Weekly News Roundup Nov. 18-22, 2013

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This week was all about batteries and earnings reports. Here’s a quick rundown of what went on in our industry in the past few days:

-Some interesting developments are underway to extend the life of lithium ion batteries, from self-longer lifespans under investigation by the government to self-healing mechanisms being explored by scientists. Johnson Controls also found a way to shrink the size and cost of micro-hybrid batteries.

-The United States Green Building Council is revving up for its Greenbuild Conference and Acterra is accepting applications for its Sustainable Built Environments Award.

-Johnson Controls came out with big numbers in its earnings report, to much praise from Wall Street. Thanks to their success, people are looking at high tech companies in a new way.

-Consumers appear to be willing to support “clean energy” projects financially but they may be weary when heating bills continue to rise this year.

-An successful Japanese HVAC company opened its first North American plant in Houston and Johnson Controls releases its EM Series Electric Sub-Meters.

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