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The Pacific Coast Building Conference (PCBC) in San Francisco earlier this month featured several energy efficient products.
Date: 06/30/2010
Type: Blog, Photos
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
Harry Atwater
Harry Atwater says that plasmonics is the key to overcoming the efficiency and cost challenges of thin-film solar.
Date: 09/28/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
smart meter
This blog entry provides a nice overview of today's electricity and transmission grid -- and tomorrow's "smarter" version. It includes primers on advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), demand response, grid optimization and energy storage.
Date: 11/18/2010
Type: Blog
Much software is coded with unnecessary steps, wasting energy. To transform to a green code, programmers have to start thinking about the real world energy consequences of their virtual actions.
Date: 07/16/2009
Type: Blog
The smart grid is gaining momentum fast as $4.5 billion in grants is issued in the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.
Date: 07/23/2009
Type: Blog
Technologies: Smart Grid
A look inside IBM's novel approach to overcome manufacturing issues with a technique using copper, tin, zinc, selenium, and sulfur.
Date: 02/19/2010
Type: Blog
Tags: IBM, thin film
The most efficient buildings are dense multipurpose structures like skyscrapers, which minimize material, heating, and cooling. Single-family suburban houses are inefficient since they need to be individually heated and cooled, and are spread out from the population, encouraging driving more.
Date: 09/16/2009
Type: Blog
Technologies: Modeling
A review of solar thin film photovoltaics over the past decade reveals a wave of investment and growing market share, but also trials and tribulations.
Date: 03/29/2010
Type: Blog
As the market for lithium ion batteries for electric vehicles is projected to grow rapidly, it remains to be seen which country takes the lead.
Date: 02/15/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Transportation

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