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Boston-based Conservation Services Group is working on a metric to describe a home’s energy efficiency value. The metric would be included in the multiple listing service when the house is listed for sale, making energy efficiency a more tangible component of the home's value.
Date: 11/05/2010
Type: Article
Building Construction
State and local code officials voted to adopt new building codes that will achieve 30% in energy savings, using the 2006 model code as the baseline, for commercial and residential buildings. The new code will impact building construction, additions, and renovations in 47 states and Washington DC.
Date: 11/02/2010
Type: Article, News
Titanium oxide negative-electrode material
A Japanese research group developed a new oxide negative-electrode material that can enhance the capacity, lower the cost and increase the life of lithium-ion rechargeable batteries.
Date: 11/02/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries
Subway
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority won a grant to install an energy storage system to capture regenerative braking energy when the subway approaches a station. Some excess energy will be stored and made available to the wholesale power market for grid services.
Date: 11/01/2010
Type: Article
smart grid diagram
Katherine Hamilton discusses the barriers and challenges inherent in taking the smart grid from vision to reality. Hamilton is president of the GridWise Alliance and has spearheaded legislative and policy efforts, developed language for energy bills and secured critical funding for the smart grid.
Date: 10/28/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Smart Grid
Ultracapacitors
Thanks to their electrostatic storage, recharging capacity and high efficiency, ultracapacitors are making energy storage systems more powerful across multiple industries.
Date: 10/27/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Energy Storage
CFL
European researchers examined the entire production-to-disposal life-cycle of different lighting methods to find out which is most efficient. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) came out on top, although LEDs were notably absent from the study.
Date: 10/25/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Lighting & Displays
DOD energy research
A critique of the Post-Partisan Power proposal for how how the federal government should address the climate and energy crises claims that investing in energy innovation is not enough.
Date: 10/22/2010
Type: Article
GE jet engine LED bulb
General Electric is reducing the power consumption of its LED bulbs by using dual cool jets to lower the ambient temperature. The company says this technique increases the heat transfer rate by a factor of ten.
Date: 10/21/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Lighting & Displays
prototype fuel-cell stacks
Solid-acid fuel cells that can be made from relatively cheap materials may someday replace the turbines used in high-efficiency power plants.
Date: 10/21/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Energy Conversion

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