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The White House has begun installing American-made solar panels as part of a commitment to renewable energy. The installations will also serve as a demonstration of incorporating solar into a historic building.
Date: 08/21/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
GTM Research reports that the U.S. photovoltaic (PV) market has grown, over the last ten years, at an average annual rate of approximately 70 percent.
Date: 06/19/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Rechargeable batteries
Wildcat Discovery Technologies' combinatorial chemistry tools give the company the capability to rapidly synthesize inorganic materials. A recent synthesis lead to the discovery of a new rechargeable battery material, which they claim can improve battery performance by 25 to 65 percent.
Date: 03/14/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries
California buildings
Will California's statewide green building codes advance energy-efficient construction or undermine stricter standards like LEED? The CALGreen codes promote efficiency without the costs of third-party certification, but critics note that the standards are prescriptive rather than performance-based.
Date: 01/06/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings, Materials
Caveats lighting control.
Compression algorithm technology used in MP3s and online video may help reduce power consumption and improve energy efficiency in commercial fluorescent lighting.
Date: 09/14/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Lighting & Displays
Some parallels exist between the solar industry and the early PC industry as companies are finding creative ways to produce the cells at lower cost.
Date: 03/23/2009
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Waste Heat
UC Berkeley researchers estimate that over half of U.S. energy consumption is dissipated as waste heat; can such a ubiquitous energy source be harvested as an economically feasible alternative?
Date: 03/31/2011
Type: Article
Lockheed Martin Corp. on Wednesday said its engineers had made a breakthrough in the race to build a nuclear fusion reactor.
Date: 10/23/2014
Type: Article
Technologies: Energy Conversion
The DOE released a report indicating that wind energy accounted for 43% of new electricity added to the U.S. electric grid in 2012. The wind capacity added was double what was installed in 2011.
Date: 08/06/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Energy Conversion
A report by the Carbon Disclosure Project shows that many cities around the world are taking big steps to improve their energy efficiency and sustainability, even though nations struggle to forge a global response to climate change.
Date: 06/21/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Climate Change

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