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Trouble Ahead: Solar Companies Experiencing Deja Vu in Panel Prices

Image source: Getty Images.<p>Solar energy may be the biggest investing opportunity in our lifetimes, but that doesn't mean it's going to be an easy way to make money. Investors who have been following the industry for a while may remember 2012 as the last time solar stocks crashed and a flood of …

Solar Power

Sydney company taking CSIRO developed UltraBattery to off-grid and renewable energy projects - ABC Rural - ABC News

A new lead acid battery developed by a consortium with the CSIRO is being trialled on off-grid conditions, including as storage for intermittent …

Why data is the new coal

Deep learning needs to become more efficient if it is going to move from using data to categorise images of cats to diagnosing rare illnesses<p>“Is data the new oil?” asked proponents of big data back in 2012 in Forbes magazine. By 2016, and the rise of big data’s turbo-powered cousin deep learning, …

Deep Learning

IBM Watson's Big Moves, Machine Learning Everywhere, Big Data Roundup

IBM Watson IoT and Health groups announce new moves. Google opens a new AI and machine learning research center. Microsoft will soon own a huge big …

Machine Learning

This Underground Swiss Hydroelectric Plant Will Power 1 Million Homes With Gravity

It’s like a Bond villain’s lair, but for clean power.<p>Switzerland’s Linthal hydropower plant produces as much power as a nuclear plant, using nothing but the energy of gravity. It’s the world’s biggest pumped-storage facility, which means that it works as a kind of giant battery, using water to …

Hydroelectric Power

Average People Are Productive, Successful People Are Learners

Too many productivity hacks can be a trap. Here's why.<p><i>This is a post from</i> <i>Michael Simmons</i><i>, co-founder of</i> <i>Empact</i><i>.</i><p><i>With</i> <i>Ian Chew</i><p>Let's face it, we love productivity! As a culture, we have a seemingly unending appetite for viral articles on productivity hacks.<p>And it's no wonder why! Given that we live in a …

Floating Solar Power Plants To Become A Reality

In the not so distant future, the power we need could very well be provided by floating solar power plants that are offshore. Wind farms have become very popular in recent years and now experts are looking at ways to create sustainable energy without having to develop land. The solution: use the …

Foundry Group Raising $500 Million for 'Next' Fund

Foundry Group, the Colorado-based venture capital firm known for its early investments in Fitbit (FIT) and Zynga (ZNGA), is in the midst of raising …

China and India are changing the game for oil and gas

India and China have seen exponential growth in oil demand over the past 25 years. Combined, they consume 16 percent of the world's oil--second only to the U.S. at 20 percent. And analysts expect that by 2040, these two growing economies will double their combined consumption to 30 percent. These …

Scientists have found a way to recycle sunlight, and it could cause a solar-power revolution

The world of solar cells could be on the cusp of a revolution, as researchers seek to boost efficiency by harnessing the power to recycle light.<p>A new study, published Thursday in the journal Science, considers the properties of hybrid lead halide perovskites, a group of materials already making …

2015 was a watershed moment for the future of energy

In December, 195 nations reached a binding agreement at COP21 (the United Nations conference on climate change) to keep global warming in check.<p>And 2015 was also the first time the world added more energy from renewable sources than from fossil fuels, according to the United Nations-backed Global …

Google creates a cloud-based machine learning platform that everyone can use

Google this week announced a new cloud-based Machine Learning platform for developers or businesses that’ll allow users to access the company’s …

Machine Learning

Special Machine Learning/Google Distinguished Lecture | Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science

Statistical inference problems arising within signal processing, data mining, and machine learning naturally give rise to hard combinatorial …

Climate change: Clean energy will bring exponential returns

America's great family dynasties were, for the most part, founded on the industries that powered Western economic growth. Oil, railways, car …

Machine-Learning Platform Certified For Cloudera

In the run up to next week’s Hadoop confab in Silicon Valley, vendors are releasing a flock of automation and other tools aimed at beefing up the …

New material raises hopes for cheap renewable energy storage

It looks like the B-movie version of what you expect to find in a scientist's lab: An emerald green liquid that turns into a brownish gel as more ingredients are added.<p>Yet, this colourful goop, developed at the University of Toronto, does something that researchers say could make it a real-life …

America's first offshore wind farm to be completed by the end of this year

General Electric (GE) is currently collaborating with clean energy company Deepwater Wind on an innovative new project: America’s first offshore wind …

Carbon Farming Could Reverse Climate Change

It seems that agriculture can now help as well as hinder the climate crisis. Yale lecturer Eric Toensmeier has been following the issue and written …

Climate

Renewable energy: Evolution, not revolution

Wind, solar, and geothermal energy are growing rapidly, but the world will also continue to rely on fossil fuel for decades to come.<p><b>A world of clean,</b> …

Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Microsoft Just Invested Millions In This Hot Startup

The technology market may be rough, but that’s not stopping business computing giants from investing in fast-rising startups.<p>Hewlett Packard …

The unspoken rules of making introductions in Silicon Valley

“The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed” – William Gibson<p>Silicon Valley Culture<p>A lot has been written about how Silicon …

Automakers say electrics, hybrids no longer just gas-sippers

NEW YORK (AP) — When Toyota aired a Super Bowl television ad featuring a surprisingly quick Prius gas-electric hybrid eluding police, it marked a turning point for the auto industry.<p>For years, automakers pushed fuel efficiency to sell hybrid and electric vehicles. Now, in an era of cheap gasoline, …

Former nuclear physicist Henri Waelbroeck explains how machine learning mitigates high frequency trading

Henri Waelbroeck seems to fit the popular image of the scientist transplanted into the world of high finance and hedge fund trading, the sort of …

Nanotechnology self-cleaning clothes are on the way, RMIT University researchers say

People could soon be able to replace their washing machines with a little bit of sunshine, thanks to pioneering nanotechnology research being …

Nanotech

The Dark Ages of Austin startup capital

Richard Bagdonas Contributor<p>Richard Bagdonas is an Austin-based entrepreneur. He is currently the chief healthcare architect at MI7.<p>An Austin-based venture capital firm recently offered my company $400,000 for 40 percent of its equity. This was one week before their counterpart in the Bay Area …

Bill Gates Just Released The Math Formula That Will Solve Climate Change

Bill Gates is betting personal billions on investing in clean energy. And now the world’s richest man is putting his mouth where his money is.<p>He devoted his half of the annual letter from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation — a yearly barometer of his philanthropic focus, either in terms of how …

Bill Gates

#Crisis for Twitter? Stock at all-time low

Twitter may be a 21st century media company. But it has a 20th century stock price.<p>Shares of Twitter (TWTR) hit a new all-time low Monday below $20 a share -- $19.26. The stock was down on Tuesday as well.<p>Twitter is down more than 15% already this year and has plunged 30% since co-founder Jack …

Social Media

Breakthrough In Hydrogen Cracking Could Create Clean Fuel

Hydrogen fuel cells have been one of the most exciting areas of green energy for a long time. After all, a vehicle that runs and produces water as …

Why rooftop solar advocates are upset about California's clean-energy law

California's aggressive push to increase renewable energy production comes with a catch for people with solar panels on the roof: You don't count.<p>If a home or business has a rooftop solar system, most of the wattage isn't included in the ambitious requirement to generate half of the state's …

Solar Power