MCI WET Develops Containerized Seawater Reverse Osmosis Systems for Middle East Power Plants

MCI Water Equipment Technologies | September 08, 2020

MCI Water Equipment Technologies was awarded 50 containerized seawater reverse osmosis systems deployed to the Middle East. The systems are designed to handle varying feed water quality to different sites. Countries around the world are dealing with population expansion.  Land development puts a great strain on government resources and infrastructure to provide the basic needs to their citizens.  Often, municipal infrastructure services will not reach underdeveloped areas for years.


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Quidnet Achieves Major Milestones in US Department of Energy Contracts

Quidnet Energy | April 20, 2021

Houston, TX – Quidnet Energy (Quidnet) today announced it has achieved two key milestones in its projects with the US Department of Energy’s Water Power Technology Office (WPTO) and Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E), to commercialize the company’s Geomechanical Pumped Storage (GPS) technology. Quidnet pumps water underground and stores it in-between layers of rock. The natural elasticity of the rock performs like a spring and holds the water under pressure until it is needed, at which time it is released through a hydroelectric turbine to produce electricity to send back to the grid. Quidnet partnered with the WPTO through its HydroWIRES Initiative to develop an innovative reversible injector-generator that will enable deployment of modular hydropower conversion in high-pressure pumped hydro applications such as for Quidnet’s GPS technology. The milestone was achieved by the completion of system-level design and engineering as well as testing of key operating components in an industrial machining facility in New York State. Quidnet is working with ARPA-E through their Duration Addition to electricitY Storage (DAYS) program to develop the GPS resource in key power markets across the US by planning and executing exploratory wells to characterize, evaluate, and validate this geologic resource. This milestone is marked by the completion of project development of the exploration well sites – including sites that reuse inactive O&G wells – and achieving resource performance targets during exploration well hydraulic testing. Analogous work was performed by DOE in the early 2000s to similarly characterize North American wind resources. “WPTO and ARPA-E have been vital partners in the development of our long duration energy storage technology,” said Joe Zhou, Quidnet CEO. “These leading energy technology organizations have brought valuable resources and oversight to the development process, helping steward our technology toward commercialization. Their experience, guidance and partnership are very much appreciated.” “Long duration storage technologies such as Quidnet’s can play a crucial role in advancing our transition to a zero-carbon electric grid,” said Jenn Garson, WPTO Acting Outreach, Engagement & Analysis Manager. “Based on the strong results we have seen to date, we are optimistic about Quidnet’s contribution to our energy future.” “Quidnet Energy, as well as the rest of ARPA-E’s DAYS teams, are working to develop innovative long-duration energy storage systems and create new technologies to increase grid resilience and performance,” said ARPA-E DAYS Program Director Dr. Scott Litzelman. “We look forward to continuing to work closely with Quidnet as they continue to design energy storage solutions of the future.” Quidnet’s technology operates in a closed loop configuration, powered by excess grid electricity. Because most of the process is subsurface, projects have a relatively small footprint (well head, pump/generator building, and holding pond), allowing farmers and landowners to generate significant new lease revenue with minor impact. Quidnet utilizes much of the same subsurface knowledge, workforce, and supply chains as the oil and gas industry, making it a seamless opportunity to re-channel thousands of displaced workers—and the supply chains they operate--toward accelerating a clean energy future. Early resource investigations project sufficient North American geologic resources to provide multiple times the long duration energy storage needed by the grid. “The very talented, dedicated and rapidly-growing Quidnet team is hyper-focused on ensuring a reliable energy transition,” said Quidnet CEO Joe Zhou. “We are committed to being a major part of the solution.” Contact: Steven C. Sullivan 518-441-7272

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CSA Group - NEW Training for the Construction and Infrastructure Sector

CSA Group | October 27, 2020

CSA Group has a suite of training products to help you understand and apply the standards you use every day. In either self-guided online or instructor-led virtual format, you and your colleagues can still benefit from the expertise of our instructors and the quality training developed by technical committee members. Energy Efficiency Training Online training for the National Research Council of Canada’s National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB) 2017 is now available in English and French on the CSA Store. Furthering knowledge and adoption of the NECB 2017 contributes to the improved energy efficiency of new buildings and helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Leviton Introduces New Smart Evr-Green Electric Vehicle Charging Station for Fast, DC Charging

