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Cooling Down Chicago: How Green and Cool Roofs Could Impact Urban Climate

June 1, 2016 - in Buildings, Corporate, Energy

More than 50 percent of today’s population lives in cities. According to the United Nations Development Programme, that number is predicted to rise to 70 percent by 2050. Growing urbanization increases the overall temperature of a city as buildings, roads,…

Study Could Help Cities Improve Tree Planting

May 27, 2016 - in Corporate, Maintenance

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Heat from city sidewalks, streets, and parking lots, along with insect pests, can damage trees planted in urban landscapes. Thus,…

Generating Power from Wastewater in Italy

December 14, 2015 - in Corporate, Energy, Wastewater

In the European DEMOSOFC project, Convion Ltd and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd will demonstrate fuel cell systems for high-efficiency…

Heat Accelerates Dry in California Drought

May 29, 2015 - in Corporate, Supply, Water

Although record low precipitation has been the main driver of one of the worst droughts in California history, abnormally high temperatures have also played an important role in amplifying its adverse effects, according to a recent study by the U.S. Geological…

Sewer Heat Recovery Provides Low-Cost Recycled Energy

October 24, 2012 - in Energy, Feature, Featured, Water

In every urban area, heat that humans have generated to shower, wash clothes, cook, and so on flows underground — in the sewers, making them very warm. Today, sewers represent the largest source of heat leakage in buildings. Even toilet water, which is at…

Will 2012 Be the Summer of Smart Grid to the Rescue?

July 4, 2012 - in Energy

From heat waves and thunderstorms to worker lockouts and emergency nuclear plant shutdowns, the summer of 2012 is shaping up to be a tough one for U.S. utilities. That, in turn, could give new smart grid deployments a chance to prove whether or not they’re…