Tuesday, January 10th, 2012
People developing solar energy lights have all sorts of ideas, and sometimes they are very swell …Take the case of the LuminAID Light. It’s an inflatable nifty number, that fully charges with four to six hours of solar exposure.
The light was designed for disaster zones. (more…)
Tuesday, December 20th, 2011
U.S. light bulb manufacturers are displeased that Republican lawmakers have delayed efforts to introduce more efficient bulbs, a move that was supposed to have taken effect January 1.
According to the Web site Politico, manufacturers like General Electric, Philips, and Osram Sylvania have (more…)
Wednesday, December 14th, 2011
South Africa, which earlier this month hosted the turbulent climate change conference (COP17) in Durban, has announced it is supporting en.lighten, a global initiative to phase-out inefficient lighting by 2016. South Africa promised to transition (more…)
Tuesday, December 13th, 2011
Take a look around your neighborhood this holiday season and you may notice something different. It’s a subtle change, but a significant one nonetheless.
You’ve probably noticed this change at your local retailer, too.
What change, you ask? (more…)
Monday, December 5th, 2011
Nanosys is a Palo Alto company that develops advanced architected nanomaterials technology, including quantum dots for LEDs and silicon nanowire composites for advanced batteries.
Quantum dots are nano-sized semiconductors which emit light when excited. (more…)
Friday, November 18th, 2011
London Bridge hasn’t fallen down–yet. But any 117-year old bridge is bound to need a few updates here and there. The latest round of improvements will help cut the amount of energy required to light the landmark by 40 percent.
There’s no denying that London Bridge is an icon–a (more…)
Monday, November 7th, 2011
In previous posts (e.g., here, here and here) I’ve written about Nichia’s LED patent enforcement activity, including a now-settled global patent war with its Korean rival Seoul Semiconductor.
Another long-standing dispute with Taiwanese LED packaging manufacturer Everlight Electronics (more…)
Friday, October 21st, 2011
Inefficient windows are responsible for thousands of dollars in energy loss for both residential and commercial property owners. But new smart glass technology could allow windows to control sunlight and heat, drastically reducing energy costs across the country. (more…)
Friday, October 21st, 2011
We tend to romanticize the glow that emanates from city lights. We don’t often realize that any light that goes into the sky represents wasted energy, about $2.2 billion per year according to one popular estimate. Not only does light pollution run up electric bills and create carbon emissions, it (more…)
Tuesday, October 18th, 2011
Streetlights do more than tell us when to be home — “Be back before they come on,” our parents would tell us – they also light the way and keep us safe. Nowhere is this more evident than in the sprawling camps of people displaced by the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti. In recent months, the lights (more…)