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In a new report from CTIA, the wireless industry's lobbying organization, the group argues that widespread adoption of wireless technologies has the potential to save billions of energy dollars, conserve water, and reduce urban traffic congestion.
Date: 10/13/2011
Type: News
A New Rotary Engine Design
A start-up, Liquid Piston, aims to greatly improve the efficiency of internal combustion.
Date: 04/06/2011
Type: Video
Technologies: Transportation
Charge Car
Illah Nourbakhsh presents ChargeCar, a new CREATE Lab project to increase electric vehicle efficiency.
Date: 03/11/2011
Type: Slides, Video
Technologies: Transportation
Nissan's eco pedal
Nissan has unveiled a new gas pedal that uses resistance to discourage drivers from pressing the pedal to the metal. The new system is also available to other car manufacturers and could improve fuel efficiency by five to ten percent.
Date: 11/24/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Transportation
asphalt road
Researchers at the University of Rhode Island have identified a number of ways to harvest waste heat from asphalt roads, including embedding water filled pipes or thermoelectric semiconductors in or under the roadways.
Date: 11/15/2010
Type: Blog
Schematic of quantum dot LED
A recent report from Lux Research (”Nanotech’s Answer Key to the Energy Problem”) suggests that six different nanotechnologies could project energy efficiency savings and energy consumption reductions that are the equivalent of shutting off all the coal-fired power plants in the United States.
Date: 11/03/2010
Type: Blog, Report
Subway
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority won a grant to install an energy storage system to capture regenerative braking energy when the subway approaches a station. Some excess energy will be stored and made available to the wholesale power market for grid services.
Date: 11/01/2010
Type: Article
Bill Gates and Vinod Khosla have provided over $20 million in series B funding to EcoMotors, a startup that is developing a more efficient internal combustion engine called "Opoc."
Date: 07/13/2010
Type: News, Video
Technologies: Transportation
A Chinese company and its U.S. partner are looking at ways of replacing mass transportation with electrically powered buses that use ultracapacitors to sustain a charge.
Date: 10/19/2009
Type: News
As electric cars are expected to enter the mass market next year and as charging stations are being built, public utilities and private companies debate who will be allowed to sell electricity to these vehicles.
Date: 10/12/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Transportation

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