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Researchers accidentally make batteries last 400 times longer

rechargeable batteries

Smartphones, tablets, and most other electronics rely on rechargeable batteries, but after a few thousand uses the batteries start to lose their ability to hold a charge. The batteries of today are mainly lithium, and over time that lithium corrodes inside the battery. Instead of lithium, researchers at UC Irvine have used gold nanowires to […]

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May 10th, 2016 | Posted in _featured slider,USA,WORLD | Read More »

Wind and solar energy comprise 61% of 2015 capacity additions, gas contributes 35%

wind turbines USA

In 2015, the U.S. Energy Information Administration predicted that capacity additions would begin to slow, and from 2018 to 2024 the agency believes additions will average less than 4 GW annually. New capacity additions are slowing as efficiency and demand management techniques make new generation less necessary nationwide, and the new plants that are added […]

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January 12th, 2016 | Posted in _featured slider,INDUSTRY,Solar PhotoVoltaics,USA,Wind,WORLD | Read More »

MidAmerican is building the tallest concrete wind turbine tower

concrete wind turbine

MidAmerican Energy is planning to build the tallest land-based wind turbine in the country in Iowa. According to todesmoinesregister.com, the Des Moines-based power company will get the added height by building the wind turbine tower from concrete instead of steel, a first for the company. The extra 100-plus feet enables the turbine to capture more wind […]

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November 17th, 2015 | Posted in _featured slider,USA,WORLD | Read More »

Moving to renewable energy would create millions of jobs, study finds

solar industry jobs

A new report has found that transitioning to a clean energy economy would be an economic boon to the United States, increasing employment, reducing costs to consumers, and benefiting investors. The report, from NextGen Climate America, showed that investment in efficiency, renewable sources of electricity, and fuel switching — such as moving from fossil fuel-powered […]

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November 12th, 2015 | Posted in _featured slider,INDUSTRY,Solar PhotoVoltaics,USA,WORLD | Read More »

California’s plan to gain 50% clean energy by 2030

renewable energy California

California’s Governor, Edmund G. Brown Jr., recently signed an legislation committing the state to generating half of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. According to energymatters.com, the bill, SB 350, builds on California’s current 33 percent renewables portfolio standard, which was signed into law by Governor Brown in 2011. “California has taken groundbreaking steps […]

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October 16th, 2015 | Posted in _featured slider,BUSINESS,USA,WORLD | Read More »

The beauty of solar technology: Solar PV Flamingos

solar PV flamingos

The flamingos at the Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City are now neighbors with two large pink Spotlight-Solar-made installations featuring solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, which are intended to resemble the flamingos themselves, presumably. According to Solar Love, the installation also serves, of course, as a show of Tracy Aviary’s interest in renewable energy, and solar […]

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August 10th, 2015 | Posted in _featured slider,Solar PhotoVoltaics,USA,WORLD | Read More »

3D printing garbage off the planet

3d printing garbage

AlphaPura is a global initiative to fund and develop 3D printers capable of repurposing the bulk of meltable human garbage on Earth into new products, and into global solutions. The story of AlphaPura began with Frederick Janson, a former research professional at Stanford University School of Medicine, and graduate business professor, who developed a 3D […]

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July 13th, 2015 | Posted in _featured slider,USA,WORLD | Read More »

JAM IN THE VAN, the solar-powered mobile music studio

solar-powered van

JAM IN THE VAN is a solar-powered mobile music studio and discovery platform that is set to travel over 10,000 miles this year. Housed inside an RV, it greatly differs from typical music studio setups and is able to hit the road in search of music to record. The one-of-a-kind platform was founded in 2011 […]

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March 19th, 2015 | Posted in _featured slider,USA,WORLD | Read More »

Unprecedented solar power boom in U.S.

solar power in U.S.

U.S. solar power grew by 6.2 gigawatts in 2014, a 30 percent increase over the previous year and representing nearly $18 billion in new investment, according to data released by the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research. According to Scientific American, the new power systems, comprising tens of thousands of photovoltaic (PV) arrays for […]

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March 11th, 2015 | Posted in _featured slider,USA,WORLD | Read More »

World’s largest solar plant opens in California desert

Desert Sunlight power plant

The Southern California desert is now home to the world’s largest solar power plant. According to the USA Today, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell joined state officials on Monday to open the 550-megawatt Desert Sunlight solar project in the town of Desert Center, Calif., near Joshua Tree National Park. Built by First Solar, the project […]

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February 11th, 2015 | Posted in _featured slider,USA,WORLD | Read More »

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