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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

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

The Energy Industry’s Power Word: Re.no.vable

The Energy Industry’s Power Word: Re.no.vable

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Latin America is amidst a renewable energy revolution. The influx in investment has changed the energy landscape from Mexico’s northern border to the southernmost tip of South America, supplying the grid with ever-increasing sources of energía renovable. 

According to a 2016 report by the International Renewable Energy Agency: since 2004, renewable  … 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

Hurricane Winds and Wireless Networks

Hurricane Winds and Wireless Networks

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Today, wireless communications infrastructure is more important than ever. Besides facilitating our phone calls, it provides vital information pathways and supports millions of interconnected devices. When disaster strikes, however, keeping communications infrastructure up and running can be a challenge.

Ensuring network resilience is an important piece of the puzzle, since digital  … 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

Diamond Dust and Power Density

Diamond Dust and Power Density

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Ions move between two electrodes—a cathode and an anode—during a lithium-ion battery’s charge and discharge cycles. However, as these lithium ions transfer back and forth, they leave behind a buildup of microscopic fibers called dendrites. This residue can accumulate on the electrodes, and eventually cause the electrical current passing through them  … Read More

How Residential Solar Coupled with Energy Storage Add to Grid Stability

How Residential Solar Coupled with Energy Storage Add to Grid Stability

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There are now more than one million individual solar installations nationwide, with the residential solar market remaining strong, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. The US installed 1,665 megawatts (MW) of solar PV in the first quarter of 2016 to reach 29.3 gigawatts (GW) of total installed capacity, enough  … Read More

Hospitals Under Siege

Hospitals Under Siege

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On February 5, 2017, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, a 434-bed short-term acute care hospital in Los Angeles, became the victim of a cyber attack. Using malware, hackers seized control of the facility’s digital infrastructure, including the computer system, putting lives in danger and forcing the relocation of many high-risk patients.  … Read More

Mystery of the Silent Bell

Mystery of the Silent Bell

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There’s a quiet bell at Oxford University that has been ringing non-stop for 175 years. It’s powered by a battery installed in 1840.

According to the University, the Oxford Electric Bell rings as a clapper oscillates back and forth to contact a chime mechanism. It has rung an estimated 10 billion  … Read More

Glasses Ready

Glasses Ready

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On August 21 areas of North America will experience daytime darkness as the sun is eclipsed by the moon. It’s a highly anticipated solar event, the likes of which North America hasn’t experienced since 1918. In order to learn about how the eclipse will affect the solar power industry, we  … Read More



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