Energy Efficiency

ChapGTP & DALL-E generated panoramic image of a chemical processing plant covered in circuitry and pulsing with electricity

Decarbonizing Industrial Heat Means Electrifying It — Transcript of Podcast With Paul Martin

Recently I sat down virtually with professional chemical process engineer Paul Martin of Spitfire Research on my podcast Redefining Energy – Tech to discuss how much industrial heat can be replaced with electrical heat technologies (tl’dr: virtually all of it directly). In the theme of providing transcripts of presentations I’m … [continued]

ORNL has created publicly available data sets about projected energy use for all U.S. buildings through 2100 under different climate change scenarios, enhanced with a free visualization tool. Credit: Andy Sproles/ORNL, U.S. Dept. of Energy.

Building Energy Around Changing Climate

County-level data reveals climate impact on future building energy use Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed free data sets to estimate how much energy any building in the contiguous U.S. will use in 2100. These data sets provide planners a way to anticipate future energy needs as the climate … [continued]

ChatGPT & DALL-E generated landscape-orientation abstract image of a large learning model spitting out a cloud of green answers

No, AI Queries & Images Aren’t Carbon Bombs, So Stop Hyperventilating

Regular readers will either appreciate or hate that for roughly 20 months I’ve been decorating my articles and presentations with images generated by artificial intelligence algorithms. I’m not going to address the full range of reasons, but will just do some basic math on the electricity use to get a … [continued]

Illustration of an energy-efficient secondary glazing system being installed in a commercial building with minimal disruption Graphic by Al Hicks, NREL

U.S. Department of Energy Announces National Definition of a Zero Emissions Building

New Definition Will Help Nation Achieve President Biden’s Clean Energy and Climate Goals While Lowering Energy Costs, Cutting Air Pollution, and Creating Good-Paying Jobs WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) last week announced a National Definition of a Zero Emissions Building to advance public and private sector efforts … [continued]

ORNL researcher Nolan Hayes uses the real-time building evaluator to provide builders with precise panel installation measurements to speed up the construction of a two-story building on the National Mall before the start of the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development’s Innovation Housing Showcase. Credit: Diana Hun, ORNL/U.S. Dept. of Energy

ORNL Demonstrates Affordable, Energy Efficient, Low-Carbon Building Technologies on National Mall During HUD Innovation Housing…

Building innovations from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory were on display in Washington, D.C. on the National Mall June 7 to June 9, 2024, during the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s, or HUD’s,  Innovation Housing Showcase. For the first time, ORNL’s real-time building evaluator was … [continued]

Aurora Solar Announces Whole Home Energy Management: Expanding Beyond Solar to Address Homeowners’ Electrification &…

Aurora Solar powers the energy revolution with proposals for whole home electrification, energy efficiency, and solar-plus-storage proposals. SAN FRANCISCO — Aurora Solar, the leading platform for solar sales and design, today unveiled new tools designed from the ground up to empower solar professionals to estimate a homeowner’s holistic electrification and energy … [continued]

Midjourney-generated image of energy flows around the globe.

5G & Microgrids Might Be a Great Match

NREL Explores Setup and Security of 5G for Microgrids With a 5G Sandbox Whether it is coincidence or careful planning, the infrastructures of both power systems and telecommunications are heading in a similar direction: toward the edge. Solar panels on a roof are like 5G towers in a neighborhood—in both … [continued]

Photo from Bruno Grunau, NREL

Director of NREL’s Alaska Campus Ice Breaker: Q&A With Director of NREL’s Alaska Campus

Originally a mechanical engineer, Bruno Grunau now spends his days testifying before Congress, meeting regularly with the Alaska governor’s office, and learning from Alaska’s utilities, communities, and Indigenous people whose ancestors have lived here for thousands of years. Grunau is the regional director of Applied Research for Communities in Extreme … [continued]