Posts Categorized: Innovation and Systems

  • EV charging stations

    Optimized Charging for EVs (Part 2): Who GIVs a V2G?

    by Susan Buchan

    Electric vehicles and hydrogen-fueled vehicles continue gaining market share. Why should you care? With these increases, the opportunities and challenges of transportation electrification are real – and coming soon to a driveway near you! EVs are now expected to reach parity with internal combustion engine vehicles in 2022, due to steady declines in battery costs.

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  • Clock and vehicle charger

    Emissions Optimized Charging for EVs (Part 1): Should “What” Matter More Than “When”?

    by Susan Buchan

    Are we on the verge of an EV “tipping point” similar to other technological advances that found rapid acceptance and integration into the marketplace? Projections show the rise of electric vehicle adoption in the US is positioned to continue and increase. Historical data show refrigerators, clothes dryers, color TV, personal computers, and smartphones all rose from early-adopter status to widespread diffusion and ownership in about ten years.* Read More

  • Smarter Energy Savings: Technology’s Expert Voices

    by Carina Wallack
    with Jessica Granderson, Greg Marsicek, Jamie Peters, and Kevin DeMaster

    Do you think about renewables as the most innovative set of technologies for reducing emissions and meeting customer needs? If so, I want to challenge that perception: Energy efficiency should get more credit, and we’ve got the expert voices to prove it!

    New efficient technologies provide less expensive — and more effective — solutions than you may realize. Efficiency reduces energy bills and improves air quality and comfort, while also enabling the success of renewable resources. To meet our nation’s climate goals, efficiency alone can contribute 50 percent of necessary emissions reductions by 2050, according to ACEEE. Read More

  • Electric vehicles and charging stations

    EVs Can Lead the Charge for Responsible Batteries

    by Rachel Ehrman

    When I walk in my neighborhood, I’m starting to notice electric vehicles (EVs) parked on the street and driving through town. When I turn on the television, car companies are starting to run ads for their EV models. It’s clear EVs are on the rise, and there’s no sign that their growth is slowing down anytime soon. Read More

  • Industrial Symbiosis

    Industrial Symbiosis: Taking Resource Efficiency to the Next Level

    by Susan Buchan

    You may remember the term symbiosis from eighth grade biology. It’s the concept of organisms sharing materials, energy, even their bodies – with other organisms for the benefit of both species. The idea of applying symbiosis to industrial producers was pioneered in Denmark almost 50 years ago in 1972, and came to fruition in 2015 with the establishment of the Kalundborg Symbiosis Industrial Park.

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