January 16, 2018

Turning Water Into Fuel

Scientists are studying how to turn seawater into fuel using a device that floats on the ocean's surface and converts solar energy into an electrical current that breaks water into oxygen and hydrogen. If it's scaled, it could potentially create a reliable, affordable source of hydrogen gas.

January 12, 2018

January 11, 2018

About Half of New U.S. Power Came from Renewables Last Year

About half of the 25 gigawatts of utility-scale electricity added to the U.S. grid in 2017 came from wind and solar, according to a new report from the Energy Information Administration. More than half of the new renewable capacity came online in the fourth quarter.

World's Best Breezes Lead to Cheapest Wind Power in Brazil

Some of the world's best breezes for generating wind power are in Serra Branca in northeast Brazil, a country with nearly 11 gigawatts of wind energy. French renewable energy company Voltalia just won contracts to build more wind farms in the area that will sell the cheapest wind power in Brazil yet.

January 10, 2018

Tesla Says Solar Roof Production Has Started in Buffalo

Tesla is now manufacturing solar roof tiles that generate electricity at its Buffalo, New York, factory. Tesla said the solar roofs will cost 10 to 15 percent less than a regular roof with traditional solar panels and will be installed on some customer rooftops in the coming months.

Could Florida Be the Next Hot Spot for Energy Storage?

One of the best new markets for renewable energy storage could be Florida, where there are few regulatory mandates, a growing market and rising interest in renewables after the 2017 hurricanes. By 2021, the state could see $230 million of investment in utility-owned battery systems, a report says.

January 9, 2018

January 8, 2018

December 20, 2017

The YouTuber Who Is Redefining Renewable Energy

Jehu Garcia has become well-known for his YouTube videos that show how to go off the grid for cheap. He's built a DIY Powerwall using recycled laptop batteries and solar panels and converted a vintage Volkswagen bus to run on an electric battery.

December 19, 2017

Solar Companies Go Door-to-Door in Battle With Tesla

Some solar companies, like Vivint Solar, remain committed to door-to-door sales as they try to compete with Tesla, which recently stopped doing them. After 16 years of growth, U.S. demand for solar is down and residential solar companies are struggling with how to market services.

What Needs to Happen Before Electric Cars Take Over the World

The electric car revolution is happening fast but there are still major hurdles that car companies are scrambling to overcome: in particular, there are not enough charging stations and electric vehicles are still more expensive than gas-powered vehicles. The auto industry is betting that both hurdles will continue to fall.

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