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Microsoft is doing something super interesting and experimental: using fuel cells to create self-powered racks in data centers. Microsoft, which is now testing the tech, says such a set up could make data centers more efficient, minimizing energy distribution losses and reducing dependence on the power grid.

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Tesla went from a high of over $180 per share earlier this week to, at one point, under $135 per share on Friday. The company’s shares have been over valued for awhile, and a modest earnings report sent the stock falling this week. Will it head back up or even more down next week?

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I was hoping to be able to attend the Tesla London store launch, but alas had to head back to the Bay Area at the end of the Summer before the official opening. But Green Car Reports attended the launch late last week and snapped these pics. As predicted it’s in the Westfield Mall near Notting Hill and Tesla CEO Elon Musk kicked off the event. Tesla will be selling right-hand-drive Model S cars for the first time in the U.K.

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Bill Gates, along with the staff of nuclear startup TerraPower, visited the U.S. government-owned Idaho National Labs this week to check out the facilities in advance of reactor design work that TerraPower plans to do at the facility. Gates is chairman of, and investor, in TerraPower, which has been developing a traveling wave nuclear reactor that can run on waste uranium, and can make and consume its own fuel — theoretically it doesn’t need to be refueled for hundreds of years.

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s ARPA-E program — which allocates small grants to early stage, high risk technologies — has launched a new project focused on efficient power grid electronics. Say wha? When electricity flows across, on and off the grid it has to go through a lot of inefficient conversion devices. This program, called SWITCH, will give funds to 14 projects working on more efficient power conversion technologies mostly at the transistor manufacturing level. More info and project winners here.

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The Department of Energy — which loaned now-faltered electric car maker Fisker $192 million to build cars and a factory — will start looking at bids on Friday to sell off the remainder of its loan to Fisker. Reuters reports that bidders have to offer at least $30 million, with 10 percent down, to be in the auction. At one point Fisker was valued at over $2 billion.

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