Engineers Forge a New Frontier for Solar: Utility Build-Transfer Agreements


Historically, electric utilities in the U.S. have been buyers and sellers, but not producers, of solar energy. Largely due to tax and accounting constraints, vertically integrated, regulated utilities traditionally have entered power purchase agreements (PPAs) to procure solar energy (and wind and other renewable energy) from independent power producers (IPPs), rather than building such projects and including them in their rate base. To many utilities, this has seemed like a lost opportunity; they generally earn a return on the equity invested in power plants, transmission, and distribution lines, but not on power purchased from others. Dramatic reductions in the installed cost [...]

Engineers Forge a New Frontier for Solar: Utility Build-Transfer Agreements2020-09-15T12:38:36-07:00

Part 1 : Engineers Give Pros and Cons of Double and Triple Pane Windows


Have you decided to invest in replacement windows? What made you finally decide to take the leap? Was it the incredible energy saving benefits new windows offer? If so, you’re not alone. For a typical home, 40% of the annual energy budget goes toward heating and cooling costs, and replacing the windows in your home is great way to keep more of that money in your pocket. Since energy efficiency is such an important fact to consider when getting replacement windows, we are often asked, “How much better are triple pane windows than double pane windows at saving money on [...]

Part 1 : Engineers Give Pros and Cons of Double and Triple Pane Windows2020-09-15T12:38:37-07:00

Part 2: Business Engineers : 7 Things to Consider, Before Investing in a Personal Robot


So you’ve made the decision, robotics process automation (RPA) is for your business. You’ve winnowed down a list of suitable vendors and are ready to start some serious shopping. Great. But before you plunge right in, there are some final things to consider.  The following is a list of questions for would-be buyers to which they should give serious thought to before moving forward. They range from the existential — what role will your employees play as RPA expands within your organization? To the practical, such as training time frames. 1. RPA Tool Selection is Less Important Than You Think [...]

Part 2: Business Engineers : 7 Things to Consider, Before Investing in a Personal Robot2020-08-03T01:00:40-07:00

Engineers Develop Personal Robots – New Age


Engineers Say Personal Robotics Will Become an Important New Category in Family Lives  I have the idea of a “sociable” robot—one that people can have relatively natural interactions with—has been the lore of science fiction for decades. From Lost in Space to Star Wars to WallE and beyond, interactive robotic machines have been the stuff of our creative imagination for some time. In 2019, however, I believe we will start to see more practical implementations of personal robotics devices from several major tech vendors. While several companies have tried, and failed to bring personal robotics mainstream in the recent [...]

Engineers Develop Personal Robots – New Age2020-08-03T01:00:49-07:00

Mechanical Engineers Say Proper Ventilation is Crucial for Your Small Business


Engineers Explain How Good Ventilation Helps Your Business We’ll start with a fact that often startles people: (indoor air quality is a major health threat in the country).  According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the air quality inside buildings is often 3 to 4 times worse than the air outside. This goes against what most people think air pollution is like— fumes from cars and smoke stacks casting dark clouds over cities.  Heavy wall insulation, tightly fitted, non-opening windows ( Window Efficiency ), and commercial synthetic carpeting in modern buildings allows for the rapid build-up of contaminants inside without the chance [...]

Mechanical Engineers Say Proper Ventilation is Crucial for Your Small Business2019-09-13T15:19:52-07:00

Mechanical Engineers Recommend Home Drainage – Winter Months are Coming !


How Do Engineers Handle Rainwater? Engineers can help with proper fitting of gutters, or eaves troughs as they are called in some parts of the country. They are an important part of the drainage system around your house.  If yours are nonexistent, in poor condition, or improperly placed on your house, they could be causing problems and putting your home at risk of water damage. Gutters need to be installed properly so that they catch the water coming off your roof and channel it away from your house and its foundation.  Your eaves troughs should have a downward slope [...]

Mechanical Engineers Recommend Home Drainage – Winter Months are Coming !2019-09-13T15:20:19-07:00

Engineers Who Work With Solar


(Figure 1. Materials Engineers)  Solar energy has seen record growth in recent years, leading to greater-than-ever demand for solar engineers. In fact, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association, solar energy is one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy. According to a report released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Engineers are one of the most sought-after occupations by employers in the solar power industry." The industry requires a range of types of engineers, and many of them have skill sets and training particular to working with solar. Materials Engineers Materials Engineers (See Figure 1. [...]

Engineers Who Work With Solar2019-09-13T15:22:31-07:00

Engineers Test “CHP” – Combined Heat and Power


Figure 1. Self Sufficient Home with Combined Heat and Power Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Engineers combined heat and power (CHP) systems, also known as cogeneration, generate electricity and useful thermal energy in a single, integrated system. CHP is not a technology, but an approach to applying technologies. Heat that is normally wasted in conventional power generation is recovered as useful energy, which avoids the losses that would otherwise be incurred from separate generation of heat and power. While the conventional method of producing usable heat and power separately has a typical combined efficiency of 45 percent, CHP [...]

Engineers Test “CHP” – Combined Heat and Power2019-09-13T14:48:52-07:00

Electric Vehicle Batteries: Recycled


  Material Scientist Ponder What to Do With Used EV Batteries  As electric vehicles become mainstream, mechanical engineers and chemical engineers are trying to address the big environmental question: what do we do with the used lithium-ion batteries? The batteries used in electric cars are physically large, last 8 to 10 years, and will account for 90 per cent of the lithium-ion battery market by 2025.  This will increase lithium demand fourfold, and more than double the demand for cobalt — two of their essential elements.  The price of cobalt has already risen by more than 80 per cent [...]

Electric Vehicle Batteries: Recycled2019-09-13T14:50:04-07:00
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