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May 10, 2013

Energy News: The Week in Review (Apr. 29, 2013)


Here’s a cross-section of the energy conversations that took center stage last week:

Amory Lovins was mentioned in a Greenbiz story about how new technologies are allowing electric vehicles to feed electricity back into the grid.

Bloomberg announced that Eos Energy Storage plans to test a new grid-scale energy storage system next year at a New York City Con Edison facility. The battery system is cost competitive and each battery can store 36 kilowatt-hours of energy.

Renewable Energy World reported on a new, low-cost battery design that could help wind and solar toward become bigger suppliers of renewable energy.

Greenbiz discussed how schools and the education sector are supporting the growth of environmentally sustainable buildings.

Greentech Media announced a new report on “intelligent efficiency,” or a new way of approaching energy efficiency with data analytics and comprehensive energy communications.

Science Daily revealed news about energy production from seaweed. Instead of removing seaweed from beaches and toting it to a landfill, a new invention from the University of Alicante in Spain produces renewable biomass energy.

CleanTechnica and inhabitat.com both reported on energy storage for offshore wind farms that could balance energy output from intermittent wind energy.

ClimateProgress wrote about how solar technology advancements are looking to repurpose wasted heat from sunlight-to-energy conversion to generate desalinated water and air conditioning.

The Environmental News Network reported on the $40 million the U.S. government says we can save every year by retrofitting commercial buildings to use less energy.

NBC News reported that about half of the U.S. population now believes that global climate change is affecting specific weather events such as hurricanes, record temperatures, and drought.

The New York Times’ Dot Earth blog discussed how greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are being tracked and what this means for the future.

National Geographic released a photo array featuring Bolivian lithium stores that may be mined for batteries.

GreenBuildingNews.com announced the invention of a new type of recyclable solar cell made using plant matter.

Greentech Media reported that Tom Kiernan was elected the new CEO of the American Wind Energy Association.

The Denver Business Journal announced Xcel Energy’s plans to increase the megawatts for its Solar*Rewards program that gives back to small-scale solar systems.

SustainableBusiness.com reported on a two-month-long, San Francisco-to-NYC airplane trip that is taking place: in a solar plane.

The University of California San Diego reported on new plant biology discoveries that could affect food and energy production for the earth’s growing population.

Greentech Media looked at how vehicle-to-grid (V2G) pilot programs could be leading the way to a new type of energy efficiency.

Bloomberg noted that the world’s biggest wind turbine (7 MW capacity) is being built in a harbor north of Edinburgh, Scotland. (The U.K. plans to install 5,000 wind turbines in all, making the effort the world’s biggest windpower program.)

Science Daily described the recently discovered potential of the material graphene to bring a new type of solar energy conduction to building design.

SustainableBusiness.com explained how upgrading hospitals with sustainability and recycling programs could help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Fierce Energy looked at a progressive analysis of the renewable energy industry by the REN21 conference.

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