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Winston Engineering to become Border States Engineering Services

We’re thrilled to announce that Winston Engineering, Inc. is joining forces with Border States! The acquisition will be finalized on March 1st, marking the beginning of a new chapter for us. Rest assured, even with the transition, our commitment to providing top-notch service remains unwavering. Under a new name and improved processes, we’re geared up […]

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Advancing Through Emerging Tech: How ECs can successfully use A.I. in business

The article highlights concerns about the accuracy of information related to electrical safety, arc flash, and NFPA 70E found in articles, especially those generated by artificial intelligence (A.I.) applications. The author notes instances of incorrect or outdated information, potentially sourced from unreliable sources on the internet or A.I. programs. Examples include inaccurate statements about OSHA

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Solar Panels Popularity Generates Concerns About Recycling

The solar photovoltaic (PV) market has grown significantly, leading to concerns about the potential increase in solar panel waste. Most solar panels are made in China with a life expectancy of 25-30 years, and the majority of those currently in use were installed in the last decade. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) estimates that

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Researchers Are Using New Method to Recycle Old Batteries

Researchers at Rice University have developed a new method for recycling precious metals such as cobalt and nickel from spent batteries. The process, called flash Joule heating, involves subjecting battery waste to extremely high temperatures for a brief time, allowing for a more efficient and sustainable recovery of valuable metals. The method has proven effective

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Winter Power Generation at Risk

The North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) released its 2023-24 winter outlook, warning that more than half of the United States and parts of Canada could face power shortages during the winter. The report cites a combination of extreme weather conditions and insufficient natural gas infrastructure as potential causes for the shortages. Approximately 180 million

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Energy Emissions From Coal Drop as Renewables Grow

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its Short-Term Energy Outlook in November 2023, revealing positive trends in the fight against global warming. The report indicates a 3% decrease in U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2023 compared to 2022. This decline is attributed to lower electricity generation from coal-fired power plants and increased

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Midea Unveils Stark Awareness Gap in Heat Pump Technology Among Homeowners and Contractors

Midea reveals a significant awareness gap in heat pump technology among homeowners and contractors, according to a recent survey. More than half of homeowners lack full awareness of heat pumps and their capabilities, hindering widespread adoption. The survey, conducted by Atomik Research, indicates a need for broader awareness to make heat pumps mainstream across America.

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Unlocking the Bright Side of Black Mass in Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling

Barry Perlmutter explores the positive potential of black mass, the byproduct of lithium-ion battery production, in this insightful article. Focused on innovations in drying technologies, the piece details the crucial role of efficient processing and drying in recycling lithium-ion batteries. Black mass contains valuable materials, including cathode and anode active materials, as well as residual

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Form Energy Receives $30M from CEC for 100-Hour Iron-Air Battery Storage Project to Support Grid Reliability

Form Energy secures a $30 million grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC) for its 5 MW/500 MWh iron-air battery storage project. The initiative, located at the Pacific Gas and Electric Company substation in Mendocino County, aims to enhance grid reliability by continuously discharging energy for up to 100 hours. Operating on the principles of

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Volvo to Test Biomass Burning for Electric-Machine Charging

Volvo explores innovative off-grid charging with the BioCharger, a portable machine developed in collaboration with Air Burners. Burning biomass waste, such as wood, the BioCharger minimizes particulate emissions, converting residual heat energy into electricity stored in a Battery Storage Module. This eco-conscious solution enables fast-charging for electric vehicles and construction machinery in off-grid locations. The

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