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Renewable Project Goes Bankrupt

DOE-backed plans for solar/storage array at Crescent Dunes haven’t panned out With all the promise of renewable energy technologies, we can get lost in the plethora of feel-good headlines. Especially with integrated projects, such as solar-plus-storage, sometimes it feels like renewable energy ideas are immune to failure. News from the Nevada desert this week proves […]

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Renewable Rise Continues

25% of all U.S. power generation in 2020 has come from renewable sources A Vermont startup company received a million-dollar grant for a project that will emphasize solar-to-energy storage technologies. From the company’s website, with links to Energy Department press release: Vermont-based Norwich Technologies announced last week that it has been awarded a $1.1M U.S. […]

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Building Innovation 2020

NIBS virtual meeting keynotes to cover 3D printing, resilience and workforce Looking for creative ways to motivate your workforce during this tough stretch? An upcoming virtual trade show provides ample opportunity to explore new ideas around building resilience, technology and workforce development, presented online for attendees of Building Innovation 2020: Virtual Edition. The annual meeting […]

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Distributed Energy Conference

A number of speakers across digitalization, water, energy sectors show breadth Scheduled for October 19-21 in Chicago, the Distributed Energy Conference is planning as if all systems are go. The breadth of industries covered during this trade show are exemplary of the integration happening in today’s world, with utilities, energy systems, and digitalization. Three keynote […]

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Super-Size Me

“Supersize” wind turbines offer heightened efficiency and output, a Berkeley Lab study finds. Superconductors, supercables, superstition…most of today’s news is superlative. Why not let super-sized wind turbines join the party? A recent Berkeley Lab study, published in the science journal Wind Engineering, finds that making our wind turbines larger would yield exponential bounds of energy […]

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A ‘Water-Purifying’ Solar Panel?

Sometimes the craziest-sounding inventions can have the biggest impact. Researchers at the University of Rochester are collaborating with the armed forces on something that falls in that “so crazy it just might work” category—combining solar power and water purification to combat water shortages during the coronavirus pandemic. Bear in mind, to them, this technology is […]

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AWWA Virtual Summit

September 23-24 at home office booth near you! The American Water Works Association announced it is backing a full-on virtual blitz to substitute for its an annual convention come September. The AWWA Virtual Summit will take place September 23-24 and sure seems to be planning to pack a ton into those two days. Major themes […]

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Negative Is Positive

Major “carbon-negative” project advances in California Long Beach, Calif.-based Ways2H Inc., a global producer of renewable hydrogen from the world’s worst waste streams, and Ford, Bacon & Davis, a Baton Rouge-based energy facility engineering, procurement and construction firm, announced June 30 a joint collaboration to design and build waste-to-hydrogen facilities in California and other locations […]

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A Buffett-Style Deal

Investing legend purchases Dominion Energy assets For his first major move in four years, investing magnate Warren Buffett turned to the energy sector, purchasing the gas transmission and power storage assets of Dominion Energy, the Richmond-based utility. An affiliate of Buffett’s Berkshire-Hathaway conglomerate took on the Dominion sale for approximately $9.7 billion, the companies announced […]

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Great Balls of Fire

Sunrun acquires Vivint in residential solar megadeal worth $3.2 billion San Francisco-based Sunrun, a provider of residential solar, battery storage and energy services, will acquire Vivint Solar of Lehi, Utah, in an all-stock deal worth approximately $3.2 billion, according to a July 6 press release from Sunrun. The deal will add complementary direct-to-home sales channel […]

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