Energy R&D

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


Renewable Storage Battery Being Developed at UTSA

Carl Weinschenk

A team at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is testing a battery that can store renewable energy. One of the challenges to renewable energy is that it is inconsistent. Solar power, for instance, can’t be produced efficiently at night or during rainstorms. Thus, finding ways to store the energy is a priority.   …Continue Reading


Humber College Gets Big Energy Research Funding Infusion

Carl Weinschenk

Humber College in Toronto is receiving $24.98 million in funding for the study of energy efficiency-related issues. InsideToronto says the money is coming through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund. The source of the funding will be the federal government ($21.68 million) and the province ($3.3 million). The story says that $15.49 million will fund a   …Continue Reading


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.