The vision of the smart home has been around for decades. And an appealing vision it is - a computerized triumph of automation, controlling a house's lighting and heating, even the kitchen. Yet it has not yet caught on. What is needed is a "killer app" - a compelling use - and some government encouragement, according to Tim Woods, a partner in the consulting firm Poco Labs and an expert in smart home technology. The killer app, Mr. Woods said, will be energy efficiency .
"There are still too many system design options for HCPV which will delay its market acceptance"
Harvey Michaels, of MIT, has joined energy services firm Conservation Services Group's Board of Directors. For the past 30 years, Michaels has been a leading expert in developing approaches to energy efficiency and demand response.
Owl Power Company has announced Vegawatt , an innovative new cogeneration system for restaurants and food service facilities. Vegawatt uses waste vegetable oil from any food service operation as a fuel to generate on-site electricity and hot water, saving the restaurant thousands of dollars as well as providing a clean, renewable source of energy. Any food service location with fryers can use the Vegawatt system to save $800 monthly. It is a fully automated system that requires no intervention or maintenance by restaurant staff, no additional chemicals, and produces no liquid byproducts.
Green Investor at Investorideas.com reports on Thin Film Technologies Changing the Solar PV Business.
Evergreen Solar, Inc. today announced that it shipped 8.5 MW of products from its Devens factory and an additional 3.7 MW from its Marlboro pilot manufacturing facility, during the fourth quarter of 2008, in line with its announced expectations in October.
Industry Leaders Develop Global Standard for Power Distribution and Device Control
Clayton Power's series of Combies are the most compact in its class of a pure sine wave inverter and charger in a single unit. The Combi series is the third generation of mobile power systems from Clayton Power and distinguished by being very robust and compact.
Sempra Generation, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy in San Diego, just took the wraps off a 10-megawatt solar farm in Nevada. That's small by industry standards, enough to light just 6,400 homes. But the ramifications are potentially huge. A veteran analyst has calculated that the facility can produce power at a cost of 7.5 cents a kilowatt-hour, less than the 9-cent benchmark for conventional electricity. If that's so, it marks a milestone that renewable fans have longed for: "grid parity," in which electricity from the sun, wind or other green sources can meet or beat the price performance of such carbon-based fuels as coal and natural gas. Original LA Times story.
Making your home more energy efficient can not only save you big bucks in 2009, but also put money back in your pocket.
Finz Seafood & Grill shows how any restaurant can use their own waste vegetable oil to generate electricity and hot water at their back door
The engineering company CH2M Hill is now joining hands with the U.S. Department of Energy to provide Internet solar maps of 25 American cities, using Google Earth technology to chart the precise solar potential of neighborhoods, literally rooftop by rooftop. The company has just finished mapping all of San Francisco, allowing residents to enter their address and take the solar measure of their own home. "People in San Francisco think we don't have any solar potential,' says Gavin Newsom, the city's deep-green mayor. "But the map shows we have a lot more sun than you'd believe." Time Magazine Source.
From Wired Science - Green technology was hot in 2008. Barack Obama won the presidential election promising green jobs to Rust Belt workers. Investors poured $5 billion into the sector just through the first nine months of the year. And even Texas oilmen like T. Boone Pickens started pushing alternative energy as a replacement for fossil fuels like petroleum, coal and natural gas. Green technology and its attendant infrastructure are probably the best bet to drag the American economy out of the doldrums. So, with the optimism endemic to the Silicon Valley region, we present you with the Top 10 Green Tech Breakthroughs of 2008, alternatively titled, The Great Green Hope.
What do you do with 5,000 tonnes of Macadamia Nut shells? - Create electricity of course! AGL is helping to create biomass fuel from macadamia nut shells, as part of its effort to invest in sustainable energy sources.
SNEC 3rd (2009) International Photovoltaic Power Generation Conference & Exhibition May 6 - 8, 2009 Shanghai New International Expo Center
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