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A dynamic real-time wind map for the continental United States provides interesting insight into local weather by modeling data from the National Digital Forecast Database. The near-term forecasts are updated once per hour, and the site reflects trends in a mesmerizing way. The site was created as a personal art project by data visualization experts […]

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The UK Centre for Sustainable Energy, part of the Department of Energy and Climate Change, has developed a heat map that maps heat use at the building level. The aim of the effort is to determine which areas are best suited to district heating where groups of buildings share the same boiler and drive down […]

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Earth observation company Aerodata International Surveys has just launched Aero+, with packaged solutions for sensing and analyzing  smarter planet applications. The new firm offers solutions that address heat loss from buildings, light pollution, renewable energy siting, and the potential for solar energy. The mission of this new company is to create a greener environment for […]

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A detailed map of block-by-block energy use has been created by the Columbia University Engineering School with data from the Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability. The interactive map demonstrates the energy used to heat and cool buildings, which accounts for two-thirds of the energy used in the city. The research built a statistical […]

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The Solar Panels Suitability Checker provided by Solar Panels UK provides a unique visual representation of a homeowners roof, and its potential for solar panels. The individual rooftop view  indicates the direction that panels should be positioned to achieve maximum energy collection. The site uses high-resolution GeoEye imagery along with a sunlight density overlay. Solar […]

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The Energy for a Green Society (ERG) project has received funding to develop wireless sensor networks to monitor and control energy consumption in buildings. The three-year and €25.7 million project will develop wireless sensor technology that can be commercialized in order to retrofit buildings with this smart technology. The effort ties with the European 2020 […]

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Re-Route of Keystone XL Pipeline Avoids Confrontation

by Matt Ball on November 15, 2011

The routing of the Keystone XL Pipeline that will bring crude oil from Canada’s tar sands to Texas has been an environmental rallying point, largely due to routing through the Sandhills area of Nebraska that would have brought it over the Ogallala aquifer. The rerouting decision, announced Monday at the Nebraska Capitol, avoids confrontation with […]

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NREL Opens Data to App Developers

by Matt Ball on October 31, 2011

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has launched a new website to make its data accessible at developer.nrel.gov. The first data set that has been made available is the location of alternative fueling stations from electricity, biodiesel, ethanol and natural gas. The data is primed for the development of a mobile location-based application or the addition […]

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The Southern Methodists University Geothermal Laboratory has completed a detailed map of the geothermal resources in the United states with a grant from Google.org. The detailed research and resulting map indicate that there are ample stores of green power to be generated by the Earth’s heat via currently accessible technology. The research is aimed at […]

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NSF Begins Large Study on Sustainable Cities

by Matt Ball on October 12, 2011

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $750,000 grant to a consortium of 20 U.S. universities, two national labs and three international partners for the new Sustainable Cities – People, Infrastructures and the Energy-Climate-Water Nexus project. The grant seeks to develop harmonized methods, open datasets and shared curriculum on the topic of sustainable cities […]

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