Partner spotlight: GE, Mercedes-Benz, Cubic, Schneider, ABB

Wed, 2015-05-20 06:00 -- SCC Staff

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GE launching waste-to-energy plant in the Philippines
GE is supplying Aseagas Corp. with gas engines for the company’s first waste-to-electricity project in Lian in the Province of Batangas, Philippines. The 8.8-megawatt facility will be a biomass power plant running with seven of Council Lead Partner GE’s Jenbacher gas engines. The Batangas plant will utilize organic waste from sugar cane and molasses from a nearby alcohol distillery. Aside from electricity, the plant will have by-products of fertilizer and CO2 that can be sold to farmers and beverage companies, respectively -- achieving complete “no additional waste” production. The plant will be able to generate power for an estimated 22,000 homes.  "Aside from contributing to the grid’s power generation mix, hopefully this project also increases awareness on how organic waste can be put to good use, such as for power generation," said John Alcordo, ASEAN regional general manager for GE’s Distributed Power business.

LondonWaste driving new fleet of Mercedes-Benz eight-wheelers
The company that handles municipal solid waste and recycling and generates landfill rubbish into energy recently took delivery of seven Arocs 3240K trucks from Mercedes-Benz. "As we look to reduce waste, reuse it, recycle it, and recover energy, with disposal as the last resort, these low-emission, Euro 6 vehicles are playing a vital role in moving materials to the right places in order to increase their value and usability," Julian Appleby, LondonWaste's head of operations, said in a Transport Engineer article. The new trucks are equipped with FleetBoard telematics from Council Lead Partner Mercedes-Benz, which Appleby says allows his company to collect vehicle-use data, track fuel consumption and review driver performance.

Cubic completes major expansion of NextBus system in Queensland
Following a trial last year, Council Lead Partner Cubic Transportation Systems says its new NextBus real-time passenger information system has undergone a major expansion in the southeast corner of the Australian state of Queensland. The system takes the guesswork out of riding public transport.  Commuters can track their bus and ferry services in real time through Passenger Information Displays and on their mobile devices including smartphones, tablets or computers. Cubic Australasian managing director Tom Walker said this first deployment of the NextBus system outside of North America is a major landmark for the company, expanding Cubic’s services and capacities in the region. "We are delighted that Queensland is playing a leading role in delivering on a key component of Cubic’s NextCity strategy -- the integration and application of payment, traveler information and operational analytics to regional transport networks around the globe."

Schneider and ComEd team on Green Button Connect My Data roll out
Chicago-based Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) will be among the first utilities to roll out Green Button Connect My Data, which allows customers to authorize third-party service providers to receive direct access to their energy usage analytics via the Green Button functionality. To help customers maximize energy savings via the Green Button Connect My Data functionality, ComEd offers Energy Insights Online, a free web-based energy analysis service that interfaces with Green Button. Energy Insights Online provides ComEd’s commercial customers a more detailed analysis of their building’s energy usage and enables third-party vendors like Council Lead Partner Schneider Electric to provide automated monitoring based commissioning technology with embedded fault detection and diagnostics analytics that accurately prioritize energy savings opportunities. Green Button is an industry initiative stemming from a White House call to action for utility companies to voluntarily provide customers with easy access to their energy usage in a secure and user-friendly electronic format.

ABB tapped for rural smart grid on Swedish island
The smart grid project on the Swedish island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea will serve as a model for upgrading other rural grids to minimize environmental impact by integrating a high proportion of intermittent wind power in the distribution network. Council Associate Partner ABB, which will implement the smart grid, says the project also aims to deploy new technological solutions to improve power quality. ABB, for example, is building a 10 kilovolt smart substation, which uses state-of-the-art switchgear technology. Smart Grid Gotland is a joint-venture development project with Vattenfall, ABB, Gotlands Energi, Svenska Kraftnät, Council Lead Partner Schneider Electric, the Swedish Energy Agency and the Royal Institute of Technology.

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