Innovative Arizona Utility Program Rents Your Roof For Solar Power

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The proliferation of home solar power systems has some utilities worried about potential damage to their business models. And charging an electric car with renewable energy from solar panels remains the low-carbon ideal for many green-car buyers. Now, a new initiative in Arizona shows that it's possible for utilities and individual home solar. electric utilities Arizona renewable energy solar

Volkswagen Group of America opens next-gen charging station at Arizona global test center

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This next-generation charging station at its Arizona Proving Grounds will be used to help VWGoA evaluate battery and charging performance under extreme hot-weather conditions.

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Sandia and Arizona State University to partner on renewable energy; solar and algal fuels among areas of focus

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Sandia National Laboratories and Arizona State University have signed a formal partnership agreement on renewable energy challenges. The potential areas of focus are solar hybrid fuels, solar thermochemical fuels, concentrating solar technologies, photovoltaics, electric grid modernization and algae-based biofuels.

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Opinion: Why Buffett Bet A Billion On Solar: Miles Per Acre Per Year

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The first eye-opener for large scale solar was the Austin Energy PPA last year that was priced at 5 cents. This is still roughly two orders of magnitude less output per acre than Warren Buffett’s Agua Caliente array in Arizona. Agua Caliente PV Plant: Yuma Arizona. An acre of desert in Arizona, Nevada and many other places on earth sees on the order of 3,000 hours of direct sun per year. They had better think seriously about financing solar and wind arrays.

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ARPA-E awarding $30M to 12 hybrid solar projects; conversion and storage

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) is awarding $30 million in funding to 12 projects through its Full-Spectrum Optimized Conversion and Utilization of Sunlight (FOCUS) program, which is aimed at developing new hybrid solar energy converters and hybrid energy storage systems that can deliver low-cost, high-efficiency solar energy on demand. Schematics of technology areas addressed by FOCUS a) Hybrid solar converter.

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Arizona State researchers engineer fatty-acid secreting cyanobacteria for biofuel production; Green Recovery method for fatty acid recovery from cyanobacterial biomass

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In two open-access papers published in the Proceedings of the National Academies (PNAS), a team from Arizona State University describes the genetic modification of cynanobacteria to produce and secrete fatty acids for renewable biofuel production, as well as a Green Recovery strategy to convert cyanobacterial membrane lipids into fatty acids. Secreted FFAs (white deposit) from a culture.

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Obama Administration publishes “roadmap” for solar energy development on public lands in West

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The Department of the Interior and the Department of Energy are publishing the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for solar energy development in six southwestern states—Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah. The final Solar PEIS represents a major step forward in the permitting of utility-scale solar energy on public lands throughout the west.

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DOE finalizes a $967M loan guarantee to support the Agua Caliente Solar Project

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) finalized a $967-million loan guarantee to Agua Caliente Solar, LLC. The loan guarantee will support the construction of the Agua Caliente Solar Project , a 290-megawatt photovoltaic solar generating facility in Yuma County, Arizona that will use thin film solar panels manufactured by First Solar, Inc.

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PGE and SunRun Create $100M Home Solar Financing Fund

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a provider of home solar financing, announced a $100-million tax equity project financing agreement to fund SunRun’s installation of more than 3,500 new home solar installations across the nation. The investment, principally funded by PG&E Corporation shareholders through Pacific Energy Capital, creates the largest residential solar financing vehicle established to date. SunRun now partners with 15 leading solar integrators that are located across the country.

US DOE Offers Abengoa Solar a Conditional Commitment for $1.45B Loan Guarantee for Concentrating Solar Power Plant

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billion loan guarantee to Abengoa Solar, Inc. The loan will support the construction and start-up of Solana, a 250 net megawatt (MW) concentrating solar power (CSP) plant in Arizona—the largest CSP plant worldwide to-date. The plant will be located 70 miles southwest of Phoenix, near Gila Bend, Arizona. Operating at full capacity Solana produces enough electricity to power 70,000 Arizona homes. The Solana plant will be Abengoa Solar’s tenth CSP plant worldwide.

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ASU and Argonne researchers report progress on artificial leaf for solar conversion of water to H2 and O2

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Researchers at Arizona State University and Argonne National Laboratory reported advances toward perfecting a functional artificial leaf in a paper in Nature Chemistry.

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DOE offers nearly $2B in conditional loan guarantee commitments for two concentrating solar power plants; first US utility-scale deployment of Abengoa Solar Collector Assembly

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has offered conditional commitments to provide loan guarantees worth nearly $2 billion to support two concentrating solar power (CSP) projects—the Mojave Solar Project (MSP) in San Bernardino County, California; and the Genesis Solar Project, located on land managed by the Bureau of Land Management in Riverside County, California. billion loan guarantee to support the Mojave Solar Project and a conditional commitment for up to a $681.6

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Solar Energy - A Way To Cut Down On High Energy Costs

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Solar energy , the renewable energy source which has been in news for the last several years has made quiet inroads into many homes, factories, businesses, into our cars and appliances and much more. It was expensive to commercially exploit solar energy few decades ago. But over time due to rapid advancements in solar technology and the corresponding increase in conventional fuels solar energy cost has become comparable to other energy sources.

