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Microsoft commits to running data centers off 50% renewable energy by 2018

Microsoft announced it plans to run its data centers off 50% renewable energy by 2018. The company’s worldwide production, licensing and logistic centers already run off 100% renewable energy.

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Tesla to build its largest battery storage plant in southern Calif.

In the aftermath of the Aliso Canyon natural gas reservoir catastrophy, Tesla has announced that it has been awarded a contract to deploy a lithium-ion battery storage plant that will supply 20 megawatts (80 megawatt-hours) to...

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Move over EVs; hydrogen fuel cell vehicles may soon pass you by

Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles represent the future of the automobile and will eventually surpass electric vehicles in sales, according to a Washington-based research firm.

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Costa Rica has been running on 100% renewable energy for 2 months straight

The Central American nation of about 4.6 million people has been getting 80% of its energy from hydroelectric generation and the rest from geothermal, wind and solar energy.

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Energy storage capacity spending to increase six-fold by '24

About 45 billion watts of energy storage capacity will be installed globally by 2024. While utilities are today installing large, multi-megawatt battery storage systems, more and more companies will follow suit over the next few...

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There's GOLD in them thar electronics!

Gold is considered a particularly good conductor, but much of it is never recovered from electronics and reused.

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Nikola Motor shifts from all-electric, 2,000HP 18-wheeler to hydrogen fuel cells

Nikola Motor, which earlier this year announced it would manufacture a $375,000, 1,200-mile range semi-trailer truck, said it will be powered by a hydrogen fuel cell and not a lithium-ion battery pack.

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Forget range anxiety: EVs could replace 90% of today's cars

Electric cars would meet the needs of nine out of 10 drivers today, enabling the replacement of most combustion-engine vehicles, according to an MIT study of U.S. driving patterns.

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SolarCity to develop roofs made of solar cells

SolarCity is working on roofs made from solar cells that can be used to replace older roofs instead of solar panels placed on existing structures, Chairman Elon Musk said during a recent earnings call.

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SolarCity agrees to $2.6B buyout by Tesla

Tesla and SolarCity shook hands today on what would be the first integrated solar energy and battery storage company through a $2.6 billion all-stock deal.

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Iowa invests $1B in new wind farms

A new project approved today means Iowans will get an additional 500 megawatts of electricity from a wind farm expansion project.

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China surges further ahead in solar power production

China's state-run news site said that the nation has pressed further ahead of other countries in its deployment of solar electricity, adding an additional 20 billion watts (20GW) in the first half of this year alone

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Solar module prices hit all-time low as inventories pile up

Suffering from a marked downtick in demand and oversupply, the prices of photovoltaic modules are expected to drop from now into the fourth quarter of the year.

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Texas city dives into water monitoring technology

A small city in Texas replaced its old water meters with wireless meters that help home and business owners track water usage and make adjustments before the bill arrives.

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Google's DeepMind A.I. can slash data center power use 40%

Google turned its DeepMind artificial intelligence technology loose on its massive data center infrastructure and managed to reduce the amount of energy for cooling by up to 40%.

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DOE scientists' discovery may boost solar cells' energy output by up to 40%

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have published a paper demonstrating how they could boost energy conversion in perovskite solar cells well beyond today's 22% top efficiencies.

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Tesla-SolarCity merger could be fraught with danger -- and big potential

Tesla’s proposal to purchase close industry partner SolarCity could create a unique renewable energy and storage company, but it would also combine two companies with massive debt and conflicts of interest.

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Top 10 emerging technologies from the World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum has compiled a list of the top 10 emerging technologies for 2016. The list includes nanosensors that will circulate through the human body, a battery that will be able to power an entire town and socially...

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