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A bank of batteries for energy storage
Like software, energy storage is now increasingly sold as a service rather than a product. AES Energy Storage has begun to commercially operate a power storage farm of batteries that can rapidly provide power to utilities to balance loads--for a fee.
Date: 01/06/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Energy Storage
Inspired by today's Agrion event in Palo Alto, Greentech Media discusses the policy and large-scale manufacturing challenges in grid-scale utility energy storage.
Date: 07/28/2010
Type: Article, Blog
Technologies: Energy Storage
Energy startup BrightSource has developed an energy storage system that involves heating up molten salt, and pumping it through a heat exchanger to produce steam.
Date: 08/09/2011
Type: Article
US energy policy that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions but ignores energy efficiency could result in a significant increase in natural habitat interference and land use.
Date: 08/26/2009
Type: Article
The EIA examines the energy use patterns of the United States since 1776. "Energy consumption patterns have changed significantly over the history of the United States as new energy sources have been developed and as uses of energy changed."
Date: 07/03/2013
Type: Article
Institute Director John Bowers is quoted about the energy saving benefits of microchips
Date: 05/14/2009
Type: Article, News
Technologies: Materials, Electronics
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
Improved light controls
In addition to its 50 LEED-certified facilities, the University of California system has implemented a number of programs to improve efficiency. These programs include energy-efficient lighting, renewable energy sources, and efficient laboratory ventilation systems, to name a few.
Date: 05/25/2011
Type: Article
As a rebuttal to federal mortgage lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s argument that PACE programs pose difficult risk management challenges, an article in Grist Magazine reveals that energy-efficient homes have significantly lower default and delinquency rates than typical homes.
Date: 07/12/2010
Type: Article
Energy efficiency is gaining momentum in states that have traditionally been behind the curve in pushing such technology, according to research by the American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy. Many of these states are passing legislation and taking steps in improving energy efficiency by 2020.
Date: 05/17/2012
Type: Article

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