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LED Built to Last 37 Years

Linda Hardesty

Jake Dyson, son of Sir James Dyson, inventor of the Dyson vacuum cleaner, has invented an LED lightbulb that could last 37 years, reports The Guardian. Dyson’s goal was to make an LED that could last for life. But he’s struggled with the fact that the semiconductor chips that produce the light also generate intense   …Continue Reading


SoCalGas Launches First Power-to-Gas Project in US

Karen Henry

Southern California Gas (SoCalGas) has joined with the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the National Fuel Cell Research Center (NFCRC) to create and test a carbon-free, power-to-gas system for the first time in the United States. The technology converts electricity into gaseous energy and could provide North America with a   …Continue Reading


DOE Awards $4.6 Million to Advance Hydrogen Storage Systems

Karen Henry

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced up to $4.6 million in funding for four projects to develop advanced hydrogen storage materials. Advanced hydrogen storage systems will be critical to the widespread commercialization of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. Ames Laboratory of Ames, Iowa, will receive up to $1.2 million to investigate the development   …Continue Reading


Graphene LED Nears Commercialization

Linda Hardesty

An LED light bulb made with graphene – a super-strong carbon material – will be made commercially available in 2015, according to BBC News. The traditional-looking light bulb contains a filament-shaped LED that is coated in graphene. The light bulb was developed by a Canadian-financed company called Graphene Lighting and was designed at Manchester University   …Continue Reading


SiEnergy Awarded $300,000 Grant for Thin Film Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Technology

Linda Hardesty

SiEnergy Systems, which is commercializing low temperature thin film solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology from Harvard University, was awarded a $300,000 grant from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) under its AmplifyMass program. AmplifyMass offers its awards to Massachusetts-based clean technology companies and university research projects that have been given funding by the US   …Continue Reading


Pilot Program Partners DOE National Labs with Small Businesses

Karen Henry

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE’s) National Laboratory Impact Initiative has started a Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot program, which aims to increase small business access to the expertise, competencies and infrastructure offered by DOE’s national labs. In order to successfully and effectively research and commercialize technologies, DOE’s national laboratories partner with   …Continue Reading


DOE Offers $20M to Develop Components for Next Generation Electric Machines

Linda Hardesty

The Energy Department announced up to $20 million in funding to spur the development of high speed industrial motors and drives, using high power-density designs and integrated power electronics to increase efficiency. Replacing less efficient systems that have fixed-speed motors and gearboxes with variable-speed direct-drive motor systems and incorporating recent power electronics advances, such as   …Continue Reading


Misters Cool People via Occupancy Sensors

Linda Hardesty

An air conditioning system developed by a team at MIT’s Senseable City Lab is activated by occupancy. The Cloud Cast system works via aluminum rods that are fitted with sensors into the ceiling. When the ultrasonic sensors detect the presence of people by interpreting the echoes from high-frequency sound waves, they activate a cool mist.   …Continue Reading


TI Demos Digital Power Innovation at APEC 2015

Linda Hardesty

Texas Instruments claims its analog technologies and embedded processing are driving innovation in energy management for next-generation power designs. The semiconductor manufacturer will highlight advancements in digital power and gallium nitride (GaN) technology and debut new tools that help speed the design of power supplies for industrial applications at the upcoming Applied Power Electronics Conference   …Continue Reading


Smart Sensor Could Cut Building Energy Consumption by 30%

Karen Henry

Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are developing a low-cost wireless sensor that could make regulating comfort in small commercial buildings more efficient and less expensive. Studies indicate that advanced sensors and controls have the potential to reduce the energy consumption of buildings by 20–30 percent. Collecting data such   …Continue Reading