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MIT discovery resurrects potential of molten salt batteries for grid level power storage

One of the primary problems with renewable energy, particularly wind and solar, is that power gets generated when the wind or sun is available, …

Batteries

We’re doing a great job of creating renewable energy—but we don’t have the infrastructure to actually use it

Better storage batteries and the framework to support them is key.<p>Last week, some rare positive environmental news reached the public eye: Nearly half of all the new, large-scale electric power generation installed last year use renewable energy sources, according to the Energy Information …

Renewable Energy

Hackers are attacking the electric grid

And computer scientists are trying to stop them.<p>Last September, news broke that hackers had laid siege to the U.S. power grid, probing deep into dozens of energy firms, looking for weaknesses to exploit. The Department of Homeland Security issued a threat warning about an ongoing stream of malware …

Cybersecurity

The Energy Storage Giant Tesla Should Fear Most

A new energy storage giant called Fluence is poised to take on Tesla in energy storage.<p><b>Tesla</b> (NASDAQ:TSLA) has been the biggest global player in the …

Batteries

Batteries full of renewable energy could spell the end for fossil fuels

After the UK government's scrapping of renewable-energy subsidies in 2016, it sometimes seems as if green-energy initiatives were in retreat. In …

Renewable Energy

Nearly all new US electricity capacity was renewable in 2017

Renewable energy played an important role in the US last year... although you might not want to cheer too loudly. Data from both the Rhodium Group and the Energy Information Administration shows that solar and wind power represented 94.7 percent of the net new electricity capacity (15.8GW out of …

Renewable Energy

Nuclear fusion: the end of our energy problem?

Scientists in Germany are creating a machine which mimics the reaction at the sun's core to produce energy: nuclear fusion.

Energy

Electricity from all forms of renewables will be consistently cheaper than fossil fuels by 2020

Abu Dhabi<p>“Turning to renewables for new power generation is not simply an environmentally conscious decision, it is now overwhelmingly a smart economic one,” said Adnan Amin, who has the numbers to back it up. Amin heads the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena), and the numbers can be …

Renewable Energy

Tesla’s Giant South Australia Battery Had an Incredible First Month

Elon Musk's project has come to life.<p>By on<p>Filed Under Elon Musk, Power & Twitter<p>The revolution will not be televised. It'll be sent to your inbox by …

PAVE

Even as we use more gadgets, American energy consumption is dropping

More appliances? No problem.<p>From blaring alarm clocks to late-night Netflix binges, the average American uses 12 kilowatt-hours of energy around the house every day. That’s a lot of wattage—enough to drive a Nissan Leaf across Rhode Island—but it’s also our lowest personal-consumption rate since …

Energy

What it really takes to power your home for a day

Here's how much gas, coal, oil, wind, solar, water, or nuclear fuel is required.<p>Like any good consumer, you’ve filled your home with power-thirsty screens and toasters. And they make your average American abode chug 30 kilowatt-hours of electricity every single day. (A kilowatt-hour, by the way, is …

Energy

Why Millions of People Rely on This A.I. Startup to Keep Their Lights On

This startup is harnessing A.I. to help power companies predict and prevent outages.<p>My family and I were recently hit with power outages that plunged our city into complete darkness for several nerve-wracking hours. It's an experience that taught us to take our dependence on a continuous supply of …

CEOs

Wind farms paid £100m to switch power off

Wind farms were paid more than £100 million last year to switch off their turbines and NOT produce electricity, the Telegraph can disclose.<p>The payments - equivalent to £2 million a week - were made to the big energy firms that own the giant wind farms.<p>Incredibly, the wind farms receive on average …

Renewable Energy

Britain Now Generates Twice as Much Electricity From Wind as Coal, And That's a Big Deal

There's no turning back now.<p>Just six years ago, more than 40 percent of Britain's electricity was generated by burning coal. Today, that figure is …

