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Both Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) and Enterprise Energy Management (EEM) have major parts to play in delivering distributed energy and demand response services connecting across smart buildings and smart grid. Together they can also reach across associated applications. In this issue of EL Analysts, Memoori's Jim McHale discusses the market for and the intersection between these technologies.
IDTechEx expects global sales of marine electric vehicles, including hybrids and pure electrics, to rise from 73,000 in 2013 to 118,000 in 2024, and from $2.6 billion to $7.3 billion. This market includes commercial uses such as tugboats, oil slick collectors, tourist boats and autonomous underwater vehicles used by the oil and gas industry - as well as vehicles for military, research and personal uses. In this report, Peter Harrop and Raghu Das give a tour of the sector, including technologies, applications, benefits of adoption, manufacturers, and prospects for future growth.
Several “green” agricultural technologies have emerged as potential methods for increasing yields, according to Lux Research. But not all of these technologies represent financial opportunities. We asked Sara Olson what advantages biopesticides, no-till farming and biochar offer to agricultural businesses – and what disadvantages will limit adoption.
The EU’s Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive requires producers of electronic equipment to take responsibility for product end-of-life by financing collection and recycling. The aim is to stop electrical items being incinerated or landfilled. In 2012 the EU passed an updated directive, called the WEEE recast, which makes several changes to the original regulations. But because of the EU’s process of transposing bloc-wide directives into national law, many of the changes have yet to be felt. Howard Stimpson explains what manufacturers and other companies should be looking out for.
The European Union’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive, which restricts the use of certain chemicals in electrical and electronic goods, has already had a profound effect on manufacturers of computers, appliances and other common products. But the RoHS landscape is still changing. In 2011, the EU passed a new version of the directive, commonly called RoHS. This will affect a large number of companies – including some that might not even think of themselves as electronics manufacturers. We spoke to Mike Kirschner about the changes.
IDC Manufacturing Insights recently published its predictions for worldwide manufacturing in 2014. Among key trends, IDC predicts a convergence of operational, information and consumer technology; and says that operational resiliency will be the focus of supply chain strategies this year and beyond. These predictions have a number of implications for manufacturers’ sustainability. We spoke with IDC’s Kimberly Knickle to draw out some sustainability trends for the year.
Cellulosic biofuel producers are racing to commercialize, but for their products to survive, they will need to compete on cost and performance with petroleum fuels. The economics are still uncertain. Lux Research built a detailed cost model to analyze five main routes from lignocellulosic biomass to sugars: dilute acid, ammonia fiber expansion, steam explosion, supercritical fluid, and concentrated acid. We asked Lux’s Andrew Soare about the prospects for the cellulosic market, and where it fits into the larger biofuels picture.
A climate change paradigm based on ethical rationales and scientific warnings has failed to generate widespread action in the global business community. Verdantix has developed a profit-centric paradigm called Climate 2.0, based on addressing risks and exploiting opportunities. This framework will assist heads of sustainability to educate executives on how climate change strategy can increase profitability – irrespective of executives’ ethical position on climate change or belief in its scientific reality.
The lighting market is changing rapidly. Prices for light-emitting diode (LED) lighting are falling fast and LED adoption is on the rise. Meanwhile control technology is improving, and it too is becoming less expensive. Building owners are beginning to expect fine control over their lighting systems, just as they have for their HVAC. Navigant Research forecasts that revenue from networked lighting control equipment in commercial buildings will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 17.2 percent, reaching $5.3 billion globally by 2020. We spoke to Jesse Foote of Navigant Research about the current vendor landscape, pricing and drivers of future adoption.
In September 2010 California passed a bill, AB 2514, that required the state Public Utilities Commission to adopt 2015 and 2020 energy storage procurement targets. Last month the CPUC responded by setting a goal for the state’s three largest utilities – Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric – to develop 1.325 GW of energy storage capacity by 2020. According to the commission, this energy storage will help optimize the grid, through peak reduction, improved reliability and deferment of transmission and distribution upgrades, while enabling renewable energy integration and helping the state meet its goal of cutting greenhouse gases to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. We spoke to Vishal Sapru of Frost & Sullivan about the regulations and what they ...
