Energy R&D

Idaho National Lab Goal Is to Improve U.S. Manufacturing Efficiency by 50 Percent

Cheryl Kaften

The Idaho National Laboratory has announced that it will help operate a new U.S. Department of Energy institute – the Reducing Embodied-energy and Decreasing Emissions Institute, or REMADE – which will investigate how to increase manufacturing efficiency, according to a January 5 report by the Idaho Falls Post Register.

The Move to DC Power in the Datacenter

Carl Weinschenk

Minimizing AC/DC conversions saves money and simplifies operations.

Corporate Community Will Spur Demand for New, Low-Carbon Technologies

Ken Silverstein

It is the corporate community that is spurring on the trend toward a low-carbon economy and the resulting investments in clean technologies — a catalyst that will create even more opportunities and progress.

Denver May Track Building Energy Use

Carl Weinschenk

The Denver City Council’s Safety, Housing, Education and Homelessness subcommittee moved forward with an ordinance that would require commercial and multifamily buildings larger than 25,000 square feet to measure and report energy use, according to Denverite. The proposal is slated for a vote of the full city council on Dec. 19. The story says that   …Continue Reading

DoE Funding Motor Efficiency Research

Carl Weinschenk

The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) is making almost $25 million available for 13  research projects. The goal is to make electric motors more energy efficient. The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Next Generation Electric Machines projects is aimed at addressing traditional materials and designs. In addition to enhancing efficiency, the projects will   …Continue Reading

South Koreans Release Research on Thermoelectric Paint

Carl Weinschenk

Researchers at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea have released a study that focuses on thermoelectric paint. The study, which was reported upon at, looks at converting heat from roofs, exterior walls and other surfaces into electricity. The story says that the paint differs from thermoelectric materials, which are   …Continue Reading

Energy Management Information System Implementations Must Be Supported, Carefully Planned

Carl Weinschenk

These systems are inherently complex and in many cases expensive. Identifying and working through these issues will make big benefits much more likely.

Augury Inks Deal with LBA Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing

Carl Weinschenk

Augury, a company that uses Internet of Things (IoT) and big data technology to improve building operations, has announced a deal with LBA Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing of Kansas City. The press release says that Augury will provide its technology to LBA’s clients. The HVAC firm will use Its Auguscope to “listen” to equipment   …Continue Reading

$5M Available to 5 NY Municipalities for Energy Projects

Carl Weinschenk

The state of New York is offering as much as $5 million in funding for “forward thinking” energy efficiency projects in Yonkers, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany and Buffalo, according to Westfair Business Publications. The story says that the funding will come from the Five Cities Energy Plans initiative, which was created last year. The goal is to encourage   …Continue Reading

Occupancy Sensors and LEDs Evolve in Unison

Carl Weinschenk

The switch to LEDs and the increasing sophistication of occupancy sensors can generate big benefits – especially if the two steps are strategically coordinated.