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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
incandescent light bulb
The Natural Resources Defense Council provides a counter-argument to Representative Joe Barton's bill to save the inefficient incandescent light bulb.
Date: 10/20/2010
Type: Article
Ice
Ice Energy, a provider of distributed ice-based energy storage to electric utilities, received $24M in venture funding.The firm's ice-based energy storage at commercial buildings has the potential to shift as much as 40 percent of peak energy demand to off-peak hours.
Date: 10/18/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Energy Storage
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
Cadmium telluride thin-film solar.
Thin-film solar panels made from cadmium telluride may be approaching a physical limit to efficiency of 12 to 13 percent.
Date: 10/15/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics

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