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So funktioniert Bürgerstrom nicht

Die Idee, selbst produzierten Solarstrom an den Nachbarn zu verkaufen, mag charmant und klug sein. Aber wichtiger ist es, Privilegien der …

This Brooklyn Clean Energy Experiment Is Going Global

A neighborhood-based energy trading effort in Brooklyn, New York that uses a blockchain, the technology behind Bitcoin, is expanding to the West …

Clean Energy

This Renewable 'Instant Coal' Could Be The Fuel of The Future

It's highly efficient.<p>The world is shifting from fossil fuels to renewable energy in a big way right now, but a group of scientists has come up with …

Fossil Fuels

Smart shipping container offers power grid resilience with ‘self healing’ capability

Electrical grid complexity has increased immensely. Recently, weather damage and intermittent renewable energy production have increased the dynamics that must be managed in a large power grid. In order to address that, the Dutch company Alfen is currently field testing their new ‘cellular smart …

Community to get 2,900 home battery packs to create virtual ~12 MW power plant

Arizona-based builder Mandalay Homes and Germany-based battery pack manufacturer Sonnen announced a new project to install an impressive number of home battery packs at a planned community in Prescott Valley, Arizona.<p>Sonnen, also known as sonnenBatterie, is based in Germany, an important market for …

MIT's new flow battery breathes air to cut costs of renewable energy storage

Renewable energy might be clean, but it's not always reliable if the Sun ducks behind clouds or the wind slacks off. To counter that variability, the …

Base load power: The dinosaur in the energy debate - Science News - ABC News

Base load power is a term we're hearing a lot in discussions about our energy future. But what does it mean, and is it really relevant?<p>Because wind …

Wales

Heftige Kritik an der deutschen Klimapolitik

Dena-Studie Heftige Kritik an der deutschen Klimapolitik<p>Von ,<p>-Aktualisiert am 10.10.2017-17:12<p>Dena, die bundeseigene Energieagentur, hält die …

Wirtschaft

Germany’s Shift to Green Power Stalls, Despite Huge Investments

BETZIGAU, Germany — Katharina Zinnecker’s farm in the foothills of the German Alps has been in the family since 1699. But to squeeze a living from it today, she and her husband need to do more than sell the milk from their herd of cows.<p>So they carpeted the roofs of their farm buildings with solar …

Solar Panels Perfect Case Of Protectionism Costing More Jobs Than It Saves

The International Trade Commission ruled on Friday that imported solar panels from China and other countries were injuring U.S. manufacturers which will provide President Trump with the opportunity to impose tariffs in order to protect American solar panel producers from this “unfair” foreign …

Solar Power

MIT Researchers Propose an Ancient Technology to Store Clean Energy

What's old may become new again.<p>A new proposal from MIT researchers looks at how firebricks, clay bricks used in ovens as far back as 3,000 years …

New rooftop cooling tech beams excess heat into outer space

Heat rises, and, with a little help from scientists, can soar as high as outer space. A team at Stanford University has created a roof-mounted system …

Ein Konzern, der immer mächtiger wird

Altkanzler Schröder hält Rosneft für ein normales Unternehmen. Dabei spielt es in Russland eine wichtige Rolle. Konzernchef Setschin könnte sogar …

Harvard scientists took Exxon’s challenge; found it using the tobacco playbook | Dana Nuccitelli

A new study finds a stark contrast between Exxon’s research and what the company told the public<p><i>Read all of these documents and make up your own mind.</i><p>That was the challenge ExxonMobil issued when investigative journalism by Inside Climate News revealed that while it was at the forefront of climate …

Research

Switch to Renewables Won't End the Geopolitics of Energy

In another sign that the age of fossil fuels is waning, the California State Senate has passed a bill to commit the state to use 100 percent renewable energy for power by 2045. Other states and cities -- including Massachusetts, Chicago and Atlanta -- intend to make similar switches. Proponents …

