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Japan joins Power Africa, with a focus on geothermal technology

A campaign to double access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa just got a boost. Japan has joined Power Africa, an initiative President Obama announced in 2013. Japan has committed to bring 1,200 megawatts of power online. As part of its agreement, Japan will work with African governments to develop renewable...

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The promise — and importance — of energy storage

Most people know that batteries store electricity — in our cameras, cars and portable laptops. Now batteries are used to store energy on a larger scale — for buildings powered by rooftop solar or wind installations, and on the electrical grid. But high-tech batteries are just one type of energy...

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‘Blue energy’ could be another way to go green

A simple way to produce a lot of energy could be found anywhere a river meets the sea. Researchers call it “blue energy,” and it could be the next frontier in clean-energy technology. Osmosis occurs when salty water hits freshwater across a permeable membrane. Salt ions (molecules with an electrical...

Solar energy lights the way from California to Africa

California is blazing ahead in renewable energy, with an emphasis on solar. It’s an ambitious plan that other U.S. states and countries are watching carefully. The state can already electrify 3.3 million homes with solar energy alone. A large chunk of that comes from the new Solar Star installation, with...

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