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CURRENT ISSUE


The Good News for Renewables
Last year proved to be a turning point for renewable energy and the world. In December alone, 196 countries attending COP21 committed to the Paris Agreement, a historic deal to limit carbon pollution to 2°C or less.    And, a....
Working at Heights
Working at Heights training programs for companies, fire departments, and individuals have seen many improvements to historical rescue gear and the welcomed invention of many new pieces of equipment in the past 25 years.    Much ....
Hydrogen and a New Paradigm for Electricity Storage
A new paradigm is needed for electricity storage in the wind energy market. Today, what passes for “grid storage” are technologies providing, at most, eight to 12 hours of discharge time. If electricity generation is to be successfully....
Romo Wind’s iSpin Monitor is for permanent installation on the wind turbines and comes in two different versions. iSpin Monitor Bas....
A new test service introduced by Bal Seal Engineering, Inc. offers verified performance results for Bal Seal low-friction spring-energize....
A Risley prism beamsteering development kit is being offered to experimenters and system de-signers interested in assessing the utility o....
Electro Static Technologies’ Universal Mounting Brackets allow fast, easy installation of AEGIS iPRO, AEGIS iPRO-MR, and AEGIS WTG ....
Morgan Advanced Materials’ Electrical Carbon business announces the availability of its grounding brush holders, designed for stabi....
Columbus McKinnon Corporation’s new line of CM Heavy-Duty Crane Hooks includes heavy-duty crane hooks in both single and double con....

Renewables Plus Energy Storage
Sometimes comparisons can be quite illuminating. Take electricity and telephony, for example: both were invented and came in to widespread use around the same time over a century ago. And both grew into large networks, on the strength of which we&....
Solar Panel Installers
Solar panel arrays are installed everywhere these days – ground mounted, flush mounted on slope roofs, elevated to catch as much energy as possible, as awnings, as parking covers, etc.  New ideas come up every day. People and entities a....
Accelerating Customer Acquisition
Across the United States, the solar energy market is expected to grow by as much as 60 percent in 2016, with a healthy portion of that coming from residential installations. And, according to GTM research, the nation’s share of expected glob....
SMA has continued the evolution of its iconic Sunny Boy inverter line with a complete redesign of its popular models with Secure Power Su....
AFL introduces an aluminum coil bracket for splice enclosures including its Opti-Guard and SB01 products. The aluminum coil bracket is mu....
Snake Tray has designed an application specific cable conveyance system to bring the fiber from the optical line terminals to the optical....
Aerocompact is proud to announce the newly designed 2.0 version of their Flat Roof Solution. Aerocompact 2.0 has new inter-row spacing, m....
Moxa has launched the newest members of its ioLogik family of devices: the ioLogik 2542-HSPA and ioLogik 2512-HSPA cellular remote I/O mo....
Wagner Solar received SRCC certification on their PVT Collector. The 2Power combi-ned heat and power solar panel has a nominal power rati....
Zebra Energy’s SunSparks Solar Charging System allows RVers to economically and easily keep their RV batteries charged by harnessin....

Energy Storage

Measuring the True Costs and Benefits of Energy Storage
In last month’s issue, Part One of this series began covering how checking a few simple performance metrics can help calculate the true costs and benefits of competing energy storage systems. Additionally calculating this levelized cost of e....
Is Your Battery Bank Ready for Spring?
In North America, the days are finally getting longer and the promise of spring seems just around the corner. More sunshine and better battery charging are good news for the battery-based, off-grid photovoltaic system owner, but it’s importa....
Energy Storage Systems for Utility-Scale PV Plants
Almost every region in the world has deployed renewable energy generation. In the United States, for example, most states have a renewables portfolio standard which requires a specific portion of all generation to be produced from renewable energy....
ViZn’s product family of Zinc/Redox Flow Batteries use an efficient and worry-free non-acid chemistry. The ViZn Energy Storage Syst....
Intensium Max provides a megawatt-level energy storage solution featuring Saft’s efficient and long life Li-ion technology. Featuri....
AllCell Technologies, LLC, and LG Chem Ltd., have developed a Li-ion battery for material handling applications. The battery is designed ....
Sharp’s SmartStorage system is an energy storage solution designed to reduce expensive peak demand charges for commercial and indus....

Geothermal

Tapping into Mine Water Geothermal
Mine water is often considered not only a waste, but also a serious danger to human and environmental health. With millions of miles of abandoned tunnels in the United States filled with potentially acidic and heavy metal enriched water, the task ....
Organic Rankine Cycle Systems - the latest innovative approach to geothermal energy
With the worldwide hunt for new sources of green energy, it becomes practical to create electrical energy from geothermal sources at much lower temperatures than previously envisaged. Today, Independent power producers (IPP’s) in the USA, Tu....
The Heat is On
Geothermal heat pump industry seeks recognition   With “geoexchange” piping firmly planted in the earth, geothermal heat pumps (GHPs) efficiently use circulating water to transfer energy to and from the ground near buildin....
WaterFurnace International, Inc.’s 5 Series 504W11 hydronic geothermal heat pump features WaterFurnace’s patent-pending OptiH....
Caleffi’s Z-one Series valves are used to automatically shutoff the flow or to redirect hot and chilled water in geothermal, hydron....
The TRIAC SY Series Scotch Yoke Actuators provide an ideal solution for applications where steel actuators are required due to corrosion ....
WaterFurnace International, Inc. has introduced the new Envision2 NXW Chiller, providing water heating and water cooling for a wide range....
REHAU introduces its new 1-1/4" RAUGEO U-bend. Previously available only in one-inch diameter, the new larger diameter pipe brings t....
GEA Heat Exchangers, with its GEA Bloksma-Fryer NHP shell and tube heat exchangers, presents a new series that was developed to meet the ....

Biomass Waste is a Problem – and a Resource
Biomass, especially the waste from forestry and agriculture, industry or households, is a clean and cheap energy source. However, biomass power plants are usually expensive, industrial-style, and not applicable for decentralized usage. Therefore, ....
Fears the Export Pellet Industry Harms Forests Unfounded
In 2014, industrial grade pellet producers shipped roughly 3.6 million tons of wood pellets to the EU. To manufacture those pellets, mills in the US South consumed 6 million short green tons of pulpwood. That 6 million tons of pulpwood represents:....
Tires As Alternative Energy - The road to tire derived fuel
More than three decades into the tire recycling movement, the largest application of scrap tires remains the alternative fuels market. And for good reason, as scrap tires are a tremendous resource of energy and iron. Industries consuming tire deri....
BinMaster's new PT-500 submersible pressure transducer is an affordable and versatile level sensor that calculates level based upon t....
New Holland’s Cornrower chopping corn head attachment provides options for corn stover harvest unavailable with other systems. The ....
Sodimate, Inc.’s mounted slurry system integrates a slurry tank, skid pumps, and controls. Pre-wired and ready to use, it allows fo....
The HTS-2 shredder can help minimize the costs of processing contaminated biomass fuel sources, such as stumps, construction and demoliti....
The MT91 Series Flow Meter from Fluid Components International (FCI) has a smart, self-checking digital flow transmitter and advanced the....
Fecon, Inc. introduces the BHP270 Modular Power Pack featuring Fecon’s Power Management System for maximizing performance and torqu....