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A Breakthrough for Batteries

A Breakthrough for Batteries

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Lithium-based batteries have been restricted by the limited availability of cobalt. More than 50% of all cobalt produced globally is used in energy storage devices. A majority of that is mined in the Republic of Congo, oftentimes by children.

Lithium-based energy storage technology relies on cobalt because of the metal’s ability  … 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

Geothermal Heat Pump Technology

Geothermal Heat Pump Technology

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Although mankind and nature can seem to be at odds with each other, sometimes human intervention is needed to protect and maintain the beauty and utility of the natural world—and human inventions can help keep new development sustainable.  … Read More

Shared Storage

Shared Storage

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It takes a village to power the globe. We’ve discussed a patchwork quilt approach to energy distribution previously in the context of microgrid clusters and community solar projects. However, community energy storage is another emerging concept that shows great promise for helping grid operators integrate renewables into energy systems and  … Read More

Uninterruptible Power Supplies and Distributed Energy Systems

Uninterruptible Power Supplies and Distributed Energy Systems

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An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is defined as, “A device that provides battery backup when the electrical power fails or drops to an unacceptable voltage level. Small UPS systems provide power for a few minutes, enough to power down the computer in an orderly manner, while larger systems have enough  … Read More

Managing Multiple Microgrids

Managing Multiple Microgrids

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Last week I traveled to Chicago where, as a participant in Siemens’ US Innovation Day, I had an opportunity to explore a number of exciting technology advancements. One of the innovations that I found interesting was the concept of aggregated microgrids managed by a utility.

At the event, Siemens announced that  … 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

The Power of Connectivity

The Power of Connectivity

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming what buildings can achieve when it comes to energy efficiency today. Here, Dan Ritch, chief information officer and vice president of Connected Services for Honeywell Building Solutions, discusses the IoT’s impact on buildings and energy service.

Distributed Energy (DE): What’s your take on the  … 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

Batteries On Demand

Batteries On Demand

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My curiosity was piqued by a new energy storage offering last week. Younicos (a subsidiary of Aggreko) announced that it is launching a new battery rental package that it calls “Energy-Storage-as-a-Service.” The model allows customers to choose from containerized solutions that are shipped to the site and operated by Younicos.  … 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

An Energy Equilibrium

An Energy Equilibrium

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The current generation of corporate leaders will be the first held accountable—not only for the bottom-line, but also for the welfare of our planet. 30 years from now, no one will be able to argue that we did not know how climate change harmed our planet. Businesses currently have the  … Read More



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