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    1. This Casino's Microgrid Might Be the Future of Energy

      This Casino's Microgrid Might Be the Future of Energy

      Working with scientists at the Schatz Energy Research Center at nearby Humboldt State University, and the local utility PG&E, the Rancheria Casino has developed its own solar-powered microgrid, allowing it to disconnect from the main grid and run off battery power. The setup powers six buildings, including a 55,000-square-foot casino and 102 hotel rooms—over 140,000 square feet of total building space.

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    2. This Battery Breakthrough Could Change Everything

      This Battery Breakthrough Could Change Everything

      As technology tries to maintain its dizzying ascent, one dead weight has kept its altitude in check: the battery. Our chips keep getting faster and our data rates keep climbing, but at the end of the day—or worse, by mid-afternoon—those power meters on our screens inevitably turn to red. Every great device, gadget, electric car, and robot would be even greater if batteries didn’t suck so badly. Despite a steady flow of rumors that transformative breakthroughs are just around the corner, progress has moved at the pace of a tar flow.

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    3. James Dyson on His Company’s High-Powered, Portable Future

      James Dyson on His Company’s High-Powered, Portable Future

      Today, Dyson announced a $15 million investment in Sakti3, a solid-state battery company. “Solid-state batteries are a bit of a holy grail,” says Mark Taylor, Dyson’s R&D chief. He calls Sakti3’s technology “world-beating.” This sounds like an exaggeration, and Taylor admits the technology is “a few years” away from appearing in Dyson products. 

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