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Innovations in Elevation

Innovations in Elevation

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Seven billion. That’s the estimated number of elevator journeys taken each day. Elevators are an invisible yet integral part of our increasingly vertical urban culture. And yet the efficiency of this building component is often overlooked.

Elevators often weigh upwards of 80,000 pounds. Lifting and lowering that amount of mass  … 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

Easing Energy Inequities

Easing Energy Inequities

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Emissions trading, or cap and trade, is a permit-based approach to controlling pollution that offers companies economic incentives for reducing emissions. The permitting process limits the amount of total allowable emissions while enabling companies to purchase additional permits from those producing fewer emissions.

California’s cap and trade program—the fourth largest in the world according to  … Read More

Smart Grid Technology

Smart Grid Technology

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Since the electric grid was built in the 1890s, technology has changed just as significantly and almost as rapidly as demand has increased. According to the Department of Energy, our current grid consists of more than 9,200 electric generating units, with more than 1 million megawatts of generating capacity connected  … Read More

Grid Expectations

Grid Expectations

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In 1882, when Thomas Edison’s Pearl Street Station came online, the electrons that it generated traveled by wire directly to the consumer. But in the decades since, the grid has changed. The complexity of today’s distribution matrix, coupled with the high costs of producing energy, is forcing utilities to rethink  … Read More

Caught in a Trade War

Caught in a Trade War

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It’s easy to sometimes feel removed from the threat of trade wars when your livelihood isn’t directly dependent upon raw materials. However, the reality is that no industry is protected from the effects. In recent weeks, as discussions between the Trump administration and China have intensified, it has become clear  … 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

Silent But Deadly

Silent But Deadly

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Electricity generation supplied by natural gas-fired power plants has increased from 30% of US electricity generation in the summer of 2014 to a forecasted 37% this summer, according to the US Energy Information Administration. The amount of electricity generation coming from coal, on the other hand, will fall to an  … Read More

Powering Ports

Powering Ports

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Ports are high-traffic, energy-intensive transportation hubs and critical national entry points. In an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and augment energy resiliency, the Port of San Diego is planning to install a solar-powered microgrid—a project that could serve as a landmark for other harbors.

The Port of San Diego is  … Read More

Metal-Organic Frameworks

Metal-Organic Frameworks

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Some of today’s greatest energy efficiencies are born at the interface of water and energy conservation. A new filtering material used for desalination has introduced the possibility of efficiency gains by facilitating the removal of sodium from seawater or process brine while simultaneously extracting lithium.

Modern desalination plants typically use  … Read More



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