Renewable energy industry news roundup: March 13–20, 2016

Renewable energy industry news roundup: March 13–20, 2016

A new app calculates the carbon-footprint of employees' daily commutes, a South Korean company develops a hydroelectric turbine that can fit in your backpack and solar energy heats up in the state of Virginia. Read these stories and more in this week’s news roundup:

Phone-charging hydroelectric turbine fits in a backpack

A tiny hydroelectric generator about the size and shape of a Thermos bottle can be plunged into any source of moving water to generate electricity to charge a mobile device. The device, developed by South Korean company Enomad, deploys fins that turn a turbine to charge an internal battery that in turn can charge a phone or power an included lantern.

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New solar facility to be built in Virginia

Dominion Virginia Power will build and operate a 20-MW solar project in Fauquier County, Va., as part of a public-private partnership with the commonwealth of Virginia and Microsoft Corp. The energy will be placed onto the grid and is enough to power 5,000 homes.

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Small-scale wind energy on the rise

China and parts of North America lead the market in terms of installation of small-scale wind energy components, the World Wind Energy Association said. The WWEA released data on the installation of smaller wind-energy units, saying the number increased 8.3 percent at the end of 2014, the last full year for which it has data. That follows a 7.3 percent increase in 2013.

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