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Peter Fairley Guest Contributor

Peter Fairley is a contributing editor at MIT Technology Review who sees smarter energy use as the key to stopping climate change. He has tracked emerging energy technologies for over a decade at publications including Discover, Spectrum, and Nature. He spends a third of his time reporting from Paris and has also worked from the field in Asia, Latin America, and Africa.

Between 2001 and 2013 Fairley served as a board member and officer of the Society of Environmental Journalists.

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    Enormous flow batteries make large-scale electricity storage on the grid possible for the first time. Expect fewer blackouts and a thoroughly revamped electric power industry.

  • Nanotech by the Numbers

    It’s virtual reality, writ small: atom-by-atom simulations of new materials could usher in the nanotech future sooner than anybody imagined.

  • Wind Power for Pennies

    Windmills may finally be ready to compete with fossil-fuel generators. The technology trick: turn them backwards and put hinges on their blades.

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  • Solar on the Cheap

    Turning sunshine into electricity makes environmental sense. Thanks to new plastics, it might even be affordable.

  • A Smarter Power Grid

    New “power electronics” that swap voltage from line to line may be the best-and cheapest-fix for our aging electric grid.

  • Power to the People

    Declare independence from the electrical grid! Microturbines and fuel cells can generate premium juice 24/7.

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