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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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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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Renewables Officially Pass Coal

It’s official, green energy has passed its age-old nemesis for the first time in 130 years. In an update to an item from three weeks ago, renewable energy has officially passed coal on the American energy consumption chart for the first time in 130 years. In 2019, U.S. annual energy consumption from renewable sources exceeded […]

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Renewables Finally Get the Green Light

Projections are early, but pandemic should finally push green past coal The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its May 2020 Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) this week, and it contains big news. Albeit an early projection, the government body found that this year—however permanently tainted—will be the first official year on record where renewable energy […]

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A Window For Solar

California company Ubiquitous Energy makes, and converts, solar windows. Instead of using the power of a magnifying glass to burn something, these California kids saw the energy behind the science. Ubiquitous Energy, the Redwood City, Ca., developer of transparent solar technology, installed what it deems the world’s first “truly transparent solar window façade” at its […]

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XCelerated Shutdown

Integrated plan calls for more than 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions with more renewables, carbon-free nuclear energy and cleaner natural gas Xcel Energy’s Minnesota unit announced plans Monday to retire its last two coal plants in the Upper Midwest a decade earlier than scheduled. The acceleration of the coal closures is another milestone in […]

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What Does Efficiency Really Mean for Your Power Consumption?

SPONSORED CONTENT What Does Efficiency Really Mean for Your Power Consumption? by Blake Bailey designmotors Efficiency is an incredibly important topic in our age for end users, manufacturers, and others involved in the electric motor industry. From lifecycle cost implications to debates over human impact on climate change, conversations about energy efficiency are everywhere. Industry […]

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Siemens Spinoff: Energy, Divided

Conglomerate separates gas, power, renewables due to low demand for gas turbines Remember when the beloved show Cheers took one of its popular but niche-y characters and gave Frasier his own platform to operate? This is (kind of) like that! German conglomerate Siemens AG said it will spin off and give up its majority stake […]

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Bowling for Green

Could famously divided Ohio actually agree on renewable energy? Despite its recent resemblance to some sort of bitter sports rivalry, politics doesn’t have an offseason. It doesn’t even have an off-day—government shutdowns notwithstanding—and the recent turn of the calendar ushers it into more heated, contentious territory. With that comes jockeying, partisanship, and grandstanding, but that’s […]

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Vest Unrest Continues

France’s ‘fuel riots’ have become more—a political forum and a national emergency Updating a previous item, Paris police deployed water cannons this past weekend in the latest phase of defense against the “Yellow Vest” protesters decrying fuel costs in France. The protests—which have sprawled to riots in some cases—entered their fifth weekend on December 15. […]

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