energy

Nest Renew uses Energy Shift to put focus on a clean future

Nest Renew uses Energy Shift to put focus on a clean future

A new service called Nest Renew is being released on a by-invite basis in the United States. Nest Renew is a service that combines existing Nest thermostat programs with new elements to allow users to "play a part in the fight against climate change." This service works with intelligent automation, user education tools, renewable generation support, and nonprofit funding focused on clean energy equity.

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Microsupercapacitor project packs AAA battery voltage into a speck of ‘dust’

Microsupercapacitor project packs AAA battery voltage into a speck of ‘dust’

Researchers have managed to pack the same amount of voltage found in a AAA battery cell into a microsupercapacitor as small as a speck of dust. This is the first time such an achievement has been reported, paving the way for tiny energy storage systems that can be safely embedded in the human body for biomedical gadgets and treatments.

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Samsung SmartThings Energy can monitor your power consumption

Samsung SmartThings Energy can monitor your power consumption

Global conditions seem to be conspiring to make us use up more energy these days. The COVID-19 pandemic forced many people to stay at home, consuming more electricity to while away the days. Unusual and extreme weather conditions are also forcing many to fire up their heating or air conditioning more often than usual. In addition to increasing power consumption and carbon footprint, these scenarios also result increased electricity bills. In light of that, Samsung's new SmartThings Energy service wants to help customers reduce their expenses, and it starts by simply knowing how much energy you're using in the first place.

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US gov removes major residential solar power hurdle in green tech push

US gov removes major residential solar power hurdle in green tech push

Climate change concerns combined with the growing availability and affordability of green tech have driven many consumers to explore solar-powered home energy systems, including solar panels that can be installed on one's roof. The Department of Energy has announced a new fast-track tool that is designed to help get consumers automatic permits to install residential solar panels, making the entire process easier.

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Huge 800 megawatt offshore wind farm gets Biden go-ahead for US

Huge 800 megawatt offshore wind farm gets Biden go-ahead for US

A huge offshore wind turbine farm has been given the go-ahead by President Biden, the first major wind project of its type in US waters. The approval means Vineyard Wind will be able to install up to 84 turbines off the coast of Massachusetts, with the potential to supply enough power to keep 400,000 homes and businesses on green energy.

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Alphabet’s X moonshot division wants to bring AI to the electric grid

Alphabet’s X moonshot division wants to bring AI to the electric grid

Google parent Alphabet has been working on "a moonshot" for the electric grid, with a secret project in its X R&D division aiming to figure out how to make power use more stable, and more green, than it is today. The research, revealed at the White House Leaders Summit on Climate, has been underway for the past three years.

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Tesla is secretly preparing to switch on a huge mega battery in Texas

Tesla is secretly preparing to switch on a huge mega battery in Texas

Tesla has secretly constructed a huge battery facility in Texas, part of what appears to be an attempt to add power storage to the state pummeled with bad weather in February. Texas' electric grid was reportedly hours from collapse at one point, as freezing temperatures saw electricity demand soar and rolling outages take vast swathes of the state offline for days.

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Denmark reveals audacious artificial “energy island” to replace gas and oil

Denmark reveals audacious artificial “energy island” to replace gas and oil

The world's first artificial wind energy hub, a floating man-made island focused on generating and storing green power, will be built in the North Sea, Denmark has announced today. The project, led by the Danish Energy Agency which is part of the country's Ministry of Climate, Energy, and Utilities, will eventually be capable of providing enough power for 10 million European households, it's claimed.

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KSTAR fusion reactor sets a record for high-temperature plasma duration

KSTAR fusion reactor sets a record for high-temperature plasma duration

KSTAR, or the Korean Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research, reactor is a superconducting fusion device called the Korean artificial sun. KSTAR has set a new world record for maintaining the high-temperature plasma for 20 seconds, reaching an ion temperature of over 100 million degrees Celsius. Scientists working on the project are now aiming to continuously operate high-temperature plasma over 100 million degrees for 300 seconds by 2025.

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Engineers developed a method to convert natural gas into a solid

Engineers developed a method to convert natural gas into a solid

Engineers at the National University of Singapore have developed a new method of converting natural gas into a solid form that allows it to be stored and transported more easily and safely. Converting the material from a gas into a solid requires only 15 minutes and uses a low-toxicity mixture. The new conversion method is a big deal because while many countries around the world are pushing to eliminate fossil fuels, natural gas is still heavily used in most of the world.

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Microsoft Azure datacenter servers ran on hydrogen fuel for 2 days

Microsoft Azure datacenter servers ran on hydrogen fuel for 2 days

It wouldn't be surprising to discover if the world's energy consumption significantly spiked this year due to the abrupt change in lifestyles and working conditions. At the same time, restrictions in movement and travel may have made traditional energy sources like diesel and fossil fuel more difficult to process, maintain, and even transport. The need for accessible sustainable energy is becoming even more important and Microsoft has just tested one such solution on one of the world's biggest consumers of power: datacenter servers.

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Makani and its energy kites are parting ways with Alphabet

Makani and its energy kites are parting ways with Alphabet

Google, and now parent company Alphabet, is often known for a place where dreams are made. The flip side of that coin is that it is also sometimes a place where those dreams are buried. Notorious for axing even expensive projects, Google and Alphabet regularly shut down things that no longer seem viable, especially from a commercial perspective. The latest to be given that treatment is wind power company Makani but, fortunately, the story doesn't end on a completely sad note.

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