Leviton | April 12, 2022

Leviton today announced the launch of the Evr-Green DC charging station, the latest expansion to its portfolio of electric vehicle (EV) supply equipment. Ideal for rest stops, retail locations and other commercial and public applications, the Evr-Green DC provides a smart solution for high-power direct current (DC) charging for the latest electric vehicles on the market. "This is a major launch for Leviton as we continue to broaden our electric vehicle supply equipment portfolio, As recent legislation continues to promote and invest in the industry, we are seeing more EVs on the road. The new Evr-Green charging station provides faster charging and allows people to get where they need to go without concern over duration between charges." -Michael Mattei, executive vice president and general manager of Leviton's commercial & industrial business unit. The Evr-Green DC station's self-contained AC to DC power conversion system provides EVs with direct DC power, which unlike AC charging stations, does not require the vehicle to convert power. According to the Alternate Fuels Data Center of the Department of Energy, DC charging stations can average 60-80 miles of range in only 20 minutes of charging, which is more efficient when compared to 2-20 miles of range per hour for an at home Level 1 AC station or more common Level 2 AC station. Built with CCS1 and CHAdeMO charge connectors, the Evr-Green DC allows the latest EV models to charge. An LCD screen on the front of the unit allows drivers to easily interact with instructions and information, making the stations easy to use. The new Evr-Green DC charging station also provides important benefits to station owners. Integrated with ChargePoint Networking Services, station owners can control access, set pricing, display advertising, monitor station status and generate energy usage reports, allowing them to optimize their stations and see a return on their investment. Leviton has partnered with ChargePoint, a market leader in EV charging, for over 11 years to provide customers with the latest most innovative charging solutions. The Evr-Green DC charging station can easily integrate with other Leviton electrical infrastructure solutions, including surge protection devices and safety disconnect switches. In addition to growing its EVSE product portfolio, Leviton has expanded its dedicated EV quality and support team, supporting customers with the application process, installation requirements, local codes, rebates & incentives and more.. About Leviton's Commercial and Industrial Products Leviton's comprehensive line of commercial and industrial-grade electrical wiring devices provide builders, contractors and specifiers with solutions engineered to withstand the most rigorous commercial environments and harshest industrial applications. Leviton manufacturers everything from commercial, industrial and hospital grade wiring devices, to surge protective devices, electric vehicle supply equipment, temporary power solutions, heavy duty motor starter switches, IEC and NEMA watertight rated devices and more. About Leviton Leviton is the smart choice, delivering the most comprehensive range of solutions to meet the needs of today's residential, commercial and industrial customers in more than 90 countries across the globe. From simple switches and receptacles to networking systems and smart home automation, Leviton exceeds market needs by delivering innovative products to create sustainable, intelligent environments through its electrical wiring devices, network and data center connectivity solutions, LED lighting and lighting energy management systems, and security and automation applications. For Leviton, it is clear the FUTURE IS ON.

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Standard Solar Acquires 4.69 MW Solar + 4 MWh Storage Project from EDF Renewables, Forwards Massachusetts’ Renewable Portfolio Standard Goals

