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Study: Biomass Plants May Pollute Worse Than Coal

Posted by Matt Power

Jul 15, 2014 1:10:21 PM

New scrutiny finds that large-scale biomass burners, often sold as a "clean" or "sustainable" source of renewable energy, are actually far more polluting than their claims.

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MIT May Have Solved the Vexing Problem of Shading on Solar Panels

Posted by Matt Power

Jul 14, 2014 11:47:00 AM

A team of researchers at MIT has arrived at a low-cost solution for the power loss associated with partly shaded solar panels: using the solar cell as an energy storage itself. The Unified Solar team won the MIT Clean Energy Prize this year for its clever, affordable solution to the fact that "shade happens."

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London Calling: The U.K.’s Distributed Energy Revolution

Posted by Wyatt C. King

Apr 7, 2014 12:51:35 PM

Last fall, at a Conservative Party conference in the United Kingdom, Greg Barker, a Conservative Member of Parliament and the country’s Energy & Climate Change Minister, called for a revolution. “I want to unleash a completely new model of competition and enterprise,” he said. “I want to encourage a vast new army of disruptive new energy players to challenge the Big Six [U.K. energy suppliers] …A decentralized power-to-the-people energy revolution—not just a few exemplars, but tens of thousands of them. The Big Six need to become the Big 60,000.”

What an invigorating call to action and inspiring vision of the future! Tens of thousands of homes and businesses across the U.K., each generating its own power and sharing excess with the grid. It’s a compelling idea, one made all the more remarkable by the fact that it’s not really new. In fact, one might call decentralized—or distributed—power the oldest idea in the energy business.

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Can Elon do it Again?

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Apr 3, 2014 9:06:00 AM

Elon Musk is changing the world. The visionary South African-born entrepreneur has radically changed the transportation sector through his groundbreaking companies Tesla and SpaceEx. His solar leasing company, SolarCity, is delivering affordable solar solutions to homeowners across the country. Now, Musk is poised to deliver a sea change in the battery industry, opening the door to massive advancements in clean technology.

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Is Solar Electricity for the Home Affordable?

Posted by RESNET

Aug 19, 2013 9:24:00 AM

IT IS A BEAUTIFUL SUMMER DAY! Your BBQ is fired up; the kids are in the pool. You’ve got a tall glass of your favorite summer drink within arm’s reach and a bottle of suntan lotion nearby. Then it hits you out of the blue! Could you turn those powerful rays of sunlight beaming down on you into solar electricity to power your home? Most likely your electricity bill is the last thing on your mind when you’re having a pool party, but now that we are on the subject, lets take a look at the opportunity!

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