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Scientists Have Developed a Way to Make Wood as Strong as Steel

And it can stop bullets, too.<p>Scientists have developed a new type of "super wood" that is more than 10 times stronger and tougher than normal wood - …

Elon Musk's record-breaking 'virtual power plant' will see 50,000 homes given free solar panels and Tesla batteries

Elon Musk has agreed to build what is being hailed the "world’s largest virtual power plant", by rolling out solar panels and Tesla batteries to …

Switching to electric cars is key to fixing America's 'critically insufficient' climate policies | Dana Nuccitelli

Climate change,Environment,Electric, hybrid and low-emission cars,Greenhouse gas emissions,Travel and transport,Coal,Energy,Fossil fuels,Tesla,Technology,Nissan,Paris climate agreement,COP 21: UN climate change conference | Paris,Donald Trump<p>Nearly 60% of US carbon pollution comes from power and …

Climate

'Battery' that bottles sunshine could bring a new solar revolution

A plastic-like material may do for solar power what high-performance electrical batteries have done for iPhones and Tesla cars.<p>Solar energy is clean, abundant, and irritatingly inconvenient: It doesn’t work at night or on cloudy days. You can convert sunshine into electricity and store it in a …

Clean Energy

Germany paid people to use electricity over the holidays because its grid is so clean

People in Germany essentially got paid to use electricity on Christmas.<p>Electricity prices in the country went negative for many customers — as in, below zero — on Sunday and Monday, because the country's supply of clean, renewable power actually outstripped demand, according to The New York …

Solar and battery technology power a novel hurricane resistant floating electric house boat

Arkup, the “avant-garde life on water” company, has designed a new luxury home that integrates solar on the roof and a newly approved lithium ion marine battery system. The main selling features are that it can rise with sea levels via jacks, withstand extreme weather, move as a regular electric …

New Enphase solar inverters could power homes without batteries even if the grid goes down

Most residential solar energy inverters shut off for safety reasons if the grid powers down – something that happened in Florida after Hurricane …

Clean Energy

Why Power Inverters Are the Key to the Solar Industry

Inverters hold a lot more power than installers or panel manufacturers in the solar industry. But will the power last?<p>Solar energy is taking the …

4 Utilities Betting Billions on Renewable Energy

Utilities are shifting quickly from coal to renewable energy and four utilities are putting billions into building the clean side of their …

Sub-Saharan Africa is still in the dark but North Africa will soon be selling power to Europe

Africa, particularly sub-Saharan Africa, has an electricity problem.<p>Even though the continent’s power generating capacity has slowly improved over the years, rationing, rolling shortages, and blackouts continue to hamper many countries development—including economic giants like South Africa and …

Renewable Energy

Meet the entrepreneur solving pollution and homelessness at the same time

Waste not, want not might be an old-fashioned axiom confined to the lexicon of finger‑wagging grandparents, but a 34-year-old from Colombia has turned it into his life mission.<p>Bogota-based Oscar Méndez is, to borrow another saying, killing two birds with one stone.<p>His company, Concepticos …

Here Are 13 of the World’s Most Influential Women You Don’t Know Yet

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