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NSF launches 4 new engineering research centers with $74M; large-scale solar energy, sustainable water systems, sensorimotor neural engineering and energy transmission networks

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The centers will support research and innovation in solar energy; water infrastructure; neural engineering; and wide-area energy transmission. For the first time, NSF’s investment in two of these centers will be matched by another federal agency—NSF and the Department of Energy will co-fund the ERCs investigating solar energy and energy transmission.

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US DOE announces 3 consortia for $125M US-India Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center; solar, second-generation biofuels and buildings

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Consortia researchers will leverage their expertise and resources in solar technology, advanced biofuels, and building efficiency. In addition, US and Indian consortia members have pledged more than $75 million in matching funds, for a combined funding total of more than $125 million for joint research and development in solar energy, advanced biofuels, and building energy efficiency.

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"Spirit of DC" takes in Legislative Breakfast & Awards in Phoenix at Arizona State Capitol on Tuesday, 16 February 2010

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"Spirit of DC" setting up in front of the Arizona State Capitol Above "Spirit" joined by two more white PHEVs-- Todd Barlow's Green Motors' with 4kW PbA pack, above and right. Also note with Arizona's Clean Cities Coalition tent in background. The EVent was honoring Arizona's military bases and civic leaders who have promoted clean fuels. Others joined in to (AER) be among those demonstrating alternative energy, such as solar and ethanol.

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US DOE offers conditional loan guarantee commitments to support nearly $4.5B in Loans for 3 California Cd-Te photovoltaic solar power plants

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billion to support three alternating current Cadmium Telluride (Cd-Te) thin film photovoltaic (PV) solar generation facilities: DOE is offering a conditional commitment for a loan guarantee to AV Solar Ranch 1, LLC to support the Antelope Valley Solar Ranch 1 project. The inverters enable the project to provide more stable and continuous power, increasing the efficiency and reliability of large-scale solar power plants greater than 100 MW. First Solar, Inc.,

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Epilogue - Sunday, 26 April 2009. from Phoenix, Arizona. en route to Home Sweet Bisbee

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Charlie is endowing the "Spirit" with a crown of solar panels with Proferssor Bob Bruninga understaking the solar tasking over there in nearby Annapolis, MD. Perhaps, this solar crown on the "Spirit" will all be in place at the next EVADC meeting, scheduled for 3rd Tuesday, the 19th of May. Sonn en route from Phoenix to Home, Sweet Bisbe, Arizona. Cheers PHEV3A'rs, EVADC'rs, and EVnthusiasts, One & All - EPILOGUE: What's next?

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27 November 2009 - In First "Plug-in Arizona" Outing to Nogales, AZ, " the "Spirit" Made the News with Nogales International

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Cheers EVADC'rs, PHEV'rs, and EVnthusiasts, One & All - After a Thanksgiving, fully stuffed and more, it was most gratifying to see that on her first "Plug-in Arizona" outing to Nogales, AZ, that the "Spirit" made the news on the front page of the Nogales International as follows. Major Jerry Asher wheels around Arizona in a Toyota Prius hybrid, packing an extra battery and preaching a message to “kick gas” in favor of electric power.

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Could US commit to solar power?

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Now it seems that solar power may be taking the lead in the USA. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has revealed that his department is studying whether 670,000 acres of federal lands in six western states are suitable for the construction of large-scale solar power projects, according to reports in Yale Environment 360. Salazar said the Obama administration is doing all it can to put the “bulls eye on the development of solar energy on our public lands&#.

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NREL study suggests cost gap for Western renewables could narrow by 2025

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A new Energy Department study conducted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) indicates that by 2025 wind and solar power electricity generation could become cost-competitive without federal subsidies, if new renewable energy development occurs in the most productive locations. According to the analysis, by 2025 geothermal generation could on average be 12% to 35% higher than CCCGT baseline; solar 1-19% higher; and wind at parity up to 13% higher.

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Thursday - 1 October 2009. Reporting Out on the Tour de AZ; "Spirit of DC" Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle All Around ARIZONA -- a new PHEV3A

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Cheers PHEV3A'rs, EVANC'rs, EVnthusiasts, One & All - Here's a re-worked in part email sent to Michelle in Public Affairs at AAA of Arizona: Cheers Michelle, AAA Public Relations - Above you can see frontpiece to the www.SpiritofDC.com website, and a July 2009 picture of the All American "Spirit" as the advance scout vehicle for the successful Tesla EVenture - the pure electric Tesla on a Sportscar run from New York to California. The general theme (and purpose) is: Plug-in Arizona!

