Bractlet: Developing Digital Clones of Buildings to Lower Energy Use
Like every individual, every building is unique. How do you efficiently and reliably save energy consumption of something so intricate? An American start-up provides a digital solution.
Construction and building are responsible for 39 percent of CO2 emissions worldwide, with 28 percent of these coming from the energy used to cool, heat, and light the buildings. The 11% comes from construction procedures and materials. Cement, by way of instance, has an enormous carbon footprint – equal to around 8 percent of the planet’s carbon dioxide emissions. If the cement market were a country, it would be the 3rd largest emitter in the world!… Read More
Seeing that July was the hottest month worldwide since record-keeping started 140 years back is not the time for zero-carbon energy generation to slow down. That’s specifically what occurred in the first half of 2019 in America. In actuality, renewable energy generation declined 1.1% by the year-ago period, based on recently released data compiled from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).
The conclusion is far from absolute, but it should only be a short-term hiccup. There were other fine details in the EIA dataset, including the remarkable collapse of coal-fired power plants. And the flexibility of America’s decreasing fleet of nuclear reactors. Here are the reasons why the decline happened and why investors shouldn’t worry.… Read More
Wind turbines play crucial roles in generating power for various domestic and commercial uses in different sectors. The devices operate well in entirely open spaces meaning that they experience all weather elements. The turbines run continuously as long as there is sufficient wind to turn the blades.
The major issue with wind turbines is that blades or other components can develop cracks or other forms of anomalies in the long run. When you want to prevent this scenario, it is essential to inspect the blade using imaging methods since the device is always in motion. The measure is to avoid extensive damage to the turbine and to lower repair costs.… Read More
DOE Solar Decathlon 2017 Competition Announced By Department Of Energy
The DOE Solar Decathlon, which is an initiative by the U.S. Department of Energy, is a competition that aims at encouraging the construction of houses that are energy-efficient, cost-effective and at the same time, aesthetically pleasing.
The competition is driven by the need to convert to the use of renewable energy in homes as well as the need to produce the solar power required for the home with great efficiency. The solar decathlon also has the goal of creating awareness about the cost benefits as well as the environmental benefits that accrue from using clean energy and clean designs in housing.… Read More
The American Wind Energy Association welcomed the announcement from the U.S. Departments of the Treasury and Energy, about the Administration has begun issuing renewable energy grants under a program approved by Congress in the economic recovery package earlier this year. The announcement included grants of nearly $500 million for 10 wind power projects in Maine, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Texas.
“For these grantees and many other projects that are preparing their applications, we are seeing business activity picking up and turbine and parts orders being sent all the way up the value chain,” commented AWEA Senior Vice President for Public Policy Rob Gramlich, adding, “That activity had all but dried up and it is very encouraging to see this turnaround underway. Time will tell if that market signal is strong enough to keep the 85,000 people working in the wind industry employed for the next couple of years.”… Read More
Carmakers, Obama clash over fuel cells vs. batteries
Honda Motor Co. Ltd. is encouraging hydrogen power for the cars of the future, waving aside a decision by the Obama administration to drop the fuel-cell technology in favor of battery-run vehicles.
“Fuel-cell cars will become necessary,” said Takashi Moriya, head of Honda’s group developing this technology. “We’re positioning it as the ultimate zero-emission car.”… Read More
Roadways could develop into major energy sources under a government-funded plan to build roads out of solar panels.
Asphalt roads and car parks would be torn apart and restored with glass solar cell panels capable of producing enough power to support local population, under the scheme.
The US Department of Transportation has bestowed a grant of $100,000 on a US firm which is currently working on a prototype panel which can be embedded into existing roads.… Read More