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Footprint to establish manufacturing facility in S.C.

| Uncategorized

Gilbert, Ariz.-based Footprint LLC has announced it is establishing manufacturing operations in Richburg, S.C. The company is investing $15.4 million to establish the facility, creating an expected 115 new jobs over the next five years. Continue reading

Venture funding for building energy systems up in 2014

| Energy Efficiency

Venture funding for energy-efficient building technologies rose to $944 million in 2014, with total funding during 2012 to 2014 higher than any three-year period over the last 15 years, according to Lux Research, Boston. Continue reading

President Obama’s Keystone XL veto draws praise, fire

| Water

On Feb. 24, President Obama vetoed the “Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act,” saying, “Through this bill, the United States Congress attempts to circumvent longstanding and proven processes for determining whether or not building and operating a cross-border pipeline serves the national interest. Continue reading

Generator runs on CNG, provides auxiliary power

| Energy Efficiency

Cummins Onan has introduced a compact new 5.5-kW generator set designed to run on compressed natural gas (CNG) and provide auxiliary electric and optional hydraulic power for commercial truck fleets powered by CNG. Compared to gasoline, the fuel offers a reduced carbon footprint and lower per-gallon equivalent cost of operation, says the company. Continue reading

Powder coating reduces waste through higher transfer efficiency

| Waste

PPG Industries’ industrial coatings business has introduced ENVIROCRON® HTE (high-transfer-efficiency) powder coating, featuring a proprietary bisphenol A (BPA)-free polyester formulation designed to have a fast application build rate while providing uniform coverage on complex parts and surfaces and reducing material waste. Continue reading

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