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Investment in renewable energy soars for first time in three years

Driven largely by oil price weakness, investments in renewable energy rocketed up 175% in 2014 compared to 2013; this year looks to be bright as well.

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Toyota's fuel-cell patent offer could kick-start a new era in the auto industry

Toyota's announcement that it will issue royalty-free licenses on its 5,680 patents concerning hydrogen fuel-cell technology isn't as sexy as Samsung's 4K TVs or LG's curved mobile phones, but it could have much more significance.

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Solar demand soars 16% this year

About 44 billion watts worth of solar cell technology was purchased in 2014 due to growth in Japan and the U.S. market.

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U.S. utilities face up to $48B revenue loss from solar, efficiency

A report from Accenture showed growth of distributed energy resources and energy efficiency measures could cause significant demand disruption and drive down utilities’ revenues in the U.S. and Europe.

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Ariz. power company plugs a data center directly into the high-voltage grid

The Salt River Project in Phoenix is building a data center at one of its power stations directly atop a high-voltage transmission line.

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Here's why hydrogen-fueled cars aren't little Hindenburgs

Hydrogen gas is 16 times lighter than air, ignites with just a tenth the energy required to combust a gasoline-air mixture and is stored in fuel tanks pressurized up to 10,000 psi. But hydrogen-fueled cars are unlikely to go up like...

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Rooftop solar electricity on pace to beat coal, oil

Rooftop solar power will reach grid parity in all 50 U.S. states in 2016, setting the scene for a dramatic increase in the uptake of household and commercial rooftop solar systems.

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Facebook gives its server racks a Tesla touch

Facebook is now testing lithium-ion batteries as the backup power source for its server racks and plans to roll them out widely next year.

With LLZO, a garnet ceramic material, batteries could last a lot longer

Researchers are working to develop batteries that can store 10 times more energy than existing lithium-ion batteries.

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Solar power on track to be world’s largest electricity source by 2050

With up to 100 MW being added each day worldwide, photovoltaic energy could be the world’s largest source of electricity by 2050.

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White House sets 20% data center efficiency goal, but finds few takers

Without a carbon tax or anything that penalizes fossil fuel consumption, the federal government has little ability to influence how much energy a data center uses. But it's trying.

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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.

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