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Hyundai sees hydrogen fuel cell cars as the future

South Korea's largest automaker today said fuel cell cars represent a bigger opportunity than electric cars.

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Coal plant fires, Google hires

Google is building a $600 million data center on the grounds of a soon-to-close coal-fired power plant in northeastern Alabama. The project may create an iconic image of the shifts in the economy.

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Community solar farms to grow 500% this year

Solar power farms that share electricity among various community investors are expected to become the largest growth area in the photovoltaic market.

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Mercedes takes on Tesla with its own home and commercial batteries

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its own brand of energy storage units to enable households and businesses with photovoltaic systems to store surplus power for later use.

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Tesla boosts power output of its home battery, keeps prices the same

During today's annual shareholders meeting, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that his company will double the power output of its recently unveiled Powerwall home battery.

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Residential solar installs post largest quarterly growth ever

While commercial and utility installations of solar power underwent a notable decline in the first quarter, residential systems saw an 11% uptick, the largest in history.

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Computer chips made of wood promise greener electronics

U.S. and Chinese researchers propose high-performance chips that can biodegrade.

Radio signals can be used to boost cell-phone battery life

Researchers at Ohio State University have developed circuitry that converts radio signals from a handset into energy that can be fed back to the device's battery.

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CenturyLink's new data center runs on water

CenturyLink, which runs 55 data centers, today announced the opening of a new data center that gets 85% of its power from a Columbia River dam.

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Greenpeace fingers YouTube, Netflix as threat to greener Internet

Rising consumer data demands puts a strain on companies' energy needs, says Greenpeace.

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Tim Cook's promise is a breath of fresh air to China

Apple CEO Tim Cook is in Beijing, where he has already attracted 300,000+ people to follow his newly created profile on giant Chinese social network Sina Weibo.

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Could Tesla Energy's batteries blow up Elon Musk's company?

Tesla's new home and business battery push requires hundreds of millions of dollars in new investment from a company that’s currently losing money. Could the company's latest venture sink Tesla?

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MIT says solar power fields with trillions of watts of capacity are on the way

The MIT Energy Initiative wants changes in U.S. government policies to better support a much-needed "massive deployment" of solar in the decades ahead.

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Can Elon Musk's battery really cut your power lines?

During Tesla's home and commercial battery announcement last week, CEO Elon Musk spoke passionately about the viability of supplying all of the world's energy needs with renewable power. All we need are two billion batteries.

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Tesla announces commercial and home battery systems

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk announced Tesla Energy, the car company's battery manufacturing arm that will produce a consumer-grade battery system line and a commercial-grade battery for businesses and utilities that has unlimited...

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Without Tesla's batteries, the power grid could fail

The power grid was never built for the bidirectional electrical power transfer that distributed renewable energy is enabling. Batteries will reduce peak load demand and improve the overall efficiency of the grid, reducing or...

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Apple's U.S. facilities now get 100% of their power from renewables

In its annual environmental responsibility report, Apple notes that all of its U.S. offices and data centers -- and 87% of its global operations -- now run on renewable energy.

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Tesla to announce home and utility-scale batteries that offer energy independence

Tesla next week will announce two battery lines, one for households and another for utilities, that will store power from renewable sources, such as solar and wind, supplementing them when the sun goes down or the weather changes.

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