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“Sun in a box” could help renewables deliver energy on demand

Widespread use of renewable energy is crucial to the carbon-free future we must achieve to curb climate change. Over the last four decades, it has become much cheaper but there are still small issues stopping it from becoming the exclusive

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Low-cost, printable solar panels offer ray of hope amid energy gridlock

An Australian physicist is leading a push to pioneer a new type of low-cost solar energy he believes could make signing up for energy accounts as straightforward as taking up a mobile phone plan. In May last year, the University

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This island nation is making the fastest-ever shift to renewables

Like most islands, Palau, a Pacific island nation that bills itself as a pristine paradise, currently relies on diesel fuel to supply almost all of its electricity. It’s both polluting and expensive; residents pay more than twice as much per

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A new type of solar cell is coming to market

Sometimes it takes a while for the importance of a scientific discovery to become clear. When the first perovskite, a compound of calcium, titanium and oxygen, was discovered in the Ural mountains in 1839, and named after Count Lev Perovski,

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Plans unveiled for world’s largest, most powerful offshore wind turbine

GE Renewable Energy has unveiled plans to develop the world’s largest and most powerful offshore wind turbine. Each 12-megawatt Haliade-X stands 853 feet tall, or roughly five times the height of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, and features 350-foot

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At least 40% of the world’s power will come from renewable sources by 2040

The explosive growth of renewable energy has shaken up the energy industry over the last decade. As the costs of solar and wind continue to fall and bottlenecks like storage capacity are diminished, the International Energy Agency predicts that renewable

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Global energy storage to double 6 times by 2030

The energy storage industry is set to rise dramatically – for those companies that can play the long game. Bloomberg New Energy Finance released a report that forecasts the global energy storage market will “double six times” from now to

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High school girls with no engineering experience won a $10,000 grant for inventing a solar-powered tent to combat homelessness

For some high school students, after-school activities might consist of rehearsals, study groups, or babysitting gigs. These 12 kids invented a high-tech tent to help combat homelessness in their spare time. The inventors, juniors and seniors at San Fernando High

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World petrol demand ‘likely to peak by 2030 as electric car sales rise’

World petrol demand will peak within 13 years thanks to the impact of electric cars and more efficient engines, energy experts have predicted. UK-based Wood Mackenzie said it expected the take-up of electric vehicles to cut gasoline demand significantly, particularly

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Japanese scientists developed washable PV cell

Scientists from the RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science and the University of Tokyo have developed a new type of ultra-thin photovoltaic device. The solar cells are coated on both sides with stretchable and waterproof films and are – according

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