Better Plants Welcomes 3 New Manufacturers

Linda Hardesty

Three manufacturers recently joined the DOE’s Better Plants Program and Challenge and pledged to reduce theirenergy intensity by 25 percent over 10 years: BD, Lennox International and Lineage Logistics. Lennox International, a manufacturer of climate control products, joins the Better Plants Challenge after meeting its goal as a Program Partner and improving its energy intensity   …Continue Reading

BMW Gets 51% of Electrical Energy Worldwide From Renewables

Linda Hardesty

The BMW Group says that 51 percent of its electricity worldwide is being supplied from renewable sources. BMW Group has a step-by-step plan to transition the company to 100 percent electrical energy supply from renewable sources. The first step is to increasingly improve the efficiency of energy consumption at facilities worldwide. In a second step,   …Continue Reading

IBM Moves Away From RECs, Toward Direct Procurement

Linda Hardesty

IBM announced a new goal to procure electricity from renewable sources for 20 percent of its annual electricity consumption by 2020. To achieve this goal, it plans to contract over 800,000 MWh per year of renewable electricity. “We intend to match our purchased renewable electricity directly to our operations as opposed to purchasing renewable energy   …Continue Reading

Widescreen Panel PCs Connect Sensors, Machines and Servers

Karen Henry

Arbor Solution has launched the ASLAN Series of widescreen industrial panel PCs. The ASLAN Series is designed to simultaneously connect sensors, machines and servers in a facility to optimize data management. Designed for Industry 4.0 smart factory applications, each model is equipped with three Gigabit LAN ports, which simultaneously facilitate remote terminal unit (RTU) connections and   …Continue Reading

Owens Corning Building Solar Carport at Toledo HQ

Karen Henry

Owens Corning is seeking a permit to deploy a 2.4 MW solar canopy system in the parking lot of its Toledo, Ohio, headquarters, the Toledo Blade reports. The panels will generate about 3 million kWh per year — close to 30 percent of the facility’s electric load. The company entered into a power-purchase agreement with   …Continue Reading

Trane Introduces Building Advantage

Karen Henry

Trane is offering a suite of energy services to assist building owners and managers with managing and operating efficient and sustainable buildings through its new Trane Building Advantage brand. The products and services help building owners recognize their buildings as assets by offering choices for delivering bottom-line financial results and furthering completion of regulatory requirements.   …Continue Reading

Defective Steam Traps Waste Energy

Linda Hardesty

Blue Energy Technologies, the official distributor for Delta DSV steam traps in the United States, says inefficient steam systems can reduce productivity and profit in manufacturing applications. For example, a failed steam trap with a 3/32” orifice operating at 100 psi can lose almost 30 pounds of steam hourly, leading to a loss of over   …Continue Reading

SKF Achieves ISO 50001 at 38 Sites

Linda Hardesty

SKF has been awarded an ISO 50001 global certification by Den Norska Veritas (DNV). SKF’s energy management system has been deployed across 38 manufacturing facilities around the world. In total, these facilities account for more than 90 percent of the company’s total direct energy use. SKF is a supplier of bearings, seals, mechatronics, lubrication systems   …Continue Reading

GM Procures 34MW of Wind Energy

Linda Hardesty

General Motors signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Enel Green Power to procure 34 MW of wind energy to power its manufacturing operations. Enel Green Power is developing and constructing the 34 MW wind farm in Palo Alto, Mexico. Seventy-five percent of the energy coming from the wind turbines will power most of GM’s   …Continue Reading

LEGO Powered by Wind Energy

Karen Henry

The LEGO Group is closer to reaching its goal of using 100 percent renewable energy by 2020. Kirkby, a holding and investment company that owns 75 percent of the LEGO Group, has invested about $456 million to construct of an off-shore wind farm in the German North Sea. The first turbines have started delivering power into the   …Continue Reading

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