Tag: electricity

Electricity is the set of physical phenomena associated with the presence and flow of electric charge. Electricity gives a wide variety of well-known effects, such as lightning, static electricity, electromagnetic induction and electric current.

Retaining Walls to Overcome Site Limitations

Retaining Walls to Overcome Site Limitations

Occasionally, a project comes along that pushes beyond the boundary of a typical installation. Several recent projects do just that—an amusement park pedestrian bridge, an elevated entrance drive, and coastal bluff stabilization. All involve components intended to contain subgrade materials and improve the human landscape in aesthetic ways. Each project

Greensmith Energy will Help Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Azores

Greensmith Energy will Help Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Azores

Greensmith Energy, a part of the technology group Wärtsilä, will deliver an integrated energy management system based on its industry-leading Greensmith Energy Management System (GEMS) software for Graciolica Lda’s microgrid power facility in the Azores. When completed, Graciosa Hybrid Renewable Power Plant will enable 1 MW of solar and 4.5

Water Demand Management

Water Demand Management

Mni wiconi is Lakota for “water is life.” The phrase articulates a fundamental truth. Our lives depend on water. Planning to meet and manage demand is essential.

Technology That Talks

Technology That Talks

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

Energy Storage Inspired by Eels

Energy Storage Inspired by Eels

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

Keeping the Water Contained

Keeping the Water Contained

Cofferdams in one form or another have been around for quite some time. Of course, centuries ago, they were not made of vinyl or geosynthetic materials. In 539 BC, King Cyrus of Persia used earthen cofferdams to divert the Euphrates River temporarily. By using this tactic, his armies were able

Pushing the Boundaries of Stability

Pushing the Boundaries of Stability

Occasionally, a project comes along that pushes beyond the boundary of a typical installation. Several recent projects do just that—an amusement park pedestrian bridge, an elevated entrance drive, and coastal bluff stabilization. All involve components intended to contain subgrade materials and improve the human landscape in aesthetic ways. Each project

Successful Water Leak Detection and Audit Methods

Successful Water Leak Detection and Audit Methods

Every drop of clean water is precious. Unfortunately, 30–50% of water is lost through aging infrastructure. And lost water equals lost revenue to the water service supplier. Water is lost through leaks and cracks in pipes and their fit­tings. Since most infrastructure is underground, it is virtually impossible to visually

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