About Tom Lombardo
Tom Lombardo
Tom Lombardo is an engineer, a professor, and an "armchair philosopher." He holds technical degrees in electronics and computer science, as well as a doctorate in instructional technology. Tom teaches engineering, microcontrollers, and sustainable energy systems. In his spare time he makes somewhat recognizable sounds with an acoustic guitar. Tom and his wife Lisa hope to someday retire in a secluded off-the-grid house.

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Bright New Ideas in LED Lighting
Put on your shades; the future of LED lighting is bright!
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EV Batteries Get Second Life with Energy Storage
A new life for used EV batteries: commercial energy storage
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Shipping Company Takes Rotor Sail for a Spin
A rotor sail can reduce fuel costs by 20%. Will more shipping companies take it for a spin?
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Award-Winning Robot Goes Where No Person Can Fit
This robot sprays insulation under floors, reducing heat loss by 80%.
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A Watt Saved Is a Watt Generated
Energy Management allows consumers to control their electric usage and save money through time-of-da...
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Engineering Students Design Hybrid Emergency Power Generator
This student-designed power system runs on renewable energy. How does it compare to a gasoline-power...
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Tesla and Edison Reconciled: An AC/DC Microgrid
AC won the war of electrical currents, but DC is making a comeback!
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Tesla's Powerwall by the Numbers
Tesla announced a battery unit for home energy storage. Let’s cut through the hype and look at some ...
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Smart Charging Your Electric Car? There’s an App for That
A new electric vehicle charger and app will help integrate EVs onto the grid and allow EV owners to ...
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Historic Building Gets Net-Zero Energy Overhaul
A century-old building in Iowa generates more energy than it uses, thanks to the engineering firm th...
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Megawatt Electric Car to Pike’s Peak: Challenge Accepted
No electric car has ever won the Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb. Drive eO plans to change that...
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Visualize Grid-Level Energy Storage with GEMS4
The GEMS4 Energy Storage Platform includes a simulator and a 3D monitoring platform that allows engi...
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AORA Concentrated Solar Power: A Scalable Solution
The AORA Tulip is a concentrated solar power option for microgrids, small communities, and distribut...
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Can Tesla Compete with This Flow Battery?
Can Li-ion batteries outperform flow batteries in non-mobile applications?
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Siemens 7MW Offshore Wind Turbine: Internal Changes Lead to Increased Performance
Sometimes a few minor changes can bring about a significant improvement in performance. Case in poin...
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How Does This Record-Breaking Solar Module Work?
Cogenra announced a record-breaking solar module made with a patent-pending process. I dug into the ...
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Designer Yeast Makes Renewable Jet Fuel
Engineers at Amyris are making renewable jet fuel out of sugar cane. Sweet!
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How Much Wind Energy Can the Dutch Windwheel Harness?
The Dutch Windwheel sports a unique look and sustainable features. But is its innovative wind power ...
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Quick and Dirty Solar Energy Estimating Tool
Before paying for a detailed site analysis, clients can use this free online tool that instantly det...
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Rooftop Wind Turbines: Are They Worthwhile?
Rooftop wind turbines offer a promise of clean energy at low cost. Do the numbers agree?
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