Energy R&D

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 Phys.org, 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.


Multiple Drivers Accelerating Storage Growth

Carl Weinschenk

A number of trends are pushing the sector, including government mandates that the technology must be implemented.


Vendors, Air Force Researching Remote Power

Carl Weinschenk

Ideal Power, EnerDel, the University of Dayton Research Institute and the United States Air Force Research Laboratory are researching ways to reduce the amount of diesel fuel used by forward operating bases (FOBs). Ideal is a developer of power conversion systems, which are being used in the project. It is being paired with lithium-ion battery manufacturer   …Continue Reading


DoE Consortium Goal: Improve PV Modules

Carl Weinschenk

Solar power is an increasingly vital part of America’s energy profile. However, the photovoltaic modules that collect the light are inefficient. The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) is looking to help change that. The DoE’s initiative will be funded at more than $30 million for five years, subject to appropriations, according to the press release.   …Continue Reading