Tag Archives: renewable energy

Generally Energy

GE unloads $1B energy assets portfolio to Apollo The changes continue at General Electric, and there appears to be no end in sight. It seems like we alternate every other week reporting something major from the once-revered, now-questionable industrial giant. This week’s portion: energy assets. One billion dollars worth of which were unloaded as GE […]

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Hard Drivers

Researchers use magnets from used computer hard drive to power axial gap motor Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee have used magnets recovered from used computer hard drives in an electric motor. In a first-ever demonstration of its kind, the permanent magnets made from rare earth elements were reused without alteration in an […]

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Battery Breakthrough

Zinc batteries said to enable carbon-free energy storage Lithium-ion batteries have a bold new challenger in the emerging energy storage market. During the One Planet Summit in New York City Wednesday, Patrick Soon-Shiong, chairman of NantEnergy and founder of that company’s research arm NantWorks, proclaimed a breakthrough in battery storage. Soon-Shiong unveiled that newly cultivated […]

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Dark Side Of The Sun

A recent storm in Hawaii reveals the plus-minus of rooftop solar Downpours from Tropical Storm Lane battered Hawaii in late August, and the highly touted solar industry there, recently championed for being one of the first sustainable systems to power an entire state, felt it had dodged a bullet. 13,000 Hawaiian Electric (HECO) customers lost […]

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Old King Coal

Phasing out, across America and abroad Coal-fired power plants, as well as their nuclear cousins, have been shutting down in recent years. This is no secret. Many more have been forced into early retirement at an increased rate over the last five years, especially, due to the rise of renewable energy resources, environmental regulations, and […]

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The Hoover Battery

Could a national landmark represent a changing of the guard in power supply? In many ways, the Hoover Damn represents an epoch antithetical to the current era of renewable energy. Constructed during a five year period from 1931-36, during the Great Depression, it stands as one of the most monumental (and costly) public works projects […]

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Underutilized

Power sector’s progress marred by a bad couple of weeks Major progress in the utility sector can be seen in the forms of integrating renewable energy to the grid, shoring up security measures, and the inclusion of battery storage and microgrid function to the industry. Maintenance of utilities has also become more advanced of late, […]

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Drone Zone

The drone market is growing faster and larger than expected The drone market is growing faster and larger than expected. A new report from Navigant Research expects it to reach at least $13 billion by 2026. The report examines the use of drones and robotics for electric transmission and distribution (DRTD) operations, with global market […]

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Raising the Roof

The solar method is paying off—and raising the bar The International Energy Agency can give themselves a pat on the back upon viewing the results of a recent report. Researchers from Carnegie Mellon and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) quantified that reduced demand and found that solar panels installed between 2013 and 2015 in […]

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Trash & Trade

China puts its foot down, complicating waste problem Even if you aren’t an environmental nut, you may have noticed in the news a trend of trash heaps cropping up around the world. The waste issue, oft-overlooked in much of society, but combated by recycling advocates at a spiked pace of late, has spread from mere landfills […]

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