Author Archives: Carl Weinschenk

Smart LEDs Increasingly Common

Carl Weinschenk

The goal of creating smart buildings and cities is generating a tremendous and growing level of interest. The greatest challenge is finding a way to cover as much of the square footage of the space with the sensors that are necessary for such services. Many experts say that the best way to optimize coverage is   …Continue Reading


Philadelphia, San Diego Make Smart District 2030 Moves

Carl Weinschenk

Cities increasingly are looking to reduce energy and water use and limit emissions. 2030 Energy Districts, which are voluntary standards upon which municipalities and building owners agree, are one structure under which these efforts are moving forward. News has been made in several cities in relation to this program in recent weeks. Yesterday, The San Diego Union   …Continue Reading


Eos, Siemens Make Battery Deal

Carl Weinschenk

Eos Energy and Siemens are partnering on battery technology. The deal, according to Eos, enables Siemens’ system integration and project execution capabilities to be used in Eos’ Aurora platform. The press release says that the two companies already have developed an energy storage system featuring AC power conversion and controls that enable modular installation and   …Continue Reading


Adara Power Partners with Aquion Energy on Energy Storage

Carl Weinschenk

The development of energy storage capabilities is a key to the continued growth of the renewable energy sector. Solar and wind are inconsistent sources of energy and, for renewables to thrive, ways must be found to store energy for when it is needed. Last week, Adara Power and Aquion Energy said that they will partner.   …Continue Reading


Perry Signals Support for Energy Codes

Carl Weinschenk

Department of Energy Secretary-designee Rick Perry testified during his confirmation hearing last week that he favors the department’s efforts to drive energy efficiency in buildings, according to Door & Window Market Magazine. The story says that Perry pledged to help legislation, known both as the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act and the Shaheen-Portman bill.   …Continue Reading


EV Charging Stations Increasingly Common

Carl Weinschenk

Last week, San Diego Gas & Electric said that it filed proposals with the California Public Utilities Commission to install tens of thousands of electrical vehicle charging stations. Though much of the news around EV charging station installation focuses on utilities, businesses and public venues will be impacted as well. The proposals include installation of   …Continue Reading


Chicago Releases Third Year Energy Benchmarking Results

Carl Weinschenk

This week, Chicago officials released a progress report on its three-year-old energy benchmarking project. The executive summary of the report says that almost 2,700 building are in the program. Of those, more than 1,200 properties have been tracked for either two consecutive or all three years. These buildings have saved about $17.8 million in energy spending.   …Continue Reading


Building Automation Sector on Fast Growth Track

Carl Weinschenk

Two studies released in recent weeks show that building automation continues to grow. Last week, Transparency Market Research offered an assessment of the global commercial building automation market. The category, the organization said, was expected to be valued at $77.63 billion by end last year and to reach $108.49 billion by 2024. That represents a   …Continue Reading


Perovskite Holds Great Promise for Solar, LEDs

Carl Weinschenk

The element perovskite could lead to big changes in the solar and LED categories, according to recently reported upon research. Perovskite, according to a website that focuses solely on the mineral, is superconductive and magnetoresistance. Its structure, the site says, makes it “perfect for enabling low-cost, efficient photovoltaics.” It also will be a factor in   …Continue Reading


DNV GL: Cost Reductions the Key Motivator for Energy Efficiency Projects

Carl Weinschenk

Key findings The Commercial Facility Pulse Survey Commercial managers, which was released yesterday by risk management firm DNV GL, include: LEDs deployment are the most common energy efficiency projects. Cost reduction is the most important motivational factor in getting projects off the ground. Setting energy reduction goals doubles the chances that investments are made. States with   …Continue Reading