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Gloomy investment banker.
At the Renewable Energy Finance Forum in San Francisco, investment bankers were bullish on the energy efficient market, saying that's where the money is.
Date: 09/30/2010
Type: Blog
A silver wafer reflects the face of NREL research scientist Hao-Chih Yuan
A new breakthrough etching technique developed at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory can put a trillion holes in a silicon wafer the size of a compact disc. This technology may lead to more efficient, lower-cost solar cells.
Date: 09/02/2010
LED street lights.
The New York Times reports on the potential for energy efficiency improvements to reduce power consumption and combat climate change.
Date: 09/01/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: General Information
Infrared scan of a retrofitted building.
A new crop of startups such as Skyline Innovations and Metrus Energy hope to transform energy efficiency and building management through creative financing, service contracts and software.
Date: 08/30/2010
Type: Article
Diagram of bronchial tubes.
A new fuel cell designed by scientists at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has components that are modeled after the bronchial system in lungs. The fuel cell shows a significant improvement in terms of efficiency and also requires less of the cost-prohibitive platinum catalyst.
Date: 08/26/2010
Type: Blog, News
Technologies: Energy Conversion
GE's Nucleus software displays real-time and historical energy use.
GE is partnering with the Department of Energy on a $5 million program that will test the energy efficiency of homes equipped with smart grid products, LEDs and solar panels.
Date: 08/24/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Smart Grid
Professor Ceder's battery lab is testing a magnesium atom.
The government's new Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) invests in high-risk high-rewards energy projects such as carbon nanotubes to store electricity or a "materials genome" for better battery fabrication.
Date: 08/22/2010
Type: Article
Energy saving activities.
A study by the National Academy of Sciences finds that consumers don't fully understand the actual energy savings of various activities (like driving a more efficient car or turning off lights), indicating that consumer education or awareness programs could have a big impact on energy consumption.
Date: 08/18/2010
Department of Energy Logo
The DOE reports that less than 9% of the funds awarded in energy efficiency block grants has been spent, leaving the economy somewhat unstimulated.
Date: 08/16/2010
Type: Article
Innovative startup OPower is focusing on customer engagement and behavior modification to achieve great gains in home energy efficiency.
Date: 08/16/2010
Type: Article

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