A team of researchers looks to design and build a 50-megawatt offshore wind turbine.

A team of researchers is working to complete the design for a novel 50-megawatt offshore wind turbine, nearly six times more powerful than a record-setting 8.8-megawatt turbine recently deployed off the coast of Scotland. Testing will begin on prototype blades this summer in Colorado.

The massive turbine marks an about-face from conventional wind turbine design. The standard wind turbine installed today is a three-bladed machine positioned with the blades facing incoming winds.

The blades for the so-called Segmented Ultralight Morphing Rotor (SUMR) wind turbine would, conversely, face downwind. The “go-with-the-flow” design was inspired by palm trees, which have evolved to withstand hurricane gales.

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Governor Murphy is expected to sign the legislation into law.

The New Jersey state legislature passed three bills on Thursday that are designed to maintain and enhance access to low-carbon resources in the Garden State.

One piece of legislation (A3723/S2314) boosts New Jersey’s renewable portfolio standard to 35 percent by 2025 and 50 percent by 2030 — putting the state in line with clean energy leaders, New York and California. The same bill also increases New Jersey’s solar target, enables the launch of a community solar program and establishes a process to deploy 2 gigawatts of energy storage by 2030.

Another bill (S1217) directs the New Jersey Board of

A team of researchers looks to design and build a 50-megawatt offshore wind turbine.

A team of researchers is working to complete the design for a novel 50-megawatt offshore wind turbine, nearly six times more powerful than a record-setting 8.8-megawatt turbine recently deployed off the coast of Scotland. Testing will begin on prototype blades this summer in Colorado.

The massive turbine marks an about-face from conventional wind turbine design. The standard wind turbine installed today is a three-bladed machine positioned with the blades facing incoming winds.

The blades for the so-called Segmented Ultralight Morphing Rotor (SUMR) wind turbine would, conversely, face downwind. The “go-with-the-flow” design was inspired by palm trees, which have evolved to withstand hurricane gales.

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Statoil sees big potential in floating offshore wind around the world.

Statoil is the largest operator of oil and gas rigs around the world. Consequently, the company's biggest low-carbon investments are offshore: floating wind farms and distributed carbon capture and storage.

This week, we're talking to Stephen Bull, the VP in charge of Statoil's low-carbon business, about where he sees the most potential. We'll talk to him about the performance of floating wind, the economics of CCS, and whether oil companies are investing enough in their new energy divisions.

We'll spend the second half of the show talking about two days of debate in Washington over the future of technology. No, it wasn't Mark Zuckerberg's hearing on

A new joint-venture plans to add transparency to the cobalt supply chain.

The majority of exported cobalt, a key component of lithium-ion batteries, originates in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Much of the production comes from small and artisanal mines, where cobalt is plucked by hand. In 2014, UNICEF estimated that about 40,000 children worked in DRC’s mines.  

Those conditions have led to pressure from non-governmental organizations, commitments from companies to source conflict-free products, and even a promise in September from the DRC government to eliminate child mining by 2025.

But in November, Amnesty International noted that only Apple and Samsung SDI had taken adequate action on cobalt sourcing. Tesla, BMW, Daimler, and General Motors all

About 50,000 customers in Puerto Rico still don't have power.

Experts speaking at a Congressional hearing this week indicated that plans for a more resilient grid have not yet coalesced in Puerto Rico.

Federal officials said work continues to move forward, but about 50,000 customers — meaning meters — remain without power. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which has spearheaded much of the repair work, is slated to draw down its presence on May 18. The Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1.

Lawmakers questioned representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Energy and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about when power would be 100 percent restored, how much a

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