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DOE Invests in Improving SSL

Today, DOE Secretary Steven Chu announced the investment of up to $6.4 million (including $4.6 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) for advancing research and development of next generation high-efficiency lighting.

Posted in: Energy Efficiency, Energy, Lighting, Government Initiatives, Government, News, GDM

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Paintable Solar Cells

Using nanoparticle “inks” developed at University of Texas at Austin, solar cells could be printed more cheaply - with a roll-to-roll printing process on a plastic substrate or stainless steel. The prospect of painting the inks onto a rooftop or building is not far-fetched.

Posted in: Building Technologies, Solar Power, Renewable Energy, Energy, News, GDM

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Breakthrough, Ultrathin LEDs

A new LED display process developed by an international team of researchers offers properties like see-through construction and mechanical flexibility - which would be impossible to achieve with existing technologies.

Posted in: Energy Efficiency, Energy, Lighting, News, GDM

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Fuel Cell/Battery-Powered UAV Takes Flight

EnergyOr Technologies Inc., of Montreal, Canada, has designed, constructed, and tested an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) platform to demonstrate its fuel cell hybrid technology. EnergyOr's system will achieve 8 hours flight endurance in the near future.

Posted in: Batteries, Electronics & Computers, Alternative Fuels, Green Design & Manufacturing, Transportation, News, Products, GDM

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Scrubbing Out Sulfur

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory researchers have developed a reusable organic liquid that can pull harmful gases like carbon dioxide or sulfur dioxide out of industrial emissions from power plants. Power plants could capture double the amount of harmful gases in a way that uses no water, less energy, and saves money.

Posted in: Climate, Pollution, Videos, Remediation Technologies, Green Design & Manufacturing, Greenhouse Gases, Energy Efficiency, Energy, News, GDM

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Doubling Butanol Production

An Ohio State University team led by Shang-Tian Yang, professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has found a way to double the production of the biofuel butanol - which might someday replace gasoline in automobiles.

Posted in: Alternative Fuels, Green Design & Manufacturing, Biomass, Renewable Energy, Energy, News, GDM

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Cooling Challenge Yields A Better AC Unit

Coolerado Corp. of Denver, CO is the first winner of the UC Davis “Western Cooling Challenge.” Recent federal tests showed that their five-ton commercial rooftop unit should be able to air-condition a typical big-box store with less than half the energy needed by conventional cooling units.

Posted in: Energy Efficiency, Energy, News, Products, GDM

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