Next Big Energy Storage Invention comes from New Hampshire

This article was written by Brian McCowan, ERS, on April 1, 2020. New Hampshire history buff repurposes Trebuchets for peak load shaving energy storage Florent “Fritzy” Fritterman was hurling pumpkins at the reproduction castles he had built when he was struck by an idea. “I had read on Zondits,” said Fritterman, “about the growing need […]

Coronavirus Creates Delays in Chinese Solar Industry

This article was originally published on greentechmedia.com The novel coronavirus, a respiratory illness that’s sickened more than 17,000 and killed more than 360 people in China as of Feb. 3, may impact the Chinese-rooted solar energy supply chain, potentially contributing to labor shortages, equipment delays and global price increases. Determining the full impact of the […]

Colorado Finds Sustainable Mutualism with Beer and Marijuana

This article was originally published on washingtonpost.com on Feb. 11, 2020. DENVER — The state of Colorado and three small businesses are trying a novel approach to reduce carbon emissions that sounds like something out of the fever dreams of Willie Nelson: using carbon dioxide produced from beer brewing to help marijuana plants grow. Denver […]

EVs 102: What You Need to Know

Taylor Patterson, ERS Pros and Cons of Electric Vehicles As with any technology, electric vehicles (EVs) have their own list of advantages and drawbacks. Pros: Cons: – Elimination of tailpipe emissions– Minimal operational costs– Lower maintenance costs– Convenient at-home charging– Unique driving experience – Range anxiety– Recharge time– Accessibility of charging station– Higher upfront cost […]

EVs 101: What You Need to Know

Taylor Patterson, ERS Welcome to the world of electric vehicles (EVs) – where cars use electricity and battery storage to get around, replacing gasoline and reducing air pollution in an effort to minimize the human population’s carbon footprint! EVs are a booming trend in the auto industry, particularly as consumers look to make more environmentally […]

Do You Know How Much You Pay to Charge Your Electric Car?

Milana Pakes, ERS Currently, they only make up a small percentage of the volume of cars sold globally, but by 2040 they are expected to account for 57% of annual car sales. With EVs and charging stations rapidly popping up all over the nation, it’s getting easier to make the switch from fossil-fuel-reliant to electric, […]

Microgrids Keeping Airlines Ready for Takeoff

This article was originally published on cnbc.com on Nov. 3, 2019. Should airports go off the grid? Pittsburgh International Airport — and others — think so. Remember that 11-hour power outage at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in December 2017 that canceled hundreds of flights, stranded thousands of passengers and cost Delta Airlines alone an estimated $50 million […]