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Supermarket Powered by Food Waste Alone

Karen Henry

UK grocery store chain Sainsbury announced that its Cannock store will run on power generated solely from the supermarket’s own food waste. Sainsbury will use waste management company Biffa’s advanced anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities and a unique power link to generate electricity using food waste from Sainsbury’s stores across the UK. The food waste is   …Continue Reading


Hybrid Solar-Geothermal Can Save 75% on Energy Bills

Linda Hardesty

The HL Turner Group has been awarded US Patent No. 8,733,429 for its high efficiency E-Max Hybrid solar-geothermal heating and/or cooling system design, which the company says can yield geothermal system performances upwards of a 7.5 effective Coefficient of Performance, about twice that of conventional geothermal applications. Actual net energy cost reductions of up to   …Continue Reading


Utah Olympic Oval Saves $100,000 per Year with Solar

Linda Hardesty

A $1.4 million solar system is being installed at the speedskating building of the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns, Utah, reports Deseret News. The solar energy is expected to save about $100,000 a year on the facility’s annual $750,000 power bill. The array will consist of more than 3,000 solar modules mounted on parking canopies   …Continue Reading


Google Offers $1M for Small-Scale Power Inverter

Karen Henry

Can you take a big box and shrink it into a little box? That’s the question Google has posed to the engineering masses in its Little Box Challenge. The search engine giant is looking for a better—and smaller—power inverter. Specifically, Google, in conjunction with IEEE, is looking for someone who can build a kW-scale inverter   …Continue Reading


4 Michigan Farms Help Utility Produce Electricity

Linda Hardesty

Consumers Energy selected the following four Michigan farms to produce renewable energy with anaerobic digesters. Beaver Creek Farms, Coopersville Brook View Dairy, Freeport Green Meadow Farms Inc., Elsie Scenic View Dairy, Fennville Consumers Energy developed the new anaerobic digester program along with Michigan State University and the state’s agricultural community. The farms have the opportunity to   …Continue Reading


Hybrid Converter Integrates Multiple Power Sources for Microgrids

Linda Hardesty

Ideal Power introduced its 3-port 30 kW hybrid converter, which offers the ability to integrate energy storage and solar photovoltaic to accelerate deployment of microgrids. The hybrid converter integrates multiple power sources for microgrids, delivering grid resiliency during blackouts and reducing dependency on diesel fuel for off-grid applications. Ideal Power’s Hybrid Converter Family is the   …Continue Reading


Brownfield Provides Site to Power Toledo Zoo

Linda Hardesty

A 22-acre Toledo brownfield site is now home to a 2.1 MW solar array that will supply about 30 percent of the Toledo Zoo’s electricity each year. (before and after pictured). The 28,500-panel array is bordered by a buffer zone for newly planted trees and green spaces. The solar array and property are owned by a   …Continue Reading


GE Finds Substitute for Platinum in Fuel Cells, Builds Pilot Manufacturing Facility

Linda Hardesty

General Electric is building a fuel cell manufacturing facility in upstate New York to pilot a new form of fuel cell that uses stainless steel in place of platinum and rare metals. “Scientists in GE labs recently cracked an important conundrum involving one iteration of the technology called solid oxide fuel cell, or SOFC,” says GE’s   …Continue Reading


Tecogen Supplies CHP Systems via Energy Service Company

Linda Hardesty

Tecogen sold combined heat and power (CHP) systems to a group of public schools in northern New Jersey and Long Island, NY. The sales involved three contracts with a combined value at $1.97 million and were made separately to two regional offices of an un-named energy services company. The projects involved three high schools, one   …Continue Reading


KT Expands into Energy Sector

Karen Henry

KT, formerly Korea Telecom, is expanding its services offerings to include energy services. According to a Korea Bizwire article, KT will be turning its 400 branch offices and data centers into advanced energy centers. Electric vehicle (EV) charging stations will be installed at each of KT’s branch offices. The EV charging infrastructure will be further   …Continue Reading


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