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IBM Charting a Path for Galway Bay

Marine Institute of Ireland

For the past ten years, IBM has been joining with venture capitalist in an effort to provide solutions to large socio-economic problems utilizing a computer construct approach.  This approach centers on the use of analytics and information technology in creating quicker and more efficient systems to manage complex tasks.  These new solutions health care or the environment are branded "smart planet" by IBM.

The first major success of IBM in their "smart planet" endeavor is Galway "smart" bay in Ireland. The pilot system in place in Galway uses numerous sensors to track a huge range of changes in the bay, including pollution, fish stock levels and any possible threats to the environment.  The system even monitors the amount of green energy generated by the bay.... read more

Green Activist Tapped By Obama Administration

Van Jones of Obama Administration Green Czar

Van Jones, noted author and activist, was chosen by the Obama administration to be special advisor to the White House concerning "green" jobs, enterprise and innovation.  Jones will be a member of the President's Council on Environmental Controls.  This office coordinates and synchronizes various federal agencies to create a single coherent vision of renewable energy and environmental policies.... read more

Green Computing's Future: Netbooks

Could Netbooks be the next step in reducing ecological waste and energy consumption for the personal computer user? In some ways, the answer is yes. Netbooks, in their inherent design structure, offer a more eco-friendly and energy efficent alternative to other current laptops.   Still, depending on the needs of the consumer Netbooks may not be a practical possiblity.

netbook, Green computing... read more

End of Lightbulbs

Could a product being exhibited this week at the CeBit 2009 annual gadget trade show signal the end for light bulbs? No, but it does come pretty darn close! Acer Inc., one of the world's top five pc branded vendors, is exhibiting a neat new projector that holds immense potential. The K10 mini projector is a small powerhouse, being able to project images on a wall with resolution of 2,000:1. The K10 does all this using LED technology! This causes the new projector to use up to 30 percent less power than traditional projectors.... read more

Gold Rush II?

Could California be in store for a second gold rush? Possibly, according to a new study set to be published by the University of California, Berkley and the Lawrence Livermore Labs. The study's findings are outlined in an article authored by Cyrus Wadia, A.Paul Alivisatos and Daniel M. Kammen.

Solar Gold Rush, Solar Mineral Rush

The article premises that photovalitics (application of solar cells to create energy) will be an integral part of any future low-emission energy grid in the future, but the costs of materials necessary for production may limit large scale adoption. It is from this premise that the author's set out to test 23 semiconducting materials for not only their technical and economic performance, but also their extraction costs and supply constraints. From this study, twelve materials were found to posses the necessary capacity. Nine of those twelve would be cheaper then the current materials used in production, specifically silicon, cadmium telluride and copper indium gallium selenide.... read more

America, Leading the World in Wind Power

Wind Power, Wind Turbines, America Leading Wind Power

Recently the world saw a switch in global leadership in renewable wind power. For years Germany has lead the way in wind production, but now nations must say achtung to the United States as being on the cutting edge of wind technology. According to the Global Wind Energy Council, the United States increased their wind power capacity by 29 percent. This increase is an additional 8.4 gigawatt into the national power grid. The increase, more than any other nation, gives the United States 20.8 percent of the world total installed power base. Germany's installed wind power base accounts for 18.9 percent of the total world production.

California is doing its part to make sure that America stays in the lead. On Thursday French-backed renewable energy company enXco premiered a new wind powered power plant in Susin City, California. Energy production from this facility will produce 150 megawatts, which will be doubled in the next three years. Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) has signed a twenty year lease of the facility in an effort to meet new state guidelines for renewable energy production.... read more

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