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IT Data Center Heat Recovery Helps Intel Create Green IT Facility

September 14th, 2010 |
IT Data Center Heat Recovery Helps Intel Create Green IT Facility

Green IT: To support Intel’s first planned certified green building, Intel IT has designed a system that saves energy by recovering data center heat and using it to heat the rest of the building.

For more on Green IT visit Intel.com/IT.

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Water: Can we blame the cows for pollutants in the groundwater? Part I

September 24th, 2007 |
Water: Can we blame the cows for pollutants in the groundwater? Part I

Water. We use a lot of it in California, and especially in Central Valley, one of the largest agricultural areas in the world. This area is inhabited by many wonderful folks, including Bill and George Longfellow, the dairy farmers we ...
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Can we blame the cows for pollutants in the groundwater?

September 21st, 2007 |
Can we blame the cows for pollutants in the groundwater?

Water. We use a lot of it in California, and especially in Central Valley, one of the largest agricultural areas in the world. This area is inhabited by many wonderful folks, including Bill and George Longfellow, the dairy farmers we ...
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And how much power do all these computer servers require?

September 20th, 2007 |
And how much power do all these computer servers require?

It wasn’t that long ago that newspaper headlines began calling our attention to claims that large computer server systems like those used by companies like Amazon.com, Google, Yahoo, and EBay (to name but a few) were consuming more than 10 ...
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Water: We need it, the cows need it, the crops need it. Where do we get it from?

September 17th, 2007 |
Water: We need it, the cows need it, the crops need it. Where do we get it from?

Think of Central Valley, California — an incredibly large agricultural area in the middle of a state, which is vital to the Calif. economy, but not exactly known for its regular and heavy rainfall. Our crops and our cattle require ...
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A Yorkshire hotel on the road to energy efficiency

September 12th, 2007 |
A Yorkshire hotel on the road to energy efficiency

If you’re looking for a nice hotel that’s keeping a sharp eye on its carbon footprint, you’ll want to check out the Crown Spa Hotel. It’s in Scarborough, on the Yorkshire coast, but if you can get there, you’ll find ...
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Alberta: the Saudi Arabia of the North?

September 10th, 2007 |
Alberta: the Saudi Arabia of the North?

Western Canada is very rich in heavy oils. These thick oils that have the consistency of molasses or even peanut butter are rather tricky to produce in an environmentally friendly manner. However, with our strong dependency in the next several ...
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The Truth About Reservoirs, Drilling and Cheap Oil

September 5th, 2007 |
The Truth About Reservoirs, Drilling and Cheap Oil

We’re not running out of oil, but we may be running out of the oil in easy-to-reach places. That’s because oil doesn’t sit in a big pool just below the surface — it’s always been hard to reach, but the ...
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It’s a myth the US can be energy independent within the next several decades

September 1st, 2007 |
It’s a myth the US can be energy independent within the next several decades

The US imports 10 million barrels of oil per day. This is more than it is producing itself, and over half of its oil consumption. If the US keeps consuming oil as it is now, imports will make up an ...
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PARC and Solfocus’s new, concentrated solar PV system

August 21st, 2007 |
PARC and Solfocus’s new, concentrated solar PV system

We visit Scott Elrod (PARC) again to have a look at the new concentrated solar PV system designed at PARC with Solfocus, a start-up incubated at PARC. It’s a clever device that is designed to reduce the amount of silicon ...
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PARC: From inkjets to Solar PV

August 20th, 2007 |
PARC: From inkjets to Solar PV

I love this interview with Scott Elrod, manager of the hardware systems group at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC, for short). PARC, under the creative and enthusiastic leadership of Elrod, has ventured into the clean technology area. Recently, PARC ...
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Nuclear Energy with Prof. Burton Richter, Part V

August 17th, 2007 |
Nuclear Energy with Prof. Burton Richter, Part V

Burton Richter is professor emeritus at Stanford University, a 1976 Nobel Prize winner and an expert on nuclear energy. This is the last in our five-part series with Richter.

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Nuclear Energy with Prof. Burton Richter: Part IV

August 16th, 2007 |
Nuclear Energy with Prof. Burton Richter: Part IV

Part four of our interview with nuclear energy expert, Stanford University Professor Emeritus and 1976 Nobel Prize Winner Burton Richter.

