Author Archives: Linda Hardesty

Linda Hardesty is the managing editor of Energy Manager Today. She has been a trade journalist since the mid-1990s, alternately writing about cable television and environmental issues. She's worked for Cable World magazine, Communications Technology and Colorado Green Business. She can be reached at 970.377.9505 x 704 or linda@energymanagertoday.com.

IBM Tests Heat-Pump Cooling of Data Centers

Linda Hardesty

IBM is working on a data center cooling system dubbed Thrive, which relies on a heat pump. The aim of the Thrive Project is to identify application scenarios for thermally driven heat pumps for heating and cooling in Switzerland. It will also develop heat pump technology with minimal electricity requirements designed for these scenarios, and   …Continue Reading


Bosch, Toyota Join CalCharge Energy Storage Effort

Linda Hardesty

CalCharge, an initiative designed to accelerate breakthrough energy storage technologies, welcomes six new member companies: charter members Bosch and Toyota, along with general members Blue Current, Ensor, EnZinc and ITN Energy Systems. The new members will have access to CalCharge’s programs, services and network, designed to help clear the path to commercialization. CalCharge’s technology acceleration   …Continue Reading


CHP Projects Increase in the UK

Linda Hardesty

According to the Digest of UK Energy Statistics, published annually by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the country saw an increase in combined heat and power (CHP) plants in 2014: a net number of 12 projects added after some existing projects were decommissioned. Four industrial sectors account for about 79 percent of   …Continue Reading


Building Retrofitted with Air-Duct Delivery System for Roof-top Units

Linda Hardesty

XChanger Companies has been awarded its second grant from the University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Energy Engineering. The grant money will be used to install another of its HVAC airflow technology systems in a second commercial building. The first grant the company received was used in the Holmatro USA commercial manufacturing facility in Glen   …Continue Reading


Refurbished Air Coils Save Energy for Four Seasons Hotel

Linda Hardesty

AirRevive, a Florida commercial air conditioning refurbishment and re-commissioning company, developed a custom fan coil unit upgrade service that the company says reduces direct energy use by up to 80 percent and eliminates the need for replacement coils. The service combines custom fan coil refurbishment to address the unit’s deficiencies with retrofitting high efficiency electronic   …Continue Reading


Trane Expands Series of Cold Generator Scroll Chillers

Linda Hardesty

Trane expanded its series of Cold Generator scroll water chillers to serve a wide variety of facilities. The portfolio features traditional and compact models that include advance controls with Building Management System compatibility interfaces. Each chiller is scaled for delivery through a standard doorway for ease of installation in new, retrofit and renovation applications. The Cold   …Continue Reading


Cooling System Eliminates Chemicals by ‘Pulsing’ the Water

Linda Hardesty

McKinstry installed a new cooling system at the Chelan County Courthouse in Wenatchee, Washington, which will eliminate chemicals from entering the city’s wastewater. The old cooling system at the courthouse relied on an aging cooling tower that was requiring increasing maintenance costs and was near failure. The County Commissioners authorized McKinstry to proactively replace the   …Continue Reading


Dunkin’ Donuts Distributor Updates with LEDs

Linda Hardesty

National DCP, the purchasing cooperative that serves more than 7,000 Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise owners, tapped Energy Source of Providence, Rhode Island, for a facility lighting redesign to save energy. The project at National DCP, which took about 5 weeks to complete, consisted of the removal of inefficient high intensity fluorescents and a schematic re-design and   …Continue Reading


Grid Forecasting Tool Combines 5 Different Models

Linda Hardesty

A new tool that forecasts future electricity needs has been developed by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Performance of the Power Model Integrator tool was tested against five commonly used forecasting models processing a year’s worth of historical power system data. “For forecasts one-to-four hours out, we saw a   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency Saves $750,000 per Year for Civic Center

Linda Hardesty

The New York Power Authority and Monroe County, New York, completed a $15.2 million energy efficiency project at the Monroe County Civic Center that will save more than $750,000 in annual energy costs. The upgrades at the Rochester facility are being carried out under Governor Cuomo’s BuildSmart NY program, a statewide initiative to increase energy   …Continue Reading