Rare Earth

Fossil fuel subsidies are a staggering $5 tn per year | John Abraham

A new study finds 6.5% of global GDP goes to subsidizing dirty fossil fuels<p>Fossil fuels have two major problems that paint a dim picture for their future energy dominance. These problems are inter-related but still should be discussed separately. First, they cause climate change. We know that, …

Fossil Fuels

How Nikola Tesla Sparked the Electric Age

As we swim in invisible waves transmitting energy all around us, and spend our lives with wireless devices catching a hail of transparent messages, …

Debunking The Unscientific Fantasy Of 100% Renewables

Last week, twenty-one prominent scientists issued a sharp critique to one of their own. Mark Jacobson of Stanford said America could easily become 100% renewable by mid-century, but refused to acknowledge sound scientific principles in his research and address major errors pointed out by the …

The Trash Incinerator Industry Is Trying To Tank A Massive Renewable-Energy Effort

A tiny trade group threatens to kneecap the biggest attempt yet to get cities to reject President Trump's Paris accord withdrawal.<p>Advocates for the trash-incineration industry are trying to sink an effort to get nearly 1,500 cities behind 100 percent renewable energy, according to an email obtained …

Renewable Energy

EWE baut unterirdische Riesenbatterie

Sie soll ganz Oldenburg einen Tag lang mit Strom versorgen können: Der Energieversorger EWE will Salzkavernen zum größten Stromspeicher der Welt …

Tesla is changing the electric grid

There's a good chance flipping on the light switch 10 years from now will feel just as ordinary as it did for your parents and grandparents.<p>But behind the scenes, a radically different system for sending electrons where they're needed will be turning on those lights. Electrical power that today …

These 3-D Printed Bricks Cool Rooms Without Air Conditioning

The idea of “evaporative cooling” goes back centuries. Now it’s seeing new life in the shape of a brick–the 3-D printed “Cool Brick.”<p>Developed by Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello, the Cool Brick is both masonry and an alternative to air conditioning. Containing thousands of holes, it’s porous …

These 3 Power Brokers Will Transform the Future of Energy (1 of Them Is Elon Musk)

Change is right in front of us.<p>When we think of transforming industries, we tend to think only in terms of what has already been done and seems reasonably plausible. However, it takes a certain type of visionary to think outside the box. To "transform" also means to revolutionize, remodel, …

Concentrated Solar Works Day and Night With No Batteries Required

By Paul Brown<p>The massive expansion of solar panels on rooftops and solar farms across the world has captured the headlines, but the other established …

Bio-inspired wind turbines with flexible blades are 35% more efficient

Wind energy already yields four percent of Earth’s power, but five researchers at French institutions recently drew inspiration from nature to make …

This wave power device works like an artificial blowhole to harvest renewable energy

An Australian company is looking to turn the tide on wave power, developing a new device to harness the power of the ocean, set for commercial installation in 2018.<p>Wave Swell Energy was established in October 2016 and CEO Tom Denniss - who has been involved in developing wave energy for more than …

Renewable Energy

One chart shows how solar energy growth is skyrocketing compared to predictions

But as one clean energy researcher points out, the IEA may have gotten it wrong about solar's potential for growth — not just this year, but every year since 2002.<p>The IEA publishes annual projections about the growth rate of solar energy in its World Energy Outlook. Auke Hoekstra, a head researcher …

Renewable Energy

New ultrathin material for splitting water could make hydrogen production cheaper

UNSW Sydney chemists have invented a new, cheap catalyst for splitting water with an electrical current to efficiently produce clean hydrogen …

Europe Is About to Go Into Overdrive With Offshore Wind Power

The governments of Germany, Denmark and Belgium backed a pledge to install 60 gigawatts of new offshore wind power next decade, more than fivefold …

Dutch households will use servers to heat their showers for free

A small trial for a clever idea<p>You know just from using a laptop that computers give off a lot of excess heat. For data centers containing tens of thousands of servers, this is a big problem, wasting energy and money. To try and mitigate this, companies have experimented with moving facilities to …