AMARILLO, Texas--The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has awarded a contract to Siemens Government Technologies, Inc. (Siemens) to construct the federal government’s largest wind farm. The Pantex wind farm is expected to save an average of $2.9 million annually over the 20-year contract term. The installation will consist of five 2.3 megawatt turbines located on 1,500 acres of government-owned property east of the Pantex plant in Amarillo.
Using an Energy Savings Performance Contract, Siemens will provide a turnkey wind farm system that includes a multi-year service, maintenance and warranty agreement. The cost of the project will be funded by the energy savings guaranteed by Siemens and will enable Pantex to meet President Obama’s directive for agencies to meet federal energy mandates as well as supporting the Department of Energy’s renewable energy goals.
The wind farm is expected to generate roughly 47 million kilowatt hours of clean energy annually, which is more than 60 percent of the electricity required annually for the Pantex facility. This is enough electricity to power nearly 3,500 homes and will reduce CO2 emissions by over 35,000 metric tons per year, which equates to removing over 7,200 cars from the road each year or planting over 850,000 trees.
“As a world leader in the wind industry, Siemens will bring reliable, secure, renewable energy to the critical mission at the NNSA Pantex plant,” said Judy Marks, president and CEO of Siemens Government Technologies, Inc. “Mission execution and guaranteed savings are Siemens hallmarks in the federal market and we look forward to delivering both for the NNSA on this landmark project.”
The NNSA was established by Congress in 2000 as a separately organized agency within the U.S. Department of Energy, responsible for the management and security of the nation’s nuclear weapons, nuclear nonproliferation and naval reactor programs.
Siemens Government Technologies, Inc. is a Federally-compliant U.S. organization structured to provide answers for some of the nation’s most challenging issues within the Federal market in infrastructure, energy, industrial services and healthcare. The company is the leading integrator for Siemens’ innovative products, technologies and services to meet the needs of Federal customers. For more information, visit http://www.siemensgovt.com/.
The Siemens Energy Sector is the world’s leading supplier of a broad spectrum of products, services and solutions for power generation in thermal power plants and using renewables, power transmission in grids and for the extraction, processing and transport of oil and gas. In fiscal 2012 (ended September 30), the Energy Sector had revenues of EUR27.5 billion and received new orders totaling approximately EUR26.9 billion and posted a profit of EUR2.2 billion. On September 30, 2012, the Energy Sector had a work force of almost 86,000. Further information is available at: www.siemens.com/energy.
The Siemens Infrastructure & Cities Sector, with approximately 90,000 employees, focuses on sustainable technologies for metropolitan areas and their infrastructures. Its offering includes products, systems and solutions for intelligent traffic management, rail-bound transportation, smart grids, energy efficient buildings, and safety and security. The Sector comprises the divisions Building Technologies, Low and Medium Voltage, Mobility and Logistics, Rail Systems and Smart Grid. For more information, visit http://www.usa.siemens.com/infrastructure-cities.
The Siemens Building Technologies Division is the world leader in the market for safe and secure, energy-efficient and environment-friendly buildings and infrastructures. As technology partner, service provider, system integrator and product vendor, Building Technologies has offerings for safety and security as well as building automation, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and energy management. With around 29,000 employees worldwide, Building Technologies generated revenue of 5.8 billion Euro. For more information, visit www.usa.siemens.com/buildingtechnologies.
In harmony with spring, Kyocera employees plant curtains of foliage at company sites in order to conserve energy, growing morning glory vines and summer vegetables
KYOTO, Japan--As part of its traditional environmental protection and sustainability activities, Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO)(TOKYO:6971) plants Green Curtains every spring at its sites in Japan and select Kyocera Group companies in other parts of the world. Through the hot summer, curtains of foliage are grown on trellises in front of office windows and walls at company sites. This not only provides shade but also shields the buildings from heat radiation — decreasing inside room temperatures by approximately 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit*, which contributes to a reduction of energy consumption from air conditioner usage.
Furthermore, Green Curtains not only reduce the creation of, but also absorb CO2 emissions: one square meter of foliage absorbs approximately 7.7 lbs of CO2 per year. In 2012, Green Curtains grown by Kyocera stretched a length of 2,723 ft and an area of 36,780 ft2 — equivalent to the area of 13 tennis courts — helping to meet regional energy saving targets in Japan stemming from nuclear power plant stoppage in the wake of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Since Kyocera first started growing Green Curtains at its Okaya Plant in the Japanese prefecture of Nagano in 2007, the company has expanded this activity to 28 sites in Japan and affiliates overseas including China, Thailand and Brazil. This year, Kyocera will also green its headquarters in Kyoto by growing morning glory vines outside the building and on the third-floor balcony.
