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Onshore & Offshore Wind Improve Generation In Coldest-of-Cold Days

A new study published this month has concluded that wind turbines appear to work extra hard on the coldest-of-cold days, providing much-needed electricity during some of the highest demand periods, while offshore wind energy serves as an even more secure source of electricity generation during cold weather.

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European electric and plug-in hybrid sales for Jan-April 2017

Electric vehicle sales are holding steady in Europe; the latest sales data shows popular battery electric vehicles remain popular. Plug-in hybrids continue to hold their own as well, according to data aggregated from numerous individual national markets. The Renault Zoe, in particular, continues to sell quite well. DON'T MISS: European electric...

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Yes, ads for the Chevy Bolt EV electric car do actually exist; here’s one

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV isn't yet available in all states, but it's been on sale in California for six months now. While Chevy has said all along it will market the 238-mile electric car in a very targeted way, specifically trying to reach people similar to existing owners, it may have expanded its reach somewhat. This past Friday, a full-page...

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Countries With the Most Wind and Solar Have 10 Times Fewer Outages Than America

In the weeks after Energy Secretary Rick Perry kicked off a 60-day study examining the impact of wind and solar on fossil baseload power plants -- hinting that he might use DOE authority to halt state renewable energy targets -- an army of researchers, grid experts and renewable energy professionals showed up at his doorstep. They were armed with a deep body of research (including

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Space junk: The cluttered frontier

Hundreds of millions of pieces of space junk orbit the Earth daily, from chips of old rocket paint, to shards of solar panels, and entire dead satellites. This cloud of high-tech detritus whirls around the planet at about 17,500 miles per hour. At these speeds, even trash as small as a pebble can torpedo a passing spacecraft. NASA and the U.S. Department of Defense are using ground-based telescopes and laser radars (ladars) to track more than 17,000 orbital debris objects to help prevent collisions with operating …

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Offshore Wind Costs: Toward a Zero-Subsidy Era?

Offshore wind equipment is reaching record heights and unforeseen low costs that are allowing it to be deployed with fewer and fewer subsidies. MAKE Consulting (which recently joined the GTM and Wood Mackenzie family) has a new analyst note that further illustrates the increasing competitiveness of offshore …

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The Fall and Rise of Nuclear Power

Westinghouse's bankruptcy culminates the collapse of potential US strategic leadership in world nuclear energy. The US has faltered in many aspects of nuclear technology, now allowing other nations to become the world leaders in nuclear and energy diplomacy. Regaining the strategic power will be technically straightforward but politically difficult. Nuclear energy importance More important even […] The post The Fall and Rise of Nuclear Power appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Creative Pie Slicing To Address Climate Policy Opposition

There are two fundamental, and fundamentally different, barriers to pricing greenhouse gases. The one economists tend to focus on is the economy-wide cost of reducing emissions: substituting to lower-carbon and (for now) higher cost production of energy and other products. That is, the hit to the size of the economic pie. The barrier less discussed […] The post Creative Pie Slicing To Address Climate Policy Opposition appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Advanced Functional Fabrics of America opens headquarters steps from MIT campus

These are not your grandmother's fibers and textiles. These are tomorrow's functional fabrics — designed and prototyped in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and manufactured across a network of U.S. partners. This is the vision of the new headquarters for the Manufacturing USA institute called Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) that opened Monday at 12 Emily Street, steps away from the MIT campus. AFFOA headquarters represents a significant MIT investment in …

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AFFOA launches state-of-the-art facility for protoyping advanced fabrics

Just over a year after its funding award, a new center for the development and commercialization of advanced fabrics is officially opening its headquarters today in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and will be unveiling the first two advanced fabric products to be commercialized from the center's work. Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) is a public-private partnership, part of Manufacturing USA, that is working to develop and introduce U.S.-made high-tech fabrics that provide services such as health monitoring, …

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New Analysis Begs The Question: Is Vogtle Project Too Costly To Complete?

Last week's headlines focused on Georgia Power's newly signed agreement with Toshiba committing (recommitting?) the Japanese parent of bankrupt Westinghouse to pony up $3.68 billion to fund the completion of the long-delayed Vogtle 3 & 4 nuclear power plants. While that is clearly good news (at least for the moment) for Georgia ratepayers, who could […] The post New Analysis Begs The Question: Is Vogtle Project Too Costly To Complete? appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article