Green Energy Technology Breakthroughs

From smart grids to better solar panels, green energy technology is making gains that will help us build a brighter future.



Green Energy Technology
Photovoltaic panels may not be a new idea in Green Energy Technology. They've been around for decades, but a range of new design improvements promises far greater efficiency and much lower costs.
PHOTO: AP/TED S. WARREN
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Dye-based solar cells produce energy by mimicking photosynthesis.
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The Nissan Leaf is one of several all-electric vehicles being developed.
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Making the electric grid “smarter” would help save energy, prevent power outages and bring more renewable energy online.
ISTOCKPHOTO/ANN TAYLOR HUGHES
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Smart meters give consumers real-time data about their electricity consumption.
DOMINION POWER
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“It’s hot in here, could you dim the windows, please?” New window designs feature more user control.
SAGE ELECTROCHROMICS
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A prototype plug-in Toyota Prius recharges.
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A new generation of windows can greatly reduce heat loss.
SOUTHWALL TECHNOLOGIES
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No, this is not an air conditioner, it’s an air-source heat pump — a very efficient way to heat and cool your home.
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