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Capturing Carbon

Capturing Carbon

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Could power production benefit the environment? A handful of innovative companies are betting on it by pairing technologies that could help the climate recover from the edge of catastrophe.

One of the technologies, called direct-air capture, involves extracting carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air. When paired with an additional injection process  … 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

Benefits of Community Microgrids

Benefits of Community Microgrids

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However they are defined, everyone agrees community microgrids provide benefits. Centralized utility systems and aboveground distribution lines expose customers to regional and local outages, “and while they are highly reliable, centralized utility grids can’t ensure local resilience,” notes Peter Douglass, project manager for the Microgrid Institute, a collaborative organization supporting global development of microgrids and distributed energy  … Read More

A Silver Lining After the Storm

A Silver Lining After the Storm

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The images of Hurricane Maria’s aftermath in Puerto Rico are shocking—trees stripped of their foliage, splintered buildings, drowned cattle, and the twisted remnants of cars. The destruction is unfathomable.

When the hurricane’s winds and torrential rains hit the US territory on September 20, they not only destroyed buildings and flooded the  … 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

Onsite Generation and Energy Storage Solutions

Onsite Generation and Energy Storage Solutions

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Data centers, hospitals, and manufacturers can’t lose power for even a minute. The same can be said for financial institutions. Unfortunately, public power infrastructure in cities across the United States is aging. And as it does, power failures are becoming more common.  … Read More

Kilowatts from Kelp

Kilowatts from Kelp

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Seaweed is one of the fastest-growing plants on earth.  It stretches from the seafloor to the surface at an astonishing rate of two to three feet a day. And scientists believe that someday this quick-growing resource could provide a significant source of power.  

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has  … Read More

How Energy Management Increases Efficiency

How Energy Management Increases Efficiency

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Call it what you will—building control, building automation, or energy management—but controlling the flow of electrons in buildings is becoming increasingly prevalent as a way to limit costs and increase efficiency.  … Read More

New Strategies for Noise Mitigation

New Strategies for Noise Mitigation

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More stringent emission requirements, coupled with greater energy requirements at large facilities, where owners and operators seek more power density, have become a driving factor in current sound attenuation designs.  … Read More

The Power Industry’s Patchwork Quilt

The Power Industry’s Patchwork Quilt

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My great-grandmother was a quilter. She pieced together colorful fabric scraps to create mosaic patterns on each blanket. I remember her dismay one day after tacking a design together when she discovered an additional set of pieces that needed to be included. After a moment of reevaluation, she cut the  … Read More

Fan Arrays for Efficiency, Redundancy, and Fit

Fan Arrays for Efficiency, Redundancy, and Fit

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There is an industry-wide push right now to use fan arrays based on efficiency, redundancy, and fit. Not too long ago, the only fans in use in air handlers were double-width, double-inlet (DWDI) fans. In recent years, engineers and facility personnel have begun to understand how plenum fans, if applied  … Read More



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