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Electrifying an Island

Electrifying an Island

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On the morning of April 17, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) announced that less than 3% of its customers were without power—a small victory in the wake of Hurricane Maria. It seemed as if the island had entered the final restoration phase following the largest power failure in  … 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

Uncharted Territory

Uncharted Territory

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Portolan sailing charts are navigational maps based on the observations of the early explorers. They are incredibly detailed, well-surveyed, and beautiful. I learned recently that their origin can be traced to 1270, when King Louis and his fleet were blown off course as they sailed to Tunis. The king demanded  … Read More

A Lasting Impression

A Lasting Impression

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You’ve seen her enigmatic smile. It allures, engages, and seems to interact with those standing before her. The Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci’s sixteenth-century masterpiece, appears more alive than any other portrait. In fact, some believe that by integrating elements of anatomy, chemistry, and optics into his artistic process, Leonardo  … Read More

What Every Digital Desert City Needs

What Every Digital Desert City Needs

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Before we close the books on 2017, let’s revisit Distributed Energy’s top posts for the year. This blog post received more comments than any other blog post published in 2017.
Brains, Brawn, and Bill Gates
Automation software, customizable networks, and data collection create energy savings.
Building energy costs are a significant expenditure for businesses and the  … Read More

Use and Chemical Composition of Turbine Lubricants

Use and Chemical Composition of Turbine Lubricants

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Lubricants are materials that reduce friction by increasing the smoothness of moving surfaces in contact. All solids have surfaces with imperfections and roughness. These irregularities lead to increased friction and associated heat generation. By covering these imperfections in a viscous material or slippery liquid, friction is reduced and the moving  … Read More


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