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Breaking new ground: SCE’s energy (storage) future

11 hours agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

Southern California Edison (SCE) is investing in grid batteries — again — but this time they are looking to break new ground. They are working on numerous projects to increase their energy storage footprint across their portfolio. Source: Breaking new ground: SCE’s energy (storage) future – SmartGridNews

A Look Inside Google and Carnegie-Mellon’s IoT Campus

11 hours agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

For the “Internet of Things” to thrive, all it needs is for all devices to get along—which is currently wishful thinking. Last week, however, Google announced a partnership with Carnegie-Mellon University, which is leading a collaboration of faculty from several other academic institutions on a project to jumpstart the Internet of Things revolution. Their plan: […]

CHINA’S U.S. NEW ENERGY BUY-IN

Current Patterns and Future Opportunities; Mapping Chinese Direct Investment in the U.S. Energy Economy Melanie Hart and Angela Luh, July 2015 (Center for American Progress) “A first-of-its-kind report released by the Center for American...Show More Summary

WIND GETS BIG ON EU GRID

The 2014 Joint Research Centre’s wind status report shows that wind energy provided Europe with 8% of its electricity in 2014. Joshua S. Hill, July 27, 2015 (Clean Technica) “…[T]he EU’s grid-connected cumulative wind capacity in 2014...Show More Summary

GRID-FREE WITH SOLAR IN WEST AFRICA

Oolu Is Bringing Solar Energy To West Africa’s Off-Grid Population Christine Magee, July 31, 2015 (TechCrunch) “…[M]any people living in rural areas of West Africa still walk miles to the nearest city to charge their cellphones and purchase...Show More Summary

Companies Pledge Climate Action

Thirteen companies took a public stand for climate action at the White House recently, pledging to reduce heat-trapping emissions, increase clean energy investments, improve efficiency, and support efforts to reach a global climate agreement this year in Paris. read more

New Document Streamlines Negotiating Text for Paris, as Groundswell of Climate Action Continues

As the Paris Climate agreement approaches, we are seeing signs of a far different process from the last-minute confusion in Copenhagen. The latest sign of progress towards a successful Paris agreement is the release of a shortened draft negotiating text -- produced by the two co-chairs of the negotiations. read more

Marcellus, Friday Energy Facts: Utica Provide 85% of U.S. Shale Gas Production Growth Since Start of 2012

The productivity of natural gas wells in the Marcellus Shale and the neighboring Utica Shale is steadily increasing because of ongoing improvements in precision and efficiency of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing occurring in those regions. read more

Sierra Club member asks Executive Director Brune to support nuclear energy

A few days ago, a friend from Californians for Green Nuclear Power shared a letter he had written to Michael Brune, the Executive Director of the Sierra Club. He gave me permission to share his letter with Atomic Insights readers. My...Show More Summary

Product Water Footprinting Pilot Seeks Business Participants

A product water footprinting program by the Carbon Trust is seeking businesses to pilot the new certification and labeling scheme. The scheme will help businesses to demonstrate their water management leadership by certifying the life cycle water use of their products to an international standard, the Carbon Trust says. The businesses will be able to […]

Statoil to Field Test Methane Detection Technology

Statoil has joined the Environmental Defense Fund’s Methane Detectors Challenge — a collaboration between oil and natural gas companies, technology developers, environmental groups and government and academic advisors that aims to identify...Show More Summary

IBM Recycles 97% of End-of-Life Products

IBM recycled, reused or resold almost 97 percent of the end-of-life products it collected for processing last year, according to the tech giant’s 25th annual corporate sustainability report. In its other waste and recycling accomplishments, IBM sent 86 percent of the nonhazardous waste it generated worldwide in 2014 to be recycled, and purchased recycled plastics […]

ABUTEC Removes Harmful Compounds from DC Water Digester

Advanced Burner Technologies (ABUTEC) and its partner engineered, designed and fabricated a biogas conditioning system to help DC Water in Washington DC remove siloxanes from its digester gas stream, Forester Daily News reports. When DC water was in the process of installing a combined heat and power facility, it found a problem in removing siloxanes […]

Outdoor Pot Growth ‘Waste of Water,’ Growers Face Steep Fines

Outdoor marijuana growth is a waste of water, say Sacramento County supervisors, and this means higher fines for pot growers. The Sacramento Bee reports the supervisors two weeks ago moved to categorize using water for outdoor marijuana cultivation as a waste of water. Pot growers could face fines of up to $500 per day. California […]

World’s First Commercial Microalgae-Derived Betaine Surfactant Available

Chemical giant BASF and Solazyme, a renewable microalgae oil and ingredients company, have launched the first commercial surfactant derived from microalgae oil, a high performance algal betaine for use in home and personal care applications. Commercialized by BASF under the trade name Dehyton AO 45, algal betaine is a betaine surfactant made from renewable microalgae […]

Recycling Equipment Firm Launches Dual Frequency Separator

Recycling separation equipment company Eriez Europe’s latest dual frequency separator features a new cantilevered design, which allows for the eddy current separator (ECS) belt to be changed in as little as 10 minutes by maintenance staff. Eriez Europe will showcase its new NG-24 Eddy Current Separator at RWM 2015 September 15-17, at the NEC in […]

UPS Delivers More Goods While Reducing GHG Emissions

Rhonda Clark, UPS chief sustainability officer, shares UPS’s approach to sustainability and highlights the company’s 2014 corporate sustainability report.

VoIP Roundup: MegaPath, BroadSoft, CenturyLink, ShoreTel

The UC and hosted voice segment has been picking up steam for years, and I need to pay it more attention. So here's a quick roundup of some of the news from this week across the sector:... [visit site to read more]

The Dawn of Virtual CPE

This Industry Viewpoint was authored by Dr. Yuri Gittik, RAD If service providers hope to meet the challenges of automated, speedy, and profitable service delivery, they need networks that are agile, efficient, and well orchestrated. Programmable networks – now viewed as a must for providers – is the driver behind the acceleration in network function […]

Online Shopping Deals in Pakistan Getting Popular

Online deals present the model of an e-commerce business in which a particular online store offers a product for sale on discounted price. Online deals come for a pre-determined time period and last for 24 to 36 hours. The fundamental purpose of online deals is to attract potential customers at a large extent. Show More Summary

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