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Photo Friday: Electric Utilities for the Household

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

This Westinghouse advertisement was published in The Literary Digest on November 30, 1918. The text reads as follows: Westinghouse ELECTRIC UTILITIES FOR THE HOUSEHOLD Fuel and Labor Many are the steps that electrical appliances save, and many the tasks they lighten. More important, however, under present day conditions are the saving of feel and the releasing of labor which electricity is everywhere... 

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Photo Friday: Electric Utilities for the Household

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This Westinghouse advertisement was published in The Literary Digest on November 30, 1918. The text reads as follows: Westinghouse ELECTRIC UTILITIES FOR THE HOUSEHOLD Fuel and Labor Many are the steps that electrical appliances save, and many the tasks they lighten. More important, however, under present day conditions are the saving of feel and the releasing of labor which electricity is everywhere... Read More

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Photo Friday: Transporting Nuclear Waste

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The Transuranic Package Transporter (TRUPACT-II) is a specialized tractor-trailor used for radioactive waste. The design for the containers in this rig was originally approved by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission for use in 1989. In this photograph, the TRUPACT-II is shown entering the U.S. Department of Energy’s nuclear waste isolation pilot plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, New Mexico. Photo... Read More

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Photo Friday: El Segundo Steam Station (December 1968)

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This photograph is a part of the online photography exhibit “Form and Landscape,” a collaborative project from William Deverell and Greg Hise. In this exhibit, Deverell and Hise share some of the more than 70,000 photos currently held by The Huntington Library in their Southern California Edison archive. These archives document the electrification of the greater Los Angeles area, with photographs... Read More

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Photo Friday: Beer for Biofuels

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Algae-based biofuels offer a potential solution to many of the concerns related to corn-based biofuels in the United States, including the food-versus-fuel debate. In Colorado, Superior Ecotech has developed technology that grows algae using the carbon dioxide released through brewing beer. The team’s hoped to use their algae oils to produce cost-effective and sustainable biofuels. After winning... Read More

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Photo Friday: Student team doubles the capacity of existing solar arrays

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The integrated circuit design pictured above was designed by Unified Solar, a student lead team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who won the regional price of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition at the MIT Clean Energy Prize at the end of April. The team claims that their design will double the average energy capture for solar arrays with... Read More

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Photo Friday: Order Coal Now (1918)

This poster of a man shoveling coal from a cart was created by J.C. Leyendecker for the Saturday Evening Post magazine. It was created with sponsorship from the United States Federal Fuel Administration. This World War I era agency that was orginally established in 1917 via the Food and Fuel Control Act, in part to address concerns over winter fuel shortages with responsibilities including setting... Read More

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Photo Friday: Supercharged microbattery used to track salmon around the world

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This photograph is of a microbattery created by scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Used to monitor the movements of salmon through rivers, this microbattery can store  twice the amount energy compared to previous designs in the same size package. This cylindrical battery is slightly larger than a long grain of rice and is used to monitor the movements of salmon through rivers... Read More

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Photo Friday: 220KV Oil Circuit Breakers at Redondo Steam Plant, 1948

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The first Redondo Beach Steam Power Plant came online in 1907. This $1.25 million power plant was operated until 1933 – it was then taken offline, dismantled, bought/sold, and rebuilt, coming online again in 1948 as a part of Southern California Edison’s power fleet. This photograph was taken in 1948 and is now a part of the online photography exhibit “Form and Landscape,” a collaborative... Read More

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Photo Friday: A living laboratory for net-zero homes (California)

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This picture is of the user interface screen of the home’s energy management system in the new Honda Smart Home in California. Located in the West Village at the University of California, Davis, this 1,922 square foot home includes a 9.5 kW rooftop solar panel array and an electric vehicle with 10 kWh of battery storage, two key components in facilitating net-zero (or even net-negative) electricity... Read More

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Senate bill shines light on the energy-water nexus

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In the United States, 410 billion gallons of water are withdrawn for use each day. Almost half (49%) of this water is used by the power sector. On the other side, more than 12%of the nation’s energy use is used to meet the country’s water and steam demand. In other words – a lot of water is used for energy and significant energy is used for water. This concept is at the core of a new... Read More