912 Research and Development

Energy is the force that drives the economy, and energy choices shape our lifestyles and environmental quality. Research and development (R&D) is part of the continuum leading to demonstration and commercialization. It is important that the commitment of private R&D, federal R&D, and R&D sponsored by industry groups such as the Electric Power Research Institute and the Gas Research Institute for DG be continued and expanded. Obviously, if DG expects to compete with grid-supplied power, with or without regulatory assistance and with or without utility affiliate buy-in, it will do so primarily on the basis of its own economic viability. That viability will be materially assisted by a strong commitment to R&D. Research and development has played a vital role in virtually every technology that is now part of the electric infrastructure. When considering energy R&D budget priorities, policymakers should not short-change DG. However, there are disturbing trends indicating that this is starting to happen for a variety of reasons. Continued vigilance by proponents of DG is in order.*

Solar Stirling Engine Basics Explained

Solar Stirling Engine Basics Explained

The solar Stirling engine is progressively becoming a viable alternative to solar panels for its higher efficiency. Stirling engines might be the best way to harvest the power provided by the sun. This is an easy-to-understand explanation of how Stirling engines work, the different types, and why they are more efficient than steam engines.

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