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Power Partnerships

Power Partnerships

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Synergy, from Greek sunergia, meaning “cooperation,” is the collaborative interaction of two or more parts of a system so that the combined effect is greater than the individual efforts. In business and technology, the term often refers to the way system components work together to optimize efficiency and heighten productivity. Some  … Read More

Business Energy—Reader Favorite

Business Energy—Reader Favorite

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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

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

How the Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) Was Developed

How the Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) Was Developed

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Finding Perfect Harmony
Peter Hammond, now a consulting engineer with Siemens, thought a lot about how to solve a serious problem with medium-voltage VFDs in the late 1980s when he was with Robicon. He had been designing low-voltage VFDs for many years. Then a solution occurred to him as the company, now  … Read More

System Safety: Switchgear Maintenance

System Safety: Switchgear Maintenance

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All of the backup power in the world—an abundance of generators, of reserve energy storage, and well-orchestrated plans—is of little benefit if an electrical system’s switchgear fails. This is precisely what Delta Airlines learned last Monday when a power outage in Atlanta, and subsequent switchgear malfunction, caused the airline’s global  … Read More

Zero Energy Schools

Zero Energy Schools

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Buildings account for nearly 40% of the nation’s energy use. Why does this matter? Because it means that while buildings are a big part of our energy challenge, they also have the potential to be a major part of the solution to a clean energy future. That’s why the US  … Read More

Microturbine Manufacturers Outline the Benefits of Distributed Energy

Microturbine Manufacturers Outline the Benefits of Distributed Energy

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In the world of innovative power technology, turbines hold a unique position. They offer power solutions from as low as 250 kW, to hundreds of megawatts, and unlike reciprocal engines with hundreds of moving parts, a turbine is basically designed with one spinning shaft and a minimal parts count. Also,  … Read More

The Threat of Legionnaire’s Disease

The Threat of Legionnaire’s Disease

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In 1976 a pneumonia outbreak sickened 221 people and killed 34. The cause was a mystery that puzzled scientists for months. It was eventually traced to a bacterium that researchers named Legionella pneumophila because many of the affected individuals were members of the American Legion, exposed at a convention.

Legionella is  … Read More

Backup Power with Engines and Gensets

Backup Power with Engines and Gensets

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With a growing number of severe weather events, power outages are on the rise, notes Kyle Nelson, vertical marketing manager for Generac Power Systems.

Summertime arrives with its notorious slate of challenges, with the Atlantic hurricane season spanning June 1 to November 30, heat waves that tax air-conditioning systems, and the possibility of tornadoes.

“On  … Read More

Shedding Light on Planned Obsolescence

Shedding Light on Planned Obsolescence

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There’s an incandescent light bulb at a California fire station that has burned since 1901, exceeding one million hours in service, and earning a Guinness Book record for the world’s longest-burning bulb. It’s an illumination anomaly.

Prior to 1924, incandescent bulbs were engineered to last upwards of 2,500 hours. Today, however,  … Read More

Energy Performance Contracting

Energy Performance Contracting

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Energy efficiency is an integral part of sustainable energy strategies. Implementing a comprehensive energy efficiency reference project that pays for itself through the resulting energy savings can be a complex undertaking.

The idea of an energy savings business goes back to the energy crisis of the late ’70s. Combating energy costs  … Read More

Noise Attenuation in Distributed Energy Systems

Noise Attenuation in Distributed Energy Systems

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The commercial building sector has seen a steady rise in the use of distributed energy. Whether the need is for energy security, participation in a demand-response program, or as a strategy for sustainability, distributed energy projects are playing a role. But the noise of a generator makes special demands upon  … Read More

Strategies for Peak Shaving and Power Security

Strategies for Peak Shaving and Power Security

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In Part 1 of a 5-part series, author Ed Ritchie takes readers through the process of understanding reliable energy strategies like peak shaving for business applications. Through this series, he explains the multifaceted components of commercial building energy systems that might include utilities analysis software, commercial generators, and other onsite  … Read More



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