SUSTAINABILITY

Brightcore Energy Appoints Lauren Hildebrand as Vice President, Client Sustainability

Brightcore Energy | January 27, 2022

Brightcore Energy, a leading provider of end-to-end clean energy solutions to the commercial and institutional market, announced the appointment of Lauren Hildebrand to the newly created role of Vice President, Client Sustainability.

Brightcore Energy is extremely excited to have Lauren Hildebrand join our team. She will bring critical knowledge to our strategic clients to enable them to meet building electrification and decarbonization goals.”

Mike Richter, President of Brightcore Energy

In her role as Sustainability Director at Steven Winter Associates, Inc., Lauren focused on sustainable and high performance residential and commercial building design, construction, renovation, and operation. Her expertise includes sustainable design, indoor air quality & energy performance testing, and project certification for both commercial and residential programs. With more than 16 years of experience, Lauren has also had true engagement in contractor training, building materials selection, energy code compliance, and incentive programs.

“I am thrilled to join the Brightcore family at such a transformative time in our push towards building electrification and decarbonization,” Lauren said. “I look forward to helping our clients find the most practical, economic and efficient turnkey solutions in order to succeed in meeting their sustainability goals.”

She has worked with green building certification programs since 2008, overseeing certification and consulting services for over 15,000 homes and multifamily units. Lauren is an accredited LEED AP BD+C, LEED for Homes Green Rater and WELL Performance Testing Agent, and has overseen project certification for residential programs, such as LEED, ENERGY STAR, NYSERDA, NJ Clean Energy, and Enterprise Green Communities. Awards presented to her clients include the 2013, 2018, 2019 and 2020 USGBC LEED Project of the Year Awards, 2018 Outstanding Multi-Family Developer, 2017 LEED Power Builder, and more.

She also presents at events and conferences around the Northeast, such as the NYS Green Building Conference, NESEA’s BuildingEnergy Conferences, North American Passive House Conference, and more.

About Brightcore Energy
Brightcore Energy accelerates the deployment of proven energy-efficiency and renewable energy technologies through its innovative Clean-Energy-as-a-Service model that requires no capital investment and provides for immediate operating cost savings, making it affordable and seamless for businesses and institutional buildings to quickly and easily transition their legacy energy platforms to significantly more efficient ones. Brightcore’s end-to-end clean energy solutions include LED lighting conversions, commercial and community solar, high-efficiency renewable heating and cooling (geothermal), electric vehicle (EV) charging and battery storage. Customers include Madison Square Garden, Citi Field, Montefiore Health System, Brookfield Properties, SL Green, LAZ Parking and numerous public and private educational institutions.

Spotlight

NextEra Energy Resources is positioned to be an industry leader in energy storage.


Other News
SUSTAINABILITY,PRODUCTS

Bridge Investment Group Announces Expansion Into Solar Energy, Partnership With Lumen Energy

