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Are You Ready for Atomic-Scale Efficiency?

June 14, 2012
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Are You Ready for Atomic-Scale Efficiency?

If you’re interested in green technology and haven’t see this video of Stanford’s Jon Koomey at a recent Verge conference earlier this year, watch it now—or at least read this summary. At some point in the future—it may be sooner rather than later—Koomey says we are going to have to rethink how we engineer...

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Energy Harvesting, PMIC Markets to Grow Rapidly

May 10, 2012
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Energy Harvesting, PMIC Markets to Grow Rapidly

One of the next big things to look for in green tech? Power management ICs (PMICs), says market research publisher Global Industry Analysts (GIA) in a report on the Digital Power Management ICs market. PMICs are integrated circuits that improve the manner in which power is utilized by electrical or electronic systems—and they are...

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Report: Building Automation Market to Reach $146 Billion

February 7, 2012
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Report:  Building Automation Market to Reach $146 Billion

A new report from Pike Research says the market for commercial building automation systems will double over the next decade, increasing from $72.5 billion in 2011 to $146.4 billion by 2021. Pike Research’s report, Commercial Building Automation Systems, analyzes the global market for commercial building automation and management systems including security and access, HVAC...

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Digest: The Importance of LEDs, Smartphone Apps & the Cloud

December 8, 2011
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Digest: The Importance of LEDs, Smartphone Apps & the Cloud

Also in GreenTech news: $4 billion in energy efficiency upgrades for buildings, what Lighting Facts labels mean, enterprise-level energy management software leaders, LG gets way greener, and tax credits for efficient water heaters.

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7 Habits of Highly Successful Energy Efficiency Motivators

October 12, 2011
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7 Habits of Highly Successful Energy Efficiency Motivators

How do you get people to want to be more energy efficient? This topic was discussed in detail at a recent EnergySmart Conference hosted by energy management and demand response company EnerNOC in Boston. The speakers primarily addressed how corporate environmental or energy efficiency officers can inspire their companies to adopt energy-saving plans, though...

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Cisco Shows Home Energy Manager

June 29, 2010
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Cisco Shows Home Energy Manager

Cisco is getting into the home energy management business. Today the company announced its Home Energy Management Solution, featuring a countertop touchscreen called the Home Energy Controller (CGH-100 ), which Cisco plans to make available through utilities rolling out smart grid services. The Home Energy Controller will be able to provide consumers with information...

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What Is Sustainability?

February 11, 2010
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In recent posts, we’ve addressed whether we should replace the term “green” with “sustainability.” The term “green,” after all, comes with some baggage: Al Gore, environmentalism, energy efficiency mandates and regulations, expensive products and some products that don’t perform as well as non-“green” products—at least in the eyes of many consumers. So it makes...

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Forget the Green Platitudes — Let’s Talk About Money

January 8, 2010
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There, now, I’ll bet that got your attention. I’ll bet it gets your customers’ attention, too, be they businesses or consumers. Regardless of where you stand on the climate change issue, the fact is it’s too mindbogglingly big to get one’s head around. And all the platitudes and evangelizing about going green simply puts...

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Cool Green Tech Trends for 2010

January 5, 2010
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If 2009 proved anything, it proved that green isn’t all that bad. We saw smarter surge suppressors, LED TVs, progress in LED lighting, really cool energy monitoring and home control systems. What’s not to like? And here’s the thing: 2010 should be even better. Here are six green tech trends we’re likely to see...

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Go Green with Cloud Computing?

November 25, 2009
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Can cloud computing be green? It depends largely on the service you use, but yes, putting your programs and applications on other services can save you energy, among other benefits. Ronan Kavanagh on Web 2.0 writes: consolidation of workloads will mean that there are a reduced number of servers that...

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