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By the end of the year, China’s electric grid will become the largest in the world in terms of both installed generation capacity and electricity produced. Additionally, China is expected to have one of the largest energy storage capacities by 2016.
Date: 10/08/2012
Type: Article
In an effort to save energy, major HVAC and thermostat companies have been turning to "smarter" thermostats -- wireless, connected thermostats that can often be set up online. These new smart thermostats are expected to be more user-friendly than earlier versions.
Date: 10/04/2012
Type: Article
Advances in hybrid technology, such as batteries and electric motors, have made hybrid cars cheaper to manufacture. For this reason, automakers are turning to hybrids to comply with fuel-economy standards.
Date: 10/01/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries
The start-up SoloPower recently opened a manufacturing facility, which raised concerns from media and solar observers. SoloPower is entering into the niche market of thin-film panels using CIGS-based panels. The same niche and technology of Solyndra, a solar company that went bankrupt last year.
Date: 09/27/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Falling LED prices are yielding an unexpected bonanza for system developers: a “virtual” gain in device efficiency, which can be as much as 50 percent, or even more in some cases.
Date: 09/26/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Lighting & Displays
Data centers require a large amount of energy and space. In 2006, Microsoft bought 75 acres of bean fields in Washington State to build a giant data center. Since then Microsoft and the local community have disputed over the data center's pollution, electricity use, and impact on the community.
Date: 09/25/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Data Centers
Data centers have become increasingly important as more information is shared and put online. Yet, a recent study found that data centers can waste 90% or more of electricity. This NY Times article examines the energy use, pollution, and the need to better the energy efficiency of data centers.
Date: 09/24/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Data Centers
Thermoelectric materials can be used to generate electrical current from waste heat. Researchers have made a new thermoelectric material using lead telluride. This new material produces about 20 percent more electricity from heat than previous thermoelectric materials.
Date: 09/20/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Materials, Thermoelectrics
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
This past January, SunPower unveiled the first commercial deployment of its C7 low-concentration photovoltaic tracker. The concentrator would effectively allow the company to increase the power output of its utility-scale solar plants.
Date: 09/14/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics

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