US National Park Service Battling Light Pollution, RVs Not Helping

Credit to Author: Jennifer Sensiba| Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2021 17:48:54 +0000

A recent piece at RVtravel tells us a little about the challenges the US National Park Service faces when trying to clean up light pollution. On the one hand, the agency has had a lot of success reducing light pollution from permanently-installed light sources. On the other hand, visiting light fixtures are a growing problem […]

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Samantha Reese: Connecting Science to Industry with Supply Chain Analysis

Credit to Author: U.S. Department of Energy| Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2021 01:18:58 +0000

This story was originally published on Since Samantha Reese was young, she loved to take things apart — toys, appliances, anything her parents would allow — and put them back together. Captivated by mechanics, she wanted to know where parts came from and how they worked together. This translated into a career as a clean […]

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New Perovskite LED Emits A Spin-Polarized Glow

Credit to Author: U.S. Department of Energy| Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2021 06:41:03 +0000

The inclusion of a special new perovskite layer has enabled scientists to create a “spin-polarized LED” without needing a magnetic field or extremely low temperatures, potentially clearing the path to a raft of novel technologies. Details of the research conducted at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the University of Utah appear in the […]

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Testing The Jackery Explorer 1000 Solar Power Station To The Limits, & Beyond!

Credit to Author: Jennifer Sensiba| Date: Tue, 09 Feb 2021 18:05:20 +0000

A few days ago, I opened up the Jackery Explorer 1000 Solar Power Station and did some initial testing and setup. You can get a lot more detail there, but in short it’s two 100w solar panels, a 1 kWh battery, and an inverter that can put out up to 1000 watts. It worked pretty […]

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Strong Start On Energy Efficiency For Biden Administration

Credit to Author: Guest Contributor| Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2021 03:00:53 +0000

President Biden is off to a strong start when it comes to energy efficiency. The president’s Executive Order on Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis directs agencies to review a number of harmful actions taken during the Trump administration, including several involving efficiency

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Quantum Wells Enable Record-Efficiency Two-Junction Solar Cell

Credit to Author: U.S. Department of Energy| Date: Fri, 08 Jan 2021 02:37:26 +0000

With a Sandwich of 80 Ultrathin Quantum Well Layers, New Solar Cell Unlocks World Record and a Path to Further Improvements

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What About Florida? Solar Energy & Regulatory Backwardness In The Sunshine State

Credit to Author: Zachary Shahan| Date: Sat, 26 Dec 2020 03:41:32 +0000

In the 93-page report, Parker examines the matter of solar energy resources and hurricanes in the Sunshine State, and then takes a look at rooftop solar power potential, electricity costs, and average energy usage of Florida homeowners

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Investing in the Energy Efficiency & Weatherization Workforce

Credit to Author: U.S. Department of Energy| Date: Fri, 30 Oct 2020 23:27:32 +0000

Today is Weatherization Day, an annual opportunity to celebrate the impact of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), which reduces energy costs for low-income households by increasing the energy efficiency of their homes

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The High-Performance All-Electric Home

Credit to Author: Joe Wachunas| Date: Tue, 20 Oct 2020 13:44:04 +0000

In the 1950s, when nuclear energy was booming and hydroelectric dams were laying across rivers like tourniquets, the all-electric home became a thing. It didn’t matter that the electric heating technologies of the time were vastly inefficient. The promise of electricity that was “too cheap to meter” meant that people could use it to their heart’s delight

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