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Larson Releases a Solar Powered Generator with Manual Crank Mast

Linda Hardesty

Larson Electronics released a solar powered generator with a solar light tower that includes 4 solar panels, a solar charging system, battery bank and a mast mounted on a trailer with outriggers and a removable tongue. The SPLT-1.2K-200A-19 is a 1.2 KW solar generator system that replenishes 100 amp hours of usable battery capacity per   …Continue Reading


Vancouver to Build District Energy Plant Powered by Biofuel

Linda Hardesty

Vancouver, Canada, is building a district energy plant and will require that new buildings in most areas of the downtown peninsula be connected to it, reports the Vancouver Sun. Creative Energy Canada Platforms has won the contract to build the new district energy plant on a large piece of city-owned land. The new plant will   …Continue Reading


Hydronic Geothermal Heat Pump Features Higher Heating Capacity

Linda Hardesty

WaterFurnace International introduced the 5 Series 504W11 hydronic geothermal heat pump, featuring the company’s patent-pending OptiHeat vapor injection technology. While most hydronic geothermal systems generate 130°F water, OptiHeat creates exiting water temperatures up to 150°F via an additional heat exchanger that diverts excess heat and reinjects it into the system. This provides increased heating capacities   …Continue Reading


Hawaiian Electric Clears its Solar Interconnection Backlog on Oahu

Linda Hardesty

Enphase Energy collaborated with Hawaiian Electric to clear the backlog of solar customers awaiting interconnection on the island of Oahu. After making a commitment in October 2014 to clear 90 percent of its interconnection backlog by April 2015, Hawaiian Electric sought out Enphase’s technical assistance to get a detailed analysis of grid conditions in every neighborhood   …Continue Reading


Will California’s Drought Affect Energy Prices?

Josh Kessler

Calfornia’s ongoing drought led to a 60 percent decline in in-state hydro generation from 2011 to 2014, reports the Sacramento Bee. Research firm ICIS says that forecasters believe it will decline further this year. ICIS also reported that, according to the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), in-state hydro capacity available during peak summer months will   …Continue Reading


FedEx Uses 15 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Tractors

Linda Hardesty

FedEx rolled out hydrogen fuel cell ground support equipment (GSE). Under a $2.5 million grant awarded from the Department of Energy, FedEx is operating the 15 hydrogen fuel cell-powered Charlatte GSEs and a Plug Power hydrogen fueling station. The 15 hydrogen fuel cell powered GSE cargo tractors are now part of a fleet of more   …Continue Reading


SoCalGas Launches First Power-to-Gas Project in US

Karen Henry

Southern California Gas (SoCalGas) has joined with the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the National Fuel Cell Research Center (NFCRC) to create and test a carbon-free, power-to-gas system for the first time in the United States. The technology converts electricity into gaseous energy and could provide North America with a   …Continue Reading


Poultry Processor Installs $5.3M Cogeneration Plant

Linda Hardesty

Blue Earth energized its initial combined heat and power (CHP) energy plant at the Pilgrim’s Pride poultry processing facility in Sumter, South Carolina. With the CHP plant, electricity is generated, and the heat from the generator is captured for useful purposes, lowering energy costs and improving energy efficiency. The co-generation energy facility uses methane made   …Continue Reading


Ideas for Colleges to Save Energy

Linda Hardesty

Fairfield University in Connecticut has employed many measures to reduce energy, and its Associate Vice President of Facilities David Frassinelli offers the following ideas for how other colleges and universities can do the same: >>Retrofit elevators with regenerative converters. When an elevator moves in a down direction with a full load of passengers, it creates   …Continue Reading


Travis Perkins Installs Solar at New Distribution Center

Linda Hardesty

The UK building and home improvement group Travis Perkins installed a 157.5 kW solar PV system on its new regional distribution center, which was built to serve all 16 of the Travis Perkins Group’s companies and a total of 1,900 UK sites. Solarlec designed and installed the PV system, using Solfex Enhance solar panels. The   …Continue Reading