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Microsoft eyes another slice of the Pi with IoT programme

15 hours agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

Microsoft is gearing up for Internet of Things revolution by launching the Windows Internet of Things Developer programme. The programme is aimed at educating developers about the Microsoft products and technologies that can be used to create connected devices used for IoT applications. Show More Summary

Energy Quote of the Day: Did I Miss Where it Said There Will be Zero Demand for Oil by 2050?

Saudi Arabia’s oil minister is concerned about potentially disruptive trends that could undermine the oil industry in the coming decades. New technologies and efforts to cut carbon emissions offer potentially existential threats to the world’s most important commodity. read more

Cypress and Arrow Electronics Announce Internet of Things Design Contest

16 hours agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: CY) and Arrow Electronics today announced the PSoC® Pioneer Challenge: Maker Faire™ Edition, a global design competition that gives engineers the opportunity to prototype new devices for the Internet of Things. Show More Summary

A New Tactic to Manage Grid-Edge Voltage: Lawsuits

Over the past month, Dominion Voltage Inc. has announced new customers and expanded software for its technology to fine-tune conservation voltage reduction systems using smart meter data. At the same time, it has quietly sued a competitor, claiming it is violating patents on the same concept. read more

TechNavio: Green Packaging Market to Jump Nearly 8% by 2019

The global green packaging market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.84 percent from 2014-2019, says research firm TechNavio. Growth will come in large part from the growing demand from the food and beverage industry, the largest consumer of green packaging materials. As demand for eco-friendly packaging materials increases, leading manufacturers of food and beverage […]

CO2 CAUGHT IN THE ACT OF HEATING GLOBE

Berkeley study directly IDs climate change culprit David Perlman, February 25, 2015 (San Francisco Chronicle) “…[Scientists] have caught the world’s major greenhouse gas right in the act of warming the planet…providing the first direct...Show More Summary

SOLAR’S ALL-OF-THE-ABOVE COALITION

Solar energy’s new best friend is … the Christian Coalition Chris Mooney, February 20, 2015 (Washington Post) “The politics of solar power keeps getting more and more interesting…In Indiana, a fight over net metering — basically, whether...Show More Summary

APPLE'S 100% NEW ENERGY DATA CENTERS

Apple to Invest €1.7 Billion in New European Data Centres; State-of-the-art facilities in Ireland and Denmark will run on 100 percent renewable energy February 23, 2015 (Apple) “…[Apple] announced a €1.7 billion plan to build and operate two data centres in Europe, each powered by 100 percent renewable energy. Show More Summary

WHERE EV DRIVERS THRIVE

The best—and worst—places to drive your electric car Nsikan Akpan, 20 February 2015 (American Association for the Advancement of Science) “…Researchers have conducted the first investigation into how electric vehicles fare in different U.S. Show More Summary

Efficiency: Can We Accept Less Stringent Oversight if it Means Better Outcomes?

Energy efficiency is a big business; $6.3 billion was budgeted for ratepayer-funded, utility-delivered state-efficiency programs in 2013, alongside $5 billion in private sector investment. However, some question whether this money could be spent more wisely to achieve greater levels of efficiency. read more

The smart home market expects to triple in the next five years

19 hours agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

Solution providers have for years been tempted to expand into the home market from traditional commercial or corporate enterprises. Some have tried with little success leaving this market for the A/V resellers to take care of. But this...Show More Summary

Climate Change & Manufacturing

“When you’re in a hole, stop digging.” The subtitle to this article, the so-called “first law of holes,” is attributed to various sources (earliest going back to 1911 in the Washington Post) and is usually interpreted as “if you find yourself in an untenable position, you should stop and change, rather than carry on exacerbating […]

Will the Battery Gigafactory be Elon Musk’s Waterloo?

Tesla’s founder and CEO, Elon Musk, faces his greatest challenge ever in selling enough batteries to support his $5 billion battery-manufacturing Gigafactory now currently under construction in Reno, Nevada. Musk will have to prevail where many others have failed. read more

U.S. LNG Exports Can Save GHGs Globally, U.S. Accrues Social Cost

U.S. LNG exports save GHGs when displacing coal and Russian natural gas pipeline exports for electricity and heating abroad. The most important thing the U.S. can do to ensure these GHG savings are realized is to prioritize minimizing its methane leakage from upstream production and pipeline transmission. read more

How Will Thread Stitch Together A Home Network?

20 hours agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

The Nest-led Thread Group, which is developing a wireless mesh-network home-automation technology, plans to release its spec in June and launch a consumer-product certification testing program in June or July. The developments will set...Show More Summary

Getting Real About Energy in Cubic Miles of Oil

Today, with plummeting oil prices and news reports of US oil production poised to exceed that of Saudi Arabia’s, there is a perception on the street that there is no energy crisis. Yet just a few years ago, we were all talking about one. Have things changed so dramatically so fast? read more

Voters to Decide California Plastic Bag Ban’s Fate

A ballot measure to repeal California’s plastic bag ban has qualified for the ballot. This also means the law — that bans plastic retail bags and allows grocers to charge and keep 10 cents for each recycled paper, reusable plastic or compostable bags provided to their customers — is suspended until California voters cast their ballots […]

Gas-to-Liquid Methanol Plant Offers Revenue Stream for Biogas, Landfill Gas Producers

Alternative chemicals and fuels producer Maverick Synfuels has announced the availability of the Maverick Oasis BG Gas-to-Liquid methanol plant product line. These plants convert biogas from sources such as anaerobic digesters and landfills into higher value methanol, widely used in industrial chemicals. Show More Summary

Packington Landfill, Leader in High-Tech Waste Management, Closes

The UK’s Packington Landfill, once Europe’s busiest, closed on Tuesday, Waste Management World reports. The 50-year-old landfill in Birmingham, managed by SITA UK, a part of Suez Environment, took in about 35 million metric tons of waste before closing. Geraint Rees, general manager (landfill) for SITA UK, told the publication that Packington was the first site […]

Recycling Of Plastic Wraps, Bags, Film Surges 11%

The recycling of postconsumer plastic film packaging in the US grew 116 million pounds, or 11 percent, in 2013 to reach a reported 1.14 billion pounds, according to a report released today at the 2015 Plastics Recycling Conference. This marks the highest annual collection of plastic film — a category that includes product wraps, bags […]

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