Madelynn Matlock

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Netgear's plan to solve awful Wi-Fi is a second router

For as long as there have been Wi-Fi routers, setting up Wi-Fi has been pretty much the same. You buy a router at the store, plug it into your modem, and that's it. Wi-Fi may even be built into your modem in the first place.<p>But increasingly, it's looking like the future of Wi-Fi involves not one, …

Wi-Fi

How To Make Homemade Bread You Don't Have To Knead

Enjoy the taste of homemade bread without sacrificing an entire afternoon.<p>I love good bread—fragrant, chewy, fresh bread. My mom made white bread or …

Food

Associated Press News

System turns solar energy into hydrogen fuel for later use - Futurity

Researchers have built a system that converts the sun's energy into hydrogen fuel and stores it to use after the sun goes down.

Clean Energy

A Chemical Compound Found In Rhubarb Has Just Solved Renewable Energy's Biggest Problem

Existing solutions to the problem are extremely expensive, and aren't even that efficient.<p>Now, Harvard researchers say they've found a cheap solution that addresses both those problems.<p>In a new paper published Jan. 9 in the journal Nature, they say an overlooked group of organic compounds, called …

Clean Energy

These Fledglings Could Fall Now That Google Has Its Nest

Google’s $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest could herald a new wave of interest in companies sitting at the intersection of data, services, and energy for the home and for businesses – or the beginning of the end for earlier-stage competitors.<p>One investor with deep exposure to the cleantech industry …

Forget Solar Panels: This Sun-Powered Light Doesn’t Need Electricity

A simple coating to a building’s windows can redirect incoming sunlight to where it’s needed–say, on a ceiling for an ambient glow or to a desk fixture so you can get to work.<p>Picture a dark, windowless office–the sort of depressing scene where telemarketers sit in cubicles or Peggy Olson first …

Off the grid: Walgreens opens self-powered pharmacy of the future

It’s been said that sunshine is the best disinfectant, but might it also be good medicine? Walgreens is betting on it with the opening of its solar-powered drugstore of the future — America’s first dedicated retail space that generates all of the energy it needs to operate on-site.<p>Built just north …

The big energy problem that happens while you’re sleeping

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>When we were young, our mothers would tell us to turn off the lights before going to bed. But our mothers’ best efforts to …

New “Flexible” Power Plants Sway to Keep Up with Renewables

As the use of renewable power on the electric grid ramps up, utilities are turning to technology that makes it easier for natural gas to smooth out the bumps in supply.<p><b>Shifting rapidly with the weather, the supply of renewable power can be quite changeable. Most power plants, however, are anything</b> …

Thomas & Betts brochure addresses electrical system challenges in commercial and institutional facilities

Thomas & Betts (T&B)’s brochure, “Electrical Solutions for Commercial and Institutional Facilities” provides products for challenges typically …

’American Blackout’: Four Major Real-Life Threats to the Electric Grid – The Great Energy Challenge Blog

A catastrophic, prolonged failure of the electrical grid—the sort of event whose effects are depicted in National Geographic Channel’s upcoming <i>American Blackout,</i> which premieres Sunday<i>—</i>may seem like just apocalyptic science fiction to some viewers. Unfortunately, though, the possibility of such a …

Germany Finances Major Push Into Home Battery Storage for Solar

The German government has responded to the next big challenge in its energy transition -- storing the output from the solar boom it has created -- by …

Global PV Module Pricing to Stay Flat in 2014, Polysilicon Pricing to Increase 25%

This year, the solar PV supply chain began to stabilize due to robust demand growth, capacity retirements and mothballing by uncompetitive firms, …

Distributed Energy: The Power Sector’s Wild Card

New technologies and consumer demand for cleaner energy are rapidly transforming the power sector. This transformation is most evident in the advent …

Japan Emerging As Energy Storage Hot-Spot

<b>Published on</b> December 6th, 2013 | <i>by Giles Parkinson</i><p>0<p>December 6th, 2013 by <b>Giles Parkinson</b><p>Japan is emerging as a hot-spot for energy storage projects, …

Utility-Scale Battery Storage Costs Dropping

<b>Published on</b> December 18th, 2013 | <i>by Giles Parkinson</i><p>45<p>December 18th, 2013 by <b>Giles Parkinson</b><p>The cost of battery storage is falling quicker than most …

How next-gen geothermal could boost the future of energy

Harnessing naturally occurring heat trapped between layers of rock below the earth's surface, geothermal power plants are capable of supplying clean, …

Geothermal Industry Surpasses 12,000 MW of Operational Power in 2013

Written by AZoCleantech<p>As the geothermal industry wraps up an exciting and challenging year, the sector has positioned itself to grow more by 2020 …

Siemens Puts Weight Behind US Offshore Wind

There were new signs on Monday that the Cape Wind offshore wind power plant in Nantucket Sound in Massachusetts will become a reality. The developer …

Germany’s Largest Utility Ditches Two Long-Term Contracts For Coal Power

RWE, Germany’s largest electrical utility, will not renew two long-term contracts for coal-fired power, according to Bloomberg News.<p>In Germany, …

Massachusetts Makes Smart Grid Mandatory

Massachusetts has joined a growing list of states demanding that its investor-owned utilities invest in the smart grid -- and find new models for how …

California’s Roadmap for Balancing the Demand Side of the Grid

California, a state facing an unprecedented challenge in balancing its growing share of intermittent solar and wind power supply on the grid, is …

Move Over Electric Car, Auto Companies To Make Hydrogen Vehicles

Toyota, Honda and Hyundai have announced that they plan to build hydrogen-powered cars in the next few years. But is America ready for automobiles fueled with gaseous hydrogen? Take a test-drive in one and find out.<p><b>Listen · 4:06</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>Transcript<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:<p>From …

The aggressive acceleration of deep-energy retrofits

<i>This story originally appeared on Rocky Mountain Institute's RMI Outlet blog.</i> <i>Read part one of this series here.</i><p>Since 2009, RMI's work to advance deep …

German Power Costs Seen Dropping for Fourth Year: Energy

Power prices in Germany, Europe’s biggest electricity market, probably will weaken for a record fourth consecutive year as utilities add the most …