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Off-the-grid solar light production

Off-the-grid solar light production

| September 15, 2014

Solar lights present an incredibly promising method for bringing electricity to areas of the world that are off the traditional electric grid. However, it’s not as simple as shipping solar panels and lights to remote and developing areas. For one thing, these communities need training and human capital in order to set up and maintain […]

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Nest collaborates on smart fan

Nest collaborates on smart fan

| August 25, 2014

Don’t you hate when you have to turn your fan up or down to make it warmer or cooler in the room? It’s the WORST. Okay, that was a joke. Adjusting your fan speed is probably the easiest thing you’ll do in your day. And yet, like everything else, it’s becoming automated. And, hey—if automation means […]

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Building a better measure of energy efficiency

Building a better measure of energy efficiency

| February 18, 2014

All energy expenditure is not created equal. At least, that’s what engineering consultancy Buro Happold says. The worldwide professional problem-solvers developed an innovative new way to evaluate a building’s energy efficiency. Their approach looks at how the energy is being used, not just how much energy is being used. This all started with a law […]

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Food recycling: the best kind of leftovers

Food recycling: the best kind of leftovers

| May 28, 2013

Imagine this: head to your refrigerator. Remove half the contents. Throw all of that in the trash. It sounds crazy, right? That’s essentially what we all do, according to a recent report by the Institution for Mechanical Engineers. That’s right: it is estimated that 50% of global food production goes to waste. With nearly one billion people living […]

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