Berkeley Lab’s Latest “Utility-Scale Solar” Report Analyzes Record Deployment & Higher Value in 2021

Credit to Author: Guest Contributor| Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2022 12:00:31 +0000

We are pleased to release the 2022 edition of Berkeley Lab’s Utility-Scale Solar report, which presents analysis of empirical plant-level data from the U.S. fleet of ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV), PV+battery, and concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP) plants with capacities exceeding 5 MWAC. While focused on key developments in 2021, this report explores trends in deployment, technology, capital […]

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Can Meteorological Models Correctly Characterize Daily Cycles in Wind Generation?

Credit to Author: Guest Contributor| Date: Wed, 03 Aug 2022 11:50:20 +0000

In the United States, the towers of new wind plants often measure greater than 90 meters in height and the rotors themselves can extend another ~60 meters up. The tremendous height of these structures means that wind speeds far above the surface can impact wind generation. The ability to accurately characterize wind speeds at these […]

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New Ultrathin Capacitor Could Enable Energy-Efficient Microchips

Credit to Author: U.S. Department of Energy| Date: Sat, 25 Jun 2022 12:10:13 +0000

Scientists turn century-old material into a thin film for next-gen memory and logic devices The silicon-based computer chips that power our modern devices require vast amounts of energy to operate. Despite ever-improving computing efficiency, information technology is projected to consume around 25% of all primary energy produced by 2030. Researchers in the microelectronics and materials sciences […]

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Grid Interconnection Queue Filled with Solar and Energy Storage Projects

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2022 18:42:08 +0000

A study conducted by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) shows more than 1.1 TW of solar and energy storage capacity were in the U.S. power grid’s interconnection queue at the end of 2021. Notably, that total is more than the currently existing capacity in the U.S. power fleet. Additionally, Berkeley Lab researchers found […]

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Living in Wind Energy’s Shadow

Credit to Author: U.S. Department of Energy| Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2022 02:00:13 +0000

New Study Reveals Mixed Reactions to Flickering Shadows, Generated by Wind Energy’s Shadow The moving shadows caused by wind turbines, referred to as “shadow flicker,” are known to annoy some people. However, the relationship between the amount of shadow flicker exposure and the annoyance it causes is poorly understood. A new Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory-led […]

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The Salton Sea Geothermal Field In California — Quantifying California’s Lithium Valley: Can It Power Our EV Revolution?

Credit to Author: U.S. Department of Energy| Date: Sat, 19 Feb 2022 04:10:39 +0000

Berkeley Lab Leading Investigation to Better Understand the Salton Sea’s Geothermal Lithium Resources The Salton Sea geothermal field in California potentially holds enough lithium to meet all of America’s domestic battery needs, with even enough left over to export some of it. But how much of that lithium can be extracted in a sustainable and […]

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Four New Energy Storage Technologies To Power The EV Revolution

Credit to Author: Tina Casey| Date: Sat, 14 Dec 2019 16:01:59 +0000

More bad news for oil (and gas) stakeholders: US Energy Department charts the path to low-cost electric vehicles with new energy storage technology

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