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A new Iron Age? Startup promises low-cost, high-energy iron-air batteries for home grids

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Boston-based startup Form Energy claims to have achieved a battery breakthrough using one of the oldest materials known to industrialized civilization: Iron.

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GWU team develops low-cost, high-yield one-pot synthesis of carbon nanofibers from atmospheric CO2

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A team led by Dr. Stuart Licht at The George Washington University in Washington, DC has developed a low-cost, high-yield and scalable process for the electrolytic conversion of atmospheric CO 2 dissolved in molten carbonates into carbon nanofibers (CNFs.) —Stuart Licht.

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IRENA report finds renewable power costs at parity or below fossil fuels in many parts of world

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The cost of generating power from renewable energy sources has reached parity or dropped below the cost of fossil fuels for many technologies in many parts of the world, according to a new report released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Real weighted average cost of capital is 7.5% Source: IRENA.

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New York City adding 70 electric vehicles to fleet; launches EV educational push

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The site also includes a map of public charging stations in the city, a cost calculator link to help potential owners understand the total cost of an electric vehicle versus a conventional vehicle—including fuel costs—and describes how electric cars work in everyday use.

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DOE selects 16 research projects for more than $19M in funding to advance Solid Oxide Fuel Cell technology

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DOE: $200,000 Non DOE: $91,152 Total: $291,152 (31% cost share). Development of Low-Cost, Highly-Sinterable, Co-Free Spinel-Based Contact Materials for SOFC Cathode-Side Contact Application This project will develop and demonstrate a cobalt-free nickel iron oxide spinel for SOFC cathode-side contact application.

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Video Friday: Acrobot Error

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Robot built by Boston Dynamics for the DARPA Robotics Challenge in 2013. Boston Dynamics ] This is pretty cool: BruBotics is testing their self-healing robotics gripper technology on commercial grippers from Festo. This robot is built at a cost of 50 euros for patients who are not financially independent to get better treatment. [

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DOE Awarding $620M for Smart Grid Demonstration and Energy Storage Projects

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This project will demonstrate the use of advanced sensors and monitoring instrumentation on low voltage (secondary) networks in downtown Boston to improve grid reliability and safety. Develop and demonstrate an innovative flywheel technology for use in grid-connected, low-cost bulk energy storage applications. 16,080,554.