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Droplet Like It’s Hot

Precipitation power hits its stride in the hydro generation world This one isn’t for the cynics out there. Scientists from the City University of Hong Kong say their water droplet-based electricity generator allows a very high energy conversion efficiency with a thousand times more power density than other electric generators. No, it probably won’t have […]

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The Energetic Debate

EA’s Utilities department makes an online appearance! Utilities are getting a lot of press lately, from the battle over energy conversion to an increased demand for lineworkers, so we have a crash course for you this week to bring you up to date. Virginia Clean Economy Act. A progressive agenda scored a battleground victory February […]

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A “Five-Alarm” EV

Original LAFD vehicle will begin street rescues next year The Los Angeles Fire Department will help continue the electric vehicle wave after purchasing an all-electric, emission-free fire truck from Austrian manufacturer Rosenbauer this week. LAFD signed on the dotted line for $1.2 million dollars. The Rosenbauer model—said to be the first of its kind—is what […]

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Blade Runners

Phased-out wind turbines are not so eco-friendly Progressive solutions are not without their ironies, and the wind power industry is encountering one of its first long-term hurdles as we enter 2020. A Bloomberg report earlier this week detailed how most wind turbine blades are not reusable—and are therefore starting to fill up landfills worldwide. The […]

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Big contract for Siemens Gamesa

The company has received a massive turbine order for Dominion’s Virginia Project Siemens Gamesa has been selected to provide offshore turbines for Dominion Energy’s 2,640-megawatt project off the coast of Virginia. Karl-Erik Stromsta, managing editor of GTM (Green Tech Media), described the deal as “not only among the largest offshore turbine orders in history, but […]

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End of the fuse box

New products from Span, Square D, and others may soon replace the boxes in our home closets “The home energy market is ripe for innovation,” writes Jonathan Shieber in Techcrunch, adding an obvious example: Fuse boxes haven’t changed in nearly 100 years and there are few startups looking to provide better ways to integrate and […]

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Texas windfall

$3.3 million goes to UT Dallas researcher Dr. Todd Griffith Dr. Todd Griffith, Associate Professor – Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas, Dalllas, has worked on an offshore turbine design for years, Now a substantial grant from the U.S. Department of Energy will help move his technology forward. As described in a press release […]

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Fiery ideas

Are there smarter ways to fight forest fires?  Harebrained, harrowing, too expensive, impractical? Along with the sound, fury and fear sparked by this season’s wildfires came dozens of theories, ideas and demands that only seemed to fuel more controversy. The Wall Street Journal assembled a trio of experts to think outside of the flames. The […]

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Raising the wind

Superconducting turbines are on the horizon   In Denmark, a  seven-month test by the EcoSwing Consortium appears to have brought superconducting wind turbines to a deliverable level. As described in Caroline Delbert’s “Wind Turbines Are Getting Wild” article in Popular Mechanics, the turbines, which transmit energy using superconduing rotors, offer a higher power density, smaller […]

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The end of one-stop solar?

Sunpower spins off its solar panel manufacturing business In a move some say indicates the “maturing” of the industry, the well known solar energy provider SunPower has created a new company, Maxeon Solar Technologies to take over its solar manufacturing business.  The new company will be headquartered in Singapore. SunPower will keep its energy storage […]

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