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ARPA-E 'Encourages Crazy Ideas' to Find Disruptive Energy Technology

July 17, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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ARPA-E and Energy Future Innovation

The same GPS technology that guided smart bombs during Operation Desert Storm in 1991 is now in your smart phone and there are numerous additional examples of technology borne from US Defense Department innovators that exploded (pardon the pun) into mainstream commercial applications.[read more]

Naval Reactors Should Be Empowered to Show the Way Again

November 14, 2013 by Rod Adams
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President Obama should task John Richardson the same mission that President Eisenhower gave Hyman G. Rickover. Richardson is the current leader of Naval Reactors, the organization that Rickover built, and it could show others how to manufacture complete nuclear fission power systems.[read more]

Is New York's 'Greenest' Tower Really Toxic?

August 9, 2013 by Sandy Tung

A Toxic Building?

When it comes to the energy debate, knowing the facts is key to justifying where you stand. But so many articles that I read exaggerate, misinform and pick and choose convenient facts to make their arguments it makes me wonder if people still do real research.[read more]

Research Facility Launched To Boost Wind Energy Farm Output

August 7, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci

Wind Energy Farm

A new research facility could help solve one of wind energy’s biggest limiting factors – the slowing effect multiple turbines have upon wind strength and power output within large wind farms. It is the first-ever facility dedicated to how turbine wake affects downwind production.[read more]

$23 Million Energy Storage Research Center Launched In New York State

August 4, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci
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Energy Innovation in New York

New York State is making an aggressive push to expand smart grid and renewable energy with a public/private partnership, by building the Battery and Energy Storage Technology (BEST) testing and commercialization center in Rochester, New York.[read more]

British Columbia's Carbon Tax After Five Years

July 30, 2013 by Mark Jaccard
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Debates about BC’s carbon tax have generated much heat and little light, a study from the University of Ottawa have just released a good effort to rectify this situation. Comparing fuel consumption before and after the carbon tax, they detect a significant change.[read more]

Fracking Facts: Four Questions About UTA Water Quality Study

July 29, 2013 by Steve Everley

A new study suggests at least a correlative link between well water contaminants and natural gas development. Researchers sampled water wells in north Texas that sit atop the Barnett Shale and compared them against historical water quality data from the same counties.[read more]

Wastewater, Seismic Activity, and Fracking Facts

July 24, 2013 by Steve Everley

Last week, new research published in Science discovered that earthquakes can trigger seismic activity near injection wells – activity that, according to the studies, was going to occur anyway.[read more]

Los Angeles, Paris Participate in Megacities Carbon Project [VIDEO]

July 8, 2013 by Tom Schueneman

Cities are responsible for 70 percent of greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels. Los Angeles and Paris are both participating in the Megacities Carbon Project to develop methods for measuring greenhouse gas emissions.[read more]

Solar Energy: Fraunhofer Durability Tests Put SunPower First

July 4, 2013 by Joshua Hill

Durability Testing

The Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems released their first solar panel durability report and placed the SunPower E20 model first in their PV Durability Initiative.[read more]

Does Efficiency R&D Lead to Lower Energy Consumption? It's Complicated

July 3, 2013 by Max Luke
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Efficiency Research and Consumption

Last week energy analyst Thomas Gerke wrote an article where he made an argument that research and development is an ancillary clean energy policy at best, and a distraction at worst. But it's much more complicated than that.[read more]

The Energy Efficiency Gap & The Research Myth

June 25, 2013 by Thomas Gerke
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Research and Energy Efficiency

Every time energy policy is being discussed, you’ll usually find a call for more R&D spending at the top of the list of ways to solve problems. While I agree that research is great, it’s obviously not enough and, if anything, only the first step.[read more]

Energy Innovation: Low Cost Solar Cell Assembles Itself

May 30, 2013 by Tina Casey

the future of solar energy?

Researchers from Rice University and Penn State have developed a relatively efficient organic solar cell based on a compound polymer that assembles itself into tidy bands.[read more]

Smart Energy Campus: Smart Grid Research, Energy Innovation

May 22, 2013 by Kristopher Settle

Philadelphia's new Smart Energy Campus will serve as a "hub for workforce training, building performance testing, energy management research and ‘smart’ microgrid modernization deployments.”[read more]

New Energy Secretary: Tackle Climate Change with Efficiency and Renewable Energy

May 18, 2013 by Peter Lehner
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new DOE Secretary Moniz

The budget proposal for FY2014 would give Moniz a solid start in advancing the low-carbon economy, by increasing funding for renewable energy, advanced vehicle research and development, and energy efficiency programs.[read more]