• Video

    Inside a Japanese nuclear power plant [video]

    Posted March 21, 2011 - 5:13 pm

    In August 2007, IDG News Service was invited to the Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear power station. This video provides a rare glimpse at the inside of the world's largest nuclear power plant.
  • Smart meter cloud announced by IBM and Cable & Wireless

    Posted March 21, 2011 - 12:04 pm

    IBM and Cable & Wireless are set to collaborate to offer a ‘smart energy cloud’ to support the UK’s new energy meter rollout.
  • Government order is big news for clean tech startups

    Posted March 18, 2011 - 4:23 pm

    When the words "FERC Order" are uttered, most people's eyes either glaze over or worried frowns appear as they wonder if they need to understand the conversation. Let's try to figure out what this order means for the clean tech world in words we can all understand.
  • Power and transport trouble Japanese IT makers after quake

    Posted March 14, 2011 - 9:43 am

    Japan's major electronics companies took stock of their problems on Monday, as the country struggles to come to terms with the scale of devastation following Friday's massive earthquake and tsunami.
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    Japan to face rolling blackouts starting Monday [video]

    Posted March 14, 2011 - 9:29 am

    A series of planned electricity blackouts will begin rolling through east Japan Monday, Tokyo Electric Power said Sunday evening.
  • The lightbulb as I.T.

    Posted February 28, 2011 - 12:44 pm

    For almost 100 years, the lightbulb was simply a lighting device: when a current passed through it, photons came out. Over the last few decades, that has changed. The electronic ballast in a modern fluorescent fixture has almost as many power electronics in it as your cell phone. And, with the emergence of L.E.D.'s, the lightbulb will make the leap to full-fledged I.T. appliance, capable of intelligent automated control and energy management. That transformation is a microcosm of changes in all machines that we use to live our lives: cars are more CPU than engines; HVAC systems have more computing power than an old-fashioned IBM mainframe; and your television set has morphed into another access point for the Internet.
  • GE gets smart

    Posted January 25, 2011 - 10:33 pm

    Business analytics continues to be a hot target for acquisitions. This trend continues with the GE announcement that it would acquire advanced analytics vendor SmartSignal.
  • Top 10 clean energy blog posts of 2010

    Posted December 29, 2010 - 1:08 pm

    As the beginning of 2011 approaches it's time to look back at 2010 and see which clean energy blog posts in the IDC Energy Insights community were the most popular - partially because it's expected, partially because it's fun and partially because we can infer which topics were the most important to our followers.
  • Advanced energy research projects are hot

    Posted December 23, 2010 - 3:07 pm

    Millions of dollars were laid out this year for all manner of energy research - from new biofuels and wind projects to better batteries and smartgrid cybersecurity programs.
  • Can the U.S. exploit offshore wind energy?

    Posted October 14, 2010 - 9:31 pm

    If wind is ever to be a significant part of the energy equation in this country we'll need to take it offshore -- into the deep oceans. Large offshore wind objects could harness about more than 4,000 GW of electricity according to a massive report on wind energy from the U.S. Department of Energy.
  • Urine: Power source of the future?

    Posted September 2, 2010 - 7:09 pm

    Forget about leaky oil wells and dangerous nuclear power plants.
  • Cisco buys wireless smart grid company

    Posted September 2, 2010 - 2:54 pm

    Cisco this week said it will acquire Arch Rock Corporation, a privately held developer of IP-based wireless network technology for smart grids.
  • Cisco, Itron to jointly design smart energy grid communications

    Posted September 1, 2010 - 9:13 pm

    Cisco and utility metering company Itron have agreed to jointly develop a standards-based IP-based communications platform for smart energy grids.
  • Why Bill Gates is embracing clean tech

    Posted June 14, 2010 - 12:56 pm

    The IT links to clean technology get stronger by the day, and if the push in Washington by Bill Gates and others to get the federal government to triple its research and development spending succeeds, Silicon Valley is certain to benefit.
  • Bloom Energy: What We Know, What We Don't

    Posted February 25, 2010 - 10:56 pm

    The announcement of Bloom Energy's no-emissions energy server drew the world's attention to Silicon Valley yesterday. But, even after the announcement and demonstration, many questions remain.
  • 10 Questions About the Bloom Energy Server

    Posted February 25, 2010 - 12:05 pm

    Now that Bloom Energy has unveiled its innovative fuel cell technology to the world, it appears the much-hyped Silicon Valley startup's "Energy Server" shows a lot of promise, particularly for Fortune 500 companies that can afford the parking lot-sized power boxes priced up to $800,000 apiece.
  • Why I'm Bullish on Bloom Energy

    Posted February 24, 2010 - 2:01 pm

    After decades of looking at new energy technologies, few have looked better to me--at least from this distance--than Bloom Energy's new fuel cells. It's being touted as a real game-changer. And it may be, in more ways than one.
  • Google gets US approval to buy and sell energy

    Posted February 19, 2010 - 10:32 am

    Google has received federal approval to buy and sell energy on the open market, giving it more options for the way it powers its data centers and opening the door to a potential move into the energy-trading business.
  • Verizon part of smart grid technology team

    Posted February 4, 2010 - 9:41 pm

    Verizon Business has signed a deal to provide IT services for the CURRENT Group's brand of smart grid sensors and software.
  • Will Smart Grid power IPv6?

    Posted October 30, 2009 - 1:34 pm

    Could Smart Grid, the Obama Administration's effort to modernize the nation's electric grid, be the killer app for IPv6?
  • Cisco forms smart grid ecosystem

    Posted September 17, 2009 - 5:26 pm

    Cisco is lining up partners in its smart grid initiative, an effort to upgrade utility information infrastructures with Cisco routers and switches.
  • HP wants you to turn off your PC

    Posted June 3, 2009 - 9:40 am

    HP launched a campaign on Wednesday to get people to shut off their computers when not in use in order to conserve energy.
  • Fusion ignition: World's largest laser unveiled

    Posted May 29, 2009 - 2:45 pm

    The stadium-sized laser, dubbed the National Ignition Facility (NIF), is being housed at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, Calif.
  • Green marketplace shows environment-friendly techs

    Posted May 15, 2009 - 11:31 am

    Regen Energy, one of many exhibitors at the Greening Greater Toronto Marketplace, a showcase of green technology vendors, is using swarm theory as the basis for its devices that collectively and intelligently regulate energy requirements of a building.
  • City 2.0: Using tech building blocks in tomorrow's urban centers

    Posted May 15, 2009 - 9:24 am

    Ubiquitous wireless networks are already available in cities including Baltimore and Minneapolis, corporations such as Thomson Reuters have sustainable data centers that sell power back to the local utility, the smart energy grid is well on its way, and city-provided social networks are common. The next steps toward the city of tomorrow are all about integrating these services cohesively.
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