Posts tagged “Green Energy”
While technological advances and consumer demands accelerate the pace of innovation in electric power generation, distribution and consumption, it is grid integration and public policies that ultimately will determine how rapidly and well those advances are deployed. So concluded thought leaders at the recent Energy Thought Summit. Cyndy Falgout sums up the conference exclusively for WRAL TechWire.
Solar energy advocates urged North Carolina legislators on Thursday to resist pressure from big energy interests and leave in place incentives that have sprouted an industry that employs 3,000 statewide.
The largest solar power plant of its type in the world - once promoted as a turning point in green energy - isn't producing as much energy as planned. One of the reasons is as basic as it gets: The sun isn't shining as much as expected.
RTP pharma firm expanding; CommScope revenues surge; $15M in new business for PowerSecure; LinkedIn posts loss
In today's Bulldog wrapup of life science and technology news: RTP-based Cirrus Pharmaceuticals is expanding; CommScope revenues hit $1 billion; PowerSecure books $15 million in new business; and LinkedIn reports a loss.
Cree, which rattled investors with a less than bright earnings report and forecast last week, unveiled its promised new LED light bulb Tuesday. It's cheaper and looks more like traditional bulbs. Now, will it light up Cree stock?
A small start-up company said Monday it would create hundreds of jobs when it moves into a massive, former Philip Morris USA cigarette plant to build batteries that it says will help power companies save energy and work more efficiently.
Cree on Thursday morning unveiled its latest advance in LED technology, saying it will "reduce system costs" for most lighting applications by 40 percent. The news comes after an earnings report this week led to a hammering of Creek stock with LEDs the big culprit.
Shares in LED manufacturer Cree plunged 10 percent to a 52-week low under $30 after its quarterly earnings report Tuesday. Not even news that Cree plans to introduce a new LED bulb dissuaded investors from dumping shares.
PowerSecure, a provider of various energy related services, is investing as much as $15 million in a data center energy services business group.
A new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts says North Carolina "has emerged as a clean energy leader" in the southeast. The state ranks third in new renewable energy capacity, third in private investments and eighth in energy- and environment-related jobs, according to Pew, which is issuing the report Thursday at N.C. State. Driving the growth is the state's solar industry.
If you weren't aware that Japan's Nagoya University has a technology transfer and business development office in the Triangle, you should be now. After all, on Tuesday two Nagoya professors shared the Nobel Prize for Physics. The award "surely will increase our reputation" as Nagoya seeks more deals, says its RTP executive.
Two Japanese scientists who teach at Nagoya University, which has an office in RTP, as well as a Japanese-born American win the Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday for inventing blue light-emitting diodes, a breakthrough that has spurred the development of LED technology to light up homes, computer screens and smartphones worldwide.
The Nobel Prize in physics went to the men who created the first blue LED, and the news prompted a retired University of Illinois professor to question why that LED is worthy while his -- the very first -- is not.
In the 1980s, leading consultants were skeptical about cellular phones. McKinsey & Company noted that the handsets were heavy, batteries didn't last long, coverage was patchy, and the cost per minute was exorbitant. It predicted that in 20 years the total market size would be about 900,000 units, and advised AT&T to pull out. McKinsey was wrong, of course. There were more than 100 million cellular phones in use 2000; there are billions now. Costs have fallen so far that even the poor -- all over world -- can afford a cellular phone. The experts are saying the same about solar energy now. They are wrong.
A proposal to export twice as much Wyoming wind power to Los Angeles as the amount of electricity generated by the Hoover Dam includes an engineering feat even more massive than that famous structure: Four chambers, each approaching the size of the Empire State Building, would be carved from an underground salt deposit to hold huge volumes of compressed air.
WRAL.com's marketing team win the 'Best Bang for the Buck: Special Event' award from the Raleigh Public Relations Society for WRAL TechWire's "Full Steam Ahead Awards" event last fall.
Duke-American Transmission Co. plans to play a key role in building power lines that would be part of an $8 billion project to bring electricity from a wind farm to an underground storage facility. The power would be used for over 1 million households in California.
North Carolina's solar and renewable power industry is getting a big boost from the federal government. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack discloses support for 39 projects in the state worth more than $55 million during a visit to Bunn today. Meanwhile, President Obama in Washington is unveiling plans to train 50,000 vets for solar jobs.
Duke Energy says it will invest $500 million in multiple projects to expand its solar power capacity in North Carolina. One solar farm in Duplin County will be the largest east of the Mississippi. The state's sustainable energy business association sees the deal as a big boost to N.C.'s solar industry.