Bold Action Required

Bold Action Required

Today, we are once again at a critical inflection point in the development of this nation’s energy industry that requires bold leadership and federal action. We have an economic crisis coupled with a looming energy crisis — and we have the technological ability to help solve both. The country has shown this kind of bold leadership before and can do it again. Seventy-three years ago today, the generators at the Hoover Dam's power plant located near Las Vegas, Nevada began transmitting electricity from the Colorado River to Los Angeles — 266 miles away.
Using Experts and the Internet: A Fast, Green Way to Service Equipment

Using Experts and the Internet: A Fast, Green Way to Service Equipment

 When something goes wrong with a process system, manufacturers need immediate help. Thanks to the internet, there’s often no need to get on a plane when you can use a humble web browser to peer inside machinery located thousands of miles away. Using Applied Materials’ remote access capability, the company expects to avoid enough travel to save more than 650,000 pounds of CO2 emissions this year alone.
Sitting in the Driver’s Seat on Renewable Energy

Sitting in the Driver’s Seat on Renewable Energy

On October 20 at the Congressional Quarterly-Roll Call Conference on Climate Change in Washington, D.C., Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) spoke about an important subject she (and we) believe doesn’t get the attention it deserves: creating a strong renewable electricity standard at the federal level.
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Solar: Is it About Cost or Scale?

It’s about both evolving together. For the first time in history a manufactured good — a solar photovoltaic (PV) panel — can supply energy. Traditionally, we have consumed resources to make power. Burning wood, coal, oil or natural gas has been the norm.
Winners All Around

Winners All Around

I can’t resist one last update on the Solar Decathlon. Last week Team California took third place in the Solar Decathlon, a huge win, considering their size vs. some of the other schools. The Santa Clara University students should be proud of their results, especially in architecture, where they had set a specific goal to improve.
Solar SunFlowers Bloom in Austin

Solar SunFlowers Bloom in Austin

One of the best things about living in Austin, Texas is the sustainable, forward-thinking the city incorporates into new developments like the Mueller redevelopment project. The project is an urban, mixed-used project that includes homes, office and retail space and the Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas.
Sharing the (Solar) Light

Sharing the (Solar) Light

Electricity is a luxury in rural Bangladesh. More than 80% of the country’s rural population is off the grid, and light — from hazardous kerosene lanterns — is a precious and expensive resource. During the rainy season — which seems to get longer each year — local farmers struggle to keep farms intact as melting glaciers in the Himalayas and unusually heavy rains cause rivers to flood and sea levels to rise to unprecedented levels. In such conditions, day-to-day activities become a struggle.
The Ideal Urban Bus

The Ideal Urban Bus

Recent breakthroughs in battery and drive technology allow electricity to be the perfect power source for urban transit. The electric bus can work the way buses have always worked, only better.