Lumen Energy | July 14, 2022

Bridge Investment Group Holdings Inc. (NYSE: BRDG) (“Bridge” or the “Company”) announced the launch of its newest strategy, Bridge Solar Energy Development (“Bridge Solar”), in partnership with Lumen Energy Inc. (“Lumen”).As companies move to decarbonize their operations, onsite renewable energy is increasingly economical. Commercial rooftop solar technology costs have fallen 69% over the last 10 years, while retail electricity prices increased 10% nationally just since 2020; however, onsite commercial solar deployment has remained slow due to complex utility building data, supply chain issues, financing complexities and diverse state-specific incentives. For one-off projects, the unfamiliar process overhead and capital expenditure remain high compared to direct benefits, yet too small for utility-scale investors. Bridge believes that its national footprint and local expertise, combined with Lumen’s data-driven technology, will streamline the analysis and implementation of solar in a high-demand market that has been largely untapped. Only 4.5% of the approximately six million commercial properties in the United States currently have solar arrays, leaving more than 145 gigawatts of onsite solar potential. “We expect Bridge Solar to provide an unmet need for green energy, via the provision of clean energy at a discount to market rates by deploying renewable energy infrastructure equipment on existing buildings, By partnering with Lumen Energy, a leader in the clean energy software and energy project development process technology space, we will offer best in class design, procurement, construction and operation of solar projects on properties owned by Bridge-managed funds and third-party assets.” -John Ward, Chief Executive Officer, Bridge Solar, and Chief Investment Officer, Bridge Office. This unique partnership enables Bridge Solar to evaluate thousands of new property addresses at once, and make decisions in minutes. Building on technology pioneered at U.S. National Labs, Lumen’s technology quantifies the economically ideal “clean energy stack” unique to each property, inclusive of financing and incentives, then automates the deployment process. “We are excited to partner with Bridge on the next phase of growth for Lumen, Together, our scale, precision, and automation allow us to deliver profitable decarbonization with speed and ease. By building solar-powered energy systems on existing buildings, Bridge Solar will utilize unused space to meet the growing demand for green energy, while simultaneously providing owners and tenants a discount to market energy prices.” -Peter Light, Chief Executive Officer of Lumen About Bridge Investment Group Bridge is a leading, vertically integrated real estate investment manager, diversified across specialized asset classes, with approximately $38.8 billion of assets under management as of March 31, 2022. Bridge combines its nationwide operating platform with dedicated teams of investment professionals focused on select U.S. real estate verticals: residential rental, office, development, logistics properties, net lease and real estate-backed credit. About Lumen Energy Lumen Energy is a leading software platform that empowers commercial real estate owners to profitably select and deploy renewable energy across many properties at once. Lumen Energy’s software fuses supercomputer outputs and energy market data into investment-grade financial models, enabling building owners to easily evaluate which clean energy solutions enhance the value of their buildings. The Lumen platform connects owners with a marketplace of qualified local installers, automating clean energy deployment from start-to-finish.

Read More

FOOD SYSTEMS

Huawei Launches PowerPOD 3.0, a New Generation of Power Supply System

Huawei | May 30, 2022

During the Huawei Next-Generation Data Center Facility launch event, Fei Zhenfu, CTO of Huawei Data Center Facility Team, released a new generation of power supply solution—PowerPOD 3.0. Through core technology innovation and component convergence, the solution optimizes the layout and builds a worry-free data center power supply system that saves footprint, power, and time. By using an innovative converged architecture and the industry's ultra-high-density UPS5000-H, the power density per cabinet is increased and the space layout of the power supply system is optimized. The number of cabinets is reduced from 22 to 11, resulting in a significant footprint decrease. In a 12 MW data center, for example, the footprint saved by the PowerPOD 3.0 solution allows for deploying more than 170 additional racks compared with a traditional power supply solution. Power saving: 70% lower consumption The link efficiency of a traditional power supply solution is generally lower than 94.5%. In contrast, PowerPOD 3.0 raises the efficiency up to 97.8% while shortening the link length. In addition, the UPS5000-H delivers an efficiency of 99.1% in S-ECO mode, effectively reducing power consumption. Using the PowerPOD 3.0 in a 12 MW data center will save nearly 300,000 U.S. dollars each year. Time saving: 75% shorter delivery A traditional power supply solution requires about 35 copper bars and 180 cables to be connected onsite, resulting in high-quality risks and a delivery period of 2 months. The PowerPOD 3.0 uses tray-alike prefabricated busbars for internal connections. With prefabrication and commissioning completed in the factory, onsite construction can be completed only in 2 weeks, accelerating service rollout for customers. Worry free: 40% lower fault rate in SLA Based on the concept of "autonomous driving" and AI technologies, the PowerPOD 3.0 is armed with iPower intelligent feature, which provides two-layer reliable designs for end-to-end visibility as well as AI temperature prediction, life prediction of key components, and intelligent setting. Automatic and predictive O&M becomes possible. Data centers are evolving towards high density and large scale. As the "heart" of a data center, the power supply system must not only ensure safety and reliability throughout its life cycle to match the growth in demand, but also integrate all equipment in the power supply chain in an innovative way to create more value for customers.

