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If utility companies and policymakers work together, they can dramatically reduce the demand for electricity.
Date: 07/01/2007
Type: Article
The future looks bright to advocates of solid state lighting, a technology in which semiconductors called light-emitting diodes (LEDs) take the place of incandescent or fluorescent bulbs.
Date: 12/01/2007
Type: Article
Technologies: Lighting & Displays
The Performance-Based Rate model that has helped make European utilities energy efficient, now threatens to undermine efforts by setting unreasonably low standards. A next generation of regulations must be conceived.
Date: 06/01/2008
Type: Article
The electricity delivery system is outdated and far behind similar technologies in other industries. The smart grid can digitize the energy infrastructure the way credit cards have digitized the personal monetary exchange system.
Date: 03/03/2009
Type: Blog
Technologies: Smart Grid
Huge savings are possible by installing grid software that can reroute internet data searches to data centers where electricity is the cheapest.
Date: 08/17/2009
Type: News
Researchers at MIT announce a new breakthrough for producing electricity with carbon nanotubes.
Date: 03/08/2010
Type: Blog
Transphorm, the Santa Barbara startup founded by Institute faculty member Umesh Mishra, is working to boost the electric grid's efficiency using gallium nitride in the power conversion process.
Date: 01/30/2012
Type: News
In 2011, utilities interconnected more than 62,000 PV systems, according to new findings by the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA). These new systems resulted in almost 1,500 megawatts of new utility solar capacity, over twice as much as was added in 2010, which itself had been a record year.
Date: 04/18/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Thermoelectric materials can be used to generate electrical current from waste heat. Researchers have made a new thermoelectric material using lead telluride. This new material produces about 20 percent more electricity from heat than previous thermoelectric materials.
Date: 09/20/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Materials, Thermoelectrics
Data centers have become increasingly important as more information is shared and put online. Yet, a recent study found that data centers can waste 90% or more of electricity. This NY Times article examines the energy use, pollution, and the need to better the energy efficiency of data centers.
Date: 09/24/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Data Centers

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