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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Posts by This Writer

1 year 7 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Once the COP21 agreements are hammered out and signed, there will surely be celebration that the words point to commitments that whole world is finally taking the problem seriously and that the pace of progress will undoubtedly be increased. It won’t be perfect, but it will certainly be the best agreement we’ve had yet.

Then there will be the morning after, when the party’s over, when we all wake up and get back to work and try to figure out, what exactly are we going to do now. Let’s take a look at what some countries that, while clearly not the largest emitters, have taken action early and effectively, and...

1 year 7 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Mostly, we think of the Internet, the cloud and the explosion of mobile technology as things that save us energy: letting our fingers do the walking, avoiding unnecessary trips, being more precise when we do go looking for something, and buying online. And for the most part, that is the case. Those UPS trucks running up and down your street, even though they are bigger than anything you’re driving (I would hope), they are running a specific route that passes near your house anyway. That makes them more efficient...

1 year 8 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - In many ways, Africa has taken a technological leap over the rest of the world, with cell phones ubiquitously deployed and mobile payment system well entrenched. The only problem is that with all this great technology, there is hardly any place to plug it in.

Since most people are off the grid, they have to pay to charge their phones and the amount they pay is extremely high. According to Scientific American, it typically costs an African as much to charge their phone once as we would spend...

1 year 8 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Here is a great example of the changing of the guard in the energy sector. Concerns about air pollution, cost, and theft have led telecom companies in China to swap out their diesel generators and replace them with vanadium flow batteries as a power source for their rapidly expanding cellular network.

The company providing the batteries is Imergy Power Systems. I spoke with Imergy President and COO Tim Hennessey. He said that by...

1 year 8 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans_- Anyone who has ever taken a road trip has probably been surprised to see the difference in gas and diesel prices when going from state to state. In fact, if you were to look at prices right now, you would find that the average price of gas in the most expensive state, Hawaii, is 47% higher than that of the least expensive state, South Carolina, a difference of 92 cents.

However, if you were to take a drive around the world, you would...

1 year 8 months ago

The Greentopia Future Cities Summit, which took place in Rochester, NY, gave a thoughtful look at some of the potential opportunities for cities in the future, and what kinds of steps might be required to get us there. These were presented by a number of knowledgeable experts who have been considering these issues and developing approaches for some time.

Most of our cities were not so much designed in advance as thrown together somewhat haphazardly as populations grew. If there was a...

1 year 8 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Water is a resource that most of us take completely for granted. Thirsty? Just walk over to the sink and turn on the faucet; or head over to the fridge and grab a cold drink. Yet, there are an astonishing number of people in the developing world who could not even dream of doing such a thing. As many as 300 million Africans are living today without access to a dependable source of clean, safe water for drinking, cooking, washing, growing crops, or any of the essential things we use water for every day. Therefore, sustainable access to clean water is a catalyst for development across the African continent. Now, a...

1 year 9 months ago

(3Bl Media/Justmeans) - Our energy system is undergoing a massive amount of change. Whether it’s converting coal plants to natural gas, incorporating intermittent renewable sources like solar and wind farms, or dealing with demand management or distributed generation from residential rooftop solar; our traditional grid and its operators are experiencing a great deal of stress.

A new tool, which is really an old tool that was buried deep in the toolbox, is offering improved capability for managing these changes with a number of additional fringe benefits. That tool is the microgrid.

In truth, microgrids have been around since the...

1 year 9 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Other than a few backward-looking politicians in Washington and their followers, most of us are well past arguing over whether the world is dramatically and fundamentally changing, and are onto the next thing, which is: what are we going to do about it? Resilience has become the next mindset supply stop on the road to the future. Whether it’s businesses or communities, this is the thing that is going to be most needed going forward.

The Global Resilience Partnership (GRP) was founded in 2014 to pursue this idea with a vision of “new solutions for new realities...

1 year 10 months ago

This year’s World Economic Forum announced a number of companies that they designated as Technology Pioneers in three categories: Information Technology, Life Sciences & Health, and Energy Environment & Infrastructure. Fourteen of these were in the last category, several of which have some very innovative and potentially significant products.

For example, Blue River Technology has developed smart machines that deploy a highly sophisticated form of targeted agriculture that can...