3D Printing and the Energy Opportunity

While the term “disruptive technology” is used way too often to describe energy innovations, 3D printing has the potential to make significant manufacturing and cost savings contributions to the energy industry. Researchers have used 3D printing technology to print an entire jet engine (pictured). NASA is exploring the use of 3D printing, …

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Microgrids: Motivation and Markets

What are the factors driving the development of microgrids worldwide and how large is the market expected to grow? The Australian Broadcasting Corp recently aired a Radio National Future Tense program exploring the economic, technical, and policy issues of microgrid adoption. Microgrids: hyper-distributed power features Dawn Santoianni discussing microgrids in …

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What Are Microgrids?

In the wake of extensive electrical outages from various hurricanes and storms, including Hurricane Sandy, the state of Connecticut set aside $15 million bond funding for a pilot program that encourages towns and communities to develop microgrids. Microgrids are self-sustained electrical networks that have their own power generating sources and …

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