I recently read about a study on fidgeting or as researchers refer to it—incidental physical activity. The study shows that the small collection of movements we often find inconsequential—like drumming your fingers, tapping your foot, or running after the bus—have significant health and...
Continued government policy adjustments are causing major shifts in the sizes, growth rates and customer segment mix of photovoltaic (PV) markets in 2011, according to the conclusions of three new Regional Downstream PV Market reports issued by Solarbuzz today.
Jerry Olson's idea for a multi-junction solar cell now powers spacecraft and is the basis of today's photovoltaic concentrator industry.
Continuum Magazine showcases researchers and facilities at the forefront of renewable energy and energy efficiency discovery and deployment.
On Monday, Elizabeth discussed her south-facing windows and her difficulties balancing the nice daylighting advantages with the excess heat that can come through these windows in the summer.
The first time I ever saw solar cookers was on the news in the summer of 2009 (though that would make it their winter, as I was living in Chile at the time), as part of a development project in the north, which is mostly desert. I had no idea solar cookers were so markedly simple in all...
Keith Ogboenyiya of Texas Instruments recently stopped by the ECN offices to demonstrate the company's new C2000 Concerto dual-core microcontroller (MCU) series.
You know, back when it was cold out (and, this being Colorado, that was last month), my south-facing windows were awesome. They let in tons of light and kept the entire place snug and warm. I barely even needed to break out the blankets!
Karl von Gunten, Director of Marketing at Nextreme Thermal Solutions spends some time with ECN at Sensors Expo 2011 to demonstrate the Thermobility Wireless Power Generator and its evaluation kit with onboard energy storage
The stated mission of EcoCar is to find new ways to reduce the environmental impact of motor vehicles and prepare future engineering leaders for that task by providing
Gasoline vehicle label
Working here at the Department of Energy, I hear a lot about the latest efforts to design and build vehicles for a more energy-efficient future. The clean energy innovations in vehicle technologies that DOE and its partners are advancing will help American families save money at the pump...
Editor's Note: This entry has been cross-posted from DOE's Energy Blog.
Thermal management is crucial in the development of new car batteries; NREL's Large-Volume Calorimeter helps prepare for a surge in electric vehicles.
New low licensing fees, partnerships between national labs and American entrepreneurs, are key, VP says during NREL visit.
Fun and enthusiasm fuel competitions that are among the educational tools NREL and DOE provide to encourage students to pursue science.
Yesterday, John told you about purchasing an energy efficient netbook computer by looking for EPEAT Gold certification. ENERGY STAR® also lists computers that are more efficient to help you save energy and money.
Check out the June 2011 Smart Grid & Alternate Energy supplement.
As I mentioned in my March 3, 2009 blog, it wasn't easy to locate and buy an EPEAT Gold desktop computer when I was in the market nearly three years ago. (For those of you new to the scene, the Green Electronics Council Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) rates...
May went by faster than a cheetah chasing a gazelle! Spring is on our minds, and we've been talking about ways to make our commutes and vacations more efficient among other things. Here's a recap:
This week, we discussed biking to work and other things you can do to drive less and save more.
In my November 29, 2010 and my February 15, 2011 blog postings, I described some tools and strategies based on behavioral psychology that some companies and organizations are using to encourage people to use less energy and purchase clean energy. Here's another one.
For someone who works in the Vehicle Technologies Program, I actually don't spend that much time in my automobile. I usually get around using a combination of public transit, my bike, and my own two feet. But I'm an exception. In the U.S., the vehicle miles travelled per person is...
I realized over the weekend that I missed National Bike to Work Day on Friday (and Bike to Work Week all last week), so I didn't get a chance to remind all of you blog readers to bike to work if you can! Even if you missed the national event, do some searching to see if your city has its...
On Monday, Andrea told you about smart meters and how they can help you monitor your home's energy usage.