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Lab demonstration of the group’s new lithium-polysulfide flow battery contained in a simple flask. The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University scientists have developed a relatively cheap, long-life “flow” battery that can be used to mitigate power fluctuations from solar and wind energy plants, therefore enabling them to become major suppliers [...]
US solar installations jumped 76% in 2012. There has been a dramatic fall in the cost of solar power generation. Solar is at grid parity in many countries such as Italy, Spain, Germany, Portugal, and in parts of the US such as the Southwest. That means it is as inexpensive to build a solar plant as [...]
Bladeless wind turbine A new model of a wind turbine has no blades. In fact, it has no moving parts at all. Designed by Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo, the electrostatic wind energy converter (EWICON) prototype is currently on display at Delft University of Technology. (Video)
The US remains second to China, which had 62,000 MW of installed wind power at the close of 2011. According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), wind energy was the single largest source of new electricity generation capacity in the U.S., during 2012. With 13,124 MW of new infrastructure, wind accounted for 42 percent [...]
The wind turbine can create 1,000 liters of drinking water every day. Renewable energy has long been produced by wind turbines. But a French engineering firm has discovered another eco-purpose for the towering structures.
New research indicates that large wind farms can cause local temperature increases. New research finds that wind farms actually warm up the surface of the land underneath them during the night, according to new research. It’s a phenomena that could put a damper on efforts to expand wind energy as a green energy solution.
Altaeros Energies floating wind turbine. Altaeros Energies has developed a floating wind turbine that’s a cross between a traditional windmill and a blimp in an effort to harness strong high-altitude winds. After some successful tests, the Altaeros team is confident that this new levitating wind turbine will be a viable clean energy option for remote [...]
Large batteries could be used for storing excess power from the electrical grid for future use. New Stanford University research could point the way to large-scale, long-lasting power grid batteries. These kinds of batteries would be especially useful for making technologies like solar and wind power more practical, allowing vast amounts of storage to be [...]
Burbo Bank Offshore Wind Farm New research has shown that it is possible and affordable for the world to achieve 100 percent renewable energy by 2030, if there is the political will to strive for this goal.