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Expensive Electrons

Expensive Electrons

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Regardless of income level, people today need energy to live—to heat their homes, preserve food, and function in an increasingly digital society. Energy is not a discretionary expense. But what percentage of a household’s income should be allocated to pay energy bills?

A 2016 study by the American Council for  … 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

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

Technology and Connectivity Enhance HVAC Efficiency

Technology and Connectivity Enhance HVAC Efficiency

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Building owners and operators are adopting “smart” and non-traditional HVAC technologies that not only continue to meet occupancy comfort needs, but provide operation and efficiency benefits. They’re also seeking systems that put more control at their fingertips, industry experts say.  … Read More

Lithium Extraction from Volcanic Clay

Lithium Extraction from Volcanic Clay

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Lithium powers our lives today via batteries for phones, computers, household electronics, and electric vehicles. The soft, silvery-white metal, known for its light weight, contributes remarkable power-density in lithium-ion batteries thanks to a single valence electron that the element gives up easily for cation formation.

With burgeoning markets for electric  … Read More

Trump’s Solar Tariffs

Trump’s Solar Tariffs

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The Trump administration’s decision last week to apply a 30% solar import tariff for crystalline-silicon solar cells and modules has been met with a broad spectrum of responses. While some expressed outrage, others felt that the decision could have been worse and may even present opportunities for industry expansion.

The  … Read More

District Heating and Cooling Systems

District Heating and Cooling Systems

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Originating in the 19th century, district heating and cooling (DHC) systems today are taking advantage of new technologies to provide the energy efficiency and thermal flexibility needed in 21st century applications.  … Read More

Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk

Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk

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The energy industry is amidst the most dramatic period of change that it’s ever experienced. Advances in distributed energy resources, energy storage products, cleaner-burning fuels, and improved data management are driving monumental industry shifts. We’re amidst a metamorphosis of traditional power architectures, equipment, and policies.

A recent study released by Schneider  … Read More

Phase Change Technology Energizes Buildings

Phase Change Technology Energizes Buildings

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Phase change technology has been used in a very basic sense for hundreds of years, predominantly in the form of melting ice to keep food and people cool. Ice box refrigerators and artificial refrigeration date back to the 1750s, although it wasn’t until 1834 that the first vapor-compression refrigeration system  … Read More

Great Implications

Great Implications

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It was unanimous. Every member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) voted last week to deny a Department of Energy’s (DOE) proposal to restructure pricing.

The tariff structure, the DOE explained, would help power companies recover costs at generation plants with long-term fuel supplies. These subsidies were needed, it  … Read More

The Battery Apocalypse

The Battery Apocalypse

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In the near-distant future, spent batteries could clutter the landscape. A primary focus of energy storage tech developers has been on engineering more power-dense and lighter weight lithium-ion batteries to power devices like laptops, cell phones, and electric vehicles. But it seems that little planning has gone into the product’s  … 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



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