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November 22nd, 2014 at 8:32 am

Stanford researchers develop a way to store solar energy more cost-effectively for use at night

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How electrolysis could produce hydrogen as a way to store renewable energy.

There isn’t a cost-effective way to store large-scale solar energy. But researchers at Stanford have developed a solution by using electrolysis to turn tanks of water and hydrogen into batteries. During the day, electricity from solar cells could be used to break apart water into hydrogen and oxygen. Recombining these gases would generate electricity for use at night.

 

 

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November 18th, 2014 at 8:51 am

New hybrid solar cell battery could solve solar power’s energy storage problem

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Researchers at Ohio State University have created a new hybrid device that can act both as a solar cell and as a battery storing that energy.

Scientists, entrepreneurs and government leaders are pushing to develop cheap, clean energy as the world seeks out alternatives to fossil fuels.

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November 10th, 2014 at 5:18 pm

Minnesota could soon see solar arrays lining its highways

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Minnesota to launch solar highways.

Solar arrays could soon be seen along the public rights-of-way that line the state’s highway in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Transportation has released a request for proposal (RFP) accepting bids to build and manage solar arrays, which would provide the state’s grid a new and reliable source of clean energy for at least 20 years.

 

 

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November 7th, 2014 at 10:30 am

101 Endangered Jobs by 2030

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Futurist Thomas Frey: Business owners today are actively deciding whether their next hire should be a person or a machine. After all, machines can work in the dark and don’t come with decades of HR case law requiring time off for holidays, personal illness, excessive overtime, chronic stress or anxiety.

 

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November 3rd, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Top 9 TED talks on the future of tomorrow

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TED talks have become an integral forum in airing ideas about tomorrow’s world, and how the likes of transport and energy will be revolutionized in the future. Here are nine of the most thought-provoking discussions on what the transformation of tomorrow will entail. (Videos)

 

 

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October 30th, 2014 at 10:27 am

Here’s where 620 million people in Africa live without electricity

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The International Energy Agency has come out with an in-depth analysis of Africa’s energy sector.  According to the IEA report, there are 620 million people in sub-Saharan Africa who don’t have any electricity at all — and fixing that could require burning a lot more fossil fuels.

 

 

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October 29th, 2014 at 11:54 am

100% of the world’s power could be supplied by renewables by 2050

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Even though wind power uses up to 14 times more iron, the world wins on a switch to low-carbon energy.

A global low-carbon energy economy could actually double electricity supply by 2050, while also reducing air and water pollution, according to new research. The first ever global life-cycle assessment of clean energy sources shows that a renewable system could supply the world’s entire electricity needs by mid-century, writes Tim Radford.

 

 

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October 20th, 2014 at 11:35 am

Naval Facilities Energy Initiatives manager goes ‘net zero’ on his home in D.C.

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The Knox home has geothermal loops buried under the backyard.

Andrew Know, manager of Naval Facilities Energy Initiatives, decided to go “net zero” on his home in Washington, D.C. What Knox got was a true zero-energy home, done right on a budget.

 

 

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October 17th, 2014 at 9:52 am

Tesla to focus on the grid-scale energy storage business

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Mateo Jaramillo, Tesla’s Director of Powertrain Business Development, was the keynote speaker at last week’s Energy Storage North America. He spoke of Tesla’s aggressive efforts in stationary storage.

 

 

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October 16th, 2014 at 9:58 am

Graphene supercapacitors could provide energy for flexible electronics

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A research team has created an energy storage device that is highly flexible and stretchy.

How long would your battery last if your phone was always awake and processing data? Would the battery last three hours? One hour? The next generation of electronics will require that kind of always-on energy consumption, but our current batteries are far from powerful enough to accommodate that.

 

 

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