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Meet the Tesla Roadster Sport: Model updates to the Tesla Roadster for 2010, including push button controls and a touch screen for checking battery statistics, make “the previous generation car seem like something hacked together in a garage.” — CNET’s Car Tech

China Solar Snaps Up ThinSilicon: China Solar Power, which makes thin film amorphous silicon photovoltaic modules, today announced that it has acquired Mountain View, Calif.-based ThinSilicon, a developer of thin film manufacturing process technology. — Press Release

Brits Get Protection for Climate Beliefs: An English High Court judge has ruled that “belief in man-made climate change and the alleged resulting moral imperatives” deserve the same protection in the workplace as religious convictions. — The Economist

Wave of PV Equipment Purchases on the Way?: After seeing a significant decline in equipment sales this year, Manz Automation expects a new wave of capital equipment spending as photovoltaic manufacturers seek to boost cell conversion efficiencies to remain competitive. — PV-tech.org

Forecast: U.S. Emissions Set to Dip Next Year: The U.S. Energy Information Administration said today it expects the country’s carbon emissions from the burning of fossil fuels to fall 5.6 percent this year, largely due to reduced energy consumption in the industrial sector as a result of the weak economy, as well as changes in the electricity supply mix. — Dow Jones Newswires

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Ed Penn

Beacon Power Corporation (from an earlier news realease)
plans to begin construction on Nov. 23 of its 20-megawatt energy storage plant planned for Stephentown in rural Rensselaer County, N.Y.

The $69 million plant would operate with 10 pods of 20 flywheels each and store energy from the electric grid. The technology is designed to transfer energy back to the grid to avoid power surges when extra power is needed……

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