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https://phys.org/news/2019-01-fiery-sighting-physics-eruptions-fusion.html
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Physics
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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jan/27/japan-begins-work-on-worlds-largest-floating-solar-farm
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The Guardian
Electronics firm builds floating solar farm on a reservoir due to a scarcity of land for utility-scale solar in Japan
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jul/07/elon-musks-big-battery-brings-reality-crashing-into-a-post-truth-world
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The Guardian
For months, politicians and fossil fuel industry have lied about the viability of renewables. Now Tesla’s big battery in South Australia will prove them wrong
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https://www.axios.com/wirelesss-next-challenge-is-climate-change-16441370-8651-41a0-b2a1-0126228caad4.html
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Axios
Hurricanes, fires and floods mean wireless operators need to make big plans for big disasters.
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https://www.siew.gov.sg/newsroom/topics/detail/2020/08/20/scaling-up-the-mini-grid-sector-to-improve-energy-access-seforall-and-bloombergnef
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SIEW
Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) is an annual week-long energy event bringing together policy makers, industry CEOs and international organisations. The week comprises conferences, exhibitions, workshops and networking receptions that address key energy issues.
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https://www.rechargenews.com/transition/renewables-to-become-western-europes-main-power-source-by-2023-fitch-solutions/2-1-800856
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Recharge News
The analysts in their latest global renewables outlook sees the world’s non-hydro renewables capacity to double to 2.6TW by 2029
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https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/06/business/energy-environment/renewable-energy-natural-gas.html
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The New York Times
As coal declines and wind and solar energy rise, some are pushing to limit the use of natural gas, but utilities say they are not ready to do so.
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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-11-04/moth-poulsen-s-energy-trapping-molecule-could-solve-solar-storage
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Bloomberg
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https://www.forbes.com/sites/energyinnovation/2020/01/21/renewable-energy-prices-hit-record-lows-how-can-utilities-benefit-from-unstoppable-solar-and-wind/#27f2eaab2c84
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Forbes
If falling prices have made renewable energy unstoppable in the U.S., what does that mean for utilities? If the question is determined by smart policy, the answer may be financial opportunity.
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https://arstechnica.com/science/2015/08/the-solar-sunflower-harnessing-the-power-of-5000-suns/
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Arstechnica
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https://worldview.stratfor.com/article/rise-and-eventual-fall-battery-technology
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Stratfor
Some technological breakthroughs alter the constraints that define the entire global order. As battery technology becomes even more widespread, the production of lithium will change political and economic relationships across the globe. But the most interesting developments are those that move away from lithium and toward the cheaper, more abundant sodium.
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https://www.themanufacturer.com/articles/fusion-power-safe-green-and-coming-soon/
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The Manufacturer
New projects around the world are bringing us ever closer to the dream of achieving commercially viable fusion power.
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https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/energy/power/india-adds-7-3-gw-solar-energy-capacity-in-2019-report/articleshow/75449689.cms
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The Economic Times
The report covers market share and shipment rankings across the Indian solar supply chain in 2019. During the calendar year (CY) 2019, India installed 7.3 GW of solar power across the country, consolidating its position as the third-largest solar market in the world, it said.
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https://newatlas.com/energy/hb11-hydrogen-boron-fusion-clean-energy/
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New Atlas
"We are sidestepping all of the scientific challenges that have held fusion energy back for more than half a century," says the director of an Australian company whose hydrogen-boron fusion technology is working a billion times better than expected.
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https://electrek.co/2019/05/15/china-lithium-production-breakthrough/
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Electrek
The Chinese government claims a new technological breakthrough for lithium extraction pushes production prices to a record low, which could have a big effect on electric car battery costs.
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https://qz.com/1133123/batteries-cant-solve-the-worlds-biggest-energy-storage-problem-one-startup-has-a-solution/
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Quartz
Scientists believe the oldest form of life could help humans maintain our modern way of living in a zero-emission world
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https://www.tomsguide.com/us/wireless-car-battery-charging,news-28377.html
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Toms Guide
Researchers have come up with a 120-kilowatt wireless technology that can wirelessly charge a car almost as efficiently as a high-speed charger. It could lead to charging cars as they drive.
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https://www.solarpowerportal.co.uk/news/solar_forecasting_accuracy_improves_by_33_through_ai_machine_learning
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Solar Power Portal
The leading renewable energy resource for all UK solar power and feed-in tariff information.
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https://www.bbc.com/news/business-46219656
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BBC
Is much-heralded nuclear fusion finally ready to fulfil its promise of abundant energy for all?
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https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-38426389
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BBC
Could wave energy ever power the world?
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https://www.utilitydive.com/news/2019-storage-outlook-utility-procurement-will-drive-deployments-analysts/545448/
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Utility industry news and analysis for energy professionals.