Monthly Archives: February 2013

Guest Post: 2012 Cost Savings in Energy Efficient Lighting

February 28th, 2013 | by GBE FACTS

While environmentally friendly business practices are often viewed as an added cost, energy efficient lighting is one area where cost savings and environmental benefits go hand in hand. Take for instance a recent retrofit completed on a tennis court just outside of Chicago; this custom – engineered retrofit has a payback period of just two years


Guest Post: Increase Your Home Value through Green Remodeling Projects

February 28th, 2013 | by GBE FACTS

Updating old and inefficient windows will allow you to recoup up to 90 percent of your initial investment within the first few years. Adding Energy Star-rated windows is thought to save you up to $500 each year in heating or cooling costs and you’ll even receive green energy tax credits for doing so


First Solar Sets New World Record for CdTe Solar Cell Efficiency

February 27th, 2013 | by pressroom

First Solar, Inc. today announced it set a new world record for cadmium-telluride (CdTe) photovoltaic (PV) solar cell conversion efficiency, achieving 18.7 percent cell efficiency in tests confirmed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The record-setting cell was constructed at the company’s Perrysburg, Ohio factory and R&D center using processes and materials – including the glass substrate – that are designed for commercial-scale manufacturing


‘Fat Worms’ Have Scientists Seeing Better Biofuel Production

February 27th, 2013 | by pressroom

Traditional biofuel research has focused on improving the oil content of seeds. One reason for this focus is because oil production in seeds occurs naturally. Little research, however, has been done to examine the oil production of leaves and stems, as plants don't typically store lipids in these tissues


Global Water Security Map Released by WRI

February 26th, 2013 | by GBE FACTS

"Water is very complicated. It’s affected by large-scale issues like climate change and globalization. International commerce moves virtual water (the water it takes to grow or produce a product) from farms in Brazil to grocery stores in China and Egypt."



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