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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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October 14th, 2014 at 2:32 pm

Maine to harness wave power to generate electricity

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Maine is geared to join hands with other few states to generate electricity from tidal waves.

With increasing global warming and increasing awareness of other environmental hazards, more and more people across the world are focusing on harnessing natural sources of energy like wind energy. Wave power is a renewable source of energy and is available in abundance. Wind energy provides clean fuel which is environment friendly and does not produce greenhouse gases. And to capitalize on its greener attribute, we have been utilizing ocean waves for centuries.

 

 

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October 13th, 2014 at 1:07 pm

Solar and wind prices plunge below fossil fuel prices

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Renewable energy shows an average price decline over the last 5 years of 78% for utility scale solar and 58% for wind.

Lazard, an asset management firm, has a fascinating new analysis of renewable and other energy prices out. There are a huge number of insights in this, from an outside analyst whose primary interest is financial.

 

 

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October 1st, 2014 at 9:55 am

Airlight Energy and IBM’s new sunflower-shaped solar concentrators produce energy and fresh water

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High Concentration PhotoVoltaic Thermal (HCPVT)

A cutting-edge solar system that resembles a 10-meter-high sunflower has just been unveiled by IBM Research and Swiss solar technology company Airlight Energy. The High Concentration PhotoVoltaic Thermal (HCPVT) system can concentrate the sun’s radiation 2,000 times and convert 80 percent of it into useful energy, generating up to 12 kilowatts of electrical power and 20 kilowatts of heat on a sunny day—enough to power several average homes. It can also produce clean, fresh water as a result of the process used to cool the solar cells. (Video)

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October 1st, 2014 at 9:36 am

Elon Musk’s SolarCity to build a Gigafactory for producing solar panels

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Tesla/SpaceX chief and sustainable energy champion, Elon Musk, has finalized plans to build a 1.2 million square-foot megafactory in Buffalo, NY through his company SolarCity. The factory targets to create enough solar panels a year to harness a gigawatt of the sun’s energy.

 

 

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September 29th, 2014 at 12:21 pm

We are headed into an era of unlimited and free clean energy

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Inexpensive renewable sources will provide more energy than the world needs in less than 20 years.

Leading consultants were skeptical about cellular phones in the 1980′s. McKinsey & Co. noted that the handsets were heavy, batteries didn’t last long, coverage was patchy, and the cost per minute was exorbitant. It predicted that in 20 years the total market size would be about 900,000 units and advised AT&T to pull out.

 

 

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September 22nd, 2014 at 11:30 am

Wildpoldsried, Germany produces 500% of its energy from renewable sources

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Wildpoldsried produces 500% more energy than it needs.

Wildpoldsried, Germany, a Bavarian village of about 2,600 residents, is leading the way in Germany’s extraordinary renewable energy transformation. The village has invested in a holistic range of renewable energy projects over the past 17 years that include 4,983 kWp of photovoltaics, five biogas facilities, 11 wind turbines and a hydropower system. As a result, the village has gone beyond energy independence – and it now produces 500% more energy than it needs and profits from sales of the surplus power back to the grid.

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September 18th, 2014 at 10:56 am

$100B invested in wind or solar will produce more energy than oil

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By the late 2020s or early 2030s renewables could be competing much more aggressively with the oil market.

Kepler Chevreux, a French investment bank, has produced a fascinating analysis that has dramatic implications for the global oil industry. The investment bank estimates that $100 billion invested in either wind energy or solar energy – and deployed as energy for light and commercial vehicles – will produce significantly more energy than that same $100 billion invested in oil.

 

 

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September 16th, 2014 at 12:35 pm

The sky’s the limit for 3D printing solar panels

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Solar cell printers.

We’ve come a long way from the solar-powered calculator to waiting to see when innovators are going to give us solar-powered smartphones, where most of our calculators are these days.  While the average energy consumer is busy worrying about such everyday concerns, scientists at the Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium (VICOSC) are wondering how to power entire buildings, and pretty much the whole planet, as the technology they are creating will be easily transferred inexpensively to developing and third-world areas, thanks to 3D printing and design. (Video)

 

 

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