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"Plug-in Arizona Educational Tour" Update -- "Spirit of DC's" Visit to Nogales High School with Nogales International Reporter, Tuesday, 24 Nov 2009

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It initiated the start of the "Plug-in Arizona Educational Tour" for educating one AZ County at a time! Plug-ins can be moving the USA to regain its energy independence with good ole homegrown American, if not Arizona solar, electrons! See also [link] > Some 20 students were game to bask in the sun and visually take in the "Spirit" with solar panels a'charging. Next, upcoming EVents for "Plug-in Arizona Educational Tour" within the next two weeks (fingers crossed!)

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The "Spirit of DC" - Bound for Nogales High School in Santa Cruz County, AZ on Tuesday, 24 November 2009. Launching for Renamed "Plug-In Arizona"

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Cheers EVADC'rs, PHEV3A'rs, and EVnthusiasts, One & All - Per Friday, 21 November timely call, the suggestion of Nogales International Reporter, Denise Halley DHalley@NogalesInternational.com (520) 375-5772, is energizing the pilot EVfort for a re-named "Plug-in Arizona" Tour and its launching in Nogales, AZ. Subject: Supporting "Plug-in Arizona Tour - Spirit of DC Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle All Around Arizona" (re-titled).

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Slowly, But Ever Slowly. Moving Towards Launching "Tour de AZ - Spirit of DC Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle All Around Arizona".

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However, slowly but ever so slowly yet, with a bit of steadyfastness, the "Tour de AZ - Spirit of DC Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle All Around Arizona" moves! with a PHEV Kit, solar panels and a 110-volt inverter on-board. Cheers EVADC'rs, PHEV3A'rs, and EVnthusiasts, One & All, The "Spirit of DC" along with EVJerry has unfortunately experienced a series of delays on various fronts.

E.ON to provide 10MW battery storage unit to Tucson Electric

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Climate & Renewables North America, LLC (E.ON) signed an agreement with Tucson Electric Power (TEP) to provide frequency response and voltage control from a grid-scale, 10 megawatt (MW) battery energy storage facility with a 2 MW solar array. The Iron Horse Battery Energy Storage Project will be located adjacent to the University of Arizona Science and Technology Park southeast of Tucson. MW Tech Park Solar and 13.2

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PNNL study finds 2028 grid resource adequacy likely sufficient for high EV penetration; managed charging strategies can double adequacy

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The production cost implications due to the additional load varied from 3% in Arizona, where there is some available coal generation, to 23% in California, where combustion turbines are required to meet the peak load set by EVs.

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US NSF and UK BBSRC award $10.3M+ to four teams to improve biological photosynthesis

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Summaries of the four funded projects are: Plug and Play Photosynthesis led by Anne Jones of Arizona State University: This project is designed to separate the capture and conversion of solar energy into fuel—processes that may be completed by a single cell—into two different organisms that would communicate with one another through electrical currents flowing between them. Biomass Biotech Fuels Solar

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W2 Energy reports progress in development of compressed air rotary engine; deployment inCAES system

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W2 has shipped a SteamRay/AirRocket unit for deployment in the compressed air storage system (CAES) designed by AzRISE (Arizona Research Institute for Solar Energy) at the University of Arizona. The AzRISE CAES team is working on a scalable CAES technology that enables the optimal utilization of energy obtained from renewable sources such as solar. W2 Energy , Inc. reports progress in its development of a commercially viable compressed air engine.

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US Departments of Interior and Defense partner to promote renewable energy on federal lands

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A major goal of the partnership is to harness the significant proven solar, wind, geothermal and biomass energy resources on or near Department of Defense (DoD) installations across the country. About 13 million acres of these withdrawn lands are located in the west and are high in wind, solar and geothermal resources. This includes withdrawn lands on military installations or on withdrawn land that could be appropriate for utility-scale solar, wind, or geothermal projects.

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US Departments of Interior and Defense partner to promote renewable energy on federal lands

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A major goal of the partnership is to harness the significant proven solar, wind, geothermal and biomass energy resources on or near Department of Defense (DoD) installations across the country. About 13 million acres of these withdrawn lands are located in the west and are high in wind, solar and geothermal resources. This includes withdrawn lands on military installations or on withdrawn land that could be appropriate for utility-scale solar, wind, or geothermal projects.

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OriginOil and Algasol Renewables to develop an integrated algae growth and harvesting system

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Because they float, Algasol believes their PBRs achieve optimal light exposure with outstanding productivity results and avoid the high temperature and excess salinity often encountered in solar growth systems. In addition, Algasol has collaborated and maintains a close relationship with Arizona State University (ASU), and is a cornerstone of the recently inaugurated Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation (AzCATI). OriginOil, Inc.

