On-Site Energy

Driving Energy Efficiency by Improving the Owner/Tenant Relationship

Carl Weinschenk

Things can be tricky when the organization occupying a facility doesn’t own it. Three groups are cooperating to help the sides lean how to work through the issues.

Solar Installation Dedicated in  Brooklyn

Carl Weinschenk

The Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York City this week unveiled a project featuring 3,152 rooftop solar panels. The installation was done by ConEdison Solutions, which will operate and maintain the panels. They will generate 1.1 million kWh of energy annually. The ConEdison Solutions press release says that the installation, which is on the roof   …Continue Reading

Veolia Checks Into the UK’s Tallest Hotel

Carl Weinschenk

Combined heat and power (CHP) is getting quite a boost: When it is finished this autumn, the tallest hotel in the United Kingdom will use CHP to provide heat and hot water. Veolia’s technology will be used at the Novatel London Canary Wharf hotel, which will be 39 stories high and have 313 guest rooms,   …Continue Reading

Breaking the Ice with Thermal Energy Storage

Carl Weinschenk

Clever freezing and thawing of water can lead to significant cuts in peak energy demand.

L’Oréal USA: Solar at Kentucky, Arkansas Plants

Carl Weinschenk

L’Oréal USA said this week that it is launching solar projects at its manufacturing facilities in Kentucky and Arkansas and that it is on the verge of exceeding its carbon emissions reduction goals. The solar projects will be in Florence, KY and North Little Rock, AR. They will be done in partnership with Scenic Hill Solar. The   …Continue Reading

BoA: Carbon Neutral by 2020

Carl Weinschenk

The Bank of America said that it plans to be carbon neutral by 2020. The company said that it will reduce location-based greenhouse gas emissions by half, energy use by 40 percent and water use by 45 percent in its worldwide operations. The company, in a move similar to one announced last week by General   …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

Nanogrids and Microgrids are Keys to Decentralizing the Energy Infrastructure

Carl Weinschenk

Today, a look at the vital topics of nanogrids and microgrids.

The Next Generation: How Microgrids Are Changing the Business Landscape

Ken Silverstein

College campuses are the epitome of free thinking and where innovation often gets its roots. Burning greener fuel and improving energy management are two sprouting concepts there — ideas that are being facilitated by micro-grids.

Active Power Introduces the CleanSource 275XT UPS

Carl Weinschenk

Active Power has introduced the CleanSource 275XT UPS uninterruptible power supply. The company says that the new device increases the runtime of its flywheel technology by 78 percent compared to its current system, the CleanSource 300 UPS. It spins the flywheel rotor faster to increase runtime to one minute at typical industry loading levels, the   …Continue Reading