Tag: energy resources

The world’s energy resources can be divided into fossil fuel, nuclear fuel and renewable resources. The estimates for the amount of energy in these resources is given in zettajoules (ZJ), which is 1021 joules. The 2C target in global warming means only a quarter of existing, exploitable fossil fuel reserves are burnable.

Massachusetts Aims to Bring Energy-Efficiency to its Prisons

Massachusetts Aims to Bring Energy-Efficiency to its Prisons

As state governments look to reduce operating expenditures and increase operational efficiencies wherever possible, energy-efficiency upgrades provide an excellent opportunity to save energy, reduce costs, and minimize greenhouse gas emissions, helping states lead by example in reducing the environmental impacts of their operations.

State prisons actually provide a tremendous opportunity to

Guest Commentary:  The New Era of CHP

Guest Commentary: The New Era of CHP

What do the Excelsior Hotel, Cathedral Village Retirement Home, Grand County High School, Statz Farms, Willard Apartments, and Supreme Sports Club have in common? They all represent the new face of the combined heat and power (CHP) market—relatively small commercial facilities that are installing CHP to save money on energy

Small Systems, Big Impact

Small Systems, Big Impact

The Lotte New York Palace hotel in midtown Manhattan is a sprawling place, boasting 813 guest rooms and 86 suites, in addition to 22,000 square feet of meeting and event space, a spa, and a fitness center. For years, the hotel was powered using city steam, the most expensive fuel

2nd Energy Storage Global Innovation Forum

The need to increase the reliability of solar and wind power, integrate distributed energy resources, and drive system efficiencies are compelling energy providers to evaluate options for grid-scale and distributed energy storage. In addition, industrial and commercial customers are leveraging behind-the-meter storage to reduce demand charges, ensure power quality, and

Benefits of Community Microgrids

Benefits of Community Microgrids

However they are defined, everyone agrees community microgrids provide benefits. Centralized utility systems and aboveground distribution lines expose customers to regional and local outages, “and while they are highly reliable, centralized utility grids can’t ensure local resilience,” notes Peter Douglass, project manager for the Microgrid Institute, a collaborative organization supporting global development of microgrids and distributed energy

4th Annual Demand Response & Distributed Energy Resources World Forum

The 4th Annual Demand Response & Distributed Energy Resources World Forum, October 11-12, 2017 in Costa Mesa, CA brings together stakeholders from across the DR / DER industry and internationally to examine the latest technology advances, case studies, and business strategies for optimizing demand response, energy efficiency, DER integration and

A Silver Lining After the Storm

A Silver Lining After the Storm

The images of Hurricane Maria’s aftermath in Puerto Rico are shocking—trees stripped of their foliage, splintered buildings, drowned cattle, and the twisted remnants of cars. The destruction is unfathomable.

When the hurricane’s winds and torrential rains hit the US territory on September 20, they not only destroyed buildings and flooded the

Kilowatts from Kelp

Kilowatts from Kelp

Seaweed is one of the fastest-growing plants on earth.  It stretches from the seafloor to the surface at an astonishing rate of two to three feet a day. And scientists believe that someday this quick-growing resource could provide a significant source of power.  

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has

The Power Industry’s Patchwork Quilt

The Power Industry’s Patchwork Quilt

My great-grandmother was a quilter. She pieced together colorful fabric scraps to create mosaic patterns on each blanket. I remember her dismay one day after tacking a design together when she discovered an additional set of pieces that needed to be included. After a moment of reevaluation, she cut the

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