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GE’s Smart Microgrids: Efficient and Reliable

Smart microgrids are reliable and efficient, and GE has the ability to leverage its experience and expertise to make them even more efficient,  says Jim Walsh, general manager of GE’s new Automation & Controls solutions in this podcast interview. (See player above.)The company recently acquired Alstom’s power and grid business, a move that gives the […]

A deal between standards groups could help make home IoT easier

The Internet of Things is moving to the forefront of home networking as the variety of devices that can go online rapidly expands.Reflecting this trend, the Open Interconnect Consortium is acquiring the assets of the Universal Plug and Play Forum, an organization formed about 15 years ago to standardize discovery and control of networked devices. […]

Climeon’s Marine Energy Tech Improves Efficiency 14%

Climeon’s Ocean marine waste heat recovery system can improve efficiency by 14 percent and help customers reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 5 percent. Frost and Sullivan has awarded Climeon the Technology Innovation Award for its Ocean heat-power system. Frost and Sullivan also released a report on Marine Waste Heat Recovery Solutions in which it rated the […]

Largest Ever Controlled Release of CO2 from an Underwater Pipeline Planned in the UK

DNV GL is conducting the oil and gas industry’s largest ever controlled release of carbon dioxide from an underwater pipeline at its Spadeadam Testing and Research Center in Cumbria, United Kingdom. The installation of offshore CO2 pipelines linked to depleted subsea gas reservoirs is a possible solution to mitigate CO2 emissions from power plants and […]

Veolia Desalination Technology Saves Masdar 25%, Reduces Footprint

Veolia’s desalination technology, in use at a pilot program for Masdar’s renewable-energy powered desalination plant in Abu Dhabi, has already lowered the electrical consumption performances by 7 percent compared to the contractual target initially required by Masdar. These energy cost savings can be added to those generated by a new pretreatment design, which can save […]

Home security gateway runs Linux, features glowing orb

Dojo-Labs announced a Linux-based “Dojo” home security gateway that notifies users of security threats via a mobile app and a glowing orb.An Israeli startup called Dojo-Labs has launched $99 presales on its Dojo security device, with shipments due March 8. After the first year, yearly subscriptions cost an additional $99 per year. CEO Yossi Atias […]

Alphabet’s Nest Hires VP for Security, Services From Microsoft, AmEx

Alphabet, Google’s newfangled conglomeration, arrived in August, but we will not see its first financial figures until January, when the company reports two sets of earnings — Google and the “other bets.” Each subsidiary will not break out its own performance, but the earnings reports will offer some view into their costs and output. Before then, Re/code is unpacking […]

Energy storage becoming economical choice for utilities

The rapidly decreasing costs of battery energy storage systems (ESS) are driving a trend in the energy storage industry similar to that seen in solar PV over the last decade.That is according to Navigant Research, who says that the energy storage industry has been evolving at different paces and with a focus on different applications […]

Pebble-shaped Dojo offers easy, no-frills security for smart home devices

Silicon valley start-up Dojo Labs has created a device aiming to make the Internet of Things in homes around the world more secure.A team of security experts and hackers are the creative minds behind the Palo Alto-based company’s pebble-shaped device, designed to protect a smart home’s connected devices against ‘malware, viruses and cyber attack’.Connecting to […]

Is The Internet Of Things (IoT) Really New Or Simply Recycled?

There is a lot of hype around the Internet of Things (IoT) yet many, if not most, are confused by what IoT really is and what it means for their IP and their business. In fact, some people claim that the IoT is simply a matter of applying existing technology to new applications. Many companies […]

Road to COP21 Climate Talks: US Feds Pledge Emissions Cuts, CEOs Unite on Climate Deal

The COP21 climate talks are less than a week away and we’re seeing a flurry of low-carbon commitments from governments and industry as both groups gear up for Paris. US federal agencies will cut emissions to 41.8 percent below 2008 levels by 2025. The White House made the commitment on Monday and said the cuts […]

Belgian Regulators Approve Restart of Flawed Reactors

Nuclear authorities are convinced that two idled Belgian reactors can operate safely despite thousands of flaws in their pressure vessels. Independent experts concur


The Francis Effect How Pope Francis changed the conversation about global warming November 2015 (George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication and Yale University Program on Climate Change Communication) Preface In June of 2015, Pope Francis issued an encyclical titled Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home. Show More Summary


THE ‘ECOSYSTEM’ THAT FUNDS DENIAL Why are so many Americans skeptical about climate change? A study offers a surprising answer. Joby Warrick, Novdmber 23, 2015 (Washington Post) “Climate change has long been a highly polarizing topic in the United States, with Americans lining up on opposite sides depending on their politics and worldview. Show More Summary

Is 3D Printing the Future of Sustainable Manufacturing?

3D printing increases efficiency and reduces waste, making it a valuable tool in efforts to make manufacturing more sustainable. Its applications range from medical devices to aerospace — and possibly even drinking water. Earlier this month General Electric announced a project with the Department of Energy that uses 3D printed turbines in a process that […]

Ecomodernist Cheer for the Holidays

I wish I had written this great article by Ed Cumming in the Guardian. Titled "The scientists with reasons to be cheerful," it's a multi-profile of Ruth DeFries, Max Roser, Steven Pinker, and Hans Rosling, and other optimistic scholars. Show More Summary

Dojo-Labs Introduces Security of Things for All Smart Devices

23 hours agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

Dojo-Labs today introduced Dojo, the first technology to monitor the behavior of each device on the network to protect and ensure the privacy of your home. “Dojo knows when the TV is still recording your voice even if it’s off and when that data is being uploaded to the cloud,” said Yossi Atias, co-founder and […]

US data indicates power sector CO2 emissions down 15.6% since 2007

As it prepares for the November 30 start-up of the United Nations Climate Change conference in Paris, the US Department of Energy has been generating data that shows total US carbon dioxide emissions have declined and then flattened out in the past eight years, with emissions specifically from the US power sector part of the […]

Smart meters ‘key to engaging energy customers’

Smart meters are a “key” incentive for customers to switch their energy suppliers.That was the message from industry experts at an event which talked about consumer engagement in the UK energy market.According to Gillian Cooper, Head of Retail Energy Markets at Citizens Advice, smart meters are providing customers with accurate bills as well as changing […]

Shrinking the Strategic Petroleum Reserve

Selling oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve as part of the Congressional budget compromise raises serious questions about the SPR's future role. Shrinking the SPR without first bringing its coverage into line with 21st century needs risks strengthening OPEC's hand. Show More Summary

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