Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tesla the electric car maker led by Elon Musk has been sued in China for using the trade mark Tesla in China.

Tesla the electric car maker led by Elon Musk has been sued in China for using the trade mark Tesla in China.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Renewable energy will gain from the investments that are happening in the energy sector. It is estimated that about $7.7 trillion will be invested in new power plants by 2030. A large part of this money will be done in renewable energy.

Renewable energy will gain from the investments that are happening in the energy sector. It is estimated that about $7.7 trillion will be invested in new power plants by 2030. A large part of this money will be done in renewable energy.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Aging Population: problem for European governments and many developed economies where having children is dropping down on the priority list

The natural beauty of Europe sweeps me off my feet every time I visit the continent. My recent visit to Europe was no different. The continent is beautiful and life moves on at its leisurely pace. However as I traveled across the country I saw the firsts glimpses of an aging population and experienced what has been discussed in various forums. It is an economic bomb ticking as the productive working class is burdened by the aging population. I was recently reading in an article how the immigrant working population has reduced the average age in Switzerland and people debated that this is a temporary phenomenon as this cannot be a solution to the aging population in Europe. When you walk in the streets or travel in public transport one generally encounters people who have crossed their working age. Children are rarely seen along. It is definitely not a pleasant sight. It is one of the bigger problems for European governments and many developed economies where having children is dropping down on the priority list.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Global Relay Joins Others in Creating a Zero Carbon Footprint Data Center

Global Relay Joins Others in Creating a Zero Carbon Footprint Data Center
As Cloud-based technology continues to advance, the need for powerful data centers is prevalent in the world. These data centers can consume a large amount of electrical power from the grid through massive server use, air conditioning and overall maintenance. While these facilities can be a drain on electrical resources, companies such as Global Relay go to great lengths to create a zero carbon footprint by using innovative green technologies.

More than Grid Reduction - Although reducing the use of electricity from the grid can be beneficial, reducing the overall use of energy can make each kilowatt go further. Instead of using standard air conditioning units, Global Relay utilizes evaporative cooling methods in order to keep the computer electronic temperatures down. Using outside air through water blankets for cooling, the data center greatly reduces the energy consumption of the facility as AC units are well known for consuming a large amount of power. Even the small units in the window of your home can exponentially increase your annual energy usage.


Protecting the Environment with Efficiency - One of the notable technologies utilized by Global Relay is the use of a flywheel uninterruptible power supplies. Essentially, this magnetic generator replaces the more toxic battery units in order to maintain power integrity throughout the facility. These units act as backup power systems as well as regulate the flow of electricity to protect servers and other electronics. Instead of lead-acid batteries that have a tenancy to expire quickly, flywheel UPS devices can sustain power levels without the use of toxic compounds.

Clean Grid - For the primary source of power of the data center, Global Relay utilizes hydroelectric power generation methods. This is one of the more clean ways of generating electricity as it doesn't require burning fossil fuels or risk contaminating the water supplies with radiation. This is one of the more important aspects of reducing a carbon footprint as there are zero emissions produced from hydroelectricity as it generates power.

Overall Sustainability - As the carbon footprint of the data center is reduced to zero, other aspects of creating sustainability reduce operational costs as well. Whether it is the reduced need for electricity due to evaporative cooling or the costs of replacing failure prone UPS devices, protecting the environment can do a lot to protect the bank accounts. One of the only ways that Global Relay could become more efficient is if the data center utilized its own wind turbines or solar array for the primary method of generating electricity - such as the facility Apple began developing in Arizona back in 2013.

Growing Trends - As more innovative technologies are developed, more and more businesses are turning to self-sustaining methods and greener technologies. Reducing the world's dependency of fossil fuels is being realized one company at a time. Global Relay, among several others, are showing the world how a data center can handle some of the biggest Cloud clients in the world while remaining energy efficient.

As large corporations and businesses consume the most power per location, promoting sustainable methods of energy use will have a profound impact for the community. With less power being used by these establishments, there is more power along the grid for homeowners. Theoretically, brownouts could become a thing of the past if more organizations were to implement such greener measures as Global Relay.

Always curious, Ashley Hardway is constantly learning and passionate about sharing what she learns with others. Based in the Houston, Texas office of Morningside Nannies, she loves to help families grow stronger, help their environments and communities, and keep moving forward! Check out @NannyLady on Twitter to connect and find out more.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Royal Dutch Shell may recalculate on what price it needs to use government for internal carbon emissions to plan for new projects.

