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Lyn Corum

Lyn Corum is a technical writer specializing in water and energy topics.

Articles by Lyn Corum

Innovations in Smart Window Coverings

Energy

Innovations in Smart Window Coverings

Prior to the fourth century A.D., windows were typically holes in walls, usually covered with animal hides, cloth, wood, or shutters. In some places, translucent animal horns, thin slices of marble, or even paper were set in frameworks of wood, iron, or lead.

Demand Management

Energy

Demand Management

Technology is creating a slow revolution in the utility industry. Demand management and demand response tools are at the forefront of these changes, allowing utility customers to take charge of their electricity usage. And data analytics is at the heart of these tools.

Energy Efficiency for Wastewater Treatment Plants

Water

Energy Efficiency for Wastewater Treatment Plants

Much has changed in recent years in the water and wastewater industries: evolving environmental regulations, increasing oper­ating costs, technology advancements, and improved opportunities for load management, according to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

Exemplary Efficiencies

Water

Exemplary Efficiencies

Much has changed in recent years in the water and wastewater industries: evolving environmental regulations, increasing oper­ating costs, technology advancements, and improved opportunities for load management, according to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

Solar and Energy Storage Financing for Schools

Weekly

Solar and Energy Storage Financing for Schools

Jason Coughlin, a solar analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, was coauthor of a 2011 report, “Solar Schools Assessment and Implementation Project: Financing Options for Solar Installations on K–12 Schools.”

“Schools have continued to install solar using power purchase agreements (PPAs) and the trend is to continue seeing third-party installations,” says Coughlin.

Cogeneration Utilizing Natural Gas-fired Reciprocating Engines

Energy

Cogeneration Utilizing Natural Gas-fired Reciprocating Engines

Cogeneration systems, also known as combined heat and power, have traditionally been installed by larger industrial users with high steam and power demands and by smaller, institutional users such as universities and hospitals. Since the early 2000s, smaller industrial and commercial companies have discovered cogeneration utilizing natural gas-fired reciprocating engines,

Potable Reuse Project Case Studies

Water

Potable Reuse Project Case Studies

Potable Reuse Project Case Studies: Cloudcroft, NM, is a 110-year old mountain resort community in the southeast corner of New Mexico. Planning for direct potable reuse began immediately, says Powell, and initial construction began in 2005, but issues with contracting stalled the project by 2007. Now back on track, construction bids

Tracking Non-Revenue Water Loss with GIS

Water

Tracking Non-Revenue Water Loss with GIS

The White House Utility District in Southern Tennessee embarked on a water loss reduction program in 2012 in collaboration with Esri, a geographic mapping and software development company. To date, the utility has saved roughly $500,000 through eliminating water loss and reducing manpower hours.

Cogeneration Utilizing Natural Gas-fired Reciprocating Engines

Energy

Cogeneration Utilizing Natural Gas-fired Reciprocating Engines

Cogeneration systems, also known as combined heat and power, have traditionally been installed by larger industrial users with high steam and power demands and by smaller, institutional users such as universities and hospitals. Since the early 2000s, smaller industrial and commercial companies have discovered cogeneration utilizing natural gas-fired reciprocating engines,

A Growing Trend

Energy

A Growing Trend

Cogeneration systems, also known as combined heat and power, have traditionally been installed by larger industrial users with high steam and power demands and by smaller, institutional users such as universities and hospitals. Since the early 2000s, smaller industrial and commercial companies have discovered cogeneration utilizing natural gas-fired reciprocating engines,