Generation Developments

Nancy Gross - Business Energy Editor

In the spirit of keeping information flowing, I think I’ll share two pieces of news—unrelated except that both deal with facilitating energy generation. The first has to do with work on standards for a newer alternative technology. The second is about a resource now available from a tried-and-true generator company.

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Last week I received an e-mail about an energy-generating technology I had not been familiar with. That doesn’t mean it is brand new, but it has not been widely applied. Let me share a few paragraphs from the e-mail, sent to me by a representative of the RF Energy Alliance:

I wanted to draw your attention to RF Frequencies. No, I’m not speaking about RFID/Telecom technology, but rather solid-state RF Energy, which is being touted with tremendous potential as an efficient energy source to improve multiple industrial and consumer industries, including medical, auto and culinary, among others.

A newly organized group of engineers, designers and manufacturers has come together to reassign RF technology as a mainstream renewable power and heating source. The RF Energy Alliance’s dedicated task force is working to establish standards to apply RF Energy as an affordable and productive power alternative.

One of the many attractive features of RF Energy is its potential in Industrial heating and lighting, where exceptional control and feedback of frequency, phase, power and energy levels of the RF signal will lower the cost of operations and manufacturing.

The Alliance says that solid-state RF energy “is already used in medical imaging (MRI) and analysis (NMR).”Here is some simple information about the technology from the Alliance’s website, and if you would like to probe this more deeply do visit the site and/or get in touch with the alliance:

Radiofrequency (RF) energy applications use controlled electromagnetic radiation to heat items or to power all kinds of processes. Today, magnetron tubes commonly generate this energy. Tomorrow, it will be generated by an all solid-state semiconductor chain.

Next I’d like to make you aware of “Generac City” a tool on power products manufacturer Generac’s website that looks like a city map with some of the most common kinds of commercial, industrial, and institutional facilities highlighted. Clicking on any of the locations brings up a list of case studies applicable to that type of facility. The case studies describe the situation and what was installed.

Generac City seems like a very valuable tool to study the possibilities for powering buildings and campuses. From one in publishing, I can say that the way information is packaged and presented is an art, so I personally think Generac has made a smart move, a few notches up when compared with simply having case studies available. BE_bug_web

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