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Updated ENERGY STAR Specifications

The EPA is introducing new ENERGY STAR requirements for home dishwashers and furnaces, and evaluating how to best address and encourage smart grid functionality in ENERGY STAR specifications like refrigerators and air conditioning units.

Posted in: News, News, Energy Efficiency, Government Initiatives, Smart Grid

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The August Issue of Lighting Technology Is Here

The new issue of Lighting Technology has more new feature articles, application stories, tech briefs, products, videos, and research news - all on the latest advances in LEDs and solid-state lighting.

Posted in: News, News, Energy Efficiency

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Hybrid Solar System For Rooftop Hydrogen

Instead of systems based on standard solar panels, Duke University engineer Nico Hotz proposes a hybrid option in which sunlight heats a combination of water and methanol in a maze of glass tubes on a rooftop. After two catalytic reactions, the system produces hydrogen that can be stored and used on demand in fuel cells.

Posted in: News, News, Batteries, Energy Efficiency, Energy Storage, Renewable Energy, Solar Power, Alternative Fuels

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Discovery Could Streamline Production of Biofuels

A team of researchers at the Department of Energy’s BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) have pinpointed the gene that controls ethanol production capacity in a microorganism. This discovery could be the missing link in developing biomass crops that produce higher concentrations of ethanol at lower costs.

Posted in: News, News, Biomass, Renewable Energy

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Making Durable Synthetic Catalysts for Energy Storage

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) researchers have used a common protein to guide the design of a material that can make hydrogen gas. The synthetic material works ten times faster than the original protein found in water-dwelling microbes - clocking in at 100,000 molecules of hydrogen gas every second.

Posted in: News, News, Batteries, Energy Storage, Renewable Energy, Solar Power, Wind Power, Alternative Fuels

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With Photovoltaic Polarizers, Devices Could be Powered by Sunlight

UCLA engineers have created a novel concept for harvesting and recycling energy for electronic devices — one that involves equipping these devices' LCD screens with built-in photovoltaic polarizers, allowing them to convert ambient light, sunlight, and even their own backlight into electricity.

Posted in: Piezoelectrics, News, News, Energy Efficiency, Energy Harvesting, Renewable Energy, Solar Power

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Understanding How the Ocean Impacts Climate Change

Lisa Collins, an environmental studies lecturer at the University of Southern California, spent four years collecting samples from floating sediment traps in the San Pedro Basin off the Los Angeles coast, giving scientists a peek at how much carbon is locked up in the ocean and where it comes from.

Posted in: Climate, Pollution, News, News, Environmental Monitoring, Greenhouse Gases

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