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  • Microgrids Boost Renewable Energy Roll-Out

    Posted by Rob McAtee, Vice President, Director of Energy and Sustainability Services

    Microgrids Boost Renewable Energy Roll-Out

    It seems every journal I open gives at least a mention to microgrids. Whether in the context of renewable energy, resiliency, or infrastructure, microgrids are hailed as being the solution to our energy concerns. You see promises to implement them ...

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  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) in Data Centers

    Posted by Coles Jennings, Building Sciences Studio Manager

    Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) in Data Centers

    Since we’re in the digital mood today, here’s a less-than-140-character introduction to computational fluid dynamics (CFD): CFD takes a very complex fluid dynamics problem and breaks it up into tiny chunks that computers can solve.

    We don’t ...

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  • Data Center Energy Consumption

    Posted by Coles Jennings, Building Sciences Studio Manager

    Data Center Energy Consumption

    The digital revolution is here, and data is taking over. Human existence is being condensed, chronicled, and calculated, one bit at a time, in our servers and tapes. From several perspectives this is a good thing, as it allows us ...

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  • The Decreasing Cost of Solar Photovoltaic Systems

    Posted by Rob McAtee, Vice President, Director of Energy and Sustainability Services

    The Decreasing Cost of Solar Photovoltaic Systems

    It's a common belief in some corners that photovoltaic (PV) systems are "incredibly expensive" and "have a payback of more than 25 years." While in many regions of the country, the cost of power produced by PV may still ...

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  • Celebrating Earth Day 2015

    Posted by Rob McAtee, Vice President, Director of Energy and Sustainability Services

    Celebrating Earth Day 2015

    This Earth Day, I want to take time to highlight some of the strides that have been made in energy efficiency and sustainability.

    We’ve made a conscious effort to help our clients improve energy productivity, reliability, and overall sustainability ...

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    Category: Innovation

  • Transforming Sustainable Designs into Resilient Designs

    Posted by Chet Knaup, Senior Energy Engineer/Sustainability Coordinator

    Transforming Sustainable Designs into Resilient Designs

    It is hard to believe that sustainability has been the focus of innovative designs for nearly 22 years*. The run has been fulfilling and demanding, but it has me thinking what’s the next challenge or the new hurdle to ...

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    Category: Design

  • The Rise of Direct Current

    Posted by Rob McAtee, Vice President, Director of Energy and Sustainability Services

    The Rise of Direct Current

    Just about every discussion of alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) starts with the great debate between Thomas Edison (advocating for DC), and Nikola Tesla, who was ultimately successful in showing that AC was the better choice for large-scale ...

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    Category: Innovation