Queen’s Speech pledges to “support free trade and tackle cli

10 May 2013 The Queen’s Speech has pledged that the Government will use its upcoming presidency of the G8 to “support free trade…while continuing to make progress in tackling climate change”.   STA CEO Paul Barwell commented: “This is the perfect opportunity to demonstrate the UK’s commitment to both free trade and the environment by urging the other member states to vote ‘no’ to these duties...


DOE Requests Input on Commercial Furnace Standards

May 10, 2013 The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is initiating rulemaking to consider amended energy conservation standards for commercial warm air furnaces.   By Dec. 31, 2013, DOE is required to either propose amended energy conservation standards for warm air furnaces or to make a determination that the existing standards do not need to be amended.   DOE is soliciting information to ...


Technical breakthrough claimed for solar panel technology

9 May 2013 Dyesol has claimed to have achieved a technical breakthrough by reporting a solid-state DSC efficiency of 11.3 per cent at full sun.   The finding comes as the technology transitions from liquid-based to solid-state systems to meet the demands of product life and mass manufacture.   Dyesol also claims to be confident of achieving industrial efficiencies greater than 10 per cen...


Johnson Controls launches new Enterprise Energy Services off

Self-funding, technology-enabled energy management for global 1,000 companies   London, Uk -- May 9, 2013 -- Johnson Controls Global WorkPlace Solutions (GWS), a leading provider of facilities an...


Toshiba Home Appliances Reports Higher Annual Sales

May 9, 2013 The Home Appliances business segment of Toshiba Corp. (Tokyo) had fiscal year 2012 net sales of 591.5 billion yen (approx. US$6,292.6 million), up 3%, or 16.2 billion yen, from FY 2011. Ho...


IAQ Standard Removes Infiltration Assumption, Requires CO Al

May 9, 2013 Atlanta -- ASHRAE has announced that the newly published 2013 version of its residential indoor air quality standard removes the default assumption for air infiltration and also requires carbon monoxide (CO) alarms.   ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.2-2013, Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings, defines the roles of and minimum requirements for me...


New Zealand consults on Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Levy level

08 May 2013 In New Zealand the Climate Change Regulations 2013, which foresee SGG levy to start on 1 July 2013, set out a transitional methodology for setting the carbon price for the SGG levy.    As the transitional period will last until the end of 2013, the Minister for Climate Change Issues in New Zealand is seeking feedback on developing a permanent methodology for setting the carbo...


Fuel-cell-based system for refrigerated transport

07/05/2013 Refrigerated transport often uses additional diesel to feed the refrigeration system, increasing the consumption by 12% and the fuel cost by 6000 ? annually, i.e. 40% of the direct costs.   Using alternative and more energy-efficient systems could provide a clear competitive advantage. According to researchers* from the National Renewable Energy Centre in Sarriguren, Spain, hydroge...


Heating and technology manufacturer to launch roadshow

7 May 2013 Vaillant has released details of a programme of installer and consumer roadshows set to take place across the summer months.   The heating and technology manufacturer is touring the U...

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