With no shortage of sunlight, solar power is an attractive option in Florida. To help ramp up the appeal, the state’s largest electric utility has thrown in some generous financial incentives. This summer, Florida Power & Light Co.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) urged residents in the Atlanta area to check their homes for counterfeit smoke alarms. About 18,500 such alarms were distributed for free between 2006 through May 2011 as part of the Atlanta Smoke Alarm Program.
Risk is a part of life, but it’s more immediate and apparent in some lives—including those spent in the construction industry. Every construction project starts with some uncertainties. Will anything prevent us from accomplishing what we promised? Will we make a reasonable profit?
By adding the right amount of heat, researchers have developed a method that improves the electrical capacity and recharging lifetime of sodium-ion rechargeable batteries, which could be a cheaper alternative for large-scale uses, such as storing energy on the electrical grid.
Lighting evolves based on need. Incandescent made way for brighter fluorescent. Fluorescent made room for solid-state lighting (SSL). The next big idea may be light-emitting diodes (LEDs). While they are an SSL source, LEDs are new to general lighting applications.
Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire signed legislation to phase out coal-fired energy production at the TransAlta power plant in Centralia, Wash. Senate Bill 5769 solidifies into law a collaborative agreement to close the state’s two coal boilers.
A new design for thin-film solar cells that requires significantly less silicon and may boost the efficiency is the result of an industry/academia collaboration between Oerlikon Solar in Switzerland and the Institute of Physics’ photovoltaic group at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.
As if being an Internet giant is not enough, Google, the Mountain View, Calif.-based search engine company, is on to renewable power. In the span of little more than a decade, Google has transformed itself from garage start-up to an international corporation.
In the Herculean effort to wean the nation off fossil fuels, energy efficiency and renewable power share a common obstacle: cost. Despite growing national awareness and popular support, their prohibitive price tags prevent most American homeowners from making an upgrade.