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New Material Could Turn Cell Phones, Windows Into Solar Power Generators | Katharine Boehrer | HuffPost.com

New Material Could Turn Cell Phones, Windows Into Solar Power Generators | Katharine Boehrer | HuffPost.com | Energy efficiency | Scoop.it

Scientists at Michigan State University announced this week the creation of a “transparent luminescent solar concentrator” that could turn windows and even cellphone screens into solar-power generators.

 

This technology could mean that one day entire skyscrapers might be able to generate solar power without blocking out light or ruining tenants' views.

 

The material works by absorbing light in the invisible spectrum (ultraviolet and near infrared) and then re-emitting it in the infrared. The infrared light is then channeled to the edge of the clear surface, where thin strips of photovoltaic cells generate the power.

 

Because we cannot see infrared or ultraviolet light, the material remains transparent even while concentrating sunlight. Previous luminescent solar concentrators have been developed, but they emitted light in the visible spectrum, creating a stained-glass effect.

 

“No one wants to sit behind colored glass,” Richard Lunt, who leads the lab researching this new technology, said in a press release. He likened the experience to “working in a disco.”

 

The new technology is promising, but needs to be made more efficient. Researchers say that the solar conversion efficiency is around one percent. Ideally, this could be increased to more than five percent. The researchers note that the highest conversion efficiency achieved by a non-transparent luminescent solar concentrator is about seven percent.

 

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How Single-Tasking Boosts Your Productivity

How Single-Tasking Boosts Your Productivity | Energy efficiency | Scoop.it

While writing this post, I had 18 tabs open. I’d like to say they were all for research, although I’m pretty sure one or two slipped down a YouTube wormhole.

 

Does this sound familiar?

 

It seems like my multi-tab madness is right in line with the status quo. We all love to have multiple tabs open at once, adding more and more as we find new articles to click and sites to visit. Pretty soon, it’s likely we’ve forgotten what we were online for in the first place.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, August 12, 2014 5:20 AM

Overwhelmed and in need of an attention-overhaul? Might be time to approach your workflow in a new way.

Graeme Reid's curator insight, August 13, 2014 1:49 AM

Thank goodness - the death knell on multi-tasking. Focus is the key to being effective.

Michelle Bish's curator insight, August 13, 2014 1:09 PM

I have 17 tabs open, 3 Excel, 2 Word and 2 ppt files open. And a second browser. I need some single tasking!

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Should I Get A Warranty Or Agreement On My HVAC System?

Should I Get A Warranty Or Agreement On My HVAC System? | Energy efficiency | Scoop.it
We often get asked by owners whether they should obtain a warranty or a maintenenace agreement for their HVAC system. The answer is: get both. Here's why. (Should I Get A Warranty Or Agreement On My #HVAC System?
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Improving the Energy Efficiency of Commercial Buildings

Improving the Energy Efficiency of Commercial Buildings | Energy efficiency | Scoop.it
“The Building Technologies Office (BTO) works with the commercial building industry to accelerate the uptake of energy efficiency technologies and techniques in both existing and new commercial buildings. By developing, demonstrating, and deploying cost-effective solutions, BTO strives to reduce energy consumption across the commercial building sector by at least 1,600 TBtu.”
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2014 The year the construction industry will discover PLM ?

2014 The year the construction industry will discover PLM ? | Energy efficiency | Scoop.it
“ This year I had several discussions with persons working for construction companies. They shared their BIM dreams and tried to explain them the PLM benefits and basics as they are much alike. The c...”
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Facilities Management Energy Efficiency Feature

Facilities Management Energy Efficiency Feature | Energy efficiency | Scoop.it
“Facility management article relating to: utilities,utility incentives,energy efficiency,energy incentives. For facilities management professionals from Building Operating Management”
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Tips for Improving Business and Personal Communication Skills

Tips for Improving Business and Personal Communication Skills | Energy efficiency | Scoop.it

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Power giants hate solar in Australia

Power giants hate solar in Australia | Energy efficiency | Scoop.it
The Australian solar industry is preparing for what it calls a “David and Goliath” battle against the country’s biggest generators and network operators. The outcome will likely decide the immediate fate of rooftop solar in Australia, and the pace of the so-called “democratisation of energy” — a contest that pitches households and their solar modules against the centralised utilities that have dominated the industry for a century or more in Australia and across the developed world.
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What Are Energy Efficient Lighting Distribution Patterns?

