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Hurricane Sandy spurs calls for “smart grid” development

Hurricane Sandy spurs calls for “smart grid” development

Thatcher Michelsen December 13, 2012 0

The idea for a next-generation electrical system, according to General Electric Digital Energy's John McDonald, would have empowered utility workers to pinpoint and repair damage more quickly

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U.S. Air Force commission undertakes energy conservation efforts

U.S. Air Force commission undertakes energy conservation efforts

Thatcher Michelsen December 12, 2012 0

According to an official press release from the military agency, energy efficient power strips are being distributed to various AFMC branches. Once the initiative is fully implemented, it is expected to save up to

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American mini-automaker hopes to change the way people get around town

American mini-automaker hopes to change the way people get around town

Thatcher Michelsen December 11, 2012 0

Organic Transit is a small-scale operation that is currently working on a prototype simply known as the ELF. This half recumbent bicycle, half electronic vehicle is a 100 percent game-changer in terms of traditional

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U.S. cable box providers to boost energy efficiency, save customers up to $1.5 billion per year

U.S. cable box providers to boost energy efficiency, save customers up to $1.5 billion per year

Thatcher Michelsen December 10, 2012 0

A trade group consisting of the largest U.S. cable providers, including Comcast, AT&T and DIRECTV, has announced that it will press ahead with government-mandated efficiency standards ahead of schedule

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Team of scientists led by Penn State professor produces first-ever solar-cell fiber

Team of scientists led by Penn State professor produces first-ever solar-cell fiber

Thatcher Michelsen December 7, 2012 0

In an official press release from the university, Badding explained that his team's creation was a departure from traditional solar power technologies.

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Autonomous robot completes 9,000 nautical-mile journey across Pacific Ocean

Autonomous robot completes 9,000 nautical-mile journey across Pacific Ocean

Thatcher Michelsen December 6, 2012 1

In what could be billed as the 21st century equivalent of "The Little Engine That Could," a self-directed drone built by a team from California-based Liquid Robots has successfully finished its trip across the

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Harlem’s latest Applebee’s location set to become city’s first LEED restaurant

Harlem’s latest Applebee’s location set to become city’s first LEED restaurant

Thatcher Michelsen December 5, 2012 0

The restaurant will employ a number of power-saving methods when it opens. One of the most intriguing aspects is the use of bamboo throughout the establishment, an easily recycled material that makes great countertops

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San Francisco expands its car sharing program following initial success

San Francisco expands its car sharing program following initial success

Thatcher Michelsen December 4, 2012 0

According to an official press release from the association, 13 new plug-in and five electric vehicles would be available for use in addition to its 18 existing plug-ins and 160 hybrid engine cars

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General Electric creates design for low-budget wind turbine

General Electric creates design for low-budget wind turbine

Thatcher Michelsen December 3, 2012 0

Now, recent announcement from the firm indicates that it is tackling this issue head-on by developing a fabric-based structure that could lower the expenses associated with turbine manufacturing by nearly 40 percent

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