Christopher D'Avignon

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2018 Stationary Storage Outlook: Home Battery Storage Systems Fully Charged

In the past year, automakers have moved to grab headlines surrounding the release of new energy vehicles, which has diminished the news coming out of …

Game-changing solar window becomes opaque in full sun to generate energy

The technology could be incorporated into buildings and vehicles<p>We already know that solar cells can be embedded in just about anything from wallpaper to stained glass, but a new solar window prototype from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is making headlines for its ability to …

These solar panels can pull clean drinking water out of the air — and they've spread to 12 countries around the world

Around the world, approximately 2.1 billion people do not have immediate access to clean drinking water.<p>A startup called Zero Mass Water aims to make clean water easily accessible to more people around the world. In 2015, it launched its first product, Source — a solar panel array that harvests and …

The Best Exercise for Aging Muscles

The toll that aging takes on a body extends all the way down to the cellular level. But the damage accrued by cells in older muscles is especially severe, because they do not regenerate easily and they become weaker as their mitochondria, which produce energy, diminish in vigor and number.<p>A study …

Exercise

12 60-second weight-loss tips

<b>1. Ditch high fructose corn syrup</b> <i><br>Once you eliminate this natural sweetener from your diet, expect to see rapid weight loss.</i><p>Corn syrup is the sugar extracted from corn. It is not and never has been healthy, but as corn is now almost entirely genetically modified, it is even worse for us. The …

The Secret to Avoiding Taxes on $6 Million: Exports and an IRA

The IRS objected after two brothers used an obscure export incentive to move funds to a Roth IRA, but a federal appeals court upheld the move<p>In less than a decade, two brothers turned a $3,000 investment into $6 million. Thanks to a federal appeals court, they won’t owe income taxes on this monster …

In Debt? Here's the Statute of Limitations in Every State

State-by-State List of Statute of Limitations on Debt<p>Updated February 21, 2018<p>A statute of limitation is the amount of time a person can take legal …

One Solid Practice for Tackling Low Self-Esteem

Small, Distributed Solar Companies Are Retaking the Industry. Here’s Why

Powerhouse is a solar startup incubator in Oakland. The effort was founded by the industry veterans Emily Kirsch and Danny Kennedy, both of whom have …

Solar Power

Is long-delayed solar project near finish line?

An unfinished solar energy project that was at the center of a breach-of-contract lawsuit against the San Ysidro School District remains a source of …

School Administration

Report predicts LA rents will keep rising in 2017

To an average of $2,095 per month<p>A new report on the nation’s rental markets from real estate firm Marcus & Millichap puts Los Angeles at the very top of its 2017 National Multifamily Index, predicting that rents will rise more than five percent this year, while the city’s already low vacancy rate …

Real Estate

A startup founder worth $15 million explains why entrepreneurs should think like farmers, not suits

My path to becoming a tech startup founder with more than $15 million in funding hasn’t been conventional. My formative years were spent living and working on my family’s farm in Gladbrook, Iowa, a town with a population of around 1,000. I didn’t attend college on either coast, develop a knack for …

Entrepreneurship

Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs: 5 Fabulous Reasons To Check In

With temperatures around the country dipping into polar vortex territory, there has never been a more perfect time to head to Palm Spring, California.<p>…

SolarEdge sets inverter efficiency record with new technology platform

SolarEdge’s HD-Wave inverter has broken the California Energy Commission’s record for inverter efficiency.<p>The inverter, which was announced in September 2015 but is only now seeing wide-scale rollout, tested at 99% weighted efficiency while the competition clocks in between 96-98%. Arguably more …

Clean Energy

Hemp: how one little plant could boost America's economy

The plant is almost magical, advocates say, with a range of applications from paper to medicine. So why is it illegal to grow?<p>Imagine a plant that cuts cholesterol, reduces our exposure to toxins, can ease joint inflammation, proves more durable than concrete, and can provide the economy with …

