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Elon Musk And Tesla Have A Real Rival In The Energy Storage Race As Imergy Forges Ahead

These days, all of the headlines on energy storage seem to be focused on Tesla’s lithium ion Powerwall storage systems, and indeed the company has made significant progress. But that doesn’t mean the storage race is over. Large companies like BYD (which plans at least one gigafactory of its own), …

Clean Energy

Oxboard

Oxboard is like a Segway without armrests, looks much cooler, and is much easier to carry and store. Developed by a Dutch company, Oxboard combines …

Agile Development

GE's big-nosed wind turbine generates more power

Despite their giant blades, most wind turbines waste a lot of energy -- gusts around the rotor don't really generate electricity at all. GE thinks it can do better, however. Its experimental ecoROTR turbine touts a big, rotating aluminum nose that sends wind directly toward the blades, where it's …

Here's what it would take for the US to run on 100% renewable energy

It is technically and economically feasible to run the US economy entirely on renewable energy, and to do so by 2050. That is the conclusion of a study last year in the journal <i>Energy & Environmental Science</i>, authored by Stanford scholar Mark Z. Jacobson and nine colleagues.<p>Jacobson is well-known …

US solar PV grows 1.3 GW in Q1, installed cost drops 10%

Dive Brief:<p>U.S. residential solar photovoltaic (PV) installed capacity grew by 437 MW in Q1 2015, a 76% increase over Q1 2014, according to the "Q1 …

L.A. won't buy power from Mojave Desert solar plant, after all

The city of Los Angeles has dropped plans to buy electricity from a controversial solar plant proposed for the Mojave Desert, delivering a serious blow to the most environmentally sensitive renewable energy project in the state.<p>City officials said Thursday that the Soda Mountain Solar Project would …

Renewable Energy

Japan is building huge solar power plants that float on water

Unlike coal-fired plants, solar power stations don’t produce smog but they do take up land. Or, at least they did.<p>In Japan’s Hyogo prefecture, a solar station was recently launched that floats on a reservoir and will produce about 2,680 megawatt hours per year—enough for 820 typical households. …

Renewable Energy

Stanford engineers develop state-by-state plan to convert U.S. to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050

Mark Z. Jacobson and colleagues show that it’s technically possible for each state to replace fossil fuel energy with entirely clean, renewable …

Fruit farm slashes ‘significantly’ higher bills with solar array

Fruit farm Place UK has sought to trim its “significantly” increasing energy bills by installing a 200kWp ground-mount solar array at its 900-acre …

Renewable Energy

Stanford researchers find a cheaper, better way to make hydrogen gas

A team of researchers from Stanford University unveiled an easier and more efficient way to strip hydrogen atoms from water molecules on Thursday. It's still the same electrolysis method that's been in use for years. But instead of using two different kinds of material for the cathode and anode, …

Goodbye to silicon in solar panels - Hello organic molecules!

Watching scientists as they come up with new, amazing solutions for the world’s many needs in areas such as technology and energy is fascinating. Now …

Clean Energy

Sustainable oil from algae: the technology is ready, but what about the politics?

Ultimately, all of the oil we use to power our modern lives comes from living creatures such as algae – albeit ones that lived 3.5 billion years ago, …

This startup is looking to revolutionize lithium ion batteries

All eyes have been on Tesla’s planned massive battery factory, under construction just outside of Reno. But on the other side of the country, in …

The price of wind energy in the U.S. hits an all-time low

August 12, 2015 — States hoping to increase their share of renewable energy to achieve the emissions reduction goals set forth in the President’s …

Renewable Energy

Revolutionary new solar window tech can make any glass pane into a solar panel

If you’re thinking about going solar, we’ve got good news: your options have just been expanded. SolarWindow Technologies announced that their new …

Clean Energy

The Future of Sewage Is Power and Profits

HAMBURG, Germany—Sitting in an ordinary shed in a side hall just off the main grounds of this city’s massive sewage treatment plant is a pilot plant, …

Could diesel made from air help tackle climate change?

<b>Making diesel out of thin air sounds like something from science fiction.</b><p>But small companies in Germany and Canada are doing precisely this - capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) and finding ways to sell it.<p>German company Sunfire produced its first batches of so-called e-diesel in April. Federal Minister …

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