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Renewables and Resilience

Renewables and Resilience

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North Carolina receives 4.6% of its electricity from solar farms. The state is second only to California for installed solar capacity. And in the face of recent weather events, it appears that solar generation may have enhanced its resiliency.

When Hurricane Florence made landfall on September 14, the storm’s torrential rains  … Read More

A Golden Sandwich

A Golden Sandwich

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Gold is an extraordinary element. Its illuminating luster has, throughout history, been associated with prestige and opulence. Homer, in The Illiad and The Odyssey, referred to gold as the “glory of immortals and a sign of wealth among ordinary people.”

Chemically, gold is a transition metal known for its malleability and  … 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

Biogas and Cogeneration

Biogas and Cogeneration

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Biogas has been quietly serving as a fuel for combined heat and power (a.k.a. cogeneration) plants and as a revenue generator for waste treatment facilities, landfills, and dairies for some time, mainly in Europe. But it is becoming more popular here in the US as municipalities and utilities seek out  … Read More

SB 1339: Supporting Standards that Advance the Microgrid Industry

SB 1339: Supporting Standards that Advance the Microgrid Industry

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SB 1339, California’s microgrid bill, will provide a much-needed venue for creating standards that advance the microgrid industry, with promising implications for onsite renewables-driven energy resilience and value streams for behind-the-meter microgrid owners. However, if regulators catch the spirit of boldness and innovation that appears to be guiding California’s legislature  … Read More

Integrated Building Management Systems

Integrated Building Management Systems

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Most commercial, industrial, and retail buildings today use some level of intelligent system, most commonly in lighting, HVAC, or security. Because the technology is advancing so rapidly, it’s now possible to collect more data and use it to accomplish many more tasks.  … Read More

Green Goals for the Golden State

Green Goals for the Golden State

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California has taken steps on the path to clean energy lately. Last week, the state Assembly passed legislation that would set a target to eliminate carbon emissions from California’s energy generation profile.

If signed into law by Governor Brown, the bill, S.B. 100, creates a clean energy goal, mandating that  … Read More

Stacking Blocks

Stacking Blocks

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The science is simple. Lifting mass against gravity stores energy that can be released when the mass falls. An innovative energy storage system is putting that science to work today with cranes and concrete blocks.

The Energy Vault system, developed by entrepreneur Bill Gross and Swiss inventor Andrea Pedretti, can store  … Read More

Power Testing

Power Testing

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“Be prepared.” For critical facilities threatened with the possibility of a power cut-off or a community that could face a blackout, the best form of preparation is a backup genset, generator, turbine, or battery. But what about the backup preparation itself? How does an operator know that the backup will  … Read More

The Birds and the Bees

The Birds and the Bees

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As a result of increasing environmental stressors and urbanization, bee populations have declined significantly in recent years. Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory are investigating ways to support pollinator populations by hosting them on solar sites—a solution that also increases land use efficiency.

Bees play  … 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

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

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



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