energy innovation

Tesla Shifts Gears to Enter Utility Industry

March 9, 2014 by Sarah Battaglia

After its launch in 2003, Tesla Motors quickly became a force to be reckoned with. With the tremendous success of the Roadster and the Model S, Tesla became known for its impressive technology in energy efficient vehicles. Now it is attempting to become a major player in energy efficient homes.[read more]

Will Batteries Be a Defining Technology Achievement in this Decade?

March 4, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

The 20th century was a time of extraordinary growth and change. In the first half of that century, relatively new technologies like electricity and telecommunications indelibly altered every aspect of life. In the latter half of the 20th century, computers radically reshaped work and play.[read more]

The Importance of Innovation to the Nuclear Industry

February 13, 2014 by Milton Caplan

Innovation and Nuclear Energy

A comment caught my attention at a recent nuclear industry event. The comment was that a hi-profile agency with a mandate to do research in advanced technology across industries had no interest in attending any events to learn more about nuclear power, because “nuclear is not innovative.”[read more]

Study: Wind Energy Needs Controls to Minimize Risk of Instability on the Grid

January 4, 2014 by Christina Nunez

The location of a wind farm can play a key role in the potential for wind energy to add or detract from stability on the electric grid, according to researchers at North Carolina State University and Johns Hopkins University.[read more]

Giant Gleaming Eggs Will Help Solve Urban Water, Energy and Waste Problems

January 3, 2014 by Tina Casey

Giant Eggs Solve Problems

Cities are takers: taking in energy and resources, while dumping out mountains of garbage and oceans of polluted wastewater. But take a look at the gigantic egg-shaped structures that dominate New York City’s Newtown Creek wastewater treatment plant, and you’re looking at a sustainable future.[read more]

Top Clean Energy and Climate Breakthroughs in 2013

December 24, 2013 by Frances Beinecke

In cities and state capitols, businesses and federal agencies, people around the country embraced effective ways to reduce global warming pollution. They expanded wind and solar power. They designed innovative ways to use energy more efficiently.[read more]

BLM Should Re-Think its Failed Solar Auction to Drive Innovation

December 13, 2013 by Megan Nicholson

Solar Auctions and the BLM

Last month the Department of Interior (DOI) Bureau of Land Management (BLM) held its first competitive auction for commercial solar development on public lands, offering three parcels for lease with a collective acreage of 3,700 in the San Luis Valley of Colorado.[read more]

Energy Innovation: 6 Radical Solar Energy Technologies

November 16, 2013 by Yoni Binstock

Solar Innovation

The U.S. Department of Energy has set a goal of reaching less than $1 a watt for complete installed solar systems by 2020. Reaching $1/watt would bring the cost of solar power to six cents/kWh, which would allow solar to grow without any subsidies.[read more]

Massachusetts Sets Itself Apart As Global Clean Energy Hub

November 5, 2013 by Jake Rozmaryn

Massachusetts and Clean Energy

Massachusetts, a state filled with top-tier universities, is known for its entrepreneurial vision, history of innovation and spawning scientific advances. The technological gains have spread to the clean energy sector and helped expand the industry.[read more]

Record Breaking Solar Cell Efficiency From A 'Perfect Crystal'

November 2, 2013 by Tina Casey

Solar Cell Breakthrough

Gallium is already on its way to becoming the workhorse of the solar tech field, and now a team of US scientists has hit upon an improved method for growing indium gallium nitride crystals that could lead to record-breaking solar cell efficiency.[read more]


Does Thorium Deserve a Role in Next-Generation Nuclear Energy?

November 1, 2013 by Jim Pierobon

Thorium and Next-Gen Nuclear

The advantages of thorium and liquid-fueled reactors deserve to be researched and developed in ways that would tackle climate challenges while sustaining and expanding a valuable industry. That's what China, India, Norway, South Korea, South Africa and other nations seem to have in mind.[read more]

$60 Million More For Low Cost Solar Energy

October 29, 2013 by Tina Casey

Investment and Low Cost Solar

The cost of solar energy has already plunged a whopping 70 percent in just three years, and it is set to dive right off the charts. The Department of Energy has just announced new grants from the funding program that has been the driving force behind this success, the SunShot Initiative.[read more]

Solar Cell Efficiency Breakthrough Achieved By Channeling LEGO

October 27, 2013 by Tina Casey

LEGO and Solar Energy

Aluminum has been popping up all over the sustainable tech field, and in the latest development, an international research team has demonstrated that a nanoscale LEGO-style array of aluminum studs can improve solar cell efficiency by up to 22 percent.[read more]

Innovation Before Carbon Pricing

October 14, 2013 by Alex Trembath

Carbon taxes are in vogue. Economists’ predilection for price signals as the universal solution has fused with environmentalists’ impulse to punish Big Oil and Big Coal to make carbon taxes the darling of the climate change debate.[read more]

Who Should Bear the Costs of Advanced Inverters?

October 10, 2013 by Stephanie Wang

Advanced Inverters and Solar

Advanced inverters will soon be required for distributed solar generators across the country. While there is clear recognition that advanced inverters offer grid benefits, how to fairly allocate the costs involved with them is a topic of hot debate.[read more]