Glacial Energy Blog

Battle of the Bulbs

Ever since February 2007, incandescent bulbs have been the target of legislation to phase them out of use by 2014. The reason for this phase out is simple: incandescent bulbs are severely inefficient. So that begs the question: What bulbs should we switch to? There are two possible answers to that question. And in this [...]

An Innovation in Energy Storage

When we think of energy storage, most people will think of batteries. Batteries store electricity and release it as necessary for a variety of devices, from cars to phones. But batteries aren’t the only method of storing energy. A reservoir located behind the Lewiston power plant at Niagara Falls stores 1900 acres worth of water [...]

The Benefits Going Organic

Today’s fruits and vegetables are often genetically altered. Think about seedless watermelons or even an ear of corn. Watermelons need seeds to become a plant to produce another melon to spread seeds. Seedless watermelons are genetically altered so they only end up producing very few, underdeveloped seeds. When the Pilgrims landed in the New World, [...]

Water Energy Innovations

California is facing a situation where up to 12,000 megawatts of electricity generation facilities will be retired or repurposed. However, the state’s water and wastewater facilities will be able to increase reliability while decreasing the need for centralized power plants and electricity demand. How can they do all this? Water Energy Innovations, Inc. has released [...]

Preventing Static Electricity Shocks

 ZAP! “Ouch!� We often experience static shocks throughout our lives. They happen when we open a door, brush a metal cabinet, or grab a wire. Sometimes it’s barely noticeable and other times it can hurt. Is there any way to avoid them? First, it’s important to understand what causes the static shocks. All materials have [...]

Which State is the Leader in Wind Energy?

Wind turbines can be found all over the country, dotting the landscape and swinging their massive blades through the air. By the end of 2012, the United States boasted a staggering 45,100 wind turbines, generating over 60,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity. This was also the first year where wind energy surpassed all other energy sources, [...]

The World’s Most Energy Efficient Building?

Many home and business owners are making an effort to have energy efficient buildings. They invest in new windows, smart thermostats they can control with a phone, properly insulate and weather strip, and reduce needless energy consumption. But, the Bullitt Center is a project of the Bullitt Foundation that will become a 50,000 square foot [...]

How Las Vegas is Using Solar Power

Las Vegas is a city of bright lights, fancy shows, sprawling deserts, and a brand new solar farm that will provide energy for a nearby waste water treatment plant. The 15,000 panel solar farm is densely packed into 25 acres of city land that was originally an empty strip of land serving as a buffer [...]

Which State is the Leader in Solar Energy?

Solar generated electricity is fast becoming a popular alternative energy production method. Many homes lay out solar panels on their roofs to capture the sun’s rays and turn that into clean, affordable energy. But, there’s one state where entire roofs are covered and some fields are home to long rows of obsidian and chrome colored [...]

The Driving Force behind LEDs

We all know Light Emitting Diodes, or LEDs, are energy efficient and bright light sources. With the rapid increase in LED usage, the world will be saving about $30 billion in energy costs by the year 2027. That’s equal to the annual output of 44 large power plants! Of all the electricity produced in the [...]

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