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Heliotrope Technologies Brings Smart Window to Market – Controls Light and Heat

BERKELEY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Heliotrope Technologies, a partner of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), today announced that it will begin commercial sampling of its low-cost, dynamic window coating in the fourth quarter of 2013. The company will ship samples of the new coating, a material breakthrough featured on the cover of the August 15th issue of the science journal Nature, to some of the world’s largest glass manufacturers to evaluate its potential for commercial and residential buildings.

“The top makers of glass around the world are looking for the right solution for dynamic window technologies,” said Mike Clary, CEO, Heliotrope Technologies. “We think this technology is one-of-a-kind and moves beyond traditional ideas of smart windows to significantly enhance the energy efficiency of commercial and residential buildings.” Continue reading

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Suniva adds Solar UL 1000 Volt Certifications and Module Capacity

suniva-logoNORCROSS, Ga.–()–Suniva, Inc., a U.S. manufacturer of high-efficiency monocrystalline silicon solar cells and modules, today announced that it is expanding its (PV) module certifications by adding UL 1703 1000 volt listing for its high power OPTimus® line of modules. These modules feature 60 cell models with power output up to 270W and 72 cell modules with power output up to 315W. The high-power solar cells utilized in these modules are made at Suniva’s Norcross Georgia plant and headquarters.

With this enhancement, North American projects can now use Suniva modules connected in series strings up to 1000 volts DC. This can result in significant cost savings in reduced labor costs, more rapid installation, reduced number of wiring homeruns and combiner boxes, and lower cost, more efficient inverters can be utilized. Continue reading

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New Earth-Aware VersaWalk™ Underlayment and VersaStick™ Adhesive for Luxury Vinyl Flooring

VW-laminate-install(Norfolk, Nebraska – 12.18.2012) – MP Global Products, the manufacturer of earth-friendly acoustic fiber floor underlayments, recently introduced VersaWalk underlayment and VersaStick flooring adhesive for high-performing LVT floor installations that protect indoor air quality in single family homes and multi-family residences. VersaWalk is a VOC-free sound reduction impact isolation and insulation system engineered for  maximized performance under luxury vinyl tile flooring. VersaStick, a VOC-free and solvent free fast drying adhesive for use on subfloors and against the floor being laid.

Engineered to be odorless and non-allergenic, VersaWalk is composed of at least 94% post-industrial/pre-consumer textile fibers, scrap material otherwise destined for landfill.

The randomly air-laid filaments create a capillary effect to cushion the floor, dampen ambient sound, and absorb impact sound. VersaWalk both suppresses noise within the room and inhibits the transfer of noise into rooms below. A versatile underlayment that can be nailed, glued or floated, it is suitable for nail- or glue-down wood flooring, floating engineered wood flooring, and laminate flooring as well as for LVT. Continue reading

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Smart Grid Deployments are Driving a Revolution in Utility Customer Information Systems

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The electric utility industry is engaged in a massive buildout of smart grid infrastructure, but the full benefits of this investment will only be realized if there is a similar transformation in customer engagement.  Many utilities have realized that they need to dramatically change the way the way they view and manage customer relationships.  According to a recent report from Pike Research, a part of Navigant’s Energy Practice, the deployment of smart meters is the key driving force in this revolution, enabling new consumer services and providing new insight into customer behavior.

As a result, the study concludes, the electric utility billing and customer information systems (CIS) software and services market will nearly double in the next 5 years, growing from $2.3 billion in 2011 to $4.0 billion by 2017.

“Large U.S. investor-owned utilities looking to develop new revenue streams, European energy retailers working in a deregulated market, and utilities in the developing world seeking to improve revenue collection and energy auditing are all taking a new look at their requirements for billing and CIS,” says research director Eric Woods.  “This shift requires utilities to master the product development, marketing, and customer relationship skills to ensure competitive success.  In turn, the billing and CIS systems underpinning these business processes will have to step up to the challenge.” Continue reading

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FedEx Express Breaks Ground On Solar At Newark International Airport

(3BLMedia) FedEx Express will break ground today on a huge new solar array at its facilities by Newark Liberty International Airport.

“It’s about finding diverse sources of energy as we seek to operate more efficiently,” said Mitch Jackson, the company’s vice president of environmental affairs, in an interview yesterday.

Jackson said the project, which will cover 3.5 acres of buildings at the airport, will supply 15 percent of the facility’s power needs at a lower cost than the energy currently provided from the grid.

“What we look at for each of these systems is almost a triple bottom line: lower cost, a lower environmental footprint and a sustainable model with respect to diversification of supply,” Jackson said. Continue reading

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Hanwha Solar Supplies Largest Solar Rooftop Installation in France

PV installation (8.7 MWp) increases profitability of innovative agricultural project

ISMANING, Germany–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Hanwha Solar, a global provider of total photovoltaic (PV) solar solutions and a flagship company of top-10 Korean business enterprise Hanwha Group, has delivered 7.7 MW of PV modules into the largest rooftop installation in France. Solvéo Energie, French EPC and customer of Hanwha Solar, has constructed a building in the municipality of Rion-des-Landes, which is designed to create ideal cultivation conditions for a Ginseng plantation. By equipping the rooftop with solar modules, the building furthermore secures the financing of the project. The plantation was officially inaugurated 21st September 2012. Continue reading

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Smart Building Managed Services Spending to Surpass $1 Billion by 2020

As part of the effort to cut costs in the global recession, many commercial building owners and managers have installed building energy management systems (BEMS) to reduce energy use and operating expenses.  While these new systems can provide significant efficiency gains, their sophistication can be beyond the capabilities and resource levels of a building’s operating or maintenance staff.  Consequently, smart building managed services are growing in demand and popularity as a means of solving these and other building energy management market issues.

According to a new report from Pike Research, a part of Navigant’s Energy Practice, worldwide spending on these outsourced services – which include data acquisition and analytics, as well as building maintenance contracts – will grow from $291 million in 2012 to $1.1 billion by 2020. Continue reading

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GE Surpasses $1 Billion in Infrastructure Sales from Olympic Games

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–GE, a worldwide partner of the Olympic Games, today announced it has exceeded $1 billion in infrastructure sales over the past four Olympic Games. Since 2006, GE has worked closely with host countries, cities and organizing committees to provide infrastructure solutions for Olympic Games venues, health centers and surrounding commercial buildings. The technology provided aims to support the organizing committees’ goals of building sustainable Olympic Games that improve the host city and provide state-of-the-art healthcare for Olympic athletes.

“GE partners closely with host cities to deliver a variety of critical healthcare, energy, power, water, lighting and transportation solutions for the Olympic Games,” said Jeff Immelt, chairman & CEO, GE. “Hosting the Games is a transformational opportunity for every city and we are committed to work with the IOC and local Organizing Committees in Russia, Brazil and Korea to deliver advanced infrastructure solutions to help create a sustainable Olympic legacy for future generations.” Continue reading

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