World's largest wind turbines may double in size before 2024

Jillian Ambrose for Telegraph: The wind developer behind the world's largest working wind turbines has said the size of its giant offshore blades, currently in UK waters, will double again within seven years.

A better way of converting coffee waste to biofuel?

Ben Coxworth for New Atlas: Scientists have developed a simpler new process for converting coffee grounds to biofuel.

America's first offshore wind farm just shut down a diesel plant

Bobby Magill, Grist: America's first offshore wind farm just helped to shut down a small diesel-fired electric power plant on Block Island, Rhode Island.

Solar Power To Threaten Conventional Power By 2020

Leonard Hyman & William Tilles for OilPrice.com: By 2030, solar-plus-storage could threaten the economic relevance of their distribution grids by making less necessary the connection with the local electric utility.

SolarWorld collapses as Europe's solar industry eclipsed by China

Christoph Steitz for Reuters: Europe's embattled solar power industry has been dealt a fresh blow, with cut-price competition from China driving Germany's SolarWorld into insolvency.

Tesla solar roof prices come in cheaper than some had expected

Robert Ferris for CNBC: Tesla said the first two styles of its solar roof will be priced at about $21.85 per square foot. That price is slightly lower than the $24.50 per square foot that Consumer Reports had expected.

Push to educate Congress on energy storage crosses political divide

Andy Colthorpe for Energy Storage News: Two Congressional representatives in the US have united across party political lines to form the Advanced Energy Storage Caucus, a group dedicated to educating Members of Congress on the benefits of the nascent technology.

The Netherlands opens massive offshore wind farm

Megan Treacy for TreeHugger: The long distance from shore has the benefit of being beyond the horizon so there is no visible evidence of it from shore but it also carries the benefit of harnessing the stronger winds in that area.

SolarCity's solar installations crash nearly 40%

Nichola Groom, Reuters: Tesla's SolarCity reported a drop of nearly 40 percent in solar installations for the first quarter on Wednesday, the latest sign of a reversal in fortunes for the once high-flying residential solar industry.

The US is using so much solar power that it will have to prepare for the August eclipse

Michael J. Coren for Quartz: As the shadow of the moon passes over North America, the eclipse is expected to knock out about 70 megawatts a minute- two to three times faster than the typically daily drop, reports the California Independent System Operator.

B.C. wave energy holds huge renewable potential say experts

Wanyee Li for Ottawa Metro: A group of scientists say now is the time to invest in wave energy because B.C. has the potential to become a destination for wave-technology companies around the world.

Block Island to start getting power from wind turbines

Mark Harrington for Newsday: Block Island on Monday will formally throw the switch on a first-time connection to the New England energy grid through a new cable to the mainland, and begin receiving power from the country's first five offshore wind turbines.

Thin layers of water hold promise for the energy storage of the future

Matt Shipman for Phys.org: "This is a proof of concept, but the idea of using water or other solvents to 'tune' the transport of ions in a layered material is very exciting," says Veronica Augustyn, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering at NC State and corresponding author of a paper describing the work.

China continues to lead global wind energy market, says new report

Anmar Frangoul for CNBC: Released on Tuesday, the GWEC's Global Wind Report: Annual Market Update forecasts nearly 60 GW of wind installations this year, with cumulative installed capacity seen reaching more than 800 GW by the end of 2021.

The Cheap Energy Revolution Is Here, and Coal Won't Cut It

Tom Randall for Bloomberg: Wind and solar are about to become unstoppable, natural gas and oil production are approaching their peak, and electric cars and batteries for the grid are waiting to take over. This is the world Donald Trump inherited as U.S. president. And yet his energy plan is to cut regulations to resuscitate the one sector that's never coming back: coal.

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