80% renewable by 2050? Only if we have successfully been reduced to a third-rate economy, as the greenies would like us to be.
Rather, we will hopefully have outgrown our juvenile obsession with CO2, and be harvesting our vast hydrocarbon fuel resources, which have thus far propelled our economy and standard of living, with all the benefits to health and the environment that comes with such bounty.
"Projects like converting vehicles from internal combustion engines to electric drives are demonstrating the commercial viability of emerging battery technologies,"
How does spending $15k to convert a vehicle demonstrate commercial viability?
It seems to me that there's a market for adjustable, possibly software controlled, battery chargers? Rather than creating this long lag from the time the battery technolgy becomes available and the time these batteries can be used extensively in real systems.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.