More and more companies are employing scents in their buildings
January 23, 2017
Everyone wants to work in and visit buildings, stores, factories, and other venues that smell good. In fact, scent has been shown to improve moods, enhance performance and memory, and can cause consumers to stay longer, return more often, and even spend more money.
Data center optimization company stresses importance of a thermal strategy to avoid outages
January 9, 2017
With thermal risks still accounting for 29 percent of unplanned data center outages, data center optimization company, EkkoSense, has detailed how organizations need a more structured thermal approach to kick their addiction to over-cooling — cooling now accounts for 35 percent of overall data center energy consumption.
Amazon is set to usher in the next generation of “smart” convenience stores with the launch of its Amazon Go concept, replacing traditional checkouts with smart technology. The store concept works by automatically logging purchases to the user’s Amazon account when a product is removed from the shelf.
Warning over remote manipulation of office a/c systems to create a demand surge and grid shut down
December 5, 2016
According to WIRED magazine, researchers have highlighted the issue of remotely manipulating home and office air conditioners to create a surge and take down the power grid. The hack targets remote shut-off devices that utilities install on air conditioners to conserve energy during peak summer periods.
The European collaborative Poseidon project says it has developed a scanner that can detect Legionella bacteria in under one hour, rather than the 10 days of cultivation and analysis normally required.
Nortek Global has announced that the Eaton Williams business it acquired last year will close for good on November 30, following disappointing profitability. The company closed its doors and ceased production on September 30 and all employees will leave the business on November 30.
The 197 Parties to the Montreal Protocol, meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, have struck a global agreement which will see HFC refrigerant consumption and production phased down from 2019. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called the deal 'a monumental step forward.'
The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) has issued a new resolution for refrigeration, which includes a call for inclusion of HFCs in the Montreal Protocol and a call for members to deploy low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants in “all commercial and industrial refrigeration equipment.”
Finland system uses waste energy from computing center to heat 1,500 homes
September 5, 2016
A groundbreaking district heating scheme in Finland has harnessed waste heat generated by a computer center to heat homes. The project uses an advanced heat pump system based on high-performance Bitzer compressors.