Renewable Energy

Brown researchers testing new hydropower device


The prototype Water Wing—a generating device with paddles that’s being tested by Brown University researchers in moving water—has the potential to produce a kilowatt of energy, NPR reports.

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Renewable groups: ‘Clock is ticking’ on clean energy tax incentives

A coalition of more than 580 renewable energy companies, business groups and environmental advocates is urging Congress to move quickly to extend expired or expiring tax incentives, warning that failure to do so would stifle investment in low-carbon energy and risk American jobs.

In a letter sent Monday to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., the groups made the case that the credits were necessary to provide market certainty to benefit the economy and the environment.

SolarCity hails high efficiency panel success

The New York Times

SolarCity says it plans to start producing a panel with an output of 22 percent—which it touts as a 40-percent improvement in efficiency—at its Silicon Valley factory this month, The New York Times reports.

Regulators: Safety, welding problems at offshore wind farm

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The nation's first offshore wind farm has experienced safety and welding problems, and regulators are closely monitoring construction, according to the regulatory agency that issued a permit for the work.

Deepwater Wind is building a five-turbine wind farm off Block Island and began construction in July. Inspection reports about the initial weeks of construction identified "numerous" health and safety issues.

NJ lawmakers press Christie on offshore wind

NJ Spotlight

Three of New Jersey’s Democratic lawmakers – Sens. Robert Menendez and Cory Booker, alongside Rep. Frank Pallone – have written to the state’s Republican Gov. Chris Christie, urging him to get moving to implement the state’s law to promote offshore wind programs, NJ Spotlight reports.

Incentives boosting solar industry in New Hampshire


Many New Hampshire residents are installing home solar systems, encouraged by a state rebate program that ends next year, WMUR reports.

GM warns the Valley: Prepare to compete over driverless cars

MILFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Move that tiny self-driving pod out of the way.

That might as well have been the message Thursday from General Motors to Google, Apple and anyone else with designs on dominating the market for autonomous cars.

Bioweapon Defense Mode gets cheers at Tesla Model X unveiling

Business Insider

Tesla Motors chief Elon Musk ran down the extensive list of features for the $132,000 Model X SUV at the car’s unveiling Tuesday night, but some of the loudest cheers were reserved for mention of the car’s Bioweapon Defense Mode, part of its cabin air filtration system, Business Insider reports.

Chinese solar company blames short-sellers for stock trouble

BEIJING (AP) — The chairman of a troubled Chinese solar panel manufacturer has denied wrongdoing and blamed short-selling by hedge funds for a plunge in the price of its Hong Kong-traded shares.

Hanergy Thin Film Power Group Ltd. is cooperating with an investigation by Hong Kong regulators following the May 20 suspension in trading of its shares, chairman Li Hejun said in comments released Tuesday by its Chinese parent company. He urged investigators to finish their work as soon as possible.

Kansas firm has high hopes for energy saving motor

The Kansas City Star

QM Power is planning to unveil its Q-Sync energy-saving motor – backed by the Department of Energy and designed for use in commercial cooling systems – at the Food Marketing Institute’s annual trade show in San Diego this week, The Kansas City Star reports.


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