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Expensive Electrons

Expensive Electrons

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Regardless of income level, people today need energy to live—to heat their homes, preserve food, and function in an increasingly digital society. Energy is not a discretionary expense. But what percentage of a household’s income should be allocated to pay energy bills?

A 2016 study by the American Council for  … Read More

Uncharted Territory

Uncharted Territory

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Portolan sailing charts are navigational maps based on the observations of the early explorers. They are incredibly detailed, well-surveyed, and beautiful. I learned recently that their origin can be traced to 1270, when King Louis and his fleet were blown off course as they sailed to Tunis. The king demanded  … 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 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

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



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