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Pumping liquid metal at 1,400°C opens the door for better solar thermal systems | Ars Technica

A ceramic pump can handle the heat; careful engineering prevents it from cracking.<p>Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Stanford, and …

President Trump wants protectionist measures against Chinese solar power. That’s going to hurt U.S. firms.

On Friday, the U.S. International Trade Commission, a federal body, ruled that U.S. solar manufacturers are being injured by solar product imports. This gives the Trump administration an opportunity to increase duties on imported solar equipment, which would raise the costs of solar energy for …

Solar Power

Solar power is becoming accessible, dropping more than a quarter in just one year

Solar, Priced to Sell<p>The US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratories have published a report stating that the cost of …

Why wind and solar won't save us

<b>Even with all the new storage technologies, it is still better to reduce demand.</b><p>Kris De Decker’s Low Tech Magazine is one of the most thoughtful and …

Germany set to miss 2020 climate goals by far: study

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany is set to miss its goal to cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by a far wider margin than previously thought, a study said on Thursday.<p>Chancellor Angela Merkel's government has already admitted it will miss a goal to lower emissions by 40 percent by 2020 from 1990 levels …

Potential Carbon Capture Game Changer Nears Completion - MIT Technology Review

On a small lot between Houston and the Gulf Coast, in an industrial zone packed with petrochemical factories and gas pipelines, a little-known …

Engineering

World’s Biggest Wind Turbine Maker Waves Goodbye to Oil Industry

In another sign that the petroleum era is drawing to a close, Denmark is selling off its last oil company with barely a peep.<p>Once considered a …

North Sea

How 139 Countries Could Be Powered by 100 Percent Wind, Water, and Solar Energy by 2050

100% renewable energy<p>The latest roadmap to a 100% renewable energy future from Stanford’s Mark Z. Jacobson and 26 colleagues is the most specific …

People are using recycled laptop batteries to power their homes

Why spend thousands of dollars on a Tesla Powerwall when you could build your own – for a fraction of the cost? This is a question many alternative …

Clean Energy

The Energy Market's Facts Of Life

Realists will tell you that what counts are facts on the ground. But sometimes half-formed facts on the ground can be just as important.<p>A clutch of …

Energy

Engineers Are Building the World’s Largest Single-Tower Solar Thermal Plant

Sun and Salt<p>The government of South Australia has announced plans to construct the world’s largest single-tower solar thermal power plant in Port …

Renewable Energy

World's Biggest Solar Thermal Power Plant Just Got Approved in Australia

It's so beautiful!<p>The onward march of renewables continues: an Australian state government has greenlit the biggest solar thermal power plant of its …

Replace Your Electric Bill With A Flat-Rate, Monthly Subscription To Wind Power

Energy start-up Inspire offers a flat-rate energy bill which it uses to buy renewable energy certificates on behalf of their customers–to increase the share of clean energy sources in the grid.<p>If you want to support renewable energy generation, there’s not a whole lot of personal recourse you can …

Better home batteries are changing the sustainable energy game

As battery costs drop, sustainable residential and commercial power becomes a much better deal<p>As the cost of solar and wind power continues to drop, sustainable energy is in the middle of a growth spurt. And one of the technologies that may fuel the next phase of sustainable power for homes, …

Super-Colossal Wind Turbines May Be on the Horizon

If wind power is going to displace inexpensive fossil fuels, wind turbines need to get bigger — much bigger<p>The U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory estimates that raising the height of wind turbines from 80 to 140 meters would almost double the land area across the country where wind power is …

Renewable Energy

Electricity is a rip-off – we need a truly radical intervention in the energy market

British Gas has raised electricity prices by 12.5% and its rivals are likely to follow suit. Another round of inflation-busting increases has put …

Theresa May

Solar is now the most popular form of new electricity generation worldwide

Solar has become the world’s favourite new type of electricity generation, according to global data showing that more solar photovoltaic (PV) …

Renewable Energy

Ikea starts selling solar panels and home battery packs

Ikea is now selling solar power systems and home battery packs in the UK, claiming people who sign up to the system can save up to £560 a year.<p>The Swedish retail giant says that by installing supersized batteries on their walls, homeowners can store the power generated by solar panels, most of …

Solar Power

Tesla Finishes First Solar Roofs—Including Elon’s House

First the Model 3 electric car. Now the solar roof. In just one week, Tesla has challenged two distinct industries with radically new products.<p>Tesla …

Tesla

This New Offshore Wind Project Plans To Combine Turbines And Storage

By linking turbines to giant batteries supplied by Tesla, the proposed Revolution Wind Farm aims to demonstrate how offshore wind can become a consistent source of renewable energy.<p>As shifting to renewable energy has become ever more imperative in the face of the indelible link between coal and …

Some India Coal Utilities May Miss Emission Goals, Risk Shutdowns: CEA

About 7 percent of India's coal-fired power plants may never be able to comply with new environmental norms because they lack the space to install …

Solar panels not benefiting poor who can't afford them, SACOSS says

Low-income households unable to afford solar panels on their homes are bearing the brunt of higher costs of living, the South Australian Council of …

The Trump administration claim that renewable energy threatens the stability of the US power grid is ludicrous

Recent statements from Washington suggest that grid reliability will be threatened if old power plants using coal continue to be replaced by modern power plants using natural gas, wind power, and solar power. This is simply not true.<p>In April, energy secretary Rick Perry ordered a study on the …

Renewable Energy
Angela Merkel

How a 'smarter' power system might affect you

<b>Major changes to the way electricity is produced, used and stored are being planned by the government.</b><p>It hopes we will be able to create power in our own homes, store it and even sell it back to the National Grid.<p>This could mean billions of pounds in savings for UK households, the Business …

Greg Clark

EGEB: Dallas coal layoffs -“Too expensive”; battery big enough for Berlin; Green gender equality; more

<i>Electrek Green Energy Brief: A daily technical, financial and political review/analysis of important green energy news.</i><p>Research offers new hope for gender equity in Green STEM fields – <i>In a study of nine million degree recipients in the United States between 2009 and 2014, Dafna Gelbgiser and Kyle</i> …

Drop in wind energy costs adds pressure for government rethink

Tories urged to look at onshore windfarms which can be built as cheaply as gas plants and deliver the same power for half the cost of Hinkley Point, says Arup<p>Onshore windfarms could be built in the UK for the same cost as new gas power stations and would be nearly half as expensive as the Hinkley …

Germany expects to add 900 MW of new offshore wind capacity in 2017

Germany’s offshore wind boom is accelerating. The Federal Republic has already brought online a total of 626 megawatts (MW) of new offshore wind …

Scotland sets renewable energy record as wind power provides equivalent of 118% of nation's electricity

Wind power output in Scotland has helped set a new record for the first half of the year, according to an independent conservation group.<p>Analysis by …

Waste Heat Is Free Energy. So Why Aren't We Using It?

According to a report by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Department of Energy, the U.S. wastes more than half of the total energy we …