Applying energy-efficient strategies to research EDC Magazine The purpose of the Center for Applied Energy Research at the University of Kentucky-Lexington is to pursue new and beneficial energy strategies in the biofuels, solar energy and lithium battery research fields. This 43,156-square-foot LEED registered, and targeting LEED Gold, facility was created to promote and develop new energy efficiency strategies by focusing on those three distinct research areas. In addition to the research laboratories, the building also has two Class 10,000 and one Class 1,000 Cleanrooms and a 0.5 percent RH Drylab for lithium battery manufacturing.
Solar power grows 400 percent in only 4 years ClearWire via Scientific American Driven by an explosion in photovoltaics, the U.S. solar sector has emerged "from a relatively small contributor to the nation's total electric capacity into a one of comparative significance," the Energy Information Administration reported in its latest Electricity Monthly Update.
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Indoor lighting and its effect on emotions By Jeannea Jones Lighting levels impact many aspects of human performance such as vision, cognition and mood, thus the effects on productivity in the workplace or learning in a classroom environment cannot be dismissed without impact. According to research, the way a room is lit can affect decision-making, with bright light affecting our emotional system and acting as a possible catalyst for more intense emotions. Facility managers should evaluate the lighting levels in different settings — industrial, commercial, residential or academic — in order to strike the right balance.
Exterior lighting and controls: Problems and solutions BUILDINGS Making light of exterior lighting and controls is a mistake. This vital aspect of facilities management is essential to providing a secure and inviting building. Due diligence helps you select a proper system that can include architectural and security lighting and a bevy of controls.
GE invests $24 million in India's biggest solar-power plant Bloomberg General Electric Co. is investing $24 million in India's largest solar-power plant, drawn by what it called the technology's "incredible potential" in the nation. The investment by GE's financial services unit in Welspun Energy Ltd.'s 151-megawatt photovoltaic plant is the U.S. company's first in the local solar industry. GE said that it plans to invest more than $1 billion a year globally in renewable projects that promise "very significant returns."
Group: Energy-efficiency mandates would save $4 billion by 2025 Columbus Business First Ohio's energy-efficiency programs would save customers $4.1 billion by 2025 and would have saved customers $1 billion so far, says one of the main opponents of the state Senate’s efforts to freeze energy efficiency and alternative energy standards.
12 ultra-efficient lighting strategies BUILDINGS You don't always need a flashy renovation or a deep retrofit that requires gutting your building to boost energy efficiency. Sometimes the best things come in small packages — like these strategies by practicing FMs and green experts.
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