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A Technology’s Transformation

A Technology’s Transformation

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Fuel cell technology is elegant in its simplicity. An anode, a cathode, and an electrolyte allow positively charged hydrogen ions to move between the two sides of the cell, converting chemical energy into electricity. And the only bi-product is water.

Why, then, has this form of energy storage not been widely  … Read More

The Industrial Dragon Takes on Green Energy

The Industrial Dragon Takes on Green Energy

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China covered the equivalent of one soccer field every hour with solar panels in 2015. It also installed an average of more than one wind turbine every hour of every day, according to Greenpeace statistics. And it appears to be aiming for domination of one of the world’s fastest-growing industries.

Chinese  … Read More

Distributed Energy—Reader Favorites

Distributed Energy—Reader Favorites

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Listed below are the top Editor Blogs, Reader Favorite articles, and Business Energy magazine articles for you to enjoy. This list is curated based on reader views, search traffic, e-mail click-through, and most commented articles.

Bookmark this page so you will always have quick access to Forester Media’s top Business Energy  … Read More

Industry Announcements

Industry Announcements

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Read the latest industry news in the field of energy management and controls, efficient lighting and HVAC systems, retrofits and upgrades, onsite power generation (both prime and standby), renewables, and energy storage.  … Read More

Solar and Energy Storage Financing for Schools

Solar and Energy Storage Financing for Schools

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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.  … Read More

When Red Turns Green

When Red Turns Green

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As clean energy development gains momentum across the United States, some surprising front-runners are emerging in the race for renewable energy leadership—traditionally red states like Iowa and Wyoming.

A recent study by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) highlights state-by-state successes in advancing clean energy. The rankings used a dozen metrics  … Read More

Project Profile: Power Management at ROOT Data Center

Project Profile: Power Management at ROOT Data Center

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ROOT Data Center is a recently constructed Tier 3, carrier-neutral, 500-server rack colocation provider in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. As Montreal’s first data center provider to deploy a next-generation cooling technology, ROOT is able to offer colocation for a 30 to 70% lower cost than other providers.  … Read More

Stacking the Deck

Stacking the Deck

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Today virtual power plants are able to integrate an array of energy resources into networked systems that produce efficient and flexible power. The addition of energy storage can create an enhanced solution.

Two British companies, developer Anesco and electric utility company Limejump, have partnered to bring 185 MW of energy storage  … Read More

New Developments in Lithium-Ion Batteries

New Developments in Lithium-Ion Batteries

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There is an old military saying that “Amateurs talk about tactics, professionals talk about logistics.” Nowhere is this more true than in the fuel and energy requirements of a military formation deployed in a combat theater.  … Read More

The Physics of CHP Cogeneration and Heat Engine Efficiency

The Physics of CHP Cogeneration and Heat Engine Efficiency

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How does CHP work? To understand CHP you have to begin with the Carnot cycle, and how it describes the function and efficacy of any heat engine. The thermodynamic Carnot cycle (proposed by Nicolas Carnot in 1824) is a four-stage process that describes the reciprocal operations of a heat engine  … Read More

Big Bucks for Batteries?

Big Bucks for Batteries?

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When most people think of infrastructure repair, they think of roadways, water pipes, and airports. However, the US electrical system is representative of a less visible, but equally critical network in need of modernization. The Trump administration has indicated that it plans to make infrastructure renewal a priority and the  … Read More

HVAC Innovations: Duct Sealing From the Inside

HVAC Innovations: Duct Sealing From the Inside

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According to EPA, the US Department of Energy (DOE), ASHRAE, and various industry reports, having leaky air ducts is one of the leading causes of energy waste in US buildings, says Neal Walsh, Aeroseal’s senior vice president of strategy and commercial sales.  … Read More

Microgrid Technology to Improve Energy Security and Sustainablity

Microgrid Technology to Improve Energy Security and Sustainablity

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Nearly 25 years ago, Caterpillar opened a proving ground about 30 miles southwest of Tucson, AZ. The facility consists of large open-air test areas, where Caterpillar conducts field trials of many of its large mining equipment before being brought to market. The proving ground site also includes workshops and an office building.

The Green  … Read More

Toyota Uses AI to Discover New Materials for Energy Storage

Toyota Uses AI to Discover New Materials for Energy Storage

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It takes decades to develop new materials. Traditionally, scientists have had to sift through colossal amounts of data and perform extensive trial-and-error testing. Today, however, Artificial Intelligence (AI) can accelerate the process of identifying promising new materials and technologies with high-speed simulations and computer modeling.  … Read More



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