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See The Eiffel Tower's Gorgeous New Wind Turbines

Paris' iconic landmark is going green

When the Eiffel Tower was built in 1889 it was only intended to last for 20 years. The tower has gone through a lot of renovations n the past 126 years, but the latest makeover is decidedly green. Last week, renewable energy firm Urban Green Energy installed two …

Wind Power

Proposal would allow neighbors to share cost, credit for solar projects

In hopes of bringing solar energy to the masses, the Citizens Utility Board and Environmental Defense Fund on Tuesday announced a proposal to allow Illinois neighborhoods to invest in solar projects together and share in the compensation credits that result from the energy savings.

The groups, which …


Creating the energy Internet

It only takes a power outage of a few minutes in the middle of a busy workday to drive home the hazards of relying on an energy infrastructure rooted …


America Is Getting Its First Offshore Wind Farm

Offshore wind energy is popular in many parts of the world, but it's never gained traction in the U.S.. Now, a company called Deepwater Wind has …

Wind Power

State EPA Compliance and Innovative Solutions

Ever since the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its proposed Clean Power Plan last June, critics have raised concerns that the proposed …


Los Angeles' Electric Utlity Develops An App To Handle All Those Electric Cars

With more people owning EVs, Southern California Edison realized it needed to deliver real-time information and incentives to make sure everyone doesn't try to plug in at once.

Electric cars suck a lot of power from the grid: A single car charging at a high speed can temporarily use as much …

Los Angeles

Why Utility-Scale Solar is Booming on the East Coast

When we think about solar energy, California comes immediately to mind. And why wouldn’t you think of the Golden State, considering all the sun that …

Solar Power

A compact fusion reactor presented by Skunk Works, the stealth experimental technology section of Lockheed Martin. It's about the size of a jet engine and it can fuel airplanes, most likely spaceships, and cities. Skunk Works state that it will be operational in 10 years.

This is an invention that might possibly modify the civilization as we know it: A compact fusion reactor presented by Skunk Works, the stealth …


Hawaii’s Solar Push Strains the Grid

Kauai’s utility takes a second stab at battery storage as solar heads toward 80 percent of peak power. Shipping containers full of lithium batteries …


Electricity Price Index Hit Record—Again--in January

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Portland to generate electricity within its own water pipes

There's a lot of water constantly moving through the municipal pipelines of most major cities. While the water itself is already destined for various …

Portland, OR

Tesla gearing up for release of batteries for the home

The same lithium-ion battery technology that powers Tesla’s electric vehicles will be used to develop a battery for the home, according to a …


SunEdison touts renewable energy generator, aims to bring power to 20 million people by 2020

SunEdison unveiled its ambitious plan to bring power to 20 million people by 2020 at an event in New York this week, touting new renewable energy technology for remote areas.

The company’s Social Innovations Group is at the forefront of this effort, developing new business models and technologies to …


Will Tesla's Home Batteries Revolutionize Consumer Solar Power?

Living off the grid — independent of the municipal water supply, sewer, natural gas or electrical power grid — has long been a dream of survivalists and environmentalists. The autonomy of a self-sustaining house is attractive to them because it not only saves energy, but it also lessens dependence …


New Wave System Claims Huge Energy per Ton Potential

Wave energy could become practical using a system that mimics the human heart, say engineers in Sweden. The system allows a wave power generator to …


Microgrid Investments Are Advancing Smart Grid 2.0: What Internet of Things Investors Need to Know

The future grid will look very different than today's grid, and its first test may come in countries you wouldn't think of as energy powerhouses.


Ultra-Capacitors Support Irish Smart Grid Test Bed

Freqcon has installed an energy storage system for Ireland’s Tallaght smart grid test bed. The solution is integrated with Maxwell’s ultra-capacitors …

Smart Grids

EPRI Unveils Benefit-Cost Framework for an Integrated Grid

The Electric Power Research Institute has released a framework that all stakeholders in the electricity sector can use to assess benefits and costs …


Is this the fuel cell that will crack the code to the data center?

The controversial idea of using fuel cells to power data centers has been under discussion for the past couple of years. Probably the most famous project out there is Apple’s 10 MW fuel cell farm, which uses 50 fuel cells from Silicon Valley startup Bloom Energy installed next to its east coast …


Elon Musk is designing a Tesla battery to power your home

In all the excitement over the looming battle for supremacy in electric cars between Tesla and Apple, some pretty important comments last week from Elon Musk were largely overlooked.

During Tesla’s quarterly earnings call, Musk said his car company is progressing with plans to sell a lithium-ion …


Will Shuttering Coal Plants Really Threaten the Grid?

Does President Obama’s plan to squelch carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants really threaten the stability of the grid? That …


Grids Could Balance Themselves, Says Study

iStockphotoGermany’s huge investment in renewables has cut demand for fossil fuels, but it has also brought a new source of instability to the grid. …


Post-Fukushima, Japanese Companies Build Microgrids

Photo: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images Multiple Input, Multiple Output: The Kashiwanoha smart-city project uses energy from electric-vehicle …


Alevo Promises 200MW of Grid Storage Projects to Back Its Batteries

In October, we covered the unveiling of Alevo, a stealthy startup with claims of a new lithium-ion battery it says can outlast the competition in …


Can SMRs Lead The U.S. Into A Clean Energy Future?

If you thought the nuclear industry wasn’t excited about the future of nuclear energy, think again. We will soon have five new reactors online in the United States and the industry is abuzz with the potential of small modular nuclear reactors, or SMRs.

Because of their small size – 300 MW or less – …


Mollusks Show the Way to Better Li-ion Batteries

Image: Evgenia Barannikova/UMBC Biomimicry has served as the foundation for a significant portion of nanotech research. Nature has had a few billion …

Carbon Nanotubes

Could Europe's New Grid Algorithm Black-out Belgium?

Photo: Peter FairleyElia's 4cast app alerts Belgians to blackout threatsTwo of the big European power grid stories from 2014 were the …


This is an energy storage startup you need to know about

Inside a sunlit, cramped office near San Francisco’s financial district, entrepreneur and former political operative Susan Kennedy has been leading a team that is at the forefront of the emerging market for energy storage. The company, Advanced Microgrid Solutions, was in stealth mode until it …


EPRI releases open, standards based software, to connect smart homes to the smart grid

Automated Demand Response (ADR) is something we’ve talked about here on GreenMonk for quite a while now. And in other fora, back, at least as far as …

Smart Grids