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This is the energy age. The first time in history we need to know and understand the systems physical and natural that sustain us.
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CAMX Power Quietly Develops 200-Mile Electric Car Battery | Xconomy

CAMX Power Quietly Develops 200-Mile Electric Car Battery | Xconomy | Energy Innovation | Scoop.it
A quiet startup called CAMX Power is developing a new cathode material it says can will enable an electric car with a 200-mile range.
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Electrification of personal transportation is major trend in sector disruption.
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SolarCity Introducing First-Of-Its-Kind “MyPower” Solar Financing Option

SolarCity Introducing First-Of-Its-Kind “MyPower” Solar Financing Option | Energy Innovation | Scoop.it
A new, first-of-its-kind solar financing option based around a combination of low upfront costs and personal ownership has just been unveiled by SolarCity.
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Market message on solar needs to focus on a systems approach The purchase is a system It includes acquiring energy distributing it and storing it.
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Here's How Electric Cars Could Help Save Utilities From A 'Death Spiral'

Here's How Electric Cars Could Help Save Utilities From A 'Death Spiral' | Energy Innovation | Scoop.it
ConsIder them mobile battery systems which tend ti be stationary for periods of time.
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Secretive Company Claims Battery Breakthrough

Secretive Company Claims Battery Breakthrough | Energy Innovation | Scoop.it
The Michigan startup Sakti3 says its solid-state cells more than double the energy density of today’s best li-ion batteries
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Solving range anxiety at an affordable price is the battery and EV holy grail. It's a big challenge with enormous potential impact.
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Explore how an EV or plug-in would perform on your commute

Explore how an EV or plug-in would perform on your commute | Energy Innovation | Scoop.it
A new tool from UC Davis helps would-be EV owners explore their options based on their own real-world commute.
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Practicable, relevant, tools can enable wiser energy decisions.
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Breakthrough Material Could Cut the Cost of Solar Energy in Half | Big Think

Breakthrough Material Could Cut the Cost of Solar Energy in Half | Big Think | Energy Innovation | Scoop.it
Glint Photonics has created a new material that, when used on photovoltaic cells can capture more energy with less infrastructure.
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Flywheel Energy Storage First Canadian Plant Opens

Flywheel Energy Storage First Canadian Plant Opens | Energy Innovation | Scoop.it
The first grid-connected energy storage facility in Canada, in the country’s leading solar province, Ontario, is now operational. The 2MW flywheel stora...
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Watch the video for a sense of the capacity of the technology. System can store or generate power, in fractions of seconds. That keeps grid in balance and saves money.
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New Aluminum-Air Battery Powered Car Travels 1,800 Miles Without a Recharge | World Future Society

New Aluminum-Air Battery Powered Car Travels 1,800 Miles Without a Recharge | World Future Society | Energy Innovation | Scoop.it
Aluminum Air battery new entrant in EV power system. Offers material change to current systems. Reduces range anxiety.
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Moon Power

Moon Power | Energy Innovation | Scoop.it
When the moon takes over from the sun, energy comes from the sea.
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Perhaps sea level rise from Climate Change, will provide an alternative platform, tidal power.
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How Some Simple Changes To Building Codes Could Revolutionize The Electric Car Market

How Some Simple Changes To Building Codes Could Revolutionize The Electric Car Market | Energy Innovation | Scoop.it
Most electric cars are already affordable and can already be plugged into a standard outlet -- we just need to get the outlets to where the cars are.
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Simple solution, plug in at home, at night. At work,during the day, if needed. Charing infrastructure is called, your garage!
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Ohmconnect Taps Nest, Tesla APIs to Pay Cash for Conserving Energy

Ohmconnect Taps Nest, Tesla APIs to Pay Cash for Conserving Energy | Energy Innovation | Scoop.it
Ohmconnect interfaces with products like the Nest, Tesla Model S and Belkin’s WeMo to earn you money by dialing back energy usage during peak hours.
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Digital  tools augment  household appliacnes to save  and earn  money. What's the ROI on Your Utility Bill.

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Cut the Cord On Your Utility? It Could Be Possible Sooner Than You Think

Cut the Cord On Your Utility? It Could Be Possible Sooner Than You Think | Energy Innovation | Scoop.it
Widespread grid defection -- the "utility death spiral" -- will occur well within the 30-year lifecycle of typical utility power assets, a new report finds.
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Distributed energy, roof-top systems, micro grid  community co-ops all have potential to disrupt the grid business model. Key issue will be regulation, as it seems, economics are  are trending  to adoption.

