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Honeywell, Nest Lead Smart Thermostat Market

Honeywell and Nest lead the smart thermostat vendor market in terms of strategy and execution, according to a new Leaderboard Report from Navigant Research. Honeywell maintained leadership due to its existing smart/connected thermostat products and programs and its aggressive pursuit of the higher-end smart thermostat segment. Show More Summary

At the Core of Sustainable Electronics

There’s rightfully much ado about the climate — from extreme weather events, severe droughts and water crises to fossil fuels and the race to renewables. However, there’s far too little talk about electronics and their role in environmental ecosystems. Ironically, the folks who say, “Don’t worry, we’ll invent solutions to all our problems” are typically […]

IoT Shakes Up Global Pumps Industry

By the end of 2015, the global pumps market will tide over several waves of uncertainty to register substantial growth, Frost & Sullivan says. The decline in oil prices, in the beginning of 2015, in particular, forced consolidation and a shift to innovative operational procedures as end users focused on value-buying and energy efficiency. The […]

GM Achieves 20-lb Weight Savings with Continental Structural Plastics

General Motors will achieve a 20-lb. weight saving on its 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Couple by using TCA Ultra Lite, a Class A body panel material, according to Continental Structural Plastics, a lightweight composite manufacturer. Show More Summary

Tradeshift, EcoVadis Team Up on Supply Chain CSR Performance

To help companies better monitor supply chain performance and advance sustainable purchasing, supplier collaboration platform Tradeshift has partnered with EcoVadis, creator of the first collaborative platform providing supplier sustainability ratings for global supply chains. Show More Summary

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Upgrades Waste-to-Energy Plant

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Environmental & Chemical Engineering will upgrade a waste-to-energy plant in Japan, revamping three stoker furnace type incinerators with a collective processing capacity of 330 tons per day. Mitsubishi Heavy...Show More Summary

NSF Approves Auto Parts Meeting Environmental Claims

NSF International has introduced a mark that identifies automotive collision replacement parts that have met specific environmental claims. These claims include low volatile organic compound (VOC) paints and primers, recycled packaging made with non-toxic materials, and solvent-free coating on the package and part marking/labeling. Show More Summary

Trying to find what works for US steelmakers and employees

Negotiating a union labor contract is often a slog. It gets more complicated if it’s a multi-year deal, and a bit treacherous if it’s a highly cyclical business. All three apply to the steel industry, where major producers are in contract negotiations with the United Steelworkers union for long-term deals to replace current ones, which […]

Organics Processing System Cuts Waste Processing Costs

With the growing need for high volume processing of organics (including green waste and food waste) for compost and anaerobic digestion (AD) conversion, WSM has introduced the WSM BioPrep Organics Processing System: a complete high capacity system to convert green waste, food waste and mixed organics into high quality feedstock for compost and AD conversion […]

EHS Standards Including ISO Available on RegScan One Platform

Key environment, health and safety standards are now supported on the RegScan One platform, according to the compliance management company. ISO and OHSAS (Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series) standards serve as a complementary piece to the global legal registers and audit protocols already available. Users of the RegScan One system can create custom legal […]

Bring Back the Smart Residential Gateway for Home Automation Success

We started EH Publishing in 1994, and for the first dozen years the buzz was all about residential gateways for home automation—or Internet of Things (IoT) if that term had existed back then. There were entire conferences on residential gateways. Residential gateway alliances were formed with committees and subcommittees. Had there been Twitter in those […]

Swann Dives Into The Smart Home Pool

Swann’s long-awaited entry into the home-automation market has arrived with the retail availability of the app-controlled SwannOne home-security ecosytem.The system is built around the SwannOne Smart hub. The hub, compatible with Wi-Fi,...Show More Summary

Tracking the rise of the refrac: New Frontiers

How does one prompt more oil production in a time of lean budgets and low prices? In this week’s Oilgram News column, New Frontiers, Starr Spencer explains how some are trying to find success by revisiting horizontal wells.   If at first you don’t produce, frac, frac again. While hundreds of North American wells remain unfinished due […]

The MSR Potential

I wrote " Scaling the Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor: The Big Lots Reactor and the Aim High Reactor" in early 2009. It was a case study in which I attempted to sumerize much of what I had learned about the potential of the Liquid Floride Thorium Reactor (LFTR) during the two previous years. Show More Summary

Smart Grid Consortium offers utility photovoltaic forecasting models

The Smart Grid Research Consortium (SGRC) today announced new SGRC Utility Solar Photovoltaic Forecasting Models and Forecasting Service. The SGRC Solar Models and Service provide the first commercially available annual forecasts ofShow More Summary

200th Coal Plant Shuttered!

The 200th coal plant was just shuttered since The Sierra Club started its Beyond Coal campaign in 2010. From NationalSierraClub via YouTube Tweet !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="//";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");

IKEA And YAHOO! Make The Business Case For Wind

This is no longer only about doing good. It’s about doing well by doing good. Tweet !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="//";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");

Reprise: The Drought, The Blob, And The Coming El Nino

The El Nino now forming could drench drought-plagued California – but scientists don’t know what the impact of “the blob” will be. The warmer-than-average Pacific waters could drop a 1997-like torrent but nobody knows how the blob’s warm curents could change things. Show More Summary

Irish-developed smart kite will power ships with wind

A new joint venture between renewable organisations and academia has created a new smart kite that not only powers ships with wind energy but acts as a sophisticated navigation system for ships. As many of you are probably thinking, a ship powered by wind energy might not necessarily be the most advanced concept given that […]

Huawei Advances LTE-M for IoT in China

Huawei is teaming up with China Unicom Shanghai and China Unicom Research Institute to advance work on LTE-M, the low-power, slower-speed version of 4G — or 4.5G as it calls it — that is slated to power machine-to-machine (M2M) communications of the future.Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. said Monday that the trio has begun collaborating on […]

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