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Dramatically decreasing capital costs for solar and wind technologies present the prospect of an unprecedented boost for Texas companies. Sweetening the deal is the fact that "fuel" from the sun and the wind is free. Forever. No long-term contracts to negotiate
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10/21/2014
Distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) system prices dropped by 12% to 19% nationwide in 2013, according to the third edition of a jointly written report on PV pricing trends from the Energy Department's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). In addition,
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10/21/2014
Visio.M consortium presents new electric car at the eCarTec 2014 in Munich

Visio.M electric car

With the intent to provide an attractive, safe, and comfortable electric vehicle at an affordable price along with a reasonable driving range, the Visio.M project from researchers at the Technische Universität München (TUM) in collaboration with specialists from industry is now visible to the public. More
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Date:
10/20/2014

Paultre on Power - Simon MÃller of TUM on smart grid energy storage (Podcast)

Simon Müller of TUM

In this podcast Simon C. Müller, a research fellow with the Center for Strategy und Organization at the Technische Universität München (TUM) on energy storage in the smart grid, and what his organization is observing in Europe and the US on developing competitive decentralized electrochemical energy storage
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10/17/2014
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10/17/2014
Alphabet Energy claims the world’s most powerful thermoelectric generator

The E1 generates up to 25 kWe per 1,000 kWe engine

Alphabet Energy introduced the world’s most powerful thermoelectric generator, which captures exhaust heat and converts it into electricity. The company’s first product, called the E1, attaches to an exhaust stack and uses Alphabet’s patented thermoelectric materials to convert waste heat into electricity.
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10/16/2014
 Lockheed claims breakthrough on fusion energy project

The magnetic coils inside the compact fusion experiment pictured in an undated photo provided by Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin Corp said on Wednesday it had made a technological breakthrough in developing a power source based on nuclear fusion, and the first reactors, small enough to fit on the back of a truck, could be ready for use in a decade. Tom McGuire, who heads the project, said he and a small team
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10/16/2014
Optimism is fast returning to the entire photovoltaic industry despite some still having approximately 20% over-capacity. The sales are up and the estimates for shipments in 2014 range from 41 to 49 GW, up from 30 GW in 2012. This is welcome news as the industry experienced several difficult years characterised
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10/15/2014
Is Texas' electricity grid the 21st century superhighway needed to transport electrons "harvested" on rural wind farms to growing urban markets? What are the grid impacts of rooftop solar installations that add electrons at sunny times but not at night? Can the grid
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10/15/2014
The Energy Department announced the 2014 winners of the National Geothermal Student Competition and the Geothermal Case Study Challenge last week at an industry gathering in Portland, Oregon. These competitions challenged college and university students to develop professional business solutions for public outreach
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10/09/2014
One of the greatest challenges to creating higher performing, lower cost batteries is moving emerging technologies from the lab to commercial status. The Lithium Battery Power: Driving Breakthrough Energy Technologies from Lab to Market conference addresses critical issues facing the industry, presents innovative
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Date:
10/08/2014
Batteries included - a solar cell that stores power

Here, scanning electron microscope images show the solution: nanometer-sized rods of titanium dioxide (larger image) which cover the surface of a piece of titanium gauze (inset). The holes in the gauze are approximately 200 micrometers across, allowing air to enter the battery while the rods gather light.

Is it a solar cell? Or a rechargeable battery? Actually, the patent-pending device invented at The Ohio State University is both: the world’s first solar battery. Researchers report that they’ve succeeded in combining a battery and a solar cell into one hybrid device. Key to the innovation is
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10/07/2014
American Vanadium announced that Newfound Energies has signed a purchase order, subject to financing, for two 30KW-130KWh CellCube vanadium flow energy storage systems for integration into a remote microgrid fuel and logistics center. This is the first purchase order American Vanadium has received as the North
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10/06/2014
 Tollgrade Communications, an industry leader in redefining the global standard for reliability at the world’s largest electric utilities and telecommunications providers, announced that it has been named a finalist in the Platts Global Energy Awards, an annual program recognizing exemplary industry leadership.
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10/02/2014
Paultre on Power - Babu Chalamala of the IEEE on emerging energy technologies (Podcast)

Babu Chalamala of the IEEE

In this podcast Babu Chalamala, IEEE Fellow, talks to Alix Paultre about the recent IEEE proceedings on next-generation energy and energy storage. Their work took a deep dive into emerging technologies in renewable energy, battery systems, microgrids, and more. In the discussion Babu and Alix cover issues such
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Date:
10/02/2014
Energy Storage North America (ESNA), an influential gathering of policy, technology and market leaders in energy storage, opened to record attendance, a sold-out exhibition floor, and recognition of the 2014 ESNA Innovation Award winners. With more than 1,300 pre-registered attendees from 26 countries, 50 exhibitors,
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10/02/2014
IBC Solar empowers power-autonomous building in Germany

EnFa – The Energy Factory

An office and workshop complex with a completely self-sufficient energy supply has been put into operation in Neuenstadt am Kocher (Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany). EnFa – The Energy Factory is not connected to the public grid and solely uses renewable energies. The photovoltaic and storage systems for the off-grid
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Date:
10/02/2014
Smart energy innovator for developing countries joins IAR Systems’ green tech program

IAR Green Innovation Program

IAR Systems announced that Local Energy Appliances, a startup company specializing on smart systems and solutions for electrical grids in developing countries, joins the sponsor program IAR Green Innovation Program. IAR Green Innovation Program supports innovative development projects in eco-friendly technology.
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10/01/2014
Schneider Electric now has five manufacturing facilities certified in the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Superior Energy Performance (SEP) program and ISO 50001. Two Platinum level facilities—Smyrna, Tennessee, and Seneca, South Carolina—improved their energy performance by more than 15%. Three Silver
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10/01/2014
Quantum Materials announced that it is scaling volume production of photoactive quantum dots for use in next-generation photovoltaic solar power technologies. While offering numerous advantages for solar power generation, the high cost and difficulty of producing large quantities of quantum dots with which to
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Date:
10/01/2014
Chillers and heat exchangers enhance looped-liquid electronics cooling

ATS Chiller Systems and liquid-to-air Heat Exchangers

Advanced Thermal Solutions (ATS) has introduced a series of portable Chiller Systems and liquid-to-air Heat Exchangers for controlling fluid temperatures in looped liquid cooling systems. The new chillers allow precise temperature control of the recirculating coolants used for managing heat in electronic equipment.
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Date:
10/01/2014

 

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