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Why Google Stopped Trying To Make Renewable Energy Cheaper Than Coal

In 2007, Google, the internet search giant based in Mountain View, CA, made a media splash by investing big-time dollars in an effort to develop a renewable energy technology that could compete economically with coal.<p>The project was called RE<C and it ended only four years after it began.<p>During its …

14 innovations that improved the world in 2014

These aren't just gadgets that charge your devices faster or "groundbreaking" apps — they have potential for lasting impact. They can change the …

Decipher Your Car's 'Check Engine' Light Via Bluetooth

A little wireless car whisperer<p>Despite my fondness for (and previous career in) computer troubleshooting, I find myself at sea when it comes to dealing with my car. But fortunately pretty much every car <i>has</i> a computer in it these days, and that onboard system can provide a first step to diagnosing a …

Honda Accord

8 fundamental Internet lessons to teach your kids

With two things as rapidly changing as the Internet and a child's development, sometimes safety settings aren't enough.<p>Besides built-in precautions …

These 5 smartwatch uses will make you stop loving your smartphone

Maybe smartphones weren’t such a great idea.<p>As an ideal personal computing device, they may have been doomed from the start. Smartphones, after all, have their roots in a completely different tech paradigm — telephony. The personal computing functions were bolted on over time. That’s why they were …

17 Ways You're Sleeping Wrong

Correct these mistakes for a good night's rest.<p>Even if you eat kale, exercise, and somehow resist the office cupcakes, it still won't matter much if you don't get a decent amount of sleep. Your body and mind desperately needs rest to function properly.<p>If only it were as easy as shutting your eyes. …

81 Things Dads Do That Make Us Weak in the Knees

Shares 12<p>Don’t like ads? Become a supporter and enjoy The Good Men Project ad free<p><i>Mom blogger</i> <i>Kim Bongiorno and many of her friends think that</i> …

Parenting

It’s all about the fractals: How goTenna designed its off-grid messaging device

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Credit: goTenna<p>goTenna is only a few months away from shipping its first device, a messaging baton that can communicate in …

Cocoon Is A Smart Home Security Device That Uses Infrasonic Sound To Detect An Intruder

There’s currently no shortage of ‘smart’ security devices for your home, due to the ascendancy of the smart home market as a whole, coupled with a hardware renaissance driven by the rise of crowdfunding. These consumer home security devices usually consist simply of an Internet-connected camera of …

KnowRoaming sticker SIMs can now help more people avoid roaming charges

Remember KnowRoaming? That seemingly magical sticker SIM supposed to be attached on top of your usual one, so you can avoid expensive roaming charges? It's finally available for purchase. KnowRoaming works with a GSM Android, iPhone or Windows mobile device and connects you to a local carrier as …

60+ Family Tradition Ideas | The Art of Manliness

Last week we published an article that discussed why and how to establish family traditions. Traditions offer numerous benefits: they strengthen your …

A conversation with the U.S. Energy Secretary on energy innovation and the Valley’s role

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Credit: Image courtesy of Sarah Gerrity, Department of Energy.<p>On Thursday afternoon I had the opportunity to sit down with …

CPS Energy proposes net metering alternative based on wholesale markets

Dive Brief:<p>CPS Energy has proposed the creation of a net metering alternative modeled on the wholesale markets—a competitive bidding process for …

Lock in Trade-in Pricing on Your iPad Before October 16

Apple had a lot to announce on September 9, even bringing Steve Jobs's "One More Thing" phrase out to introduce the Apple Watch. So it's understandable that updated iPads or Macs weren't discussed. However, another announcement is less than a week away on October 16.<p>Apple is expected to announce an …

IPad Air

Web TV Arrives. Over The Top TV Is Here This Time.

If you have been thinking about cutting the cable cord, you had to look down a long dark alley of missing content and a lonely flatscreen TV. But a number of new services are now showing up to fill that gap and provide a true TV experience that could herald the arrival of the OTT - Over The Top - …

SolarCity Offers Its First Home Solar Loan

SolarCity on Wednesday launched its first residential solar loan that it’s structured to resemble a power purchase agreement, unlike conventional loans that are being rolled out by a small but growing number of its competitors.<p>The company, the largest residential solar installer in the country, …

Ohmconnect Debuts New Demand Response Model

For decades, utilities have paid customers for demand response -- that is, for turning down their energy use at certain times to help manage grid …

Storage Is the New Solar: Will Batteries and PV Create an Unstoppable Hybrid Force?

When Wes Kennedy started engineeringsolarsystems in the mid-1990s, he pretty much had one integration option: batteries.<p>At that time, Kennedy …

Who Leads the US Residential Inverter Market?

The U.S. residential PV market is one of the most consistent solar markets in the world. It has seen quarter-over-quarter growth in fifteen of the …

Solar Power

This Woman's Revolutionary Idea Made Her A Billionaire — And Could Change Medicine

No more wondering to yourself, "Ah, how much more can they take before I pass out?"<p>Instead you might be able to walk into a Walgreens pharmacy for a reportedly painless fingerprick that will draw just a tiny drop of blood, thanks to Elizabeth Holmes, 30, the youngest woman and third-youngest …

Bidgely to Disaggregate the Demand Side of Hawaii’s Solar-Rich Grid

Distributed solar power is having a big impact on Hawaii’s grid, leading state utilities and regulators to look to a variety of technologies to help …

Solar Power

Solar Financing: Options for Homeowners Infographic

This article is from the Summer 2014 issue of Rocky Mountain Institute’s <i>Solution Journal.</i> To read more from back issues of <i>Solutions Journal</i>, please …

How 3D Printing Will Impact Your Future

<i>Rudy de Waele is a Technology Innovation Strategist and Author/Curator of Shift 2020.</i><p>The first time I saw a 3D-printer in action was when I participated to the Singularity University Executive Program in the spring of 2011. It was a place that offered corporate executives and entrepreneurs the …

New York writes blueprint for brave new utility world

New York state's electric grid is facing the challenges of aging infrastructure, minimal overall load growth, and fast-growing peak demand. Armed …

Utilities

Reinventing the Power Business: An Actionable Roadmap for Utility Self-Disruption

If you are a decision-maker in the power sector, you have probably been grappling with a variety of perspectives on the disruption of the regulated …

Outside Opinion: Millennials frustrate HR execs

This just in: New study on millennials. Text and you'll miss it.<p>By 2020, millennials will make up 50 percent of the workforce. By 2025, that number is likely to reach 75 percent.<p>Given the huge millennial population, companies must hire them in increasing numbers. A study this summer by my company, …

How 4 utilities are turning distributed generation into an opportunity

Utilities keenly watching the growth of distributed generation generally fall into two camps, according to a new report by Black & Veatch — those who …

Solar Power

12 of China’s hottest hardware startups

We’ve all heard of Nest, Oculus Rift, Pebble, Dropcam, and SmartThings – but what are the hottest hardware startups coming out of China?<p>Here’s our …