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Technology and R&D

DOE pumps $115 million into clean energy R&D for small businesses

The latest part of the Biden administration’s Build Back Better pledge, the funding will go to grid modernization, carbon removal, renewable energy and energy storage, among other technologies.

These 3 technologies could deliver more solar and wind to the grid

In a U.S. study of the added renewables capacity made possible by grid-enhancing technologies, Brattle Group found that both solar and wind power would benefit in Kansas and Oklahoma through 2025.

Sunrise brief: Air Force funds development of solar PV sheets for use in space

Also on the rise: Volta Energy fund nets $72.6 million for battery and storage startups, and Brooklyn libraries add rooftop solar to power safe-haven emergency services.

Energy and climate legislation led a busy week in Washington, D.C.

The Biden administration and Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill are moving quickly to advance energy and climate initiatives. To sweeten the pot, ARPA-E is offering $100 million in funding.

Sunrise brief: Intel signs on to 138 MW Avangrid solar project

Also on the rise: ARPA-E offers $100 million in R&D funding, California hunts for generation resources for this summer, and CIT Group helps arrange financing for a handful of BESS capacity.

Sunrise brief: Novel approach boosts organic solar cell efficiency

Also on the rise: Enevate and Highview Power fuel growth plans with additional investors, and a new venture targets Li-ion battery recycling for fleet vehicles.

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Three energy startups to watch in 2021

From panel coatings to power line monitoring and a meter collar that could save homeowners up to $2,000 on a solar installation, Daniel Goldman of Clean Energy Ventures highlights companies that he thinks will break through in 2021.

Tesla introduces solar inverter

The Tesla Solar Inverter comes in 3.8 kW and 7.6 kW versions, and features two and four maximum power point trackers.

Sunrise brief: Duke Florida reaches deal for EV charging and floating solar

Also on the rise: Webinar panel discusses energy under Biden, JA Solar supplies modules for 88 MW project, partners develop P2P blockchain trading platform, and Total splits with API over climate, for now.

Solar, wind, storage superpower

In an interview with pv magazine publisher Eckhart Gouras, Tony Seba and Adam Dorr discuss their concept of “SuperPower”: by investing in even more solar PV and wind power than the lowest-cost system defined by the “Clean Energy U-curve,” the gain in additional energy, or “superpower,” is exponential to the money invested.

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