RP Siegel

RP Siegel
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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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Rochester
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Posts by This Writer

4 years 3 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...


4 years 3 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...


4 years 4 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...


4 years 4 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) -A scientific report published last month in the journal Nature reveals the fact that our planet has already experienced measurable changes in its very makeup as the result of anthropogenic climate change. Authors Duo Chan & Qigang Wu, both of Nanjing University, looked at the distribution of land area among the major Köppen climate classes. These classes, which were introduced in 1928, divide the Earth into five climatic regions, based...


4 years 4 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - With all the turmoil in the financial markets  recently, it’s not easy to focus on a long term issue like climate change. But there is a connection that might surprise you. Across the pond, we are seeing some things that tie the two together. German utilities RWE AG and EON SE that deliver energy the old fashioned way are among the worst market performers. At the same time, Danish turbine maker Vestas Wind Systems A/S is close to the top. That certainly seems to say something about the...


4 years 5 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - There was more big news on the environmental front last week, as the Obama administration announced the EPA’s new rules that regulate methane emissions from oil and gas production.

This is part of the administration’s overall plan to tighten up all sources of greenhouse gas emissions. While methane, which is the principal components of natural gas, is emitted in much smaller quantities than carbon dioxide, its heat-trapping capability is considerably higher than CO2. As Justmeans contributor Antonio Pasolini pointed out in this ...


4 years 5 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - A recent report by Zheng Haibin, a professor at Peking University highlights the potential impact of climate change China’s national security. Haibin claims that climate change will endanger China’s defense and damage critical strategic infrastructure. Specifically, he called out several vulnerabilities:

  • Reduced rainfall and...

4 years 5 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Fallout from the Obama administration’s new Clean Power Plan (CPP), outside of the political arena, has been surprisingly positive. Back in December, when the plan was still a work in progress, a group of 232 companies signed a letter in support of the plan. The group pointed out that while some energy input costs might rise in the short term, other critical costs items, like food and water, stand to increase far more over time, if...


4 years 5 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - You would think that Arizona, with its vast expanses of desert and abundant sunshine would be one of the best places in the US for solar power. Geographically speaking, you would be correct, but unfortunately. that is not the whole story. While daytime sun shines almost continuously there, politics in the state have cast some dark clouds that threaten to put a drag on the state’s acceptance of this clean energy source.

While adoption of solar energy is heating up all around the country, something else that seems to be particularly warm in Arizona are the relations between utility companies and state...


4 years 5 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Rhode Island, the smallest state in the US, is only 48 miles long. However, it has 400 miles of coastline, which has been essential to its economy. As the nation searches for new, clean sources of energy, and while neighboring Massachusetts, has seen its Cape Wind offshore wind project mired in legal battles, the tiny Ocean State is quietly moving forward with a project of its own.

On July 26th, work began on the foundation structures for a small offshore wind farm off...


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