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NY Spends $40M on Microgrid Contest

Linda Hardesty

New York is hosting a $40 million NY Prize Competition to inspire a new generation of local power by challenging New York businesses, entrepreneurs, and electric utilities to design and implement community-based microgrids. The competition aims to inspire new plans for protecting and strengthening the electrical system in the face of major storms. Administered by   …Continue Reading

Spray-On Solar Cells Offer More Efficient Fabrication

Karen Henry

Residential Architect magazine has reported on a new method of fabricating solar cells: spray painting. A team of researchers at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom is the first to fabricate perovskite solar cells using a spray-painting process. Perovskite is a mineral made of calcium titanium oxide. Perovskite-based solar cells are created much   …Continue Reading

MIT Investigates Energy-Salt Nexus

Karen Henry

There is the potential to harness a significant amount of renewable energy where the river meets the sea, according to a team of mechanical engineers at MIT. The researchers evaluated an emerging method of power generation called pressure retarded osmosis (PRO) and found that such a system could potentially power a coastal wastewater treatment plant   …Continue Reading

NIST Converts Lab to Test Commercial Building Energy Efficiency Technologies

Karen Henry

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is converting one of its laboratories into the equivalent of a small office building to develop and test smart software technologies designed to slash energy use in commercial buildings. NIST figures that energy-eating operations such as heating, cooling, lighting and powering plug-in equipment can be accomplished more   …Continue Reading

Solar Window Covering Boasts ‘Transparency’

Linda Hardesty

Scientists at Michigan State University have invented a solar concentrating module that can be placed on windows to generate energy, while at the same time being transparent enough for people to have a clear view, according to Michigan State’s website. It is called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator and has the potential to scale for   …Continue Reading

DOE Invests $67M to Advance Nuclear Technology

Karen Henry

The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced nearly $67 million in nuclear energy research and infrastructure enhancement awards. More than 80 projects were selected from across the country based on their potential to create scientific breakthroughs that help strengthen the nation’s energy security and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The DOE is awarding over $30 million through its   …Continue Reading

Singapore Government Outlines Energy Efficiency Plans

Karen Henry

Buildings and households in Singapore consume about 50 percent of the country’s electricity, so finding ways to reduce energy use has become a priority of the Singapore government. To that end, the government announced five national energy technology roadmaps at the inaugural Energy Technology Roadmap Symposium, according to an article in Data Center Dynamics. The   …Continue Reading

ACEEE Presents 2014 Champions of Energy Efficiency in Buildings Awards

Karen Henry

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) presented three Champion of Energy Efficiency Awards at its 18th biennial Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. The awards recognize leadership and accomplishment in the energy efficiency field. Winners are selected based on demonstrated excellence in program implementation, research and development, energy policy or private sector   …Continue Reading

ACEEE Looks at Energy Efficiency Potential Studies

Karen Henry

The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has released a new report, “Cracking the TEAPOT: Technical, Economic, and Achievable Potential Studies,” which focuses on the development and role of energy efficiency potential studies. The quality of a potential study is the product of the resources and effort that go into it, and whether   …Continue Reading

Tidal Stream, Wave Power Outlook Falters

Kirsten Korosec

Marine renewable technologies are taking longer than hoped to scale up, largely due to project setbacks, the difficultly of deploying tidal stream and wave power devices and fatigue among venture capital investors, according to research from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Tidal stream and wave power installations will grow to 148 megawatts and 21 megawatts by   …Continue Reading

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