Smardt Chiller Group Inc. has acquired Stuttgart’s OPK Klimatechnik AG. OPK has an array of patent properties that cover advances in heat exchange, variable-speed drives, free-cooling chiller controls and compressor optimization.
While the importance of building energy performance metrics to reduce energy use is accepted worldwide, there is no single generally accepted definition of that metric. Under a new initiative, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) is working to define an energy use metric to move the building industry toward producing net zero energy buildings by 2030.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Verizon have signed a memorandum of understanding that could lead to the development of new innovative ways to reduce energy use in the information and communications technology (ICT) industry.
Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, announced at Cisco’s annual IT and communications conference that it has teamed with Cisco to provide a comprehensive energy management solution that monitors and manages energy consumption across all building domains including IT.
Metrus Energy Inc., which provides financing for large-scale energy efficiency projects, has announced its selection as a financial partner under the White House’s Better Buildings Challenge (BBC) and as a Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action participant.
Standard Solar Inc., a leader in the development, installation, and financing of solar electric systems for commercial, government, and residential customers, has announced plans to develop a 598 kilowatt solar electric system for the city of Atlantic City, N.J., marking its entrance into the New Jersey market.
Geothermal wasn’t always on the homeowners’ radar in this application, as they briefly considered replacing their existing high-efficiency propane furnaces and air conditioners with similar equipment. However, the rising cost of propane - combined with federal tax credits - prompted their interest in higher efficiency systems.