energy

Nest’s new talent tames the thermostat when power gets pricey

Nest’s new talent tames the thermostat when power gets pricey

Nest's thermostat has always been billed as "smart" but, courtesy of even deeper integration with power companies, a new "Time of Savings" feature could help your wallet, too. Part of the smart home staple's intelligent energy services, the new addition works with so-called "time of use" (TOU) plans by learning what the rates are and adjusting heating and cooling use according to when it's most affordable.

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NASA reveals 14-motor electric X-plane prototype

NASA reveals 14-motor electric X-plane prototype

Last year NASA announced a plan to design commercial passenger airplanes that use electricity in an attempt to improve the loud, fuel-reliant planes the industry uses today. This week, the agency revealed a research prototype called X-57. Dubbed "Maxwell," after 19th century scientists James Clerk Maxwell, it's NASA's first X-plane in 10 years, and it features 14 all-electric motors.

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Solar Impulse plane lands in New York, completing US leg of global flight

Solar Impulse plane lands in New York, completing US leg of global flight

Solar Impulse 2, which we've written about several times before, is a small, single pilot, solar-powered aircraft making a slow-but-steady flight around the world in order to prove the potential of renewable energy. The plane arrived in New York City in the early hours of Saturday morning, seeing the project complete the US leg of its journey, and celebrating with an iconic flyby of the Statue of Liberty.

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Apple will begin selling its excess green energy

Apple will begin selling its excess green energy

Apple has formed a new subsidiary company, but not one for developing the latest computer and mobile devices. Instead, "Apple Energy LLC" will be used to sell the surplus energy the company generates at its solar power farms. Incorporated in the state of Delaware in late May, Apple Energy has filed its request to sell power to markets in the US with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

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Norway considering ban on sales of gas-powered cars by 2025

Norway considering ban on sales of gas-powered cars by 2025

It seems Norway could be one of the first countries to take serious steps towards removing all gas-powered cars from its roads. The local business-focused newspaper Dagens Næringsliv has reported that the Scandinavian country may adopt a plan to ban the sales of gasoline and diesel cars by the year 2025. Sounds like a market where the sales of Teslas will soon be rising.

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Apple wants you to hug the earth by sending more iMessages

Apple wants you to hug the earth by sending more iMessages

It's Earth Day again, so naturally, companies are going out of their way to show how they care for the environment. As tech companies are also traditionally seen as the worst offenders, they also make the biggest noise come Earth Day. Apple, who has long been waging war on that image, has come up with a rather entertaining video add for this green day. Not only does it not so subtly promote its own efforts to be a green company, it is also subtly advertising iMessage to do so.

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Artificial trees generate electricity from small vibrations

Artificial trees generate electricity from small vibrations

Windmills are great, but they do have their downsides: ice is a problem in wintery places, they’re loud if you’re too close, and they’re, you know, enormous. In the future, wind energy generation may look less like giant spinning windmills and more like trees…artificial trees, that is. Researchers with Ohio State University have found that trees experience a type of vibration when shaken that can be used to generate electricity, and this energy generation could be conducted with small-scale artificial trees.

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Washington D.C.’s sewage is generating 10MW of electricity

Washington D.C.’s sewage is generating 10MW of electricity

It’s more conventional than drinking water harvested from human waste, but no less interesting: generating electricity from raw sewage. Researchers have given the subject ample attention over the years and especially lately, with the technology promising a future where waste is put to good use and its effect on the environment is lessened. Washington D.C. is one such place testing the technology.

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New material mimics photosynthesis, produces hydrogen

New material mimics photosynthesis, produces hydrogen

With the UN Climate Change conference happening this week at Paris, the spotlight is being focused the search for renewable sources of energy, especially ones that will fuel, no pun intended, our every growing number of gadgets and gizmos. As if by happy coincidence, researchers from Florida State University, headed by Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering Jose L. Mendoza-Cortes almost serendipitously came across a new thin material that could imitate the way a plant uses sunlight to split water into oxygen and hydrogen, the latter of which can be used for fuel.

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Gates, Zuckerberg join tech founders in clean energy thrust

Gates, Zuckerberg join tech founders in clean energy thrust

Technology, perhaps more than any other industry, owes much of its existence to the use of energy. So it is only reasonable that it should also be the one spearheading the push for cleaner, greener, and more renewable sources. Of late, Apple has been picking up the pace, and the publicity, of its own green initiative, particularly in China and soon in Singapore. Now it's the turn of the other giants of the tech sector, as Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and over a dozen other big names to band together under the new Breakthrough Energy Coalition.

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World’s first floating wind farm will be near Scotland

World’s first floating wind farm will be near Scotland

While Morocco busies itself with building the largest concentrated solar farm in the world, Scotland is focusing on a similar record of its own — the world’s first ever floating wind farm will be located off the Scottish shores, using ocean winds to generate power for those in the nation. The wind farm will be located 25 kilometer offshore, with production being slated to start in 2017.

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Texas wind farms get customers free nighttime power

Texas wind farms get customers free nighttime power

The colder, darker months are upon us, and that means higher electricity bills as lights are on more frequently and heaters are plugged in. Those in some Texas regions won't be feeling the pinch as badly, however, as wind farms have proven successful and the benefits are rolling out to customers. Some utility companies are offering residents free electricity at night, a time when wind turbines are generating the most electricity.

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