Nest Labs quickly became a darling of both the sustainability and tech worlds for its sleek, Internet-connected thermostat and smoke detector designed to provide customers with energy savings and safety. But has the sheen finally worn off on the Palo-Alto based company, acquired by Google earlier this year? Nest announced yesterday that it is halting sales of its Protect smoke and carbon monoxide detectors due potential safety concerns and will refund customers who want to return their current devices.
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Last week a delegation of British companies supported by U.K. Trade and Investment attended the sustainable-development advocacy conference Globe 2014, in Vancouver, British Columbia, to showcase the country’s expertise in low-carbon solutions and sustainability innovations. I had the opportunity to speak with Mike Rosenfeld, Vice Consul – USA Clean Technology Sector Lead for UKTI, about the strengths of the U.K. clean tech industry and how its businesses are poised to be competitive players on the global stage.
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Tech Networks of Boston (TNB) delivers help desk, remote monitoring and maintenance, staff augmentation, onsite support, training and project IT services to nonprofits and businesses in the greater Boston area.
A heady mix of state and local incentives, federal government support and public-private development partnerships is driving demand for smart energy storage solutions in California and enabling innovative start-ups to make the transition from pilot to commercial scale quickly.
Presented earlier this month, Aros, which is described as a “truly brilliant air conditioner,” is the result of an ongoing collaboration between General Electric and Quirky. What makes Aros interesting is not just the fact that it is the first “brilliant” AC and how it advances the vision of Internet of Things, but also what it means in terms of the relationships between the new collaborative, open economy and the more traditional one.
Having invested $255,000 to implement an energy management system at its ammunition plant in Scranton, Pa., General Dynamics is realizing savings of $955,000 per year, as well as making it the first U.S. defense contractor to earn DOE Superior Energy Performance Gold Certification/ISO50001 status.
Product durability is often an under-represented facet of product stewardship. Cradle-to-grave life cycle analysis (LCA) aims to capture the impact of a single product on the environment, from a “supply” point of view. While informative, a single item LCA obscures the overall impact of the demand life of the product in question.
Renewable energy sources outpaced fossil fuel energy sources in the first two months of the year, offering encouraging signs for the coming months. But how did they do compared to last year’s banner production schedule?
Energy efficiency projects have largely been the domain of big energy service companies carrying out multimillion-dollar projects for government customers. Leveraging new energy efficiency tech and performance-based, cash-flow matched financing akin to solar power purchase agreements, Noesis Energy sees its Shared Service Agreements as helping create a whole new market segment.
Actor Ian Somerhalder (Lost, Vampire Diaries) visits Asheville, N.C. and interviews two local activists about Duke Energy and the climate-coal connection during an episode of Showtime’s upcoming documentary Years of Living Dangerously.
Recent developments in solar technology give us a peek at what is sure to be a promising future for the industry. From power-generating windows to self-repairing cells, there’s a lot to get excited about in solar news this week.
The Nest Protect has a variety of features, providing the kind of performance that you might expect from a “smarter” smoke alarm. Starting with the same kind of elegant styling as its thermostatic cousin, as well a similarly premium price ($129), it’s clearly aimed at a discriminating market. Here’s what your investment will get you.
Beset by geopolitical crises, spreading social unrest and economic weakness, Clean Edge’s latest report highlights the high stakes associated with the energy decisions we’re making today and shines a spotlight on five key trends shaping the future of renewable energy markets globally.