Read More

ENERGY

Andersen Corporation and Ubiquitous Energy Announce Plans to Develop First Energy Generating Windows and Doors Without Aesthetic Compromises

Andersen Corporation | August 18, 2022

Andersen Corporation, manufacturer of the #1 innovative window and door brand*, and Ubiquitous Energy, the world leader in transparent solar technology, have entered into an agreement to jointly develop a first-of-its-kind energy generating window and door products.The companies are working together to bring products to market that will revolutionize solar generation for residential and light commercial buildings. The products will leverage Ubiquitous Energy's UE Power™ technology, the only patented and visibly transparent photovoltaic glass coating that harnesses solar power to generate electricity, while remaining almost indistinguishable from traditional windows. With this revolutionary technology, the products the companies are jointly developing are intended to bring renewable energy generation to windows and doors while providing a clear, natural experience that is similar to what is expected from traditional windows and doors. "By combining Andersen's expertise in crafting innovative window and door products that deliver quality, design aesthetic and energy efficiency with the unique properties of UE Power™ technology, our vision is to develop products that go beyond energy efficiency to energy generation, This is a powerful opportunity to leverage our industry leadership, product development expertise and manufacturing capabilities to help bring innovative new products to the marketplace that will improve the homeowner experience and make the world a better place." -Brandon Berg, senior vice president, research, development and innovation, Andersen Corporation. Andersen is a leading investor in Ubiquitous Energy and a longtime pioneer in the window and door industry with more than 225 patents to its name over time. Andersen's investment in Ubiquitous Energy represents the company's future-focused interest in advancing the fenestration industry with disruptive technology solutions that have the potential to elevate the industry and contribute to a healthier environment. The companies began their relationship with an investment from Andersen in Ubiquitous Energy's Series B financing in 2021. Since then, Ubiquitous Energy has demonstrated significant progress, validating its large area coating equipment with the ability to uniformly coat floor-to-ceiling glass in addition to advancing its next-generation materials pipeline using artificial intelligence. UE Power™ technology serves as a visibly transparent solar panel that adds renewable energy generation capability to window and door glass while maintaining visual aesthetics. Ubiquitous Energy is actively raising funding to accelerate commercialization efforts, including funding for a U.S.-based manufacturing facility that will supply the first transparent solar window and door units to Andersen and other partners and customers. We are excited to continue to deepen our relationship with Andersen to together create the first UE Power™ window and door products for residential and light commercial buildings. Our companies have a shared goal of changing the way the world uses solar power and positively impacting the environment in a big way without compromising aesthetics or function, said Susan Stone, chief executive officer, Ubiquitous Energy. ABOUT ANDERSEN CORPORATION Andersen was founded in 1903 on the philosophy of working "all together" to deliver on its promise to its customers. Every day, the company's more than 13,000 employees are empowered to imagine what's possible and do what's right. Andersen delivers products for the way people live, unmatched performance for the comfort and security homeowners desire, and endless design options to achieve any style. Headquartered in Bayport, Minn., Andersen Corporation and its subsidiaries manufacture and market window and door products under the Andersen®, Renewal by Andersen®, EMCO® and MQ™ brands. Andersen, a privately held company, operates manufacturing sites across North America and Europe. Andersen has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 2022 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award. Visit us at andersenwindows.com. Follow us on Facebook @AndersenWindows, Twitter @AndersenWindows, and Instagram @andersen_windows. ABOUT UBIQUITOUS ENERGY, INC. Founded in 2011, Ubiquitous Energy was started by a group of MIT and MSU scientists and engineers looking for new ways to reduce humanity's carbon footprint by seamlessly integrating solar power technology into everyday products and surfaces. With nearly 200 global patent filings, Ubiquitous Energy has the world's leading transparent solar technology – the conversion of light into electricity using semiconducting materials all while maintaining visible transparency. To both residential and commercial building occupants, Ubiquitous Energy's solar windows provide a clear, vibrant experience that is expected from traditional Low-E windows, but with self-contained, on-board power and smart functionality. For more information please visit us at www.ubiquitous.energy or connect with us via LinkedIn.

