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Making Biofuel a Cost-Effective, Renewable Source of Energy

Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory are using multiphysics simulation to better understand and optimize the conversion process for plant-derived biofuels.

SunPower Embraces Drones and Robots to Help Evolve Its Solar Farms

Katie Fehrenbacher for Fortune:  Solar panel maker and farm developer SunPower is embracing the latest in computing technology to help lower the cost of its solar panel farms while minimizing the impact that the farms have on land. The Richmond, Calif.-based com

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Continued Reductions in Wind Energy Costs

Experts anticipate cost reductions of 24%-30% by 2030 and 35%-41% by 2050, under a median or 'best guess' scenario, driven by bigger and more efficient turbines, lower capital and operating costs, and other advancements

Solar on Houses Needed for 2020 Target

In the last ten years, the installed global solar energy capacity has multiplied nearly 50 times. The cost of purchasing and installing a solar panel has decreased by 80 percent in five years and is still falling. The comparable cost of electricity generation has made solar

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AltEnergyMag.com - Special Tradeshow Coverage of Solar Power International 2016

Solar Power International 2016 will take place from September 12th to 15th in Las Vegas, Nevada. This AltEnergyMag.com Special Tradeshow report aims to bring you news, articles and products from this years events.

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Tesla Wins Large Contract with Utility for Energy Storage

Jon LeSage for HybridCars:  Tesla’s energy storage division just won a very large contract with a major California utility to stabilize power outages.

While the acquisition cost hasn’t been announced, Tesla Energy will supply 20 megawatts of energy storage to Southern California Edison – enough to power about 2,500 homes for a full day. It’s part of SCE’s efforts to prevent blackouts by fossil-fuel electricity generation with lithium-ion batteries. Investment in Tesla’s product, called Powerpacks, is thought to be worth tens of millions of dollars, and is expected to be operational by the end of this year.

The deal ties into Tesla’s plans to broaden its base beyond manufacturing and selling electric cars, similar to its recent investment in SolarCity. It also signifies advancements being made in energy storage, which is reaching a much faster pace – months instead of years, according to an analyst.  Cont'd...

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How Churches and Community Organizations Can Use Solar Generators

Often, solar generators are considered only as items for backcountry survivalists, but solar power's use extends so much further. Here, we discuss why churches and other community organizations should consider purchasing a solar generator.

New Interview Released with the Environment Agency in run-up to Energy from Waste 2016

Quick Fire Q&A Released with the Environment Agency Ahead of their Opening Keynote at SMi's 9th Annual Energy from Waste Industry Congress

3DIcon to Enter Battery Energy Storage Market

3DIcon Corporation announced that, through Coretec Industries LLC and its silicon materials technologies, it will commence the commercialization of Coretec's proprietary high value liquid silicon precursor, cyclohexasilane (CHS) for use within the growing battery energy storage market.

Colton Joint Unified School District Expected to Save Millions with SunPower® Solar and Storage

6.1 MW SunPower® Helix™ Systems with 1.1 MW of Storage to Reduce Electricity Costs

Geostellar Takes Solar Mainstream with On-Demand Economy Platform

Social Marketing and Industry Integration to Drive Mass Adoption of Solar

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