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Dan Lunt

Dan Lunt
Dan has over 30 years in business management including software development and marketing, power quality, and energy efficiency technologies. He currently serves as the COO of Summa Energy Solutions.

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Reduce Dependence on the Grid by Enhancing Solar with CoGen.

[fa icon='calendar'] Oct 13, 2017 9:34:57 AM / by Dan Lunt posted in Solar, Alternative Power, Power Generation, Natural Gas, Energy Leadership, CHP, Microturbine

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Kudos to the Builders and Makers!

[fa icon='calendar'] Sep 4, 2017 8:41:30 PM / by Dan Lunt posted in Measurement & Verification, US Economy, Labor

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The nature of labor in our world is constantly changing but one thing remains constant - without laborers, we would have no highways, trains, planes or automobiles, electronic devices, buildings, furniture, food, clothing, computer software, tv programming,  health care, and the list goes on and on. Everything we have to improve our quality of life, comes from the labor of hard-working and intelligent people.

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Absorption Chillers: The Basics

[fa icon='calendar'] Aug 31, 2017 1:10:37 PM / by Dan Lunt posted in cogen, HVAC, chillers, efficiency

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Vapor Compressor vs. Absorption

Most of us are at least somewhat familiar with the basic concept of vapor compressor refrigeration. This process is typically used in refrigerators and freezers, and room and building air conditioning units. A refrigerant gas is compressed and pumped through a condenser circuit where it condenses into a liquid and releases heat in the process. The condenser generally consists of a set of coils that allow for efficient heat transfer aided by a fan that helps carry the heat away into the surrounding air. In larger commercial systems, the heat might be carried away through a water cooling system. 

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Solar's Missing Muscle.

[fa icon='calendar'] Aug 16, 2017 10:59:00 AM / by Dan Lunt posted in Power Quality, Reactive Energy, Power Bills, Solar, Alternative Power, Power Generation

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Robust Power.

There is a form of “robustness” inherent in AC power generated by rotating electro-magnetic fields (spinning generators). Those magnetic fields are a form of very short-term power storage that can fluctuate in reaction to changing loads. This is one form of reactive power or VAR (Volts-Amps-Reactive). VAR provides a level of stability to the power and adds a component of muscle to the power which enhances its transportability across distances.

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Energy Data Made Easy

[fa icon='calendar'] Aug 11, 2017 11:09:00 AM / by Dan Lunt posted in Power Bills, Energy Analytics, Vitality, Energy Monitoring Systems, energy management

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Sometimes it feels like we are drowning in data. This can be discouraging but there has been great progress recently in tools to help with this data.

When it comes to energy data, your bills can be a great source, but how do you make that data useful? And what if the bills don't tell you everything you want to know? This article discusses the challenges and offers some great advice.

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Load Balancing: Why and How?

[fa icon='calendar'] Jul 20, 2017 3:25:45 PM / by Dan Lunt posted in Demand, Energy Monitoring Systems, Energy Savings, Load Balancing

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The importance of balance comes up in many contexts these days. Behavioral professionals speak of work-life balance. Mechanical engineers employ counter balancing shafts in motorcycle engines to reduce vibration. Airlines carefully fill seats to assure that the airplane's balance point is preserved.

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Here's To Courage, to Freedom, and to Hope!

[fa icon='calendar'] Jul 4, 2017 7:16:00 AM / by Dan Lunt posted in Liberty & Justice, Peace, Human Rights

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I love our country. I love all of the good things our country stands for, and I'm grateful that our founding fathers had the courage to stand up to King George III and demand our independence. The risk of being hanged for treason made their actions even more remarkable. I'm also grateful for their wisdom as they set up a form of government that was as revolutionary as the war they were fighting. It has served us pretty well over the years.

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Save Money on Energy Through Retro-Commissioning

[fa icon='calendar'] Jun 28, 2017 2:48:37 PM / by Dan Lunt posted in Energy Consumption, Program & Commission, Energy Analytics, Energy Monitoring Systems

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We often hear references to "retro-commissioning," and if you're like many people, you've probably wondered what it means and how it might benefit your organization.

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Why You Need Energy Baselines and How To Get Them.

[fa icon='calendar'] Jun 23, 2017 10:04:00 AM / by Dan Lunt posted in Power Bills, Metering, Energy Analytics, Energy Monitoring Systems

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Energy consumption baselines are an essential part of any measurement and verification effort. Without a baseline, you really don't know where you started, and if you don't know where you started, you can't know how much progress you've made.

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Measurement & Verification: Does it Matter?

[fa icon='calendar'] Jun 15, 2017 2:00:00 PM / by Dan Lunt posted in ROI, Measurement & Verification, Energy Analytics, Energy Monitoring Systems, ECMs

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Evaluation, Measurement & Verification or simply Measurement & Verification ("M&V") is an increasingly important part of the energy manager's job responsibilities.

Millions of dollars are being spent on energy conservation measures ("ECMs"). These might include localized generation utilizing solar, wind or cogeneration

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