Weekly Newsflash: Renewables, Energy Storage and Hydrogen Cars

Bloomberg: Renewables Will Replace Gas as Top U.S. Power Source in 2031

Renewables will overtake natural gas as the dominant source of electricity generation in the United States in 2031, according to a new analysis.

CleanTechnica: TenneT Proposes Artificial Island For Up To 70 GW Of Offshore Wind

A Dutch power grid operator has plans for an artificial island off the coast of England that will have an offshore wind capacity of up to 70 gigawatts.

The Hill: France Becomes First Major Nation to Ratify Paris Climate Deal

Australian wind energy had a record-breaking month in May, when wind farms supplied nearly 1,300 gigawatt-hours of electricity to the country’s main power grid.

Mashable: Mercedes Planning Hydrogen-Powered Plug-in Hybrid Crossover

Mercedes-Benz is planning to develop a hydrogen-powered, plug-in electric vehicle crossover.

MIT News: New Solar Absorber Could Improve Efficiency of Solar Thermal Technology

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a device, called a solar absorber, that can improve the efficiency of solar hot water technology.

The New York Times: Coal Production Plummets to Lowest Level in 35 Years

Coal production has plummeted to its lowest level in 35 years, according to a report released by the U.S. Department of Energy last week.

North American WindPower: Boston Firm Launches New Cleantech/Energy Team

Boston-based investment firm Detwiler Fenton & Co. is launching a new market intelligence team focused on clean energy and technology.

Utility Dive: ARPA-E: Data Centers Targeted for $25M in Energy Efficiency Funding

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program is offering $25 million in funding for concepts to increase the energy efficiency of data centers.

Utility Dive: Energy Storage Market to Reach $250B by 2040

The energy storage market is expected to reach $250 billion by 2040, according to a new report.