On its Website about Green Curtain activities, Kyocera offers a comprehensive outline and explanation about this environmental initiative and encourages individuals and businesses to adopt the practice by publishing photos and illustrations which provide information on the necessary materials, and easily comprehensible instructions for making Green Curtains flourish at the workplace or at home. Furthermore, with the use of trellises, the foliage creates an attractive lush green and flowery decor on building facades, improving not only ecology, but also aesthetics.
Along with morning glory vines and goya, a traditional summer vegetable of the southern Okinawa Prefecture in Japan commonly known as bitter gourd, Kyocera cultivates cucumbers and peas as Green Curtains at its sites. After harvesting, these vegetables become delicious ingredients in special dishes served in employee cafeterias. Eating nutrient-rich bitter gourd helps to prevent fatigue in the hot summer season.
* Source: Japan Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
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Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO)(TOKYO:6971) (http://global.kyocera.com/), the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of fine ceramics (also known as "advanced ceramics"). By combining these engineered materials with metals and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of solar power generating systems, mobile phones, printers, copiers, electronic components, semiconductor packages, cutting tools and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2013, the company's net sales totaled 1.28 trillion yen (approx. USD13.6 billion). The company is ranked #492 on Forbes magazine's 2013 "Global 2000" listing of the world's largest publicly traded companies.
VIENNA, Va.--Alarm.com, the leading provider of interactive security and connected home services, today announced its acquisition of EnergyHub, an industry leader for demand response and energy efficiency products and services for energy utilities, service providers, and end users. EnergyHub has developed and deployed Mercury, the industry’s most comprehensive software platform for enabling rapid deployment of demand response and energy efficiency programs that combine highly engaging customer applications with robust program management services.
“Alarm.com, along with its Dealer Partners, has established an installed base of over one million connected homes. We are incredibly excited to connect our utility partners with Alarm.com’s Dealer Partners and subscribers. With the full backing of Alarm.com, we are focused on continuing to accelerate our growth.”
EnergyHub will continue to operate as an independent company, led by its founder and President, Seth Frader-Thompson and the existing management team. With a focus on providing its partners and customers with a scalable and secure energy management platform, EnergyHub will continue to expand its customer base and further develop its services platform to meet the growing demands of the market.
Alarm.com CEO Steve Trundle said, “We believe that EnergyHub’s Mercury platform provides the best available solution for powering comprehensive residential demand response and energy efficiency programs. We are pleased to directly support EnergyHub in its mission to deliver innovative solutions to today’s energy and environmental challenges. By working with EnergyHub, we can help make the Mercury platform even more valuable to its partners and customers, while also extending the smart grid to today’s intelligent connected home.”
EnergyHub President Seth Frader-Thompson said, “Alarm.com, along with its Dealer Partners, has established an installed base of over one million connected homes. We are incredibly excited to connect our utility partners with Alarm.com’s Dealer Partners and subscribers. With the full backing of Alarm.com, we are focused on continuing to accelerate our growth.”
Founded in 2000, Alarm.com is the industry leading technology provider of connected home solutions. With over one million interactive subscribers, Alarm.com is the largest connected home platform, offering a breadth of services including interactive security, video monitoring, energy management and home automation. From lights, thermostats and locks, to door, window and motion sensors, to garage doors and small appliances, it’s all connected and can be controlled through a single, easy to use app. Alarm.com helps consumers manage the expanding Internet of Things through its in-home communication devices and Cloud Services. Through the application of Big Data to improve the intelligence and performance of the services, Alarm.com is leading the next generation of connected home technology. Alarm.com services are delivered exclusively through a network of thousands of licensed and authorized Dealer Partners. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.alarm.com.
BENNINGTON, N.H. - Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc., a family-owned manufacturer of technical/specialty and premium printing and packaging papers, announced today that it has achieved 100 percent carbon neutral production status and can now offer customers and supply chain partners a third-party verified claim that 100 percent of its products are made with Green-e certified, clean renewable electricity.