Read More

STRATEGY AND BEST PRACTICES

Johnson Matthey's technologies selected to enable sustainable fuel production for plant in Bilbao

Johnson Matthey | May 25, 2022

Johnson Matthey, a global leader in sustainable technologies, and bp, an international energy company, have announced that their co-developed, ground-breaking Fischer Tropsch (FT) CANS™ technology and Johnson Matthey's innovative reverse water gas shift technology, HyCOgen™, have been selected for use by Aramco and Repsol at a new synthetic fuels plant in Bilbao, Spain. The plant will be one of the world's first to use renewable (green) hydrogen and CO2 as its only raw materials. It is due to be commissioned in 2024, with a starting capacity of more than 2,100 tonnes per year. It will produce a sustainable synthetic drop-in fuel that can be blended for existing road vehicle engines, planes and ships. It is the second licence signed for the FT CANS technology, which was jointly developed with bp to deliver significant environmental and operational benefits. It converts synthesis gas (syngas), generated from sources such as industrial emissions, direct air capture, municipal solid waste or other renewable biomass, into long-chain hydrocarbons suitable for the production of diesel and jet fuels. It is the first licence signed for Johnson Matthey's recently launched HyCOgen technology, which uses a catalysed process to convert CO2 and green hydrogen into carbon monoxide (CO), which is then combined with additional hydrogen to form syngas. Coupling HyCOgen and FT CANS technologies provide an end-to-end, scalable process optimized for high conversion efficiency — enabling the production of premium quality synthetic crude oil. Aramco Chief Technology Officer, Ahmad Al-Khowaiter, said: "This agreement supports our ongoing work to develop lower-emission transport solutions and we are thrilled by the opportunity it represents. Converting CO2 into synthetic, lower-carbon fuels can meaningfully contribute to the reduction of transport emissions and, through this strategic partnership, we aim to harness innovative technologies that can unlock the full potential of both sustainable fuels and chemicals — and demonstrate their competitiveness." Adriana Orejas, Director Industrial Transformation and Deep Tech at Repsol said: "The development of Bilbao synthetic fuel, where sustainable synthetic fuel shall be produced, represents an important step on our commitment of being a Net Zero Emission company by 2050, aligned with the climate objectives set out in Paris by COP21. Coupling Johnson Matthey, a reliable and demonstrated global leader technologist, HyCOgen and FT CANS Technology allow us to demonstrate the whole value chain of producing sustainable fuel from CO2 and renewable hydrogen as unique raw materials, complementing Repsol´s portfolio of Low carbon fuels alternatives." Noemie Turner, VP Technology development & commercialisation at bp, said: "Repsol and Aramco choosing to license our co-developed FT CANS technology recognises great science and engineering. This builds on the first license to Fulcrum Bioenergy, further demonstrating the key role of the technology in the production of sustainable fuels." Jane Toogood, Sector Chief Executive at Johnson Matthey, said: "In licensing both the HyCOgen and FT CANS technologies for their Bilbao plant, Repsol and Aramco have recognised the potential of this pioneering solution — and shown that we're a trusted partner in sustainable fuel production technology." The scalability of the combined HyCOgen and FT CANS solutions enables cost-effective deployment across a wide range of project sizes. Either technology can also be licensed independently. About Johnson Matthey: Johnson Matthey is a global leader in sustainable technologies that enable a cleaner and healthier world. With over 200 years of sustained commitment to innovation and technological breakthroughs, we improve the performance, function and safety of our customers' products. Our science has a global impact in areas such as low emission transport, pharmaceuticals, chemical processing and making the most efficient use of the planet's natural resources. Today about 15,000 Johnson Matthey professionals collaborate with our network of customers and partners to make a real difference to the world around us.

Read More