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Custom AGV eliminates need for employee to shuttle carts between departments

| Energy Efficiency

Situation A mobile heavy equipment manufacturer was moving heavy spare parts and components manually from its shipping and receiving area to a parts storage area using aluminum custom carts. The carts also were used as picking carts to fulfill orders. Although the carts were easy to move and manipulate, a … Continue reading

Editorial: Water/energy nexus becoming a vortex of tension

| Water

EDITORIAL_Coalitions, grass-roots community groups, and political caucuses are emerging to fight for water in what is becoming a new age of conflicts—some in the most unlikely regions. In Texas of all places—wellspring of the U.S. oil and gas industry and geographic headquarters of the country’s petroleum refineries—a grass roots group … Continue reading

Energy harvesting event to include application, technology sessions

| Renewable Energy

Energy Harvesting and Storage USA will take place in Santa Clara, Calif., from Nov. 19- 20. Attendees will learn who needs energy harvesting, the ROI, and sectors close to adoption. End-user and integrators from a range of markets will present their needs and experiences. Information will be provided on technology … Continue reading

Global index ranks companies committed to combatting climate change

| Air/Emissions

CDP, London, has published “The A List: The CDP Climate Performance Leadership Index 2014,” which it says has been created at the request of 767 investors who represent more than one-third of the world’s invested capital. It contains information provided by almost 2,000 listed companies that it says has been … Continue reading

Power converter products can accommodate megawatt applications

| Energy Efficiency

Ideal Power Inc. has introduced a 125-kW converter line, including a three-port hybrid converter and two-port battery converter. The products use the same technology as the company’s 30-kW hybrid converter and are expected to lower costs and improve efficiency for integrating PV and energy storage solutions up to megawatt scale, … Continue reading

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