“We have a longstanding commitment to environmental sustainability,” said Richard Verney, chairman and chief executive officer of Monadnock Paper Mills. “We produce up to 50 percent of our electricity on-site. It is a priority to maximize our own low-impact renewable hydropower generation and to continue reducing emissions associated with our operations.”
Monadnock has significantly reduced energy consumption, resulting in a savings of more than 1 million kWh of electricity per year. Some improvement projects in 2012 include recognizing and implementing efficiencies in manufacturing processes, increasing the efficiency of its largest hydroelectric turbine wheel, upgrading vacuum pumps on the paper machines, recovering dryer condensate and installing an economizer and variable speed drives.
“We did everything we could internally to maximize the efficiency of our hydro facilities, and only then did we start looking at reputable sources for additive renewable energy and carbon offset credits,” said Environmental Manager Michelle Hamm.
After a thorough vetting process, Monadnock purchased Climate Action Reserve Protocol certified Verified Emission Reductions (VERs) to offset emissions associated with its thermal energy generation. It also purchased Green-e certified wind power Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to offset the electricity required to run its facilities.
Last month Monadnock announced that SGS recertified its ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System for an additional three years.
In addition to these third-party verified actions and programs, Monadnock participates voluntarily as an EPA 100 percent Green Power Partner, EPA WasteWise Partner and EPA SmartWay Transport Partner.
About Monadnock Paper Mills
Founded in 1819 and based in Bennington, NH, Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc., works with the world’s leading brands to craft and customize environmentally responsible performance papers for commercial printing, packaging and technical applications. Monadnock is committed to responsibe environmental stewardship and maintains that fiber-based alternatives to plastic can be cost-efficient, environmentally sensitive and beautiful. For more information on Monadnock and its products, go to www.mpm.com.
DENVER--Novinda, a leader in non-carbon mercury removal solutions, today announced an enhanced version of its reagent for mercury emissions capture, Amended Silicates® HgX.
“Novinda is committed to developing and commercializing innovative technologies that address environmental compliance and minimize the economic impact to the power company and its customers”
AS® HgX delivers higher performance and improved economics for removing mercury from coal-fired power plant flue gas emissions.
In data from sustained long-term, full-scale power plant testing, AS® HgX delivered up to 60 percent greater performance to meet the same EPA Mercury & Air Toxics Standards (MATS) than Novinda’s first generation Amended Silicates® product – AS-022.
The Amended Silicates® platform, known for preserving the beneficial use of fly ash, having exceptional SO3 tolerance, being less corrosive to the balance of plant, and operating in a broad range of operating temperatures, delivers a robust performance across a variety of coal-fired power generation environments. The new AS® HgX product’s economics are extraordinary since it is commercially available at the same cost as Novinda’s first generation product.
“Novinda is committed to developing and commercializing innovative technologies that address environmental compliance and minimize the economic impact to the power company and its customers,” said Ed Williams, CEO of Novinda.
AS® HgX performance results are based on side by side testing at multiple full-scale coal-fired power plants in 2012 and 2013. The product is now commercially available for testing and long-term supply contracts.
Novinda is unique for its family of non-carbon mercury capture reagents, Amended Silicates®, which remove mercury with chemical reactions rather than through adsorption technologies. Amended Silicates® provides economical, consistent, and robust performance across a variety of power-plant configurations and operating conditions while preserving fly ash value. Amended Silicates® was named Product of the Year in 2012 by Environmental Protection Magazine, in the Air Quality and Climate category.
- Company has Recycled More than 15,000 Tons of Food Waste in the Past Year
- 2013 Earth Day Global Theme is “The Face of Climate Change”
- EcoScraps Encourages People to Begin Making Small Environmental Changes Using 10 Simple Steps
PROVO, Utah--In honor of Earth Day, EcoScraps is pleased to announce that in the past 12 months it has diverted over 30 million pounds of food waste from landfills, an environmental milestone equivalent to removing 3.5 million cars from America’s roads for a day. When left in landfills, food waste rots and releases harmful greenhouses gases such as methane, a more potent pollutant than those emitted by motor vehicles.
“Our mission at EcoScraps has always been to attack environmental problems head on in everything that we do, so essentially every day is Earth Day here at EcoScraps. It only takes small changes in the ways we live to make a big difference.”
