Archive | June, 2011

Greenpeace and Dirty Energy Used by IT Data Centers

All of us bloggers enjoy using the Internet to write our blog posts, syndicate them out to places like Twitter and Facebook and comment back and forth with our friends. The problem with our happy blogdom is that each search query, and every picture upload uses energy. In a way we are polluting the environment […]

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Congress Should Go Ahead with Coal-to-Liquids

On January 30, 2008, Oversight Committee Chairman Henry Waxman and Ranking Member Tom Davis requested information from Secretary Robert Gates on how the Department of Defense will comply with The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (became law on December 19, 2007) barring the government from purchasing alternative fuels for vehicles and planes, such […]

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R&D 100 Award Winner

On Wednesday, R&D Magazine announced the winners of the 2011 R&D 100 Awards. These awards are known as the “Oscars of Innovation.” The annual R&D 100 Awards identify the 100 most significant, newly introduced research and development advances in multiple disciplines. Winning one of the R&D 100 Awards provides a mark of excellence known to industry, […]

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Solar Energy Just for Your Air Conditioning

A company by the name of ClimateWell has been working on a very niche but relevant aspect to solar energy generation and use and that being air conditioning power. If you have ever priced out solar panel installation and equipment you know that the main consideration is how much your house uses in energy for […]

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An Idea is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Steve Bland recently wrote this interesting post on why he thinks traditional board meetings are a waste of time. He proposed an novel hypothesis of “The Boardroom as Bits,” whereby founders/CEOs spend 1 hour per week providing updated information to their board members and advisors via a blog.  He argued that this communication method would: […]

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Silicon Carbide: Promising Technology on the Precipice

This post is in a series on the technology Valley of Death. Find the other posts here. You will eventually find silicon carbide in every single electric vehicle, computer power supply, solar inverter, and battery charger. These devices will be everywhere. These are multi billion-dollar markets. The question is…which companies will survive that long? As Clayton Christensen wrote […]

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The Intel of Renewable Energy

I ran into one of my EE classmates at Princeton University reunions (supposedly the largest single order for Budweiser in the country, ahead of the Indy 500). He works in Germany for a power electronics company and is the only other EE classmate of mine who ended up working in a power-related field. We chatted […]

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Mechanical Engineers should be Renewable Engineers

This is an updated post from my ongoing series on The Great Clean Tech Talent Gap, which I painfully experienced while trying to staff my growing renewable energy startup. It has shocked me over the years how deep the shortage is of mechanical engineering skills in the renewable energy industry. When I say this, the first […]

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The Grid Needs You

This is a post from my ongoing series on The Great Clean Tech Talent Gap, which I painfully experienced while trying to staff my growing renewable energy startup. Our generation has already built the Web. We’re overhauling the power system as our next great technical challenge. – me Shortly after I started Princeton Power Systems, […]

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