energy

  • White House Crowdsources Campaign To Prove Climate Change Problems

    White House Crowdsources Campaign To Prove Climate Change Problems

    The White House needs a few good data scientists to help its climate change campaign. Instead of creating all of the doomsday scenarios itself, the White House is opening up government data so that researchers can create their own simulations and also help the cities prepare for the impacts. “The Obama Administration is today issuing a call to America’s top private-sector innovators… Read More

  • Primus Power Gets A $20M Jolt For Grid-Scale Energy Storage

    Primus Power Gets A $20M Jolt For Grid-Scale Energy Storage

    New regulations in California are set to open up the market for large-scale energy storage and battery technology developer Primus Power has just raised charge into the fray. The Hayward, Calif.-based battery startup has raised $20 million for a new round from strategic investor Anglo American Platinum through its Platinum Group Metals Development Fund. Read More

  • Google Makes $200M Equity Investment In Texas Wind Farm, Says Its Investments Now Generate 2 Gigawatts

    Google Makes $200M Equity Investment In Texas Wind Farm, Says Its Investments Now Generate 2 Gigawatts

    Google just announced yet another major investment in renewable energy. The company says that it has made a $200 million equity investment in an existing wind farm in Oldham County Texas. The Spinning Spur Wind Farm currently produces about 161 MW and uses 70 Siemens turbines to generate enough power for about 60,000 U.S. homes. EDF Renewable Energy will manage the project and will remain… Read More

  • White House Pushes Green Button To Liberate Your Energy Data

    White House Pushes Green Button To Liberate Your Energy Data

    The future of easy home energy monitoring may be a little bit closer, thanks to a government initiative designed to allow consumers direct access to their energy consumption data. The White House’s new Green Button gives utilities a way to simplify and standardize sharing usage statistics with their customers via a one-click download. Two California providers, Pacific Gas & Electric… Read More

  • Marine Solar Cells Make The Most Of Sun And Waves

    Marine Solar Cells Make The Most Of Sun And Waves

    In an unusual hybrid, British industrial designer Phil Pauley created Marine Solar Cells that harness energy from both the sun and water. The web of energy generators capture energy off-shore, using a combination of floating photovoltaics and natural buoyancy displacement. Thanks to the reflective nature of water, the solar component’s efficiency is up to 20% greater than it would… Read More

  • Facebook, NRDC & Opower To Partner On Energy-Saving Social App

    Facebook, NRDC & Opower To Partner On Energy-Saving Social App

    Facebook, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and clean tech startup Opower are today announcing a partnership on a new social networking-based energy application that will help consumers monitor, improve and compare their home’s energy usage with their friends and other Facebook users. The app, designed to improve energy awareness, has the potential to combine the 800… Read More

  • Simple Energy And San Diego Gas & Electric Team Up To Encourage Conservation Through Gaming

    Simple Energy And San Diego Gas & Electric Team Up To Encourage Conservation Through Gaming

    2011 Boulder TechStars graduate Simple Energy is teaming up with San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) to help the utility engage its customers in energy conservation efforts. To accomplish this, Simple Energy is running an energy saver contest that offers a social gaming experience with real-world rewards. Read More

  • EnergyHub Launches Energy Management System For Consumers

    EnergyHub Launches Energy Management System For Consumers

    Today, EnergyHub launched its new, comprehensive, in-home energy management system for U.S. consumers. The system includes the EnergyHub Home Base, for centralized management of the electricity usage in the home, as well as The EnergyHub Thermostat, Sockets and Strips. The Home Base also connects to the Web via Wi-Fi, allowing users to remotely manage individual components via Web-based… Read More

  • Harvesting Energy From Radio Signals: Two New Devices From Japan (Video)

    Harvesting Energy From Radio Signals: Two New Devices From Japan (Video)

    Gleaning electricity from radio signals isn’t super-efficient (or a new concept), but it’s possible technically. Two companies from Japan have recently come up with new devices that can do just that: one is harvesting energy from cell phone signals, the other uses a rectifying antenna (Rectenna) to produce energy. Read More

  • DIY Energy Monitor Mounts To Your Electric Meter

    Remote electricity meters are interesting things. They essentially change the way you think about the juice flowing into your home by connecting to the potentially aged box in your basement and sensing the total energy usage in your home over time. The resulting stats are often quite enlightening and may help you make wiser energy-use decisions. Read More

  • Panasonic Shows Advanced Fuel Cell For Home Use

    The news has become muted regarding <a href="fuel cells and their future role in energy supply in recent years, but it seems we’re getting there step by step: Panasonic today said that it has developed a new type of home-use fuel cell [press release in English], which is more efficient and cheaper than its existing solutions. Read More