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  1. Renewable Energy: Seattle lab aims to speed development of clean-energy tech

      SEATTLE (AP) — The paint has barely dried on the walls at Washington Clean Energy Testbeds, but already academic researchers and startups are lining up to use the state-of-the-art facility to help speed development of their clean energy innovations. The new lab, which opens Thursday in Seattle, aims to close a critical gap in getting clean-energy technologies from idea to prototype: It's providing researchers and entrepreneurs with space to test out and scale up their designs — and ideally bring them to market faster. Everyone from students to industry startups to government researchers are invited to validate designs at the state-funded, 15,000-square foot space at the University of Washington's Clean Energy Institute. Users can rent time, lab space or technical expertise to test batteries for electric vehicles, fabricate materials for solar cells or experiment with other devices, software or systems. "What it's doing is leveraging all of what we have going on campus in individual people's labs and lets them take a discovery from the laboratory and turn it into a scaled product or service," said Daniel Schwartz, a UW chemical engineering professor. Schwartz directs the institute, which was formed in 2013 with $6 million in state money to advance next-generation technology for energy storage and solar power. Gov. Jay Inslee and state lawmakers later approved $8 million more to create the testbeds facility. Inslee, who backs clean energy technologies as a way to save energy, provide jobs and reduce emissions, and UW President Ana Mari Cauce are among those unveiling the facility at an event Thursday. Already signed up to use the new facility is Battery Informatics Inc., a startup founded by current and former University of Washington students and faculty. The six-person venture is leasing lab and office space and plans to make use of expensive equipment — located in one place — that they otherwise wouldn't buy on their own. They're also excited about rubbing shoulders with others doing similar cutting-edge research related to batteries. "It'll really help us do more tests to convince our customers that we have legitimate technology," said Matt Murbach, co-founder of Battery Informatics, which is developing a system to improve the way lithium-ion batteries are operated. The group has developed two prototypes. The next step is to validate them. UW professors Venkat Subramanian and Jihui Yang also plan to use the equipment and lab in their work with a U.S. Department of Energy consortium led by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland. The five-year, $10 million Battery500 program is trying to develop a battery for electric vehicles that is smaller, lighter and less expensive to manufacture than what's available today. A researcher typically would have to write a proposal and get on a waiting list to use such state-of-the-art equipment, said Yang, a materials science and engineering professor. "Now, you're talking about hours. Our equipment, you plug it in and we get the data," Yang said, pointing to a device that allows users to look inside a battery to analyze the chemical or material changes and figure out, for example, why it failed. Others are planning to use lab equipment to test ways to print paper-thin, flexible solar cells that are lighter and use less energy to produce than traditional panels. Cells that could be printed, much like newspapers, would make them more affordable and more available, while creating less waste, said J. Devin MacKenzie, who directs Washington Clean Energy Testbeds. Some of the equipment at the lab will allow people to try out 10 different designs to see if they work and make a scaled-up version. "This would take an hour to go from a new design to printing something structurally," MacKenzie said.

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    Sat, 18 Feb 2017

  2. Renewable Energy: Virginia GOP, big utilities back a costly green energy idea

    Republican lawmakers in Virginia have maintained a go-slow approach to renewable energy for years, saying a conservative path has helped keep electricity costs under control as the state figures out how best to harness solar or wind power.

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    Tue, 14 Feb 2017

  3. Solar power is an untapped resource in these 10 cities

    Redfin teamed up with Sun Number to find the Top 10 U.S. cities in the northeast region with untapped solar power potential.

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    Sat, 4 Feb 2017

  4. Solar Power: Big utilities try to tilt solar energy market in their favor

    Indiana's energy utilities want state lawmakers to pass a law that critics say would muscle out smaller companies from the emerging solar energy market.

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    Fri, 10 Feb 2017

  1. Solar Power: Council voices concern with energy projects on farmland

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    Tue, 7 Feb 2017

  2. Perry pledges strong support for DOE, energy research efforts

    Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) praised the US Department of Energy ’s research programs, said he would try to protect their funding, and repudiated his call as a 2012 presidential candidate for DOE’s elimination during the US Senate Energy and Natural Resource Committee’s hearing on his nomination ...

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    Thu, 19 Jan 2017

  3. Britain's new PM eliminates Department of Energy & Climate Change

    The new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom is in, and the U.K.'s Department of Energy & Climate Change is out, leading many to wonder what it means for Britain's commitment to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions through means that include hydroelectric power.

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    Tue, 19 Jul 2016

  4. "We did it." U.S. Department of Energy unveils Hydropower Vision plan

    The U.S. Department of Energy released the long-awaited Hydropower Vision report -- alongside $9.8 million in funding for hydroelectric power -- earlier today at HydroVision International 2016 in Minneapolis.

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    Tue, 26 Jul 2016

  5. Oil and Gas: Dakota Access company seeks to block pipeline study

    The company building the Dakota Access oil pipeline wants a federal judge to block the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from launching a full environmental study of the $3.8 billion pipeline's disputed crossing of a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota.

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    Thu, 19 Jan 2017

  6. Hawaii bill aims for 100 percent renewable transportation

    Now advocates want to extend that goal to the transportation sector to urge all forms of ground transportation to fuel up using renewable sources by 2045

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    Fri, 20 Jan 2017

  7. Colorado lawmakers talk energy policy under Trump administration

    Panel chair GOP Sen. Ray Scott of Grand Junction said the Select Committee on Energy and the Environment will deal with facts

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    Mon, 23 Jan 2017

  8. Renewable Energy: Hawaii bill aims for 100 percent renewable transportation

    Hawaii has the most aggressive renewable energy targets in the nation, aiming for its utilities to get 100 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2045.

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    Fri, 20 Jan 2017

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