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Energy News: 'Nodes and Connections' - How Solar-Plus-Storage Could Be a Game Changer

Advanced energy is an industry full of innovative technologies. This week it’s time for energy storage to shine—and we mean that literally. At the top of the news this week is energy storage systems paired with small-scale solar installations, creating mini-microgrids. read more

New ‘Space Trash’ Laser May Tidy Up Earth’s Orbit

A new combination telescope-laser is currently in development, to combat the growing issue of space trash - debris released into Earth’s orbit from human activities in the solar system.

Crash Course Astronomy: Mercury

Quick: What’s the hottest planet in the solar system? You might think Mercury, because it’s the closest to the Sun. But in fact, it’s not! Venus is hotter due to its runaway greenhouse effect. But that’s not to say Mercury isn’t loaded with astronomical goodness. Show More Summary

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft sends back the best ever images of dwarf planet Ceres

When you think of the planets and planet-like things in the solar system, you probably think of the eight official ones and maybe toss in Pluto for good measure. What about the other […]

Greening the Tea Party

The solar-energy business is booming. The average cost of installing solar panels has dropped by half since 2010, and a new solar electric system is now installed somewhere in the United States every four minutes. The growth extendsShow More Summary

Thermodynamic Geoengineereing: The Fourth Way

Geoengineering is the deliberate and large-scale intervention in the Earth’s climatic system with the aim of reducing global warming. It is most often thought of in terms of carbon dioxide removal or solar radiation management but another approach sits in the cooling of ocean surface waters. read more

Energy Storage Emerges as Key to Solar Growth

Recipients of Bloomberg New Energy Finance's 'Energy Pioneer' awards, Greensmith and Stem are pioneering the use of intelligent energy storage systems in the U.S. Integrating diverse renewable and conventional energy generation and advanced energy storage systems, the companies are paving the way toward a smarter, cleaner and more cost-effective energy future.

Germany’s iPLON Enters India’s Solar Power Market With Supply Contract From Welspun

Welspun Renewables Energy Limited, a subsidiary of one of the leading Indian solar power developer has signed a deal with German-based iPLON for supply of automation systems for the former’s upcoming portfolio of 550 MW solar PV projects. Show More Summary

How the US solar giants could take down Australian utilities

Led by SunEdison, US solar giants might drive the next round of solar panel take-up in Australia, which will be solar leasing and solar finance products. But to really make it work, they'll need to upsell to $30,000-plus systems.

How Europe’s Power Grid Handled the Solar Eclipse

Originally published on Several months in advance of the March 20, 2015, total solar eclipse, the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) began evaluating the risk to Europe’s power grid. Show More Summary

Wall Street's grid agreement: solar and batteries are coming

Whether it's grid-connected solar plus batteries or off-grid systems, to see where the grid is heading you must follow the money. And by that measure, the banks are speaking loudly.

NASA’s New Horizons sends back its first color image of Pluto and Charon

3 days agoHealth : The Checkup

In July, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will make its closest pass of Pluto, giving us a look at a whole new class of planet in a little-known region of our solar system. It still has millions and millions of miles left to go, but on...Show More Summary

Rosetta mission leads to new questions about solar system formation

Rosetta's trip to a comet might make scientists second guess the idea that magnetic fields led to the formation of planets.

Rosetta offers clues into formation of solar system

3 days agoTechnology : Tech Talk

The comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is raising doubts about a leading theory on how comets, asteroids and planets came to be

OutBack Power Technologies Unveils New Energy Storage Incentive Program For Solar Installers

The noted off-grid power solutions manufacturer OutBack Power Technologies just unveiled a new energy storage incentives program — dubbed SystemEdge — aimed at spurring solar installers to integrate energy storage systems into their offerings. Show More Summary

Inside Eddie Bravo's 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu

Photos by Nick Wong According to ancient Sumerian text (at least ancient Sumerian text interpreted by Zecharia Sitchin), there is a 10 th planet in our solar system called Nibiru. On this planet exists a species called the Anunnaki, an advanced race of super beings that are more or less responsible for creating everything on earth known to humankind. Show More Summary

Violent Methane Storms on Titan May Solve Dune Direction Mystery

Titan, Saturn's largest moon, is among the most Earthlike places in the solar system. As the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft examines Titan, its discoveries bring new mysteries. One of these is that the seemingly wind-created sand dunes spotted near the moon's equator point one direction, but the near-surface winds point another direction. Astronomers may have solved this mystery.

Violent methane storms on Titan may solve dune direction mystery

With its thick, hazy atmosphere and surface rivers, mountains, lakes and dunes, Titan, Saturn's largest moon, is one of the most Earthlike places in the solar system. As the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft examines Titan over many years, its discoveries bring new mysteries. Show More Summary

Kelly: Ground squirrels may have something to teach us about space travel

If humans ever leave this solar system to explore distant stars, it may be thanks, in part, to the tiny pioneers in Dana Merriman’s lab on the campus of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. They are squirrels, a species known as 13-lined ground squirrels, to be exact. Read full article >>

DG Solar: How Utilities Can Create Shareholder Value

The grid has not changed that much in decades and the need for more renewable generating capacity is a given. At least among reasonable adults. So we have to design a new system that either wholly accommodates a two way transfer of energy and/or embraces distributed generation. read more

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