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Two coalitions of companies are now making tiny, lightweight sensors that could make lithium-ion batteries smaller, cheaper, and safer. These sensors can be integrated into batteries and can help detect how much charge is left.
Date: 09/17/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries, Transportation
Prototype SNUPI sensor.
Researchers at the University of Washington have devised a way to reduce the amount of power wireless sensors use to transmit data by using the electrical wiring in a building's walls as an antenna that propagates the signal. The technology extends both the range and the battery life of the sensor.
Date: 09/21/2010
Type: Article
Seoul Semiconductor Company launched a new LED product. Institute faculty member Shuji Nakamura is an advisor to Seoul and was there for the unveiling. Also, Seoul Optodevice Company awarded Institute faculty member James Speck a $500,000 endowment for his work in solid-state lighting.
Date: 07/13/2012
Type: News
Technologies: Lighting & Displays
The Solar Electric Power Association released a report to promote better understanding of Net Energy Metering through understanding of utility rate-setting regulation and evaluation of the value of distributed solar.
Date: 07/18/2013
Type: Article
In an effort to get building owners on-board with energy retrofits, one company is eliminating the hassle by managing every aspect of the process.
Date: 11/03/2011
Type: News
Technologies: Buildings, Control Systems
Green building products company Serious Materials has developed a software-as-a-service for monitoring and lowering energy consumption in commercial buildings.
Date: 09/24/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings, Control Systems
As utility and IT companies begin to invest in smart grid technology, many other sectors are trying to find ways to profit from smart grid implementation.
Date: 08/27/2009
Type: Blog
Technologies: Smart Grid
Power Plant
New research has found that just seven countries, including the UK and USA, account for 63% of climate change. Relative to population size, the UK has pumped the most greenhouse gases into the atmosphere because of historical use of coal.
Date: 01/22/2014
Type: News
Technologies: Climate Change
DOE seal
The Department of Energy has rolled out a program to donate billions of supercomputing hours to projects that are working on energy innovation, including a GE effort to design more energy-efficient propulsion systems.
Date: 12/01/2010
Type: News
Several major corporations are experimenting with forums for sharing environmentally friendly innovations and building communities around them.
Date: 11/02/2009
Type: News

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