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Fireflies inspire better energy-efficient lighting

The soft twinkling of fireflies in the night sky may awaken thoughts of romance in poets and lovers, but for an international group of scientists, it could spur the creation of a better light-emitting diode. Fireflies’ lanterns, the bioluminescent organs on their abdomens, light up to help the insects attract both mates and prey. By studying the internal structure of these organs, a team of researchers from Belgium, France and...

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NY State to improve energy efficiency of federal buildings by 20% through 2020

New York State agencies are directed to increase the energy efficiency of their buildings by 20 percent in the next seven years. Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order to this effect on the last Friday of 2012, along with launching of the Build Smart NY initiative. Build Smart NY is a strategic implementation plan that will draw on state building energy data to prioritize projects that will provide the most energy savings...

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Philips calls for greater energy efficiency efforts during Doha climate talks

Energy efficiency - through technologies such as L.E.D. lighting - is the most effective means of lowering costs, improving competitiveness and significantly reducing carbon footprints, according a report by renewable energy consultancy Ecofys and the multinational electronics company Philips. Speaking at Climate Change Conference in Doha, Philips urged the governments, businesses and society to...

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Study finds gross imbalance between energy technology, efficiency funding

A recent scientific study found that efficient end-use technologies are most likely to prevent carbon emissions and provide higher social returns – and yet, when it comes to funding, they tend to get ignored. According to the study, creating more energy-efficient cars, buildings and household appliances are as effective low-carbon efforts, if not more so. The study comes from the Tyndall Center for Climate...

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More efficient electric motors driving emission cutbacks

Electric motors, those devices that convert electrical energy to mechanical energy, are our basic tools for many essential activities in our daily lives. Your alarm clock, which woke you up, uses an electric motor. The elevator that brings you up and down your building has it. The electric motor’s importance reverberates throughout the industrial sector – from HVAC systems, to fans and pumps, to the hard drives and servers of computer systems.

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H.P., Intel to build world’s most energy-efficient supercomputer at D.O.E. lab

Concentrated photovoltaic companies are looking beyond the borders of established markets to utilize the technology’s strengths in regions with high solar irradiation.It emerged last month that customers of French company Heliotrop had been awarded 29MW out of a total of 50MW of hybrid power plants, to be built between 2012 and 2014 in France.

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Hospitals cure high utility bills by using L.E.D. in their parking lots

Two hospitals in the United States Midwest have found a cure to their lighting bills – by using L.E.D. lighting systems for their parking lots. In Canton, Ohio, Aultman Hospital spends around $1,500 a month to light their parking lot. In Michigan, Spectrum Health’s high-pressure sodium (or H.P.S.) fixtures consume millions of kilowatt-hours of energy annually.

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Apple returns to Epeat after pulling out products

After pulling out their products from the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool less than a week ago, Apple announced they will rejoin the "green" electronics rating system due to "customers who were disappointed" with the earlier decision. In a letter published in Apple's Web site, senior vice president for hardware engineering Bob Mansfield said he recognized pulling out from the Epeat was "a mistake."

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Nairobi to be pilot city for solar-powered L.E.D. street lighting project

Philips and Kenya’s Urban Roads Authority will install solar-powered light-emitting diode street lights in Nairobi – a project that can result in 100 percent energy savings if implemented across the country. "A new generation of solar-powered L.E.D. road and area lighting has the potential to transform life throughout Africa at a social and economic level," said Andre Dehmel, Philips’ lighting general manager in Africa.

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Century-old farmhouse now energy efficient homeless shelter

A hundred-year-old farmhouse-turned-homeless shelter in Placentia, California has been converted to an environment-friendly shelter with its retrofitted energy-efficient upgrades. Led by homeless shelter builder HomeAid America and retail firm Walmart, the project is part of a larger effort across the United States to build eco-friendly homeless shelters, under their national Environmental Sustainability Program created by the partnership.

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