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Thermoelectrics can convert waste heat into electricity, presenting an enormous potential for energy efficiency improvements as nearly half the energy cosumed by the US is dissipated as waste heat.
Date: 03/01/2010
Type: Blog
Berkeley, California based Alphabet Energy announced that it will receive $1 million in seed money to further develop its proprietary thermoelectric technology expected to be on the market in 2-3 years.
Date: 05/03/2010
Type: Blog
In an effort to inspire businesses and residents to better insulate buildings and improve energy efficiency, the mayor of Boston announced a plan to scan the city with infrared technology. The scans will reveal heat leaks in buildings and will be the first of their kind in a major American city.
Date: 06/21/2010
Type: News
Technologies: Buildings
Infrared imagery in online maps lets homeowners see their energy efficiency.
Date: 07/09/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Buildings
This post details the many ways in which energy is wasted by industries in the U.S.--and what can happen when they turn that waste into an energy source.
Date: 08/09/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: General Information
A thin film of silicon nanomesh
Researchers at Caltech have demonstrated new nanoscale designs that sever the relationship between thermal and electrical conductivity, potentially boosting the efficiency of thermoelectric materials for harvesting waste heat.
Date: 10/04/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Thermoelectrics
hybrid solar water panels
A new design by Solimpeks Solar Energy Corporation improves solar PV panel efficiency by using water to to absorb the extra heat that prevents panels from performing in their optimum range.
Date: 10/04/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Cogenra Solar's hybrid solar cell
Cogenra Solar has developed a hybrid solar array that produces electricity and uses waste heat to provide hot water. The company says it has a solution for the overheating problems that have stymied this type of hybrid solar in the past, and they also believe they can achieve reasonable efficiency.
Date: 11/15/2010
Type: Article
asphalt road
Researchers at the University of Rhode Island have identified a number of ways to harvest waste heat from asphalt roads, including embedding water filled pipes or thermoelectric semiconductors in or under the roadways.
Date: 11/15/2010
Type: Blog
Thermostat
Co-generation of heat from coal power plants increases energy efficiency, but the resultant reliance on coal plants to supply heat limits the grid's use of renewable energy during cold months. As a result, some grid operators are building pumped hydro systems to store the un-used renewable energy.
Date: 11/16/2010
Type: Article

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