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We’re doing a great job of creating renewable energy—but we don’t have the infrastructure to actually use it

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We’re doing a great job of creating renewable energy—but we don’t have the infrastructure to actually use it

Better storage batteries and the framework to support them is key. Last week, some rare positive environmental news reached the public eye: Nearly half of all the new, large-scale electric power generation installed last year use renewable energy sources, according to the Energy Information Administration. The government agency reports that of the total 25 gigawatts of capacity installed in 2017, about 12 gigawatts of that amout came from clean energy—plus an extra 3.5 gigawatts of small-scale solar, like rooftop panels. This report follows in tandem with another good energy update: Almost all of the power plants shut down last year...

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Electric Grid Expert Lays Out Why It’s Basically Impossible Use 100% Green Energy

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Electric Grid Expert Lays Out Why It’s Basically Impossible Use 100% Green Energy

Powering the grid with 100 percent green energy may sound like a nice idea, but it would actually be extremely difficult to do, a electric grid expert told Greentech Media in an interview Wednesday. “Let’s say we have a 100% system, hypothetically,” Christopher Clack, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) mathematician, said in the interview. “Now you have got think about working out forecasting of load and of the weather, because that’s your fuel source now, seasons or years ahead of time with really good accuracy so that you know how much energy to store, how much to shed,...

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The first low-cost system for splitting carbon dioxide

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The first low-cost system for splitting carbon dioxide

Using Earth-abundant materials, EPFL scientists have built the first low-cost system for splitting CO2 into CO, a reaction necessary for turning renewable energy into fuel. The future of clean energy depends on our ability to efficiently store energy from renewable sources and use it later. A popular way to do this is to electrolyze carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide, which is then mixed with hydrogen to produce liquid hydrocarbons like gasoline or kerosene that can be used as fuel. However, we currently lack efficient and Earth-abundant catalysts for the initial splitting of CO2 into CO and oxygen, which makes the...

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Scientists Switch On Giant 'Artificial Sun'

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Scientists Switch On Giant 'Artificial Sun'

Scientists in Germany flipped the switch Thursday on what's being described as "the world's largest artificial sun" and which they hope will help shed light on new ways of making climate-friendly hydrogen fuel. The giant honeycomb-like setup of 149 spotlights—officially known as "Synlight"—in Juelich, west of Cologne, uses xenon short-arc lamps normally found in cinemas to simulate the natural sunlight that's often in short supply in Germany at this time of year. By focusing the entire array on a single 8x8 inch spot, scientists from the German Aerospace Center, or DLR, will be able to produce the equivalent of 10,000...

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Brilliant Light Power's Amazing SunCell Energy Source Announced

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Brilliant Light Power's Amazing SunCell Energy Source Announced

CNN International's announcement of the SunCell, the world's new energy source that releases massive power by conversion of hydrogen to dark matter. Source: YouTube

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