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US solar roadmap makes Biden’s surprisingly bright predictions for 2035

US solar roadmap makes Biden’s surprisingly bright predictions for 2035

Close to half of America's electricity needs could be handled by clean solar energy by 2035, the US Department of Energy has concluded, as the Biden Administration looks to ways to trim emissions without increasing the costs of power. A focus on solar power has been key to that strategy, but even record-setting installations so far have been a relative drop in the ocean compared to the sort of solar farms required to ween America off its fossil fuel dependence.

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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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Ford’s F-150 Lightning could end America’s addiction to the grid

Ford’s F-150 Lightning could end America’s addiction to the grid

With a 0-60 mph time expected in the mid-4.5-seconds, the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning certainly won't be slow. Still, what could end up persuading truck buyers to give the electric pickup a chance might be how useful it is when it's standing still.

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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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Biden reveals audacious offshore wind power plan for 2030 and beyond

Biden reveals audacious offshore wind power plan for 2030 and beyond

The Biden Administration is encouraging a huge investment into wind power, setting aggressive 2030 targets for offshore wind turbines that should see thousands installed in US waters. The goal, President Biden announced today, is to have 30 Gigawatts - or 30,000 megawatts - of offshore wind power generation deployed by the end of the decade.

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Researchers create a wearable microgrid to power gadgets

Researchers create a wearable microgrid to power gadgets

One of the biggest challenges that electronics manufacturers face today is continually increasing the power and capability of wearable devices while maintaining adequate battery life. Engineers from the University of California San Diego have developed what they call a "wearable microgrid" to power small electronics. The microgrid harvests and stores energy from the human body.

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POC adds Powerfoyle solar-power tech to bike helmet

POC adds Powerfoyle solar-power tech to bike helmet

The folks at POC revealed a new sort of bike helmet this week - one with a solar panel. This new bicycle helmet has a red light at its base (at the back) and obtains power from the sun's friendly rays. This is only the latest in a collection of collaborations between POC and companies that bring advanced tech to the classic helmet line.

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Denmark to construct an energy hub in the North Sea

Denmark to construct an energy hub in the North Sea

Denmark has announced an agreement for the construction of an energy hub in the North Sea. It will construct the energy hub on an artificial island 80 kilometers from the shore of the peninsula Jutland. The artificial island will be owned by a public-private partnership to strengthen the integration of Europe's power grids and increase renewable energy production as Europe reaches for climate neutrality.

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Researchers take steps towards a new energy storage device

Researchers take steps towards a new energy storage device

Researchers from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) have taken steps towards developing a new energy storage device. The device is a hybrid supercapacitor designed to offer optimized capabilities when it comes to energy storage. Typically in electronic devices, energy storage uses batteries or supercapacitors that have their strengths and limitations.

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Goal Zero Yeti 6000X battery is Powerwall alternative you can take with you

Goal Zero Yeti 6000X battery is Powerwall alternative you can take with you

Goal Zero has unveiled its latest - and largest - power bank, with the Yeti 6000X packing a vast battery that's up to the challenge of keeping a cabin or campsite running off the grid or in a power outage. Aiming to sweep up big battery buyers who might otherwise be swayed by a Tesla Powerwall or other fixed backup power supply, it's capable of being charged via solar panels or a regular wall outlet.

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Despite what you’ve heard about the 5G iPhone 12, here’s the battery truth

Despite what you’ve heard about the 5G iPhone 12, here’s the battery truth

An iPhone 12 teardown revealed the truth about the battery capacity of the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro. Early reviews of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro suggested issues with the battery life and/or potential capacity of the batteries inside. As we were to discover for the first time with some hard evidence in teardown form today, both the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro have precisely the same size (capacity) battery inside.

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Researchers prove lithium-ion battery alternatives have real x3 potential

Researchers prove lithium-ion battery alternatives have real x3 potential

A study published this week showed experimental evidence that batteries of the future might very well have double or triple the power capacity available in standard lithium-ion batteries today. This could eventually lead to smartphones with batteries that allow you to go without a recharge for several days at a time. It could also mean that phone batteries will last just as long as they do now, but with a smaller footprint, allowing innovative new uses of the extra space.

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