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No more zigzags: Scientists uncover mechanism that stabilizes fusion plasmas

In the PPPL simulations, magnetic flux pumping develops in "hybrid scenarios" that exist between standard regimes—which include high-confinement …

Physics

The Complete, No-Nonsense Guide to Smart Lighting

Smart lights are a nice jumping off point for someone curious about smart-home tech. You can get started with just a few smart light bulbs, a smart …

Home Automation

Swedes set to smash renewable target 12 years early

Sweden has made such large gains in building up renewable energy capacity that analysts believe the Nordic country will meet one of its 2030 targets …

Renewable Energy

A Billion-Dollar Solar Project May Help Power Las Vegas

A $1 billion solar project near Las Vegas may help light up the Strip and other parts of Nevada, California and Arizona as early as 2020.<p>The proposed …

Solar Power

Tech startups are helping India’s creaky power sector cope with the renewable energy boom

The rapid rise of renewable energy is exposing the shortcomings in India’s current power transmission infrastructure.<p>As they increasingly produce and distribute this new kind of power, government agencies and companies—and their infrastructure—are grappling with the technical difficulties this …

Renewable Energy

EV Chargers Planned For All Newly Constructed UK Homes

The U.K. government announced on Monday that every newly built home would come with a charge point for electric vehicles as part of its Road to Zero …

Electric Vehicles

8 Appliances That Cost You a Fortune in Energy Bills

Several factors affect your refrigerator’s energy consumption, including size, temperature setting, age, and location. Consider recruiting an energy …

Energy Storage Making Headway In California And Paving Way For Other States

Falling solar panel prices coupled with favorable national and state policies are giving energy storage technologies the jolt they need to electrify the market place. The latest such example is Pacific Gas & Electric that wants to install four battery projects totaling 2,270 megawatts.<p>Energy …

Clean Energy

Ammonia—a renewable fuel made from sun, air, and water—could power the globe without carbon

<b>SYDNEY, BRISBANE, AND MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA—</b>The ancient, arid landscapes of Australia are fertile ground for new growth, says Douglas MacFarlane, a …

Energy

California has already hit its 2020 greenhouse gas emissions goal

The EPA may be in shambles after Scott Pruitt's short but brutal tenure, but California actually has some good news on the global warming front. The state is well ahead of its schedule for cutting greenhouse gases. According to data released by the California Air Resources Board this week, …

Fossil Fuels

Beyond Bitcoin: how blockchains can empower communities to control their own energy supply

As the cost of solar panels, wind generation and battery storage falls, individual households and consumers are increasingly generating their own …

Blockchain

U.S. nuclear energy industry faces collapse, experts warn

The United States is on the verge of losing more than half of its low-carbon energy as the fight against climate change reaches a crucial point — a reality the country hasn’t fully grappled with.<p>That’s according to findings recently published by researchers at UC San Diego, Harvard University and …

Energy

China Is Swallowing A Bitter Pill And Trying To Cut Its Coal Use

The Chinese government is swallowing a bitter pill, forcing both its local provinces and the industries that are domiciled there to reduce their pollution levels. The moves are needed to both improve living standards and to lift the nation’s standing in international commerce.<p>The smog is so bad in …

Fossil Fuels

Why bitcoin uses so much energy

BITCOIN has been alarming people for years because of the amount of electricity needed to mint new virtual coinage. Alex de Vries, a bitcoin …

Bitcoin

Shale Gas Revolution Is Just Getting Started

The shale gas revolution is turning ten years old and is apparently only just getting started.<p>A new report by the business information provider IHS Markit traces the remarkable rise of the shale gas in the United States over the past decade and projects that natural gas production will grow by …

Oil & Gas Industry

Hawaii microgrid bill aims to keep the state a model for others

The legislation aims to remove several obstacles to microgrid development, including interconnection barriers and a lack of standard terms regarding …

Utilities

Heat wave puts Southern California power grid under pressure

With a heat wave bearing down on Southern California, officials from San Diego Gas & Electric and the managers of the state’s electric grid are …

Southern California

A Double First in China for Advanced Nuclear Reactors

Safer reactors designed in the U.S. and Europe make their power grid debuts in ChinaCall it the world's slowest photo finish. After several decades …

Energy

In Need of Electricity, Massachusetts Looks to the North—Again

Some in Maine push back on plans to transmit hydropower from Quebec, after New Hampshire rejected the idea<p>BOSTON—Massachusetts is again testing its northern neighbors’ willingness to help meet its growing need for electricity.<p>Central Maine Power Co. wants to build a $950 million, 145-mile …

Hydroelectric Power

Tesla could ‘revisit’ vehicle-to-grid technology, says Elon Musk

Tesla’s first generation Roadster had the capacity to output power from the battery pack to something other than its electric motor. The technology is often called vehicle-to-grid or vehicle-to-home and it enables electric car owners to power their home with their electric vehicle battery pack.<p>The …

Tesla

Siemens’ Robert Klaffus reveals how the internet of energy is coming

A decentralised, two-flow energy grid enabled by blockchain signals the onset of the internet of energy, explains Siemens’ vice-president of Digital …

Blockchain

Scotland’s next Loch Ness monster could power 400,000 homes

A new 2.4 gigawatt hour hydro pump storage plant in Scotland's Loch Ness will increase the country's ability to deliver renewable energy, after plans …

Hydroelectric Power

4 New Ways America Is Number 1 In Energy

How did the United States, at 242 years of age, become the new world leader in oil and gas production and at the same time, the new world leader in reducing carbon emissions? In part because of the U.S.’s two other new accomplishments in the energy sector, according to the executive director of the …

Natural Gas

World’s Biggest Battery Proposed in California

PG&E is asking for approval to build storage projects, including a battery behemoth to be owned by Vistra Energy Corp.<p>A California utility is seeking permission to have a company build the world’s largest battery, joining a growing list of power companies investing in storing electricity.<p>Pacific …

Energy

The entire planet could literally be fueled by star power as soon as 2030

Your electric bill could end up being obsolete if one company succeeds at harnessing the energy of superhot plasma with a mega-reactor that could …

Energy

Nissan Leaf battery packs now power large energy storage system at Johan Cruijff Arena

Electric vehicle battery packs are becoming increasingly popular for stationary energy storage projects.<p>In the latest, Nissan Leaf battery packs are now powering a new large energy storage system at the Johan Cruijff Arena.<p>The project is the result of collaboration between Nissan, Eaton, BAM, The …

Clean Energy

World's Biggest Battery Proposed in California

A California utility is seeking permission to have a company build the world’s largest battery, joining a growing list of power companies investing in storing electricity.<p>Pacific Gas & Electric Co., part of PG&E Corp., detailed plans for four storage projects totaling nearly 570 megawatts in a …

Energy

This Futuristic Solar Power Plant From 1923 Was Supposed to Light Up the World

Some people here in the 21st century still think of solar power as a futuristic, unproven technology. But solar-powered machines have been around for …

Clean Energy

How your smart home could generate, store and sell energy

<b>As we move towards renewables in our efforts to decarbonise our economies, energy storage is becoming increasingly important. Could householders become an integral part of national electricity networks?</b><p>When Adam Courtney decided he wanted to reduce the energy bills at his "not particularly energy …

Clean Energy