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Last week’s events in Texas help illustrate that building an ever-expanding fleet of gas-fired peaking plants may not solve all our electricity needs. Instead, smart homes may be key to our rational energy future.
Date: 02/14/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Smart Grid
Members of the Smart Grid Panel at the Freescale Technology Forum argue that energy users want energy efficiency without complexity. They contend that the option of manual control of energy use should be abandoned in favor of smart sensors, meters and appliances.
Date: 06/24/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Smart Grid
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
Utilities use network-connected meters and other new technologies to build a smart grid that will reduce outages, cut costs and improve customer service.
Date: 11/13/2009
Type: Article
Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab designed a new material for windows that could lead to "smart windows" that let people control the amount of light and heat that gets through.
Date: 08/29/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings, Control Systems
The Global e-Sustainability Initiative and EcoVadis have partnered to launch an online platform to monitor sustainability practices in the information and communications technologies sector supply chains.
Date: 06/19/2013
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
Schematic diagram of a thin film organic solar cell
Stanford Engineers say ultra-thin solar cells can absorb sunlight more efficiently than the thicker, more expensive-to-make silicon cells that are used today.
Date: 09/28/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Researchers have shown that nanowires have some very interesting properties that could help create solar panels that are more efficient than was previously thought possible.
Date: 04/01/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Materials
A strong showing from global solar photovoltaic (PV) installations, coupled with a sharp fall in new wind capacity, has led to solar growth outpacing wind this year – for the first time ever.
Date: 09/27/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics

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