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UK has first coal-free power day since the Industrial Revolution

Over half of the energy comes from natural gas; another 21% is nuclear power.

Apple aims to make all its gadgets from recycled material, but...

"Closed loop supply chain" aims to reduce waste and cut down on mining.

Energy Dept. chief Perry says coal retirements threaten to destabilize the...

Renewables have "destroyed jobs" and diminished energy diversity, Perry claims.

Finally, NASA has its universe of images in one happy, searchable...

Stars.

Galaxies. Planets.

Astronauts.

But still no alien photos.

Microgrids: Energy independence (and money saved) for companies

At the end of a heavily wooded, sparse industrial park in Andover, Mass., sits the North American headquarters and R&D center for Schneider Electric, which earlier this month unveiled its own campus power microgrid.The microgrid for the global energy management conglomerate is expected to produce 520,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per year, or 10 percent of Schneider Electric’s power needs.
It’s also expected to reduce its energy costs by 20 percent.[ Control your storage requirements by eliminating data redundancy.
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Perhaps more importantly, the microgrid incorporates a natural gas generator as an anchor resource, allowing solar panels to operate during grid outages to maintain critical operations.
In the event of a power outage, a lithium-ion battery storage system would provide up to 100KW of power for an hour.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Want to make land use sustainable? It’s a wicked problem

Using Australia as a case study confirms that it’s hard to have it all.

What’s next for solar energy

A look forward to how we get to Terawatts of solar power capacity.

NASA confirms two moons in the Solar System are venting oceans...

Ocean Worlds Exploration Program could find life on icy moons in the 2020s.

The world’s two most powerful telescopes are glorious—and vulnerable

Maybe it’s the lower oxygen levels, but Mauna Kea's summit feels otherworldly.

On Venus, tectonics without the plates

Some familiar processes are active on Venus, but the results are very different.

The world spent less money to add more renewable energy than...

$241.6 billion in investment gets you 138.5 gigawatts of renewable energy

To save money, Kentucky Coal Museum turns to solar panels

Museum's 80 solar panels on the roof are expected to save approximately $8,000 per year.