Arielle Campanalie Associate Editor // acampanalie@gie.net

I am one of those people who sleeps with her phone under the pillow. I don’t leave my bed in the morning until I’ve checked my email and various social media sites. I like to be in the know.

Sure, a lot of the time I’m bombarded with useless Kardashian gossip and Trump memes, but almost every morning, energy innovation beats me to my first cup of coffee.

New methods to improve wind turbine efficiency, solar cell manufacturability, oil drilling productivity, and countless other energy innovations flood my inbox through Google Alerts, Navigant Research studies, Department of Energy developments, and individual company advancements.

Giant leaps of faith are being made in this industry. For example, the University of Virginia, Sandia National Laboratories, and several other universities and government agencies are currently working on a design for an extreme-scale 50MW turbine prototype with blades longer than two football fields, pushing the limits of wind power output and offshore wind farms (page 24). The National Renewable Energy Laboratory just received a patent for an online monitoring method for solar and fuel cells (page 40). Maryland-based SolarWindow is developing technology for electricity-generating windows and products that work with natural and artificial light (page 36). And 3M is developing wind protection products to eliminate severe cases of wind turbine erosion that can lead to an annual energy production (AEP) loss (page 20).

Today’s Energy Solutions (TES) strives to inform its readers about the industry’s most current products and developments, and in order to cover these continuous breakthroughs, we added the “Energy Innovation” department (page 50.) In each issue, this section will spotlight one of the latest, cutting-edge manufacturing methods, technologies, or studies advancing the energy industry.

This issue’s “Energy Innovation” focuses on Berkeley Lab’s graphene-wrapped nanocrystal fuel cell that could improve performance for hydrogen-powered vehicles.

TES is constantly evolving and adapting to best provide information to its readers and to showcase technology innovations from energy industry manufacturers. Consider submitting your information to be featured in an upcoming issue to gain optimal exposure and highlight how your company is innovating. We’re always looking for feedback, and we’re here to help you get your word out. If your company has a product, method, or technology that is revolutionizing the energy industry, send me an email at acampanalie@gie.net to be considered for our new “Energy Innovations” department. – Arielle