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Google's data centers, offices will use 100% renewable energy in 2017

Google will power 100 percent of its sprawling data centers and offices with renewable energy starting next year.<p>The tech giant on Tuesday said it had bought enough wind and solar power to account for all the electricity it uses globally each year. That means the servers handling your Google Maps …

Energy

How Made-In-America Battery Technology Can Help Make America Great Again

The U.S. is facing a tremendous, once-in-a-generation economic opportunity to seize an emerging $450 billion global market over the next 25 years in advanced energy storage manufacturing. At a time when our nation’s economic recovery is paramount, we cannot allow other countries to cement their …

Batteries

Instead Of Buying Electricity From The Power Company, What If You Bought It From Your Neighbor?

Traditionally, when you want electricity, you buy it from a utility. In the future, you may buy it from the house next door. A Dutch company called PowerPeers is making it happen in the Netherlands.<p>In the Netherlands, a marketplace called Power Peers is linking up home energy producers with …

Energy

Tesla's rechargeable battery can power your home — here's how it works

Tesla unveiled the new and improved version of its at-home battery, Powerwall 2, in October.<p>The at-home battery can store solar energy and provide backup power for your home. It fits into Tesla's larger energy ambitions since it acquired SolarCity in November, allowing it to offer solar roof and …

Energy

Argonne Settles On Two Most Promising Successors To Lithium Ion Battery

After studying more than 22,500 ingredients for batteries, Energy Department researchers have settled on two prototypes they believe can surpass lithium-ion at much lower cost, the project’s director announced.<p>The Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), an innovation hub based at Argonne …

Batteries

This is the most powerful wind turbine in the world

Wind turbines are often criticized as inadequate for our main energy source due to low efficiency. Many companies tackle this issue by developing better performing wind turbines to spread across the world. Enercon, a German wind turbine manufacturer and supplier, is the designer of E-126, the …

Energy

Houston, we have power: Space-based solar power could be the final frontier in renewable energy

Solar power harnessed from outer space could be the key to humanity's survival<p>Critics of the 2002 James Bond film “Die Another Day” decried its over-reliance on über-tech, even by 007 standards. Think sonic agitator rings for shattering bullet-proof glass, and an invisible Aston Martin that might …

Energy

Battery subsidies spark energy row

Battery storage projects could this week win Government subsidy contracts to guarantee they can provide electricity in a crisis – despite the fact they that they run out of juice in as little as half an hour.<p>The Government has sparked an industry row over its decision to let batteries compete …

Batteries

Illinois Sees The Light -- Retains Nuclear Power

Last Thursday, December 1st, the Illinois State Legislature passed a measure that will allow continued operation of two of the state’s six nuclear power plants.<p>In a nail-biter more reminiscent of overtime at the Super Bowl, the Illinois State Legislature passed The Future Energy Jobs Bill (SB 2814) …

Energy

Options For Going Off The Grid: Harnessing Wind, Solar And Hydro Power

With rising inflation and increasing prices on all utilities, it’s no wonder that many Americans today are looking for ways to cut costs wherever …

The energy market? It's simple economics says 22-year-old Avro boss

The 22-year-old believed to be Britain’s youngest energy boss has insisted that navigating gas and power markets is “simple economics”, amid rising fears over the financial health of start-up suppliers.<p>Jake Brown, managing director of cut-price supplier Avro Energy, also revealed that his firm has …

Energy

Hydro-Québec and Concordia join forces to secure smart grids

A team of researchers from Concordia University has received a $2.1-million grant to shed light on new ways of protecting Quebec’s high-tech power …

Security

Africa Finds Power Off the Grid

Pay-as-you-go solar systems have begun to light up homes in underserved parts of the continent, but will need to pack more punch to leapfrog the grid.<p>…

Africa

Making a Grid-Iron Defense

The number of cyberattacks on the U.S. energy sector is growing rapidly.

Security

Clarity and Context The Emerging Tool of Operational Analytics

<b>By Richard Irwin, Bentley Systems</b><p>Data is at the heart of the digital transformation. The data explosion allows companies to create, capture, access, …

Analytics

To Beat Climate Change, Digitalize the Electrical World

On April 12, 1870, a message from England clicked through on a telegraph machine almost seven thousand miles away in India—the first dispatch sent …

Climate Change

Fusion power: Unlimited, free energy that harnesses the power of the Sun

Progress is coming and it will bring abundant, clean, safe energy with it.<p>Stewart Prager, <i>Princeton University</i> and Michael C. Zarnstorff, <i>Princeton</i> …

Energy

Why Southern China Broke Up Its Power Grid

Throughout the 20th century,utilities merged transmission systems with neighboring grids, creating ever-larger AC electricity grids. Some, such as …

Energy

Big data is about to transform renewable energy

Developments in the US and China are eroding Europe's lead in renewable energy. But if the EU could harness the power of the big data, it could increase outputs from wind energy by 20 percent - without much building.<p>This week, the International Energy Agency came out with some new figures that will …

Massive New Energy Use Data Resource Coming This January

A new source of data is poised to dramatically change the nature of research into the way that Americans use energy in everyday life.<p>According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, building energy use constitutes 40% of total U.S. energy consumption. Despite the importance and universality …

Energy

One village solved Bangladesh’s unreliable energy grid problem with “swarm electrification”

In Bangladesh, daily power outages are simply expected.<p>Cities like Dhaka and Chittagong experience around two to three hours of “load shedding” every day when residents are deliberately cut off from electricity in a bid to conserve power. And load shedding happens even more often in rural …

Energy

EU targets energy waste and coal subsidies in new climate package

Plan to cut energy use by 30% before 2030 forms centrepiece of package to help EU meet its Paris climate commitments<p>Europe will begin phasing out coal subsidies and cut its energy use by 30% before the end of the next decade, under a major clean energy package announced in Brussels on Wednesday.<p>The …

Energy

Nuclear Energy Startups Wants to Make Cheap Power

Researchers are hoping to do for the energy industry what SpaceX is doing for rocketry.<p>Rachel Slaybaugh is an assistant professor of nuclear …

Energy

2.5 million modules make up world's largest solar power plant

Inaugurated in September, the world's largest solar power plant at a single location is online in southern India. With a capacity of 648 megawatts …

Energy

Plug-and-Play Solar Generator for Backup Power

Two Idaho entities, one a university, the other a private company, have joined forces to design a portable, 5-kW solar generator with the goal of …

Energy

The colossal African solar farm that could power Europe

We visit a vast power plant at the door to the Moroccan desert that is helping to define the energy future of the world.<p>The minibus crosses the vast plateau on a newly paved road. Cracked fields stretch away towards the Moroccan desert to the south. Yet the barren landscape is no longer quite as …

Energy

The First Tidal Wave Generator of North America Goes Online

Renewable energy has already proved its worth in many ways, but while solar and, the wind often get much of the glory, poor old tidal power doesn’t …

Energy

Let the people lighten energy load with citizen-owned schemes

Urgent climate action must be taken and communities are willing to participate in their own electricity production – if the incentives are right<p>The challenge of climate change is global and it demands action on an international scale, such as the Paris Agreement. But a large part of the solution …

Energy

Silicon Valley aims to conquer the energy sector

Smart technologies like big data, blockchain and the "Internet of Things" are likely to play a big role in the new energy landscape. So, will traditional utilities be replaced by green tech companies from Silicon Valley?<p>Stone Edge Farm is situated among the rolling hills of the Sonoma wine-making …

Energy