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Following the lead of the Large Hadron Collider, companies and research groups are focusing on ways to integrate high efficiency cables made of superconductive filaments into a smart grid.
Date: 06/17/2010
Type: Article, News
Researchers at the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory have designed a new air conditioner that uses both evaporative cooling and a liquid desiccant to remove moisture. Engineers believe it could use up to 90% less energy than conventional air conditioners in humid areas.
Date: 06/17/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: HVAC
A new method of capturing the higher energy sunlight that is usually lost as heat in conventional solar cells could double solar-to-electric power conversion efficiency.
Date: 06/18/2010
Type: Article, News
Steve DenBaars, head of the Lighting Solutions Group at the Institute for Energy Efficiency, discusses the inefficiency of the incandescent light bulb.
Date: 06/20/2010
Type: Article, Video
Technologies: Lighting & Displays
Researchers at MIT have developed a new lithium-ion battery technology using a positive electrode made of carbon nanotubes. The large surface area and porous structure of the nanotubes give the new battery high energy capacity and power.
Date: 06/21/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries, Materials
Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a method for quickly and cheaply mass-producing graphene, a carbon material that could improve the efficiency of energy storage.
Date: 06/22/2010
Type: Article
BrightSource Energy says its planned Ivanpah solar-thermal plant will operate at 18 percent efficiency (compared to an average of 13-15 percent at other solar-thermal plants) and earn a capacity factor of 30 percent.
Date: 06/23/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Members of the Smart Grid Panel at the Freescale Technology Forum argue that energy users want energy efficiency without complexity. They contend that the option of manual control of energy use should be abandoned in favor of smart sensors, meters and appliances.
Date: 06/24/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Smart Grid
Businessweek profiles GE scientist and innovator Anil Duggal who is working on ways to improve mass production of energy efficient organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs).
Date: 06/24/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Lighting & Displays
Spurred by California's AB 2514--an assembly bill to to promote energy storage in the state--analysts from StrateGen Consulting provide an analysis that demonstrates the value of energy storage as an alternative to natural gas-fired peaker plants.
Date: 06/28/2010
Technologies: Energy Storage, Utilities

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