
Lithium prices remained strong in early 2018, and capital is flooding into lithium projects all over the world.
A lot of the money is coming from China, the world’s leading battery manufacturer. Capital is seeking out lithium properties in South America, as Chinese companies hope to secure lithium supplies to feed EV battery growth.
A Chinese investment group recently acquired Lithium X for $265 million, taking over that company’s Argentinian property at the center of South America’s “lithium triangle.” Chile and Argentina are the world’s no. 2 and no. 3 lithium producers, and production in Argentina is expected to triple by 2019 to more than 15,000 metric tons per year.
So aggressive has the Chinese push into South American lithium been, the Chileans have started to push back, warning one Chinese firm away from attempting to buy one major lithium producer, worth $5 billion. Money is flooding into the lithium sector. And lithium miners like Power Metals will need every penny to fuel surging battery demand.
Fueling the Fire
According to one August 2017 analysis, the global lithium ion battery market could reach $93 billion by 2025, growing at a rate of 17 percent each year. To feed that colossal demand, the world is going to need lithium. A lot of it.
Miners in Canada and South America will bear the burden. Power Metals could potentially turn Canada into a major lithium producer, and it’s not alone: other companies like Nemaska Lithium have also made big discoveries, riding them to billion-dollar valuations.
Battery manufacturers feeding the EV market will rely upon new sources of lithium production. The surge of investment into lithium mining could turn into a flood.
Other companies to watch as electric vehicles take over the world:
Pretium Resources (NYSE: PVG): This impressive Canadian company is engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of precious metal resource properties in the Americas.. Additionally, construction and engineering activities at its top location continue to advance, and commercial production is targeted for this year. The company’s modest market cap and stock price make it an appealing buy for investors.
Newmont Mining Corp (NYSE: NEM) Founded over 100 years ago, Newmont Mining Corporation is one of the leading mining companies in the world. The company holds assets in Peru, Australia, Ghana, Indonesia, Mexico, and around the United States. Primarily focusing on gold and copper, Newmont has steadily carved out a name for itself among those in the industry.
Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd (NYSE: AEM) Canadian based miner, Agnico Eagle Mines is an especially noteworthy company for investors. Why? Between 1991-2010, the company paid out dividends every year. With operations in Quebec, Mexico, and Finland, the company also is taking place in exploration activities in Europe, Latin America, and the United States.
Turquoise Hill Resources (NYSE: TRQ) is a mid-cap Canadian mineral exploration and development company headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia. Its focus is on the Pacific Rim where it is in the process of developing several large mines. The company mines a diversified set of metals/minerals including Coal, Gold, Copper, Molybdenum, Silver, Rhenium, Uranium, Lead and Zinc.
Cameco Corporation (NYSE: CCJ) Cameco is one of the largest global producers and sellers of uranium and nuclear fuel. Its operating uranium properties include the McArthur River/Key Lake, Cigar Lake, and Rabbit Lake properties located in Saskatchewan, Canada; the Inkai property situated in Kazakhstan; the Smith Ranch-Highland property located in Wyoming, the United States; and the Crow Butte property situated in Nebraska.
By. James Burgess
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XI’AN, China, May 25, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — LONGi Solar announced that China General Certification Center (CGC), an authoritative, independent testing organization, has validated that LONGi Solar’s 60-cell bifacial shingling module achieved a front-side conversion efficiency of 20.66%, the highest in the world to date.
Dr. Lv Jun, Vice President of LONGi Solar said, “this breakthrough in module conversion efficiency further confirmed the development potential of monocrystalline PERC. We firmly believe this will completely replace mainstream products in the next three years and effectively improve PV system’s power generation efficiency and reliability, which in turn reduce LCOE and brings customers more benefits.”
Based on the high conversion efficiency of single-sided PERC, bifacial PERC cells generate power from both the front and rear sides, adding 10%-25% higher yield at a cost similar to single-sided PERC. In the future, the market share of PERC bifacial modules will increase rapidly.
This is the third time this year that LONGi Solar has led the industry and broke the world record for PV module efficiency. The achievement can be attributed to the company’s high R&D investments. In 2017, LONGi set a new record in the PV industry for R&D expenditure, investing USD 175.7 million, 6.77% of revenue in R&D.
LONGi Solar will gradually bring its innovative technologies to mass production and apply these advanced technologies to its products to provide customers with world leading efficient mono-crystalline solutions.
“Technological innovation is the soul of LONGi,” Li Wenxue, President of LONGi Solar said. “Oriented to the market and customers, our module technologies have successfully balanced power and efficiency, and taken into account both costs and benefits. LONGi promotion of monocrystalline modules will bring customers higher return on investments, and contribute to green energy for the world.”
