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Wave concentrator helps capture renewable energy from the sea

Wave concentrator helps capture renewable energy from the sea

Sep 24, 2018 United States
A new device that can triple the amplitude of a water wave by concentrating it into a small, shallow space has been unveiled by researchers in China and the US.
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IDTechEx TVDownshifting light energy to create more efficient smart glass

Downshifting light energy to create more efficient smart glass

Sep 21, 2018
IDTechEx visit the UbiQD exhibit at the IDTechEx Show! Europe 2018 to discuss their down shifting high energy light sources allowing for better energy absorption through their solar cells due to the altered wavelengths.
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Smart Materials Replace Components in a Box:Billion Dollar Opportunity

Smart Materials Replace Components in a Box:Billion Dollar Opportunity

Sep 21, 2018 Worldwide
It is a technological megatrend providing billion dollar business opportunities. The unique new IDTechEx Research report "Smart Materials as Structural Electronics and Electrics 2019-2029" explains how structural materials can be electronically, electrically, mechanically, magnetically and optically smart nowadays.
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Verdant Power secures $6 million funding for tidal power system

Verdant Power secures $6 million funding for tidal power system

Sep 21, 2018 United States
Verdant Power has received $6 million in funding for the next phase of its program to advance the development of the Company's tidal power system in New York.
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TactoTek and Structural Electronics

TactoTek and Structural Electronics

Sep 20, 2018
This article concerns TactoTek in Oulu Finland and how its technologies can scale up and create billion dollar businesses.
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Lego-style solar panels to smash energy bills

Lego-style solar panels to smash energy bills

Sep 20, 2018 United Kingdom
Ready-made snap-together solar panels that turn waste heat into hot water are being developed at Brunel University London in a £10 million sustainable energy scheme starting next month.
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Nanoparticles for improving smart-window energy efficiency

Nanoparticles for improving smart-window energy efficiency

Sep 19, 2018 United States
U.S. buildings leak an estimated 30 percent of their energy through inefficient windows, costing consumers an estimated $42 billion annually. But that could begin to change if efforts are successful in commercializing a patented new process for synthesizing vanadium dioxide nanoparticles that makes manufacturing energy-efficient ​"smart windows" economical.
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Multifunctionality is the future for polymer composites

Multifunctionality is the future for polymer composites

Sep 18, 2018
The key next iteration for fiber reinforced polymer products will be the concept of multifunctionality. This is the idea of making a structural part carry out additional role(s) beyond their current primary mechanical task - the market for smart composite material is forecast to exceed 5 kilotons by 2029.
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Mitsubishi Corporation to invest in distributed power supply project

Mitsubishi Corporation to invest in distributed power supply project

Sep 18, 2018 Worldwide
Mitsubishi Corporation is to invest in NEoT Offgrid Africa, an investment platform focused on developing distributed renewable energy projects in Africa.
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Raynergy new world record on certified PCE 13.28% single junction OPV

Raynergy new world record on certified PCE 13.28% single junction OPV

Sep 18, 2018 Taiwan
The 13.28% efficiency was independently confirmed by Newport PV laboratory, a recognized center for verification of solar cell results under standard testing conditions in August 2018.
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Hybrid diesel + battery power generators

Hybrid diesel + battery power generators

Sep 17, 2018
Diesel generator sets are noisy and polluting; reducing or limiting their use is beneficial for both human health and the environment. Despite this, their ability to provide reliable and weather independent power around the clock means that they are unlikely to be completely eliminated any time soon. Hybridisation of diesel generator sets through the integration of photovoltaics and/or battery storage presents an excellent opportunity to change…
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Exciting East African energy projects in progress

Exciting East African energy projects in progress

Sep 17, 2018 Worldwide
Energy project developers and investors in East Africa are all talking about the huge impact that mini grids and off grid power projects can make as the region plays catch-up in its generation capacity.
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Massive solar and wind farms could bring vegetation back to the Sahara

Massive solar and wind farms could bring vegetation back to the Sahara

Sep 14, 2018 Worldwide
Switching from fossil fuels to renewable energy is an important and necessary step towards averting climate change. However, in our efforts to go green, we also need to be mindful of other consequences, both intended and unintended - and that includes how a mass deployment of renewable technology might affect its surrounding climate.
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Massless Energy: Structure Becomes Lighter

Massless Energy: Structure Becomes Lighter

Sep 13, 2018
This is a technological megatrend. Dumb load-bearing metal structures move to plastic and composite and incorporate energy harvesting and storage material - massless energy. Indeed you could call some of it negative mass energy. Goodbye components-in-a-box.
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World's largest offshore wind farm officially unveiled

World's largest offshore wind farm officially unveiled

Sep 13, 2018 United Kingdom
The world's largest operational offshore wind farm, Walney Extension, has been officially opened.
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South Australia unveils details of $100 million battery scheme

South Australia unveils details of $100 million battery scheme

Sep 13, 2018 Australia
From October this year, 40,000 South Australian households will have access to $100 million in State Government subsidies to pay for the installation of home battery systems.
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Ballard Power Systems

Ballard Power Systems

Sep 12, 2018
Ballard Power Systems is a developer and supplier of hydrogen fuel cells for automotive and backup power applications.
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IDTechEx TVOmnidirectional wind turbine wins Dyson Award

Omnidirectional wind turbine wins Dyson Award

Sep 12, 2018 United Kingdom
A truly-omnidirectional, single-axis wind turbine especially suitable for apartment buildings facing chaotic winds in urban environments.
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Webinar Thursday 20 September - Smart City Opportunities

Webinar Thursday 20 September - Smart City Opportunities

Sep 12, 2018 Worldwide
IDTechEx will be hosting a free webinar on Thursday 20 September titled Smart City Opportunities.
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Off grid small nuclear power

Off grid small nuclear power

Sep 11, 2018 Worldwide
Nuclear industry leaders have outlined the concrete steps they are taking to help reach the goal of the Harmony initiative - to achieve a 25% share of world electricity production by 2050 through the addition of 1000 GWe of new capacity. Launched three years ago, Harmony encompasses three objectives - a level playing field for all clean-energy sources of electricity, harmonised regulatory processes, and an effective safety paradigm.
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Energy storage required for California to reach zero-emission goal

Energy storage required for California to reach zero-emission goal

Sep 11, 2018 United States
The California Energy Storage Alliance applauds the California State Legislature for passing landmark Senate Bill (SB) 100, making California the largest US state to set such an aggressive zero-emission electricity target.