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Nuclear Energy with Prof. Burton Richter, Part III

August 15th, 2007 |
Nuclear Energy with Prof. Burton Richter, Part III

The third installment of our interview with Burton Richter, professor emeritus at Stanford University, 1976 Nobel Prize winner and an expert on nuclear energy.

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Nuclear Energy with Prof. Burton Richter: Part II

August 14th, 2007 |
Nuclear Energy with Prof. Burton Richter: Part II

Listen to the second part of the interview with Burton Richter, Professor Emeritus at Stanford University, 1976 Nobel Prize winner and an expert on nuclear energy.

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A former student finds her way as energy consultant

August 13th, 2007 |

Lauren Casey recently graduated from Stanford with a major in Earth Sciences. She is a wonderful example of young talent determined to make a positive contribution to the preservation of our environment. Listen to this phone interview with Lauren conducted ...
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Focus on Nuclear Energy: Part I

August 13th, 2007 |
Focus on Nuclear Energy: Part I

I know: nuclear energy has long had a bad name in the US. I believe, however, that it is an essential part of our future energy portfolio. Nuclear energy is clean, its generation is efficient, its resources are still abundant. ...
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Experiments in DIY gasification: transforming waste biomass into fuel

August 8th, 2007 |
Experiments in DIY gasification: transforming waste biomass into fuel

I’m always excited to find creative, DIY, ways to generate energy from waste. Jim Mason gives a wonderful example. Check out his informative website and enjoy his interview with my students. You may also want to check out the podcast ...
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Naturally Powered by Roz Savage

July 26th, 2007 |
Naturally Powered by Roz Savage

After rowing across the Atlantic in 2006, Roz Savage is leaving San Francisco (her Website has updated departure dates) to conquer her next ocean: the Pacific.

Roz’s rowing vessel is fully self-sustained. During this two-plus months adventure, a total of 6 ...
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Stanford’s Green Dorm

July 25th, 2007 |
Stanford’s Green Dorm

A few facts: in the U.S., residential and commercial space accounts for 40 percent of our primary energy consumption and 38 percent of CO2 emissions are from operating buildings. Why, then, is so little attention paid to building energy efficient ...
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Are Carbon Credits Just a Clever Scheme to Make Money? Part II

July 24th, 2007 |
Are Carbon Credits Just a Clever Scheme to Make Money? Part II

We continue our discussion on carbon credits with Tom Arnold, chief environmental officer of Terrapass.

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Are Carbon Credits Just a Clever Scheme to Make Money?

July 23rd, 2007 |
Are Carbon Credits Just a Clever Scheme to Make Money?

Meet Tom Arnold, chief environmental officer of Terrapass. The company sells TerraPasses. Buy one and sponsor renewable energy projects such as wind farms, thereby partly or fully counterbalancing your own carbon emissions. How does Terrapass guarantee that their passes indeed ...
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What’s driving an Olympic rower to flex his muscles in biofuel production?

July 16th, 2007 |
What’s driving an Olympic rower to flex his muscles in biofuel production?

Adam Kreek: olympic rower, Stanford graduate, former oilfield worker. After next year’s Olympics, he is determined to make his mark in the biofuel industry. Adam plans to start his own biodiesel production plants together with his wife, back in his ...
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Silicon Valley: the epicenter of solar power and clean technologies?

July 14th, 2007 |
Silicon Valley: the epicenter of solar power and clean technologies?

On June 1, Silicon Valley profiled itself as the future epicenter of solar power, energy efficiency and clean technologies at the Energy Summit 2007. Jacob and Desirae, two of my students at Stanford, attended to see with Silicon Valley’s leaders ...
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Carbon sequestration: Can we bury just the harmful carbon dioxide?

June 29th, 2007 |
Carbon sequestration: Can we bury just the harmful carbon dioxide?

In this first in a series of discussons on carbon sequestration, we meet Marc Hesse, an aspiring graduate student at Stanford, who studies the physical processes that govern the movement of carbon dioxide once injected into the ground. Will it ...
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