For all their promise to save money and energy use, household energy management systems apparently can’t catch on. Do consumers just not want to know how much power their electronics guzzle on a daily basis?
Metamaterials could make it possible to transmit wireless power while avoiding the complications associated with microwaves or lasers, engineers at Duke University say.
The material would be situated between a power source and a device to be charged, and it would serve as a sort of a bridge so that there appeared to be no space between the transmitter and the recipient.
Older homes have a certain charm, but they’re notoriously inefficient — they’re drafty, under-insulated, and equipped with old, energy-guzzling appliances. In an effort to study potential improvements, British researchers are building an “energy house” inside a special three-story shell that can generate rain, snow, wind and varying humidity levels.
Cryonic technology could help meet the world's peak energy demands as well as cut down on greenhouse gas emissions, a new study says. No, not by freezing excess humans -- by storing excess energy at sub-zero temperatures.
The federal government is investing in a one-of-a-kind power-storage plant in New York that will use a network of flywheels to store energy.
Massachussetts-based Beacon Power says the plant will buffer 20 megawatts of power on the grid, according to CNET. That's a big jump from previous installations, which have provided about a megawatt of power.
Using one of the most clever names in tech history, Microsoft has announced Hohm (which telescopes home into ohm), a new Web-based service for keeping an eye on your smart grid. The beta for the service goes live next week; users can sign up to access the service at microsoft-hohm.com.
The new smart grid, part 2: Today’s electrical grid is based on 19th century thinking. The growing chorus for building a new smart grid is simply a call to modernize. Here’s how
By Dr. Bill ChameidesPosted 02.27.2009 at 1:04 pm 5 Comments
PopSci.com welcomes back Dr. Bill Chameides, dean of Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment. Dr. Chameides blogs at The Green Grok to spark lively discussions about environmental science, keeping you in the know on what the scientific world is discovering and how it affects you – all in plain language and, hopefully, with a bit of fun. Now, PopSci.com partners with The Green Grok to bring you exclusive new blog posts a week before they hit the Grok's blog.
The Green Grok guest blogs exclusively for PopSci.com, taking a deep dive into the smart grid
By Dr. Bill ChameidesPosted 02.20.2009 at 12:47 pm 5 Comments
PopSci.com welcomes Dr. Bill Chameides, dean of Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment. Dr. Chameides blogs at The Green Grok to spark lively discussions about environmental science, keeping you in the know on what the scientific world is discovering and how it affects you – all in plain language and, hopefully, with a bit of fun. Now, PopSci.com partners with The Green Grok to bring you exclusive new blog posts a week before they hit the Grok's blog. Give it a read and get in on the discussion!
Can you hear it? The buzz on smart grids is getting louder. News reports on green jobs are peppered with talk of a "smart grid." Google returns 929,000 pages for the term. Even Congress is in the swim, greening the stimulus package with $11 billion for a smart grid. So is Congress wise to fund it? Or are we buying an electrical bridge to nowhere? In this and a post to follow, we'll look at why smart grids are a smart move.