Energy R&D

Tracking the Exciting World of Solar Energy Research

Carl Weinschenk

Technologies scientists and engineers are developing today won’t have an immediate impact. But energy managers should understand that big changes are not too far off.


LEDs are Good. Smart Lights are Better

Carl Weinschenk

Smart lighting goes way beyond simple LEDs by providing actionable data on building performance. The next step is for facilities to use the technology to deeply integrate with the municipal and residential sectors.


Tesla’s Success Would Mean Success for Many in the Battery Storage Business

Ken Silverstein

Everyone already knows the big news this week was that Tesla Motors will buy SolarCity Corp. for $2.6 billion — a move that helps Tesla improve its economies of scale when it comes to manufacturing battery storage for both cars and energy. It’s a move that, generally, has positive implications for the development of battery storage across the board.


Online Tool Introduced in Vermont

Carl Weinschenk

Renewable Energy Vermont and the Renewable Energy Resource Center have launched an online tool to help in the transition to solar power, solar hot water systems and wood pellet boilers. The story says that the online tool enables users to find installers near them and allows them to compare experience and qualifications. The list is   …Continue Reading


Schneider Electric’s NEO Network: Helping Make Efficiency Projects Real

Carl Weinschenk

Helping organizations get to the point at which they will benefit from emerging energy efficiency and renewable technology is the goal of The NEO Network, an online platform from Schneider Electric.


Obama Administration to Provide Up to $4.5 billion in Loan Guarantees for Electric Charging Stations

Ken Silverstein

The Obama administration will provide up to $4.5 billion in loan guarantees to build charging stations across the nation, all to spur development of electric vehicles.


The IBM Watson/ISS Partnership: The Marriage of Big Data and Building Management Continues

Carl Weinschenk

There are a number of offerings in the marketplace that do some variation of what IBM Watson and Current are doing: Taking data from sensors in buildings and applying advanced analytics to generate information and insights that can create efficiencies and cut costs. It is important to look at the nature of the vendor as well as its technology.


Energy-as-a-Service: Charting a Path Through Complexity

Carl Weinschenk

Energy-as-a-service is growing as an option as organizations seek a way to cut through the intense complexity of energy procurement.


Environmental, Health and Safety Software Moves Forward

Carl Weinschenk

Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) software is at a crossroads: It is gaining traction — but deployment has not exploded. Luckily, this software — which impacts an organization’s energy efficiency and spending — is positioned to gain momentum as enterprises work through their digital transformations.


White House Just Gave Energy Storage a Big Push

Ken Silverstein

President Obama is determined that one of his lasting legacies become the expansion of the New Energy Economy, which includes renewables, microgrids and energy storage. To that end, last week, he launched a new series of executive orders to achieve such measures — with this set focused on energy storage.