Posts tagged: United States Department of Energy

This air-breathing solar panel stores its own electricity, cutting the cost of solar power significantly

By Sebastian Anthony It’s a solar cell! No… it’s a rechargeable lithium-air battery! No… wait… it’s both: It’s the world’s first all-in-one solar battery! The new device, developed by Ohio State University, is essentially an air-breathing lithium battery that recharges via a built-in solar cell. This is significant, because one of the biggest problems with […]

New study finds price of wind energy in US at an all-time low

“Wind energy prices—particularly in the central United States— are at an all-time low, with utilities selecting wind as the low cost option,” Berkeley Lab Staff Scientist Ryan Wiser said. “This is especially notable because, enabled by technology advancements, wind projects have increasingly been built in lower wind speed areas.” Key findings from the U.S. Department […]

Oak Ridge first EPA green power community in Southeast

KNOXVILLE—The Tennessee Valley Authority has been recognized as a Top 10 utility leader in green power program sales, and Oak Ridge has been designated the first Green Power Community in the Southeast by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. TVA was recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. In the first NREL Top 10 ranking […]

Google Aims To “Fundamentally Change the World of Power”

According to sources familiar with the company, Google has set its sights on transforming the delivery of electrons. Brian Womack and Mark Chediak, Bloomberg SAN FRANCISCO — Google Inc. plans a deeper push into the $363.7 billion U.S. power-sales market by working on tools that help utilities deliver electricity to homes and businesses more efficiently, […]

Going organic: A cheaper, better way to store renewable energy

By Amanda Aubuchon With one fifth of the world’s population off the grid by circumstance as opposed to choice, reliable and inexpensive access to solar and wind energy is the key to keeping the lights on in an increasing number of places. But ‘Mother Nature’ is moody and often petulant. The sun doesn’t always shine […]