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How Solar-Based Microgrids Could Bring Power to Millions

Millions of the world's poorest lack power. Microgrids could be a clean-energy solution.

Panasonic Agrees to Help Tesla Build Its Gigafactory

Panasonic support is crucial if Tesla is to make the world’s largest factory for making electric car batteries.

Adaptive Material Could Cut the Cost of Solar in Half

A new material, combined with a cheap tracking system, could unleash the promise of concentrated solar power.

A Batteryless Sensor Chip for the Internet of Things

A prototype sensor saves power by using transistors that never fully turn “on.”

Why Household Gadgets Are Using Less Power

New research shows a decline in the electricity used by all the electronic devices in U.S. homes.

Urban Jungle a Tough Challenge for Google’s Autonomous Cars

It may be decades before autonomous vehicles can reliably handle the real world, experts say.

Flexible, Printed Batteries for Wearable Devices

Imprint Energy is developing a long-lasting, bendable, and rechargeable battery.

Thermoelectric Material to Hit Market Later This Year

A California-based company is commercializing an abundant, naturally occurring material that can turn waste heat into power.

Energy Demands of Networked Devices Skyrocket

As the Internet of things grows to encompass billions of devices, its power usage will require novel technologies for improving efficiency.

Beijing Wants to Understand Its Smog

New effort would pinpoint the source, type, and dispersal patterns of smog across Beijing to drive street-level predictions and targeted remediation.

How to Clean the Gas and Oil Industries’ Most Contaminated Water

A new process can cheaply clean extremely briny water coming up from oil wells.