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data center tangle
Greenpeace got a lot of press last week for its A-to-F grades for the green data center efforts of Facebook, Google, IBM and other IT giants. Here, Jeff St. John looks into the measures and methods behind the report.
Date: 04/26/2011
Type: Blog
Solar cells made of multiple semiconductor materials. Credit: Solar Junction
Startup Solar Junction says it can beat the performance of the most efficient solar cells on the market today.
Date: 02/23/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
An array of quartz domes 600 nanometers wide and 200 nanometers high.
Stanford University researchers have developed a nanoscale metal reflector that boosts the efficiency of solid electrolyte dye-sensitized solar cells by as much as 20 percent.
Date: 02/07/2011
Type: Article
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
wind turbines
Potential improvements to wind turbine efficiency include (1) using computers to measure the airflow over blade surfaces and adjust the blade angles in real time and (2) adding micro-grooves into the blade surface to reduce the the resistance of blades to incoming airflow.
Date: 11/23/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Energy Conversion
John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama.
Michael Kanellos of Greentech Media argues that clean, green, efficient energy is a popular bi-partisan issue nationwide and that the compromise that will come out of our newly divided government will be good for energy policy and green technology.
Date: 11/08/2010
Type: Blog
'No on Prop 23' buttons.
Martin Chavez, director of ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA, says that passage of California's Proposition 23 would hamper local governments' efforts to create green jobs and foster business development through clean and energy-efficient technology industries.
Date: 11/01/2010
Type: Blog
Germany's new "Energiekonzept" provides a long-term strategy to push renewable energy as a reliable, economical and environmentally sound component of sustainable economic growth. The plan defines key milestones to be achieved by 2050, including a 25% reduction in electricity consumption.
Date: 10/15/2010
Type: Article
University of Arkansas Seal
As part of a larger NSF grant, the University of Arkansas will receive $8.7M over five years to establish two new research centers on campus: the Green Renewable Energy Efficient Nanoplasmonic Solar Cells Center and the Vertically Integrated Center for Transformative Energy Research.
Date: 10/05/2010
Type: News
Technologies: General Information
Lead-sulfide quantum dots
Researchers at the University of Wyoming have demonstrated that quantum dot nanomaterials could be used to create ultra-efficient solar cells that convert more sunlight into electricity than once thought possible.
Date: 09/30/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics

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