Tag Archives: Energy

Jack Eisenhauer
The Future of the Electric Power Grid
Jack EisenhauerFebruary 17, 2015

The Department of Energy is in the midst of conducting a Quadrennial Technology Review (QTR) to be released in September of this year. Its goal is to “establish a context and robust framework for the Department’s energy technology activities” that will help the Department to “accelerate the transformation of the

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Chris Averill
Wanted: A Home for Carbon Dioxide
Chris AverillFebruary 17, 2015

  Last week, the U.S. National Research Council (NRC) released a report to provide a roadmap for future climate intervention research. It examined the potential for two different approaches for mitigating the effects caused by increased CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere: CO2 sequestration and techniques to reflect incoming sunlight before it

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Greg Hildeman

At the end of last year, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) reported that 17.5 gigawatts of solar systems have been installed as of the third quarter of 2014—enough to power 3.5 million additional homes. The SEIA also indicated that this growth in solar capacity is accelerating rapidly, noting that

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Chris Averill

Last week, the Obama Administration announced plans for new regulations designed to limit methane emissions in the oil and gas sector where large amounts of methane are often emitted during production. The goal of these new rules is to cut methane emissions from oil and gas production 45 percent by

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Jared Kosters

Last week, President Obama announced the launch of a new regional manufacturing institute as part of the growing National Network for Manufacturing (NNMI). Like the other Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation (IMI) that aim to accelerate the development and adoption of advanced manufacturing technologies, the new Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing

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Lindsay Kishter

The energy sector today became the first to release sector-specific guidance for its owners and operators to implement the Cybersecurity Framework developed last year by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). In 2014, the NIST Cybersecurity Framework laid out a voluntary process for any company in any industry

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Greg Hildeman

“More energy from sunlight strikes the Earth in one hour than all the energy consumed in the planet in one year.” Hearing a speaker from the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Science say this at a Materials Science & Technology (MS&T) conference a number of years ago sparked my

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Chris Averill
The Bright Future of Solar Energy
Chris AverillDecember 9, 2014

Solar energy is becoming increasingly competitive with conventional energy production in some areas of the country. However, this is mostly due to subsidies. Researchers are exploring how to further lower the cost of solar energy, which will be an important step in widespread adoption of the technology. A few months

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Jack Eisenhauer
New York State Utilities Explore Cyber Readiness
Jack EisenhauerDecember 4, 2014

Managing cyber risk is a top priority for many electric and gas utilities. Yet few understand all the technical, operational, business, and communication challenges in responding to and recovering from a major cyber attack on energy operations. On October 22 and 23, 2014, 120 representatives from 13 electricity and natural

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Chris Averill
Is Daylight Saving Time Worth It?
Chris AverillNovember 5, 2014

I visited my grandmother this past weekend, and on Sunday, found her eating lunch at 10:30 a.m. As she proudly told me that she had changed her clocks for Daylight Saving Time (DST) before she went to sleep, I realized that she had set her clocks forward an hour instead

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