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A group of companies, including Eaton Corporation and Triton, are working together to put the first 1-megawatt turbine on the ocean floor. This system can harvest steady, reliable energy from deep ocean currents.
Date: 10/30/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Utilities
At the Light Fair conference, General Electric introduced a LED light bulb that "breathes." The companies, GE and Nuventix, developed "synthetic jet cooling technology." This means that the LED has a diaphragm embedded in the bulb that vibrates and helps keep the bulb cool.
Date: 05/08/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Lighting & Displays
In honor of the laser turning 50, this article includes a timeline of some of the more notable scientific accomplishments related to light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation (laser).
Date: 06/03/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Electronics
Battery breakthroughs could lower costs and improve performance for electric vehicles and renewable energy storage, but commercializing these new technologies will be challenging.
Date: 06/29/2010
Technologies: Batteries
A test battery is connected to leads to measure its ability to store charge.
The DOE has funded a factory to produce activated carbon materials that could improve ultracapacitors for batteries and energy-storage devices, but it's not clear that battery manufacturers and automakers will have much use for the material in the next few years.
Date: 10/12/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries
Battery prototype. Credit: Yet-Ming Chiang
A startup hopes to commercialize a novel battery design that features fluid electrodes and will hopefully make electric vehicles go farther and cost less.
Date: 05/26/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries, Transportation
Investing in LED lighting could cut electricity use and reduce the US dependence on fossil fuels. The major problem is that LEDs are still too expensive for widespread consumer adoption.
Date: 08/12/2009
Type: Article
Technologies: Lighting & Displays
1.5 billion people live in the dark. Solar-powered microgrids could help bring power to millions of the world's poorest.
Date: 11/02/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
The chip for a power-optimization device
Chinese photovoltaic giant Suntech is investing in electronics to help squeeze more power out of solar arrays: smart module power-optimizers that correct for a drop in the array’s power output due to shading or debris and microinverters that adjust the voltage-current levels of each panel.
Date: 10/14/2010
Type: Article
Recent advancements in nanopillar arrays lead to more cost-effective photovoltaics.
Date: 03/10/2010
Type: Article

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