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Tesla’s chargers now moving a gigawatt hour of electricity a month

There are now enough Tesla (s tsla) Model S electric cars — as well as the company’s electric car chargers that keep them going — out there driving …

Gov. Jerry Brown signs bills to boost purchases of electric cars

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a package of bills Sunday boosting the state's market for electric cars, including a measure to make such vehicles more affordable for low-income residents.<p>That bill, the Charge Ahead California Initiative by Sen. Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), sets a goal of placing at …

An All-Liquid Battery For Storing Solar And Wind Energy

Making alternative energy cheaper and more reliable<p>You could call it a rainy-day fund. A team of MIT researchers has built an all-liquid battery prototype that's designed to store excess energy from solar and wind power plants. When the sun isn't shining, or the wind isn't blowing, future versions …

Clean Energy

Half of Germany Is Now Powered by Solar Energy

The nation can now produce more than 24 GW of energy from the sun.<p><i>Workers stack finished solar energy panels at the Solarworld plant on August 14, 2013 in Freiberg, Germany. Credit: Getty Images.</i><p>Continuing its unrelenting march toward a renewable-powered future, Germany now can produce more than …

Japan's About To Make A Move That Could Kill Its Solar Industry

Japan's ambitious plans for solar in the past two years -- if they were to come on stream -- could allow the country to surpass Germany as the world's biggest consumer of solar power.<p>But the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has cut tariffs for solar power by a fifth in the two years …

Solar Power

Singapore Is Planning The World’s Largest Floating Solar Farm

“The vast majority of photovoltaic installations in Singapore will obviously be on rooftops, but even those are limited,” says Thomas Reindl, deputy …

Solar cells cool themselves to produce more power

Solar power cells need to stay relatively cool for the sake of both efficiency and longevity, but active cooling (like ventilation) isn't practical; it's expensive, and may block the very rays the cells are supposed to collect. To tackle this problem, Stanford University researchers have created a …