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Microsoft is working with Seattle and its local utility to conduct a pilot to increase energy efficiency in large commercial buildings in downtown Seattle. The pilot will use Accenture’s Smart Building & Energy Solutions energy management software alongside Microsoft’s Azure cloud technology.
Date: 07/11/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings
When rice is harvested, silica-rich husk is left as a waste product and is commonly used as a fertilizer additive. Scientists in South Korea are researching silica-rich husks as an alternative to graphite electrodes that are currently used in lithium ion batteries.
Date: 07/10/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries
Siemens is working to launch a large smart city project in Vienna, Austria where power supply, building systems, intelligent power grids, and information and communication technologies will interact.
Date: 07/09/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings
Aerospace companies are working on hybrid electric airplanes, and the earliest versions will likely arrive before the end of the decade.
Date: 07/08/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Transportation
NREL researchers have built flexible solar cells from Corning's Willow glass. These type of cells could be used in place of roof shingles; the cells are strong and durable and could last decades. Solar costs could be lowered by combining the costs of roof and solar installations.
Date: 07/05/2013
Type: Article
The EIA examines the energy use patterns of the United States since 1776. "Energy consumption patterns have changed significantly over the history of the United States as new energy sources have been developed and as uses of energy changed."
Date: 07/03/2013
Type: Article
Palo Alto, California has some of the cheapest solar in the United States. The price is 6.9 cents per kilowatt-hour for the 30-year power purchase agreement (PPA).
Date: 07/01/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
"In its first year, President Obama’s Better Buildings Challenge has signed up 7,700 participants that have reduced energy use by 2.5 percent on average." -- An article by Greentech Media.
Date: 06/28/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings
Harvard researches released a database of 35,000 organic molecules that are potentially over 10% efficient in converting solar energy into electricity. One thousand of the molecules are potentially over 11% efficient. The database will assist in the search for new organic photovoltaic materials.
Date: 06/27/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
President Obama laid out his new Climate Action Plan in a speech at Georgetown University yesterday. This Energy Manger Today article cover the major points discussed in the plan.
Date: 06/26/2013
Type: Article

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