Industrial

ZBB Unveils EMS for C&I Buildings

Karen Henry

ZBB Energy has introduced the Matrix Energy Management System, an energy synchronization system that enables a reduction in the cost of electricity and increases the financial returns of building distributed generation systems. The Matrix system enables commercial and industrial (C&I) building owners to monetize as many energy management functions and applications as possible by actively synchronizing   …Continue Reading


Uline to Operate 130 GenDrive Fuel Cell Units from Plug Power

Linda Hardesty

Uline, a distributor of shipping and packaging materials to businesses, is Plug Power’s newest GenKey customer. The initial deployment of GenDrive units will be powering the forklift fleet at one of Uline’s distribution centers in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin. Additionally, Uline will deploy a second fleet of GenDrive-powered lift trucks into a newly constructed facility in   …Continue Reading


UK Cement Factory Installs Waste-Derived Fuel System

Linda Hardesty

Saxlund International is installing a waste-derived fuel system for Hope Construction Materials, a British supplier of construction materials. Located at the company’s Hope Works cement plant in Derbyshire, the system has been designed to provide storage, transportation, weighing and injection of solid waste fuel to the two kilns at the site. The goal is to   …Continue Reading


Demand Management vs Battery Storage

Josh Kessler

A column posted on The Energy Collective recommends that businesses consider demand management before pursuing battery storage. This process involves coordinating operations and using system controls to suppress demand at large commercial and industrial sites. The businesses or institutions can benefit by reducing the per-kW demand charges they pay. Often, they can find retail energy   …Continue Reading


General Dynamics Works with Utility to Reduce 2M kWh Per Year

Linda Hardesty

Engineers with General Dynamics Mission Systems are teaming up with the utility Eversource Energy to improve the energy efficiency at the company’s 870,000-sq-foot facility in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The two companies began work last fall, developing and implementing a multi-year plan to reduce the energy used for lighting, heating and cooling operations at the facility by   …Continue Reading


Eastman Implements Energy Efficiency Improvements

Karen Henry

Ten energy efficiency projects implemented in 2014 at three Eastman Chemical Company facilities and one Eastman’s joint venture partner facility saved enough energy to power more than 1,800 homes. The projects included the installation of new equipment, creative process redesign and operational changes. Eastman’s Operations in Kingsport, Tennessee, implemented six energy efficiency projects: Flash System: Installing   …Continue Reading


Industrial Gas Company Switches to Wind-Generated Electricity at Oregon Plant

Linda Hardesty

Linde North America signed a contract with Portland General Electric to supply wind-generated power for a significant portion of its electric requirements at its Hillsboro, Oregon, air separation unit, which makes ultra-high purity gaseous nitrogen and oxygen. Linde’s request to purchase wind-generated power under a special state program was approved by Oregon’s Department of Energy.   …Continue Reading


How Retail Customers Can Benefit from Energy Storage

Josh Kessler

On April 30, Tesla CEO Elon Musk issued a ballyhooed announcement that the company will sell two battery storage systems that he believes will disrupt the energy industry. These systems, whether they run on distributed solar photovoltaic systems or are fed directly from the grid, can provide backup power that will help integrate variable solar   …Continue Reading


International Paper Receives Trucked Compressed Natural Gas

Linda Hardesty

NG Advantage will truck compressed natural gas (CNG) to International Paper’s Ticonderoga, New York, mill. NG Advantage will use its “virtual pipeline,” which consists of compressor stations located on natural gas pipelines, a fleet of specially designed carbon fiber CNG trailers, and off-loading and monitoring equipment, which NG Advantage is installing at the mill. Deliveries   …Continue Reading


Utilitywise Buys t-mac Technologies to Boost Energy Management Offerings

Linda Hardesty

UK Energy consultant Utilitywise acquired t-mac Technologies for an initial investment of $15 million and up to a further $18 million as part of its strategy of broadening its service offering and expanding into energy management systems. Founded in 2004 and based in the UK with 28 employees, t-mac  Technologies services both small- and medium-sized   …Continue Reading