KYOTO, Japan–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As part of its traditional environmental protection and sustainability activities, Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO)(TOKYO:6971) plants Green Curtains every spring at its sites in Japan and select Kyocera Group companies in other parts of the world. Through the hot summer, curtains of foliage are grown on trellises in front of office windows and walls at company sites. This not only provides shade but also shields the buildings from heat radiation — decreasing inside room temperatures by approximately 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit*, which contributes to a reduction of energy consumption from air conditioner usage. Continue reading
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BOULDER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–China is in the midst of its latest national development strategy, better known as the 12th Five-Year Guideline, which will continue through 2015. One of the Guideline’s primary goals is “strengthening the construction of [the] smart grid.” With the support of the government-owned State Grid Corporation of China, as well as many provinces and cities, this effort is rapidly progressing. According to a recent report from Navigant Research, annual revenue from smart grid deployments in China will reach $15.4 billion by 2020.
“The area of strongest smart grid growth in China will be transmission upgrades, anticipated to reach more than $72 billion in revenue by 2020 on a cumulative basis,” says Bob Lockhart, senior research analyst with Navigant Research. “Overall, smart grid development in China will generate $127 billion in cumulative revenue from 2012 to 2020.” Continue reading
HONG KONG, Mar 26, 2013 /3BL Media/ – FedEx Express (FedEx), a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and the world’s largest express transportation company, today announced the expansion of its alternative-energy vehicle fleet with the introduction of 10 new all-electric commercial vehicles for use in Hong Kong. This is the first fleet of zero-emission all-electric vehicles for FedEx in Asia Pacific. Continue reading
Tulsa, Oklahoma – April 8, 2013 - Smiles for the People is a small company with a BIG vision. Smiles for the People is a for-purpose business. The purpose of the profit they earn is to sustain their development activities and expand their movement of doing what they can to promote better oral healthcare for those who may not be able to afford it. Continue reading
DAVIS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Blue Oak Energy, a commercial and utility photovoltaic system engineering and construction company, has completed the delivery of a 4.2 MWp utility scale solar power generation facility in Gridley, California. The electricity generated by the Gridley solar facility will be directed to two members of the Northern California Power Agency (NCPA) through separate energy meters: the City of Gridley and the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). The project was developed by LightBeam Energy, Inc.
The Gridley solar facility is a ground-mounted solar electric system comprised of 17,584 solar panels manufactured by Trina Solar (NYSE: TSL). The solar modules are mounted on a single-axis tracker system which follows the daily movement of the sun to increase energy harvest. The solar energy facility is monitored and scheduled by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) through a secure remote information gateway. Continue reading
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of employed U.S. adults who take part in environmental and social responsibility efforts at work are more likely to make sustainable choices at home as a result, according to the fourth annual Gibbs & Soell Sense & Sustainability® Study released today. Despite persistent skepticism among the general public about corporate America’s commitment to “going green,“ the majority of employed adults are interested in learning what companies are doing in terms of sustainability and “going green” (74 percent) and wish their own company or employer engaged in more sustainability business practices, including “going green” or social responsibility initiatives (68 percent). Continue reading
The world’s largest collection of medical research institutions and hospitals, the Texas Medical Center, depends on GE’s natural gas-fueled turbine unit to support its 280-building empire. That same technology was used to provide Japan with power after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in 2011, and will be used to power next year’s Winter Olympic Games in Russia.
Despite public concern over the industry’s methods of tapping more natural gas reserves, via “fracking,” the source remains an important, inexpensive and cleaner fuel compared to its fossil fuel counterparts.
GE’s unit that has supported the medical center since 2010 represents a type of system that has become increasingly popular around the world, playing up its reliability to deliver regular and backup power during outages or shortages. There are over 2,200 active turbines in 76 countries around the world, including remote areas in the Amazon.
Each turbine takes about ten minutes to turn on, can be shipped and set up within a matter of weeks and provides fast and lasting power to areas stricken with natural disasters. The units in the company’s aeroderivative line have seen four years of double-digit growth in orders, with volume expected to increase another 25 percent this year.
BOULDER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The volume of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) has grown significantly over the last year, with many auto manufacturers adding new models to their fleets. Indeed, several auto manufacturers are electrifying their fleets with innovative models. The PEV market is expected to grow swiftly, with a compound annual growth rate of 30 percent between 2012 and 2020 in the United States. According to a recent consumer survey by Navigant Research, however, makers of PEVs have not been successful in changing several misperceptions about these vehicles in the marketplace.
“So-called ‘range anxiety’ continues to be the number one reason cited by consumers who are not interested in purchasing PEVs,” says Dave Hurst, principal research analyst with Navigant Research. “A number of other negative perceptions continue to persist, however, helping to explain why overall consumer interest in PEVs has declined since 2011.” Continue reading