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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

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

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

Brains, Brawn, and Bill Gates

Brains, Brawn, and Bill Gates

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“The current reality of smart cities is that there aren’t any,” asserts a recent Scientific American article. And it’s true. While there are a number of cities with “smart” elements, such as networked cameras and traffic signals or daylight-sensing streetlights, most of today’s smart cities are made up of smart  … Read More

Just a Phase?

Just a Phase?

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Thermal energy storage offers tremendous potential for a variety of technologies. A common approach to thermal storage uses a phase change material. Phase change materials (PCM) are substances—often fatty acids, paraffins, or salt hydrates—that store and release energy by melting and solidifying at a specified temperature.

Typically, input heat melts the material  … Read More

Powering Africa

Powering Africa

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In Ghana, “dumsor,” or “off and on,” is an energy supply issue that businesses contend with every day. To stay in operation, they must rely heavily on backup generators. Power shortages on farms sometimes cut revenues in half, costing Ghana’s economy about 2% of its GDP.  Energy-related issues are widely  … Read More

Get Organized: A Look at Comprehensive Tool Tracking

Get Organized: A Look at Comprehensive Tool Tracking

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If you’re like most contractors, you’ve invested a lot of money to ensure that your teams have the required tools for completing jobs. However, despite these large investments in tool assets, you might not be tracking their usage and location like you do with your big machinery. We get  … Read More

A Breeze and a Battery

A Breeze and a Battery

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Combining technologies in hybridized applications can offer great results. In the case of wind power, experts agree that the fusion of energy generation and storage has the paradigm-shifting potential to make wind energy increasingly attractive to power markets worldwide.

Some of the world’s largest offshore wind turbines stand at around 640  … Read More

Pumps Operations in the Building Envelope

Pumps Operations in the Building Envelope

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Water flows downhill. Nothing could be more simple. Getting water to the top floor of an urban skyscraper is a bit more difficult. Mere gravity flow or even accumulated static pressure head aren’t sufficient to accomplish this task. Pumps are obviously needed. But what kinds of pumps are used in  … Read More

Biology Inspires Technology

Biology Inspires Technology

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From fully degradable bioplastics derived from shrimp shells, to tiny RoboBees programmed for pollination, biologically inspired technologies use principles found in nature to create solutions. These advancements represent a remarkable fusion of life sciences and engineering. And solar panels may be the next technology to benefit from biological enhancement.

While  … Read More

How Intelligent Energy Storage Software Optimizes Commercial & Industrial Operations

How Intelligent Energy Storage Software Optimizes Commercial & Industrial Operations

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Despite several years of low fossil fuel prices, the growth of renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, seems unstoppable. This clean energy expansion is driven by improved performance, lower costs, and advantages of distributed generation like greater resiliency, energy independence, and reduced carbon footprint. This fundamental shift in  … Read More



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