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Making energy efficiency sustainable
Forbes
How can governments and energy companies overcome the hurdle of engaging consumers?
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Could the ultimate waste product produce electricity?
BUILDINGS
Scientists have developed a new way to generate enough electricity to power a mobile phone — and it's "about as eco as you can get it," according to Ioannis Ieropoulos, a member of the research team. That product is urine. By harnessing the power created when urine passes through a cascade of microbial fuel cells, scientists were able to capture enough energy to charge a Samsung mobile phone.
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Revival planned for energy-efficiency bill
NationalJournal
Senate leaders and industry groups have a plan to revive the energy-efficiency bill that stalled in the upper chamber last month amid a flurry of unrelated amendments. The strategy, according to Senate aides and advocates of the measure, is to find the right mix of amendments to win moderate Republicans' backing. All of the potential amendments have bipartisan sponsors, many of them red-state Democrats.
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Emerging green building material technologies to watch
By Don Rosato
"Green building" is being transformed from a buzzword to a sophisticated approach using technology that redefines how we make and live in buildings that both reduce building energy consumption and provide for building energy production. This innovative technology helps to create a new market and value network, according to recent Plastics Institute of America market trend analysis. They "disrupt" an existing market by displacing earlier technology. This is particularly true in the evolution of green building material solutions.
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A staff of robots can clean and install solar panels
The New York Times
In a dusty yard under a blistering August sun, Rover was hard at work, lifting 45-pound solar panels off a stack and installing them, one by one, into a concrete track. A few yards away, Rover's companion, Spot, moved along a row of panels, washing away months of grit, then squeegeeing them dry. But despite the heat and monotony — an alternative-energy version of lather-rinse-repeat — neither Rover nor Spot broke a sweat or uttered a complaint. They could have kept at it all day.
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Should other nations follow Germany's lead on promoting solar power?
Forbes
Answer by Ryan Carlyle, BSChE, Subsea Hydraulics Engineer: "The answer is the most forceful possible no. Solar power itself is a good thing, but Germany's pro-renewables policy has been a disaster. It has the absurd distinction of completing the trifecta of bad energy policy."
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Spreading wind power across Texas
The Texas Tribune via San Antonio Express-News
With little fanfare, Texas is just weeks away from wrapping up a nearly $7 billion effort to add vast amounts of wind power to its energy grid. By the end of December, developers expect to flip the switch on the final electrical transmission projects built under the state's Competitive Renewable Energy Zone, or CREZ, initiative — the years-long effort to connect windy, largely secluded West Texas to growing cities that demand more power.
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