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Amazon Opens $2 Billion Climate Investment Fund

Amazon van at wind farm

Retailing and web services giant Amazon plans to invest $2 billion in sustainable technologies to meet the company’s goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2040. . . . → Read More: Amazon Opens $2 Billion Climate Investment Fund

Tech Industry Groups Blast Paris Accord Exit

President Trump’s decision, announced today, to withdraw from the international climate change agreement signed in 2015 received stiff rebukes from technology industry organizations. . . . → Read More: Tech Industry Groups Blast Paris Accord Exit

U.S. Energy Use Declines in 2015, Renewables Gain

(DoDLive.mil)

20 April 2016. Energy use by Americans in their homes and businesses declined in 2015 from the previous year, due to a sharp drop in coal burned for electric power, among other factors. The findings were published in an annual accounting of national energy supply and demand by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, . . . → Read More: U.S. Energy Use Declines in 2015, Renewables Gain

What it Takes to Innovate in the Old Economy

Richard van Atta (A. Kotok)

12 February 2016. Innovation is important throughout the modern economy, particularly in established industries that may lack the excitement of hot new sectors like biotechnology. A panel at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS 2016 annual meeting today (12 February) in Washington, D.C. examined . . . → Read More: What it Takes to Innovate in the Old Economy

Airborne Wind Energy Systems Company Acquired by Google

Airborne wind turbine prototype (Makani Power Inc.)

Makani Power Inc., a company in Alameda, California developing airborne wind energy systems that fly in the air like kites, was acquired by Google, according to the company’s Web site. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

The company says its wind energy system operates . . . → Read More: Airborne Wind Energy Systems Company Acquired by Google

Power Company, Research Center Partner on Wind Forecasts

(National Renewable Energy Lab)

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado and the electric utility Xcel Energy are collaborating on a new forecasting system to improve the company’s wind energy operations. Financial aspects of the two-year partnership, which continues an existing agreement between the organizations, were not disclosed.

NCAR is a . . . → Read More: Power Company, Research Center Partner on Wind Forecasts

New Type Battery Designed for Solar, Wind Grid Storage

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

Engineers at Stanford University and Stanford’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory developed a lower-cost design for long term storage of wind and solar energy on the power grid. The team led by Yi Cui, a materials science and engineering professor at Stanford and part of a joint materials and energy . . . → Read More: New Type Battery Designed for Solar, Wind Grid Storage

Americans Use More Gas and Renewables, Less Coal in 2011

(Brookhaven National Lab)

Americans used less energy overall in 2011 than in 2010 due mainly to reductions in the amount of energy wasted, along with natural gas and renewable sources increasing, and coal declining. The findings were published in an annual accounting of national energy supply and demand by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, . . . → Read More: Americans Use More Gas and Renewables, Less Coal in 2011

Renewable Power Storage, Management Modules in Development

Andreas Gutsch (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)

Systems that integrate renewable power sources with battery storage and management modules are being developed for pilot testing at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany. The first of the modular systems, with a 50 kilowatt capacity, will be constructed on the Karlsruhe campus by the end of . . . → Read More: Renewable Power Storage, Management Modules in Development

New Method Devised to Predict Distributed Grid Power

(National Renewable Energy Lab)

Computer scientists at University of Southampton in the U.K. have developed mathematical techniques that encourage accurate predictions of distributed electric power contributions to regional power grids. The work of Valentin Robu and colleagues from Southampton’s Agents, Interaction and Complexity Research Group was presented this week at the Twenty-Sixth Conference . . . → Read More: New Method Devised to Predict Distributed Grid Power