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Did You Know? Smartphones Reduce Energy Usage

Did You Know? Smartphones Reduce Energy Usage

Smartphones are an increasingly ubiquitous aspect of modern life and research shows that they are decreasing the amount of energy used globally. This is the finding from Outlier, a research group that explores trends in how people use energy. As reported in Energy Manager Today smartphone sales volumes in 2012 were estimated at 717 million


In Focus: Apple’s Wind Turbine Patent

In a rare move for Apple, the company filed for a patent for a wind turbine, in 2011. That wind turbine would uniquely generate electricity from stored heat energy, not by rotating blades, which would solve the problem of intermittency. In its filing, Apple notes that current turbines rely on a constant supply of wind because of the way they are


Will Future Cell Phones Save Flexible Solar?

Copper-indium-gallium-diselenide, also known as CIGS solar cells are enabling a new suite of flexible applications from solar roof tiles to consumer electronics such as Apple and Samsung smartphones. CIGS have the competitive advantage that they can be deposited on flexible substrates as opposed to conventional solar panels, which enables a variety of niche products. A


Apple to Build 2nd iCloud NC Solar Data Center

Apple has reportedly purchased another 200 acres in North Carolina so that it can build another solar farm to help power its massive iCloud data centre. According to AppleInsider.com, details of the $3 million land deal were released recently. Apple will buy nearly 220 total acres in North Carolina’s Catawba County. There are reports that


In Focus: Smarter Parking Management

If you drive in this city, you’ve probably been in one of these two situations:  One, too cheap to pay for parking, you go to a side street and take advantage of one-hour free parking. But having stayed a little longer than an hour, you find a $30 ticket on your windshield. Two, en route


The Acoustic iPhone Speaker Dock

Very few of us may have fond memories of those antediluvian metallic horns nonchalantly jutting out of our equally quaint gramophones. However, those delectable goosenecks are still not out of vogue, at least when it comes to the Acoustic iPhone Speaker Dock. Designed by Ryan Boase, this musical system fascinatingly fuses the reminiscing essence of


SunPower’s iPhone App

Have you heard of SunPower’s Monitoring System? If you haven’t, you could be in for a treat. The following is a brief description of their system from their website: “The SunPower® Monitoring System is a web-enabled energy dashboard that offers homeowners easy access to view their home’s energy consumption and solar energy production in real-time.