Tesla ‘Gigafactory’ Will Be Net-Neutral

Carl Weinschenk

The “Gigafactory” – the vast facility Tesla is building in Nevada to produce batteries for its electric vehicles – will itself be energy neutral, according to Treehugger. The facility is particularly important as Tesla prepares to introduce a more affordable vehicle that could increase demand. The building, which the story says will be one of   …Continue Reading

Supply Chains in Transition

Carl Weinschenk

Cutting energy and introducing renewables into the supply chain saves money, increases profits, improves the images of the companies involved and helps the environment. It sounds like a strategic direction in which any company would want to move. Companies say that they do, indeed, want to wring energy costs out of their supply chains. It   …Continue Reading

High Hopes, Big Challenges for SolarCity’s Buffalo Factory

Carl Weinschenk

SolarCity’s facility in Buffalo, NY, which is set to open next year, could create 5,000 jobs, with 3,000 of them in western New York State, according to The New York Times. The story highlights the possibility that the factory will help reverse the fortunes of the depressed area. It highlights the optimism of the company   …Continue Reading

CEOs of 68 Fortune 500 Companies Take ‘Act on Climate Pledge’

Carl Weinschenk

The White House announced this week that CEOs of 68 Fortune 500 companies have taken the Act on Climate pledge to reduce emissions, according to USA Today. The total number of large companies on board now is 81. The idea is that these big companies will work to bring their supply chains into compliance as   …Continue Reading

Apple Expands Solar, Cuts Emissions in Chinese Operation

Carl Weinschenk

Apple this week details moves to make its business in China more energy efficient. The programs cut more than 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions between now and 2020. Apple said that it built solar projects with a capacity of 40 MW in Sichuan Province. The electricity generated is greater than the amount used   …Continue Reading

Bromine Battery to Cut ICL Operating Expenses 16%

Karen Henry

ICL, a global manufacturer of products based on unique minerals, anticipates a 16 percent reduction to its annual operating expenses with the deployment of a bromine-based battery. The battery was deployed for energy storage purposes at its fire retardant production site in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The battery utilizes a Primus Power EnergyCell system to manage   …Continue Reading

BMW to Use Biogas to Power South African Factory

Carl Weinschenk

A Bloomberg story posted at Renewable Energy World describes the use of biogas at a BMW plant in Rosslyn, South Africa, which is about 50 miles northwest of Pretoria. The German auto manufacturer has a 10-year contract with Bio2Watt to create as much as 4.4 MW of electricity from biogas collected in the fields surrounding   …Continue Reading

LEGO Invests in a German Wind Farm

Carl Weinschenk

Danish Toymaker Lego A/S has taken a stake in a German offshore wind farm but, according to a Bloomberg story, aims to use the energy internally and not enter a new business line. The story says that Lego contributed about one-third of the financing for the 1.25 billion-euro ($1.4 billion) Borkum Riffgrund 1 wind park,   …Continue Reading

Andritz Cuts Energy Consumption at Brazilian Pulp and Paper Mill

Carl Weinschenk

Andritz has increased the efficiency and cut costs at a Brazilian pulp and paper mill for the firm Suzano, which in the São Paulo state of the same name. The project began operations in 2015 and is replacing existing batch digesters and one continuous digester. The new device cuts costs by reducing the amount of natural   …Continue Reading

Energy Source Provides LEDs to WNA

Carl Weinschenk

Revolution Lighting Technologies’ division Energy Source announced that it has retrofitted two facilities for tableware manufacturer WNA with LEDs.  The expected energy savings  is 1 million kWh and $110,000 annually. Energy Source, as a NationalGrid Project Expeditor, received $400,000 in incentives. This reduced payback to one year. The two facilities, in Chelmsford, MA, occupy a total   …Continue Reading