RP Siegel

RP Siegel
RP Siegel, author and inventor, shines a powerful light on numerous environmental and technological topics. He has been published in business and technical journals and has written three books. His third, co-authored with Roger Saillant, is Vapor Trails, an eco-thriller that is being adapted for the big screen. RP is a professional engineer – and a prolific inventor, with 50 patents, numerous awards, and several commercial products. He is president of Rain Mountain LLC and is an active environmental advocate in his hometown of Rochester, N.Y. In addition to Justmeans, he writes for Triple Pundit, ThomasNet News, and Energy Viewpoints, occasionally contributing to Mechanical Engineering, Strategy + Business, and Huffington Post. You can follow RP on Twitter, @RPSiegel.
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4 years 57 min ago

The increasing generation of electricity from rooftop solar panels has had an impact on the utility industry, and it’s one they’re not particularly happy about. A recent paper by the Edison Electric Institute, entitled “Disruptive Challenges,” sounds dire warnings about what this could mean for their future. Solar energy burns a hole in the prime time peak power sold during the day, when the air conditioning load is highest. That is when utilities charge the highest rates and when they use the most of their capacity. It’s also when they get...

4 years 1 week ago

(3Bl Media/Justmeans) - One question that has been holding back the expansion of wind and solar energy is, “what happens when the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine?”

Traditional sources of energy: oil, gas and coal, are not just energy sources but they are also storage mediums. We take for granted that when you have gasoline in your tank or coal piled outside your power plant, you can use it whenever you want. But these two functions,” source and storage, do not necessarily come together. Flowing sources like sunshine or wind come without storage. The same is true for electricity.

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