March 18, 2015

Once in a while you have an opportunity to meet someone who changes the way you think about what's possible.  Celeste Fay is a Senior Engineer at Alden Labs in Holden, MA.  She is to water flow what Donald Trump is to comb-overs. She oozes savvy about hydrology, hydrop...

March 18, 2015

There is one analytic that should draw the eyeball immediately, in any discussion of high- or low-carbon energy initiatives. Levelized cost of energy, or LCOE, is an economic assessment of the cost to build and operate a power-generating asset over its lifetime divided...

March 15, 2015

One of the realities of this business is that you get only paid for the kilowatt-hours that go into the grid. Period. Any losses you experience on the outboard side of the meter might as well be the sound of one hand clapping, as far as the utility is concerned.


With t...

March 15, 2015

Today we christened our first experiment in the UNH Ocean Lab long turbine test tank. A small toast to Poseidon, then back to the desk for a lot more hard work!!




March 13, 2015


It's the informal motto of the Navy SEALs: Proper Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance.  


Getting wave and tidal power machines to efficiently deliver power into the grid requires multiple stages of testing, with each one a step closer toward deploying devi...

March 3, 2015

Today we journeyed to Marion, MA, where we had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with John Miller to talk about tidal power.  


He knows a guy, and then some.


Seriously, John is the Executive Director of the Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative of New England...

March 3, 2015



The first thing we noticed in Ben Brickett’s shop was a waiting pot of coffee.  The second through 30th things were all manner of wind and water energy-harvesting devices in varying states of repair.  Ben lives in Eliot, Maine, across the estuary from the University...

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