February 2009

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Moth Eyes Inspire More Efficient Solar Cell

Posted by on 17 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: biomimicry, energy efficiency

Moth eye tapered nanostructure

How would nature minimize reflection? Ask a moth:

Researchers in the Netherlands have developed an anti-reflective coating based on the nanostructure of a moth’s eyes, which could reduce the reflection from photovoltaic cells and thereby make them more efficient… and … a new eco-friendly production technique that can apply the coating with high precision. Continued at Physicsworld…

Google Gets Behind Smart Meters & Monitoring

Posted by on 10 Feb 2009 | Tagged as: energy efficiency, green building

Smart meters and energy monitors have been around for years, but Google wants to bring this empowering technology to a much larger audience. Count me in!

Google’s mission is to “organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful,” and we believe consumers have a right to detailed information about their home electricity use. We’re tackling the challenge on several fronts, from policy advocacy to developing consumer tools, and even investing in smart grid companies.

Continued at The Official Google Blog…