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Solar City's New PV Module Hits World Record

October 9, 2015
SolarCity has quickly moved from buying late-stage solar module startup Silevo a year ago to claiming production of "the world’s most efficient rooftop solar panel, with a module...

General Motors' Private War on Coal

December 28, 2015
Several years ago, General Motors made a deal to turn Detroit municipal waste into steam, which helped to power one of its local plants in 2014. But that's just one facet of GM's...

Texas Is Giving Away Wind Energy

November 30, 2015
Wind power is now so cheap in Texas that many energy retailers offer special deals that include free electricity at night after demand drops and the turbines are still pumping out...

Elon Musk Opens Tesla's Nevada Gigafactory

August 8, 2016
Two weeks ago reporters and fans joined Elon Musk and chief technical officer J.B. Straubel at the official opening of Tesla's Nevada Gigafactory, where, in addition to giving...

Oil May Have Crashed but Renewables Set New Record

January 19, 2016
Anyone worried that the low prices hobbling oil explorers may have clobbered renewables too — especially wind and solar — can relax. Cooler heads prevailed once the message sunk...

Deepwater Wind to Install First US Offshore Wind

July 15, 2016
Developer Deepwater Wind is on the verge of launching the first offshore wind farm in the US. Later this fall, w hen its five turbines finally power up off the coast of Rhode...

iPhone-Stalking Elon Musk's Tesla Model 3 Launch

April 6, 2016
Elon Musk's live-stream from the Tesla Design Center in Hawthrone, California, is about to start. The stage is dark, but the noisy acoustics don't lie. As the excitement in the...

CEP: News Update

September
2016
News Update
RO Membrane Cuts Energy Consumption of Separations Engineers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and ExxonMobil have developed a carbon-based membrane that could cut the energy consumption required to separate liquid hydrocarbons. Breathable...

US Navy Green Fleet Makes Biofuels the New Normal

January 29, 2016
The US Navy's biofuel program has just launched a great success with the Great Green Fleet, which is fueled with a drop-in blend of biofuel from beef tallow and petroleum-based...

Dow Buying Texas Wind to Power Its Freeport Plant

August 13, 2015
The new state motto of Texas may soon be "Come for the natural gas but stay for the wind." Look no further than Dow Chemical to see how this has played out. The company had been...

Canada Ready to Change Course on Climate Change

December 9, 2015
A breakthrough in the Paris climate talks suddenly seemed possible a year ago, after President Obama and Chinese Premier Xi Jinping — representing the world's biggest polluters —...

High-Tech Flywheels Help Bring Stability to Grid

March 20, 2015
Pioneering flywheel developer Beacon Power is becoming one of the success stories of the evolving power grid. Its flywheels help to correct the obvious shortcomings of grid 1.0 by...

Renewables Help South Africa Save Its Grid

October 6, 2015
Starting with almost zero renewable energy in 2010, South Africa has now built out more than 1,000 megawatts of solar and 800 of wind power. This was made possible by opening up...

How Desalination Created Modern Qatar

December 16, 2015
Imagine a country with abundant energy — primarily gas and oil — but lacking almost any drinking water (ground or surface), which is essential for the cities, infrastructure, and...

Electric Buses a Hit in Southern California

May 1, 2015
One South Carolina company is popularizing the battery-powered bus to great success in Southern California, pushing polluting, diesel-fueled buses off the streets.

Viatimin B2 Inspires Flow Battery Discovery

July 26, 2016
Inspired by vitamin B2, researchers at Harvard have discovered a entire new class of high-performing organic molecules that can be used in flow batteries to store electricity from...
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