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Why vehicle-to-grid charging could be the cheapest way to secure renewable energy


The UK electricity system is undergoing significant and rapid change. It has the world’s largest installed capacity of offshore wind, has effectively stopped generating electricity from coal, and has recorded a 20% drop in demand since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, this transition from traditional, reliable coal to weather-dependent wind and solar generation brings with it increasing challenges to match electrical supply and demand at every instant. This is where large grid-scale energy storage systems could help regulate and buffer supply and demand, and improve grid control. Read More

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TechCrunch

Panasonic boosts energy density, trims cobalt in new 2170 battery cell for Tesla – TechCrunch


Production to start at Tesla gigafactory in September

Panasonic has developed new battery technology for the ‘2170’ lithium-ion cells it produces and supplies to Tesla, a change that improves energy density by 5% and reduces costly cobalt content.

The new, higher-energy dense 2170 cells will be produced by Panasonic at Tesla’s factory in Sparks, Nevada, the company said Thursday. Panasonic is upgrading its battery cell lines with production slated to begin in September. The company operates 13 lines at the factory with a capacity to produce 35 gigawatt hours of batteries each year. All 13 lines will eventually run the new technology, Panasonic Energy North America President Allan Swan said without providing a timeline of when the entire system would be upgraded. Read More

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VentureBeat

Aquicore raises $14 million for AI tools to optimize commercial building energy usage


Aquicore, an information tech startup offering cloud-based software for asset operations, today secured $14 million in financing. The company says it’ll use the funding to advance its platform and expand into European markets.

The buildings sector accounts for about 76% of electricity use and 40% of all U.S. primary energy usage and associated CO2 emissions, but the bulk of commercial real estate management teams monitor their energy and facilities with antiquated operations and maintenance routines, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. This makes it difficult to know how buildings are performing and where to invest resources, as well as how to coordinate project execution across portfolios. Read More

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The Next Web

This new cosmological map shines some light on dark energy


Dark energy is one of the greatest mysteries in science today. We know very little about it, other than it is invisible, it fills the whole universe, and it pushes galaxies away from each other. This is making our cosmos expand at an accelerated rate. But what is it? One of the simplest explanations is that it is a “cosmological constant” – a result of the energy of empty space itself – an idea introduced by Albert Einstein.

Many physicists aren’t satisfied with this explanation, though. They want a more fundamental description of its nature. Is it some new type of energy field or exotic fluid? Or is it a sign that Einstein’s equations of gravity are somehow incomplete? What’s more, we don’t really understand the universe’s current rate of expansion. Read More

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Engadget

Energy Department unveils roadmap for a national quantum internet


The funding for the network would come from part of the nearly $1.3 billion budget devoted to the National Quantum Initiative.

There’s already some progress toward these goals. The Wall Street Journal noted that Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago built a 52-mile quantum network through unused fiber, and it should expand to 80 miles once the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory connects to the system.

The US has numerous incentives to build a countrywide quantum network, most notably security. By its very nature, a quantum network is extremely secure — you disrupt the data just by observing it, making it virtually impossible to intercept. It can also transmit large amounts of data, and might help with extremely sensitive quantum sensor networks that could better detect earthquakes or even medical conditions. Read More

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Wired

Russia’s GRU Hackers Hit US Government and Energy Targets


Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency has carried out many of the most aggressive acts of hacking in history: destructive worms, blackouts, and—closest to home for Americans—a broad hacking-and-leaking operation designed to influence the outcome of the 2016 US presidential election. Now it appears the GRU has been hitting US networks again, in a series of previously unreported intrusions that targeted organizations ranging from government agencies to critical infrastructure.

From December 2018 until at least May of this year, the GRU hacker group known as APT28 or Fancy Bear carried out a broad hacking campaign against US targets, according to an FBI notification sent to victims of the breaches in May and obtained by WIRED. According to the FBI, the GRU hackers primarily attempted to break into victims’ mail servers, Microsoft Office 365 and email accounts, and VPN servers. The targets included “a wide range of US-based organizations, state and federal government agencies, and educational institutions,” the FBI notification states. And technical breadcrumbs included in that notice reveal that APT28 hackers have targeted the US energy sector, too, apparently as part of the same effort. Read More

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Mashable

Michaela Coel is dancing in parks and this is the 2020 energy we need

Michaela Coel knows how to stay busy in lockdown.

In an interview with Jimmy Fallon, the writer of I May Destroy Youand Chewing Gum revealed she’s been spending lockdown dancing in her favourite parks in London. For the self-conscious people among us (I’m one of them), we should clarify what that means exactly.

We’re not talking about outdoor dance classes with other people. We’re talking Robyn-style dancing on your own in a park like nobody’s watching.

“One of the times when I was running, I was going through my favourite park and I saw this guy and he was just there, stationary but doing these huge motions, dancing with these huge earphones on and I thought it was so cool that as I was running by I gave him a thumbs up and I blew him loads of kisses,” she explained.  Read More

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TechCrunch

Tesla’s Megapack powers its small, but growing energy storage business – TechCrunch


Tesla’s energy storage business picked up steam in the second quarter and even played a minor role in the company’s fourth consecutive quarter of profitability, according to earnings reported Wednesday.

Commercial and residential energy storage sales as well as solar are still mere slices of Tesla’s overall business, which is largely dominated by automotive. However, second-quarter results show some promise for energy storage, particularly Megapack, the utility-scale energy storage product that launched in 2019 and is modeled after the giant battery system it deployed in South Australia. Read More

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VentureBeat

Applied Materials pledges 100% renewable energy sourcing in U.S. by 2022, worldwide by 2030


To reduce the environmental impact of its operations, semiconductor equipment maker Applied Materials set a goal of hitting 100% renewable energy sourcing in the U.S. by 2022 and worldwide by 2030.

Applied Materials CEO Gary Dickerson said the Santa Clara, California-based company will also hit 50% reduction in certain carbon emissions by 2030. Applied Materials is the world’s largest maker of semiconductor manufacturing equipment. Dickerson made the remarks at the outset of the online-only Semicon West event, a chip equipment industry trade show normally held in Silicon Valley. Read More

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