February 15, 2010
A smart electrical power grid could decrease annual electric energy use as well as carbon emissions by at least 12 percent by 2030, according to a new report from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).
January 18, 2010
When Halifax Health recently added the new 10-story France Tower to the campus for inpatient and emergency treatment, it selected a 4.5 MW MTU Onsite Energy standby power system. With power outages common in Florida, officials sized the system to supply all the loads in the new tower, including HVAC.
December 14, 2009
Caldwell School District has opened the state of Idaho’s first school to pursue Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification - Van Buren Elementary - with the help of McKinstry, an Idaho-based building expert that provided mechanical engineering services and sustainability consulting.
November 23, 2009
A new class of economically viable solar power cells - cheap, flexible, and easy to make - has come a step closer to reality as a result of research at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where scientists have deepened their understanding of the complex organic films at the heart of the devices.
November 2, 2009
Veolia Energy North America awarded a design/build contract to Progressive AE to upgrade its Grand Rapids district heating and cooling system. The firm is designing and installing a cutting-edge condensing heat exchanger, a sophisticated heat recovery technology that will reduce the volume of fuel consumed by at least 5 percent.
October 12, 2009
Through its Advanced Reciprocating Engine Systems (ARES) program, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Industrial Technologies Program (ITP) seeks to help industry take advantage of reduced natural gas prices by introducing options for engine development for distributed energy and combined heat and power (CHP) applications.
September 21, 2009
Abengoa Solar is building large-scale parabolic trough solar installations in Arizona and New York. The hot water produced at the Arizona plant will be used in the treatment of contaminated water. In the New York application, solar energy will deliver heating, cooling, and humidity control for the manufacturing facilities at a piano factory.
August 10, 2009
DuPont has announced plans with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for a $9 million solar research program. The program is designed to accelerate commercialization of a protective film that prevents moisture from degrading the performance of thin-film photovoltaic (PV) modules, a key challenge in the past.
July 13, 2009
TKDA, an employee-owned engineering, architecture, and planning firm, has received a national award for its design of an innovative, environmentally friendly steam generating facility for Andersen Corp. The award was given by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) at an event held in Washington, D.C.
June 15, 2009
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has announced a new initiative - the New York Energy $martSM Focus on Healthcare - to help health care facilities in identifying cost-effective investments in energy efficiency that will improve overall energy performance.