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The MIT C-MOD Fusion Reactor Project

MIT has been developing a small fusion reactor prototype, three of which could power the City of Boston if they were fully built.

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Panasonic to invest $1.6B in Tesla's Gigafactory

Longtime Tesla battery partner Panasonic said it will spend up to $1.6 billion on the lithium-ion battery Gigafactory in the hopes it can cement its future in automotive electronics.

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MIT wearable tech gives 'power walk' a whole new meaning

Today's wearable devices are often used to track exercise and fitness, but what if those very actions served to power the devices as well? That could soon be possible thanks to new research from MIT.

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Salesforce backs new wind farm in 12-year renewable-energy deal

A few months ago Salesforce committed to a goal of eventually powering its global operations entirely with renewable energy, and on Monday it took a key step in that direction by signing a 12-year agreement to back a brand-new wind...

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In surprise move, Congress extends renewable energy tax credit

Congress today approved a five-year extension of a renewable energy investment tax credit that had been set to expire in 2016. Analysts believe solar and wind projects will now expand to create enough power more than 8 million...

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Renewable energy passes the 50 percent mark for new U.S. electricity capacity

Fifty-four percent of all new electrical capacity installed in the U.S. last year came from renewable sources.

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Ford to add 13 electric vehicles to its lineup

The car-maker will invest additional $4.5 billion in electric vehicles by 2020, when, it says, some 40% of its vehicles will have EV models.

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San Jose gets SmartPoles with LTE, LED lights and energy meters

San Jose, Calif. has begun installing 50 SmartPoles that integrate LTE wireless with LED street lighting.

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Google announces massive clean energy purchase

In the same week that President Obama, Bill Gates and others at the Paris Climate Change talks committed to more clean energy research, Google announced it will purchase 842 million watts of clean energy around the globe.

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Obama and Bill Gates tout plans to double clean energy research spending

At the U.N. Climate Summit today, President Obama announced the U.S. will join 19 other nations and 28 leading tech innovators and commit to doubling investments in research toward clean energy.

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Amazon to build massive wind farm to power web services

Amazon is building a 100-megawatt wind farm in Ohio to power its cloud service centers.

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Extreme tech positions of the presidential candidates

This is an election where extreme positions have become the norm, and the implications for science and technology may be huge. These emerging proposals, the ones with the most impact on technology, deserve attention. Here's a look at...

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Daimler to recycle electric car batteries for massive energy storage systems

Daimler AG plans to take old lithium-ion EV batteries and transform them into power storage systems for businesses and homes, enabling renewable energy systems to store electrical capacity for use off-hours.

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U.S. a top destination for solar panel manufacturers

The U.S. is among the top nations for manufacturers of solar panels because of its high domestic demand and its ease of access global markets.

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VW to focus on hybrids and electric cars, will revamp diesels

After being exposed for cheating emissions tests through embedded software, VW announced a new strategy to focus on all-electric vehicles and installing more traditional emissions control systems in diesels.

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Tesla’s batteries to power two dozen Calif. office buildings

A California real estate developer has announced plans to create "a fleet" of hybrid-electric buildings powered by state-of-the-art energy storage systems from Tesla Energy.

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Panasonic surpasses SolarCity with world's most efficient solar panel

Panasonic has achieved a new record for energy conversion in a photovoltaic panel, squeaking by SolarCity, which announced its own record last week.

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SolarCity claims it has created the world's most powerful solar panel

Solar City said it has created a photovoltaic panel capable of 22% efficiency, 7 percentage points higher than average solar panels.

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