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An ARM microprocessor made by Marvell.
In an effort to reduce the cost of cooling microprocessor chips, data centers are looking to low-power chips used in cell phones and other mobile devices. These chips can generate energy savings, but they also have less processing power, so they may only be used in specific systems or applications.
Date: 11/18/2010
Type: Article
Thermostat
Co-generation of heat from coal power plants increases energy efficiency, but the resultant reliance on coal plants to supply heat limits the grid's use of renewable energy during cold months. As a result, some grid operators are building pumped hydro systems to store the un-used renewable energy.
Date: 11/16/2010
Type: Article
Cogenra Solar's hybrid solar cell
Cogenra Solar has developed a hybrid solar array that produces electricity and uses waste heat to provide hot water. The company says it has a solution for the overheating problems that have stymied this type of hybrid solar in the past, and they also believe they can achieve reasonable efficiency.
Date: 11/15/2010
Type: Article
white light LED
Startup EcoSpark believes it can produce a white light LED using zinc oxide. Unlike blue, gallium nitride LEDs, EcoSpark's bulb doesn't require any phosphorus coating to achieve white light, making the device cheaper and more efficient.
Date: 11/12/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Lighting & Displays
Piezoelectrics. Credit: ACS/Nano Letters
Researchers at Georgia Tech have used piezoelectric materials to make the first nanowire-based generators that can harvest enough mechanical energy to power small electronic devices. While initial studies used zinc-oxide nanowires, the researchers are already looking into more efficient materials.
Date: 11/08/2010
Type: Article
real estate
Boston-based Conservation Services Group is working on a metric to describe a home’s energy efficiency value. The metric would be included in the multiple listing service when the house is listed for sale, making energy efficiency a more tangible component of the home's value.
Date: 11/05/2010
Type: Article
Building Construction
State and local code officials voted to adopt new building codes that will achieve 30% in energy savings, using the 2006 model code as the baseline, for commercial and residential buildings. The new code will impact building construction, additions, and renovations in 47 states and Washington DC.
Date: 11/02/2010
Type: Article, News
Titanium oxide negative-electrode material
A Japanese research group developed a new oxide negative-electrode material that can enhance the capacity, lower the cost and increase the life of lithium-ion rechargeable batteries.
Date: 11/02/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries
Subway
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority won a grant to install an energy storage system to capture regenerative braking energy when the subway approaches a station. Some excess energy will be stored and made available to the wholesale power market for grid services.
Date: 11/01/2010
Type: Article
smart grid diagram
Katherine Hamilton discusses the barriers and challenges inherent in taking the smart grid from vision to reality. Hamilton is president of the GridWise Alliance and has spearheaded legislative and policy efforts, developed language for energy bills and secured critical funding for the smart grid.
Date: 10/28/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Smart Grid

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