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IR body scan. Photo Credit: http://www.watershed.net/About-Saunas/
Human body heat from Stockholm's Central Station is providing as much 25% of the heat for a nearby green building.
Date: 01/20/2011
Type: Blog
Technologies: Energy Conversion
Reversible computing
Reversible logic could cut the energy wasted by computers in the form of dissipated heat to zero. The concept is currently theoretical, but may become possible as quantum processes begin to play a larger part in computation.
Date: 01/26/2011
Type: Article
SmartHome Cleveland
SmartHome Cleveland will be 90% more efficient than a typical home, thanks to its heavily-insulated SIPs wall system, high-performance windows, heat recovery ventilator, and airtight building envelope.
Date: 01/26/2011
Type: Blog, Photos
Institute faculty member Umesh Mishra.
Institute faculty member Umesh Mishra's start-up company, Transphorm, has come up with a set of chips that could substantially curb power consumption in computers, electric cars, motors and other appliances.
Date: 02/23/2011
Type: Article
Laptop charger
Institute faculty member's start-up says gallium nitride could make power electronics more efficient.
Date: 02/24/2011
Type: Article
Americold storage
Digital Lumens' LED Lighting Systems--which save up to 90 percent of lighting energy--have been installed in Americold facilities in three states.The fixtures also reduce AC and chiller power consumption in cold storage warehouses by 20-40 percent by eliminating heat transfer to chilled food.
Date: 03/29/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Lighting & Displays
New materials for adsorption chilling
New materials developed at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory improve adsorption chilling and could make practical air conditioners and refrigerators that use little or no electricity.
Date: 03/30/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings, HVAC, Materials
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
data center
Startups and established companies are working to make computers and data centers more energy-efficient through seven main avenues: (1) architecture and design, (2) cooling, (3) DC power, (4) monitoring and management, (5) servers and processors, (6) storage and memory, and (7) lights and sensors.
Date: 04/13/2011
Type: Article
solar panel
A group of researchers at MIT have devised an experimental thermoelectric device that converts solar heat directly into power via the Seebeck effect with greater efficiency than similar experimental devices.
Date: 05/04/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics

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