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Sion Power to provide enhanced Li-S batteries to Airbus Defence and Space for new Zephyr HAPS; 350 Wh/kg

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This agreement extends the previously successful Zephyr 7 program in which Sion Power batteries were employed during the night, along with solar power during the day, to achieve record-breaking flights of more than 14 days without refueling or landing. The Zephyr 8 aircraft is larger, with increased payload capacity, and will employ custom Li-S battery packs designed and assembled in Tucson Arizona.

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Is aviation the best application yet for hydrogen fuel cells?

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With biofuels, if you look at the relative efficiency of converting solar energy into biofuel versus solar energy into hydrogen, it’s not even a comparison, it’s ridiculous, it’s 500 times difference. Q&A with ZeroAvia CEO.

QinetiQ Zephyr Used Sion Li-S Batteries in Record Unmanned Flight

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The Zephyr’s world record flight was completed on 23 July 2010 at the US Army’s Yuma Proving Grounds in Yuma, Arizona. The Zephyr, a solar/battery powered all electric UAV with a wing span of 70 feet (22.5 50 kg), achieved this record using a combination of solar power during the day and Sion Power’s Li-S batteries at night. The custom built Li-S battery pack was designed and assembled by Sion Power in Tucson, Arizona.

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DOE to award $15.8M to 30 hydrogen and fuel cell technologies projects

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19 projects will leverage the HydroGEN Consortium to accelerate the development of advanced water-splitting materials for hydrogen production, with an initial focus on advanced electrolytic, photoelectrochemical, and solar thermochemical pathways. Efficient Solar Water Splitting with 5,000 Hours Stability Using Earth-abundant Catalysts and Durable Layered 2D Perovskites. Transformative Materials for High- Efficiency Thermochemical Production of Solar Fuels.

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Tesla launches first six Supercharger locations; 100 kW charging, with 120 kW in future

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Tesla Motors unveiled the first locations in its Supercharger network, which will allow the Model S to travel long distances with ultra fast charging throughout California, parts of Nevada and Arizona. The electricity used by the Supercharger comes from a solar carport system provided by SolarCity.

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Lawrence Livermore and Navajo Nation to partner in energy efforts

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LLNL and the Navajo Nation plan to collaborate in an array of areas including energy security; carbon sequestration; coal gasification; shale gas; enhanced oil recovery; wind, geothermal and solar; environmental studies and other areas. The Navajo Nation is a semi-autonomous Native American-governed territory covering 27,425 square miles occupying all of northeastern Arizona, the southeastern portion of Utah and northwestern New Mexico, with more than 300,000 members living on tribal land.

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Sandia study finds underground geologic storage of hydrogen could boost transportation, energy security

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Should the market demands for hydrogen fuel increase with the introduction of fuel cell electric vehicles, the US will need to produce and store large amounts of cost-effective hydrogen from domestic energy sources, such as natural gas, solar and wind, said Daniel Dedrick, Sandia hydrogen program manager. Salt formations in Arizona are thicker than those for Detroit and Pittsburgh, with larger and fewer caverns.

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Study shows paper-folding concepts can compact a Li-ion battery and increase its areal energy density

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Researchers at Arizona State University have shown that paper-folding concepts can be applied to Li-ion batteries in order to realize a device with higher areal energy densities. Miura folding consists of dividing a sheet into parallelograms with interdependent folds and has been used to fold maps, solar panels, and recently, metamaterials. Areal discharge capacities for Miura-folded versus unfolded cells. Credit: ACS, Cheng et al.Click to enlarge.

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Sandia FAST method for synthesizing iron-nitride magnetic material could lead to smaller, better-performing high-frequency transformers

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Transportable energy storage and power conversion systems, which can fit inside a single semi-trailer, could make it cost effective to rapidly install solar, wind and geothermal energy systems in even the most remote locations.

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Energy Secretary Chu says US faces a new Sputnik Moment in Chinas clean energy successes

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China is installing wind power at a faster rate than any nation in the world, and manufactures 40% of the world’s solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. With the help of Recovery Act funding, Arizona-based Fluidic Energy is working with Arizona State University to develop a new generation of higher energy density metal-air batteries (metal air ionic liquid batteries, MAIL). Solar fuels.

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DOE NETL selects 12 fossil-fuel power systems projects for funding

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The project has future applications for supercritical CO2 cycles in power plants, nuclear power, solar power and natural gas combined cycle units. Arizona State University. The US Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has selected 12 projects to receive funding through its Crosscutting Research Program’s Transitional Technology Development to Enable Highly Efficient Power Systems with Carbon Management initiative.

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