On-Site Energy

BMW Tests Fuel-Cell Car

Karen Henry

BMW will begin testing a prototype hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle on public roads this month, Bloomberg reports. The automaker, which debuted its battery-powered i3 in 2013, says its fuel cell vehicle will be consumer ready sometime around 2025 to 2030. BMW’s fuel-cell Gran Turismo prototype has a 310-mile range — three times the range of the   …Continue Reading


Researchers Develop Cell that Can Store Solar at Night

Karen Henry

One of the drawbacks of current solar technology is the inability to store energy under dark conditions. A team of researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington has addressed this limitation by developing an energy cell that can store large-scale solar energy even when it’s dark. The UT Arlington team developed an all-vanadium photo-electrochemical   …Continue Reading


EPA Honors 3 Facilities for Combined Heat and Power

Linda Hardesty

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized three facilities with the Energy Star Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Award for superior performance of their CHP systems. The three 2015 award winners demonstrate how CHP can partner with district energy systems to reduce pollutant emissions from electricity generation. District energy systems produce steam, hot water and chilled   …Continue Reading


Cheese Factory Installs Anaerobic Digestion

Linda Hardesty

British anaerobic digestion (AD) company Clearfleau has finished the first stage in a project for First Milk, one of the UK’s largest cheese makers. Once operational, the First Milk AD plant will feed bio-methane into the gas grid – the first dairy processing site in Europe to do so. Lake District Biogas (LDB), a company   …Continue Reading


IKEA Plugs In Fuel Cells at California Store

Linda Hardesty

IKEA activated a fuel cell system at its retail location in Emeryville, California. The project represents the first IKEA endeavor globally to convert biogas into electricity through fuel cells. The system was manufactured by Bloom Energy. Slightly larger than the physical size of a commercial back-up generator, the 300-kW system will operate on biogas and produce   …Continue Reading


Product Warranty Covers Both Insulated Roof Panels, Solar PV

Linda Hardesty

Less than 90 days after its US launch, Kingspan Energy announced its acquisition of American Solar & Alternative Power (ASAP). Founded in 1990, ASAP is an established commercial solar energy and LED lighting project developer active from New Jersey to Massachusetts.The deal will bolster Kingspan Energy’s sales, marketing and project development presence in New England   …Continue Reading


Combining Solar with Ground Heat Pump Is Energy, Cost Efficient

Karen Henry

The energy- and cost-efficiency of buildings and areas can be improved by combining a ground heat pump with solar heating, according to the results of a project led by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. VTT used ecological hybrid solutions to enhance the efficiency of heat and electricity production in buildings and found that a   …Continue Reading


Tecogen Installs CHP System at Sports Club

Linda Hardesty

Tecogen sold a CM-60 combined heat and power (CHP) module to the Columbia Association in Columbia, Maryland. The 60 kW unit will be installed at the Supreme Sports Club, the largest of three fitness facilities operated by Columbia Association. In addition to providing electrical power to the facility, the CHP system will provide domestic hot   …Continue Reading


UK Demand Response Associations Merge

Linda Hardesty

The Association for Decentralised Energy and the UK Demand Response Association are merging. The merger seeks to create a strong singular voice for the UK’s decentralized energy sector. The merged organization will be known as the Association for Decentralised Energy. The Association for Decentralised Energy advocates an integrated approach to delivering energy locally, designed around   …Continue Reading


NRG Develops 20 MW Solar Facility for Cisco

Linda Hardesty

NRG Renew plans to develop a 20 MW solar energy facility that will deliver energy to Cisco‘s San Jose headquarters. NRG Renew will convert its NRG Solar Blythe II location, which is a 153-acre parcel that has been under development by NRG since 2010, into a solar installation that will help Cisco reach its goal   …Continue Reading