TAG: Energy

The Heat Is On

The Heat Is On

Winter is the season for excess when it comes to energy usage. The temptation to raise the thermostat all the way up on cold days is sometimes too much for homeowners, and they pay for it in their energy bill. We’ve compiled a few tips on how to keep track of your heat usage without compromising your comfort. Nest Learning Thermostat: $249.99 from Apple Do you want control over your home at your fingertips? Then you’ll love the Nest Thermostat. It’s currently in its 2nd generation of delivering energy monitoring excellence for anyone with an iPhone, Macbook, or iPad. Remotely… read more

New Discovery Makes Hydrogen Production 1000% Cheaper

Simon Trudel and Curtis Berlinguette

One of the biggest issues in solar and wind power production is that of the variability of the power production throughout the day and throughout the year, and because of that, there is a great need for affordable and effective energy storage systems for both small and large scale use. Batteries keep getting more and more efficient, but buying large battery banks isn’t always the most effective (or cheapest) way to store energy from peak supply to cover peak power demands. However, a new discovery by a pair of scientists at the University of Calgary may make it feasible to… read more

Genetically Modified Organism Could Turn CO2 into Fuel

Michael Adams

We’re concerned, and rightly so, about the continued high levels of CO2 emissions that get released into our atmosphere, but if a recent discovery pans out, those same concentrations of CO2 could be turned directly into fuels. Researchers at the University of Georgia have found a way to take some of the carbon dioxide that is trapped in our atmosphere and turn them into useful products, such as biofuels, with the help of a genetically modified microorganism. “We can take carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere and turn it into useful products like fuels and chemicals without having to go… read more

Rooftop Solar Could Power All Households in Australia

Using the Power of the Sun

If every household in Australia had rooftop solar panels, it could supply 134% of the country’s residential needs, according to figures calculated by a solar energy company. The calculations, which used government data, showed that not only could the residential needs be met by such an initiative, but that it would also feed excess electricity into the grid and lower energy costs across the country. According to Energy Matters, installing solar on every roof would not only generate plenty of jobs, but the price for electricity could go down to just 7 cents per kWh, which is in stark contrast… read more

Recovering Energy from Pressurized Water Could Yield Big Savings

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All over the world, every single day, power is spent pressurizing water and other fluids for industrial and residential use, and one company is helping to recover some of that energy and convert it back into electricity. The industrial world is driven by a number of different kinds of ‘fluid flows’, from the pressure in our domestic water supply to manufacturing processes to oil and gas recovery and refining. For the most part, the energy used to pressurize the fluids is lost once it’s used, but it turns out that not only can some of it be recovered, but it… read more

Soundscrapers Could Turn Noise Pollution into Energy

Soundscraper Concept

Noise is one thing that there’s no shortage of in urban areas, and a new design concept for skyscrapers could enable large buildings to harvest that ambient noise and convert it into clean renewable energy. One entry to the 2013 eVolo Skyscraper Competition suggests that by building Soundscrapers (buildings covered with “electro-active lashes”) near high volume areas such as freeways or railways, urban areas could produce a fair amount of energy just from the vibrations coming from the ambient noises generated there. “The soundscraper takes advantage of city noise pollution by capturing airborne sound and converting it into usable energy…. read more

Which Are The Most Climate Progressive Nations?

Beautiful beach

While the list of countries embracing green reformation and eco-conscious living is growing each year, only a select few hold the title of “World’s Most Climate Progressive Countries”. Several of them may surprise you, and a few are obvious additions to the list. Wales — With its massive offshore wind farms, experiments with tidal wave energy, and housing Europe’s leading eco-center, Wales has made a name for itself among eco-friendly nations. Gas-guzzling countries, take note; this is how change is supposed to look. Iceland — Well-known for getting most of its energy from renewable sources, Iceland is near the tip-top… read more

Apple Aims for 100% Renewable Energy

Apple's Maiden Center

As part of Apple’s efforts to reduce their environmental footprint, the tech giant has pledged to power all of its operations with renewable energy. Apple’s most recent environmental impact report indicates that they already power a number of their data centers exclusively with clean energy, and 75% of their worldwide corporate facilities are currently using renewable energy sources (up from just 35% in 2010). “We’ve already achieved 100 percent renewable energy at all of our data centers, at our facilities in Austin, Elk Grove, Cork, and Munich, and at our Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino. And for all of Apple’s… read more

App Translates Energy Use into Wasted Money

What's On?

Sometimes, all you need in order to change your behavior is to have a different perspective on it, and this new app wants to do that with your relationship with energy. Because electricity use is sort of invisible (except for the bill you get every month), it can be hard to visualize wasteful home energy habits, which not only use precious resources and produce pollution, but also cost money. Helping users track and understand their own electricity consumption is the aim of What’s On, an app currently in development. The app presents checklists to the users (with common values pre-set)… read more

Solar Energy to Reach Grid Parity in 2014

Solar Power in 2013

Strong demand for solar photovoltaic installations, increased margins, and the achievement of grid parity in certain key markets leads Deutsche Bank analysts to forecast solar energy as sustainable, rather than subsidized, by the end of next year. In order for solar power to really shine in our energy systems, the cost of installing and operating PV systems has to come down to a point where it is sustainable – that is, a point at which it is no longer necessary to be subsidized. Grid parity, which is the point at which the cost for producing electricity from an alternative source… read more