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Off grid solar powered electric vehicle charging in NYC



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Resilience is one of the words of 2018 in the energy industry. Home energy storage was brought into focus after multiple large hurricanes struck the United States over the last two years, with Puerto Rico and Houston seeing widespread damage. What about your car though?

New York City will be installing 50 dual axis tracking off-grid, movable, solar electric vehicle chargers across the city. These 50 units add to the already installed 37, and will be complemented by at least 100 more charging stations (not noted if solar or standard) in the next two years. These off grid solar charging spots add to the more than 529 electric charging spots located in the five boroughs.

New York City aims to have 2,000 electric vehicles (EVs) on the road by 2025, and has more than 1,700 in place currently. Officials note that so far in Fiscal Year 2018 EVs achieved an average fuel economy of 100 miles per gallon for light duty fleet vehicles. Each carport will offset half its cost through gasoline savings over its expected lifespan.
The EV ARC is manufactured by Envision Solar. Citing its experience, New York City estimates that two to three Nissan Leafs can be charged per day by these units, which cost $61,000 each. New York City thinks the units will generate 650,000 solar powered electric vehicle miles per year.

The solar carports require no installation and can be moved around using the city’s flatbed tow trucks.
The units can hold nine or twelve 60-cell solar modules. The lithium ion battery was noted as holding more than 21 kWh of stored electricity.

The city is also pushing for further EV development in the five boroughs as part of the NYCx Climate Action Challenge aiming to get rid of all gasoline vehicles.

Track 1: Emerging technologies for fast charging and smart charging electric vehicles (EVs). For example: self-charging streets, inductive/wireless charging, 350+ kW charging, solar carports, connected vehicle solutions, vehicle-to-grid technologies, and new charging technologies using existing street, garage, and building infrastructure.

Track 2: Immediately commercializable EV charging technologies. For example: 25-150 kW charging and solar parking canopies with integrated EV charging.

The City says the units generate 39 kWh/day, and can fully charge a Chevy Bolt EV in nine hours, and a Nissan Leaf in a bit less. The battery, which is charged in the daytime along with the system charging the car, is used to charge the cars at night.


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9-year-old genius to graduate university




Laurent Simons

(CNN) – A child prodigy from Belgium is on course to gain a bachelor’s degree at the tender age of 9.

Laurent Simons is studying electrical engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) — a tough course even for students of an average graduate age.

Described by staff as “simply extraordinary,” Laurent is on course to finish his degree in December.

He then plans to embark on a PhD program in electrical engineering while also studying for a medicine degree, his father told CNN.

His parents, Lydia and Alexander Simons, said they thought Laurent’s grandparents were exaggerating when they said he had a gift, but his teachers soon concurred.

“They noticed something very special about Laurent,” said Lydia.

Laurent was given test after test as teachers tried to work out the extent of his talents. “They told us he is like a sponge,” said Alexander.

While Laurent comes from a family of doctors, his parents have so far not received any explanation as to why their child prodigy is capable of learning so quickly.

But Lydia has her own theory.

“I ate a lot of fish during the pregnancy,” she joked.

The TUE has allowed Laurent to complete his course faster than other students.

“That is not unusual,” said Sjoerd Hulshof, education director of the TUE bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, in a statement.

“Special students that have good reasons for doing so can arrange an adjusted schedule. In much the same way we help students who participate in top sport.”

Hulshof said Laurent is “simply extraordinary” and praised the youngster.

“Laurent is the fastest student we have ever had here,” he said. “Not only is he hyper intelligent but also a very sympathetic boy.”

Laurent told CNN his favorite subject is electrical engineering and he’s also “going to study a bit of medicine.”

His progress has not gone unnoticed and he is already being sought out by prestigious universities around the world, although Laurent’s family wouldn’t be drawn on naming which of them he is considering for his PhD.

“The absorption of information is no problem for Laurent,” said his father.

“I think the focus will be on research and applying the knowledge to discover new things.”

While Laurent is evidently able to learn faster than most, his parents are being careful to let him enjoy himself too.

“We don’t want him to get too serious. He does whatever he likes,” said Alexander. “We need to find a balance between being a child and his talents.”

Laurent said he enjoys playing with his dog Sammy and playing on his phone, like many young people.

However, unlike most 9-year-olds, he has already worked out what he wants to do with his life: develop artificial organs.

In the meantime, Laurent has to finish his bachelor’s degree and choose which academic institution will play host to the next stage in his remarkable journey.

Before that, he plans on taking a vacation to Japan for an undoubtedly well-deserved break.

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New award to honor arts and activism named after Lena Horne




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Gang members slam BMW into rival and his 8-year-old son in Harlem




Gang members slam BMW into rival and his 8-year-old son in Harlem

Two gangbangers aimed their BMW like a missile at a father and his 8-year-old son on a Harlem sidewalk in a horrifying incident captured by video distributed by police Thursday.

The BMW — driven by a man police believe is a member of the Gorilla Stone Bloods Gang — was zeroed in on the father, a rival gang member, said cops.

Around 3:45 p.m. Nov. 6, the boy and his father were walking on W. 112th St. by Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. when the BMW jumped the sidewalk and slammed into them both, said cops.

Father and son were both knocked through a gate.

The BMW driver then backed up — and its driver and passenger, also believed to be a gang member, jumped out of the car and ran toward the father and the son.

One of the attackers slashed the father, identified by sources as 32-year-old Brian McIntosh, who’s served prison time for robbery and bail jumping.

McIntosh and his son went to Harlem Hospital. Miraculously, the boy escaped serious harm.

McIntosh was so adamant about refusing to help police catch his attackers that the young boy’s mother had to file a police report alleging he was the victim of a crime, police sources said.

Cops released video of the attack, and ask anyone with information about the suspects to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.


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