What Are Energy Efficient Lighting Distribution Patterns? | Energy efficiency | Scoop.it
It's simple, you want to get the right type of lighting, period. As a building owner you don't want to spend money and not get results, so getting a better understanding of the technical aspects behind your lighting project is in your best interest.
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Why Climate Deniers Have No Scientific Credibility: Only 1 of 9,136 Recent Peer-Reviewed Authors Rejects Global Warming | DeSmogBlog.com

Why Climate Deniers Have No Scientific Credibility: Only 1 of 9,136 Recent Peer-Reviewed Authors Rejects Global Warming | DeSmogBlog.com | Energy efficiency | Scoop.it
This is a guest post by James Lawrence Powell.I have brought my previous study (see here and here) up-to-date by reviewing peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals over the period from Nov. 12, 2012 through December 31, 2013. I found 2,258 articles, written by a total of 9,136 authors. (Download the chart above here.)Only one article, by a single author in the Herald of the Russian Academy of Sciences, rejected man-made global warming. I discuss that article here.Click headline to read more--
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Energy Efficiency Early in Construction

Energy Efficiency Early in Construction | Energy efficiency | Scoop.it
Sustainability managers, engineers, architects, developers and consultants met in Dubai for the BGreen Seminar series the day after the announcement that the city would host Expo 2020. And as the construction industry prepared for the new shot in the arm, it added an extra dimension to the two seminars: Energy Efficiency Early in Construction and Internal Air Quality. Reports by Lorraine Bangera
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ITER - the way to new energy

ITER - the way to new energy | Energy efficiency | Scoop.it
ITER - the way to new energy (RT @scimichael: #Fusion Energy R&D: latest issue of http://t.co/SCV2HbFRcg magazine no.4 w/updates on Tokamak, ongoing construction http:/…)...
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Top 20 Qualities Of A Successful Businessman

Top 20 Qualities Of A Successful Businessman | Energy efficiency | Scoop.it
20 Common Characteristics of Successful, tips to become a successful businessman or entrepreneur, Tips for the Successful Businessman, Tips For Businessman.

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The Carbon Dioxide Trapped In Your Meeting is Making You Think More Slowly

The Carbon Dioxide Trapped In Your Meeting is Making You Think More Slowly | Energy efficiency | Scoop.it

If, after sitting for hours in a stuffy, crowded meeting room or classroom, you've found yourself thinking a little more slowly than usual, it may not have been your imagination.

 

An emerging body of research is indicating that the high levels of carbon dioxide and other indoor pollutants that we face in poorly ventilated rooms reduces our cognitive performance and decision-making ability.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, August 12, 2014 5:17 AM

If you find yourself feeling a little less sharp during a long, stuffy meeting, it may not be your imagination.

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Is Energy Modeling The Key To Zero Energy Buildings?

Is Energy Modeling The Key To Zero Energy Buildings? | Energy efficiency | Scoop.it
In a net zero energy building the total amount of energy used by the building annually, is roughly equal to the renewable energy created on site.
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How is Energy Efficient Lighting Achieved and What are the Techniques?

How is Energy Efficient Lighting Achieved and What are the Techniques? | Energy efficiency | Scoop.it
Energy efficient lighting reduces the electricity demand and is a cost effective method of lighting system compared to conventional lighting methods.In trending years, the gap between power generation figures and demand figures is a matter of concern, as it implies the failure of power supply system to meet the power demand, thus a warning about lack ofconservation of energy.“”
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4 Things You Need to Know About Managing a Remote Team

4 Things You Need to Know About Managing a Remote Team | Energy efficiency | Scoop.it
The best perk of working remotely just might be the peace of mind it brings. The ability to skip the stressful morning commute, roll out of bed, and jump onto the computer can make you feel infinitely more productive. "I work all the time--remotely. But I don't feel like a workaholic and I'm not going to burn out. This is the great privilege of running a remote business," Betabeat editor-at-large Ryan Holiday wrote in a recent post. Holiday runs the marketing company Brass Check, and for the past three years he's lived in four cities and hired remote employees in at least five different states.
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Tips for Improving Business and Personal Communication Skills

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Where do you want to live in 2025? - | GE Look Ahead | The Economist

Where do you want to live in 2025? - | GE Look Ahead | The Economist | Energy efficiency | Scoop.it
If you’re planning to build the next big [fill in the blank], you might want to consider locating in one of these top 10 cities for competitiveness in the world—as identified by the Economist Intelligence Unit.Factors contributing to global competitiveness and, thus, to attracting outstanding talent include physical capital, financial maturity and social/cultural character.Click headline to view the map of the talent capitals and the factors that matter most full screen--
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Energy audits can offer big paybacks

Energy audits can offer big paybacks | Energy efficiency | Scoop.it
An energy audit can help homeowners and owners of multifamily buildings determine how to better keep a property warm in the winter and cool in the summer by tightening the building's envelope. The fixes typically cost a few thousand dollars, and area utility companies offer rebates tied to the work.
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The best way for enlightening  hidden cost...

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Obama Admin Pushes Software To Monitor Your Home Energy Usage…

Obama Admin Pushes Software To Monitor Your Home Energy Usage… | Energy efficiency | Scoop.it
“Via CNS News: The Energy Department on Tuesday is rolling out new, improved software to help Americans measure the energy efficiency of their homes.”
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Lighting -- Department of Energy

Lighting -- Department of Energy | Energy efficiency | Scoop.it
You can save money and energy while lighting your home and still maintaining good light quantity and quality. Consider energy-efficient lighting options to use the same amount of light for less money. Learn strategies for comparing and buying lighting products and using them efficiently.
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