SOURCE LONGi Solar
HONOLULU, May 25, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Knowing travelers are expressing concerns about emissions from Kīlauea volcano, Hawai’i Governor David Ige and State Department of Health Director Dr. Virginia Pressler emphasized today that the air quality of the Hawaiian Islands is safe and should not dissuade them from booking vacations.
Dr. Pressler commented, “The air quality for the vast majority of the Hawaiian Islands is clean and healthy. The emissions from Kīlauea volcano are a non-factor for O’ahu, Maui, Moloka’i, Lāna’i and Kaua’i. The weather is beautiful and warm with cooling trade winds everywhere in Hawai’i and is exactly what travelers expect when coming here for a relaxing and fun vacation experience. This includes Hilo, Pāhoa and the Kona and Kohala coasts on the island of Hawai’i.
“The areas where precautions are required for people are in lower Puna where lava is flowing and downwind from there on the island of Hawai’i, particularly if they have respiratory problems. Because of heavy emissions of vog, as well as occasional bursts of ash plumes from the Kīlauea summit, the southeast portions of the island are also routinely experiencing concerning conditions. Those visiting areas south of Hilo should stay alert for air quality updates, especially when wind conditions change. Fortunately, when trade winds are blowing, the vog and ash routinely move in a southwesterly direction and out to sea away from the Hawaiian Islands.”
Governor Ige stated, “Hawai’i’s air quality is being closely monitored on a continuing basis by scientists, meteorologists and the Hawai’i State Department of Health. This team of experts says the air quality in the Hawaiian Islands is safe for residents and visitors, except in the affected areas.
“Two other topics that I want to alleviate people’s concerns about are laze and the Puna Geothermal Venture plant. Laze is a natural reaction that occurs whenever lava flows into the ocean as it is doing now and has from time to time over the past 35 years. This is all part of nature’s way of creating new land for life to grow. Laze is limited to the area where the lava meets the ocean and is not a danger to people who keep a safe distance away.
“At the Puna Geothermal Venture plant, the state is actively directing protective actions to reduce the risk from lava flows moving nearby. The underground wells have been sealed and secured minimizing the threat to the safety of people and communities.
“The bottom line is that there is no reason for travelers to avoid making their vacation plans in the Hawaiian Islands due to safety concerns because of Kīlauea volcano.
“Visitors will be welcomed with open arms and treated to the hospitality, aloha, warmth and natural beauty that is found everywhere in Hawai’i. The only area to avoid is lower Puna where the eruption is ongoing.”
George D. Szigeti, president and CEO of the Hawai’i Tourism Authority, echoed the governor’s sentiment in welcoming visitors to Hawai’i. “We understand the concern some travelers may have about coming to Hawai’i while Kīlauea volcano is so much more active at this time. But we encourage everyone to do their research and rely on trusted federal, state and county resources that are providing truthful, accurate information about what is taking place in Hawai’i. Those who do will find that coming to Hawai’i is a smart decision to enjoy a wonderful summer vacation.”
Kīlauea has been an active volcano since 1983 and is one of Hawai’i’s most popular attractions. Over the years residents and visitors have been drawn to the wonder of seeing nature at work in the creation of new land via tours or visits to Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Most of the park is currently closed until further notice.
For the latest update on air quality in the Hawaiian Islands, please reference the State of Hawai’i Interagency Vog Information Dashboard: http://www.ivhhn.org/vog/
For the latest tourism updates please visit the Special Alerts page of the Hawai’i Tourism Authority: http://www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/news/special-alert/
About the Hawai’i Tourism Authority
The Hawai’i Tourism Authority is responsible for strategically managing the State of Hawai’i’s marketing initiatives to support tourism. HTA’s goal is to optimize tourism’s benefits for Hawai’i, while being attentive to the interests of travelers, the community and visitor industry. Established in 1998 to support Hawai’i’s leading industry and largest employer, HTA continually strives to help ensure the sustainability of tourism’s success.
SOURCE Hawaii Tourism Authority
Going solar is an investment, and it is commonly met with a series of objections, many of them the byproduct of misconception or perspectives askew. That said, solar companies should never let what a solar prospect fears intrude on what he or she knows.
The best way to handle an objection to solar power, whether you’re convincing your spouse to opt in to residential solar or if you run a large business operation that needs to reduce its energy expenses, is to break down the roadblocks forming the objection. Here are some effective ways to convince the powers that are, well, in power but not necessarily in the know when it comes to power, about the value solar power has.
1. “I Can’t Afford Solar.”
If you can afford a power bill, you can afford at least half of what your power bill will cost, which solar, at the very least, makes possible.
