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An ARM microprocessor made by Marvell.
In an effort to reduce the cost of cooling microprocessor chips, data centers are looking to low-power chips used in cell phones and other mobile devices. These chips can generate energy savings, but they also have less processing power, so they may only be used in specific systems or applications.
Date: 11/18/2010
Type: Article
Graphite-based "heat spreaders" in cell phones could make it possible to build lighter car batteries with the same number of cells.
Date: 06/23/2011
Type: News
Technologies: Batteries
Tags: graphite
In an effort to save energy, major HVAC and thermostat companies have been turning to "smarter" thermostats -- wireless, connected thermostats that can often be set up online. These new smart thermostats are expected to be more user-friendly than earlier versions.
Date: 10/04/2012
Type: Article
Advances in hybrid technology, such as batteries and electric motors, have made hybrid cars cheaper to manufacture. For this reason, automakers are turning to hybrids to comply with fuel-economy standards.
Date: 10/01/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries
BMW is unveiling a new technology that can mold a woven sheet of carbon fiber into a completed car part in less than 10 minutes. Carbon fiber parts will greatly reduce fuel consumption.
Date: 01/22/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Transportation
On May 3rd, the carbon-dioxide concentration in the atmosphere around the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii hit 400 parts per million, forcing scientists to believe that we are not even close to slowing down climate change.
Date: 05/13/2013
Type: News
Technologies: Climate Change
EnerDel, with support of the DOE and a Portland utility, will utilize it's lithium ion batteries to store energy.
Date: 11/30/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Batteries, Energy Storage
2010 Chevrolet Volt
Given the potential longevity of the car batteries for Chevrolet's Volt, GM is researching ways to reuse the batteries after the car is out of commission. One possibility is to help with energy storage from renewable energy sources such as wind and solar.
Date: 09/22/2010
Type: Blog
A Denver-based inventor aims to eliminate the use of kerosene for lighting in developing countries with his solar-charged light bulb.
Date: 01/25/2012
Type: News
GE Train
The ecomagination team at GE is pushing renewable energy limits with heat capture and hybrid dynamic braking on trains.
Date: 01/13/2011
Type: Article

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