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Batteries for the Smart Grid: Controlling Advanced Chemistry

15 hours agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

Concepts behind the smart grid are growing to tackle an electric power grid system that has changed very little in the 130 years or so of its existence. There is ample room for modernization efforts, to say the least. An updated grid would better be able to take advantage of smart metering and manage data […]

Recycling Company Fined For Mishandling Waste Chemicals

Integrated Plastics Solutions, a plastics recycling company in El Dorado, Kansas, has been ordered to pay $97,612 in restitution and a $10,000 fine for mishandling waste chemicals after pleading guilty to one count of unlawful storage of a hazardous waste, according to the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Kansas. In its plea, the […]

General Mills Pledges Supply Chain Emissions Cuts

General Mills has pledged to reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 28 percent, compared to a 2010 baseline, across its full value chain — from farm to fork to landfill — by 2025. General Mills’ focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions formally began within its direct operations in 2005. Over the last 10 years, General […]

Turning Wine into Biofuel

The solid waste left over from wine-making could make a competitive biofuel, according to University of Adelaide researchers. Published in the journal Bioresource Technology, the Australian researchers showed that up to 400 liters of bioethanol could be produced by fermentation of one metric ton of grape marc (the leftover skins, stalks and seeds from wine-making). […]

Cleaner Streets, Lower Collection Costs with Bigbelly Smart Waste, Recycling System

Los Angeles’s Downtown Center Business Improvement District (DCBID) has expanded its use of the Bigbelly smart waste and recycling system for broader waste management coverage across the district. Thirty-six new Bigbelly waste and recycling units will replace traditional trash bins on the southern California streets. Show More Summary

Supply Chain Tool Saves Firm $630,00 in 9 Months

Supply chain management company Afflink has launched phase two of its supply chain consultation software. Elevate is a no-cost, customer-centric knowledge portal that helps businesses monitor and manage their supply chain spend in under 20 minutes. Show More Summary

Water Treatment for Zero Liquid Discharge, High Recovery Plants

Water treatment developer Aquatech has introduced the AquaR2RO membrane process designed for use in facilities requiring zero liquid discharge or very high recovery. The process is designed for industries such as oil and gas, power generation, steel, pulp and paper, and where the feed water has high scaling / fouling potential. Aquatech says in some […]

Much ado about … an OPEC editorial

An editorial in OPEC’s latest Bulletin caused much excitement and contributed to a price rally on oil markets on August 31. The oil producer club said it stood “ready to talk to all other producers” but emphasized that this had to be on “a level playing field.” But there’s nothing new here. OPEC has regularly […]

Everything You Need To Know About Nest’s New Learning Thermostat 

18 hours agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

Nest Labs launched its third-generation Nest Learning Thermostat, adding a larger higher-resolution and the ability to detect furnace problems.The $249-suggested device also adds an updated user interface and slimmer profile to protrude...Show More Summary

What is a Sustainable Business Model?

Dr. Doroteya Vladimirova of the University of Cambridge discusses sustainable business models at the fourth annual conference of the Centre for Industrial Sustainability July 6-7, 2015 in Cambridge.

Numerex Receives the Prestigious 2015 IoT Evolution “Battle of the Platforms” Award

21 hours agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

Numerex Corp NMRX, -3.10% announced today that it was recently honored with the 2015 IoT Evolution Battle of the Platforms “Best Overall Platform” Award from TMC and Crossfire Media for its nxFAST™ offering. Numerex showcased their nxFAST Industrial IoT platform to a panel of judges and a live audience at the IoT Evolution Expo in […]

Why Industrial IoT platform is best hope for IT and OT convergence

21 hours agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

With my engineering background, I was always fascinated with SCADAs and PLCs. These are small devices and associated monitoring frameworks that give voices to machines and critical infrastructure. For years, these devices, along with...Show More Summary

The Future of the Internet of Things Will Be ‘Notification Hell’ Before It Gets Better

Right now, the Internet of Things (IoT) is primarily the realm of futuristic-minded early tech adopters. Think of the pioneers who use Google Glass to snap pictures, Nest to control their home temperature or turn to their smartphone to dim the light bulbs in their bedroom. In a decade, things will look much different. By […]

Low oil prices are painful, but volatility sucks

As if the recent oil price dive to the lowest level in six years wasn’t enough to keep industry nerves on edge, the current price volatility is proving just as hostile to producers as sliding margins. After bottoming out in late January at $45/b, NYMEX crude had recovered to $60/b by May, in a correction now widely […]

IoT and OTP are Like Peanut Butter and Jelly!

Have you ever had a peanut butter and bacon sandwich? Everything goes better with bacon! Which brings me to one of my favorite sayings: “(insert two complimentary things) go together like peanut butter and jelly”. How about this: “low power and IoT”, “IoT and OTP”, and “Low Power OTP and Sidense go together like peanut […]

LG Getting Smarter About IFA

LG is getting smart with the planned product introductions at the Sept. 4-9 IFA show in Berlin, where the company will launch two new smart appliances and an add-on device that raises the IQ of dumb appliances. Source: LG Getting Smarter About IFA | Twice

Amplify the Internet of Things in Smart and Connected Cities with Fog

When it comes to the Internet of Things (IoT), cities have enormous potential. A city needs to manage many different processes and priorities ranging from trash collection to traffic management, for hundreds of thousands to millions of people distributed over a large area. Many of these processes can be enhanced through the use of IoT. […]

TODAY’S STUDY: INTEGRATED DISTRIBUTION PLANNING – MEETING GRID NEEDS WITH DISTRIBUTED ENERGY RESOURCES

Integrated Distribution Planning; A holistic approach to meeting grid needs and expanding customer choice by unlocking the benefits of distributed energy resources Ryan Hanley, August 2015 (SolarCity) Key takeaways Takeaway 1 Integrated...Show More Summary

QUICK NEWS, September 1: NEW ENERGY DEAL GETS BETTER; PLUG-IN CARS GAIN MARKET TRACTION; BIGGEST NAMES IN HOME ENERGY MGMT

NEW ENERGY DEAL GETS BETTER IEA, NEA study shows renewables LCOE keeps falling Tsvetomira Tsanova, August 31, 2015 (SeeNews) “…[T]he low-end levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) for some renewable energy technologies is the same or even...Show More Summary

Artificial Leaf Is 10 Times Better at Generating Hydrogen from Sunlight

A new "artificial leaf" that can turn sunlight and water directly into hydrogen and oxygen is shattering performance and stability records

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