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Closing Statement from Tore Land, Director, GE Ecomagination Challenge

We at GE want to give our heartfelt thanks to the TED community for participating in this conversation. Your ideas and insights -- ranging from home automation and discussions about a two-way grid to apps and gaming methods that can drive behavior change -- have been fascinating to read and stimulating to respond to.

On a personal note, as the host of this conversation, I want to thank you for your participation and fresh thinking here. And on behalf of the whole ecomagination Challenge team, we look forward to working with you to help imagine and build technology that can meet these pressing environmental challenges.

GE believes widespread adoption of clean energy technology will start in the home. And we believe the second phase of the ecomagination Challenge will help drive that change. We invite you to continue to follow this project via our website:


We're currently reviewing the submissions to the challenge and, together with our partners, will evaluate the most innovative. We'll be announcing the winners next month -- stay tuned for the announcement!

Home energy is a critical global challenge, and we want the TED Community to know we are committed to building -- and scaling up -- innovative solutions.

Thank you for letting us pick your brains!

Tore Land
Director, GE ecomagination Challenge

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    Feb 11 2011: Solar water heaters have to go mainstream. They are much less expensive than photovoltaic panels and pay for themselves quicker. Countries like Israel, Australia and Spain are already using them in a good percentage of homes.
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      Feb 14 2011: Are there any specific innovative companies or designs for solar water heating systems you've seen that you're particularly impressed with?
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        Feb 15 2011: Rodrigo is right
        living in Israel, i can tell you that here it's very simple - it's simply the law.
        for a house bigger then a defined size, solar water heaters are mandatory, and there is a lot of competition between the companies here.
        Also i saw a very nice invention here on TV : an Israeli company developed a small wind turbine - about 1 meter in diameter - that complements the Solar heating.
        since at least here, usually there is wind when there is no sun, the wind turbine provides electricity for the electrical heating body inside the water container.
        that way you always have hot water, not spending even one cent on electricity or gas.
        and the option remains for the rare occasions that neither are available.

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