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Daimler to recycle electric car batteries for massive energy storage systems

Daimler AG plans to take old lithium-ion EV batteries and transform them into power storage systems for businesses and homes, enabling renewable energy systems to store electrical capacity for use off-hours.

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Nanoparticle breakthrough could lead to faster-charging batteries

Researchers at Vanderbilt University have gained new insight into the nanoscale workings of Lithium Ion batteries, a discovery that could speed the development of batteries that can be recharged in seconds.

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My big fat rooftop solar installation

After writing about solar power for more than year, I figured it was time to pull the trigger and get rooftop panels installed on my home, a 2,200-square-foot ranch-style house. While I was pleased with the results, it wasn't a simple...

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Longer-lasting, 3D solid-state batteries could displace lithium-ion

A new 3D solid-state battery from Prieto Battery could provide five times more energy capacity than existing lithium-ion batteries.

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U.S. a top destination for solar panel manufacturers

The U.S. is among the top nations for manufacturers of solar panels because of its high domestic demand and its ease of access global markets.

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VW to focus on hybrids and electric cars, will revamp diesels

After being exposed for cheating emissions tests through embedded software, VW announced a new strategy to focus on all-electric vehicles and installing more traditional emissions control systems in diesels.

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Tesla’s batteries to power two dozen Calif. office buildings

A California real estate developer has announced plans to create "a fleet" of hybrid-electric buildings powered by state-of-the-art energy storage systems from Tesla Energy.

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Panasonic surpasses SolarCity with world's most efficient solar panel

Panasonic has achieved a new record for energy conversion in a photovoltaic panel, squeaking by SolarCity, which announced its own record last week.

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SolarCity claims it has created the world's most powerful solar panel

Solar City said it has created a photovoltaic panel capable of 22% efficiency, 7 percentage points higher than average solar panels.

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Samsung denies its TVs game power consumption tests

Samsung Electronics has denied allegations that it designed its TVs to consume less energy during tests than they do in real-world situations.

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SunEdison supplies batteries for net-zero energy homes in California

SunEdison is offering lithium-ion batteries for nine residential homes that will produce 100% of the energy they use as a proof of concept ahead of California's 2020 goal for all new homes to be energy neutral.

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Autonomous driving features in electric vehicles can save $1,800 in battery costs

More efficient autonomous driving features, such as self parking and adaptive cruise control, will play a big role in boosting the mileage in electric vehicles, not only saving individual owners $1,800 over the lifetime of a vehicle,...

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Solar windows can power buildings

Several companies are preparing technology that will allow window makers to incorporate photovoltaic technology into their products, helping to supplement the structure's power needs.

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As energy push accelerates, battery costs set to plunge 60%

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency foresees up to a 60% price plunge for certain battery technologies by 2020 that will enable renewable energy storage.

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Hydrogen-powered iPhone 6 lasts a week without recharging

A British tech firm has developed a hydrogen fuel cell for smartphones that can last a week without recharging.

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Samsung, MIT say their solid-state batteries could last a lifetime

Researchers from Samsung and MIT have developed a new solid electrolyte that they say will enable batteries to last indefinitely. They see it as a power storage "game changer."

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How the tech industry is greening its data centers

The desire to be masters of their own energy domains has helped fast-track a growing community of self-generating – and increasingly green – data center power consumers.

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Google tool calculates the costs, savings of solar installations

Google's Project Sunroof looks up your home in Google Maps and combines that information with other databases to create a personalized roof analysis to determine how much solar panels would save on electricity costs.

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