Technology

Trump Administration Rolls Back Light Bulb Efficiency Standards

Trump's attempt to rollback lightbulb efficiency standards will cost Americans money and impact human health

The light-emitting diode, more commonly known as an LED light bulb, is incredibly efficient. They use at least 75 percent less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent lighting, according to the Department of Energy. Widespread use of LEDs could save about 348 TWh, which is equivalent to the annual electrical output of 44 large electric power plants and savings of over $30 billion. …

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5 Ways Drones Are Impacting Climate Change

Drones are now an important technology used to help tackle climate change

Drones have come a long way from being used primarily for recreation. They’ve become one of the most important technologies of our time, and they’re making an impact in many different sectors. They are even having a substantial effect on how we study and mitigate climate change. Here are six examples.

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Clean Energy Microgrid Installed at Wisconsin Nature Preserve

clean energy microgrid

Electrical systems design and engineering construction specialist Faith Technologies and Schneider Electric have built what’s billed as a “state of the art”, clean energy microgrid at the Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve in Appleton, Wisconsin. It stands to reason that an organization responsible for environmental stewardship of a nature preserve wants to minimize its carbon and overall environmental footprint. It appears that’s exactly what Faith …

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NASA and a Solar Revolution

An early conceptual drawing of NASA Space Solar Power

It’s no secret that the Earth is in dire need of clean energy alternatives to fossil fuels. The source of that clean energy, however, doesn’t necessarily have to be on Earth. The Space Solar Power Initiative (SSPI) is a team of scientists from Caltech that includes researchers from NASA’s jet propulsion laboratory. These scientists propose building the largest-ever space structure to generate electricity using …

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The Golden Age of Solar Innovation

Proposed space-based "suntower," one of many examples of solar innovation

From efforts that mimic nature like leaves and trees, to arrays that float on water or in space, there has been a wide range of solar energy innovations in 2016.  From tiny solar applications of nanotechnologies to massive space-based arrays, the growth of solar power is being fueled by market forces, including increasing efficiency and decreasing cost. The number of possible innovative applications is …

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