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Photo Friday: All lights are not created equal

Friday, April 11, 2014

At the California Lighting Teaching Center (CLTC) in Davis, California, researchers explore light from many angles. This rack of light emitting diode (LED) lightbulbs on display at the CLTC shows how different designs and bulbs can create wide varieties of light. Photo Credit: CLTC used with permission. This post was originally published on February 14, 2014 on Scientific American’s Plugged... 

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Photo Friday: North Pole, Alaska oil refinery to cease operations

The town of North Pole, Alaska is home to two oil refineries. In February, the Flint Hills refinery announced that it will be closing operations this spring, citing high operating costs and uncertainties over future environmental damage remediation costs. Earlier this year, the 37 year-old facility requested that the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation allow for groundwater concentrations... Read More

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Photo Friday: Coal gasification

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Last summer at the Rocky Mountain Test Facility in Wyoming, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists tested the practical potential of large-scale coal gasification facilities in a series of field experiments. This technology is considered a promising component of future “clean coal” power plants with their ability to capture and sequester carbon dioxide emissions. Photo... Read More

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NYC Apartment – 420 square feet, eight rooms, with solar

A New York City apartment - 420 square feet and eight “rooms.” Also equipped with a bit of solar power with battery energy storage to charge up your cell phone and power a light or two. This is the home of treehugger.com and lifeedited.com founder Graham Hill. One of the keys to Hill’s apartment is creating functional spaces or “rooms.” The overall floorplan is simple,... Read More

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Photo Friday: Stepping into new wind technology

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At the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s National Wind Technology Center (NWTC), government scientists and engineers partner with industry and academia to test new renewable energy technologies. In this aerial photo, one engineer examines the interior of a new (large) wind turbine design. Photo Credit - U.S. Department of Energy. Photo taken July 25, 2013. This post was originally published... Read More

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Photo Friday: Moon rise behind the San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm

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This photo of the San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm was taken five years ago – on January 10, 2009 – on a windy evening on Snow Creek Road. It was used later that month in an article focused on President Obama’s renewable energy goals. Photo credit: Photo by Chuck Coker and found using Creative Commons. This post was originally published on January 10, 2014 on Scientific American’s... Read More

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Photo Friday: Teapot Dome – sunset on the last U.S. Government-owned operating oil field

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s Rocky Mountain Oilfield Testing Center (RMOTC) is located on Naval Petroleum Reserve No. 3 (NPR-3). Nicknamed “Teapot Dome,” this center was used for testing new technologies and techniques related to drilling, oil and gas production, renewable energy, and other portions of the energy system. It was the last U.S. Government-owned operating oil field. On July... Read More

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LEDs are reducing energy demand for lighting across the United States

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Since 2008, the cost of light emitting diodes (LEDs) has dropped by more than 85%. With this drop, the United States saw total installations of LEDs increase dramatically. In total, by 2012, more than 49 million energy-efficient LEDs were installed across the United States, representing an estimated $675 million in annual energy cost savings compared to traditional lightbulbs. More facts on the evolution... Read More

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Photo Friday: California’s Signal Hill Oil Field (1930)

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This photo is of the Signal Hill Oil Field at Atlantic and 28th Streets in Long Beach, California, USA around 1930. It is one of a large group of energy photos maintained by the California Department of Conservation. Photo Credit: Photo of the Signal Hill oil field at Atlantic and 28th Streets, circa 1930. Courtesy of the Long Beach Public Library Collection. Found using Creative Commons. This... Read More

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Energy and Community – “Let’s meet at the clothes line”

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Lowering your thermostat setting to decrease your monthly power bill seems simple enough, until your roommate says the magic words, “I’m cold”. Suddenly, that extra sweater and socks go from being an acceptable solution to the chill to an inadequate bandaid on a bigger problem. You are now facing the tough choice – try to explain to your roommate why our sacrifice is worth it or just walk over... Read More

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Photo Friday: California’s Signal Hill Oil Field (1923)

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This photo was taken of the city of Signal Hill, California in 1923. Located near Los Angeles and Long Beach, Signal Hill was a part of the Long Beach Oil Field and home to one of the nation’s most well known oil wells - The Alamitos No. 1. The numerous oil derricks that popped up over the area earned the city its nickname of “Porcupine Hill.” In total, the Long Beach Oil Field... Read More