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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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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Solar Power on Tap at this Brewery
MillerCoors is brewing beer with green energy. Cheers!
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Hydroelectric Power in Water Pipes
How much renewable energy can you generate by inserting turbines in municipal water pipes? Portland ...
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The Home of the Future ... Today
The New American Home is a showcase of energy efficient design and technology. Tomorrow's home techn...
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Electric Car Competes in the Dakar Rally
The ACCIONA 100% EcoPowered is the first electric car to compete in the gruelling Dakar Rally.
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A Review of Concentrated Solar Power in 2014
These five Concentrated Solar Power plants went online in 2014, increasing solar capacity by more th...
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Renewable Energy and Protecting the Grid from Terrorism and Natural Disasters
Our century-old power grid runs well … for now. But there are plenty of opportunities to impr...
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Batteries Are the New Peaker Plants
Are gas-powered peaker plants going the way of the dinosaur? This 100 MW battery might be the prover...
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Electric Vehicles Make the Grid a Two-Way Street
The USAF is converting its non-tactical fleet to electric vehicles. Their research will help develop...
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Superconducting Wind Turbines
Superconducting field coils eliminate gearboxes, reducing the cost, weight, and maintenance of wind ...
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More Energy, Smaller Package
SolidEnergy’s Solid Polymer Ionic Liquid battery packs more energy into a smaller space. Good ...
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Heat, Electricity, Storage, and Four Times the Energy
The FourFold photovoltaic-thermal module captures four times the energy of a standard PV module, and...
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Hidden Solar Panels Add Colors to Building Integrated Photovoltaics
Solar panels that look like regular building materials could make building-integrated PV ubiquitous....
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