Report Notes Continued Growth of Hybrid Power Plants

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2022 16:29:23 +0000

Hybrid power plants continue to be deployed across the U.S., with almost 300 such facilities (all with 1 MW or more of generation capacity) operating at the end of last year. An August 2022 report from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, based on research funded by the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) and […]

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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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Suddenly, Heat Pump Clothes Dryers Are Having A Moment

Credit to Author: Tina Casey| Date: Mon, 04 Apr 2022 15:10:37 +0000

heat pump clothes dryerThe energy efficient heat pump clothes dryer is finally ready for its closeup.

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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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Utility-Scale Solar Has Led U.S. Solar Since 2012

Credit to Author: Guest Contributor| Date: Sun, 05 Jan 2020 18:58:58 +0000

https://emp.lbl.gov/utility-scale-solar/The utility-scale solar sector has led the overall U.S. solar market in terms of installed capacity since 2012. In 2018, the utility-scale sector accounted for nearly 60% of all new solar capacity, and is expected to maintain its market-leading position for at least another six years

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Better Membranes Make Better Flow Batteries

Credit to Author: Steve Hanley| Date: Mon, 11 Nov 2019 19:04:09 +0000

Flow battery membrane Berkeley LabResearchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab say they have devised a new membrane for flow batteries that is durable and inexpensive. Just the ticket for low cost grid scale energy storage.

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