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data center
There’s a divide within data centers today between the people who manage data center cooling, power and security systems, and the IT folks that buy and run the servers, but the efficiencies of IT have a lot to offer the future of greener data centers.
Date: 02/22/2011
Type: Blog
clouds
Integrating cloud computing with demand response is a growing trend. This week, Lockheed Martin integrated its demand response technology with a cloud-based smart meter platform and EnerNOC announced it is turning to Salesforce.com’s cloud to keep track of its demand response customers.
Date: 03/07/2011
Type: Blog
Mojave Breeze hybrid air cooler
The Mojave Breeze hybrid air cooler uses indirect evaporative cooling without bringing humid air into homes and requires 80% less electricity than conventional air conditioning.
Date: 03/14/2011
Type: Blog
Technologies: HVAC
The Cleantech Forum highlighted two recent trends: (1) big corporations have become increasingly active by opening their infrastructure and investing in later-stage start-ups, and (2) in the last year, Energy Efficiency has taken over Solar as the hottest sub-sector within cleantech.
Date: 03/15/2011
Type: Blog
Technologies: General Information
Raven Window
A new nanomaterial coating from RavenBrick Windows allows windows to regulate the solar energy passing through them in response to outdoor temperatures.
Date: 04/13/2011
Type: Blog
Technologies: Buildings, Materials
verge quadrants
The GreenBiz Group is unveiling a new initiative called VERGE, focusing on the convergence of four technology sectors: vehicles, information, buildings, and energy.
Date: 04/18/2011
Type: Blog
Technologies: Buildings, Transportation
Pumped hydro storage schematic
Though storage of renewable off-peak energy production is an important part of the nation's energy efficiency mix, pumped hydro storage is regulated by FERC and permitting can take decades.
Date: 04/18/2011
Type: Blog
Technologies: Energy Storage
lightbulb with money
Business analyst Christopher Russell quantifies the costs--in terms of the wasted energy that you have to pay for--associated with doing nothing to improve your efficiency. When compared to efficiency upgrade costs, the numbers often make a compelling argument for improvements.
Date: 04/26/2011
Type: Blog
Technologies: Economic Impact
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
AES batteries
Power company AES is in the process of scaling up its lithium-ion grid battery projects to a commercial size, and by the third quarter of this year, plans to start operating a 32 MW lithium-ion battery project in West Virginia.
Date: 05/06/2011
Type: Blog
Technologies: Energy Storage

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