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The DOE's Loan Program Office Needs to Help Manufacturers and Consumers

On March 6 of this year I wrote in this column about the need for the Department of Energy’s Loan Program Office (LPO) to assist distributed energy projects, including distributed energy storage projects, rather than dedicate all its financial resources to energy megaprojects. read more

Reduced Offshore Share in U.S. Oil and Natural Gas Production Lowers Risk from Hurricanes

Offshore energy production in the Gulf of Mexico has experienced relatively minor disruptions because of tropical storms and hurricanes in recent years, and the NOAA has predicted a below-normal 2015 hurricane season in its updated Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook, released on August 6. read more

How to Fix Louisiana’s Eroding Coast? These Designers Have a Plan.

Earlier this year, 31 geographic locations in southern Louisiana were removed from an official map after being swallowed by the sea. Since the 1930s, a land area the size of Delaware has been lost. As the Gulf of Mexico continues to reclaim the Mississippi River Delta, residents and businesses are forced to contemplate a future retreat […]

Tesla Smashes Consumer Reports Ratings System

The Tesla Model S P85D sedan has officially broken the Consumer Reports Rating System with the electric car performing better in the tests than any other car. Ever. According to Consumer Reports, the Tesla initially scored 103 — but the rating system doesn’t go past 100. So Consumer Reports had to change its scoring. The ratings […]

Effective Sustainability Reporting Can Make Good Businesses Great

Companies that are identified as socially responsible and have clearly defined missions become “great” business, according to an article in Harvard Business Review. EHS Insight provides an overview of the internal and external benefits of sustainability reporting and outlines how businesses can establish an effective reporting process. Show More Summary

Bosch Acquires Seeo, Sparks Battery Tech Buying Spree

Bosch, one of the world’s top automotive suppliers, has announced it will acquire Seeo, the solid-state battery developer of next-generation energy storage, Quartz reports. This acquisition marks a major turning point for the battery industry, Lux Research says. Show More Summary

Judge Blocks Clean Water Rule

A federal judge in North Dakota blocked the Clean Water Rule from taking effect Friday in 13 states. The rule, authored by the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers expands the reach of the Clean Water Act to protect US streams and wetlands from pollution. While the EPA says the Clean Water Rule will […]

APG to Double Existing Natural Gas Flare Capture, Processing

American Power Group plans to purchase a two additional natural gas flare capture and recovery systems after securing a $3.25 million loan. The systems — designed to meet the EPA’s proposed oil and gas methane flare reduction regulations — can monetize captured flared gas converted into natural gas liquids (NGLs) and will double APG’s existing […]

LG Sonic Algae Water Treatment Cuts Cooling Towers’ Chemical Dosing

LG Sonic’s algae water treatment helped a district cooling facility in Dubai reduce its chemical dosing while keeping microbial activity under control. According to a case study, the cooling towers achieved a 69 percent reduction in biocide dosage and up to a 53 percent reduction in anti-scalant dosage after Al Futtaim Cooling district plant incorporated […]

NOV Waste Pumps Cut Day-Long Maintenance to 30 Minutes

National Oilwell Varco (NOV) has provided a pair of Mono progressing cavity pumps, which are helping to manage some 12,000 metric tons of waste material each year, including 7,500 metric tons of food waste from North Somerset Council, at a major waste recycling plant in Weston-super-Mare, UK. An EZstrip transfer pump and a Compact C […]

Fukushima – The Price of “No Safe Dose” Assumption

A friend pointed me to a heart-rending piece in the New York Review of Books titled Fukushima: The Price of Nuclear Power by Michael Ignatieff. The piece is a first hand account of a visit to Japan’s Fukushima prefecture; it includes...Show More Summary

150 Million Smart Meter Semiconductors to be Shipped by 2019

The global market for semiconductors used in smart meters is expected to rise in the next few years as demand for precise energy measurement and communications increases from utility vendors, according to a new report from IHS.Shipments of communicating meters used for two-way communications between smart meters and utilities are forecast to rise to 150 […]

Pictures Of Sea Level Rise

Clearly the ocean is getting too big for its beaches. From NASA Tweet !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");

Change Or Be Changed

From a courageous new documentary based on a controversial book: The best chance to demand and build a better world? From AtlanticFilmDotCom via YouTube Tweet !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElemenShow More Summary

Postcards From The Hawaii Renewables Struggle

Hawaii has set its sights on 100% renewables by 2045 and its leaders and people don’t believe the proposed $4.3 billion takeover of its utility will get the state there. Here’s why. From Institute for Local Self-Reliance via YouTube Tweet !function(d,s,id){var...Show More Summary

Intel Looks Beyond PCs to the IOT and…BMX Bikes?

The oldest technology is new again, Intel seemed to be saying at the keynote address that kicked off the Intel Developer Forum here Tuesday morning.An elaborate (and enormous) Rube Goldberg machine filled the stage, and when activated, it produced (with the help of myriad platforms, levers, and bowling balls) three clear-plastic bubbles containing the letters […]

Reactor Coolant Pumps for AP1000 still a problem

This is a story that I really don’t want to tell, but bad news is like old fish. It doesn’t smell any better as it ages. All eight AP1000 construction projects are at risk “for want of a nail.” In this case the nail is a reactor coolant pump, the largest one in the world, […] The post Reactor Coolant Pumps for AP1000 still a problem appeared first on Atomic Insights.

For a Tech Billionaire Worried About Energy Efficiency, the Key Is Smarter Infrastructure 

We’ve written before about tech philanthropist Thomas M. Siebel, whose Siebel Systems pioneered customer relationship management software in the 1990s. Siebel started giving big soon after, and so far the Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation has given more than $260 million for the homeless and poor, education and research, public health, and the environment. Siebel […]

Secure or not, IoT is everywhere. Get used to it. 

With some astonishment I read last week’s IoT paranoia-inducing Op-Ed column in the New York Times, “Why Smart Objects May Be a Dumb Idea” written by Zeynep Tufekci, who is an assistant professor at UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science.There’s a famous George Bernard Shaw quote from his 1903 play Man and […]

Are customers ready for solar? Just ask Google 

With just an address, Google, using the power of Google Maps, can now look up a residence and analyze the cost effectiveness of installing solar. Project Sunroof, as it is called, was announced on Google’s blog. Google engineer and tool creator Carl Elkin wrote, “As a volunteer with the Boston-based solar program Solarize Massachusetts and […]

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