New York power plant mines Bitcoin using excess energy

By atlas holding, Bitcoin, cryptocurrency, cryptomining, Energy, engadget, gadgetry, Gadgets, gear, greenidge, greenidge generation, Internet, mining, natural gas, Power

A natural gas power plant can’t always send excess energy into the grid, frequently leading to waste as the gas is flared or vented away. However, a plant in Dresden, New York thinks it has a solution: use that surplus to generate some digital cash….

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AI can help find more places to store captured CO2 underground

By AI, artificial intelligence, co2, convolution neural network, earthquake, Emissions, Energy, engadget, environment, gadgetry, Gadgets, gear, green, machine learning, mit, science

Scientists dream of storing captured CO2 emissions underground, but it can be tricky to find pockets for storing those emissions — Earth’s seismic “hum” makes it difficult to spot the low-frequency waves that would best help map the subterranean lan…

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Tesla may open ‘Centers’ to get around pro-dealership laws

By Business, dealership, electric car, electric vehicle, Energy, engadget, ev, gear, green, law, Regulation, retail, shopping, solar, solar energy, solar power, tesla, tesla center, Transportation

Tesla may be planning an end-run around state laws that bar direct car sales and protect dealerships. Electrek sources claim the automaker is planning to open "Tesla Centers" in major urban areas that would theoretically avoid legal…

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Cray is building a supercomputer to manage the US’ nuclear stockpile

By Business, cray computing, el capitan, Energy, engadget, exascale, gadgetry, Gadgets, gear, nuclear, Security, Sequoia, services, sierra, stockpile, supercomputer, tomorrow, US

Supercomputers are used for everything from mapping weather patterns to developing medicine –- now, they’re looking after the nation’s nuclear stockpile. The US Department of Energy (DOE) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) have…

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Stanford AI found nearly every solar panel in the US

By AI, computervision, deeplearning, deepsolar, Energy, engadget, environment, gear, green, Power, science, solarpanel, solarpower, stanford, stanforduniversity

It would be impractical to count the number of solar panels in the US by hand, and that makes it difficult to gauge just how far the technology has really spread. Stanford researchers have a solution: make AI do the heavy lifting. They’ve crafted a d…

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California gives final approval to code requiring solar on new homes

By buildingcode, buildingstandardscommission, california, californiabuildingstandardscommission, Energy, engadget, environment, gear, green, home, housing, politics, Regulation, solar, solarpanel, solarpower

While there was little doubt it would happen, it’s now a done deal: California will require solar panels on most new homes. Officials at a December 5th Building Standards Commission meeting have voted for the new code, providing the last bit of appr…

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A Chinese startup may have cracked solid-state batteries

By battery, BMW, China, design, dyson, Energy, engadget, ev, fisker, gadgetry, Gadgets, lithiumion, production, services, solidstate, tomorrow, Transportation, volume

Solid-state batteries have long been heralded as The Next Big Thing after lithium-ion, with companies from all quarters racing to get them into high-volume production. Dyson, BMW and car manufacturer Fisker are just a few names that have been …

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Court rules accessing smart meter data constitutes a government search

By Business, Consumption, court, Energy, engadget, fourthamendment, gear, government, green, home, monitor, politics, privacy, protection, rule, Security, smart, spying

Smart meters are designed to reduce energy consumption, lower household bills and, by extension, help the planet along a little bit. But could they also be used by the government to spy on you? This is the question that was thrown into the spo…

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Liquid metal battery could lower cost of storing renewable energy

By battery, electricity, Energy, energystorage, engadget, flowbattery, gear, green, Power, renewableenergy, science, stanford, tomorrow

As dreamy as it might be to combine renewable energy sources with storage batteries, there’s a problem: those batteries are expensive. It might take you years to recoup the costs. You’ll be glad to hear, then, that Stanford scientists have a way to…

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Tesla’s latest smart power grid experiment begins in Canada

By Canada, Energy, engadget, environment, gear, green, novascotia, novascotiapower, Power, powerpack, powerwall, powerwall2, tesla, video, windpower

Tesla’s experiments with smart power grids are headed further North. Canada’s Nova Scotia Power recently finished setting up a pilot project that will use a combination of Tesla’s Powerwall 2 home batteries and utility-grade Powerpack batteries to…

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Tesla will create ‘virtual power plant’ with 50,000 Australian homes

By Australia, Energy, engadget, gear, green, homebattery, homeenergy, powergrid, powerwall, powerwall2, solar, solarpower, tesla

Tesla isn’t done bolstering Australia’s power grid just because its giant battery farm is up and running. South Australia premier Jay Weatherill has unveiled a partnership that will provide 5kW solar panels and Tesla Powerwall 2 batteries to “at lea…

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Audi smart home battery grid creates a ‘virtual power plant’

By audi, battery, electricity, electricvehicle, Energy, engadget, environment, ev, gear, green, home, homebattery, household, smartenergynetwork, Transportation

Audi isn’t going to let rival automakers like BMW and Tesla corner the market on home batteries. The German badge is testing a Smart Energy Network where solar-powered batteries not only help your home minimize use of the electrical grid, but talk t…

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Renewable energy outstripped coal use in the UK for most of 2017

By biomass, coal, Energy, engadget, environment, fossilfuels, gear, green, hydropower, naturalgas, Power, renewableenergy, solarpower, windpower

The UK has been working to significantly reduce its carbon emissions and with that effort, it hit some major green milestones this year. In April, the country went a full day without coal-generated power for the first time in 135 years. And in…

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