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Services and maintenance: Lighting that performs
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Innovative facility managers are transforming decades-old conventional lighting systems into building intelligence and automation platforms that positively affect energy consumption, space utilization, and security. Because lighting is ubiquitous in interior commercial spaces, wired for power delivery, and often deployed in a pervasive, grid-like pattern, this building system offers a logical platform for the integration of several technologies into a single, comprehensive and cost-effective system. More

Swedish wind power may slow on price, subsidy
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Electricity prices and subsidies at current levels in Sweden may slow growth in wind power unless decision-makers boost targets, according to the Swedish Wind Energy Association. The nation needs to raise its political objectives for installing new wind power "if we are to avoid a steep slowdown in the construction of turbine capacity," Annika Helker Lundstroem, the association's managing director, said in an email. "Currently, low power prices and electricity-certificate subsidies offer no room for raising targets." More

Sunflowers inspire more efficient solar power system
University of Wisconsin-Madison News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A field of young sunflowers will slowly rotate from east to west during the course of a sunny day, each leaf seeking out as much sunlight as possible as the sun moves across the sky through an adaptation called heliotropism. It's a clever bit of natural engineering that inspired imitation from a UW-Madison electrical and computer engineer, who has found a way to mimic the passive heliotropism seen in sunflowers for use in the next crop of solar power systems. More

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AFE Foundation extends scholarship deadline for facilities engineers
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The AFE Foundation offers grants to support the professional development of facilities engineers and operations and maintenance professionals. Two types of grants are available, and the deadline for application for both has been extended to Sept. 1. Certification scholarships support application, attendance and examination at an AFE CPE, CPMM or CPS Certification Review Program. Awards are up to $2,000 and include a voucher for the course tuition and exam fees as well as travel expenses for the recipient. The AFE Foundation also provides travel grants of up to $1,000 for facilities professionals and students to attend AFE's Facilities America 2012 Education Forum, Sept. 10-12, in Arlington, Va. Applications are available on the Foundation's website. More

The HVAC factor: Energy recovery ventilation
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Studies have proven that outdoor air ventilation creates a healthful work environment. However, as these intake rates increase, so does the size, cost, and operating expense of the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system. Facility managers are therefore caught between two powerful forces: the need to lower energy costs and the need to meet or exceed outdoor air ventilation regulations for occupant health and comfort. More

SPEC Launching Process Engineering Forum
SPEC’s experience solving complex scale-up projects, regulatory compliance issues, and equipment specifications and installations provides a strong basis from which to host an engineering forum. MORE

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Green energy for Cape Cod Community College
The Associated Press via The Boston Globe    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
By the time students return to Cape Cod Community College in September, they could be working under lights powered by the sun. A large solar farm, several smaller photovoltaic arrays and an innovative wind energy project installed over the past five months on the college's West Barnstable campus are expected to save more than $100,000 a year in electricity costs, according to college officials. More

Is solar energy in your future?
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OK, so West Roxbury, Mass., isn't Southern California. We have lots of overcast days. Most winters, there's snow on the roof for at least a few weeks and rain for a few more weeks. Solar energy isn't for me, you're thinking. But think again, and consider this: We have much more sun than Germany, yet Germany has one of the highest solar adoption rates in the world. At an informative presentation this month at the Roche Family Community Center sponsored by Solarize Mass-Boston, West Roxbury residents heard plenty of good reasons to consider saving energy and money by going solar. More

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