Energy

Alternative to silicon offers cheaper solar power

The ability to transform the energy of the sun into electricity has already changed energy markets around the world. Last year more than 90 gigawatts …

Clean Energy

ITER nuclear reactor may be the "holy grail" of limitless renewable energy

Not Just More Stable<p>Overcoming a series of setbacks, an international project to build what could be a revolutionary nuclear fusion reactor, which …

Energy

Inside India’s epic effort to bring electricity to millions of people for the first time

Anita Chauhan crouched over a flame in the semi-darkness, flipping <i>rotis</i> by the pale yellow light of a kerosene lamp. Smoke filled the shed and wafted into the cool, moonlit forest.<p>Chauhan hated the lamp. The fuel was expensive, and adjusting the glass singed her hands. Combined with the burning …

India

Hackers shut down plant by targeting its safety system

Hackers have already attacked critical infrastructure, but now they're launching campaigns that could have dire consequences. FireEye reported that a plant of an unmentioned nature and location (other firms believe it's in the Middle East) was forced to shut down after a hack targeted its …

California is set to hit its green-energy goals a decade early

California is both the nation's leading renewable-energy proponent and one of the few states to actually put its power where its mouth is. In November, the California Energy Commission released its annual Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) report which found that the state's three investor-owned …

Meet the microgrid, the technology poised to transform electricity - Vox

This is the path to a cleaner, more reliable, more resilient energy grid.<p>If we want a livable climate for future generations, we need to slow, stop, and reverse the rise in global temperatures. To do that, we need to stop burning fossil fuels for energy.<p>To do <i>that</i>, we need to generate lots of …

Electricity

Tesla and Sunrun Among Winners of Massachusetts Storage Grants

Tesla Inc., Sunrun Inc. and National Grid Plc are among recipients of energy-storage grants totaling $20 million from Massachusetts.<p>Massachusetts had …

Fusion factory: assembling Iter, the most complex machine ever built

<b>Assembling the world’s largest nuclear fusion experiment is now an engineering problem. But it may be the most daunting challenge that has ever been</b> …

Physics

A Hybrid Approach to Energy Storage

Although it is common to find supercapacitors in many power-electronics devices, hybrid energy storage technology could increase the commercial …

Batteries

SA's battery is massive, but it can do much more than store energy

Last Friday, the "world's largest" lithium-ion battery was officially opened in South Australia. Tesla's much-anticipated "mega battery" made the …

A radical startup has invented the world’s first zero-emissions fossil-fuel power plant

Houston, Texas<p>From the top of the Sam Houston Ship Channel Bridge, more than 50 meters (160 ft) above Buffalo Bayou, in every direction you look, you can see huge oil tankers, massive piles of coal, and uncountable smokestacks. This small corner of Houston is home to some of the world’s most …

Energy

Electricity Prices Plummet as Gas, Wind Gain Traction and Demand Stalls

Texas is a microcosm of pressures facing power generators; ‘It’s too late’ for coal<p>The rapid rise of wind and natural gas as sources of electricity is roiling U.S. power markets, forcing more companies to close older generating plants.<p>Wholesale electricity prices are falling near historic lows in …

Renewable Energy

Australia Powers Up the World’s Biggest Battery — Courtesy of Elon Musk

ADELAIDE, Australia — The state of South Australia announced on Friday that it had powered up the world’s biggest battery ahead of schedule: a feat already being heralded as one of this century’s first great engineering marvels and a potential solution to the country’s energy woes.<p>The battery is …

Solar powered smart windows break 11% efficiency – enough to generate more than 80% of US electricity

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, (NREL), has demonstrated a prototype of a solar powered smart window. The smart window lowers building temperatures by shifting from clear to opaque under strong sunlight. When the shift to opaque occurs, the solar prototype begins electricity …

Record cheap electricity is transforming world energy markets as Canada struggles to keep up

Radically new Alberta auction system will play a part in disrupting the global energy market<p>A new world record price for electricity set earlier this …