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Iran and Middle East could adopt fully renewable electricity systems

Iran can transition to a fully renewable electricity system and financially benefit from it by 2030. Researchers at Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) show that major oil-producing countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region could turn their abundant renewable energy resources into lucrative business opportunities in less than two decades. According to […]

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Former Bell Labs site seeks to inspire new inventors

The 2 million-square-foot building where Bell Labs scientists helped launch modern cellular networks before it became one of the country’s largest vacant office buildings is drawing companies with the lure of working at a complex surrounded by technological history. A water tower in the shape of a transistor, which the company’s scientists created in 1947 […]

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SolarCity’s Gigafactory

                A $750 million solar facility in Buffalo will produce a gigawatt of high-efficiency solar panels per year and make the technology far more attractive to homeowners. Availability: next year by Richard Martin In an industrial park near the shore of Lake Erie, hard by the Buffalo River, the […]

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Germany Runs Up Against the Limits of Renewables

At one point this month renewable energy sources briefly supplied close to 90 percent of the power on Germany’s electric grid. But that doesn’t mean the world’s fourth-largest economy is close to being run on zero-carbon electricity. In fact, Germany is giving the rest of the world a lesson in just how much can go […]

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Chinese researchers develop new battery technology

A Chinese research team has developed a novel, environmentally friendly, low-cost battery that overcomes many of the problems of lithium ion batteries (LIB). The new aluminum-graphite, dual-ion battery (AGDIB) offers significantly reduced weight, volume, and fabrication cost, as well as higher energy density in comparison with conventional LIBs. AGDIB’s electrode materials are composed of environmentally […]

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Renewables bring 31.3% of Spain’s power this month

Sep 30, 2015 19:11 CEST by Diana Hristova  Wind turbines in Spain. Author: petter palander. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic September 30 (SeeNews) – Renewable power plants produced 31.3% of Spain’s power output in September, led by wind farms with 15.2% of total output, said grid operator Red Electrica de Espana (REE). The wind farms generated 3,023 GWh, […]

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Great NY Power Shift – New York’s energy choices through 2050

          On Thursday morning, the NY Times held a Google Hangout, for The Great New York Power Shift – Transitioning to a Low Carbon Future — a discussion of New York’s energy choices through 2050. Here’s the video feed:                     The event […]

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Developing a reliable wind ‘super grid’ for Europe

EU researchers are involved in the development of a pan-European ‘super grid’ capable of dispersing wind power across Member States. This will bring more renewable energy into homes and businesses, help reduce reliance on fossil fuels and enable Europe to move closer towards achieving energy independence. This final point is an important consideration given that […]

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U.S. Offshore Wind Farm, Made in Europe

By DIANE CARDWELLJAN. 22, 2014 MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. — Carl Horstmann strode around the floor of his factory here, passing welders honing head-high metal tubes as sparks flew. He is one of a dying breed: the owner of Mass Tank, a steel tank manufacturer in a down-at-the-heels region that was once a hub of the craft. […]

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Why Australia Needs An Electric Car Charging Standard

More electric vehicles (EVs) are hitting Australia’s roads, and more public charging stations are being installed to support them. What is missing, however, is an Australian standard or even a recommendation for charging connectors — the plug that joins the car to the charging station. When we started Australia’s first electric vehicle trial in Western […]

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