Member spotlight 9.10.14: GE, Ooredoo, Black & Veatch, Schneider Electric

Wed, 2014-09-10 06:00 -- Liz Enbysk

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GE study shows wind power promotes grid resiliency: Aim of the study was to consider how the electric grid could maintain its resiliency during a major weather event with significant wind power added to the generation mix. Sponsored by the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (a member of the Council's Advisory Board), the study by Council Lead Partner GE's Energy Consulting business determined that with appropriate plant controls, wind applications can have a substantial impact on grid resiliency. "While GE's study considered the impact of wind power on the Eastern Interconnection of the U.S., the lessons we've learned can be applied in Europe and around the globe," said Nicholas Miller, lead author of the study, in a tedmag.com report. "The conclusions demonstrate that wind power can be more effective in maintaining frequency than thermal generation when wind farms are equipped with grid friendly controls. These findings should show that the future of wind energy is bright and it will continue to play a larger role in the power we consume."

Ooredoo launches mobile health clinics in Indonesia: Council Lead Partner Ooredoo – Qatar's leading communications company – launched the first in a series of clinics in rural Indonesia in partnership with the Leo Messi Foundation. The two organizations are planning additional clinics across Ooredoo’s footprint in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, aiming to reach more than two million young people with services by 2016. “I have had the opportunity to see the mobile clinics in action," said H. E. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al Thani, Chairman of the Ooredoo Group. "They travel out to remote areas, staffed by medical professionals and volunteers, and actively work with the community to address a range of healthcare issues.  It is inspiring to see the work they are doing and we are passionate about helping them to reach as many people as possible, not only here in Indonesia but across all of the markets that we operate in."

How Black & Veatch facility turns sludge to 'black gold:' A fascinating story by Bloomberg News explains how the UK sludge recycling facility built by Council Associate Black & Veatch runs on human waste previously dumped in the Irish Sea, turning it into clean energy that can power 25,000 homes. According to the Bloomberg report, the Davyhulme’s plant was awarded IChemE’s international prize as “the most innovative green-energy scheme on Earth.” Black & Veatch built the plant, which uses thermal hydrolysis technology, for United Utilities Group, Britain’s largest publicly traded water company.

Schneider Electric solution optimizes healthcare facilities: The new EcoStruxure solution for healthcare is designed to fully integrate clinical healthcare systems with infrastructure systems to lower operating expenses, reduce risk, improve clinical outcomes and increase patient satisfaction. From Council Associate Partner Schneider Electric – a global specialist in energy management – the solution leverages interrelated data to better operate facilities. That leads to improved energy savings and building lifecycle costs as well as enhanced staff productivity and patient security.

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