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UK Manufacturers Need Long-Term Energy Strategy

Karen Henry

For UK manufacturers who want to remain competitive, a long-term energy strategy is essential, according to an article in The Guardian. When Siemens conducted a survey of 600 energy decision makers at UK manufacturing companies about their energy-management strategies, they found that the majority discuss energy management during high-level board meetings and agree that energy   …Continue Reading


DOE Awards $23M for 12 Projects to Increase Energy Efficiency in Manufacturing

Linda Hardesty

The Department of Energy announced expansions of its Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative and a new initiative to support the goal of doubling energy productivity by 2030. For the goal of doubling energy productivity, the Department announced a partnership with the Council on Competitiveness and the Alliance to Save Energy to launch Accelerate Energy Productivity 2030,   …Continue Reading


Honda Wind Turbines Blowing Away Expectations

Karen Henry

In the first six months following the installation of two power-producing wind turbines at Honda Transmission Manufacturing of America, the turbines are producing more renewable, electricity than was anticipated. The wind turbines have exceeded the projected power output figures by 6.3 percent. The two turbines, standing 260 feet tall with 160-foot blades, were initially projected   …Continue Reading


Energy Storage Company Achieves ISO 14001, 90001

Linda Hardesty

CODA Energy has received both ISO 14001:2004 and ISO 9001:2008 certifications from the International Organization for Standardization. CODA Energy designs and builds scalable energy storage systems with its manufacturing based in Monrovia, Calif. CODA’s ISO 9001 governs its quality management systems for manufacturing, assuring that products conform to customer and regulatory standards of continuous quality   …Continue Reading


Wavelength Conversion Particles Increase Solar Output

Linda Hardesty

Hitachi Chemical will begin selling wavelength conversion particles for solar encapsulant sheets that help increase the conversion efficiency of solar cell power generation. Hitachi says a mass-production system has been established to begin sales. These wavelength conversion particles consist of phosphors contained within acrylic resin particles, and work by converting short wavelength light (ultraviolet light)   …Continue Reading


Veeco Helps Lower Cost of LEDs

Karen Henry

Veeco Instruments has introduced the TurboDisc EPIK700 Gallium Nitride Metal Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD) system. The product was designed to help lower manufacturing costs for light emitting diodes (LEDs) for general lighting applications. Based on Veeco’s TurboDisc technology, the EPIK700 MOCVD system enables customers to achieve a cost per wafer savings of up to   …Continue Reading


Overcapacity at Gigafactory Could Boost Stationary Energy Storage

Linda Hardesty

Tesla Motors’ plan to build a 35 GWh lithium-ion cell production facility – dubbed the Gigafactory – for electric vehicles will bring about only a modest reduction in battery costs and create significant overcapacity, predicts Lux Research. Tesla and its partner, Panasonic, will contribute about 45 percent and 35 percent, respectively, of the initial $4   …Continue Reading


UK Manufacturers Gain Competitive Advantage through Energy Management

Karen Henry

Siemens recently surveyed 600 leaders and energy managers from UK manufacturing companies across all major sectors and found that more than two-thirds are planning to increase their investment in energy management during the next 12 months. Control Engineering reported the results of the survey on its website. Manufacturers are expected to invest largely in renewable   …Continue Reading


Manufacturer Saves $52,000 Per Year after SEP Certification

Linda Hardesty

Specialty plastics manufacturer HARBEC improved its energy performance 16.5 percent to earn Platinum certification in the Superior Energy Performance (SEP) program administered through the US Department of Energy. HARBEC also conformed with the international energy management standard ISO 50001. A case study from the Global Superior Energy Performance (GSEP) Energy Management Working Group (EMWG) says   …Continue Reading


ISO 50001 Helps Canadian IBM Plant Saves $502,000 Per Year

Linda Hardesty

IBM’s only manufacturing plant in Canada – the Bromont plant – is ISO 50001 certified and, in 2013, saved $502,000 in energy savings from 36 projects. In August 2012, the Bromont team volunteered to be a pilot IBM plant to achieve ISO 50001 certification. To attain the energy management certification, IBM Bromont developed performance indicators linked   …Continue Reading


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