Market Research and Insight

Real-life smart-car test a ‘game-changer’ for transport
It’s the largest smart-vehicle test of its kind ever conducted: some 3,000 cars, trucks and buses in Ann Arbor, Michigan, are now “talking” to one another in an unprecedented test to see how wireless technology could help improve traffic safety. The just-launched Safety Pilot Model Deployment is designed to... Read more
Can smarter building techniques also make for faster construction? China’s Broad Group hopes to answer that question with a resounding “Yes” by completing the world’s tallest building in 90 days. The company plans to build the 220-story Sky City tower in Changsha City using modular construction technology developed by... Read more
A greener economy could lift millions from poverty by creating 15 million to 60 million green jobs over the next 20 years, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO). A new study from the ILO says greening the economy could grow many branches of employment: renewable energy, agriculture, transport,... Read more
Several leading energy companies are expressing interest in working with the British government to make carbon capture and storage (CCS) commercially viable. “This high level of interest proves that the UK is back on track with CCS,” a spokesperson for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) was... Read more
You can’t fault Bill Gates for being stingy with his money or not caring about building a better future for society. But you can say this: he embodies the old saying, “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” As the consummate techie, Gates views... Read more
Big investors know that money talks … and a group of nearly 100 investors with deep pockets hopes it can use money power to send a message to companies that could do more to cut their carbon emissions. It’s not just a matter of taking action to minimize climate... Read more
The City of Big Shoulders will be doing some heavy smart-grid lifting in the near future, as its main utility company embarks on a 10-year, $2.6 billion upgrade to the electricity system. Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) says the project will deliver something like a local economic stimulus to Chicago, generating... Read more
Contrary to what all the flak it gets from political critics suggests, the US Department of Energy (DOE) does not, in fact, spend most of its money on so-called solar debacles or electric-powered luxury cars. Much of its spending — more than 40 percent in its proposed budget for... Read more
While we’ve focused plenty of attention and energy on the need for a low-carbon economy over the last several years, one big part of the picture often gets overlooked: the world’s oceans. That’s a major oversight, considering all the sustainability challenges related to the marine environment: There is, of... Read more
Maybe it’s Yankee thrift. Or maybe your blood really does get thinner in warmer climates. For whatever reason, it seems cold-hardy residents of New England keep their home thermostats set much cooler in the winter than do their Southern and Midwestern neighbors. Good thing, too: setting their thermostats low... Read more