Tag Archives: efficiency

Just In Case

Sensor suitcase measures energy efficiency in buildings Here’s a novelty option for measuring energy efficiency in your building: your suitcase. The “Sensor Suitcase“ , a portable diagnostic toolkit that uses sensors that gather information about how a building operates, was created as a result of a collaborative effort by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National […]

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Barely Budging

Cuts looking more like slashes in latest budget proposal A new budget proposal for 2018 drafted by the White House was formally announced Tuesday, including significant cuts to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency (predictably), as well as the advanced manufacturing industry. The proposal includes a 70% cut to the Office of Energy […]

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Picked From the Branch

This week in Washington (relevant to our readers’ industries) Since 2017 began (and especially since Jaunary 20) there’s been enough activity in our nation’s capital each week to fill blog posts for an entire year. Without making this a regular thing, here’s some selections relevant to our readers’ industries. FERC chair resigns. Norman Bay, who served as Chair […]

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2 Degrees of Separation

Paris Agreement goals looking lofty Even before the surprise result of the U.S. presidential election put a blanket of jeopardization over all renewable energy efforts to counter climate change, the numbers set by the Paris Climate Agreement may have been too ambitious. Greentech Media reported that the $44 trillion needed in investment to reach these numbers […]

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Lucky Thirteen

Energy Department announces $25 million for innovative motors Good news for the electric motor sector, as the U.S. Department of Energy announced Monday nearly $25 million for 13 projects aimed at advancing technologies for energy-efficient electric motors through applied R&D. The projects will be distributed between a variety of college institutions and businesses and will specifically target […]

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Hello, Old Friend

U.S. and EU collaborate for new standards In an EA interview with motor efficiency expert Ben Ehmcke back in August, some of the things brought to light were the disparity between motor design efficiency in Europe and here in the United States. Ehmcke divulged what many in his circle already knew—that the U.S. has lagged […]

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Boulder Than Most

Colorado shop closes down admirably after 40-year run In what seems like an on-a-timer monthly occurrence, another distinguished electric motor repair shop has decided to shut down. This time, it’s Boulder Electric Motor Co., of Boulder, Colorado. It was family-owned and operated. Sounds familiar. It was beloved within the local community. Sounds familiar. It built […]

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Based On Efficiency

Army base camps improving sustainability practices The U.S. Army continued to demonstrate technologies to improve energy efficiency at base camps during an integrated exercise at Fort Devens, Massachusetts, from mid-May through June 17. The exercise at the Base Camp Integration Laboratory, or BCIL, was a part of the Sustainability Logistics Basing — Science Technology Objective Demonstration, or […]

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NASA Innovations

All-electric planes; recycling 3D printers NASA…well, they just…have all the coolest stuff. You’d think their mystique would fade with age, but they continue to churn out awe-inducing technology, making you feel no different than a six-year old who knows he’s going to be an astronaut. They just achieved an astronomical milestone in reaching Jupiter with the […]

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‘XPRIZE’ Yourself

$20 million prize for carbon storage solutions; July 15th deadline nears A four-and-a-half year competition designed to address carbon emissions from fossil fuels will begin in earnest this coming month. Houston-based NRG and Calgary-based COSIA (Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance) have organized the Carbon XPRIZE Competition, and registration will conclude July 15 for the first round. The grand […]

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