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Silicon carbide inverters are replacing silicon-based systems on trains. Silicon carbide systems are lighter and smaller than conventional systems and provide many other material advantages. Users report roughly 40% energy savings compared to a conventional system.
Date: 04/11/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Materials, Transportation
Researchers at Caltech grow a silicon microwire solar cell array with a copper catalyst that are twice as efficient as prior nanowire cells grown with a gold catalyst.
Date: 01/07/2010
Type: News
Researchers at Boston College use nanotechnology to develope a new anode material which could improve lithium-ion batteries.
Date: 02/18/2010
Type: News
Technologies: Batteries, Energy Storage
China struggles to contain its energy demand as the world’s most populous nation. Cities continue to grow, requiring more buildings and floor space. The country is working with companies around the world to help mediate energy demand in new and existing buildings.
Date: 10/16/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings
As funding for research and development of clean energy technologies is necessary for the future of a clean energy economy, small businesses hold great promise and have been shown to have twice as many innovations per employee as large businesses.
Date: 02/10/2010
Type: Article
Southwest Windpower has announced that their compact, grid-connected Skystream 3.7 wind turbine said to produce up to 400 kWh of clean electricity per month is now available at select Home Depot stores.
Date: 07/07/2011
Type: News
Researchers at IBM build the smallest carbon-nanotube transistor ever made, measuring nine nanometers.
Date: 01/26/2012
Type: News
A new "Smart Appliance Report" projects the global household smart appliance market to grow from $3 billion to $15 billion by 3015.
Date: 03/05/2010
Type: News
Technologies: Smart Grid
Smart-grid lines.
Smart grid investments are costly and may not always always pay for themselves through utilities' operational cost savings alone. It is of great importance to factor in the benefits to consumers and society at large and to make sure consumers understand these benefits.
Date: 09/20/2010
Type: Article
After Hurricane Sandy, Washington DC electricity company, Pepco, was able to restore power to most of the area's residents the same day they lost it. The utility was able to do this by "pinging" meters to verify service.
Date: 11/06/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Smart Grid

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