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Florida’s Untapped Solar Power

(3BL Media/Just Means) I've spent the summer living in historic St. Augustine, Florida. The surf is great, the people are friendly and the sun shines brightly every single day. The sun is powerful here, powerful enough it seems to produce enough solar energy for most of the nation.

Boeing Collaborates with Canadian Aviation Industry for Biofuel Project

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Canada has extensive sustainably certified forests, which it can leverage to make environmental progress in various industrial sectors. The country has long used mill and forest residues to make wood pellets that are used to generate electricity. Now it is turning its attention to the development of sustainable aviation fuel from leftover branches, sawdust and other forest-industry waste.

The Surprising Role of Fuel Cells in Today’s Clean Economy

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - While few were looking, and while there seemed to be little energy news beyond the occasional automotive announcement (which most people dismiss as a futuristic longshot), fuel cells have quietly been finding valuable niches, particularly in the industrial world.

A recent report by the Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy Association says that 9% of Fortune 500 companies and 23% of Fortune 100 companies are using fuel cells in some aspect of their operations. The primary uses are for backup power generation and material handling equipment (MHE). The current market in industrial fuel cells has hit the $2 billion mark with more than 13,500 units deployed.

While one might question the practicality and affordability of using fuel cells for backup power, it turns out that they are well-suited to the role. Companies cite a variety of reasons for using fuel cells for distributed power generation (DG) including:

  • An assured, reliable electricity supply
  • Better energy management control.
  • Clean, renewable energy boosts the company’s image
  • DG reduces energy costs

Backup plants can also be used for peak shaving and other demand management schemes. Large electric customers typically pay demand charges that raise costs during periods of high demand. By producing their own power during these periods, industrial customers can save money. Fuel cells tend to have rapid startup times as compared to diesels and are also far cleaner.

Other savings accrue from “cost savings on electricity or fuel purchases; emissions savings from being a more efficient, non-combustion technology; time savings from less maintenance, fewer fuelings and longer run time; and water savings at a time where droughts are hitting some states so hard that restrictions are being imposed on water use.“

Smart Alternatives for Renewing America’s Infrastructure

Guest blog by Brendan Bechtel

A Look at Gasoline Prices and Trends Around the World

(3BL Media/Justmeans_- Anyone who has ever taken a road trip has probably been surprised to see the difference in gas and diesel prices when going from state to state.

Future Cities Summit Ties Sustainability, Social Equity, Clean Energy and Scale

The Greentopia Future Cities Summit, which took place in Rochester, NY, gave a thoughtful look at some of the potential opportunities for cities in the future, and what kinds of steps might be required to get us there.

DHL Launches Free Workshops for Africa’s SMEs

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – As Sub Saharan Africa continues to emerge as a major growth market, so will the continent’s attractiveness for business expansion.

Volkswagen Tops Automaker Sustainability List

(3BL Media/Just Means) - Automaker Volkswagen's sustainability efforts have, once again, won the company the top accolade ​by the most respected analysts. This is the second time the company is listed by ​​sustainabilty investor RobecoSAM as the leader in the sector - the first​ one​ was in 2013.

E-Mobilia World: Developing Eco-friendly Transport in Asia

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – At the beginning of the 20th century, the world only had a few thousand motor vehicles on the road. According to the American publisher Ward’s, in 2010, the number was 1.02 billion, which is expected to double in the next 30 years. All but a very few are still powered by fossil fuels.

Companies Seek to Make Employee Commuting More Sustainable

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – One of the attractive perks that can motivate almost any employee is an easier commute. Companies that think about creating solutions to get workers to their location in way that minimizes driving are likely to have a competitive edge over others. Driving to work may not be the first choice of the millennials. If a company can support the commuting need of workforce in a more sustainable way, it will help the environment and also improve employee loyalty and motivation.

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