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Rooftop solar panels could soon cut utility profits by 15% or more

Utilities have reason to worry about solar power cutting into their profits, according to a report this week by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

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IBM’s solar concentrator can produce energy, clean water and AC

IBM Research and Swiss-based Airlight Energy have created a solar concentrator that looks like a giant sunflower and can produce 20kW of power per day, along with clean water and hot or cool air.

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For lithium-ion batteries to last, slow charging isn't the answer

New research by a California-based team could change the way lithium-ion batteries are charged in consumer electronics products and electric cars, leading to longer lifetimes and more useful batteries.

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Tesla chooses Nevada for its $5B Gigafactory

Several reports and a tweet by Nevada’s governor have pegged that state as the new site for Tesla’s massive $5 billion battery factory.

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In Napa quake, power surges led to PC damage

The 6.0 earthquake in Napa County, Calif. caused power surges that may have led to much of the damage to computers in homes and small businesses.

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Verizon to become solar-power leader in the U.S. telecom industry

Verizon this year is doubling the amount of sustainable energy by investing an additional $40 million in solar power plants in five states.

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Data centers are the new polluters

U.S. data centers use more electricity than they need, a new report finds, and IT managers are too cautious about managing power and businesses are unwilling to invest in energy conservation.

How Tesla will help bring renewable energy to your business or home

Production of lithium-ion batteries capable of storing solar or wind-generated electricity will need to ramp up before homes and businesses can truly go off the grid.

How Tesla will help bring renewable energy to your business or home

Production of lithium-ion batteries capable of storing solar or wind-generated electricity will need to ramp up before homes and businesses can truly go off the grid.

Solar power war between U.S. and Asia escalates

New tariffs imposed by the U.S. on Chinese imports of solar cells and (for the first time) Taiwan has infuriated some in the solar power industry who believe the steep taxes will adversely affect businesses and consumers.

Whatever happened to Green IT?

Remember when "green computing" was all the rage? Companies competed for green awards, virtualized their data centers, set up e-waste committees, launched double-sided printing initiatives and activated power management features on...

IBM project aims to forecast and control Beijing's air pollution

China's nagging pollution problems could start to abate with the help of an IBM project that seeks to predict and control the air quality in Beijing, using new computing technologies.

VMware opens testing of next-gen vSphere to all

VMware is for the first time inviting anyone to beta test the next version of vSphere, the company's virtualization platform.

Tech breakthroughs may mean 'digital everything' by 2025

Forget carrying a smartphone in your pocket. In about 10 years, we're likely to have digitally connected cars, smart homes, and refrigerators and dishwashers that can think for themselves.

Fortune 100 companies saved $1.1B using renewable energy

Conservatively, 53 of the Fortune 100 companies using renewable energy for power found remarkable savings, study finds

Amazon customizes low-cost instances for remote desktops, databases

Amazon Web Service has launched a type of instance to reduce costs for hosted remote desktops and small databases that don't consistently use high levels of CPU power, but every now and then need better performance.

SolarCity plans world's largest solar panel plant in upstate N.Y.

SolarCity, headed by Elon Musk of Tesla fame, plans to build one of the world's largest solar panel production plants on 88 acres in upstate New York.

Mesosphere aims Twitter clustering tool at the enterprise

Apache Mesos, a software package for managing large compute clusters that's been credited with helping Twitter to kill its Fail Whale, is being primed for use in the enterprise.

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