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Turning Industrial Air Pollution into Valuable Energy

Linda Hardesty

Many industries, including oil & gas, food processing and petrochemical emit gases into the atmosphere. Ener-Core says it has created a system to help such companies convert their air pollution into clean energy. In some instances, flaring waste gas is actually required by environmental laws. But Ener-Core says waste gas can be turned into clean   …Continue Reading


Digital Realty Gives RECs to Data Center Clients

Linda Hardesty

Digital Realty, a provider of data center and colocation solutions, is offering clients renewable energy certificates (RECs) under its new Clean Start Program. Digital Realty clients that sign a qualifying new lease will automatically receive RECs commensurate with the electricity they consume during the first year of their lease. This sustainability initiative comes as part   …Continue Reading


DC Office Building Installs 30 kW Solar System

Linda Hardesty

Astrum Solar and The Tower Companies activated a new solar PV system at The Millennium Building in Washington, DC. Astrum Solar, a Maryland-based Direct Energy company, designed and installed the 30 kW PV system for Tower, a privately-held organization that has both developed and managed The Millennium Building since 1973. The 235,000-sq-foot, multi-tenant, commercial office   …Continue Reading


Buildings Represent 40% of US Total Energy Use

Linda Hardesty

Although the percentage of energy-use attributed to buildings seems to vary depending on the news source, NREL released the 2013 edition of its annual Renewable Energy Data Book, which reports that US buildings represent 40 percent of total energy usage. Other key findings from the report include: Renewable electricity, including hydropower and biopower, grew to   …Continue Reading


Siemens Brings Enterprise-Level Energy Management to Mid-Size Businesses

Karen Henry

Average energy demand per square foot in the commercial sector is growing at 1.5 percent per year. According to a 2009 McKinsey report, Unlocking Energy Efficiency in the US Economy, the commercial sector will consume 20 percent of all the energy used in the United States by 2020. Retail & Commercial Systems (RCS), a unit   …Continue Reading


Schneider, Autodesk Join for Building Information Modeling

Linda Hardesty

Schneider Electric and Autodesk signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on building lifecycle management based on building information modeling (BIM). As part of the collaboration, the two companies are exploring ways to complement each other’s strengths to make buildings more energy efficient from the design and construction through operation and end-of-life phases. The collaboration   …Continue Reading


Chuck E. Cheese’s Picks Ecova for Utility Expense and Data Management

Linda Hardesty

Ecova has been selected by Chuck E. Cheese’s to provide its utility expense and data management services at about 525 locations nationwide. Ecova will leverage its Big Data Warehouse, which contains over 2.5 billion points of energy data from more than 700,000 facilities, to help Chuck E. Cheese’s gain a better understanding of its energy   …Continue Reading


Clean Energy on the Rise in 2015

Benjamin Schneider

With a new year comes new promises and new opportunities – and that also goes for the United States and China, the world’s biggest climate polluters. The good news is, both nations appear ready to embrace solar and other renewables, investments that will cement their recent, bilateral agreement to tackle climate change. Here are five signs renewables   …Continue Reading


Pellet Maker Installs ORC Biomass Power System

Linda Hardesty

Turboden was chosen by Maine Woods Pellet Company to supply a biomass based Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) power unit for its plant in Athens, Maine. The plant can produce up to 100,000 tons of wood pellets per year. The Turboden ORC system will produce 8 MW, converting the heat of thermal oil generated by wood   …Continue Reading


Retrofitting with VRF

Karen Henry

A variable refrigerant flow (VRF) system with heat recovery may be an energy efficient alternative for buildings with inefficient fans and leaky ductwork. Variable frequency drive motors allow a VRF system to adjust to a variety of loads. The refrigerant serves as both the heating and cooling medium that can be delivered to multiple fan-coil   …Continue Reading