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A new study from the Building Codes Assistance Project reveals that the average incremental cost of constructing a new home to meet the current energy efficiency building code is relatively small, and that owners will recoup those costs through energy savings in less than four years.
Date: 11/20/2010
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
Studies indicate that advanced sensors and controls have the potential to reduce the energy consumption of buildings by 20-30 percent.
Date: 03/02/2015
Type: News
Technologies: Buildings
Venture capitalists invest over $17 million in McPhy Energy, which is working to commercialize solid-state hydrogen storage technology.
Date: 07/06/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Energy Storage
A bank of batteries for energy storage
Like software, energy storage is now increasingly sold as a service rather than a product. AES Energy Storage has begun to commercially operate a power storage farm of batteries that can rapidly provide power to utilities to balance loads--for a fee.
Date: 01/06/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Energy Storage
Inspired by today's Agrion event in Palo Alto, Greentech Media discusses the policy and large-scale manufacturing challenges in grid-scale utility energy storage.
Date: 07/28/2010
Type: Article, Blog
Technologies: Energy Storage
The need for energy storage capabilities is greatly increasing as energy supply shifts to more distributed sources. Entrepreneurs and researchers are attempting to meet this surge in demand.
Date: 07/13/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Batteries, Economic Impact
Energy startup BrightSource has developed an energy storage system that involves heating up molten salt, and pumping it through a heat exchanger to produce steam.
Date: 08/09/2011
Type: Article
Energy storage systems are going to have a big role in the smart grid, so there needs to be a cheap energy storage mechanism.
Date: 08/14/2009
Type: Blog
Technologies: Batteries, Smart Grid
The first Energy Star rating for data centers was awarded to NetApp's Research Triangle Park in North Carolina.
Date: 07/16/2010
Type: News
Technologies: Data Centers

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