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UW Team "FireBee" a Double Winner in 2015 Innovation Competition


FireBee, a student team at the University of Washington, won both the $15,000 Grand Prize and the $5,000 Clean Energy Prize yesterday evening in the 2015 Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge. FireBee has developed an alternative energy source for people who live off the grid. The portable thermoelectric generator turns third-world cooking fires into personal

Foundation™ Platform for Residential Demand Response and Home Energy Management


What makes Foundation a "next-generation" solution? The input we received helped Energate's product management and engineering teams understand the feature set utilities needed in a comprehensive home energy management (HEM) system. Many of these features already existed in the solutions currently available, including programmable communicating thermostats (PCTs) and in-home displays (IHDs). There were other features,

Prefab Straw Insulation Panels Make Very Sustainable Homes

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The sustainable builder BaleHaus recently constructed several energy-efficient homes, which were built using a prefabricated straw insulation system made by the company ModCell. BaleHaus is actually made up of 3 firms working together, namely Cadan Developments, ModCell, and White Design. So far the group has built several different sized homes, from townhouses to apartments, which