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Are Green Ducts the New Gold?

Are Green Ducts the New Gold?

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Growing sustainability efforts, focused on the utilization of energy resources without environmental detriment, have inspired policy decisions, regulatory codes, and program development within the past decade, making sustainable construction mainstream today.

As energy codes and building programs like LEED Certification and Zero Net Energy further incentivize energy efficiency, some companies are  … Read More

Business Energy—Reader Favorites

Business 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

Latest Industry News for Business Energy

Latest Industry News for Business Energy

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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

Catalysts: Fueling Energy Innovation

Catalysts: Fueling Energy Innovation

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In 1794, Scottish chemist Elizabeth Fulhame observed that substances such as coal and charcoal burned better when damp. She noted in her book, An Essay on Combustion, that when water temporarily separated into hydrogen and oxygen molecules, it accelerated combustion. Hers is considered the first scientific account of a catalyst.

With  … Read More

Engine Block Heaters: Quick Starts for Standby Power

Engine Block Heaters: Quick Starts for Standby Power

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Typically they don’t land on the desk of top decision-makers or lend themselves to innovative applications. Andy Rudderham, vice president of sales for Total Systems Ltd. in Mississauga, ON, says equipment dealers and genset packagers are the only ones likely to get fired up about them. But whether you call  … Read More

Augmented Reality: A Service Solution?

Augmented Reality: A Service Solution?

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It’s a nightmare scenario: your generator won’t start at a critical moment. You check the fuel. You test the spark plugs. Could it be a clogged carburetor? You call the service contractor but they won’t be there for hours. What do you do? Instead of reading the manual and rolling  … Read More

Perovskites: A Multi-faceted Solution

Perovskites: A Multi-faceted Solution

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Silicon solar cells have come a long way from those that Bell Labs first debuted in the 1950s. Advances in light capture and conversion efficiency have improved significantly. And yet they still have limitations.

For one, it takes a lot of energy to melt silicon dioxide in order to remove the  … Read More

Smart Building Technology

Smart Building Technology

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Building energy costs are a significant expenditure for businesses and the public building sector. The smart building industry is responding with products and services that can help, but there are hundreds of choices. However, we have some great examples of smart technology that can get you up to speed. So  … Read More

Gas Turbine Generators Bring Power Where It’s Needed

Gas Turbine Generators Bring Power Where It’s Needed

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Because of their small footprint and light weight, gas turbines are ideally suited for mobile and distributed power applications that bring power closer to the point of use, notes Claudette Carmine Harris, marketing communications for Solar Turbines.

Solar Turbines, Inc. manufactures gas turbine-driven generator sets from 1 to 22 MW for  … Read More

More Than Efficiency: Optimizing Commercial Hydronic System Performance

More Than Efficiency: Optimizing Commercial Hydronic System Performance

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One of the most exciting shifts in the science (some say art) of building system design is the ability for all parts of the system to interact, combining as one to optimize system performance, comfort, IAQ, and energy efficiency.

Hydronic (water-based) systems remain at the top of the list when building  … Read More

The Future of Energy: Industry Perspectives from Erick Seelinger of PNM

The Future of Energy: Industry Perspectives from Erick Seelinger of PNM

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The energy industry is in the midst of a dramatic transformation as it reevaluates and reconfigures the way that it generates, stores, and distributes electrons.

Energy demand worldwide increases by 2% each year as our global culture becomes more energy-dependent. Meanwhile mounting concern over CO2 emissions, fossil fuel usage, and sustainability  … Read More

Connected Lighting Systems and App-Based Controls

Connected Lighting Systems and App-Based Controls

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Philips recently rolled out its latest in connected lighting systems, including Power over Ethernet (PoE) luminaires, app-based controls, and cloud-based technologies.

Those innovations include luminous carpets and ceilings, as well as HealWell lighting systems for hospital environments, and new applications that allow remote management of lighting technologies.

Philips Lighting CEO Eric Rondolat notes: “We live in  … Read More

Sound Attenuation for Business Energy Applications

Sound Attenuation for Business Energy Applications

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Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the November 2015 edition of Business Energy.

Intrusive noise is a growing concern for both the public and private sector these days. If the power equipment rattles, clanks, and booms loudly, there will likely be complaints—or worse: fines and citations. Consider this: according to the  … Read More

Avoiding Power Interruptions at Data Centers

Avoiding Power Interruptions at Data Centers

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Kyle Ellenberger of Power Systems & Controls has seen big changes in the data center industry since the earliest few data centers were launched in the United States.

“The first data centers were crazy—they had soldiers guarding them and barbed wire. No, you can’t roll up in a tank and steal  … Read More

Go with the Flow: Flow Batteries Offer Storage Solutions

Go with the Flow: Flow Batteries Offer Storage Solutions

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Intermittency and the limitations of energy storage technology have, in a variety of ways, impeded the integration of renewables into the US grid. Industry-wide, experts agree that advances in energy storage technologies are necessary to modernize the grid’s power architecture and to improve its resiliency.

The Department of Energy is currently  … Read More

iPhones and Electrons: Apple Grows Energy

iPhones and Electrons: Apple Grows Energy

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We live in an era of increasing electron consciousness. It seems that this energy awareness has influenced corporate culture in that a growing number of large companies are now sourcing more of their electricity from renewable resources—and many are producing their own.

In fact, the generating capacity of corporate clean energy  … Read More

Microgrids For Industry

Microgrids For Industry

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The City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Redevelopment Authority and the Century City Redevelopment Corporation, along with financial help from other city and federal agencies, have developed an 86-acre regional business park to attract advanced manufacturing companies and to create jobs in the greater Milwaukee area. Microgrids will form a core part of the park’s infrastructure.

The Century City Business  … Read More



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