EcoScraps, a provider of organics, chemical and manure-free lawn and garden products, is dedicated to doing all that it can to help better the planet and conserve its resources. Safe for children, pets and the planet, EcoScraps recycles produce waste that would otherwise be hauled into the nation’s landfills to create methane. By diverting waste from landfills to create its products, EcoScraps is significantly reducing damaging methane gas from being released into the air, which perfectly aligns with this year’s Earth Day global theme of “The Face of Climate Change.”
“Earth Day is a great opportunity for people to recognize and remember the importance of environmental responsibility,” said Dan Blake, CEO and co-founder of EcoScraps. “Our mission at EcoScraps has always been to attack environmental problems head on in everything that we do, so essentially every day is Earth Day here at EcoScraps. It only takes small changes in the ways we live to make a big difference.”
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has created the following 10 simple steps anyone can take to reduce greenhouse emissions, and EcoScraps encourages everyone to use these as a starting point to becoming more environmentally conscious.
1. Change five lights to ENERGY STAR lights
2. Look for ENERGY STAR products and appliances
3. Heat and cool your home smartly
4. Seal and insulate your home
5. Reduce, reuse, recycle
6. Use water efficiently
7. Be green in your yard
8. Purchase green power
9. Calculate your household’s carbon footprint
10. Spread the word of energy efficiency
EcoScraps is an organic lawn and garden products manufacturer that was established in 2010. Its process recycles food waste into nutrient-rich products that help plants grow healthier in the most environmentally friendly way possible. The company now manufactures its products in Utah, Arizona, Texas and California. EcoScraps has received several awards in its short history, including the 2010 Sparkseed Innovator honor, 2010 SOCAP Scholar and was named as one of the Top 25 Most Promising Social Ventures in America by Businessweek. To learn more about EcoScraps and its products, visit: ecoscraps.com.
JOIN NARRATOR JOSH DUHAMEL ON AN INSPIRATIONAL VISUAL VOYAGE INTO THE ASTONISHING AND REMARKABLE HEART OF OUR EXISTENCE
AVAILABLE APRIL 9, 2013 ON BLU-RAY™AND DVD
FROM UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Universal City, California – Directed by highly acclaimed photographer, filmmaker and environmentalist Yann Arthus-Bertrand (Home) and narrated by actor Josh Duhamel (Transformers, Life As We Know It), Planet Ocean is a cinematic adventure that invites viewers of all ages to change the way they look at the ocean and appreciate its greatest natural mystery. Planet Ocean will be available on Blu-ray™ and DVD on April 9, 2013 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
Through dazzling aerial and underwater imagery captured in extreme geographical conditions worldwide, Planet Ocean delivers an unprecedented journey into the least known regions of our planet. The stunning documentary aims to captivate as well as provide understanding of humankind’s relationship to the ocean and stress the urgency of making sustainable change. Brought to life with dynamic and relatable narration, this groundbreaking film can be enjoyed by the entire family.
Planet Ocean will be available on Blu-ray™ and DVD.
· Blu-ray™ disc unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring perfect hi-def picture and perfect hi-def sound.
· DVD offers the flexibility and convenience of playing the movie in more places, both at home and while away.
BONUS FEATURES (BLU-RAY™ and DVD):
· THE MAKING OF PLANET OCEAN
· IN THE SKIES ABOVE RIO: Breathtaking images of Rio de Janeiro’s magnificent shores will inspire you with wonder and delight.
· UNDERWATER: Uncover the natural mysteries of marine life with Planet Ocean’s team of underwater cinematographers.
· SHANGHAI: Extraordinary aerial photography of Shanghai’s busy harbor underscores the significance of ocean commerce.
TECHNICAL INFORMATION – BLU-RAY™:
Street Date: April 9, 2013
Copyright: 2013 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Selection Number: 61126490 / 61126510 (CDN)
Running time: 1 Hour, 33 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
Rating: Not Rated
Languages/Subtitles: English, Italian, Castilian Spanish, Japanese, Brazilian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Latin American Spanish, Norwegian, Russian, and Swedish
Sound: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
TECHNICAL INFORMATION – DVD:
Street Date: April 9, 2013
Copyright: 2013 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Selection Number: 61126491 / 61126512 (CDN)
Running time: 1 Hour, 33 Minutes
Layers: Dual Layer
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: Not Rated
Languages/Subtitles: English, Spanish, Japanese and Brazilian Portuguese
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
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