Items tagged with Energy

Love the Earth? Sure, we all do--after all, we live here. Love it enough to throw out your current TV and buy one that meets heightened energy requirements? Um....Just this week California regulators adopted the "nation's first energy-efficiency standards for televisions," with hopes of reducing energy drain during a period where many Americans are looking to buy larger, more energy-dependant sets. Of course, the Golden State has always been one to watch energy usage, and the 5-0 vote by the California Energy Commission isn't all that surprising. Reportedly, the new rules will be phased in starting... Read more...
You might think that President Obama's stimulus package was worth overlooking for tech enthusiasts, but really, there are more than a few reasons to take notice. Obama clearly understands the power of the Web, and he clearly understands that harnessing technology is a great way to better a country. We've already heard about his plans to roll out broadband to more rural areas, and now we're hearing more about a $3.4 billion decision to upgrading our energy grid and make individuals think longer and harder about the power they consume. The plan, which was rolled out this week, sets aside a rather... Read more...
Wireless Resonant Energy Link: Efficient Wireless Power Intel - August 24, 2009 - With the dramatic rise in the number of electronic devices we each use in our everyday lives powered by batteries that often need recharging; the costs, resources and management of multiple, incompatible power cords, and adapters have become cumbersome and time consuming for the typical user. Intel Labs Seattle researchers demonstrated recently, at Research@Intel Day, "Wireless Resonant Energy Link" (WREL) - the transfer of electricity without using any wires. This technology could allow people to cut the last... Read more...
We were pretty moved by DOW Chemical's recent "Human Element" campaign, and we're delighted to see yet another major American corporation going above and beyond the call of duty in order to better our planet. Ford, along with its utility partners, have announced that they are testing out one of the industry's first vehicle-to-electric grid communications and control systems, which enables electric vehicles to interface with the grid for optimal recharging. Put simply, this new approach enables the vehicle operator to program when to recharge the vehicle, for how long and at what utility rate. In... Read more...
Around here, there seems to be a never-ending debate surrounding batteries. You can't live with 'em, and you certainly can't live without 'em. Whether we're discussing just how disingenuous most battery life figures seem on modern day notebooks or just how great our lives would be if someone could develop an AA cell that lasted longer than a blink of an eye, we're pretty sure the topic won't ever grow cold.Helping to prove our point today is Sony, who has just launched a new type of lithium ion secondary battery that combines high-power and long-life performance by using olivine-type lithium iron... Read more...
7E+09. At a glance, that figure probably doesn't mean much to you, but believe it or not, that's the current population of this place we call Earth. As has been made abundantly clear through the most recent worldwide recession, we're facing challenging, exciting times as a people. Today, more individuals reside in cities and vast urban areas than in rural communities, providing an even greater need for companies and citizens alike to hunker down and focus on efficiencies when dealing with public transportation, the distribution of natural resources and resource consumption.While it's companies... Read more...
For years now, data centers have been consuming more energy than companies would care to admit. Thankfully, the "green push" has convinced a number of higher-profile firms to re-evaluate their power plans and establish new methods of energizing their servers. IBM is a huge proponent of energy efficient server farms, and it seems as if Yahoo! is hoping to one-up even it in an effort to create one of the greenest data centers on the planet.Parking a new center near the raging waters of Niagara Falls in New York gives Yahoo! a distinct advantage: it has loads of consistant green power just across... Read more...
You might not expect Hewlett-Packard, a massive force in the realm of personal computers, to encourage users to not use their PCs, but in a sense, that's exactly what it's doing. The company has recently launched a new Power To Change initiative that encourages PC owners to "make behavioral changes in support of the environment." So, just what are those changes? Namely, its to "download a new desktop widget that tracks the cumulative energy savings associated with participants turning off idle PCs when not in use." The widget, which is unsurprisingly named the Power To Change widget, can be downloaded... Read more...
All those cell phones, Kindles, PCs, laptops, televisions, iPods and everything else that needs to plugged in, charged up and otherwise re-energized are gobbling up 15 percent of household power. In another 20 years, that figure is expected to triple, necessitating a lot more generating capacity. A study by the International Energy Agency reported those results. All hope was not lost, however - the data was based on current energy needs of all the gadgets. If newer generations continue to be refined and made more energy-efficient, that figure could decline. But gadget statistics were nothing short... Read more...
We've always heard that solid state drives really were better for the environment (and your power bill), but evidently we've grossly underestimated just how much less power these things consume compared to traditional HDDs. Or either this report is just glorifying the numbers, one. According to new research from iSuppli, the use of SSDs could allow "the world’s data centers to reduce their cumulative electricity consumption by 166,643 Megawatt Hours (MWH) from 2008 to 2013." Image courtesy:  iSuppli CorpSo, just how significant is that? We're told that the energy savings is enough to "power... Read more...
Looking for a dependable, energy sipping power supply for your next gaming rig? Look no further than OCZ Technology, which has just announced that its heralded Z-Series PSUs have achieved 80 Plus Gold and Silver Efficiency. Engineered to deliver top-notch performance for today's most demanding components, all while inhaling as little energy as possible, the Z-Series lineup features some pretty impressive stats.For instance, these are among the first power supplies to meet the strict requirements of the 80 Plus Gold 90% efficiency standard, with the Z1000 (currently in production) slated to be the... Read more...
Thecus N3200PRO & N4100PRO, Powerful NAS Server With Only 50% of Energy Consumption at Home and Office 03/07/2009 – Already considered as two of the most convenient network devices at homes and office, the latest 3 bay and 4 bay NAS from Thecus, N3200PRO and N4100PRO, are receiving enormous welcome around the globe. Not only providing huge storage capacity, but also reliable data protection with RAID mechanism and tons of application features, Thecus N3200PRO and N4100PRO are both designed to operate at minimal electricity. Operating at long hours, both devices are no burden on your utility... Read more...
ASUS Unveils Smart and Energy-Saving Displays for Work and Entertainment at CeBIT 2009A Myriad of Innovative Display Solutions and the World’s First Wireless Monitor Amongst Highlights at CeBIT 2009 Hannover, Germany; March 5, 2009 – ASUS, a leader in the production of LCD monitors, is proud to unveil an array of innovative and energy-efficient LCD monitors that are geared not only to provide convenience to the user, but also protect the environment. These LCD monitors represent a leap forward in LCD manufacturing, and combine contemporary styling and user-centric innovations to deliver uncompromising... Read more...
It seems that we Americans could learn a thing or two from Denmark. Not only are Danish citizens amongst the happiest in the world, but they're also amongst the most energy conscience. In a landmark deal announced today in Copenhagen, Better Place -- the same outfit responsible for planning an EV network in Hawaii -- has teamed with DONG Energy in order to begin deploying an electric car charging network in Denmark. The €103 million ($135.7 million) deal outlines obligations for DONG Energy to "assist in the Better Place Denmark network rollout as well as be the preferred supplier of renewable... Read more...
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