Cannabis

Tesla Just Proved How Valuable Energy Storage Can Be

The impact Elon Musk and <b>Tesla</b> (NASDAQ: TSLA) will have on the energy industry may be larger in the power storage segment than anywhere else. Sure, his company is a leader in electric vehicles and residential solar, but in the worlds of automakers and solar energy more broadly, Tesla is a very small …

Why You Should Start Skipping Breakfast

"Intermittent fasting" burns fat and makes you healthier—really.<p>Put down the bagel and read this carefully: Skipping breakfast could help you unlock incredible health benefits and live longer. Yes, I'm encouraging you to shatter several dietary rules—never skip meals; eat every two to three hours; …

Tesla’s Battery Revolution Just Reached Critical Mass

Tesla Motors Inc. is making a huge bet that millions of small batteries can be strung together to help kick fossil fuels off the grid. The idea is a …

Energy

A Highly Functional 225-Square-Foot Manhattan Micro-Apartment

Architect Michael Chen reimagines a crumbling tiny space in the West Village as an efficient yet comfortable home<p>When you choose to live in New York City, you are almost assuredly going to have to make a few compromises. Whether it’s settling on limited square footage, a lengthy walk-up, or having …

20 Things that Will Matter a Lot Less to You in 20 Years

Too often we let the little frustrations of each day blind us to the beauty in front of us. We get caught up in our own heads, and literally don’t …

Social Media

The solar frontier | Africa's answers

Like more than 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa, gardener Benjamin Kulube lives without electricity. He could choose to connect to the grid illegally, like some of his neighbours in his South African shantytown. But with five kids at home he would rather they did their homework by …

10 Money Habits That Will Help You Get Serious About Prosperity

Take your financial life to the next level through actions like seeking new income sources, making debts your priority and separating friendship from business.<p>6 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The power of habit can be quite interesting. Rather than create 2017 …

Personal Finance

Portable solar panel and battery brings clean energy on the go

It’s good for 60 smartphone charges<p>Setting up most compact solar panel systems entail connecting a number of complicated components, from the panels themselves to battery packs and power-management devices. But a new product line from SolPad promises a fully integrated system that generates, …

Why Do We Get Fat? Sugar, Says Science Writer Gary Taubes

“You’ve got sugar always at the scene of the crime.”<p><b>David Ludwig</b>, MD, PhD., is a practicing endocrinologist at Boston Children’s Hospital, professor …

Do You Suffer From Illusions Of Moral Superiority?

Do you think you're more honest than the average person? More principled? More fair?<p>If so, you're not alone. Studies consistently find that people think they're morally superior to others: more honest, principled and fair. This is hardly an isolated belief — people also think they're better than …

Psychology

Energy storage batteries face biggest test in California

From the perspective of both renewable-energy advocates and electric utilities, grid-scale energy storage offers many potential benefits.<p>By storing …

Energy Storage

The Global Solar Boom: How Solar Is Finally Moving Beyond Boom and Bust

The past decade of solar energy has been all about a series of boom and bust cycles. Germany's generous solar tariffs drove the industry for most of the 2000s before the country cut subsidies to the bone. The U.S. investment tax credit (ITC) has helped drive a boom in installations, but its …

Six reasons why sleeping in separate beds can be a good idea

Sleeping alone from time to time to avoid snoring, a young child in your bed and duvet hogging is a total luxury<p><b>You have a young child.</b> My name is Stuart Heritage, and sometimes I sleep in a different room from my wife. This isn’t altogether uncommon – it’s estimated that anything up to 40% of …

Sleep

Batteries included: Yorkshire village seeks to solve riddle of too much sun

Moixa trial at Oxspring to see if UK-made home batteries can store and use local solar power for longer, bypass National Grid and cut energy bills<p>The bungalows of Oxspring may look an unlikely testing ground for a new technology billed as a way to help renewable power, stymie energy price rises and …

5 Nuggets of Advice Given to Me by Billionaires

The richest people on the planet seem more interested in meeting a challenge than accumulating redundant wealth.<p>3 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Everyone wants to know what the super-rich did to be successful. Millionaires give some great advice, but for me, …

Self-improvement