Renewable Energy

June 2022
RWE's U.S. Hickory Park Solar Project with Co-Located Storage Facility in Operation

Silvia Ortin, CEO RWE Renewables Americas: "Projects like Hickory Park, With its co-located battery storage systems, will become increasingly important as renewables from a bigger part of the energy mix...."

­RWE Renewables' Hickory Park Solar project, a 195.5-megawatt (MWac) facility coupled with a 40 MW 2-hour battery storage system, located in Mitchell County, Georgia, is in operation. RWE is operator/manager of the solar facility, selling the energy and renewable attributes from the facility to Georgia Powe
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06/24/2022
Solving the Solar Energy Storage Problem with Rechargeable Batteries that can Convert and Store Energy at Once

This review focuses on recent progress of the working principles, device architectures, and performances of various closed-type and open-type photo-enhanced rechargeable metal batteries, exploring their challenges and future perspectives.

­As the climate crisis looms, scientists are racing to find solutions to common clean energy problems, including solar energy storage. Solar energy is one of the best renewable resources we have, but it has challenges that prevent it from being widely adopted and replacing conventional energy sources. Because so
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06/24/2022
MIT Receives DOE Award to Study the Deployment of Accident Tolerant Fuels in Small Modular Reactors

Seth Grae, President and CEO of Lightbridge

­Lightbridge Corporation announced that the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (“MIT”) has been awarded approximately $800,000 by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (“DOE”) Nuclear Energy University Program R&D Awards to study the deployment of Accident Tolerant Fuels in Small Modular Reactors. Th
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06/22/2022
New Feedback System can Improve Efficiency of Fusion Reactions

From left: graduate student Ricardo Shousha, an image of solar flares, and graphs showing details of plasma discharges

­Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have refined the use of magnetic fields to improve the performance of doughnut-shaped fusion facilities known as tokamaks. The improved technique protects internal parts from damage by instabilities called “edge-localized mo
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06/09/2022
URI Chemist Earns DOE Early Career Award to Study Potential Fuel Cell Chemical Reaction

Dugan Hayes, URI assistant professor of chemistry, in his lab at the Beaupre Center for Forensic and Chemical Sciences on the Kingston Campus.

­With an Early Career Award from the U.S. Department of Energy, a University of Rhode Island chemist will study a surprising chemical reaction that could be useful in releasing hydrogen for fuel cells. Dugan Hayes, an assistant professor of chemistry, is one of only 83 scientists nationwide chosen in
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06/09/2022
Local Governments Must Take Responsibility for Clean Heat

Sir John Armitt, chairman of the UK’s National Infrastructure Commission

­Net zero energy goals for heating need to be owned and delivered by regional and local governments, according to a new report led by the University of Birmingham. In addition, the report emphasises the need to balance these on-the-ground local decisions with long-term policy decisions from Government. For example, it calls on the Government to fund pathfinder projects that will decarbonise 30,000 homes in the next five years and recommends the s
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06/08/2022
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