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Cause of blaze at solar power plant under investigation

The cause of a fire that shut down part of the world’s largest solar power plant on Friday is still under investigation, as plant operator NRG Energy looks for the reason its mirrors became misaligned and set pipes on fire.

Written by Lucas Mearian24 May 16 07:51

Mirrors start fire at world's largest solar plant

Firefighters were forced to climb 300 feet up a tower at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California to reach a water boiler damaged after mirrors focusing the sun’s rays on it set it on fire.

Written by Lucas Mearian21 May 16 06:41

How 4D printing is now saving lives

Physicians and 3D printing manufacturers are successfully using biomaterials to print splints, tissue scaffolds and other devices that grow and bend with a patient, and in some cases are even saving lives.

Written by Lucas Mearian19 May 16 02:00

Sunrun begins installing Tesla home batteries

Sunrun, one of the largest U.S. residential solar installers, has become the second company to begin selling Tesla's Powerwall batteries to customers.

Written by Lucas Mearian14 May 16 04:28

Renewables fastest-growing energy source, feds say

Renewables are now the world's fastest-growing energy source and will increase 2.6% per year through 2040, but but fossil fuels still supply more than three-quarters of world energy use.

Written by Lucas Mearian12 May 16 07:21

Nissan charges after Tesla with home battery system

Nissan and power management company Eaton Electrical have joined forces to create new residential energy storage unit designed to rival Tesla's Powerwall home battery as the most affordable on the market.

Written by Lucas Mearian12 May 16 04:05

Nikola Motor Co. to release 2,000HP hybrid semitrailer truck

An all-electric vehicle maker from Salt Lake City plans to release the first working prototypes of a 2,000HP hybrid electric semitrailer truck later this year, as well as a 520HP all-electric 4x4 utility vehicle (UTV).

Written by Lucas Mearian11 May 16 07:19

3D printing industry to triple in four years to $21B

The 3D printing industry is expected to triple its revenue mainly through the consumer electronics and automotive industries, each of which will contribute 20% of total revenue.

Written by Lucas Mearian07 May 16 04:58

Solar shift: Falling costs make owning better than leasing

The costs of consumer and small business-grade solar systems have dropped significantly in recent years, sparking a move away from leasing the systems to outright purchases so owners can reap the financial benefits.

Written by Lucas Mearian03 May 16 20:01

Elon Musk says Tesla’s next-gen Model 4 will be affordable for everyone

Speaking at the Future Transport Solutions conference in Oslo, Norway, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk said the upcoming Model 3 will be affordable for about half the population, but the vehicle after that will be affordable for virtually everyone.

Written by Lucas Mearian28 April 16 03:55

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