Commentary

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    May 30, 2014 | Bryan Leyland
    The technologies described in this series generate electricity when their resource is available not when it is needed. In any power system, the generation must match the demand on a second by second basis. So, to go large-scale, renewable energy needs to find a technology that will store energy efficiently and at a low cost.
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    May 28, 2014 | Darshan Goswami
    By 2050, India could go 100% on Renewable Energy to create a sustainable energy future. In the coming years, India will face seemingly insurmountable challenges to its economy, environment and energy security. To overcome these challenges India needs to shift to non-polluting sources of energy.
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    May 27, 2014 | Wayne M. Kovach
    Always thought to be the more controversial side of demand response (DR) and energy management plans, the idea of utilities and energy companies employing residential demand response programs in the near future is gaining traction. Though there is a small segment of the energy industry that sees this as a futile attempt, more and more people understand the benefits of this tougher, but beneficial energy efficient resource.
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    May 23, 2014 | Bryan Leyland
    The potential energy in waves is enormous, so it is not surprising that there have been many attempts to use them to generate electricity. But while the potential is there, harnessing it is neither easy nor cheap. It is extremely difficult to design something that will survive a storm and, at the same time, generate electricity efficiently and economically during average wave conditions.
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    May 22, 2014 | Shlomi Palas
    When a company produces 150 tons of food waste every day that is either a huge problem or a great opportunity to innovate and produce energy. Grocery stores, restaurants, sports arenas, schools, and hospitals in the U.S. generate an average of two tons - 4,000 pounds - of food waste per week. An estimated 35 million tons of food waste from commercial and residential sources end up in U.S. landfills each year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
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    May 21, 2014 | Brad Yaggie, BOC
    According to the National Lighting Bureau, poor lighting conditions cause the productivity levels of your employees to fall by 5% and can even lead to physical stressors like eyestrain, blurred vision, and headaches. Increasing light levels while decreasing your energy consumption will not only take care of your employees by making them more productive but it will also maximize your profitability by cutting your energy bill by as much as 40%.
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    May 19, 2014 | Wayne M. Kovach
    Energy poverty is a shame. There are over 1.3 billion people worldwide who currently have zero electricity. More than 3 billion cook with dirty fuels such as wood, dung, coal, and crop waste. Most of these dire situations occur in sub-Saharan African countries, which coincidentally contain some of the largest amounts of fossil fuel reserves worldwide.
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    May 16, 2014 | Bryan Leyland
    The current worldwide installed solar capacity is about 40,000 MW of photovoltaic power and about 1,170 MW of concentrated solar power.
  • May 15, 2014 | Ferdinand E. Banks
    A Wall Street Journal analysis of global data has apparently resulted in the claim that the United States (U.S.) will soon surpass Russia as the largest (combined) producer of oil and natural gas in the world.
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    May 13, 2014 | Julia Young
    Efficiency is a key criterion when it comes to making a decision regarding the purchase of any electrical equipment. While it is important that the electricity that we consume is efficiently used, it is also important that the energy is produced in an efficient manner. This becomes all the more important when we are looking to generate electricity at our homes using solar panels. But how do you measure the efficiency of a solar panel and why it is important?