MIT turns to millennia-old tech for renewable energy storage

Barbara Eldredge for Curbed: Indeed, MIT researchers have reinvented firebricks, a Bronze-Age technology created by the Hittites-who occupied what is today Turkey, in the 17th century BC. Firebricks were designed by the Hittites to retain heat for long periods of time, if properly insulated.

Kickoff of US Solar Industry's National Event Turns Into Suniva and SolarWorld Smackdown

Julian Spector for GTM: Solar industry heavyweights threw a lot of punches on the opening day of Solar Power International.

Solar industry says EU tariffs on Chinese imports will raise panel prices

Arthur Neslen for The Guardian: EU duties on Chinese solar modules are set to rise 30% above market levels signalling 'huge negative effects' for businesses

World's First Offshore Wind Facility Completely Dismantled

DONG Energy: Vindeby Offshore Wind Farm near Lolland in the south east of Denmark was constructed in 1991 as a demonstration project which was to prove whether it was possible to generate green power offshore.

Can mushrooms and solar power fill Japan's vacant farmland?

Nikkei Asian Review: The business model would strip away the hurdles farmers currently face when trying to enter commercial solar power generation. They would be able to secure enough electricity for their own needs and have a surplus from which to gain an additional source of income.

Tesla Patents New Process To Bond Solar Cells With Heat-Cured Conductive Adhesive

Steve Hanley for CleanTechnica: The solar cells are arranged in a cascading arrangement, then placed on a moving belt that takes them for a trip beneath the specially designed heaters. When they pop out the other end of the line, they are permanently bonded together.

Solar with Energy Storage Success: Cuttyhunk Island, MA Celebrates Its First Summer Going Majority Solar-Powered

Solar Design Associates of Harvard, Massachusetts, designed and installed this 1,020-panel solar array and a 1 MW energy storage system that have delivered over 50% of the electricity this summer for Cuttyhunk Island, Massachusetts.

Sunrun CEO: Comcast will use solar to reduce churn in home automation

Daniel Frankel for Fierce Cable: "What Comcast found is that when they marketed Sunrun to their customer base, and customers chose to go solar, it improved their customer satisfaction scores [and] their customer retention,"

Nine-hour energy storage requirement makes one natural gas replacement project in California tricky

Andy Colthorpe for Energy-Storage News: The requirement of nine hours of energy storage duration at a project touted as a possible replacement for a new natural gas plant in California makes it tough for the newer technology to compete on cost, an analyst has said.

Boosting Tidal Power

NauticExpo: Developed by Netherlands-based Water2Energy, a vertical axis water turbine (VAWT) with an innovative pitch control system is proving from 30% to 50% more efficient than traditional systems.

Rail Energy Storage Harnesses the Power of Gravity All the Livelong Day

Glenn McDonald for Seeker: A California startup is repurposing trains and rail cars to help the storage capacity of renewable energy utilities compete with fossil fuels.

Solar energy stocks tanked today, but don't blame the total eclipse, analysts say

Tom DiChristopher for CNBC: Analysts cautioned against assigning causation and instead pointed to a trade dispute and potential new tariffs on foreign solar panels.

One of the biggest criticisms against wind and solar energy has been quashed

Akshat Rathi for Quartz: Wind and solar energy helped avoid between 3,000 and 12,700 premature deaths in the US between 2007 and 2015.

The Home Depot Converting 50 Rooftops to Solar Farms

The project will reduce electricity grid demand by an estimated 30 to 35 percent annually at each Home Depot store; the equivalent of powering 2,300 average U.S. homes for a year.

Solar panels: Nanotechnology gives green energy a green color

American Institute of Physics via Science Daily: Researchers have created green solar panels using soft imprint lithography to print an array of nanocylinders that scatter green light

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