Renewable Energy

Battery breakthroughs haven’t lived up to hype

The Washington Post

Announcements of breakthroughs in battery technology over the past ten years so far haven’t brought the revolution they’ve promised, The Washington Post reports.

Tesla, Chinese firm plan 400 charging stations

BEIJING (AP) — Tesla Motors Co. and a state-owned Chinese phone carrier announced plans Friday to build 400 charging stations for electric cars in a new bid to promote popular adoption of the technology in China.

Plans call for China Unicom Ltd. to provide space for construction and basic services in 120 cities while Tesla, based in Palo Alto, California, operates the stations. The two companies also will build 20 "supercharger stations" in 20 cities to offer high-speed charging.


Clean energy jobs return, but at reduced pace

The number of new clean energy and transportation jobs announced by developers more than doubled in the second quarter compared to first quarter of this year, to 12,500, the business group Environmental Entrepreneurs reported.

The sector rebounded after a dip in the first quarter, when about 5,600 jobs were added nationally. Still, the number for the second quarter was only about a third of the 38,600 jobs announced in the same period last year, when the renewable energy sector was surging.

Global renewables to grow despite investment slowdown: IEA

The Hill

Renewable energy will account for a quarter of the world’s power generation by 2020, the International Energy Agency predicted in a report released Thursday, which added that $1.6 trillion will be invested in the sector up to that point, according to The Hill.

California lawmakers pass clean auto measures

Los Angeles Times

The California legislature has been approving measures to encourage hybrid and electric cars, looking to back the California Air Resources Board’s goal of getting 1.5 million zero emission vehicles on the road over the next decade, the Los Angeles Times reports.

US fund in deal to build Myanmar solar plants

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A U.S investment group has signed a $480 million deal to build two solar energy plants in central Myanmar, one of the largest investments by an American firm since the easing of U.S. sanctions.

The agreement, inked by the ACO Investment Group and the Ministry of Energy, is aimed at helping ease electricity shortages in the country of 60 million, which only recently emerged from a half-century of military rule and self-imposed isolation.

US closes probe into Camry Hybrid brake problems

DETROIT (AP) — An eight-month investigation into brake problems with some older Toyota Camry gas-electric hybrids has been closed without a recall.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began the probe in January after getting complaints of malfunctions that reduced power-assisted braking in 2007 and 2008 Camry hybrids. The probe covered about 100,000 cars.

New advances reported in hydrogen, battery technologies


Stanford researchers, writing in the journal Nature Communications, say they’ve come up with an economical device to generate hydrogen from water using a single AAA battery, while Michigan company Sakti3 announced it has created a lithium ion battery with double the energy density of those commonly in use today, E&E reports.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Photo

Palen solar project highlights uncertainty about bird deaths

The debate over the number of desert birds that could be killed flying through a major proposed solar project in California shows no sign of waning, even as one of the developers has moved to counter criticism by an environmental group that has taken on new life this week.

The fight, in advance of a decision by the state on the project, shows how little is known about the impacts to birds from an emerging utility-scale solar power technology, one that both sides agree scorches birds in mid-air. The question neither can answer definitively is how often that happens.

Measure to speed California solar permits heads to Brown


The California Senate approved and sent to Governor Jerry Brown a bill to streamline the solar permit process, intended to make it easier and quicker for homeowners to get solar power installations up and running, according to


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