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A recent study by New York City's Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability found that most energy intensive large buildings typically use three to five times more energy than least energy intensive buildings. NYC large buildings account for 45% of the city's carbon emissions.
Date: 08/06/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings
This past January, SunPower unveiled the first commercial deployment of its C7 low-concentration photovoltaic tracker. The concentrator would effectively allow the company to increase the power output of its utility-scale solar plants.
Date: 09/14/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
DOE’s SunShot Initiative is subsidizing research so it can stop subsidizing solar energy generation. DOE calls SunShot “the Apollo Mission of our time.”
Date: 04/23/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
A recent paper argues that planetary stability must be integrated with United Nations targets to fight poverty and secure human well-being, because the planet is being transformed in ways that could undermine development gains.
Date: 03/28/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Climate Change
Although federal funding and incentives have been coming down the pipeline, the solar and green building industries have not yet taken off. In preperation for what is to come, schools are beginning to offer green building certification programs to address the future demand for workers.
Date: 10/18/2009
Type: Article
Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich have developed an ultra-efficient new engine that runs on a combination of natural gas and diesel that, when combined with a battery and electric motor, may enable fuel efficiency of up to 80 mpg.
Date: 08/28/2013
Type: Article
A Seattle-based startup, EnerG2, has developed a carbon anode that can significantly improve the storage capacity of lithium-ion batteries without requiring a new battery design or a different manufacturing process.
Date: 04/17/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Energy Storage
DOE/EPA/industry task force recommends Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) to measure data center efficiency.
Date: 07/16/2010
Technologies: Data Centers
Roughly 20 to 50 percent of energy consumed in the world is dispersed as heat. A company has come up with a way to harness waste heat as low as 86 degrees Fahrenheit to be converted to electricity.
Date: 05/23/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings, Utilities
Tesla's CTO JB Straubel, one of the speakers on Electrochemical Energy Storage Technologies at the Institute for Energy Efficiency's 2013 Summit, told the MIT Tech Review that Tesla is tackling the challenge of a five to ten minute recharge time for Tesla's electric car batteries.
Date: 07/16/2013
Type: Article

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