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Partnership Between GE and Quirky Presents a ‘Truly Brilliant’ Air Conditioner

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.

Durability: The Missing Piece of the LCA Puzzle

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.

New $30M Financing Vehicle Helps Create a Mid-Market for Energy Efficiency Projects

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.

Showtime Documentary Series Features the Climate-Coal Connection

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.

Transparent Panels Signal the Future of the Solar Industry

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.

Nest ‘Protect’ Raises the Bar on Smoke Alarms

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.

New Solar Cell Doubles As a Touch Screen

Scientists in Singapore have discovered that their new solar cell material, a hybrid made with perovskite, can double as a touch screen display, laser and other light-emitting devices.

AT&T, EDF Promote Conservation Toolkit In Water-Stressed U.S. Cities

Working together at the water-energy nexus, AT&T and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) have developed a toolkit to help businesses reduce water and energy use for cooling buildings. Using it to conserve water and energy internally, AT&T and EDF are now promoting the toolkit to businesses in Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles and Phoenix.