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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
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
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
Researchers at MIT announce a new breakthrough for producing electricity with carbon nanotubes.
Date: 03/08/2010
Type: Blog
Burning natural gas to generate electricity releases about half as much carbon dioxide as burning coal, but such a benefit can be offset by accidental methane leakage during drilling and transmission. A new measuring system can help minimize accidental methane releases.
Date: 12/14/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Climate Change, Utilities
As the world's second most populous country, India struggles to provide reliable electricity to everyone. For this reason, electric vehicle sales in India has greatly decreased.
Date: 01/04/2013
Type: Article
Conventional batteries take so long to charge that they cannot efficiently store braking energy. Graphene supercapacitors store almost as much but charge in just 16 seconds.
Date: 11/18/2013
Type: News
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
While electric cars have the potential to do a lot of good for the air and the environment, they also push utilities toward their limits. This article examines the modifications utility companies will have to make to accommodate the widespread use of electric cars.
Date: 10/18/2012
Type: Article
Data centers require a large amount of energy and space. In 2006, Microsoft bought 75 acres of bean fields in Washington State to build a giant data center. Since then Microsoft and the local community have disputed over the data center's pollution, electricity use, and impact on the community.
Date: 09/25/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Data Centers

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