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California will require utilities to pay consumers for generating more solar and wind power than they use and will boost the payoff for certain solar facilities. The laws take effect Jan 1.
Date: 10/13/2009
Type: News
Saline solution battery! Credit: Yi Cui
A new battery device developed by researchers at Stanford draws power from the salinity difference between freshwater and saltwater and can achieve up to 85 percent efficiency.
Date: 05/03/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Energy Conversion
wind turbines
Potential improvements to wind turbine efficiency include (1) using computers to measure the airflow over blade surfaces and adjust the blade angles in real time and (2) adding micro-grooves into the blade surface to reduce the the resistance of blades to incoming airflow.
Date: 11/23/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Energy Conversion
Last week, Pew Charitable Trusts released a report indicating global renewable energy finance and investment rose to $263 billion in 2011, an increase of 6.5% from 2010.
Date: 04/16/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Economic Impact
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is expected to introduce a watered-down energy bill today (July 26), which eliminates targets for carbon caps and mandates that would require utilities to generate some of their power from renewable energy.
Date: 07/26/2010
Type: News
Researchers at MIT have developed a battery that could bring us reliable and cheap large scale energy storage.
Date: 08/22/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries, Energy Storage
MicroGen Systems is developing low-cost, energy-harvesting chips that convert mechanical energy into electricity from environmental vibrations
Date: 08/25/2011
Type: News
Technologies: Batteries
'No on Prop 23' buttons.
Martin Chavez, director of ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA, says that passage of California's Proposition 23 would hamper local governments' efforts to create green jobs and foster business development through clean and energy-efficient technology industries.
Date: 11/01/2010
Type: Blog
Studies suggest that concentrated solar power (CSP) plants with storage capacity can outperform solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind power.
Date: 01/03/2013
Type: Article
Solar cells made of multiple semiconductor materials. Credit: Solar Junction
Startup Solar Junction says it can beat the performance of the most efficient solar cells on the market today.
Date: 02/23/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics

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