‘Phantom’ power is responsible for up to 10% of a home’s energy use » Yale Climate Connections

‘Phantom’ power is responsible for up to 10% of a home’s energy use » Yale Climate Connections
https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/climateconnections/CX221031.mp3 ‘Tis the season of ghosts, goblins … and phantom power? Jennifer Amann with the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy says phantom power is the electricity used by devices in standby power mode. “You can think about it as the power that’s required for a product like a television to listen for the remote control,” she says. She says that although electronics use less standby power than they used to, people have more gadgets than ever. And together the power they use can be up to 10% of a home’s energy use. That means higher bills and more carbon pollution. But there are many tools that can reduce power waste, such as smart outlets or power strips with a couple of outlets that are always on. “So say you wanted to make sure that your TV...

ReVolt brings USB power to gadgets designed for alkaline batteries (crowdfunding)

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Have an old Game Boy, portable cassette or CD player, or other gadgets designed to run on alkaline batteries, but hate buying disposable batteries? One solution is to switch to rechargeables. Another? Switch to USB power.Of course, that second option is easier said than done. But a new Kickstarter campaign aims to make it a lot easier.The ReVolt kit from a startup called MyVolts is designed to let you use a USB power bank or wall adapter with devices that were designed for AA, AAA, C, or D batteries.Here’s how it works: the ReVolt system includes an adapter that looks like an AAA battery and which should fit into any battery compartment designed for that size. But it’s an adapter, not a battery. And there’s a ribbon cable that extends from the adapter and slides under the battery compartment door. On the other end of the cable is a DC plug...

Charby Pico GaN wall charger provides 65 watts of power to charge 3 devices simultaneously » Gadget Flow

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Keep your devices charged, wherever you go, with the Charby Pico GaN wall charger. This petite charger features a 65-watt power delivery with Programmable Power Supply, thanks to its Gallium Nitride tech. This lets it charge faster, more efficiently, and in a smaller form factor than your typical silicon charger. The Pico can power your laptop, yet it’s as small as a smartphone charger. And it charges large devices as well as small ones. What’s more, this gadget can revitalize up to 3 devices at once, thanks to its one USB-A port and two USB-C ports. This saves you time and outlet space. Moreover, it charges all your devices quickly, from your Macbook to your Nintendo Switch. Furthermore, you can use this device in any country since it supports a universal 100–240 voltage. It’s time to de-clutter your workspace and lighten your backpack...

BigBlue Cellpowa500 is an affordable way to power all of your gadgets outdoors – Bestgamingpro

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The best way we stay and work has modified eternally, and the BigBlue Cellpowa500 is a revolutionary transportable energy station that may assist energy your units regardless of the place you might be on this planet. Based in 2015, BigBlue is an formidable firm that makes a speciality of creating vitality storage merchandise and solar energy merchandise which can be protected, environment friendly and environmentally pleasant, and the Cellpowa 500 is the primary product that’s been fully developed by BigBlue – and you’ll assist help it in its Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.  Indiegogo backers will get the Cellpowa500 at an unique worth with as much as 40% off. Meaning backers can get it for the equal of $zero.55/WH, which is decrease than the typical $1/WH it normally sells for. So, regardless that uncooked supplies and delivery prices...

Fortanix Unlocks the Power of Confidential Computing

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fortanix® Inc., the data-first multicloud security company, today announced that its technology is powering new breakthrough applications of confidential computing. Confidential computing protects applications and the sensitive data they process from unauthorized access and tampering at runtime, extending the security already in place for data at-rest and in-motion across the network. Fortanix was the first company to deliver enterprise applications of confidential computing built on Intel SGX® and today is the leader in enabling real-world uses of this technology. The release of Ice Lake 3rd Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors makes further, large-scale commercial applications of confidential computing possible. Consilient: A More Effective, More Efficient Approach to Anti-Money Laundering and...

Going atomic scale with quantum computing in the power sector

Going atomic scale with quantum computing in the power sector
Image: IBM Energy and utility companies are starting to look to the quantum world for the increasingly complex computational challenges facing the sector. Load balancing is becoming more and more complex as the power system decentralises. As the numbers of distributed energy resources and other grid connected devices grow and consumption trends become more erratic, the computations become more difficult and time consuming, making this a prime use case for the power of quantum computing. And the potential of this advanced technology is becoming ever closer within reach as developers advance and open up their ecosystems via the cloud. There is even the prospect of a $5,000, albeit much simplified, portable desktop device aimed primarily at students from China’s Shenzhen SpinQ Technology before year end. Quantum...

Data centre virtualisation and cloud computing can play a pivotal role in power sector emissions reductions, says report

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A new report from power market analytics firm Aurora Energy Research suggests that increased deployment of (and continued improvements in) virtualisation technology could reduce potential future European computing emissions 55% by 2040. To put it another way, the use of virtualisation software (that allows for much more computation to be done with significantly less IT hardware), improved management and optimisation of operations, and hardware upgrades enable productivity and energy efficiency improvements in IT operations. Coupled with the increased usage of renewable energy to fulfil electricity requirements, these energy efficiency gains can help IT operations in Europe to substantially decrease their carbon footprint. This is especially important as more and more enterprises are engaging with digitised information to transform their business...

“Wearable Microgrid” Harvests Energy From Human Body to Power Electronic Gadgets

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The wearable microgrid uses energy from human sweat and movement to power an LCD wristwatch and electrochromic device. Credit: Lu Yin Nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a “wearable microgrid” that harvests and stores energy from the human body to power small electronics. It consists of three main parts: sweat-powered biofuel cells, motion-powered devices called triboelectric generators, and energy-storing supercapacitors. All parts are flexible, washable and can be screen printed onto clothing. The technology, reported in a paper published today (March 9, 2021) in Nature Communications, draws inspiration from community microgrids. “We’re applying the concept of the microgrid to create wearable systems that are powered sustainably, reliably and independently,” said co-first author Lu Yin, a...

Opinion: Quantum computers’ power will remake competition in industries from technology to finance

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Quantum computers, once fully scaled, could lead to breakthroughs on many fronts — medicine, finance, architecture, logistics. First, it’s important to understand why quantum computers are superior to the conventional ones we’ve been using for years: In conventional electronic devices, memory consists of bits with only one value, either 0 or 1. In quantum computing, a quantum bit (qubit) exhibits both values in varying degrees at the same time. This is called quantum superposition. These ubiquitous states of each qubit are then used in complex calculations, which read like regular bits: 0 and 1. Since qubits can store more information than regular bits, this also means quantum computers are capable of processing greater quantities of information. Having four bits enables 16 possibilities, but only one at a time. Four qubits in...