News for the Week (1/11/2019)

Solar Power Plant With Energy Storage Goes Live in Iowa

A new solar power plant with energy storage went online in Fairfield, Iowa at the Maharishi University of Management. The system uses sun-tracking solar panels and vanadium-flow battery energy storage. The plant is the first of its kind in the Midwest and one of the most advanced installations in the country. (Link)

Image Credit: PR Newswire

Former CEO of Insys Pleads Guilty to Bribing Doctors to Prescribe Opioids

The former CEO of Insys Pharmaceuticals, Michael Babich, pleaded guilty to participating in a nationwide scheme to bribe doctors to prescribe opioid medications by paying them kickbacks in the form of fees to participate in speaking programs. The opioid crisis is now claiming more lives per year than cigarettes. The situation is being made worse by the overprescribing of these dangerous, FDA-approved drugs by some doctors. (Link)

New Solar Panel Pulls Clean Drinking Water Out of the Air

The startup, Zero Mass Water, is making solar panels that generate clean drinking water from moisture in the air. The startup is backed by $1 billion from a fund ran by Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos. The technology could go a long ways towards improving the global water crisis, in which more than 2 billion people don’t have access to safe and clean water. (Link)

Image Credit: Zero Mass Water

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