In a technology-driven era, scientists are always trying to find new and more efficient ways to harness power. The quest places no limits on the imagination. Some ideas are downright wacky, while others are only a little off the mark.
It seems like, every other week, a leading research lab announces a breakthrough technology to make batteries more powerful, more durable or a whole lot less expensive—after just a few more years of research and development.
At the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), researchers recently released findings from a study of light-emitting diode (LED) street lighting technology. What they found should be of interest to electrical contractors.
Are wireless controls taking market share from their wired brethren? A report released by Navigant Research says they are. Growth in the sector is expected to continue, with annual worldwide shipments of wireless nodes for building controls forecast to surpass 36 million by 2020.
The protracted climb out of the recession continues with modest, incremental improvement. Residential construction remains the main drag on overall construction, but improvement appears to be on the horizon. However, growth will not come quickly nor with great fanfare.
This year’s Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded for two scientific achievements that have helped to shape the foundations of today’s networked societies. They have created many practical innovations for everyday life and provided new tools for scientific exploration. In 1966, Charles K.
New flexible solar cell technology developed by a group of engineering researchers at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, has been installed at a bus shelter on campus to power lighting for nighttime transit users.
The market for residential energy management will increase significantly over the next four years due to increased consumer demand and new government and industry initiatives. The number of U.S. households with a smart meter will grow to more than 6 million by 2012, according to Parks Associates.