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The world’s largest floating solar farm is producing energy atop a former coal mine

The Chinese city of Huainan is rich in coal—very rich. By one 2008 estimate, it has nearly a fifth of all of China’s coal reserves.<p>Now the city has become home to the world’s largest floating solar farm. Appropriately, it has been built atop a former coal mine, which had become a lake after being …

Renewable Energy

Hackers 'could target electricity grid' via solar panel tech

<b>Hackers could target electricity grids through security flaws in solar panel equipment, a Dutch researcher has said.</b><p>Willem Westerhof found 17 vulnerabilities in inverters, which convert electricity produced by the panels so it can be used on the grid.<p>He said internet-connected inverters could be …

Cybersecurity

Argentina launches 1.2 GW renewable tender, with 450 MW of solar

As part of the RenovAr program initiated last year, Argentinian authorities have launched a new renewable energy tender comprising 1.2 GW of …

Water-based lithium-ion batteries without explosive risks now a reality

Researchers at the University of Maryland and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory have developed for the first time a lithium-ion battery that uses a …

Clean Energy

How Bitcoin Mining Could Solve One Of The Issues With Space-Based Solar Power

In the incredibly competitive world of bitcoin mining, one of the keys to the game is finding the cheapest possible source of energy. In the not so distant future, that source of energy may be found in space.<p>As a quick review, the bitcoin mining process is what keeps everyone in the world on the …

Bitcoin

A $10 billion renewable energy startup just unveiled their largest onshore wind turbine

Bigger and Better<p>$10 billion dollar startup GE Renewable Energy just unveiled their largest high efficiency wind turbine to date. The turbine is …

Air pollution throws shade on India's solar success

Air pollution is diminishing India's capacity to harness power from the sun, experts say, undermining billions being invested in renewables as the …

Green energy revolution threatens to upend predictable utility investments

Utility stocks and bonds have long been beloved by pension funds and other conservative investors for their safe income generation.<p>But dramatic falls …

300 days of sun: How one Indian entrepreneur is making a killing

Ketan Mehta is nothing if not ambitious. He wants to "shape the future of energy" for 1.3 billion people.<p>The 28-year old entrepreneur co-founded Rays Power Infra six years ago with an eye on India's enormous potential for solar energy.<p>"Earth has been receiving trillions of units of energy every day …

CNN

Can solar power solve India’s rural healthcare problems?

India has a solar rooftop power target of 40,000MW by 2022, but it has not even crossed 2,000MW yet. Photo: Bloomberg<p><b>New Delhi:</b> Are solar-powered …

New, more durable solar cells inspired by honeycomb design of insect eyes

Biomimicry is the imitation of models or systems found in the natural world with the goal of solving human problems. It’s something that’s been …

This Liquid Coating Turns Windows Into Solar Panels

SolarWindow Technologies says it can harvest energy from sunlight by applying a transparent film to glass or plastic.<p>A Maryland company has been …

Clean Energy

Tesla, Inc.: Demand Is "Strong" for Solar Tiles

But no matter how great demand is for Tesla's solar tiles, the company will have to ramp up production first.<p><b>Tesla</b>'s (NASDAQ:TSLA) cell production …

Tesla

Elon Musk has ambitious plans for his tunneling company — here's what we know

The Tesla and SpaceX CEO revealed in April his plan for the Boring Company, a new venture that is exploring a way to cut tunneling costs in order to relieve traffic congestion on roads and highways.<p>Details on Musk's exact plan and its feasibility are still scarce, but here's what we know so far:

Elon Musk

Why Energy-Harvesting Clothes Will Be Such a Huge Deal

Newfangled fabrics can mop up energy that otherwise would be wasted.<p>Clothing today is mostly about covering up. In the future, it might also be about powering up — literally.<p>Researchers across the country are working to develop fabrics that harvest energy from your body movements and use it to …

Clean Energy

off grid box brings clean water and power to all

<b>based in italy, boston and rwanda, off grid box is an all-in-one system providing sustainable energy and safe water to remote areas around the world.</b> …

Clean Energy

Meet the solar-powered electric motorhome we've all been waiting for

Tesla and Cummins are making waves right now with their new electric-powered semi trucks, but one other long-range vehicle has yet to make a …

Solar Is America's Fastest-Growing Renewable Energy Source

Solar energy isn’t just for people who bolt a bunch of panels onto their roofs: The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) says in its latest …

Renewable Energy

Iceland's Latest Renewable Energy Project Is So Badass

Iceland, land of elves and shark meat delicacies, is proving to be far more inventive than the rest of us when it comes to new energy technologies. …

Solar cell is more efficient, costs less than its counterparts

Boston MA (SPX) Aug 31, 2016 - The cost of solar power is beginning to reach price parity with cheaper fossil fuel-based electricity in many parts of …

Clean Energy

Smart energy revolution 'could help to avoid UK blackouts'

<b>A "smart energy" revolution could help ensure that the UK does not suffer blackouts, according to National Grid's new UK chief.</b><p>Nicola Shaw, its executive director, said technological advances will reduce the need to build new conventional power stations in the UK.<p>An "internet of energy" will allow …

Is blue the new green? Wave power could revolutionize the renewable-energy game

There’s enough wave energy in the oceans to power the world, and scientists are finally close to harnessing it.<p>Unless you’re a surfer, a sailor or the owner of beachfront property during hurricane season, you probably don’t spend much time thinking about the power of waves. That may be changing …

Google Can Calculate How Much Solar Energy Your House Could Generate

All that sunlight, and you're just wasting it!<p>If you own your own house, perhaps you've thought about throwing some solar panels up on the old roof in order to cut costs. But exactly how much cost would that cut? And goodness, that seems like a lot of work just to figure out if it's even worth …

Solar Power

Oregon Company Purifies Water With the Power of the Sun

The new technology focuses sunlight to kill bacteria and break down contaminants.<p>An Oregon company has developed a way to purify water using nothing more than the power of the sun. The company, Focal Technologies, uses a solar focusing lens to heat a sample of water and break down contaminants such …

Snorkeling

New "Smart" Plastic Could Give Your House Automatic Sunglasses

The new plastic can change its tint with an electric current, and is flexible enough to be applied to any surface.<p>Researchers from the University of Austin have developed a new process for making "smart tinting" plastic that could help save on heating and cooling bills. The material is designed to …

Nanotech

European Commission : CORDIS : News and Events : A software “detective” for wind power generation

Europeans have been using the wind to generate energy for centuries. Even early wind mills were very cleverly designed cybernetic tools. And, the …

Renewable Energy

Sen. Chuck Grassley: Trump can get rid of wind energy ‘over my dead body’

Donald Trump has railed against wind energy for years, but he’d face a backlash from members of his own party if he wins the White House and his …

How India's 'smart villages' are centralising solar power

<b>The Indian government has committed 980bn rupees ($14.5bn; £10.9bn) to a flagship smart cities' programme, but the social entrepreneur behind the country's first smart village thinks they've missed some low-hanging fruit.</b><p>City-dwellers tend to take electricity for granted, says Ashok Das, but for …

Harvesting Solar – in fields!

The other is doubling farmers’ income — presumably in real terms — also by 2022, when India celebrates its 75th year of Independence. (Illustration …

Renewable Energy

India is becoming one of the world's largest solar markets – but is reliant on China for imports

India’s rush to add solar power is being aided largely by a manufacturing overcapacity in China, driving down costs of photovoltaic cells and other …