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Singapore sets a path toward food and water independence

One potential solution to Singapore’s efforts to feed the 5.4 million people who live on the tiny island nation is vertical farming.

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Cause of blaze at solar power plant under investigation

The cause of a fire that shut down part of the world’s largest solar power plant on Friday is still under investigation, as plant operator NRG Energy looks for the reason its mirrors became misaligned and set pipes on fire.

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Mirrors start fire at world's largest solar plant

Firefighters were forced to climb 300 feet up a tower at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California to reach a water boiler damaged after mirrors focusing the sun’s rays on it set it on fire.

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Microsoft to boost renewable energy use in its data centers

It's goal is to use 50 percent wind, solar, and hydropower by the end of 2018

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Sunrun begins installing Tesla home batteries

Sunrun, one of the largest U.S. residential solar installers, has become the second company to begin selling Tesla's Powerwall batteries to customers.

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Opera Web browser claim chowder -- far too salty for me

The Opera Web browser has a new 'power-saving' feature. Opera claims you can get 'up to' 50% more battery life -- but is that likely? Err, NO!

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Renewables fastest-growing energy source, feds say

Renewables are now the world's fastest-growing energy source and will increase 2.6% per year through 2040, but fossil fuels still supply more than three-quarters of world energy use.

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Nissan charges after Tesla with home battery system

Nissan and power management company Eaton Electrical have joined forces to create new residential energy storage unit designed to rival Tesla's Powerwall home battery as the most affordable on the market.

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Nikola Motor Co. to release 2,000HP hybrid semitrailer truck

An all-electric vehicle maker from Salt Lake City plans to release the first working prototypes of a 2,000HP hybrid electric semitrailer truck later this year, as well as a 520HP all-electric 4x4 utility vehicle (UTV).

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San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco pledge to go with 100% renewable energy

Already the second-largest producer of solar power for a U.S. city, San Diego announced a new plan to up its game to 100% renewable energy over the next 20 years, but other cities have far more ambitious goals.

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New generator can halve cost of hydrogen used to power buildings, cars

Start-up H2 Energy Renaissance unveiled a hydrogen generator that can make hydrogen gas for $1 or less per kilogram and used by fuel cells to produce electricity.

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Solar shift: Falling costs make owning better than leasing

The costs of consumer and small business-grade solar systems have dropped significantly in recent years, sparking a move away from leasing the systems to outright purchases so owners can reap the financial benefits.

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Elon Musk says Tesla’s next-gen Model 4 will be affordable for everyone

Speaking at the Future Transport Solutions conference in Oslo, Norway, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk said the upcoming Model 3 will be affordable for about half the population, but the vehicle after that will be affordable for virtually...

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Tesla's battery sales this year to dwarf entire industry's sales in '15

Tesla will sell 168.5 megawatt-hours of behind-the-mete energy storage systems to SolarCity this year. That's more than six times what it sold to SolarCity in 2015 -- and 60% more than the entire market reported last year.

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Sol Voltaics says breakthrough could boost solar panel efficiency by 50%

Sol Voltaics announced it's successfully used nanowires in a thin photovoltaic film that could boost solar energy generation and pave the way for module efficiencies of 27% or more -- 50% better than today’s solar panels

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Scientists can now make lithium-ion batteries last a lifetime

Researchers at the University of California have discovered a way to use nanowires to allow lithium-ion batteries in smartphones, electric vehicles and other commercial devices to be recharged hundreds of thousands of times.

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SunEdison, world’s largest renewable energy firm, files for bankruptcy

SunEdison, one of the oldest photovoltaic manufacturers and installers, today filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after a binge of acquisitions left it with massive debt.

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San Francisco to require solar panels on new buildings

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors this week voted to require solar panels on all new buildings with 10 stories or less.

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