Ask the person at what time and how long ago they drew the conclusion that they can’t afford it? The cost of residential solar has dropped by 70% between 2010 and 2016, and is still on the decline. You can also pay off part of the system with a solar referral program. Several of our customers have made $2,000 just by giving us 3 referrals that installed with us.
2. “I’m Refinancing My Mortgage on My Home.”
So, you’ll be paying less over a longer period of time, and therefore are likely have to pay a higher interest rate, which will require you to either change your lifestyle or save more money. Even if the refinancing saves you money, you can use the leftover change to help pay for a solar loan. Solar is one of the few ways that you can passively save money. That said, this is one of the many reasons these conditions wouldn’t disqualify you from solar power.
3. “I’m Getting a New Roof.”
Replacing the roof is something that will happen when you get solar. The conservative lifespan of one of our systems is 30-40 years, and, for instance, an asphalt shingle roof should be replaced every 25 years. Because of this, we offer to remove the system for the cost of labor whenever you need to replace your roof. Just to clarify, this is not a service that we or other solar companies profit from. So, the roof will be able to support the panels. That’s a good thing. If you bought the panels and had put them on top of a bad roof, you’d have to do a take down and reinstall. A new roof ensures you get the maximum ROI on the panels themselves.
4. “I’m Not Sure Whether I’m Interested.”
May I ask you one question? Are you satisfied with paying $1-2k every year to the power company for the rest of your life? If you’re 40, that’s $52,500 dollars on average. Most people don’t think this is something they can change. You can, but if you are satisfied with this situation, then I don’t think solar panels are right for you.
5. “I Have Too Much Debt.”
Well, do you know what your credit rating is? If they say it’s over 670, the debt is not too much to have affected their credit score, which qualifies them for solar energy. Or, ask them a simple question: What exactly is the debt to them? You are currently in debt to the power company. You are forced to make a monthly payment for energy. At least when you get solar, you are only in debt for a few years, as opposed to forever with the power company, and every single time you turn on a light switch.
6. “I’m Moving.”
Where to? And in what time frame? Depending on the time frame, a full-service solar company licensed in the area can either wait to schedule your install at a new property or do the install, take down, then reinstall.
7. “Solar is Too Pricey/I Don’t See the ROI.”
When you are beginning your solar journey, you may be doing so with a set of underlying assumptions about the cost of solar power.
This all depends on what is important to the prospect. Return on Investment? Return on Impact? Return on incentive? What exactly are they grasping at? Stressing non monetary features like security from battery backup, being able to power devices when the grid goes down, and other options are helpful persuaders.
Shoot them links to the below pages. Remember, the estimates these tools produce are exactly that: Rough estimates. And do remember to tell prospects that we are a high-end solar provider. The savings may not be as high as our competitors’ but the German-engineered solar panels/inverters and quality of the right vendors’ service is more than worth it.
8. “What About the Tariff?”
There’s yet to be a profitable solar company who’s raised prices on imported solar panels because of the tariff, therein passing the increased price of it on to its customers. A debt-free company like Go Solar Group, for instance, won’t raise prices on even it’s top-tier, German-engineered solar panels and inverters.
9. “I Thought it Was Free.”
Solar is an investment which, like any good investment, makes you money. Making money is always better than not spending it, which is all that any free item gives you.
There are some companies that do free solar panels, but we do not recommend that. Let me explain why. “Free” panels are really “leased” panels, so companies that do these systems don’t actually give you the panels. Instead, they own the panels, put them on your roof, then charge you for the power they produce. The solution we recommend is to purchase the panels through financing them (if you can’t pay with cash). After about 12 years, you own them and the energy they produce.
Your power bill will fluctuate, increase over time, and be there forever. A solar bill remains at a steady amount for a few years and then you own the system, no more power bill.
Sunlight is free, but the solar panels and setup themselves are not. And, if you are connected to the grid, you will still have a small power bill no matter what. Remember, there’s a difference between going solar for zero down with no upfront payment and going solar for free. Community-based solar programs are the closest to free that you can get (aside from the ill advised free solar panels).
10. “I’m Waiting for Tesla Solar Shingles”
Go Solar Group is a certified Tesla Powerwall Installer, so we love Tesla technology, but there are downsides to solar shingles.
If you do wait for them, you will be waiting for another 3 to 4 years. And the expenses will likely not drop at that point to where they are manageable for most people who would otherwise go solar with regular rooftop panels. 3 to 4 years also reduces the time value of money and cuts significantly into opportunity cost. Therefore, waiting for solar shingles hinders the amount of money you can ultimately save with rooftop solar. Additionally, the price of solar panels is about ¼ of the cost of solar shingles at present date.
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