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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


DOE Recognizes Cummins for Jamestown Engine Plant Retrofit

Karen Henry

The US Department of Energy (DOE) recognized Cummins for reducing energy use and costs at its Jamestown Engine Plant in New York. Through the Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge, Cummins committed to a 25 percent reduction in energy intensity by 2016 across 104 facilities, including 19 plants covering more than eight million square feet. Cummins   …Continue Reading


Siemens Reduces Production of Large Gas Turbines

Karen Henry

Siemens is looking at ways to reduce its production capacity of large gas turbines, one of the manufacturer’s biggest sales contributors, according to Bloomberg. While Siemens said the reduction is due to industry-wide overcapacity, its competitor General Electric said that it does not plan to cut gas turbine output. In fact, GE increased its forecast   …Continue Reading


70 GM Plants Meet Energy Star Challenge for Industry

Karen Henry

Fourteen General Motors plants around the world have achieved the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Challenge for Industry, collectively cutting energy intensity by an average of 17 percent. To meet the challenge, industrial sites must reduce energy intensity by 10 percent in five years or fewer. All 14 sites achieved the goal in four   …Continue Reading


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