Editor’s Comments: Creativity and Conviction

| In 1957, inventors Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes put two pieces of a shower curtain through a heat-sealing machine with the intention of creating a revolutionary new style of wallpaper. But the result—a thin sheet of plastic with air bubbles trapped between—was profoundly disappointing. The inventors didn’t let that stop them, however. Instead, they got ... READ MORE

Reader Profile: Nolan Rutschilling

| As 24/7 critical operations, energy reliability is the lifeblood for hospitals. Because of their extensive energy use, efficiency also is critical to the bottom-line. ENERGY STAR hospitals save about 35% on energy costs as compared to typical hospitals. Ohio leads the nation in ENERGY STAR-certified hospitals, with 12 achieving the necessary score for national recognition. Leading the charge to ... READ MORE

Advertiser’s Index

|   Arctic Chiller Group www.arcticchillergroup.com Broad USA www.broadusa.com Continental Control Systems LLC www.ctlsys.com CxEnergy Conference & Expo ww.cxenergy.com DCL America www.dcl-inc.com Easi-Set Worldwide www.precastbuildings.com ... READ MORE


|   Kohler Kohler is introducing a comprehensive lineup of high-performance batteries specifically designed for use in residential, commercial, and industrial power generators. The new Kohler Genuine Batteries are engineered to deliver optimal performance in generator applications, helping end-users to minimize the unplanned maintenance costs associated with battery underperformance and frequent replacement. The new Kohler Genuine ... READ MORE

City of Utica Community Microgrid System

| Amicrogrid is a group of interconnected electric and thermal loads and distributed energy resources within a defined boundary that acts as a single controllable entity with respect to the grid. The major purpose of the microgrid is to secure energy supply to customers most viable for the community. This paper outlines a microgrid system being ... READ MORE

Floating Solar

| Lake County Special District in Northern California faces the same problem that all water management districts face—rising energy costs. The biggest expense for any wastewater treatment plant is electricity, and energy providers continue to raise their rates at 3–5% per year, sometimes more. The only way to control rising energy costs is to find another source of ... READ MORE

HVPS Selection

| In the high-stress world of today’s system power design engineer, defining the optimal strategy of the selection of high voltage power supplies (HVPS) can be daunting, because cost-effectiveness, need fulfillment, and overall operations are fully reliant on that selection. The benefits of HVPS are understood, which include a wide range of flexible options (such as a variety ... READ MORE

Interoperability and Integration

| If there’s one thing electric utilities can plan on, it’s change. With the emergence of Distributed Energy Resources (DER), the industry is evolving quickly along with consumer requirements for energy supply and management. These developments have already had significant implications for grid modernization and ultimately, they point to a continuing shift in the utility business ... READ MORE

Sound Off

| Sound is what we hear. The sensation of hearing results from a reaction to rapid pressure fluctuations in the air that cause the eardrum to move tiny bones, which transmit the movement to a fluid-filled sac that contains hair-like nerves. When those nerves are stimulated by motion, they send signals to the brain. Different lengths ... READ MORE

Get Smart

| Buildings are getting smarter and this has transformed the energy management business thanks to artificial intelligence. Reducing energy use through automation saves hours of manpower and makes the drudgery of energy audits and spreadsheets a thing of the past. Digitalization has made all of this possible. In the past decade, businesses and industry giants have ... READ MORE