Month: October 2018

A Few Energy Saving Tips for a Super Scary Halloween

A Few Energy Saving Tips for a Super Scary Halloween

A Few Energy Saving Tips for a Super Scary Halloween

10/31/18

“How can we be both green and scary on Halloween?”

 

Today in the United States and across the world is Halloween. Here stateside, people dress up in silly costumes, decorate their house, and trick-or-treat for candy. But even though this is a special night, it is still time to be thinking about how we can do our part to climate change. So here are A Few Energy Saving Tips for a Super Scary Halloween.

 

  1. Use LED lights for Halloween decorations.
  2. Use solar panels to capture energy during the day and unload it at night
  3. Give out low-carbon intensity candies.

 

Have a great night full of scary sugary goodness Y’all!!!

 

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The Grid Edge

The Grid Edge

The Grid Edge

10/30/18

“What exactly is the bleeding edge of the utility industry?”

 

The utility industry is evolving rapidly. The days of the old, centralized paradigm are now gone. In their place is a network of distributed and autonomous systems capable of handling the renewable, resilient future. Companies that are on the bleeding edge of all of this are known as The Grid Edge, and are positioned to grow their market manyfold in the near future.

The Problem with Silicon Wiring in Solar PV Cells

The Problem with Silicon Wiring in Solar PV Cells

The Problem with Silicon Wiring in Solar PV Cells

10/29/18

“How does silicon wiring harm solar PV Cells?”

 

Silicon wiring is needed for the electrons produced in solar PV cells to move around. However, the wires on the front of the solar cells cover 5-10% of the surface and reflect incoming light, thereby lowering the efficiency. As a result, there are many Problems with Silicon Wiring in Solar PV Cells.

 

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Why Brazil Should Develop Offshore Wind Energy Infrastructure in its South

Why Brazil Should Develop Offshore Wind Energy Infrastructure in its South

Why Brazil Should Develop Offshore Wind Energy Infrastructure in its South

10/28/18

“Why should Brazil develop off-shore wind energy in its southern states?”

 

The nation of Brazil is a behemoth. Taking up half of the land and population of South America, it needs a vast amount of energy. And to make it sustainable, it should seek to maximize all of the resources available to it. One promising technology is off-shore wind. Since the Southern states by Porto Alegre have some of the highest offshore wind speeds, it would only make sense for  Brazil to Develop Offshore Wind Energy Infrastructure there.

 

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Distributed Energy Storage

Distributed Energy Storage

Distributed Energy Storage

10/27/18

“How can we best optimize energy storage?”

 

If you ask a renewable energy expert what is one of the biggest hurdles facing the proliferation of solar and wind, chances are you’ll hear energy storage. Storing energy requires a massive infrastructure investment, whether it be in batteries or other mechanisms. However, for the most optimum approach, all methods should be combined to create a Distributed Energy Storage solution. This way the maximum amount of energy can be stored for later use.

 

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Energy Disaggregation

Energy Disaggregation

Energy Disaggregation

10/26/18

“How can we filter out the energy consumption of each individual appliance in a building?”

 

Different appliances have different energy consumption patterns. And sometimes we would like to analyze them individually without turning off the other ones. So how can we accomplish this using our engineering mindset? Well, what if we were to simply apply signal processing to obtain their plots? This is known as Energy Disaggregation and can be used to see which appliances are taking up the most energy.

 

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How More Extreme Coldwaves will Harm Transportation Infrastructure

How More Extreme Coldwaves will Harm Transportation Infrastructure

How More Extreme Coldwaves will Harm Transportation Infrastructure

10/25/18

“How will Transportation Infrastructure be harmed by more extreme coldwaves?”

 

Transportation infrastructure will definitely be impacted by the changing weather. But climate change is doing much more than rising temperatures. More extreme coldwaves in certain parts of the earth are resulting from changing polar vortex. The behemoth damage brought onto transportation systems includes more delays in train/plane schedules, heavier icing of streets, and more stress on structures. This is How More Extreme Coldwaves will Harm Transportation Infrastructure.