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IR body scan. Photo Credit: http://www.watershed.net/About-Saunas/
Human body heat from Stockholm's Central Station is providing as much 25% of the heat for a nearby green building.
Date: 01/20/2011
Type: Blog
Technologies: Energy Conversion
Gravity Power's GPM energy storage system
Start-up Gravity Power has developed a new, high-efficiency method for storing energy that uses gravity to pump pistons in deep, water-filled shafts in the earth.
Date: 01/19/2011
Type: Blog
Technologies: Energy Storage, Utilities
ESL bulb
New electron stimulated luminescence (ESL) bulbs that use phosphors are as efficient as LEDs but cost half as much.
Date: 01/06/2011
Type: Blog
Technologies: Lighting & Displays
LED
Starbucks has replaced every incandescent and halogen bulb in their US coffee stores with LEDs; company-wide, the switch has reduced lighting energy consumption by 80 percent and total store energy consumption by 7 percent.
Date: 12/10/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Lighting & Displays
Battery
Start-up Qnovo intends to help customers get the most out of batteries through electronics. Qnovo’s is bypassing new production lines and chemistries and instead improving battery efficiency in existing lines by targeting battery electrochemistry using only electronic controls.
Date: 11/30/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Batteries, Energy Storage
Nissan's eco pedal
Nissan has unveiled a new gas pedal that uses resistance to discourage drivers from pressing the pedal to the metal. The new system is also available to other car manufacturers and could improve fuel efficiency by five to ten percent.
Date: 11/24/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Transportation
wind turbines
Potential improvements to wind turbine efficiency include (1) using computers to measure the airflow over blade surfaces and adjust the blade angles in real time and (2) adding micro-grooves into the blade surface to reduce the the resistance of blades to incoming airflow.
Date: 11/23/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Energy Conversion
Philips LED bulb
Energy-efficient LED bulbs have been improving in terms of brightness, color and price, but do the efficiency savings pay for themselves? This blog post provides an analysis of the costs and benefits.
Date: 11/19/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Lighting & Displays
smart meter
A recent report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy stresses the need for energy efficiency programs that change consumer behavior and habits. In short, consumers need to be able to see how much energy they use and they need proof that conservation pays off.
Date: 11/18/2010
Type: Blog
smart meter
This blog entry provides a nice overview of today's electricity and transmission grid -- and tomorrow's "smarter" version. It includes primers on advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), demand response, grid optimization and energy storage.
Date: 11/18/2010
Type: Blog

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