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A Common Energy-Saving Device that I've Never Seen in the United States

October 8, 2014 by Catherine Wolfram
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Building Energy Savings

I tend to think of the US as ahead of most of the rest of the world when it comes to energy efficiency. Our utilities are spending billions of dollars per year encouraging energy efficiency. But in France, Singapore and Kenya I've seen an energy-saving device that I’ve never seen in the US.[read more]

Excitons Observed in Action for the First Time

April 19, 2014 by Energy @ MIT

Solar Tech Advancements

A quasiparticle called an exciton — responsible for the transfer of energy within devices such as solar cells, LEDs, and semiconductor circuits — has been understood theoretically for decades. But exciton movement within materials has never been directly observed.[read more]

A Molecular Approach to Solar Energy

April 15, 2014 by Energy @ MIT

Solar Tech Innovation

 

It’s an obvious truism, but one that may soon be outdated: The problem with solar power is that sometimes the sun doesn’t shine.Now a team at MIT and Harvard University has come up with an ingenious workaround, a material that can absorb the sun’s heat and store energy in chemical form.[read more]

SmartLight Set To Change Way We Use Energy

November 16, 2013 by Joshua Hill

Innovation and Lighting

A new technology called SmartLight has been presented at Italy’s CasaClima international energy forum, a technology that uses sunlight, electrofluidic cells, and a series of open-air “ducts” to use sunlight to naturally illuminate spaces deep inside office buildings.[read more]

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Re-engineering Internal Combustion Engine Could Deliver Big MPG Boost at Lower Cost with Fewer Emissions

October 17, 2013 by Jim Pierobon
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Internal Combustion Redesign?

Securing America’s Future Energy shined a spotlight on Achates Power as a finalist for its Emerging Innovation Award created to showcased technologies that are driving fundamental improvements in energy security and that have the potential to reach the market within the next five years.[read more]

How Low Can Solar Energy Go?: Empa's New Thin Film Breakthrough

August 17, 2013 by Tina Casey

Solar Energy Innovation

When the Carter Administration installed solar panels at the White House back in 1979, photovoltaic cells were space age technology that most households could not afford, aside from the rare DIY-er. Now the price of solar power has been sinking like a stone.[read more]

Bloom Energy Raises $130M More for Fuel Cell Future

May 12, 2013 by Eric Wesoff
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Bloom Energy fuel cells

Fuel cell "startup" Bloom Energy just raised $130 million more in venture capital, taking total funding to beyond $1.1 billion for this firm and makes it one of the all-time leaders in venture capitalization.[read more]

Innovation: The Future of Tires

March 17, 2013 by Tom Schueneman

materials innovation

Tire manufacturers are searching for alternative ingredients for tires as the demand for rubber and eco-friendly products increases. Engineering innovation and organic ingredients are ushering in the next era of tires.[read more]

Cleantech Development vs Deployment

June 8, 2010 by Christopher Williams

This comes from our industry insider Matt Marino, founder of Clean Pursuits and Switchback Life. In Boston, Technology and Innovation are personified like Greek gods, but its mere mortals that bring these forces to life. Readers of The Green Light Distrikt are likely also technology and innovation enthusiasts.  We have to be...[read more]

Global Yawning: De Boer Resigns; Should UN Get Out of Climate Biz?

February 18, 2010 by Scott Edward Anderson

The UN's top climate change official, Yvo de Boer, says he will leave his post after four years, reportedly to take a consulting position with KPMG, according the BBC News this morning. He will vacate the position at the end of June, only 5 months before 193 countries will get together again for another shot at a climate deal. But...[read more]

Technologies for Clean Electricity Generation: Challenges and Opportunities (Part 1)

November 4, 2009 by Pierre Guimond

Recently, the Canadian Electricity Association organized a joint strategic session where we welcomed members of our Corporate Partners Committee along with members of our Generation Council. Corporate Partners are the many firms that provide equipment, services and technology to the electricity industry, and the Generation Council is...[read more]

Welcome N.Y. Times readers to the debate of the decade: Technology development vs. deployment

April 6, 2008 by Joseph Romm

Andy Revkin writes in the New York Times today (see here) about what I believe is the climate debate of the decade. He mentions me and climateprogress.org by name (Note to self: Woo-hoo!). This post will serve as an introduction to this crucial topic for new readers and old. I will devote many of the posts this week to laying out the “...[read more]

As the science pours in, economists and investors call for action

March 10, 2008 by Jesse Jenkins

It seems that a scientific study emerges nearly every month highlighting the grave threats posed by global warming, and the ever-increasing need to reduce global warming pollution as quickly as possible. While federal response can be slow going, and has hardly ever been known to be quick, the private sector is on the move with...[read more]

Lunch with Shai Agassi: What I Can Talk About

September 28, 2007 by Robin Carey

Cleantech Collective member Shai Agassi was in New York this past week for the Clinton Global Initiative. As many of you know, since he left SAP earlier this year he has been hard at work developing a business whose goal is nothing less than a solution to both Mideast peace and global climate change. What I can’t talk about is the...[read more]

Live from Renewable Energy Finance Forum

June 20, 2007 by Robin Carey

Culture shock! from my blogging at yesterday's Enterprise 2.0 conference, where speakers' and attendees' idea of dress-up was a corporate polo and khakis, to the fourth annual Renewable Energy Fuel Forum, which is filled to the gills of the Waldorf with dark suits and good ties.  REFF has record attendance ...[read more]