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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.

Progress on a Powerful New Way to Generate Electricity

A powerful new way to generate electricity could eventually make electric cars and electronic gadgets run longer.

Germany and Canada Are Building Water Splitters to Store Renewable Energy

Improving technology is making electrolysis a viable way to store excess energy from renewable sources.

Wireless Power for Minuscule Medical Implants

A novel way of powering implanted devices could enable new ways to control appetite, regulate insulin, and treat brain injuries.

A New Chip Could Add Motion Sensing to Clothing

A new kind of accelerometer could bring sophisticated motion sensing to even cheap mobile phones.

Longer-Lasting Battery Is Being Tested for Wearable Devices

Applied Materials has started shipping equipment that could help double the energy storage of batteries.

China’s Shale Gas Bust

China is betting long-term on unconventional gas, but it is running into problems developing its vast shale resources.

Smarter Software Speeds Up Smartphone Charging

Rather than trying to build a better battery, startup Qnovo bets it can improve the one that’s already in your smartphone.

Stacking Cells Could Make Solar as Cheap as Natural Gas

A novel manufacturing method could make it practical to stack solar cells and convert more of the energy in sunlight into electricity.

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.