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MINNEAPOLIS—The new PowerConnect standby generator from Cummins Power Generation has been specifically designed to simplify quiet backup power for light commercial and larger residential applications. Available in output ratings from 30 kW to 60 kW, PowerConnect generators offer high reliability, ease of installation and low sound performance.
BERKELEY, CALIF.—Peerless, a leading designer and manufacturer of architectural luminaires and one of the innovative lighting companies under the Acuity Brands umbrella, announces the release of Vellum linear suspended LED luminaires. The product is well suited for use in commercial offices, retail spaces, academic institutions, as well as hospitality and healthcare settings.
ST. PAUL, MINN.—Ecolab Inc., a global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services, has received a 2014 Climate Leadership Award for excellence in greenhouse gas management. The award, cosponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), recognizes Ecolab for publicly reporting and verifying corporate greenhouse gas inventories and achieving aggressive greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals.
NATICK, MASS.—Despite the recent stormy weather in New England, two Boston-area tennis clubs are seeing things a bit brighter these days. That’s because ThinkLite recently retrofit their existing fluorescent lights with new ThinkLite high output LED tube lighting.
BURNABY, B.C.—According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 400 billion KW of hot water goes down the drain annually in the United States—roughly $40 billion worth of energy at an average cost of $.10/KW. A great deal of that energy loss occurs in hotels—where energy is uncaptured from greywater from showers and baths, sinks, dishwashers, laundry, etc. Energy is also lost in the blackwater coming from toilets. One company, International Wastewater Systems, has developed a system it calls SHARC (which stands for sewer heat recovery) to capture and reuse heat that typically is lost to the sewage system. International Wastewater Systems, based in Burnaby, B.C., has installed its SHARC system in several buildings, including a 172-unit condominium complex in Vancouver, B.C. While International Wastewater Systems has not yet installed SHARC in a hotel, company founder and president, Lynn Mueller, said the system is ideal for a hotel building. Green Lodging News asked Mueller how his system works and what equipment is required.
DURHAM, N.C.—Cree, Inc. introduces SmartCast Technology, a self-programming wireless lighting control system that reduces energy consumption by more than 70 percent at half the cost of traditional lighting controls. According to Cree, luminaires enabled with Cree SmartCast Technology remove the initial and ongoing complexity associated with lighting controls.
ALSIP, ILL.—Litetronics introduces its new, improved Neolite Miniature CFL lamps that are more energy efficient and shorter than previous models. With redesigned T2 glass spiral tops and new micro ballasts, these latest Neolite lamps are on average 15 percent brighter while reducing their maximum overall length by 8 percent.
BRANDENBURG, KY.—If you are staying at the Southern Grace Bed & Breakfast in Brandenburg, Ky., and can’t finish your tasty breakfast, don’t even think about throwing your food scraps in the trash. The approximately 70 chickens—free range chickens—will be more than happy to eat what you cannot. According to Theresa Padgett, owner of the 15-acre B&B with her husband David, all food scraps are either fed to the chickens or composted. The plate-to-chicken approach to waste management is just one of the ways the B&B owners work to lighten their property’s impact on the planet. In the garden that the owners plant each year, a “lasagna” no dig, no till, layering method is used. Layers of cardboard or newspaper are alternated with layers of “live” material such as leaves or egg shells.
BOURNE, MASS.—Chilled water system performance is often overlooked in plant operations, yet optimizing performance can significantly improve chilled water plant efficiency, and thereby reduce costs.
MOORPARK, CALIF.—Jim Dilbeck, General Manager of Cireon, announced that his LED systems manufacturing company recently completed a major outdoor lighting project for Universal CityWalk Hollywood at Universal Studios, Hollywood. Completed in conjunction with Tako Tyko, Signs & Lighting of Los Angeles, the parking lot project encompassed 600 parking spots and a footprint of more than 70,000 square feet.
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