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Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute studied how to make the semiconductor germanium emit laser light. This could be the basis for new computer chips in which information will be transferred partially in the form of light. This technology can improve the performance of our electronics.
Date: 09/10/2012
Type: Article
Given their unobtrusive nature, building-integrated photovoltaics were once touted as the next big thing in solar power. They are now facing a tough challenge in the market, however, due to their higher costs and lower efficiency compared to competing products.
Date: 08/11/2010
Type: Article, News
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Researchers at Stanford have developed a method for to apply nanoscale texturing over large areas. The technique could result in improved efficiencies in thin-film solar cells, without increasing the cost or the process complexity.
Date: 07/22/2010
Type: Article
Korean battery maker LG Chem is developing "cable batteries." Flexible batteries have been made before in the form of sheets, but these cable batteries are bendable in three dimensions. They could be integrated into headphones and woven into jewelry or textiles.
Date: 08/24/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries
California had its first sale of greenhouse gas permits under the state’s new cap-and-trade system. Supporters of the cap-and-trade system believe it will reduce emissions and serve as a blueprint for other states.
Date: 11/20/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Economic Impact
The Navy base in Oxnard, California has saved thousands of dollars in energy bills by installing 300 smart meters pinpointing energy waste on the base.
Date: 06/17/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Smart Grid
Emission permits were sold at $2.91 above the reserve price at Californias second carbon auction, exceeding analysts expectations, and raising about $176 million in revenues.
Date: 03/01/2013
Type: Article
Six Californian cities are noted on Energy Star's list of top 25 cities with the most Energy Star certified buildings.
Date: 03/12/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings
Starting September 1st, owners of non-residential buildings in California of 50,000 square feet or greater will be required to release their building's energy usage when they sell their property.
Date: 07/22/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings
TV and appliance standards, improved building codes, and utility programs are among some of the instruments California is using to increase energy efficiency and reduce energy use.
Date: 02/18/2010
Type: Article

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