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Making the switch: should the oil industry be moving into offshore wind?

Offshore Technology:  The oil & gas and renewables industries are often described as a dichotomy, the old way versus the new, the dirty versus the clean. In reality, from a technical and engineering standpoint, there are many areas of overlap, particularly in countr

Tesla Energy Storage Helps Couple Use Almost All of the Energy They Generate From Solar

Devon’s first Tesla Powerwall reduces amount of electricity Mike and Jan buy from their energy company by 86%

SolPad Releases Pricing & Pre-Order Info For Mobile Solar + Storage Product

Derek Markham for CleanTechnica:  The Silicon Valley startup SolPad has just announced the specs, pricing, and pre-order date for its all-in-one solar plus storage mobile solution, which could help usher in a new era of entry-level solar. We first covered the

5 Clean Energy Charts Trump Needs to See Before He Takes Office

The president-elect has shown a willingness to alter his views in response to new information. As these charts show, clean energy can help him keep his promises.

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Why more and more countries are taking an interest in geothermal energy

Bianca Nogrady for VOX:  At 2:46 pm local time on Friday, March 11, 2011, Japan was rocked by the largest earthquake ever to strike its shores. The 9.1-magnitude quake triggered a devastating tsunami that killed more than 15,000 people. It also took out the backup emergency generators that cooled the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant complex, causing a series of catastrophic meltdowns.

But amid the chaos, the Yanaizu-Nishiyama geothermal power plant in Fukushima prefecture didn’t miss a beat. Along with two more of the nine geothermal power plants in the region, the 65-megawatt facility continued to generate power, even as many other power plants around them failed because of damaged equipment and transmission lines.“This is big news for many geothermal people around the world,” says Kasumi Yasukawa, principal research manager at the Institute for Geo-Resources and Environment in Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology.

In a country as seismically active as Japan, it was a clear signal that geothermal energy was worth investing in.  Cont'd...

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Smart Grid, Battery Storage and Efficiency Companies Raise $1.3 Billion in Venture Capital Funding in 2016

Smart Grid companies bring in $389 million; Battery Storage companies secure $365 million; Energy Efficiency companies receive $528 million

Panasonic Celebrates 20th Anniversary of High-Efficiency Solar Panel HIT® Mass Production

• Celebrating 20 years of large-scale production of the innovative solar panel HIT® • Low-temperature co-efficiency allows for high-efficiency even in intense heat

Renewables industry can take the lead in Government's modern Industrial Strategy

The Prime Minister Theresa May launched the proposals "to drive growth across the whole country and create more high skilled, high paid jobs" in a green paper published today.

Canadian Solar Ranked #1 Module Supplier for Quality and Price/Performance Ratio in IHS Module Customer Insight Survey 2016

Survey respondents also ranked Canadian Solar as the #1 most purchased brand and #1 most recommended brand of solar modules.

Global Solar EVA Market Professional Survey Report 2017

This report studies Solar EVA in Global market, especially in North America, China, Europe, Southeast Asia, Japan and India, with production, revenue, consumption, import and export in these regions, from 2011 to 2015, and forecast to 2021.

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