March 19, 2014
by Amanda Maxwell
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The future of Chile’s energy sector lies with renewable energy, new report shows

Amanda Maxwell, Latin America Advocate, Washington, DC
The Chilean Renewable Energy Center recently released its annual report for 2013, and the numbers send a clear message: Chile’s non-conventional renewable energy* sector is wh… Continue reading

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March 6, 2014
by MoreRecycling
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Plasma plumes help shield Earth from damaging solar storms

Scientists have identified a plasma plume that naturally protects the Earth against solar storms. Earth’s magnetic field, or magnetosphere, stretches from the planet’s core out into space, where it meets the solar wind, a stream of charged particles em… Continue reading

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September 9, 2013
by MoreRecycling
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Scientists calculate the energy required to store wind and solar power on the grid

Renewable energy holds the promise of reducing carbon dioxide emissions. But there are times when solar and wind farms generate more electricity than is needed by consumers. Storing that surplus energy in batteries for later use seems like an obvious s… Continue reading

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August 16, 2013
by MoreRecycling
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New rechargeable flow battery could enable cheaper, more efficient energy storage

Researchers have engineered a new rechargeable flow battery that doesn’t rely on expensive membranes to generate and store electricity. The design may support the widespread use of solar and wind energy. Continue reading

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May 21, 2013
by MoreRecycling
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NASA’s IRIS mission readies for a new challenge

NASA is getting ready to launch a new mission, a mission to observe a largely unexplored region of the solar atmosphere that powers its dynamic million-degree outer atmosphere and drives the solar wind. In late June 2013, the Interface Region Imaging S… Continue reading

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April 24, 2013
by MoreRecycling
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New battery design could help solar and wind power the grid

Researchers have designed a low-cost, long-life battery that could enable solar and wind energy to become major suppliers to the electrical grid. Continue reading

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April 18, 2013
by MoreRecycling
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In 2011, China built as many coal plants as there are in Texas and Ohio combined

Solar and wind are growing fast – by 42% and 19% respectively during the past year – but coal has a much larger installed base, so even much lower growth represents a huge number of new dirty power plants that will pollute for decades to come. Continue reading

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March 28, 2013
by MoreRecycling
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Discovery opens door to efficiently storing and reusing renewable energy

Researchers have developed a ground-breaking way to make new affordable and efficient catalysts for converting electricity into chemical energy. Their technology opens the door to homeowners and energy companies being able to easily store and reuse sol… Continue reading

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March 18, 2013
by MoreRecycling
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Breakthrough in electricity storage: New large and powerful redox flow battery

More and more electricity is being generated from intermittent sources of power, such as solar and wind energy. Powerful electric energy storage devices are necessary to level out corresponding irregularities in the power supply. Scientists have recent… Continue reading

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March 8, 2013
by MoreRecycling
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Carbon footprint of grid-scale battery technologies calculated

Solar and wind power pose a challenge for the U.S. electrical grid, which lacks the capacity to store surplus clean electricity and deliver it on demand. Researchers are developing grid-scale storage batteries, but the fossil fuel required to build the… Continue reading

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February 22, 2013
by MoreRecycling
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NASA deciphering the mysterious math of the solar wind

The sun and its prodigious stream of solar particles, called the solar wind, can be particularly tricky to model since as the material streams to the outer reaches of the solar system it carries along its own magnetic fields. The magnetic forces add an… Continue reading

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February 20, 2013
by MoreRecycling
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Ontario might get a 400MW pumped storage station five times the height of Niagara Falls


While grid-scale liquid metal batteries might be a more exciting technology, good old pumped hydro storage is one of the ways we can store power from intermittent sources (like solar & wind) or shift supply around (from the night to peak use). Continue reading

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February 19, 2013
by MoreRecycling
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Cassini sheds light on cosmic particle accelerators

During a chance encounter with what appears to be an unusually strong blast of solar wind at Saturn, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft detected particles being accelerated to ultra-high energies. This is similar to the acceleration that takes place around dist… Continue reading

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February 7, 2013
by MoreRecycling
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NASA scientists build first-ever wide-field X-ray imager

Three NASA scientists teamed up to develop and demonstrate NASA’s first wide-field-of-view soft X-ray camera for studying “charge exchange,” a poorly understood phenomenon that occurs when the solar wind collides with Earth’s exosphere and neutral gas … Continue reading

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February 4, 2013
by MoreRecycling
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Using Solar Energy to Create Wind Power

This unique wind power solution involves using the heat of the sun to create an artificial wind to power turbines. Continue reading

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January 8, 2013
by MoreRecycling
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Cluster mission indicates turbulent eddies may warm the solar wind

The sun ejects a continuous flow of electrically charged particles and magnetic fields in the form of the solar wind — and this wind is hotter than it should be. A new study of data obtained by European Space Agency’s Cluster spacecraft may help expla… Continue reading

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January 8, 2013
by MoreRecycling
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Space sailing soon: A one-kilometer-long electric sail tether produced

An electric sail (ESAIL) produces propulsion power for a spacecraft by utilizing the solar wind. The sail features electrically charged long and thin metal tethers that interact with the solar wind. Using ultrasonic welding,engineers successfully produ… Continue reading

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February 13, 2012
by Cai Steger
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President’s Budget: A Welcome Commitment to Clean Energy and Innovation

Cai Steger, Energy Policy Analyst, New York, Center for Market Innovation
Today, the Obama Administration released its annual budget proposal, outlining  spending priorities for the upcoming year. For supporters of renewable energy… Continue reading

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July 3, 2011
by Cai Steger
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Google Shows Importance of Climate and Clean Energy Policies Alongside Innovation Investment

Cai Steger, Energy Policy Analyst, New York, Center for Market Innovation The recently released Google/McKinsey clean energy innovation study is a great way to lose a few hours (if, you know, wonky energy analyses are your thing).  In it, Google s… Continue reading

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