Royal Dutch Shell may recalculate on what price it needs to use government  for internal carbon emissions to plan for new projects. The government may tighten the climate rules. The organization currently assumes that it will pay about $40 per metric for carbon emissions. 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

CPG companies are using social media to get feedback on their products

After travelling across the globe and meeting consumer products and manufacturing organizations I have come to understand that consumer product companies have been looking at consumer experience in different ways. There are many interpretation of the same. Some look it through the lens of product innovation, some through the eyes of digital marketing and the use of social media, some equate it to ensuring the availability at the shelf etc. In some cases it also means ensuring the experience of the various channel partners and their satisfaction as they are the primary customers of the CPG organizations. However the most important developments are happening the way organizations are incorporating consumer feedback into designing their products. The brands are able to be in direct touch with the consumers through social media. This helps them to get instant and direct feedback which helps them to respond to the feedback in a way which is being appreciated the consumers. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Solar Job Market Looks Promising in 2014

Solar Job Market Looks Promising in 2014
At a time when the U.S. economy has been sluggish at best and job growth has been stagnant in many parts of the country, the ongoing growth and success of the solar industry is remarkable. In its National Solar Job Census 2013, The Solar Foundation takes an in-depth look at the industry, and it is a rosy picture indeed. For a variety of factors, there is more demand for solar technology than ever, and this demand is driving phenomenal growth in all segments of the industry.
About the National Solar Job Census 2013
For the fourth year in a row, The Solar Foundation has analyzed the state of the U.S. solar industry through the use of an extensive census. As with previous censuses, the National Solar Job Census 2013 is the result of data that has been gathered from more than 15,000 employers spanning many industries, sizes and scopes. This report is the definitive guide to the current status of the solar industry and the leading source of information regarding its immediate future.
Significant Employment Growth Seen in Maturing Industry
After a somewhat bumpy start, the solar industry in the U.S. appears to be coming into its own. As revealed by the census, it has been experiencing steady and remarkable job growth over the last four years. The proof is in the data. A few highlights include:
  • Employment in the industry has grown by 53 percent since 2010, which represents the addition of approximately 50,000 jobs.
  • Since Census 2012, the U.S. solar industry has grown by about 20 percent, which represents a growth rate more than 10 times faster than that of the overall U.S. economy.
  • In 2012, there were 119,016 workers in the solar industry; in 2013, that number had ballooned to 142,698.

Hiring and Job Creation are Up
The pace of hiring in the U.S. solar industry has been impressive for some time. In the last year, it's actually increased at a rate about 50 percent higher than the year prior. Does this mean the pace will continue to increase? That remains unclear, but it is on an upward trajectory.
If the increasing pace of job creation in the solar industry doesn't impress you, consider these points:
  • One in every 142 new jobs in the U.S. is in the solar industry.
  • 77 percent of the 24,000 new solar workers have filled new jobs, which means that 18,211 new jobs have been created in the industry since September 2012.
  • 56 new solar jobs are created every day in the United States.

Indirect and Induced Jobs Impressive Too
It's a remarkable fact that there are more than 142,000 jobs in the solar industry as of the fall of 2013. What's even better is that the industry supports hundreds of thousands of additional induced and indirect jobs. According to the census, they account for an approximate total of 435,000 additional jobs in the U.S., which brings the total number of jobs that exist thanks to the solar industry to nearly 600,000. These jobs are found in all states and span a variety of different segments.
Living Wages and More
It would be one thing if all of these new jobs were low-paying positions. However, that's not the case. According to the census, two-thirds of new hires in the industry work installation jobs that pay living wages. The average hourly rate for such employees ($23.63) is far higher than the national minimum wage.
The solar industry is also relatively diverse. One in every six employees in the industry is Latino or Hispanic. About 19 percent of all solar industry workers are female, which makes women better represented in this industry than in the construction industry, of which only 12 percent of workers are female. Veterans make up nearly 10 percent of all workers in the industry.
Installation Segment is Especially Noteworthy
By far, the installation segment is the largest in the U.S. solar industry. As noted in the report, it accounts for 69,658 jobs. In the last year alone, the installation segment added 12,500 jobs and is expected to swell to 84,331 jobs in the next year. Installation jobs in the industry can't be offshored, so they should continue to provide employment opportunities and living wages for workers for the foreseeable future.
The Secrets Behind the Solar Industry's Success
Why is the U.S. solar industry succeeding so wildly while so many other industries in the U.S. continue to struggle? The main impetus of the industry's incredible growth lies in the falling costs of solar equipment and installations. Special government policies have helped improve the popularity of solar power, which also has helped the industry grow. Solar power is also becoming more popular because it is more affordable. Ironically, the industry’s ongoing growth could be partly attributable to the poor overall economy and people's desire to spend less.
More Growth is Expected
Leading market analysts predict that the U.S. solar industry will continue to grow well into the future. With 45 percent of solar companies planning to add jobs in the next year and less than 1.9 percent planning to eliminate jobs, there is expected to be a 15.6-percent growth in employment in the next year. Compared with the projected growth of the overall economy, which is an abysmal 1.4 percent, it's easy to see why so many people are so excited about solar. 

Ryan McNeill is the president of Renewable Energy Corporation, one of the Mid-Atlantic’s largest residential solar energy companies – committed to installing quality, American-made solar panels and energy products for homeowners.