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Building Technology

Boulder Commons

Boulder Commons Raises the Bar for Sustainable Design

Boulder Commons Sets New Standard for Net-Zero Leases Just two miles from downtown Boulder, Colorado, a new net-zero energy (NZE) development is under construction: Boulder Commons. The project consists of two commercial buildings totaling roughly 100,000 square feet of professional office space and boasting a restaurant, coffee shop and community gathering flex space — all

Industrial Technology

efficiency farm low-charge ammonia

New Heat Pump Using Propane/Propene Mixture Refrigerant Wins IEA Award

Triple Aqua snags IEA heat pump award With the development of innovative low-charge ammonia cooling systems heralding a renaissance of this natural refrigerant worldwide, charges could eventually reach as low as 18 grams per kilowatt (kW), leading expert Professor Hrnjak told participants in the 7th IIR Conference on Ammonia and CO2 Refrigeration Technologies in Ohrid

Clean Grid Technology

beer battery

Cultivating Clean Energy Storage with Beer

From Beer, A Better Battery?   The plan came together — where else? — at the bar. Last April, over pints at Backcountry Pizza in Boulder, Tyler Huggins (PhDCivEngr’16) and Justin Whiteley (PhDMechEngr’16) were honing their idea for “growing” a battery from beer — specifically, from the wastewater discharged by breweries. If successful, their invention would

Programs & Policy

energy consumption data

Energy Consumption Data and the Grid of the Future

Utilities Should Sell Customer Electricity Data Lexington Institute, April 25, 2017 Digital technology is deployed on the electric grid to make it “smarter,” allowing two-way communication and the transferring of data. This enables customers to manage electricity costs and make the grid more reliable. Since new data is collected from sensors on the grid, sharing

Markets & Business

cannabis industry impact on grid

Trends and Observations of Energy Use in the Cannabis Industry

Jesse Remillard and Nick Collins, ERS, for Zondits During the fall 2016 elections, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, and California legalized recreational cannabis, and three other states legalized it for medical use. This brought the total number of states allowing the sale and use of recreational marijuana to 8, with another 28 allowing it for medicinal use.

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