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An assessment of the city of Boston identifies Boston's vulnerability to climate change and provides steps to help property owners reduce their vulnerability to severe storms and sea level rise.
Date: 08/09/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings, Climate Change
ACEEE released a report on miscellaneous energy loads in buildings, indicating that these loads consume $70 billion in energy each year. The author suggests that the efficiency of these loads could be increased 40% - 50%.
Date: 08/08/2013
Type: Article
Researchers at Penn State University have developed a thin, flexible glass that can be used to store energy at high temperature and high power applications, such as electric vehicle power electronics and wind turbine generators.
Date: 08/07/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Materials, Energy Storage
The DOE released a report indicating that wind energy accounted for 43% of new electricity added to the U.S. electric grid in 2012. The wind capacity added was double what was installed in 2011.
Date: 08/06/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Energy Conversion
Washington DC has launched the Sustainable DC initiative that aims to make the city the "greenest, healthiest and most livable city in the U.S."
Date: 08/05/2013
Type: Article
Last year 31,100 megawatts of solar PV was installed worldwide, which pushed the global PV capacity above 100,000 megawatts. Germany, Italy, and China are the global leaders with the highest amount of megawatts generated by PV.
Date: 08/01/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Power generation in the United States relies heavily on water for cooling (coal and nuclear) and energy production (hydro). The switch to renewable energy can drop water consumption by 40%. The Union of Concerned Scientists says that the switch isn't happening fast enough.
Date: 07/31/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Utilities
S&C Electric Europe, Samsung SDI and Younicos signed a joint agreement to deploy Europe’s largest intelligent network storage project onto a UK Power Networks substation.
Date: 07/30/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Energy Storage, Smart Grid
Researchers at UCSD find that rooftop solar photovoltaic panels offer shade to buildings and help keep them cool.
Date: 07/26/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: HVAC, Solar/Photovoltaics
UCSB researchers, including Institute faculty Dan Morse, have discovered the mechanism behind squids and octopuses' ability to change colors. Aside from the possible applications in synthetic camouflage, this finding can have applications for increased energy efficiency in telecommunications.
Date: 07/25/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Communication

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