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Solar-Storage for Homes: PetersenDean Partners With SolarEdge and LG

Solar module-level power electronics maker SolarEdge has been quietly putting its own solar-battery inverter control system, dubbed StorEdge, into the field over the past couple years. But energy storage still makes up only a tiny fraction of its growing share of …

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With Republicans In Power, Pollution Is King & Wealth Is Further Shifting To The Super Rich

Last week, I wrote an article about Republican policy benefiting the rich at the huge expense of the poor & middle class. The style and format didn't seem perfect for CleanTechnica, so I'm not reposting it here, but I feel compelled to make some of the same points in a different way

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New study brings Antarctic ice loss into sharper focus

A NASA study based on an innovative technique for crunching torrents of satellite data provides the clearest picture yet of changes in Antarctic ice flow into the ocean. The findings confirm accelerating ice losses from the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and reveal surprisingly steady rates of flow from its much larger neighbor to the east. The computer-vision technique crunched data from hundreds of thousands of NASA-U.S. Geological Survey Landsat satellite images to produce a high-precision picture of changes in ice-sheet …

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Diablo Canyon to Close Without Clean Energy Guarantees

California regulators have approved a plan to close Diablo Canyon, the state's last nuclear power plant, that has environmental and clean energy groups, local communities, and even utility Pacific Gas & Electric crying foul over the results. On Wednesday, the California Public Utilities Commission approved a plan for PG&E to close the Central Coast plant by 2025, and recover $241.2 million in costs to pay for it, mostly for paying employees to run the plant through its closure. That's half the …

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School of Science welcomes three new professors this spring

This spring, the MIT School of Science welcomes three new professors in the departments of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences. Michael Halassa aims to understand the neural basis of cognitive control and flexibility, particularly as it relates to attention and decision making. To study these questions, he has developed behavioral models of cognitive function in mice, allowing him to …

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GeoCarb: A new view of carbon over the Americas

A new NASA Earth science mission in the early stages of design may achieve a transformational advance in our understanding of the global carbon cycle by mapping concentrations of key carbon gases from a new vantage point: geostationary orbit. Satellites in geostationary orbit travel at the same speed as Earth's rotation, allowing them to remain over the same place on Earth's surface at all times. The Geostationary Carbon Observatory (GeoCarb), targeted for launch in the early 2020s, will build on the success of NASA's …

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MIT Skoltech Program calls for seed fund proposals

After two successful rounds of seed grants, the MIT Skoltech Seed Fund Program is calling for a third round of proposals from MIT principal investigators from any of the Institute's schools, departments, laboratories, or centers. The call is open now through Jan. 26. The MIT Skoltech Seed Fund Program encourages both new applications and renewals. New applications are for innovative projects that should have the potential to benefit either the development of

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Audrey Zibelman Helms Australia’s Grid Through a Giant Wave of Renewables

Audrey Zibelman, who this year swapped New York's top regulatory role for one in Australia, is looking to bring all power sources under one umbrella. “We've launched a planning exercise that's really looking at how to plan a system on a national scale, not just transmission but also looking at gas and renewable development,” said the CEO of the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO). The plan aims to help Australia's grid deal with a tidal wave of intermittent renewable energy. Zibelman said 20 gigawatts …

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Gas Under Threat? California Regulators Target PG&E Natural Gas Plants With Energy Storage

California has already postponed and even canceled plans to build new natural gas-fired power plants in favor of distributed energy. But it hasn't proposed to replace an existing power plant with them -- until now. Early this month, the California Public Utilities Commission issued a resolution that would direct utility Pacific Gas & Electric to open competitive solicitations for DERs -- energy storage, …