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World's First Floating Wind Farm Exceeds Expectations

The world's first floating wind farm only switched on three months ago but it's already performing better than expected—and that's despite a …

Hydroelectric Power

Find out if your house is a good candidate for solar energy

Sun, space and location can determine if your home can be updated with solar panels.<p>Saving money and the planet though solar energy has a lot of appeal. Not every home is the ideal candidate, though. Here are some tips to help you decide if solar energy is a viable option for your home.<p>Check with …

Solar Power

Big Batteries Are Taking a Bite Out of the Power Market

Giant batteries charged by renewable energy are beginning to nibble away at a large market: The power plants that generate extra surges of electricity during peak hours.<p>Known as peakers, the natural-gas-fired plants are expensive to run, and typically are called into service only when demand rises …

Energy

Nuclear Fusion Could Be A Silver Bullet -- And Just Around The Corner

Private investors are now actively trying to commercialize an advanced form of nuclear energy and one that would leave no environmental footprint while also delivering electricity to the world’s expanding population. At issue is nuclear fusion, which has been an elusive concept for six decades but …

Energy

TAE Technologies pushes plasma machine to a new high on the nuclear fusion frontier

TAE Technologies, the California-based fusion company backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, said its latest and greatest plasma generator has …

Physics

Huawei’s ‘FusionHome’ solar inverter really wants your house to come alive

Huawei’s first residential energy management system, the “FusionHome Smart Energy Solution”, is being launched in Australia, with availability this quarter.<p>Originally announced last year in June for Europe and shown off at Solar Power International in Las Vegas this fall, the new system is aiming …

Solar Power

Tesla is connecting 50,000 homes in Australia to create a power grid

The state of South Australia is taking on a revolutionary project to harness solar energy and power 50,000 homes – but instead of using solar cells at a single location, it’s creating a decentralized network across the state, and Tesla is helping out.<p>The idea is to kit out homes with a 5kW solar …

South Australia

Tesla just made a big change to how it sells its at-home batteries — and it could be great for business

Tesla is making an aggressive move to help its solar products go mainstream.<p>The company will set up designated spaces in over 800 Home Depot stores that will highlight its renewable energy products like solar panels and its Powerwall home battery, both companies told Business Insider. Tesla is also …

Tesla

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 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 …

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.

Nuclear Fusion

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Tesla