Obama's Big Plan to Make Solar Energy More Efficient and Affordable

Earlier this month President Obama launched an ambitious plan to move states away from coal-based power and towards more renewable energy generation. Now he’s focusing on the consumer side with a suite of initiatives to help Americans collect energy at home, encourage manufacturers to make more efficient appliances,… »8/24/15 8:15pm8/24/15 8:15pm

Solar Impulse Fried its Batteries on Historic Five Day Flight

The Solar Impulse 2 trucked so hard on its record breaking, nonstop flight from Japan to Hawaii, it seems to have overheated its lithium ion batteries. The plane is now grounded for the next 2 to 3 weeks while engineers work to fix the damage and determine whether new parts will be needed to get the Impulse airborne… »7/11/15 2:00pm7/11/15 2:00pm

The US Could Run Exclusively on Renewable Energy By 2050

There are many things holding up the US’s move towards renewable energy, but one of those things is not science: We already have all the technology we need to make this happen. A new study claims that a completely clean energy future is possible by 2050, and it plots roadmaps for all 50 states to achieve this goal. »6/10/15 5:00pm6/10/15 5:00pm

Everything You Need to Know About Tesla's New Household Batteries

Tesla unveiled a new product line at its design studio in LA tonight. It’s called Tesla Energy and it’s a suite of batteries for homes and for businesses. The existence of the batteries has been one of the worst kept secrets of all time. But we are here at the announcement event and finally have some details. And… »5/01/15 9:15am5/01/15 9:15am

California Farmers Without Water Are Installing Solar Panels Instead

Due to the unprecedented drought, many of California’s farmers won’t be allocated any water this year, thanks to the way that the state’s water rights work. But what actually happens to the farms that don’t get water? Some of the farmers are ditching produce altogether for a more profitable alternative to… »4/27/15 6:49pm4/27/15 6:49pm

Tesla's New Battery Could Solve One of Solar Power's Biggest Problems

So far, specific details are thin on the new battery designed for home use that Tesla’s announcing next week. But just based on what we do know, it’s a pretty big deal. The quest for a good battery that can store home-generated power is kind of like the holy grail for a renewable energy future. This one product might… »4/23/15 9:45am4/23/15 9:45am

Tesla's Next Big Product Is Coming On April 30: Batteries

When Elon Musk makes his next big announcement later this month he won’t be joined by an electric car or a space-bound capsule. Tesla will finally be passing along details on its long-awaited batteries designed for home use, plus a “utility-scale” battery as well—both of which will likely be manufactured in its new… »4/22/15 10:12am4/22/15 10:12am

Your City's Next Power Plant Could Be an Incredible Art Installation

As anyone who's ever driven by farm of wind turbines or a glittering solar plant knows, the infrastructure that powers our lives actually tends to be pretty stunning. But for a variety of reasons, it also tends to be pretty remote. If clean energy plants doubled as great public art, would be care about them more? »10/06/14 9:20am10/06/14 9:20am

UMich VIVACE Hydropower System Makes Energy From Slow Currents

A new hydropower prototype from the University of Michigan could end up using even slower river and ocean currents to generate energy. VIVACE, which stands for Vortex Induced Vibrations for Aquatic Clean Energy, can generate power from as little as 2 knots, making it more useful than most turbine and water mill… »11/26/08 4:30am11/26/08 4:30am