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Potential improvements to wind turbine efficiency include (1) using computers to measure the airflow over blade surfaces and adjust the blade angles in real time and (2) adding micro-grooves into the blade surface to reduce the the resistance of blades to incoming airflow.
Date: 11/23/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Energy Conversion
Programmers and hardware designers look for energy efficiency solutions as data center energy use continues to climb.
Date: 09/11/2009
Type: Blog
Technologies: Data Centers
A start-up is helping companies identify building energy efficiency improvements by leveraging data on tens of thousands of real-world audits.
Date: 10/06/2011
Type: News
Technologies: Buildings, Modeling
Even as the state of California invests heavily in renewable energy technologies, state officials believe that the most greenhouse gas reductions will come from energy efficiency.
Date: 09/09/2009
Type: News
In collaboration with Institute Director John Bowers, Intel has developed a prototype high-speed optical data link, which is integrated onto silicon. The Silicon Photonics Link supports data transfers at rates of up to 50Gbps, a speed Intel compared to transmitting an entire HD movie every second.
Date: 07/28/2010
Type: Article, News
Technologies: Photonics
When rice is harvested, silica-rich husk is left as a waste product and is commonly used as a fertilizer additive. Scientists in South Korea are researching silica-rich husks as an alternative to graphite electrodes that are currently used in lithium ion batteries.
Date: 07/10/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries
Energy efficiency and solar PV balance each other out by reducing demand for electricity, while at the same time providing the energy that is needed sustainably.
Date: 05/20/2009
Type: Slides, Video
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
The internet works by putting energy in and getting data out; it is just a vessel for moving information across locations.
Date: 05/20/2009
Type: Slides, Video
Technologies: Electronics
Big solar installers report almost no damage to their solar panels, even in hardest hit areas.
Date: 11/19/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
RoseStreet Labs Energy Inc. (RSLE) announces a successful laboratory demonstration of its IBand technology, the first known multiband, hgih-efficiency, solar photovoltaic device featuring three distinct light absorption regions integrated into a single layer thin film device.
Date: 07/14/2010
Type: News
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics

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