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Throwback Thursday: The First U.S. Energy Storage Plant

Throwback Thursday: The First U.S. Energy Storage Plant

In July 1930, the magazine Popular Science ran an article announcing start of operations at the first U.S. "ten-mile storage battery"—or pumped-hydro energy storage plant—near New Milford, Connecticut...

February 19, 2015 — Robert Fares
Low Oil Prices Could Be Good for Electricity and Renewables

Low Oil Prices Could Be Good for Electricity and Renewables

Since I first wrote about the price of oil last December, the global oil price has fallen to levels not seen in over five years. For many, the recent price decline brings back memories of the 1980s oil price collapse, which followed the 70s oil price spike and drew attention away from renewable energy and [...]..

February 12, 2015 — Robert Fares
Software: The Next Challenge for Grid Batteries

Software: The Next Challenge for Grid Batteries

It seems like every day we hear about another incremental breakthrough in battery technology. By tweaking existing battery chemistries or inventing new chemistries altogether, university researchers and startup companies have managed to increase the energy density, cycle life, energy efficiency, and safety of numerous potential grid battery technologies...

January 6, 2015 — Robert Fares

How Green Is Green Energy?

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to attend Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak's keynote presentation during the 2014 Energy Thought Summit in Austin.

November 11, 2014 — Robert Fares
Corporations Should Mean What They Say on Sustainability

Corporations Should Mean What They Say on Sustainability

Nowadays, it seems like every big company promotes an image of sustainability. A common example is the now-ubiquitous hotel-bathroom notice invoking images of ocean animals or pastoral scenery in an effort to convince guests to reuse their towels for the sake of the environment...

October 28, 2014 — Robert Fares
So What Direction Should Solar Panels Face?

So What Direction Should Solar Panels Face?

The following is a guest post by Dr. Joshua Rhodes, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in The Webber Energy Group and the Energy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin.

October 21, 2014 — Robert Fares
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