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Innovative startup OPower is focusing on customer engagement and behavior modification to achieve great gains in home energy efficiency.
Date: 08/16/2010
Type: Article
OPower's 3 channel approach to energy efficiency.
A new software service from OPower based on behavioral psychology encourages consumers to reduce their power consumption and can result in energy savings of up to 3.5 percent.
Date: 08/26/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Utilities
Granola badge.
A new power management software from MiserWare called Granola works with both Linux and Windows operating systems to reduce power consumption on desktop computers.
Date: 09/14/2010
Type: Blog
Prototype SNUPI sensor.
Researchers at the University of Washington have devised a way to reduce the amount of power wireless sensors use to transmit data by using the electrical wiring in a building's walls as an antenna that propagates the signal. The technology extends both the range and the battery life of the sensor.
Date: 09/21/2010
Type: Article
Texas
Last week’s events in Texas help illustrate that building an ever-expanding fleet of gas-fired peaking plants may not solve all our electricity needs. Instead, smart homes may be key to our rational energy future.
Date: 02/14/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Smart Grid
A number of software companies are competing for customers in the energy management market and the degree to which they can implement energy efficiency savings quickly and with minimal hassle may become the main differentiating factor between them.
Date: 08/11/2010
Type: Article
SeaMicro Server
SeaMicro's new computer consists of 256 independently functioning servers; the computer contains about the same amount of computing power as a full rack of standard servers, but consumes one-fourth of the power and one-fourth of the space.
Date: 02/28/2011
Type: Article
CFL
In partnership with the Tokyo Institute of Technology, the Office of Naval Research Global has developed a device for harvesting residual magnetic power from electrical currents. The technology could reduce the energy used for lighting by up to 39 percent.
Date: 09/26/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Lighting & Displays
Interview with Transphorm CEO Umesh Mishra
GigaOM's Katie Fehrenbacher interviews Institute faculty member Umesh Mishra about his startup company, Transphorm.
Date: 05/17/2011
Type: Blog, Video
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

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