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The lower costs that can result from energy-efficiency improvements (e.g. better fuel economy, utility bill savings, etc.) can paradoxically encourage consumers to use more energy. This rebound effect can cause a net increase in energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
Date: 03/07/2011
Type: Article
Compressed Air Energy Storage schematic
Venture firms have funded many electrochemical technologies for utility-scale energy storage, but issues with cost, long-term reliability and utility familiarity limit their feasibility. Compressed air energy storage (CAES) may offer a more affordable and reliable alternative.
Date: 03/03/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Energy Storage
US Capitol Building
Congress is providing increased funding support to ARPA-E at a time when many programs face cuts.
Date: 03/03/2011
Type: Article
Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle diagram.
Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center has developed a new printing technology that promises to pack more energy into batteries for electric vehicles: the technology could increase battery storage capacity by 10 to 30 percent.
Date: 03/02/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries, Energy Storage
SeaMicro Server
SeaMicro's new computer consists of 256 independently functioning servers; the computer contains about the same amount of computing power as a full rack of standard servers, but consumes one-fourth of the power and one-fourth of the space.
Date: 02/28/2011
Type: Article
Chinese currency
China currently does not have demand response as we know it, but--partly as a result of recent regulations--a subsidiary of China's State Grid Corporation has selected Honeywell to participate in a project to study demand management and advanced energy management in buildings.
Date: 02/28/2011
Type: Article
Laptop charger
Institute faculty member's start-up says gallium nitride could make power electronics more efficient.
Date: 02/24/2011
Type: Article
Institute faculty member Umesh Mishra.
Institute faculty member Umesh Mishra's start-up company, Transphorm, has come up with a set of chips that could substantially curb power consumption in computers, electric cars, motors and other appliances.
Date: 02/23/2011
Type: Article
Solar cells made of multiple semiconductor materials. Credit: Solar Junction
Startup Solar Junction says it can beat the performance of the most efficient solar cells on the market today.
Date: 02/23/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Republican party logo
This New York Times editorial discusses Obama's energy policy and the Republicans' reaction to it.
Date: 02/22/2011
Type: Article

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