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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

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

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

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

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

Technology That Talks

Technology That Talks

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is used often in the solar industry for its predictive capacity—for weather forecasting and to support informed decision-making. AI’s algorithms are able to analyze massive quantities of data from satellites, weather stations, and sensors to determine patterns and foresee weather events that could impact energy generation. We  … Read More

What Every Digital Desert City Needs

What Every Digital Desert City Needs

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Before we close the books on 2017, let’s revisit Distributed Energy’s top posts for the year. This blog post received more comments than any other blog post published in 2017.
Brains, Brawn, and Bill Gates
Automation software, customizable networks, and data collection create energy savings.
Building energy costs are a significant expenditure for businesses and the  … 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

Energy Storage Inspired by Eels

Energy Storage Inspired by Eels

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In 1799, Alessandro Volta modeled the first battery—a stack of zinc and copper discs called the “voltaic pile”—after the body of the electric eel. The discovery was pivotal and enabled a series of other important innovations. Nearly two centuries later, the sea creature has inspired yet another energy technology—a bio-compatible  … Read More

The Future of Energy

The Future of Energy

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The energy industry is in the midst of a dramatic transformation as it reevaluates and reconfigures the way that it generates, stores, and distributes electrons.

Energy demand worldwide increases by 2% each year as our culture becomes more energy-dependent. Meanwhile, mounting concern over CO2 emissions, fossil fuel usage, and sustainability have  … Read More

Augmented Reality in Manufacturing and Maintenance

Augmented Reality in Manufacturing and Maintenance

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It didn’t take long for the much-heralded Google Glass to become the butt of jokes from talk show hosts. But Google’s failed consumer product is enjoying new life in the manufacturing world, boosting the efficiency and accuracy of workers that are responsible for heavy equipment.  … Read More

A New Day for Commissioning and Energy Management

A New Day for Commissioning and Energy Management

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Next year, CxEnergy will mark its fifth year with the 2018 edition scheduled April 23 through 26 in Las Vegas, NV. The event is unique in the industry with its focus on commissioning, energy management, and testing and balancing (TAB). These professions are also the focus of its three presenting  … Read More



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