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Frustrated with the lack of recent breakthroughs in solar thermal technology, Google has decided to devote research resources to the area. The company is aiming to lower the production costs by a factor of at least two, but may have underestimated the technology's complexity.
Date: 09/28/2009
Type: Blog
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
A New Mexico electric utility is the second major utility to leave the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, along with Pacific Gas and Electric, due to the Chamber's hard-line stance against climate change regulation.
Date: 09/25/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Climate Change, Utilities
Reuters – The sun is shown as it rises between power transmission lines
California announced country's most aggressive state plan on energy efficiency, with over $3.1 billion earmarked to retrofits and programs that will result in energy savings
Date: 09/25/2009
Type: News
The federal government release its draft of smart grid standards, laying the foundation of the regulations that will accompany the emerging industry.
Date: 09/24/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Smart Grid
Two of the nation's largest electric utilities announced plans to transition their entire automobile fleet to plug-in hybrid and full electric vehicles to support the adoption of the technology.
Date: 09/24/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Transportation, Utilities
Philips Electronics announced its plans to pursue the Department of Energy's L Prize, an award to the first company that can create an an energy efficient, commercially-scalable incandescent light bulb. The L prize awards $10 million and potentially lucrative federal purchasing agreements.
Date: 09/24/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Lighting & Displays
The Commerce Department reveals the first 77 smart grid standards along with gaps and priorities to be addressed. A final report is expected to be released by the end of the year.
Date: 09/24/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Buildings, Smart Grid
At a UN meeting yesterday, the Chinese government pledged to substantially improve the energy efficiency of its buildings. Though seen as a positive step for China, some governments found the lack of specific targets disappointing.
Date: 09/23/2009
Type: News
Researchers at Stanford and Hanyang University are developing silicon nanotube electrodes that could significantly increase charge capacity of lithium-ion batteries.
Date: 09/23/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Batteries, Transportation
The solar manufacturer Suntech announced achieving a record efficiency for its multi-crystalline silicon photovoltaic module. The previous record had also been set by Suntech a month ago.
Date: 09/23/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics

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