Standard Sola | February 24, 2022

The Massachusetts town of Plymouth and the Acton Water District will soon enjoy the clean energy and savings of solar power with an innovative 4.69 megawatt (MW) solar and 4 MWh storage project. Standard Solar acquired the project from developer EDF Renewables North America. The project received an award from the state’s Solar Massachusetts Renewable Targets (SMART) program, which provides incentives for solar and storage projects. Located in Acton, Massachusetts, on land owned by the Acton Water District, the Lawsbrook Solar + Storage project will allow the Town of Plymouth and Acton Water District to benefit from discounted power and lease revenues from the solar and storage system. The project will further the Commonwealth’s solar and energy storage goals by adding clean power to the bulk electrical system while supplementing the project with a battery to discharge clean power during on-peak evening hours, reducing the need for reliance on dirtier power sources during those times. The system is expected to generate 5,866 megawatt-hours of clean energy each year, enough to power 800 average Massachusetts’ homes and offset the carbon dioxide equivalent of burning 4.5 million pounds of coal. The project is built over the W.R. Grace Superfund Site and was awarded by way of an RFP to EDF Renewables in 2018. This project makes complimentary use of one of the District’s active groundwater well fields, which serves as part of the Town’s drinking water supply. The property hosting the project is previously disturbed land from gravel extraction and is encompassed by the larger W.R. Grace Superfund Site. Due to the various environmental sensitivities on the site, permitting the project entailed receiving approvals at various levels of the federal, state and local governments. Standard Solar is a leader in forwarding the clean energy movement throughout the nation. Adding this solar+storage project to our existing portfolio in Massachusetts underscores our rapid growth. It’s always significant when we connect with a great partner like EDF Renewables and acquire projects that are helping a town like Plymouth and the Acton Water District to capitalize on the multiple benefits of a solar and storage system. We look forward to adding many more projects like this to our portfolio in 2022 and beyond.” Eric Partyka, Director of Business Development, Standard Solar The Lawsbrook project is part of Standard Solar’s rapidly expanding portfolio in Massachusetts and the U.S. They currently own and maintain nearly 20 MW in Massachusetts and 280 MW of commercial and community solar projects throughout the United States. “The Acton Water Solar + Storage project is the first of two projects that EDF Renewables has had the privilege to partner with the Acton Water District on,” said Peter Bay, Associate Director, Business Development for EDF Renewables. “We are thrilled to see the project come to fruition, despite numerous permitting and interconnection challenges, and begin conveying benefits to the District and Town of Plymouth. The Acton Water District team have been fantastic partners on the project and have provided ample support in ensuring it’s a successful endeavor. We’re appreciative to have a reputable partner in Standard Solar as the long-term owner of the site.” “After a few years of hard work by all involved, we are extremely excited to have this renewable energy project coming online,” said Christ Allen District Manager, Acton Water District. “In the water supply industry, we keenly understand the impacts of global climate change, and the role that reliance on fossil fuels plays. We’re committed to do our part by lowering our carbon footprint, as water and wastewater treatment are very energy intensive processes. Partnering with EDF Renewables, such a knowledgeable, experienced company, has given us a great deal of peace of mind endeavoring into technology where we have no experience. It gives us a great deal of pride commissioning our first solar project and contributing to saving the climate.” The SMART Program was created in 2016 by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources and is a long-term sustainable solar incentive program designed to advance cost-effective solar development in the state. The new Lawsbrook solar and storage project will help the Commonwealth of Massachusetts reach its Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard as well as their recently codified 2030 and 2050 goals for a statewide clean energy economy. At the close of 2021, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities issued an order doubling the SMART program, extending the block incentive program to 3,200 MW of solar capacity. This move creates capacity for new projects and releases a bottleneck of stalled projects. About Standard Solar Standard Solar is powering the nation’s energy transformation – channeling its project development capabilities, financial strength and technical expertise to deliver the benefits of solar, as well as solar + storage, to businesses, institutions, farms, governments, communities and utilities. Building on 17 years of sustainable growth and in-house and tax equity investment capital, Standard Solar is a national leader in the development, funding and long-term ownership and operation of commercial and community solar assets. Recognized as an established financial partner with immediate, deep resources, the company owns and operates more than 280 megawatts of solar across the United States. Standard Solar is based in Rockville, Md. About EDF Renewables North America EDF Renewables North America is a market leading independent power producer and service provider with 35 years of expertise in renewable energy. The Company delivers grid-scale power: wind (onshore and offshore), solar photovoltaic, and storage projects; distribution-scale power: solar and storage; asset optimization: technical, operational, and commercial expertise to maximize performance of generating projects, and onsite solutions, through the Company’s PowerFlex subsidiary, offering a full suite of onsite energy solutions for commercial and industrial customers: solar, storage, EV charging, energy management systems, and microgrids. EDF Renewables’ North American portfolio consists of 24 GW of developed projects and 13 GW under service contracts. EDF Renewables North America is a subsidiary of EDF Renewables, the dedicated renewable energy affiliate of the EDF Group.

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