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Who Should Bear the Costs of Advanced Inverters?

October 10, 2013 by Stephanie Wang
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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]

Substitution Effects Capping Future Oil Demand Growth

October 8, 2013 by Amy Myers Jaffe
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It is often said that the cure for high oil prices is high oil prices. History would argue that oil is a cyclical industry and that prices above competitive substitutes for oil invite fuel switching. Evidence is mounting that such substitution is already taking place.[read more]

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Part 3: Midwest Building World Class Tools to Spur Energy Innovation

October 7, 2013 by Matthew Stepp

Energy Innovation

As the United States clean energy economy continues to slowly grow, Chicago, and the Midwest more broadly, is taking a prominent role in accelerating its development. I sat down with two leading groups in this effort, the Clean Energy Trust, and the Energy Foundry.[read more]

Encouraging Innovation with the Energy Security Prize

October 5, 2013 by Robbie Diamond

Public policy can invest in basic research to ensure the freedom for companies to innovate and grow, and occasionally encourage the adoption of products which reduce negative externalities, but it's up to the efforts and successes of companies to sell what fuels the marketplace.[read more]

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Government Shutdown Damages U.S. Energy Innovation

October 1, 2013 by Matthew Stepp
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The federal government has officially shutdown as of midnight, October 1st 2013. While coverage of the shutdown will focus on the political circus that is fueling it and the thousands furloughed from their jobs, it is also important to note that it’s directly impacting America’s overall energy innovation capacity.[read more]

Introducing America's Power Plan (Part 1 in a Series)

September 26, 2013 by America's Power Plan

Energy and America

 

America’s Power Plan is a policy plan curated by the Energy Foundation, in partnership with Energy Innovation. The Plan taps 150 experts to develop recommendations for dealing with rapid change in the power sector on the way to a clean energy future.[read more]

Solar Energy in the Bush

September 26, 2013 by Nigel Morris
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Australia and Solar Energy

I am sorry to inform you all that I have just spent an awesome 7 days in the remote Australian outback. Although I happened to be incommunicado for a full week, I couldn’t escape solar energy and in fact, I was actually surrounded by it![read more]

The Hydrogen Economy Revisited

September 20, 2013 by Robert Rapier
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I was a critic of the original hydrogen economy as envisioned by President George W. Bush in his 2003 State of the Union address. I wrote a report identifying multiple very large technical hurdles that would have to be overcome in order to realize a hydrogen economy.[read more]

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A Train Ride Tour of Energy Innovation Across America

September 18, 2013 by Matthew Stepp

American Energy Innovation

In August, I took part in the Millennial Trains Project, a cross-country train tour of seven cities in ten days. Over a series of four articles for The Capitol Energy Report, I’ll highlight some of energy innovations and innovators I interacted with along the way.[read more]

Energy COOL: Turning Gurgling into Clean Electricity

September 13, 2013 by A Siegel
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Clean Electricity Development

Since diving into the deep end when it comes to energy issues, almost every day sees new fascinating concepts, approaches, and technologies. Fascinating, exciting, even inspiring hope at times. And, as well, as the passion builds, so many of these are truly Energy COOL.[read more]

Adding Energy Innovation to the FAIR Act

September 11, 2013 by Megan Nicholson

Innovation and the FAIR Act

In March Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mary Landrieu introduced the Fixing America’s Inequities with Revenues (FAIR) Act of 2013. Unfortunately, the bill as presented is weak, as it does not include any measures to directly support clean energy innovation with drilling revenue.[read more]

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Energy Cost Innovation, Part 3: Global Impact of Low-Cost Clean Energy

August 28, 2013 by Robert Hargraves
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Low-Cost Clean Energy Impacts

Affordable electric power is crucial to the developing world’s economies and their peoples’ prosperity. There are 3.6 billion people in the world who lack adequate energy access. And another 2 billion will require power as the world population grows in the next two decades.[read more]

New Redox Power Fuel Cell Gives Li-Ion Batteries Run For The Money

August 26, 2013 by Tina Casey
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Fuel Cell Innovation

While lithium-ion batteries are current champs of the electric vehicle market, fuel cells are beginning to come on strong. If that trend continues it raises some intriguing future scenarios, namely, fuel cells could eventually squeeze out Li-ion batteries altogether.[read more]

HyperSolar Reachs Volt Milestone In Solar Hydrogen Technology

August 22, 2013 by Antonio Pasolini
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Solar Hydrogen

HyperSolar, which develops of a new technology to produce renewable hydrogen using sunlight and any source of water, has announced that its artificial photosynthesis technology is now capable of producing 1.0 volt for use in direct solar hydrogen production.[read more]

Vestas Begins Operating Wind Industry's Largest Test Bench

August 21, 2013 by Joshua Hill

Vestas Test Bench

Measuring in at a whopping 42 metres long and 9 metres wide, Vestas’ new wind energy industry test bench is probably the most powerful test bench in the world, and has recently started operation at Vestas’ global testing centre in Aarhus, Denmark.[read more]