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100% Renewable Energy Is Feasible and Affordable, According to Stanford Proposal

100% Renewable Energy Is Feasible and Affordable, According to Stanford Proposal | Energy Innovation | Scoop.it
One of the greatest promises of the high-tech future, whether made explicitly or implicitly through shiny clean concept sketches, is that we will
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"eliminate combustion as a source of energy, because it’s dirty and inefficient." Standford study and non-profit group,says it's possible.Probably necessary too!

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A Single Breakthrough That Could Cut Costs on Solar Energy by 25%

A Single Breakthrough That Could Cut Costs on Solar Energy by 25% | Energy Innovation | Scoop.it
Costs on solar are coming down steeply, and now they're about to get even cheaper. A group of chemists at Ohio State University has invented a solar panel that stores energy without an external battery.
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Solar industry needs to market solar as an energy system. Less focus on the system elements and more on why solar is a better system
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Kiss Your Power Company Goodbye--This Killer App Can Set You Free

Kiss Your Power Company Goodbye--This Killer App Can Set You Free | Energy Innovation | Scoop.it
Solar energy is already spreading across the country, but there's a killer app that could change energy forever. -
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Becoming energy literate is first step to independence. Unsure energy companies are in sync with that.
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How EVs Could Make Solar Viable Without Subsidies

How EVs Could Make Solar Viable Without Subsidies | Energy Innovation | Scoop.it
RenewEconomy. Investment bank UBS says the addition of electric vehicles, and the proliferation of battery storage, will solve the problem of intermittency for rooftop solar and make it viable without subsidies.
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LEDs and the Third Coming of Light

LEDs and the Third Coming of Light | Energy Innovation | Scoop.it
LRD lights are into their iteration That suggests their costs are decreasing. That means adoption may increase. And because they are more efficient Utilities need to take note.
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Why Energy Efficiency is About to Come Roaring Back

Why Energy Efficiency is About to Come Roaring Back | Energy Innovation | Scoop.it
Using our energy resources more effectively should be easier than it is. Entrenched biz models are holding us back.
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Breakthrough Material Could Cut the Cost of Solar Energy in Half | Big Think

Breakthrough Material Could Cut the Cost of Solar Energy in Half | Big Think | Energy Innovation | Scoop.it
Renewable energy startup Glint Photonics has created a new material that, when used to cover photovoltaic cells on solar panels, can capture more energy with less infrastructure.
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Big Financing Deals Sparking Fuel Cell Adoption

Big Financing Deals Sparking Fuel Cell Adoption | Energy Innovation | Scoop.it
Power companies are becoming more interested in Bloom Energy’s fuel cells, while customers are asking Bloom for the PPA-style power-as-a-service deal.
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Distributed Energy needs battery backup. New financing models are emerging. Trend towards renewables needs these financing programs.
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Solar Window and Green Building Construction | Sustainable Cities Collective

Solar Window and Green Building Construction | Sustainable Cities Collective | Energy Innovation | Scoop.it
See-through windows that generate electricity are starting to attract expanded interest.
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Solar energy through the window gives new meaning to let the sun shine in!
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Tesla's Elon Musk: On Creating A 'Cool' Battery System 'With A Beautiful Cover' For Home Energy Storage

Tesla's Elon Musk: On Creating A 'Cool' Battery System 'With A Beautiful Cover' For Home Energy Storage | Energy Innovation | Scoop.it
Tesla Motors, which plans to build a giant lithium-ion battery factory, is keenly interested in the emerging energy storage market, where home and businesses owners might want to buy battery systems for backup power or for managing solar...
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Storage is missing ingredient in the renewable energy recipe. When it's added to the system elements, renewables will be a viable alternative.
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Challenges to Vehicle Electrification Come From Many Angles - CleanTechies

Challenges to Vehicle Electrification Come From Many Angles - CleanTechies | Energy Innovation | Scoop.it
Sales of electric vehicles are gradually growing in the US.  In 2012, 52,000 EV’s and plug-in hybrids were sold.  That number grew to over 95,000 in 2013 and sales during the first quarter of 2014 have outpaced the same period in 2013.  Growth is expected to continue as automakers will have to meet a fleet-wideRead More
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Investment in charging infrastructure needs to be  patient and long term, a challenge in an impatient age.

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Audi Online traffic light system helps drivers hit the green lights

Audi Online traffic light system helps drivers hit the green lights | Energy Innovation | Scoop.it
Audi is developing a system that will make never getting caught by a red light an everyday thing. The system communicates with an area's central traffic com...
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Internet of Things comes to transportation. Will in run into by law enforcement restraints.

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MIT researchers unveil battery storage system for renewables at Utility scale.

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Energy storage is  a focus of VC's  New systems are emerging . The challenge is going from lab to scale to commercialization. 

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