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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

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

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

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

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

Simple Guidelines for Considering Lighting Retrofits

Simple Guidelines for Considering Lighting Retrofits

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There are several simple conditions under which a facility operator should consider doing a lighting retrofit, notes Bob Smith, P.E., Director, Energy Marketing Solutions, Eaton’s Cooper Lighting business. Simple ones to consider include high energy rates for which a lighting retrofit can help reach a faster payback with incentives offered  … Read More

Energy Storage Inertia

Energy Storage Inertia

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To study inertia in the early 1500s, Galileo Galilei rolled spheres across inclined boards. On downward-sloping planes, he observed a gain in speed as the force of gravity took affect. On upward slopes, the same force decreased the ball’s speed. Galileo determined that a ball moving horizontally without the influence  … Read More

Domino Effect: Diablo Canyon’s Decommissioning

Domino Effect: Diablo Canyon’s Decommissioning

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Nuclear generation makes up about 20% of the United States’ energy supply. While nuclear plants are in-line with current carbon-free environmental goals, positive attributes, such as grid stability and consistent base load are often overlooked. As a result, today, they are struggling to compete.

In May, at a US Department of  … Read More

Foolhardy or Forward-Thinking: What’s Elon Musk’s End-Game?

Foolhardy or Forward-Thinking: What’s Elon Musk’s End-Game?

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It’s a conundrum. Elon Musk’s plan for his electric-vehicle company, Tesla Motors, to acquire solar developer SolarCity is a move many find puzzling—mostly because both companies are losing money. The Wall Street Journal reports that Tesla lost nearly $900 million in 2015, while SolarCity lost almost $769 million. Combining two  … Read More

An Internet of Energy

An Internet of Energy

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In this era of digital interconnectedness—with its smart buildings, cyber businesses, and even ecommerce groceries—it shouldn’t be surprising that power generation too has become virtual.

Today’s virtual power plants (VPPs) are able to integrate an array of energy resources into a networked system—a veritable Internet of Energy. And the ultimate result  … Read More



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