Building a Safer Lithium-Ion Battery

Lithium-ion batteries continue to be the technology of choice for small electronics but, as illustrated here, their continued evolution and the introduction of new large format applications require a closer look at the technology inside the battery.

Direct Methanol Fuel Cells

The direct methanol fuel cell or DMFC is emerging as a future winner in many of the applications that fuel cells can satisfy. DMFC is an important subset of the proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell technology.

Editorial Comments

Imagine if the next Bill Gates is this minute working on a new solar panel design in his garage with a few friends. Let's hope so ... the Alternative Energy Industry needs it's Microsoft.

Energy Security Code of Conduct

All over the world, buildings energy consumption is increasing at a high rate due to the improvement in living standards in developing countries.

Grid-Tie Power Systems: Do You Need Battery Back-Up?

With most power outages only lasting a few hours, the PS1's battery bank can keep your vital loads running until grid-supplied power is available again.

It's Not About Being Green

Before you decide to hop onto the green building bandwagon, look towards the final destination. Sustainable, integrated, whole-building design is where to head.

It's Not About Being Green

Before you decide to hop onto the green building bandwagon, look towards the final destination. Sustainable, integrated, whole-building design is where to head.

Novel Renewable Energy Products

Virtually, every aspect of our lives in this digitized world needs energy. Alternative energy solutions are now available and more are on their way.

People Planet Profit

The best solutions come from within the community, working on the ground with dedicated entrepreneurs and local groups, who best understand the needs of their community.

Sustainable Patriotism

Do something Sustainable (and thus Patriotic) every day. Take a simple walk instead of taking "a ride," invest in renewable by installing solar or wind, or buying green from your utility, use a compact fluorescent bulb, buy local vegetables, switch to a bio-fuel, trade in that gas hog for something clean and efficient.

The Importance of Watersheds to Your Community

Thinking on the scale of a watershed is useful for environmental work as we can scale things down for planning purposes, and therefore have a greater impact on the environment.

The World Needs Gigawatts not Megawatts

If the Photovoltaics industry is going to play a significant role in worldwide electricity production in the future it all comes down to one word - scalability, the ability of a technology to expand its production capacity to very large sizes, thereby enabling significant cost decreases.

What's ahead for neighborhood electric vehicles?

The cost of ownership is one-third and the fuel efficiency is eight times greater when compared to their gasoline-powered counterparts.

Benefits of 24/7 Battery Equalization

The equalizer captures energy from batteries with "above average voltage" and dumps that energy into the ones with "below average voltage". When the overachievers try to excel in voltage, their excess energy is used to bring the underachievers up to par.

Can Electricity Save Energy

With the increasing conversion efficiency of electricity in generation, the increasing share of renewable electricity, the high efficiency at the point of use and the potential for system level efficiencies, there is a lot of supporting evidence for a claim that electricity can save energy.

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