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Good Vibrations

By Shane Sweet In February, I received an invite to attend an energy symposium at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute “RPI” in Troy New York.  The event, sponsored and offered by the New York State Center for Future Energy Systems, a.k.a. “CFES,” focused on energy materials, device development and testing, and systems engineering. At first blush the invitation struck me as ...

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2015 AHR Expo Sets Chicago Attendance Record

The 2015 AHR Expo claimed the title for the best-attended event ever held in Chicago. Preliminary figures for the world’s largest HVACR marketplace show that more than 61,000 total attendees, including 42,400 visitors, participated in the 2015 AHR Expo, January 26 – 28, at McCormick Place. According to Clay Stevens, President of International Exposition Company, five Chicago records were shattered ...

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The 2015 National Biodiesel Conference and Expo Recap

NBB-Show

The end of 2014 delivered two powerful shocks to the transportation fuels sector. First, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries refused to decrease production to offset reduced demand, leading to the lowest oil prices in years. Then, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it would finish the year without setting annual federal renewable fuels volume requirements for gasoline and ...

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Catching Rays: Oil Dealer, Entrepreneur Team Up to Sell Solar

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By Stephen Bennett Arden Steiner, a fuel oil dealer, and Dries van Wagenberg, an entrepreneur active in the petroleum industry, share a sunny outlook about their new venture. They are partners in a distribution company, Rayviance, that is marketing a solar-powered system of the same name for space heating and domestic hot water. Steiner, a principal in Affordable Fuels, a ...

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A Matter of Degrees: How Tank Temp affects Bacteria Growth

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By Stephen Bennett A sharp difference in the temperature of fuel in a large tank and fuel being added to that tank can spell w-a-t-e-r, reported Brian Savage of Savage Associates, a bulk plant system designer based in Martinsville, N.J. “If there is a major difference in the temperature between B100 and diesel fuel or heating oil we see a ...

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Residential Solar Electricity Installations Growing

Residential solar installations have grown in 18 of the last 19 quarters, reports a solar industry trade group. The United States installed 1,354 megawatts of solar photovoltaics in the third quarter of 2014, up 41% over the same period last year, according to the U.S. Solar Market Insight Report, prepared by GTM Research, a research and consulting firm, and the ...

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NBB: Biodiesel Quality Exceeds Specs in Testing

Quality concerns have long been addressed with bioproducts, and the appropriate testing ensures they meet common standards with other products. That is the case with lubricants, and, of course, that is the case with fuel. Testing of fuel from more than 30 randomly selected retail stations throughout Minnesota showed biodiesel blends exceeding quality parameters set by the industry, according to ...

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Gas Conversions: The Hidden Costs

Charles-Bursey

Over the years, most of us have become too familiar with the words gas conversion. Contractors are hearing that their customers have decided (rightly or wrongly) that either LP or natural gas offers a better value, compared to other fuels they have purchased over several heating seasons. The equipment marketers are also promoting higher efficiency heating equipment that is cleaner ...

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