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$140M Innovation Hub Focuses on Energy in Manufacturing

Linda Hardesty

President Obama launched a competition for a new innovation hub in smart manufacturing at the Department of Energy. DOE will receive $70 million or more of federal investment to be matched by at least $70 million from the private sector. DOE will lead a competition for a new public-private manufacturing innovation institute focused on smart   …Continue Reading

P&G Biomass Plant Moves Forward

Karen Henry

Members of the Albany-Dougherty Payroll Development Authority (PDA) approved a $230 million bond resolution to build a biomass energy plant adjacent to the Proctor & Gamble campus, the Albany Herald reports. The plant will primarily be used to power P&G-Albany, but the Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) in Albany will use the plant for energy   …Continue Reading

Johnson Controls: Profitable Across All Segments

Linda Hardesty

Johnson Controls says it expects to post record profits in fiscal 2015 with profitability improvements in all three of its business segments. The company believes China is a growth opportunity across all of its businesses, representing more than $8 billion in annual revenues in fiscal 2014, including the company’s non-consolidated joint ventures. Johnson Controls said   …Continue Reading

Using Detailed Data in Green and Productive Operations

David Dornfeld

Show me some numbers!At the end of the last posting the statement was made that it is necessary to address green manufacturing and the role of digital enterprises in the context of informing the customers each enterprise serves as well as those to whom the enterprise appears as the customer. Importantly, this has to be   …Continue Reading

Nestlé’s Onsite Anaerobic Digestion Uses It’s Own Waste to Supply 8% of Electricity

Linda Hardesty

British company Clearfleau built an onsite anaerobic digestion plant for Nestlé at its confectionery factory near Newcastle, UK. One year after commissioning, the plant is converting 53,000 gallons per day of feedstock into renewable energy. This feedstock includes wash waters from the site and 1,200 tons of residual bi-products and ingredients per annum. The biogas   …Continue Reading

Answers to Arguments against PACE

Lacey Miller

Search the terms “property assessed clean energy” (PACE), and you will get a laundry list of results from program supporters, PACE organizations, and other energy efficiency groups. They all have roughly the same information about the definition, origin, and benefits of PACE, but what they aren’t discussing are potential concerns. Don’t misunderstand, I am a   …Continue Reading

DOE Study Finds 20% Energy Savings from Cambridge HTHV Direct Gas-Fired Heaters

Linda Hardesty

According to the DOE, unit heaters account for almost 18 percent of commercial space heating energy use, specifically in commercial and industrial areas like warehouses, loading docks and production areas. The DOE’s Better Buildings Alliance commissioned a study to compare Cambridge Engineering’s SA-Series high discharge temperature heating and ventilation (HTHV) direct-fired gas heaters against standard   …Continue Reading

Adhesive Manufacturer Attains ISO 50001

Linda Hardesty

ATP, a German manufacturer of solvent-free adhesive products, has achieved ISO 50001 for its energy management system, which it began implementing two years ago. The company had already received ISO 14001 accreditation in 2004 for its environmental management system. ATP says its ultimate goal was to operate a comprehensive environmental protection policy together with an   …Continue Reading

Honeywell Provides Powerhouse for Airbus Assembly Line

Linda Hardesty

Honeywell completed the powerhouse for Airbus’ A320 Final Assembly Line in Mobile, Ala., the aviation company’s inaugural manufacturing operation in the United States. Honeywell was awarded the $37-million project in 2013. The new building houses the technology and personnel needed to provide utilities for the entire campus — electricity, heating and cooling, chilled and drinking water,   …Continue Reading

Newark Warehouse Orders 110 Fuel Cell Lift Trucks

Linda Hardesty

Newark Farmers Market in Newark, NJ, will integrate Plug Power’s full GenKey system to support material handling operations for a new food distribution building under construction. Newark Farmers Market has been using Plug Power fuel cell units to run its lift truck fleet since 2011. Its original GenDrive fleet, consisting of over 100 units, to-date   …Continue Reading

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