The Water Environment Research Foundation has contracted with Black & Veatch, in partnership with AECOM, the North East Biosolids and Residuals Association, and Hemenway Inc., to explore energy balance, reduction, recovery and production opportunities in water treatment processes. The research project – Energy Balance and Reduction Opportunities, Case Studies of Energy-Neutral Wastewater Facilities and Triple Bottom Line Research Planning Support – aims to help transfer industry knowledge and experience among utilities in the US and Australia and provide guidance for achieving energy self-sufficiency.
Electric Power Research Institute is to evaluate the effectiveness of water remediation company Latitude Solutions’ Electro Precipitationtechnology on the remediation and removal of trace elements from coal-fired power plant effluent streams, the organizations have announced. The technology is currently deemed suitable for remediating many different industrial sources of wastewater including those from the oil and gas operations and flowback from hydraulic fracturing, Latitude says.
Hybrid electric powertrain devloper XL Hybrids has signed a supply agreement with battery manufacturer Johnson Controls. Under the agreement Johnson will provide complete lithium-ion battery packs constructed of high-power, spiral wound lithium nickel cobalt aluminum cells to power light-duty commercial vehicles, including the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans. The battery pack has 1.8 kWh of energy storage, a peak discharge power rating of 50 kW and a nominal voltage of 260V.
Telkonet is to install its Ecosmart energy management technology in an additional 800 rooms at a US Air Force base where the product has already been deployed. During the first half of 2012, Telkonet provided EcoInsight intelligent thermostats for over 2,800 rooms at this as-yet-unnamed base. Before the end of 2012, an additional 300 rooms may be installed with the technology, bringing the total of EcoSmart thermostats on the base to nearly 4,000.
Newport News Public School District in Virginia has installed more than 185 Cree Inc. LED exterior luminaires, becoming the first school district in the area with a significant LED lighting installation. The district selected Cree The Edge security, area and parking structure luminaires to illuminate the exteriors of seven schools: General Stanford Elementary, Greenwood Elementary, Lee Hall Elementary, Palmer Elementary, Crittenden Middle, Booker T. Washington Middle (pictured) and Denbigh High. Officials estimate the LED lighting upgrade resulted in annual energy savings of 139,000 kWh and reduced annual lighting energy costs at the seven facilities by 65 percent.