Home energy storage market set to grow 10 times over by 2018

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Costs for home energy storage are dropping fast.

A few years ago, most people didn’t have any idea the home solar PV market would grow so fast. But it has, and there’s no stopping its momentum now. Similarly, there aren’t many people that realize how fast the home storage market is going to grow.

 

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Stanford researchers develop a way to store solar energy more cost-effectively for use at night

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How electrolysis could produce hydrogen as a way to store renewable energy.

There isn’t a cost-effective way to store large-scale solar energy. But researchers at Stanford have developed a solution by using electrolysis to turn tanks of water and hydrogen into batteries. During the day, electricity from solar cells could be used to break apart water into hydrogen and oxygen. Recombining these gases would generate electricity for use at night.

 

 

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New hybrid solar cell battery could solve solar power’s energy storage problem

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Researchers at Ohio State University have created a new hybrid device that can act both as a solar cell and as a battery storing that energy.

Scientists, entrepreneurs and government leaders are pushing to develop cheap, clean energy as the world seeks out alternatives to fossil fuels.

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Online storage isn’t protected by the Fourth Amendment

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Content stored online simply do not have the same Fourth Amendment protections as physical data.

A judge in New York, a couple months ago, ruled that US search warrants applied to digital information even if they were stored overseas. The decision came about as part of an effort to dig up a Microsoft user’s account information stored on a server in Dublin, Ireland.

 

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Google announces Google Drive for Work with unlimited storage for businesses

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Google Drive for Work will cost $10 per month and come with unlimited storage.

Google just announced a new product that will offer business users unlimited storage for a set monthly fee per user. This brings huge implications for Dropbox, Box, Hightail, and other companies that charge to store files online.

 

 

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New battery material could make storing hours of power from wind and solar sources less expensive

Novel energy storage materials flow from the white containers into a fuel-cell like device in the foreground, where they generate electricity.

It would be great if utilities would be able to store the power that wind farms generate at night when no one wants and then be able to use it when the demand is high during the day. But conventional battery technology is so expensive that it only makes economic sense to store a few minutes of electricity, enough to smooth out a few fluctuations from gusts of wind.

 

 

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Worldwide there are 633 energy storage projects now underway

Global energy storage market share chart via Navigant Research

Due to government funding, energy storage technology is seeing serious returns on investments around the world with distinctly focused industries taking shape in Europe, North America, and Asia.

 

 

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Ending the global food crisis – we just need to make use of what we have

We could double our food supply just by making farming, shipping, and cooking more efficiently.

By 2075 the global population is set to hit 9.5 billion.  It is widely assumed the world will eventually run out of food. According to one UN study, we will need to increase agricultural production 70% by the middle of the century, if we’re to cater to all the expected bellies.

 

 

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IBM creates a bit of data using only 12 iron atoms

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Miniaturized information storage in atomic-scale antiferromagnets. The binary representation of the letter ‘S’ (01010011) was stored in the Neel states of eight iron atom arrays.

After five years of work, IBM announced on Thursday that its researchers have been able to reduce from about one million to 12 the number of atoms required to create a bit of data. (video)

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