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Renewable Project Goes Bankrupt

DOE-backed plans for solar/storage array at Crescent Dunes haven’t panned out With all the promise of renewable energy technologies, we can get lost in the plethora of feel-good headlines. Especially with integrated projects, such as solar-plus-storage, sometimes it feels like renewable energy ideas are immune to failure. News from the Nevada desert this week proves […]

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Renewable Rise Continues

25% of all U.S. power generation in 2020 has come from renewable sources A Vermont startup company received a million-dollar grant for a project that will emphasize solar-to-energy storage technologies. From the company’s website, with links to Energy Department press release: Vermont-based Norwich Technologies announced last week that it has been awarded a $1.1M U.S. […]

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COVID Via HVAC?

Bombshell report from Bloomberg furthers concerns about airborne transmission A Bloomberg article released Monday was not the first of its kind, but it may become the most-read, due to its insight on how the coronavirus spreads and its questions raised about whether the virus can be contracted through air conditioning systems. "The long-staid world of […]

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Building Innovation 2020

NIBS virtual meeting keynotes to cover 3D printing, resilience and workforce Looking for creative ways to motivate your workforce during this tough stretch? An upcoming virtual trade show provides ample opportunity to explore new ideas around building resilience, technology and workforce development, presented online for attendees of Building Innovation 2020: Virtual Edition. The annual meeting […]

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Distributed Energy Conference

A number of speakers across digitalization, water, energy sectors show breadth Scheduled for October 19-21 in Chicago, the Distributed Energy Conference is planning as if all systems are go. The breadth of industries covered during this trade show are exemplary of the integration happening in today’s world, with utilities, energy systems, and digitalization. Three keynote […]

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Scherer Plant Shuttering

One of the major producers of carbon emissions begins a shutdown The Robert W. Scherer Generating Facility in Julliette ,Ga., is one of the single largest sources of carbon dioxide emissions at a single location in the country, emitting more than 16 million tons of CO2 in 2018 (the most recent year data is available […]

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Super-Size Me

“Supersize” wind turbines offer heightened efficiency and output, a Berkeley Lab study finds. Superconductors, supercables, superstition…most of today’s news is superlative. Why not let super-sized wind turbines join the party? A recent Berkeley Lab study, published in the science journal Wind Engineering, finds that making our wind turbines larger would yield exponential bounds of energy […]

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Chevron Gets Noble

Merely three weeks later, another record-setting energy deal Energy acquisitions are more than just the flavor of the month—they’re a direct consequence of a health crisis impacting the economics of the shale oil and gas industry. Chevron announced Monday it would acquire Noble Energy (NBL) for $5 billion. It’s the biggest energy deal since the […]

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Advanced Energy Certified

Advanced Energy certified for electric motors by U.S. Department of Energy On July 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued its final determination classifying Advanced Energy as a nationally recognized certification program. It’s a standout moment for AE—Raleigh’s energy consulting firm and motor test center. After achieving Certification Body status under ISO 17065 […]

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A ‘Water-Purifying’ Solar Panel?

Sometimes the craziest-sounding inventions can have the biggest impact. Researchers at the University of Rochester are collaborating with the armed forces on something that falls in that “so crazy it just might work” category—combining solar power and water purification to combat water shortages during the coronavirus pandemic. Bear in mind, to them, this technology is […]

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