Green news harvest: IM for air conditioners
Energy efficiency firm EnerNoc upgrades its demand response application so building equipment can communicate via an instant-messaging protocol. And what's a "passive house"?
A sampling of green-tech news with quick commentary.
- Instant Messenger of the Smart Grid - Greentech Media
Talk about convergence of energy, communications and IT: is using an instant-messaging protocol to update the energy consumption status of building equipment.
- Wind Turbine Output Boosted 30% by Breakthrough Design - CleanTechnica
Rather than build bigger turbine blades, Leviathan Energy boosts output by placing objects on the ground to direct wind flow.
- 'Sleep Talking' PCs Save Energy And Money - Science Daily
A clever research idea: a prototype USB-connectable device that lets computer operate basic networking functions while in sleep mode.
- Interactive Graphic: Snug and Tight - The New York Times
Ever hear of a "passive house"? Because it's so well insulated, its heating and cooling needs are far lower than that of a normal home.
- White House finishes review of ethanol draft rule - Reuters
This wonky issue on how you count emissions from biofuels over the entire lifecycle could shake up the industry. New rules may consider land use in analysis.
- Shell's Barry: On Clean Coal and Carbon Capture and Storage - The Wall Street Journal
When people say "clean coal," this is what we're talking about, for the most part. Shell is bullish on this technology.