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Better Nuclear Power Through Ping Pong

It easily blasts a hole in a ping pong paddle. It also demonstrates a revolutionary way to harvest nuclear power.<p>The lab is deep-space quiet. A long, narrow hallway hung with fluorescent lights extends to my left. Four or five doors interrupt the flow of drywall. A few of those doors are open, the …

Cool Stuff

Your smart electricity meter could be a security risk

A new report details how hackers could use your smart meter to figure out what you're doing at home -- and when you're out.<p>If you have a smart meter to monitor your electricity usage, you could be opening yourself up to a security risk.<p>Hackers could get into your meter, monitor your power usage and …

Home Automation
Energy

Mercedes energy storage units headed for UK homes

Car manufacturers are racing to get their electric cars onto the market, but that's not the only battery-powered battle being played out: they're …

Electric Vehicles

Tesla's app now reflects the company's move beyond cars

By merging Tesla and Solarcity, Elon Musk has sought about creating an "end-to-end clean energy" solution that starts in the home and extends onto the road. The idea is simple: harness solar energy via photovoltaic cell-embedded rooftop panels, store it in giant batteries and then pipe it into the …

Tesla

Affordable Housing Off the Grid - Affordable Housing 2017

Off the Grid<p>Imagine no more electricity bills. These days there are many different options for solar power. Everyone has different power consumption …

Sustainable Living

Britain goes a day without coal-fired power for first time since the 1880s

Natural gas, nuclear, wind, biomass, solar<p>Great Britain has gone an entire day without using electricity produced from coal for the first time since the industrial revolution says National Grid, the country’s energy utility.<p>The country has gone without coal-produced power numerous times before, but …

Renewable Energy

Behold the hippest tech on Earth: Blockchain for peer-to-peer solar energy markets

Most of us are aware of the environmental benefits of solar energy over fossil fuels, we’ve heard it numerous time: blah blah, cleaner air, blah blah, sustainability, and so on. You know, less <i>world-</i><i>endingly</i> in general.<p>But adopting new energy sources won’t just mean cleaner energy, it can also lead …

Renewable Energy

Why Americans are using less electricity | Commentary

Since then, the digital takeover of the economy has continued apace. But it hasn't translated into an explosion in electricity demand. The "old …

Renewable Energy

Clean Energy Isn't Just the Future—It's the Present - Bloomberg

Solar panels on the roof of Toyota Motor Corp.'s new Prius plug-in hybrid vehicles, known as Prius Prime in the U.S., at its sales launch at the …

Renewable Energy

California Moves to Turn Freeway Traffic Into Electricity

California legislators are looking to put the state’s notorious car traffic to good use. State officials recently approved a plan to generate …

Renewable Energy

Blockchain Is Helping to Build a New Kind of Energy Grid

Lawrence Orsini speaks at the Business of Blockchain conference.<p>If you have solar panels that produce more energy than you need, you can sell the …

Renewable Energy

Natural Gas Moves to the Naughty List - Bloomberg

Think coal’s got it bad in the fight against climate change? Watch what happens to natural gas.<p>Power plants around the world are stepping up their …

Energy

How to avoid a massive smart city pitfall

As a technology executive, I’ve overseen the buildout of multiple data centers in my career. Without exception, all were designed with an uninterrupted power supply (UPS) and backup power.<p>In fact, I can’t imagine a data center of any consequence being built without these safeguards in place. No IT …

Cities

Unsubsidized wind and solar now the cheapest source for new electric power

While investments in renewable energy slumped last year, a big drop in unsubsidized costs for new wind and solar power installations indicated that …

Energy

The Power Couple: This Battery And Jet Engine Hybrid Will Help California Grab More Renewables

On March 23, at exactly 11:19 in the morning, the combined output of California’s copious solar panels and wind farms briefly supplied 49.2 percent …

Energy

Microgrids: Energy independence (and money saved) for companies

ANDOVER, Mass. -- At the end of a heavily wooded, sparse industrial park here sits the North American headquarters and R&D center for Schneider …

Energy

An electric utility will pay EV owners 5 cent per kWh of charging during off-peak hours

We previously reported on several reward programs for electric vehicles owners charging during off-peak hours, like BMW’s program in California and the Netherlands is trying to make it a nationwide standard for EVs, but now we learn of a new program that appears to be significantly more generous …

Biofuel

The 3 Stages of a Country Embracing Renewable Energy

The world is undergoing a transformation in how it gets its power. In Germany, we have a word for it: <i>Energiewende</i>. It means energy turning point. (We use the same word <i>Wende</i> to describe the fall of the Berlin Wall and all the dramatic changes that came with it.)<p>In this transformation, we are …

Renewable Energy

Elon Musk: 100 Tesla Gigafactories Could Power the Entire World

The Gigafactory<p>The Tesla Gigafactory produces lithium ion batteries, supporting the Tesla vehicles and providing low-cost batteries using alternative …

America sets new record: Electricity’s carbon footprint shrinks, renewable energy use increases

Until 2016, electricity was America’s biggest single source of climate pollution<p>All the right things came together in 2016 for the United States to shrink its carbon footprint in some dramatic and record-breaking ways, according to federal data released this week.<p>For two years in a row, carbon …

Clean Energy

Hydrostor Building Underground Caverns For Affordable Compressed-Air Energy Storage

Hydrostor, the Canadian company that wants to store energy as compressed air in large balloon-like bags underwater, is now turning its attention to …

Energy

American energy use, in one diagram

How much energy we use, what kind, and how much is wasted.<p>Spring brings new growth, new possibilities, and, best of all, a new spaghetti diagram from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) at the Department of Energy.<p>Every year, LLNL produces a new energy flow chart showing the sources of US …

Renewable Energy
Energy

Air Could Be The World's Next Battery

NewsWind and sun, two unpredictable resources, are becoming ever more important as sources of energy in Europe. This means that we face a growing …

Energy

The Impressive Sprawl of the U.S. Power Grid

Nationwide infrastructure with a singular purpose is understandably expansive.<p>Infrastructure in America has been in the news a lot lately, with folks on both sides of the aisle discussion more spending in the area.<p>But before any of those endeavors get underway, it's worth noting the massive scope …

How the clean energy revolution can prevent a cybersecurity disaster waiting to happen

Solar and wind energy industries need to secure themselves from hackers.<p>A survey of 377 fossil fuel companies has found that nearly 70% of American …

Renewable Energy
Innovation