Mike Breslin

Freelance Writer

Mike Breslin is a freelance writer based in New Jersey. He has 30-years experience writing for newspapers, magazines, multimedia and video production companies with concentration on business, energy, environmental and technical subjects. Mike is author of the sea adventure novels Found At Sea, Mystery of the Fjord Tide and Riddle of the Atlantis Moon. His short stories are posted on AmazonShorts.com.

Articles by Mike Breslin

January 2010
When the ball dropped in Times Square on New Year’s Eve and the clock struck midnight, batteries powered the 2010 numerals that lit up. It’s a consumer-friendly promotion held for the second year by the Duracell Smart Power Battery Lab in Times Square. The battery power to illuminate the new sign was generated by visitors, pedaling around Times Square in a power rover vehicle. READ MORE
January 2010
It looks like electric vehicles may start arriving next year in sufficient numbers to create meaningful new business for electrical contractors. The EV Project, the largest deployment of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure in U.S. history, is spearheading it. The EV Project is led by eTec and Nissan with 40 other partners and is partially funded by a $99.8 million grant from the U.S. READ MORE
December 2009
During the past decade, microhydropower has made a quantum leap in technology that makes it affordable for homeowners with access to the flow of only a few quarts of water per second. Advances include low-priced and surprisingly compact turbine-alternator units, dropping prices for small inverters and charge controllers and more efficient battery storage. READ MORE
December 2009
On Oct. 27, 2009, President Barack Obama announced the largest single energy modernization investment in U.S. history to help the nation transition to a smarter grid. READ MORE
November 2009
Idaho residents now enjoy the lowest average electric rates in the country when they tied with Wyoming in May 2009 at $6.02 per kilowatt-hour. Compare that with the two highest: Connecticut at $17.12 and Hawaii at $18.92 per kilowatt-hour. It is understandable then why Idaho wants to keep rates low to attract business investment along with the accompanying new jobs. READ MORE
November 2009
Recognizing the state’s vast energy production potential, federal and state officials recently announced projects to tap one of Montana’s greatest underdeveloped natural resources. READ MORE
November 2009
The use of antireflective coatings on glass-faced solar modules is relatively low in the photovoltaic (PV) industry today. But just as interference-based lens coatings invented by the Carl Zeiss optics company in the mid-1930s revolutionized photography, it is widely expected that coated panel glass will become an industry standard over the next few years. READ MORE
November 2009
Good news from the major grid operators is good for everyone but especially promising for electrical contractors. A late September report issued by the grid operators that manage the superhighway that delivers power to two-thirds of U.S. consumers and more than one-half of Canadians revealed that organized, competitive markets are working better than ever before. READ MORE
October 2009
A new showcase house, “Green Life Smart Life,” was recently completed in Narragansett, R.I. It should be of great interest to electrical contractors, despite the fact that it used 50 percent less wire than a conventional home of the same size. Smart homes are becoming more attractive to owners. The pace of construction or renovation will accelerate as utility companies roll out smart meters. READ MORE

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