On September 20, the EPA proposed New Source Performance Standards to limit carbon dioxide emissions from new power plants. The standards will likely face court challenges: the National Association of Manufacturers, National Mining Association, US Chamber of Commerce and other industry groups have spoken out against the regulations. Meanwhile, the agency plans to propose standards for existing power plants by June 1 of next year. We spoke with Thomas Lorenzen, partner at Dorsey & Whitney and former assistant chief in the Department of Justice’s environment and natural resources division, about the standards’ prospects and their potential impact on business.
For those in charge of energy procurement and management at firms with annual revenues above $250m, even the tiniest error in one part of the business can multiply itself across the whole company – leading to big problems. So it’s up to heads of energy in all industries to keep a close eye on what they’re spending, and where they can cut back. Verdantix wanted to find out what heads of energy plan to do in 2014, and how they’re going to split up their budgets, so it spoke to 250 of them at firms with annual revenues above $250m. These people had job titles including Head of Energy, Head of Property, Facilities Director and Operations Director. In this issue of ...
On September 26, California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) published a list of chemicals to be considered for regulation under the Safer Consumer Products initiative. This program, which went into effect October 1, will eventually require manufacturers to evaluate the feasibility of removing certain chemicals from particular products. The regulations' effects will reach far beyond California's borders, to companies in other states and even other countries. Maureen Gorsen previously wrote about the initiative for Environmental Leader last February. We asked her for an update on the regulations’ evolution, and to tell us about what pitfalls they may pose for business.
Recent innovations and cost reductions in cleantech hold promise for making mining more profitable, safer and better for the planet. Kachan & Co. has defined a taxonomy of cleantech in mining after analyzing the relationships of categories of innovation to each other. This edition of EL Analysts gives an overview of the major layers of the taxonomy, highlighting companies that Kachan believes are representative of leading innovation in each. This report focuses on methods of improving energy efficiency and reducing fuel consumption in the mining industry. We also touch on methods of reducing toxicity, emissions and water consumption. EL Analysts is part of EL PRO, Environmental Leader’s premium content service. Learn more here.
The increasing emphasis on energy efficiency in data centers has given rise to a need for monitoring, trouble shooting and inventory management tools, according to Anu Cherian at Frost & Sullivan. Data center infrastructure management (DCIM) products offer a solution by helping to diagnose problems methodically, and by minimizing physical walk-throughs of the center. DCIM helps data center operators manage servers, racks, cooling systems and uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), among other hardware. We spoke to Cherian about the evolution of the DCIM market and what to expect in the next few years. EL Analysts is part of EL PRO, Environmental Leader’s premium content service. Learn more here.
Earlier this year, a number of news outlets carried stories about multiplying attacks on renewable portfolio standards (RPSs), state-level policies that have been a major driver for clean energy development. But research by the Center for the New Energy Economy, at Colorado State University, found that the danger may have been overstated. We spoke with the center’s senior policy advisor, Jeff Lyng, about trends in RPS development, and the role for large commercial and industrial utility customers. EL Analysts is part of EL PRO, Environmental Leader’s premium content service. Learn more here.
The evolution of smart building technologies has been a boon to many companies seeking to improve their energy efficiency, lower emissions and save money. But according to IDC Energy Insights, adoption by owners of smaller buildings has stagnated. We spoke to IDC vice president Jill Feblowitz about the prospects for this market. EL Analysts is part of EL PRO, Environmental Leader’s premium content service. Learn more here.
Lithium-ion batteries are well known to many consumers, but they could hold even greater promise in a variety of environmental applications, including renewable energy storage, electric vehicles and building energy storage. We spoke to Vishal Sapru about the current market and the prospects for li-ion batteries. EL Analysts is part of EL PRO, Environmental Leader’s premium content service. Learn more here.