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Top 15 Trends in the Energy & Environment Markets in 2015

by Frost & Sullivan  (Mar. 2, 2015)

Will oil prices continue to fall? Could the lower price threaten investment in renewable energy? Will LED lighting go mainstream? Will desalination make a comeback? There is no doubt that this is an interesting time for the Energy and Environment markets, with many important and disruptive innovations taking place. Frost & Sullivan has ...

Apple building big solar energy project in California

by Associated Press  (Feb. 10, 2015)

Apple will spend nearly $850 million on a solar energy project that will generate enough power for the computer giant's new corporate headquarters, retail stores and other operations in California. The tech company will be the biggest single consumer of energy from the new solar facility. It is being constructed on 2,900 acres in rural Monterey ...

Energy Department’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory Unveils New Crowdsourcing Website for Building Technologies

by US Department of Energy  (Mar. 2, 2015)

As part of the Energy Department's efforts to improve the energy efficiency of the nation's homes and buildings, lower energy costs, and enhance U.S. competitiveness in manufacturing, the Energy Department today launched the new Buildings Crowdsourcing Community website. Administered by the Department's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the ...

Energy Department Launches Virtual Hackathon to Build the Next Big Solar Software Solutions

by US Department of Energy  (Feb. 20, 2015)

Last week, the Energy Department's SunShot Initiative launched the largest-of-its-kind, 60-day online hackathon to quickly build prototype solutions and products that address barriers to greater solar energy deployment and drive down the costs of solar energy. Approximately 700,000 coders, developers, and data scientists are expected to ...

Sick Building Syndrome Discussed in New Online Video

by Cochrane & Associates, LLC  (Feb. 15, 2015)

Today, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of their latest educational video.  Their newest production discusses sick building syndrome, also referred to as SBS.     As defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the term sick building syndrome is used to describe situations in ...

Cheap, flexible solar

by MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology  (Mar. 2, 2015)

Original story at MIT News Solar cells made out of lead sulfide quantum dots could eventually offer a cheaper, more flexible alternative to ones made using silicon, but they are currently much less efficient. However, altering the chemical composition of quantum-dot solar cells offers a way of tuning them to reach higher ...

Green walls show promise as sound barriers for buildings

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Feb. 12, 2015)

Green walls, designed so they are covered in vegetation, could help cut the amount of noise that enters buildings, a new study has found. In lab. tests, researchers found that a modular green wall system reduced sound levels by 15 decibels (dB). This leads them to believe that it is a promising sound reduction device that could improve ...

Virginia Tech Selected to Continue Development of Innovative Building Automation System

by US Department of Energy  (Mar. 4, 2015)

The Energy Department has awarded the Virginia Polytechnic and State University Advanced Research Institute nearly $2 million to continue research and development of its Building Energy Management Open Source Software (BEMOSS) for small and medium-sized commercial buildings. Currently, small and medium buildings make up over 95% of the floor space ...

Energy Department Recognizes City of Roanoke, VA for Leadership in Better Buildings Challenge

by US Department of Energy  (Jan. 27, 2015)

As part of the Obama Administration’s effort to cut energy waste in the nation’s buildings, the Energy Department today recognized the city of Roanoke, Virginia for its leadership. Through the Better Buildings Challenge, Roanoke has committed to 20 percent savings by 2020 across more than 25 buildings, covering one million square feet. ...

DOE Announces Webinars on High Performance Enclosure Strategies for Buildings, Fuel Cell Forklifts and Energy Management, and More

by US Department of Energy  (Feb. 5, 2015)

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce. Webinars are free; however, advanced registration is typically required. You can also watch archived webinars and browse previously aired videos, slides, and ...

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