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SolarCity to develop roofs made of solar cells

SolarCity is working on roofs made from solar cells that can be used to replace older roofs instead of solar panels placed on existing structures, Chairman Elon Musk said during a recent earnings call.

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SpaceX sticks sixth successful Falcon 9 landing

Taking a page out of Simone Biles's book, Elon Musk's SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully landed on a droneship off the shore of Florida after launching a satellite into space.

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SolarCity agrees to $2.6B buyout by Tesla

Tesla and SolarCity shook hands today on what would be the first integrated solar energy and battery storage company through a $2.6 billion all-stock deal.

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Iowa invests $1B in new wind farms

A new project approved today means Iowans will get an additional 500 megawatts of electricity from a wind farm expansion project.

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Tesla's new gigafactory -- what we know

The electric car maker's new gigafactory is already huge, and it is not nearly completed yet. So what is Tesla hoping to accomplish? And how does this play into its overall game plan?

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China surges further ahead in solar power production

China's state-run news site said that the nation has pressed further ahead of other countries in its deployment of solar electricity, adding an additional 20 billion watts (20GW) in the first half of this year alone

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Solar module prices hit all-time low as inventories pile up

Suffering from a marked downtick in demand and oversupply, the prices of photovoltaic modules are expected to drop from now into the fourth quarter of the year.

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Texas city dives into water monitoring technology

A small city in Texas replaced its old water meters with wireless meters that help home and business owners track water usage and make adjustments before the bill arrives.

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Google's DeepMind A.I. can slash data center power use 40%

Google turned its DeepMind artificial intelligence technology loose on its massive data center infrastructure and managed to reduce the amount of energy for cooling by up to 40%.

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DOE scientists' discovery may boost solar cells' energy output by up to 40%

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have published a paper demonstrating how they could boost energy conversion in perovskite solar cells well beyond today's 22% top efficiencies.

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Tesla-SolarCity merger could be fraught with danger -- and big potential

Tesla’s proposal to purchase close industry partner SolarCity could create a unique renewable energy and storage company, but it would also combine two companies with massive debt and conflicts of interest.

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Top 10 emerging technologies from the World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum has compiled a list of the top 10 emerging technologies for 2016. The list includes nanosensors that will circulate through the human body, a battery that will be able to power an entire town and socially...

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IBM found a way to turn toxic old phones into medical-grade plastic

The technology industry's e-waste problem isn't expected to go away anytime soon, but IBM just made a discovery that could help.

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Cloud computing slows energy demand, U.S. says

In recent years, power usage at data centers grew at an unsustainable rate, soaring 24% from 2005 to 2010. But a shift to virtualization, cloud computing and improved data center management is reducing energy demand.

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These ultra-thin solar cells can be bent around a pencil

Scientists in South Korea have developed solar cells thin enough they can be bent around a pencil. The cells could help usher in the use of solar energy in small portable gadgets where space is at a premium.

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Nikola Motor gets $2.3B worth of preorders for 2,000HP, electric semi-trailer truck

The startup said it has deposits representing more than 7,000 reservations for the electric semi-trailer, dubbed “Nikola One.”

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Renewable energy will overtake natural gas by 2027

Wind and solar will account for almost two-thirds of the 8.6 trillion watts of new power capacity added worldwide over the next 25 years -- and the popularity of electric vehicles will boost electricity demand by 8% in 2040.

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Renewable energy now supplies a quarter of the world’s power

A new international report shows for the first time that emerging economies spent more than developed nations on renewable power and fuels.

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