Weekly Newsflash: Solar, Wind and Marine Energy Storage

It was a busy first week of September across the energy sectors! What other stories did you enjoy reading this week? Please share them with us at @GreentownLabs!

Cleantechnia: US Should “Significantly Increase” Support for Clean Energy Innovation

In a report published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (National Academies ), it has urged the US Government to intensify its support for innovation in electric power technologies it deems are “increasingly clean,” including nuclear power, carbon capture and storage, and renewable energy such as solar and wind.

CNBC: MIT is Harnessing Bright Sparks to Transform Clean Energy

At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the MIT Energy Initiative is looking to harness the world’s brightest minds to develop technology and ideas to provide “clean, affordable and plentiful sources of energy.”

Huffington Post: Why Elon Musk is Betting on Solar Instead of Wind

“I don’t think we’re going to get into [wind],” Musk told The Huffington Post on a conference call after announcing the bid, worth up to $3 billion. “I think we can solve the problem [of renewable energy] with the giant fusion reactor in the sky called the sun.”

MIT News: New Applications for Ultracapacitors

MIT spinout FastCAP Systems is developing ultracapacitors, and ultracapacitor-based systems, that offer greater energy density and other advancements. This technology has opened up new uses for the devices across a wide range of industries, including drilling operations, aerospace applications, and electric vehicles.

Public Now: UMass Amherst Researchers to Study Offshore Wind Industry

UMass Amherst researchers are developing a multi-disciplinary framework for offshore wind research, focusing on increasing innovation within projects and reducing costs by examining risks, finances and regulations associated with the industry.

Renewable Energy World: Storing Energy in the Sea — A New Design for Marine Energy Storage

Engineers in Germany are gearing up for pilot-scale testing of a promising new design for marine energy storage. The Stored Energy in the Sea (StEnSEA) project represents a novel pumped storage concept aiming to facilitate large-scale storage of electrical energy that’s cost-competitive with existing solutions.

Science Daily: Scientists to Solve Puzzle of Converting Gaseous Carbon Dioxide to Fuel

A team of scientists from the University of Toronto (U of T) believes they’ve found a way to convert all these emissions into energy-rich fuel in a carbon-neutral cycle that uses a very abundant natural resource: silicon.

WWLP: 217 Massachusetts Municipalities to Receive Grants for Recycling Efforts

The state has awarded nearly $1.6 million in Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP) grants to 217 cities and towns and regional solid waste districts to help maximize their recycling, composting and waste reduction programs.