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Google Plans Deeper Energy Push With Tools For Utilities

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June 11, 2014
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Google is planning to disrupt the US power delivery system by developing tools that can transmit and distribute electricity more efficiently.The internet giant runs the most popular search engine and itself is a huge consumer of electricity. It has been looking at ways to shakeup the utilities industry and it plans on doing this by developing software and hardware tools to better manage power lines. Google's in-house development group known as the Energy Access Team is led by Arun Majumdar. Majumdar came to Google as a top energy expert. He was the first director of the US Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy and was later nominated for the Under Secretary of DoE. He joined Google in 2012 to help the company to advance in the US power sales market, which is worth more than $363 billion. Google is not the first to tap the possibilities of energy management. Zurich based ABB and Munich based Siemens already offer tools that help allocating electricity, but Google engineers think they can do better. Just like Google disrupted smartphone market with android, it may now end up changing the way we get our electricity. Video provided by TheStreet


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Thailand Climate Protection Through Energy Efficiency

Thailand Climate Protection Through Energy Efficiency

Deutsche Welle (Mar. 13, 2012) — Thailand needs ever more energy for its industry. It already imports up to 10 percent of its electricity. The growth of industry is bringing a sharp rise in greenhouse gas emissions. Now a German-Thai project funded by the International Climate Protection Initiative is working for a more efficient use of energy, thereby contributing to climate protection.The Thai government has a long-term goal of "Low-Carbon Industry". It is collaborating with Germany in the umbrella organization "Energy Efficiency for Small and Medium Enterprises" on several pilot energy-efficiency projects in small and mid-sized companies. The Environment Ministry holds consultations regularly. The aim is to cooperate with German experts and develop an "Energy Use and Climate Protection Plan" for Thailand's economy.
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Google Reportedly Developing 3D Vision Tablet Prototype

Google Reportedly Developing 3D Vision Tablet Prototype

TheStreet (May 23, 2014) — Google is reportedly developing a tablet with advanced vision technology capable of capturing three-dimensional images of the world around you. According to The Wall Street Journal, the company plans to develop around 4,000 prototypes starting in June. As part of its research program Project Tango, Google's tablet will reportedly feature a 7-inch screen, two rear-facing lenses and infrared depth sensors. The tablet will likely be a sister design with similar 3D functionality to its prototype smartphone unveiled in February. According to Google, that smartphone could map out a user's surroundings to assist the visually impaired, help in navigation or offer even more immersive gameplay. Video provided by TheStreet
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Republicans and Obama Agree on One Thing: Time to Export Oil

Republicans and Obama Agree on One Thing: Time to Export Oil

TheStreet (May 15, 2014) — U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, appointed by President Barrack Obama, earlier this week makes a comment that marks a significant shift in the administration's energy policy. "The nature of the oil we're producing may not be well-matched to our current refinery capacity," Moniz said. MLV & Co. E&P analyst Chad Mabry tells TheStreet's Joe Deaux that this is a key change in rhetoric by the president's cabinet, but he doubts anything will happen in 2014, an election year. Mabry also points out that U.S. energy companies have workaround ways to deliver energy products abroad. Video provided by TheStreet
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