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Westarkade tower in Frankfurt, Germany.
A sensor-tuned facade lets fresh air in without throwing energy out.
Date: 09/09/2010
Electricity lines.
This opinion piece lays out the importance of consumer education in creating smart grid policy.
Date: 09/08/2010
Type: Article, Blog
Solar VC.
The top ten venture capital investors in the solar technology industry are revealed.
Date: 09/08/2010
Type: Article, Blog
Hemp home.
Dubbed “hempcrete”, the innovative building material is said to act as a “built-in air filter”, which actually helps improve air quality and does not contain any toxic substances. Not to mention, is inexpensive and more efficient than conventional building alternatives.
Date: 09/07/2010
Technologies: Buildings, Materials
Installing solar panels.
Solar energy monitoring systems can increase energy production up to 10% in solar electricity systems.
Date: 09/02/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Ford Focus Electric.
The Ford Focus Electric, due out next year in the U.S., will contain a lithium-ion battery pack with a liquid-based thermal management system that Ford claims will maximize the battery's efficiency and range, as well as elongate overall battery life.
Date: 09/02/2010
Type: Blog, News
Technologies: Batteries, Transportation
GE's new charging station.
Technology Review's latest list of cool new products includes an electric vehicle charger for the smart grid and low-cost solar.
Date: 09/02/2010
Type: Blog, Photos
Global Solar's thin-film cells can be attached to flat roofs without racking.
Global Solar has introduced a line of flexible BIPV solar modules that are designed for flat commercial rooftop buildings. Because the thin-film panels do not need racks, they can cover more roof space, generating more power.
Date: 08/31/2010
Type: Blog, News
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Google PowerMeter screen shot.
Google.org has added an energy-efficiency recommendations feature to PowerMeter, its home energy Web application.
Date: 08/31/2010
Type: Blog, News
Technologies: Smart Grid
Diagram of bronchial tubes.
A new fuel cell designed by scientists at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has components that are modeled after the bronchial system in lungs. The fuel cell shows a significant improvement in terms of efficiency and also requires less of the cost-prohibitive platinum catalyst.
Date: 08/26/2010
Type: Blog, News
Technologies: Energy Conversion

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