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Solar power store highlights bright potential for clean energy

Next to the Village Pet Market, two doors down from Trader Joe's, a vision of California's energy future is for sale.<p>Bland's Solar & Air, in a nondescript strip mall here, looks a little like a car dealership, only for personal electricity generators from the sun. The unusual storefront gives …

Solar homes could get batteries from glowing dye

A fluorescent dye called BODIPY could be an ideal material for stockpiling energy in rechargeable, liquid-based batteries that could one day power …

Blockchain technology is coming to the solar panels on your roof

Where there’s a market with creaking infrastructure to be disrupted, blockchain technology will disrupt it. At least that’s what some proponents of blockchain tech, which shares many of the same principles underpinning bitcoin, are hoping to do with the energy sector.<p>While blockchain tech has taken …

Go Elon Musk!

Elon Musk has snapped back at major coal-mining boss Robert Murray on Twitter, calling the Murray Energy Corp. CEO a "fraud" for denying climate …

Snow-melting solar roads are being tested publicly for the first time in the US

But each tile is actually a solar panel, and collectively, the tiles will soon power a nearby fountain and restroom, according to Spokane-based news station KREM 2.<p>The installation, which debuted October 3, is the first public test of solar roadway technology in the US.<p>Solar Roadways, the company …

¿La empresa que construye el oleoducto Dakota Access destruyó deliberadamente los sitios de sepultura sagrados de la tribu?

Apenas unas horas después de que los abogados que representan a la tribu sioux Standing Rock presentaran pruebas ante un tribunal federal, que …

Elon Musk: Solar Panels Will Be Your New Roof

Elon Musk has confirmed the next step in the evolution of sustainable energy: Rather than adding solar panels to an existing roof, the panels will BE …

What If All U.S. Coal Workers Were Retrained to Work in Solar?

The global economy is in a massive transition from a fossil-fuel-based energy system to one using sophisticated renewable energy technologies. For tens of thousands of fossil fuel workers, though, the energy industry outlook is not promising. For coal industry workers, the future looks particularly …

Why Tesla Plans to Make Its Own Solar Gear

Days after Tesla and SolarCity agreed on a $2.6 billion acquisition deal, Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed that a combined company plans to make solar …

MIT Invented A Single Sensor To Monitor The Power Used By Every Gadget In Your Home

Forget annoying smart appliances and an app for every gadget. Monitor all your home energy use in unprecedented detail.<p>Perhaps you want to monitor the gadgets and appliances in your home, but you don’t want to buy a ton of extra gadgets to do it. That’s a shame, because knowing how much electricity …

How Warren Buffett & Elon Musk Both Compete and Contrast on Energy

Two of the world’s best known billionaires, Elon Musk and Warren Buffett, have made major bets on the future of energy, and how generating power, and …

Rooftop solar poses credit risk for utilities

When it comes to creditworthiness, electric utilities generally enjoy investment-grade ratings that make financing easier for these capital-intensive companies.<p>But the popularity of residential rooftop solar systems is threatening to eventually put those favorable ratings at risk.<p>So warns Fitch, …

Shaky plastic may give solar power a boost

Imagine if solar panels could maintain peak efficiency by shaking off any dust that settled on them, without using any electricity. Well, such …

This $6-A-Month Plan Brings Solar Power To People Living Off The Grid

People talk about a flash of inspiration. But Xavier Helgesen's eureka moment came in the dark.<p>A few years ago, the American entrepreneur was traveling through Malawi to meet with clients for his book-selling company, Better World Books. He stopped in Monkey Bay, a town of about 30,000 people, to …

Behind Tesla carnage, signs of support for Musk's SolarCity deal | Reuters

(Reuters) - Some of Tesla Motor Inc’s (TSLA.O) biggest investors have signaled support for CEO Elon Musk’s plan to buy solar power company SolarCity Corp SCTY.O, although the electric car maker’s stock cratered on Wednesday, lopping more than the $2.8 billion value of the proposed deal off Tesla’s …

Startup creates renewable hydrogen energy out of sunlight and water

California startup HyperSolar and University of Iowa researchers have teamed up to make renewable energy in a way that draws inspiration from plants. …

This Is The End of The Fossil Fuel Age as We Know It, Says Report

You can't fight the future.<p>Fossil fuels are holding on, but end of their reign is nigh, says a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, which …

Homeowners can finance energy improvements through new mortgage programs

Want to put solar panels on your roof — owning them outright rather than leasing from some third-party company? A new program that has just hit the market could help make that happen. And because it uses long-term mortgage money, the interest rates are similar to those on a regular home loan — …

23-year-old On A Mission To Overturn Costly Philippine Power Industry

When Leandro Leviste studied at Yale University, he heard about Elon Musk’s designs for Solarcity. Leviste had bought stocks in Tesla, Musk’s electric car brand, when they were cheap and sold them for $200 apiece at just the right time. Now he wants to cash in again: follow Musk’s mission by …

Renewable Energy

There's Big Money In Energy Big Data

Some day the power grid may operate a lot more intelligently, using data sources like the Internet does. But until then, there will be a growing need …

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Solar Efficiency Record Smashed

Technology Photo credit: Solar cells combining four cell types and prisms to separate the light to where it is most useful. University of New South …

There's a new world record for solar cell efficiency

In a major leap for photovoltaics, scientists at the University of New South Wales in Australia announced that they've developed a solar cell array that's 34.5 percent efficient at converting unfocused sunlight into electricity. That's a 44 percent improvement over the last record holder, which …

Clean Energy

This little solar gadget uses evaporative cooling to cut AC costs up to 30%

<b>By adapting a proven technology used in commercial AC units to home central air conditioners, Mistbox increases the efficiency of the units, saving</b> …

Clean Energy

Electricity-generating paving tiles get some smarts

UK tech firm Pavegen has been harvesting pedestrian power with floor tiles that convert the kinetic energy of footsteps into electricity since 2009. …

Direct Current Episode 1: Tackling the Hidden Costs of Rooftop Solar

Ever considered getting solar panels for your home? If so, you're not alone.<p>Rooftop solar is growing at an incredible rate, as more and more …

A Prius For The 2020s: Tesla's 'Hell Bent' Push To Make The Model 3 Affordable

Model 3 in, Prius out.<p>That’s my prediction. The most-prominent symbol to date of the green car, the Prius, could be replaced by the Model 3 — if Tesla can make lots of them. Elon Musk wasted no time this past week, during the company’s earnings conference call, in addressing just that: …

Electric Vehicles

Elon Musk: 'We need a revolt against the fossil fuel industry'

Tesla’s chief executive Elon Musk has accused politicians of bowing to the “unrelenting and enormous” lobbying power of the fossil fuel industry, warning that a global “revolt” may be needed to accelerate the transition to more sustainable energy and transport systems.<p>Speaking at the World Energy …

Fossil Fuels

Opinion: If you value Tesla per car sold, you’re an idiot

Another week, another stupid report about how Tesla is overvalued based on cars sold.<p>The latest blockheaded example, from Reuters, talks about how …