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Power Ledger deploys first blockchain-based P2P energy trading system in Chicago

When blockchain first appeared, especially Ethereuem’s innovation of ‘smart contracts’, a number of people posited that it could be used to trade energy between one source and another, such as power supplies or batteries.<p>The idea would be to enable consumers to buy and sell renewable energy …

Blockchain

Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles

The breakthrough, spurred by the discovery of plastic-eating bugs at a Japanese dump, could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis<p>Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution …

Pollution

How Blockchain Is Threatening to Kill the Traditional Utility

If utilities think rooftop solar panels and batteries are bad for business, blockchain should scare the bejeezus out of them.<p>That’s because in …

Wind Power

LSD Study Reveals Unprecedented "Harmonic" Reorganization of Brain

The drug appears to hit a "reset" button in the brain.<p>Ongoing neuroscience research on psychedelic drugs like LSD and psilocybin is increasingly …

The Japanese philosophy of Kaizen can reinvent your daily routine

In the years following World War II, American auto executives visited Toyota manufacturing plants in Japan to examine how the company was able to produce so many vehicles so quickly. They discovered a humanizing philosophy driving the manufacturer’s innovation, one that intrinsically motivated …

Self-improvement

How Portland Is Sourcing Hydropower From Its Drinking Water

The method has little environmental impact and uses existing infrastructure. So why isn’t it more popular?<p>Portland, Oregon—known to some as “Bridge City”—has an intimate relationship with the water that flows beneath it. During hot summer months, residents cool off by floating down the Willamette …

Water

Cheap new alloy may double the anode capacity of lithium batteries

Lithium-ion batteries are at the heart of all kinds of devices, from smartphones and laptops to the ever-growing contingent of electric cars. So …

Your Next Home Could Run on Batteries

In the near future, your home could be battery operated.<p>This is especially true if you live in New York, California, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Vermont, Arizona or a growing roster of other states and municipalities experimenting with revamping their electrical grids for the 21st century.<p>You might not …

Energy

Former Tesla executives to produce battery "with significantly lower carbon footprint"

Tesla is attempting to shake up the car and energy industries with their battery-producing Gigafactory – and two past employees hope to bring the …

Forget old batteries. Here comes the energy storage revolution

Energy demands from developing countries are going to grow by about 10 per cent between now and 2040, according to the US Energy Information …

Clean Energy

4 Utilities Betting Billions on Renewable Energy

Utilities are shifting quickly from coal to renewable energy and four utilities are putting billions into building the clean side of their …

A single Tesla Powerpack battery saved this Australian town over $1.5 million in grid connection costs

Logan City in south-east Queensland installed a solar power system on their new water disinfection plant (pictured above), but they still need a grid connection for when the sun is not shining.<p>Instead, they installed a single Tesla Powerpack battery system to go off-grid, which they estimate saved …

Peer-to-peer renewable energy markets are the future — if governments get on board

Anybody with a modicum of rationality knows that we, as a species, need to make a shift towards renewable energy — or face dire consequences. But the problem with renewable energy is its inconsistency, which makes it harder to implement on a larger scale.<p>A number of startups and companies are …

Renewable Energy

California’s big battery experiment: a turning point for energy storage?

The world’s largest lithium-ion battery installed after the Aliso Canyon gas blowout has become a test case for the grid storage industry<p>On a paved expanse next to an electrical substation in Escondido, 30 miles north of downtown San Diego, sits a row of huge silver boxes. The site resembles a …

Clean Energy

The Way We Get Electricity Is About to Change Forever

Batteries are everywhere these days: in our iPhones, toothbrushes, vacuum cleaners, and electric cars. But batteries—really big batteries—are just …

Natural Gas

This Swedish startup found the answer to more efficient solar panels… in algae?

Solar panels are quite an inefficient form of renewable energy – only around 20 percent of incoming sunlight is turned into energy. However, with a little help from millions of years of evolution and some algae, solar panels could start to shape up.<p>Founded in 2014, Swedish Algae Factory is an algae …

Clean Energy

Tesla battery predicted to have 80% capacity after 840,000 km (521,000 mi)

Reddit Email Comments<p>An updated battery study based on crowdsourced data from Model S and Model X owners suggests that Tesla’s battery pack will …

Perth energy trading startup Power Ledger raises $17 million in 72 hours in pre-sale initial coin offering

Perth-based energy trading startup Power Ledger has raised $17 million in the pre-sale stage of its initial coin offering’ (ICO), which was sold-out …

Fully Charged Presents Its Own Tesla Powerwall 2 Installation

Fully Charged’s Robert Llewellyn upgraded his home solar array this Summer from 2.2 kW to 5.5 kW, and also added an energy storage system – …

Tesla and Vestas team up to combine batteries and wind turbines

Two of the world’s leading renewable energy giants are teaming up to work towards a sustainable energy future. Vestas, the world’s largest wind …

Renewable Energy

Tesla Battery: Everything You Need To Know

Australia will soon be home to the world's biggest battery, built by Elon Musk's Tesla within 100 days or it's free.<p>In July, South Australian Premier …

You’ll Be Happier If You Let Yourself Feel Bad

There’s a moment in Oscar Wilde’s novel <i>The Picture of Dorian Gray</i> when the title character declares war on his feelings: “I don’t want to be at the …

A Stoic’s Key to Peace of Mind: Seneca on the Antidote to Anxiety

“There are more things … likely to frighten us than there are to crush us; we suffer more often in imagination than in reality.”<p><i>“The truth is, we know so little about life, we don’t really know what the good news is and what the bad news is,”</i> Kurt Vonnegut observed in discussing Hamlet during his …

New Tesla Powerpack system to offer energy savings of 40-50%

Tesla has pioneered massive battery storage projects this year, such as a 396 Powerpack facility in Southern California. But a recent project in …

Swedish 'Queen of Batteries' explains why a little-known material could knock lithium off its pedestal

Christina Lampe-Önnerud.Magnus Laupa/TT<p>“Lithium is a bit overrated. It’s simply not sensible that a single component in battery production is getting so much media coverage. What we should talk about instead is the recycling of lithium, which is something that needs to improve,” says Christina …

In This New Neighborhood, All The Houses Are Their Own Power Stations

In Wales, this collection of 16 houses combines existing clean energy tech to minimize energy needs and generate their own power.<p>A new housing development in the small U.K. town of Neath won’t look much different from the buildings around it. But the new homes will generate, store, and release …

Valuing storage: A closer look at the Tucson Electric solar-plus-storage PPA

The power purchase agreement Tucson Electric Power signed with NextEra Energy for an “all-in cost significantly less than $0.045/kWh over 20 years” …

Energy storage gets ready for its close-up

Energy storage technology keeps making strides, even though it’s still unclear just how dramatically it will change the grid.<p>For the more than 2,000 …

Why Salt Is This Power Plant’s Most Valuable Asset

Ever wonder why there are so few blackouts in the United States? It effectively boils down to this: power plants are always making more power than …

Energy