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Johnson Controls to Divest Global Workplace Solutions Business

Linda Hardesty

Continuing to reorganize its business, Johnson Controls intends to divest its Global Workplace Solutions (GWS) business, which provides facilities and energy management along with real estate management. It has been part of Johnson Controls’ portfolio for more than 20 years, and currently manages more than 1.8 billion square feet of corporate real estate. Johnson Controls   …Continue Reading

Eco-Shift Power Buys Lighting Retrofit Company

Linda Hardesty

Canada-based Eco-Shift Power signed a Letter of Intent to acquire Sun & Sun Industries (Sun), a lighting retrofit specialist headquartered in Santa Ana, Calif. Eco-Shift says the acquisition will combine its LED high bay fixture and wireless light management system with Sun’s $10 million annual revenue stream and OEM distribution channel. Sun has completed over   …Continue Reading

NY Awards Another $94M for Solar Projects

Linda Hardesty

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced NY-Sun awards totaling $94 million for large solar electric projects that will increase the solar capacity in the state by more than 214 MW, a 68 percent increase over the amount of solar installed and in the pipeline at the end of 2013. The new capacity, which is planned   …Continue Reading

Eastman Chemical, Janssen R&D, Merck Win EPA Awards

Linda Hardesty

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized three industrial facilities with the Energy Star Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Award for their highly efficient CHP systems. The award winners are: Eastman Chemical Company, Kingsport, Tenn. Janssen R&D LLC, Spring House, Pa. Merck, West Point, Pa. CHP systems used by the award winners achieve operating efficiencies   …Continue Reading

Sheridan College Opens Energy Laboratory

Karen Henry

Sheridan College in Ontario, Canada, has announced the grand opening of its Integrated Energy Systems Laboratory at the Davis Campus in Brampton. The lab was designed and project managed by Renteknik Group. The project focused on the integration
 of four renewable energy sources—solar PV and thermal, fuel cell, wind turbine and micro hydro—with a battery   …Continue Reading

Thermoelectric Module is Suited for CHP Applications

Linda Hardesty

GMZ Energy announced the TG16-1.0, a new thermoelectric module capable of producing twice the power of the company’s first product, the TG8. The TG16-1.0 directly converts waste heat into usable electricity and is suited for extremely high temperature environments, such as those in boilers and furnaces. The module’s high thermal power capability enables safe operation   …Continue Reading

Schneider Electric to Acquire InStep Software

Karen Henry

Schneider Electric has entered into an agreement to acquire InStep Software. It is the latest acquisition from Schneider’s software business. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2014, subject to customary regulatory and other closing conditions. InStep provides two primary real-time performance management and predictive analytics softwares: eDNA and PRiSM. The   …Continue Reading

Chimney Enables Free-Air Cooling for Data Centers

Linda Hardesty

Cannon T4 says its new Cocooning Chimney works as part of a free-air cooling system, which uses ambient air to remove the heat from a data center. Cannon says a key challenge is providing the correct balance between cold aisle temperature, IT equipment fan speed and hot air return temperature. Cocooning via a vertical chimney   …Continue Reading

How to Enhance Power and Grid Reliability and Resiliency

Vic Shao

Public funding and supportive government policies have been a boon that has sparked innovation, technological advances, private sector investment and job creation in renewable energy, clean technology and energy efficiency across the US. Spurred forward by pioneering legislation, such as California’s AB 2514 energy storage mandate, this pattern of “green” socioeconomic development and growth is now   …Continue Reading

National Lab Creates ‘Autotune’ Building Modeling Software

Linda Hardesty

Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers are developing software that will automatically calibrate models for simulating building energy use. Building Energy Modeling (BEM) uses computer simulations to estimate energy use and guide the design of new buildings and energy retrofits. Up to 3,000 parameters may be specified when modeling a building’s energy use. Over the last   …Continue Reading

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