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Physicists at Rutgers University have discovered that energy-carrying particles generated by packets of light can travel a thousand times farther in organic semiconductors than scientists previously observed. The discovery could result in more efficient and inexpensive plastic solar cells.
Date: 10/13/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
According to the Alliance to Save Energy, energy efficiency could reduce the federal deficit, free up consumer spending power and lead us out of the recession.
Date: 10/08/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Economic Impact
Electrowetting
An electrowetting-based dynamic liquid prism allows a thin layer on top of photovoltaic materials to track the sun without any moving mechanical parts, thereby improving solar efficiency.
Date: 10/07/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Battery
While Moore's Law has delivered a 10,000 times improvement in chips over the years, battery performance has only improved 3-4 times. Expectations of future improvement in battery performance should therefore be more realistic and focus on achievable goals.
Date: 10/06/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Batteries
HVAC
While the markets for energy management in large-scale buildings and homes are booming, the market for mid-sized commercial buildings (fast food restaurants, small office parks etc.) remains relatively untapped.
Date: 10/05/2010
Type: Blog
Hara's supply chain EEM software.
Energy management startup Hara has released software for a supply-chain module that can evaluate energy efficiency among a client’s suppliers – vendors, transportation services, warehouses, etc.
Date: 10/05/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Buildings, Transportation
hybrid solar water panels
A new design by Solimpeks Solar Energy Corporation improves solar PV panel efficiency by using water to to absorb the extra heat that prevents panels from performing in their optimum range.
Date: 10/04/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
AVOB's Energy Viewer software
GreenTech Pastures summarizes two new power management software options: Energy Viewer Express and Surveyor.
Date: 10/04/2010
Type: Blog
Home energy use diagram
The average American household uses the same amount of energy it did in the early 1970s, despite significant improvements in the efficiency of household appliances. This constant energy use can be attributed to larger households full of more energy-sapping devices like computers and DVD players.
Date: 10/01/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: General Information
Gloomy investment banker.
At the Renewable Energy Finance Forum in San Francisco, investment bankers were bullish on the energy efficient market, saying that's where the money is.
Date: 09/30/2010
Type: Blog

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