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Batteries Perform Many Different Functions on the Power Grid

Driven largely by installations over the past three years, the electric power industry has installed about 700 megawatts (MW) of utility-scale batteries on the U.S. electric grid. As of October 2017, these batteries made up about 0.06% of U.S. utility-scale generating capacity. Another 22 MW of batteries are planned for the last two months of […] The post Batteries Perform Many Different Functions on the Power Grid appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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The UK Could Install 12 Gigawatts of Energy Storage by 2021

Britain could have a 12-gigawatt battery market by 2021, according to a parliamentary policy group. The paper was written by the U.K. Renewable Energy Association (REA) and an All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Energy Storage, an interest group made up of members of the House of Lords and House of Commons. Hitting that 12-gigawatt target will require major policy support, however. The figure assumes a scenario in which all the policies contained in the U.K. government's July 2017 smart systems …

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One Tesla Model S plus one 97-year-old grandfather: video magic

"I hear you got an electric car," says a 97-year-old man, looking every bit like a 97-year-old man, suspenders and all. "Is it outside?" The man behind the camera is Zev Gitalis, and the man in front of the camera is his grandfather. DON'T MISS: South's good ol' boy drag racers whupped by Tesla, not happy about it Outside sits not a Nissan Leaf...

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The Biggest Oil Story Of 2017

There have been plenty of eye-catching stories in the energy industry this year, but one notable development has been the rise of the U.S. as a crude oil exporter. The ban on crude exports from the U.S. was lifted at the end of 2015, and exports ticked up in the following year, but only modestly. […] The post The Biggest Oil Story Of 2017 appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Recent Developments in Nuclear Power for Space Exploration

KiloPower: A Gateway to Abundant Power for Exploration: NASA Glenn, Cleveland, OH – NASA is pushing forward to test a key nuclear energy source that could literally empower human crews on the Mars surface, energizing habitats and running on-the-spot processing equipment to transform Red Planet resources into oxygen, water and fuel. (Video) The agency's Space Technology […] The post Recent Developments in Nuclear Power for Space Exploration appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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New 3-D printer is 10 times faster than commercial counterparts

MIT engineers have developed a new desktop 3-D printer that performs up to 10 times faster than existing commercial counterparts. Whereas the most common printers may fabricate a few Lego-sized bricks in one hour, the new design can print similarly sized objects in just a few minutes. The key to the team's nimble design lies in the printer's compact printhead, which incorporates two new, speed-enhancing components: a screw mechanism that feeds polymer material through a nozzle at high force; and a laser, built into …

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New Tesla Superchargers Hint At Future Of Public Charging [Hot!]

Tesla emailed approximately an hour ago that it just opened North America's largest Supercharger station ... er, two of them. What's more interesting to me is that they represent a transition into a different charging dimension. Kyle Field and I have been talking about this for a couple of years — the future of public charging needs to include more amenities, more relaxation opportunities, more commercial attractions, and just overall more ::stuff:: (forgive the consumerist language and implications here)

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Martin Rein, former professor of urban studies and planning, dies at 89

Martin Rein, professor in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning from 1970 until his retirement in 2011, died on Oct. 15 of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 89. Rein was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Eastern European immigrants. After graduating from Brooklyn College in 1950, he got his first job as a social worker with street gangs, which triggered his lifelong interest in writing and doing research on poverty, social planning and reform, and the social work profession. He enrolled at …

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The First Step in Promoting American Nuclear and Carbon Capture? Acknowledging Climate Change

The Trump administration has been getting hammered for restricting its participation in the United Nations climate conference in Bonn, Germany to advocating for “coal, gas, and nuclear.” But like a broken clock that's right twice a day, the Trump administration did get something correct: technologies like nuclear and carbon capture will be extremely important for limiting global warming to our 2 degree goal. …

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Letter regarding federal tax proposals and the MIT community

The following email was sent today to the MIT community by President L. Rafael Reif. To the members of the MIT community: The tax legislation now pending in Congress contains several provisions that could have damaging impact on members of our community and the Institute as a whole. Because the situation is complex and fluid, I write to offer our current assessment of which provisions concern us the most and why, and to let you know that MIT is actively following developments in DC and striving …

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Ideal Power Fires Founder for Ethics Violation

Austin-based power conversion company Ideal Power fired its founder and chief technologist last week over a personal financial dealing. Bill Alexander pledged shares of company stock as collateral to secure a personal loan, in violation of Ideal's ethics policy, CEO Dan Brdar confirmed. When the deal came to light, leadership fired Alexander on November 7. The termination for cause meant Alexander did not receive severance pay, per the terms of his contract. "Your obligation as a director and an officer is …

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There Is An Epic Battle Happening Between Musk & The Tesla Haters

It turns out that one of the most notorious Tesla shorts is Mark Spiegel. And Spiegel hasn't even driven a Tesla yet. He says, “I'm more into sports cars." There Is An Epic Battle Happening Between Musk & The Tesla Haters was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: …

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This Is Why Tesla Stock Is Going To $950

What if someone who custom-builds electric vehicles, takes apart battery packs, and tinkers with Teslas could offer unique insight into the company This Is Why Tesla Stock Is Going To $950 was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers:

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Is the Jetson Adventure E-Bike Perfect?

Yes, we know the title is a little grabby, but a two-month test ride of the Jetson Adventure electric bike (e-bike) has been, well, a nice adventure Is the Jetson Adventure E-Bike Perfect? was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers:

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Price Of Solar Panels Keeps Falling In The Netherlands

The cost of solar power has never been lower. This is reflected by installations — massive projects are under construction around the globe and a record-breaking 74 gigawatts of installations were completed in 2016. Although this growth is unequally distributed over different countries and dominated by utility-scale solar farms, the smaller-scale residential segment has contributed a fair share. The main driver of growth, continuously dropping costs, is incentivizing companies and individuals alike to go solar. Certainly, this …

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Chrysler Pacifica Plug-In Hybrid Review (CleanTechnica Exclusive)

Moms and dads across the US have been eagerly waiting for an efficient plug-in hybrid that could haul big families and gear. Aside from the $80,000+ Tesla Model X, there weren't any plug-in vehicles that could haul around larger families with room for 7 and all the trimmings. Because of that, the Chrysler Pacifica Plug-In Hybrid minivan has been a highly anticipated vehicle since it was first announced in January 2016. It has been watched very closely by eco moms and sustaina-dads alike