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    1. What Trump Needs to Know About His $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan

      What Trump Needs to Know About His $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan

      After the most contentious election in modern history, the one bipartisan consensus seems to be that we need to invest in our national infrastructure. While a good starting point, implementation plans have been too centered on the role of government, rather than the role of the private businesses. What’s lost in this debate is that the infrastructure that will provide American jobs and drive future economic growth will not be monolithic, centralized, and inefficient government run projects but rather resilient, flexible, and distributed ones driven by the private sector. This approach would mean more jobs, more economic surplus, and more resilience to both foreseeable and unforeseeable risks—and most importantly, we’d see job growth much sooner.

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    2. A New Kind of Solar Panel That's Smart, Stores Energy, and Even Talks

      A New Kind of Solar Panel That's Smart, Stores Energy, and Even Talks

      A fog machine goes off, and an astronaut emerges from behind the assembled crowd, carrying the device that the room has been waiting to see up onto the stage. The atmosphere could be mistaken for the unveiling of the latest virtual reality headset or a new Silicon Valley-backed fitness tracker.  But the four-year-old startup called SunCulture Solar, led by entrepreneur and inventor Christopher Estes, has developed something much more unusual and the company unveiled it for the first time on Wednesday night in the penthouse at The Battery club in downtown San Francisco.

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      Mentions: Africa Caribbean Seeo
    3. California Utility Turns to Tesla For Huge Battery Project

      California Utility Turns to Tesla For Huge Battery Project

      It’s because of the Aliso Canyon disaster. Southern California Edison’s struggles after the closing of a key natural gas reservoir following a massive leak last year has led it to none other than electric car maker Tesla. Tesla on Thursday announced that it had won a deal to provide 20 megawatts of batteries to the utility to plug into one of its substations and provide energy during peak grid times. Tesla says the large battery installation would be able to provide enough power for 2,500 homes daily or 1,000 Tesla cars.

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    4. This Will be a Breakout Year for Batteries

      This Will be a Breakout Year for Batteries

      Batteries that let utilities, businesses, and solar panel owners store energy is a rapidly growing market. And it’s not just because Tesla, the buzzy automaker, has given the so-called grid battery industry a big boost in visibility by introducing its own line of industrial-sized batteries. This year, there will be 220 megawatts of energy storage projects built across the country, according to a new report from research firm GTM Research. The vast majority of these projects will use batteries, and specifically low cost lithium-ion batteries.

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      Mentions: CA Asia U.S.
    5. While Solar Booms, Batteries Get Attention and Dollars

      While Solar Booms, Batteries Get Attention and Dollars

      Enough solar panels are now bolted to rooftops and installed on the ground in the deserts of the Southwest to supply solar energy for over 4 million American homes. But as the solar industry booms, a growing amount of the attention, the young startups, the Silicon Valley dollars and the business deals are focused not on where that energy is coming from, but on how to store it.

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      Mentions: CA U.S. Europe
    6. Welcome to the Revolution of Low Cost Batteries and Software

      Welcome to the Revolution of Low Cost Batteries and Software

      Like Tesla before them, many of the startups building software, data analytics, user interfaces, visualization and simulation tools, and plug-and-play electronic product designs, on top of low-cost, lithium-ion batteries are coming out of Silicon Valley and backed by venture capitalists. These include Stem, Greensmith Energy, Green Charge Networks, GELI, Advanced Microgrid Solutions, Coda Energy and Sonnenbatterie.

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      Mentions: CA NV HI
    7. Meet the 27-year-old Inventor Backed by Bill Gates and Peter Thiel

      Meet the 27-year-old Inventor Backed by Bill Gates and Peter Thiel

      Scientist Danielle Fong, 27, has been running her company LightSail Energy for six years and has yet to bring a product to market. In fairness, she is trying to create something that has never been built before—something that could revamp the power grid. LightSail’s aim is to compress air to create heat and then use that to power, well, just about anything that needs it. This energy would be cheaper and cleaner than fossil fuels and would allow renewables sources, like wind and solar, to be stored for later use. To harness the energy, LightSail injects a mist of water spray into the air, which absorbs the heat energy, and allows it to be stored in a shipping container system or underground caverns. 

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      Mentions: DoE U.S. GE
    8. A $1Billion Bet on Clean Energy

      A $1Billion Bet on Clean Energy

      The solution to global warming is obvious—reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Accomplishing that goal, however, requires radical action. Few understand that better than Richard Kauffman, an ex–Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley banker whom New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo appointed last year as the state’s first energy czar. Kauffman has visions of New York as a 21st-century clean-tech powerhouse. But for now, he admits, it remains more of a 20th-century energy dinosaur.

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      Mentions: NY
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