Renewable energy is saving lives in the US

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Report shows that renewable energy has helped prevent 12,700 deaths The proliferation of solar and wind energy has had a major impact on the health of people in the United States. According to a new study published in Nature Energy, some 12,700 premature deaths have been prevented due to the use of solar and wind power. The report also highlights the economic impact that renewable energy has had throughout the country. According to the report, billions of dollars have been saved as a result of reducing emissions by avoiding the…

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Wind energy capacity continues to expand in Minnesota

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Wind is becoming more popular in Minnesota Wind energy is growing quickly in Minnesota, according to new information from the Department of Energy. The state has been showing strong support for wind power for some time. In recent years, this support has helped Minnesota’s wind capacity increase significantly. Now, wind energy accounts for approximately 18% of all electricity generated in the state. Minnesota currently ranks seventh in the nation in terms of wind energy capacity. State’s wind energy capacity grew by 10% last year According to the Department of Energy,…

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Solar energy sector prepares for total eclipse in the US

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Eclipse will have a major impact on solar power production Several solar energy companies are preparing to suffer the impact of a total solar eclipse that will cross the United States later this month. The eclipse will make its way from Oregon to South Carolina, with the moon casting a shadow that is 70 miles wide. This will effectively halt all solar energy production along the path of the eclipse. Solar power production is expected to be cut by some 9,000 megawatts during the eclipse, which is approximately the same…

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Mazda is taking its own approach to clean vehicles

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Automaker intends to avoid battery technology and develop its own type of clean vehicles Several automakers are facing a somewhat challenging future due to the growing importance of clean transportation. Such is the case for Japanese automaker Mazda, which has been somewhat solitary in the market since Ford sold its shares in the company nearly a decade ago. Like other small automakers, Mazda is looking for ways to remain competitive in the transportation market and will have to embrace clean vehicles in order to do so. Instead of investing in…

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Solar energy company receives funding from the Department of Energy

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P4P Energy wins $1 million in funding from the SunShot Initiative P4P Energy, a company that specializes in solar energy, has won $1 million in funding from the SunShot Initiative. The initiative is part of the Department of Energy’s ongoing effort to promote clean power. Through this program, the federal government provides funding for a wide range of solar energy projects. These projects are meant to bolster the adoption of solar energy, which has become a very popular form of clean power throughout the United States. Company to use funding…

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Toyota plans to sell innovative new electric vehicles by 2022

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Toyota will be producing new electric vehicles by 2022 Japanese automaker Toyota has announced plans to begin selling long-range, fast-charging electric vehicles by 2022. The company has become heavily involved in clean transportation and intends to bring new clean vehicles to the market in the near future. Toyota intends to ensure that these vehicles appeal to consumers and plans to make these cars more efficient, less expensive, and generally more convenient for drivers. Toyota is expected to draw upon its extensive experience with clean technology to accomplish this task. New…

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Collaboration could secure the future of wind energy in Europe

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European countries will have to work together to expand wind energy capacity Europe may be able to make better use of its wind resources by spreading out its wind energy capacity rather than developing this capacity in a localized area. Climate researchers from ETH Zurich and Imperial College London suggest that this is the case. By spreading out capacity, European countries may be able to combat the intermittency problem that wind energy has experienced since its inception. In order to successfully expand capacity, however, these countries will have to work…

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Scientists develop a new, highly efficient solar cell

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New solar cell is capable of collecting nearly half of all direct sunlight it receives Scientists from the George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science have designed a new solar cell that may be one of the most efficient of its kind. The prototype solar cell is comprised of several cell stacks that are incorporated into a single device. According to researchers, the device is capable of collecting nearly all of the energy potential from the solar spectrum. Researchers note that the solar cell is capable of converting…

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Tesla to build world’s largest battery system

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New battery system will be developed by Tesla Tesla Motors has been tapped to build the world’s largest battery system. The system will be developed in South Australia and is meant to be 60% larger than other large-scale battery systems. The project is being developed with the aid of the Australian government as well as Neoen, a French renewable energy company. A portion of the electricity stored by the battery system will come from the Hordnsdale Wind Farm. Tesla expects that the battery system will be able to provide as…

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Startup launches windows capable of producing solar energy

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Physee offers another way to take advantage of solar energy A startup called Physee is looking to provide businesses and homeowners with a way to harness the power of solar energy using only their windows. The company has designed windows that are affixed with solar cells, allowing them to collect incoming sunlight and convert it into electricity. These windows are meant to help buildings become energy neutral and reduce their consumption of electricity produced through the consumption of fossil-fuels. Solar windows are already providing electricity to Rabobank Physee suggests that…

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China’s new Forest City will be covered in plants and powered by renewable energy

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Ground has been broken on an innovative new city China has broken ground on its first “forest city.” The city is being developed in the Guangxi Province. The new city will make use of renewable energy in order to be self-sufficient and it will also be covered in more than 1 million plants and host more than 40,000 trees. An estimated 10,000 tons of carbon emissions and 57 tons of other pollutants are expected to be offset by the new city due to its vast array of plant life and…

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Ontario to test the viability of hydrogen fuel cells for electric trains

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Government may use hydrogen fuel cells in order to power GO Transit network The government of Ontario, Canada, is looking to electrify its GO Transit railway network in order to promote clean transportation. The government is set to launch a feasibility study concerning hydrogen fuel cells and how they can be used to power electric trains. Fuel cells have become quite popular in the transportation space, particularly where public transit is concerned. These energy systems produce no harmful emissions and consume hydrogen in order to generate electrical power. Fuel cells…

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Renewable energy generates more electricity in the UK than coal and gas

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UK generated more electricity from renewable energy sources than from its coal and gas systems Wind, solar, and nuclear power have become the largest contributors to the United Kingdom’s energy grid. The National Grid, which oversees the country’s energy infrastructure, notes that these three forms of power have reached a new milestone. The UK has been showing strong support for renewable energy in recent years. The government has invested heavily in wind energy, specifically. The government is eager to distance itself from fossil-fuels in order to meet its environmental goals…

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Toyota and Tesla end clean transportation collaboration

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Toyota divests from Tesla in order to focus on its own clean transportation plans Toyota has announced that it has fully divested from Tesla Motors, marking the end of the collaboration between the two companies. The Japanese company was one of the first investors into Tesla and has worked with the American company for some time. The collaboration was meant to produce new technologies that could be used to make vehicles more efficient and environmentally friendly. The technical partnership ended, however, after the production of Toyota’s 2014 RAV4 electric vehicle.…

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Canada aims to develop a strategy to support clean vehicles

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Canadian government is showing more support for clean vehicles The Canadian government has announced plans to develop a strategy focused on promoting the adoption of clean vehicles. The government intends to increase the number of clean vehicles throughout the country by a significant margin. The new strategy is meant to be prepared by some point in 2018, with the government working to accomplish its clean transportation goals in the following years. The strategy will support various types of clean vehicles, including those equipped with hydrogen fuel cells. Fuel cell vehicles…

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Tucson Electric Power to purchase solar energy at a record low price

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Utility will be purchasing solar energy from a new project taking form in Arizona Tucson Electric Power has announced that it will be purchasing solar energy from a new project that produces enough electricity to power 21,000 average homes. The project combines both solar panels and energy storage solutions, ensuring that electricity is available at all times. Tucson Electric Power plans to begin purchasing electricity from the new project when it becomes fully operational at the end of 2019. The utility also plans to purchase electricity from another large wind…

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