Energy Recovery

Jacobs Selected for Pioneering New Jersey Rail Microgrid Project

Cheryl Kaften

New Jersey Transit – which operates 12 rail lines in the Garden State and provides nearly 223 million passenger trips each year – announced on January 3 that it had selected Jacobs Engineering Group to provide design and general engineering services for the agency’s $577 million microgrid project – the first of its kind nationwide.

Drawing Energy from Wastewater

Carl Weinschenk

Cambrian Innovation promises a triple win: Clean water, free electricity and reduced carbon emissions.

Generating Energy from Wastewater and Sewage is Generating Interest

Carl Weinschenk

The idea of using wastewater and/or sewage to provide energy is heating up, both literally and figuratively. The basic idea is straight forward: Lots of the water that goes down the drain is hot. Every bit that is harvested and put to use is a bit that need not be generated. Lynn Mueller, the CEO   …Continue Reading

Issaquah, WA Firehouse Cuts Energy Use by Almost 80%

Carl Weinschenk

A fire station in Washington cut its energy use by almost 80 percent, according to Jonathan Heller, the principal and lead mechanical engineer for Ecotope, the company that led the retrofit. Writing at The Daily Journal of Commerce in Seattle, Heller pointed to the special conditions that make cutting energy use at a fire station   …Continue Reading

Advanced Fans Cut Datacenter Energy Requirements

Carl Weinschenk

The explosion of data being trafficked and stored by consumers and businesses is creating the need for more data center capacity. This leads to greater power demands to drive those datacenters. In the U.K., for instance, datacenters consume about 6.4 GW, which is enough energy to power 6 million homes. This, according to James Cooper,   …Continue Reading

New Energy System Will Save Stanford $420M

Karen Henry

Stanford University is building a new energy system that incorporates solar power with heat recovery. The new system, called the Stanford Energy System Innovations (SESI), will save the university $420 million in energy costs over 35 years, making Stanford one of the most energy-efficient research universities in the world. The university has also committed to providing   …Continue Reading

‘Disaster-Proof’ Factory Features GE Products

Karen Henry

GE Japan is participating in the “Future Disaster-Proof Factory Plan,” a disaster preparedness project being undertaken by Sekisui House’s Tohoku Factory. The Sekisui House facility is designed to be eco-friendly during normal times, durable during disasters and safe and secure for local communities and companies. To achieve cuts in peak electricity usage during normal periods   …Continue Reading

Duluth May Update Downtown’s Central Heating

William Opalka

A centralized plant that uses water from Lake Superior to heat 180 downtown Duluth buildings is due for an upgrade. The plant, which has operated for 81 years, draws frigid lake water to be heated by a coal-fired furnace and then pipes steam to downtown businesses. The plant is inspired by a similar system in   …Continue Reading

Seattle Looks to Data Centers as Heat Source

William Opalka

The City of Seattle is in talks to build a district energy system in the South Lake Union area that updates an older technology that heated central business districts for generations. District heating is a system in which a central plant generates heat which is then piped through underground pipes to buildings and businesses throughout   …Continue Reading

Navy Announces $30 Million for Energy Innovation

Leon Walker

As the Department of the Navy continues to emphasize the need for energy security, the Office of Naval Research is pumping $30 million into Energy Excelerator, a Hawaii-based program that funds development of new ideas in energy innovation. The program, part of ONR’s Asia-Pacific Technology and Education Program, is an effort to discover groundbreaking energy   …Continue Reading