The year 2012 will be an important test of the commercial viability of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). Two automakers, Chevrolet and Nissan, ended 2010 with the launch of their first highway-capable PEVs for the mass market. Many other auto manufacturers are working to electrify their lineups with new models. For example, Toyota plans to launch the PEV Prius in January 2012 and other manufacturers have plans to launch plug-in electric models in the near future.
However, as public awareness of electric vehicles continues to build with the increase in model launch activity, a new survey from Pike Research finds that consumer interest in purchasing PEVs has gradually declined over the past two years. In late 2011, the cleantech market intelligence firm conducted the third annual edition of its Electric Vehicle Consumer Survey using a nationally representative and demographically balanced sample of 1,051 adults in the United States. In the first edition, conducted in 2009, 48% of respondents stated that they would be “extremely” or “very” interested in purchasing a PEV. In 2010 that number declined moderately to 44% and in 2011 it fell further to 40%. Continue reading
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Microgrids, which are smart grid networks for integrating distributed energy generation from both renewable and fossil fuel resources, are proliferating around the world in a variety of forms. Microgrids may be grid-tied or remote and are utilized in several key application segments including commercial, community, institutional, military, and remote installations. According to a new tracker report from Pike Research, one of the most significant changes in the nascent microgrid market in 2011 was the beginning of a shift away from pilot projects and toward full-scale commercial microgrids.
“A wide range of electricity users are demonstrating strong demand for power generation and distribution systems that can be operated independently from the utility grid,” says senior analyst Peter Asmus. “A few of the market drivers include concerns about grid reliability, rising costs of fuel, broader availability of distributed generation technologies, and a drop in prices for some nontraditional energy sources such as solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Microgrids are now emerging from the experimental stage and are being commercialized at greater scale and for an increasing variety of deployment applications.” Continue reading
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US Sunlight wins another award for their innovated line of energy efficient products: the Solar Attic Fans and Solar Controller™ are declared by the editors of BUILDERnews magazine as the “Best Sustainable Product of 2011″ in their annual publication release of the year’s best products for builders, contractors, architects and material suppliers.
Incline Village, NV (PRWEB) December 30, 2011
BUILDERnews, a fifteen year old monthly publication has a distribution of over 80,000 readers, targeting building industry professionals. Active attic ventilation is acknowledged for its tremendous benefits to the health of the home. Solar attic ventilation provides numerous benefits, venting the attic space while the sun is out with free energy. However, traditional solar ventilation is limited to the hours of available sunlight and is unable to continue operation into the evening hours or on cloudy days when many attics are still suffering from residual heat and/or excessive moisture. Fans powered strictly by house power are able to provide 24 hour ventilation, but only at a hefty price tag, frequently upwards of $30 per month. Continue reading
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SEATTLE, Dec 29, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Scope 5 emerged from stealth mode to announce that it raised its first outside funding from a group of angel investors. The company closed the round quickly on the heels of achieving several milestones: releasing the first version of their sustainability management software service; signing two sustainability consulting firms as partners; and landing two representative customers with multi-year software service subscriptions.
“The endorsement of our early partners and customers signals that we are solving real and unaddressed pain in the sustainability management market,” said Yoram Bernet, a co-founder and CEO of Scope 5. “Our investors moved briskly so that we can focus more of our energy on meeting our next major sales and product milestones.”
David Billstrom, an experienced venture capitalist and serial entrepreneur, also joined Scope 5′s board of directors in connection with the financing. “There is an obvious market opportunity, but even more importantly, I was very impressed by how easy their service is to use. It reminds me of my first experience with salesforce.com,” said Mr. Billstrom, a veteran of over 20 technology start-ups. “And the passion of this team is a strong predictor of their future success.” Continue reading
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The stationary fuel cell uninterruptible power supply (UPS) and backup power markets are experiencing double-digit annual growth, though admittedly from a low base. An increasing number of companies operating in these markets have fully certified products in many different regions, including Europe, the United States, China, Indonesia, and India. Notably, this is one of the few cleantech sectors where the pull for adoption is as strong in less-developed countries as it is in developed nations. This dynamic phase of industry growth is seeing a number of companies and markets appearing, as key industry players understand that their most importance competency is their ability to produce the fuel cell systems, which can then be integrated into the product line of a current UPS or telecom equipment supplier. According to a new Pike Pulse report published by Pike Research, the fuel cell companies that are best positioned for this early phase of the market are Dantherm Power and Altergy Systems. Continue reading
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Duo Software becomes first CarbonNeutral Software Product Developer in the world.
Colombo, Sri Lanka (PRWEB) November 09, 2011
Duo Software ( Pvt ) Ltd a software product development company with its development center in Colombo became the world’s first software product development company to achieve CarbonNeutral status recently. The innovative company that is known as a provider of Subscriber Management, Billing, Customer Care and customer life cycle management solutions to enterprises in highly competitive industries, was recently awarded the CarbonNetural status by the CarbonNeutral Company of the UK through their Regional Certification Partner – The Carbon Consulting Company.
The vision for software development in the low carbon economy stems from the founding CEO, Muhunthan Canagey. “I believed that we needed to embed our belief systems into what we actually produced,” he says. “We wanted environmental and social responsibility to be an intrinsic part of what we do. Thus we did not want to be simply another company that ‘went green’ just for the sake of developing a marketing ploy. Becoming CarbonNetural is a tangible demonstration of the company’s commitment towards helping create a more sustainable world and for creating the products that will suit that world.” Continue reading
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Walmart’s solar power initiative will total more than 130 stores by the end of 2013; Adds hundreds of jobs through partnership with California-based SolarCity
WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept. 21 – Walmart today announced its plan to install solar panels on up to 60 additional stores in California, expanding the company’s solar portfolio to more than 75 percent of its stores in the state, making California the first state in the nation where Walmart has devoted this level of commitment to renewable energy. Continue reading
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For early plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs), one of the key features for customers is not a component of the drivetrain, but rather, the telematics package. Giving the driver the ability to check on the battery and the rate of charge, telematics serve as a lifeline of sorts to help alleviate concerns over the limited range of electric vehicles (range anxiety). In addition, many manufacturers are developing applications that can provide details on where the closest charging stations are within range of the current battery level of charge. According to a new report from Pike Research, nearly nine out of ten PEVs sold this year will include at least a basic telematics package, and that percentage will likely grow to 94% by 2017. Annual revenue from worldwide sales of electric vehicle telematics will total $1.4 billion by 2017, the cleantech market intelligence firm forecasts.
A key group of players in the EV telematics supply chain will be wireless equipment manufacturers coming from outside the automotive industry, who are accustomed to more compressed product development timeframes than the carmakers use. Continue reading
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