Tagged Efficiency

Classic wind-mill blade inspires one for a wind turbine

By Paul Dvorak A new design for turbine blades is said to overcome most of the handicaps of conventional designs including cost, manufacturing complexity, and maintenance. Inspiration came from a classic Dutch windmill that used several sections of canvas on each blade. Instead of canvas, the student pilot and inventor Phillip Ridings began questioning conventional…

Two California Six Flags parks go solar

By Kathie Zipp Six Flags Entertainment Corporation, in partnership with JLL, will power two more parks—Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California and Six Flags Magic Mountain, near Los Angeles—almost entirely with solar power. “We are committed to making all of our properties more energy efficient and sustainable for years to come,” said Six Flags…

SunPower to reduce workforce by 3% in new restructuring round

US-headquartered high-efficiency PV module producer SunPower Corp has announced plans to reduce its workforce by 3%, due to the Section 201 trade case decision by US President Trump to impose new import tariffs of solar cells and modules imported into the country. Read Full Article Here For more great articles: PV-Tech

Aker and Cognite Take Digital Data Management Offshore

By Offshore WIND Aker Solutions has established a long-term collaboration with software company Cognite to accelerate the development of digital solutions that are expected to drive major efficiencies through the… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read Full Article Here For more great…

UPS collaborating with Workhorse to deploy 50 electric trucks; rivaling acquisition cost of conventional; no subsidies

By mmillikin UPS plans to deploy 50 plug-in electric delivery trucks that will be comparable in acquisition cost to conventional-fueled trucks without any subsidies—an industry first that would breaki a key barrier to large scale adoption of electric fleets. The company is collaborating with Workhorse Group, Inc. to design the vehicles from the ground up….

Mercedes-Benz Trucks delivering 10 eActros electric heavy-duty trucks to customers for two years of fleet testing

By mmillikin Mercedes-Benz Trucks will deliver 10 eActros heavy-duty electric trucks in two variants—two- and three-axle variants with gross vehicle weight of 18 or 25 tonnes—to customers in the next few weeks for testing the everyday feasibility and economic efficiency of the vehicles under real-life conditions. At the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Hanover in…

DOE releases two Co-Optima studies; high-octane blendstocks, engine efficiency merit function

By mmillikin The US Department of Energy (DOE) has released two studies from the Co-Optimization of Engines & Fuels initiative (Co-Optima) (earlier post). The first study, Fuel Blendstocks with the Potential to Optimize Future Gasoline Engine Performance, identifies eight representative high-octane blendstocks across five chemical groups that could be blended into gasoline for better performance….

Paying Utilities For Performance

By John Farrell In most states with regulated, monopoly utilities, utilities are compensation based on two factors: energy sales and a return on capital spent, such as when they build a new power plant. Although energy efficiency standards have been layered on top of this model, the fundamental incentive for the utility remains “build things,…

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