Tuesday, November 1, 2011

IBM, Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland Team Up on Renewable Energy Project

IBM and The Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland have teamed up to understand and minimize the environmental impact of converting wave energy into electricity. The partners are working on a project to utilize real-time streaming analytics for monitoring underwater noise generated by wave energy conversion devices.

The project represents a significant step toward the ability to successfully and sustainably utilizes the ocean as a new renewable energy resource. The system will consist of sensing platforms, a communications infrastructure, and advanced stream analytics that utilize cloud computing. The first test site, located in Galway Bay, has been part of the SmartBay collaboration involving IBM Research and the Marine Institute Ireland to monitor wave conditions, acoustics, marine life and pollution levels in and around the bay. Development of a full scale, grid connected test site on the west coast of Ireland near Belmullet, County Mayo, is underway.

The system will produce one of the largest continuous collections of underwater acoustic data ever captured. The data will be made available to marine researchers and regulatory agencies to further advance knowledge of natural and man-made underwater sound, and help develop standards and reporting, benefiting marine environmental agencies as well as industries including renewable energy, shipping, and offshore oil and gas.

AVEC Corp. has acquired marketing rights to solar industry patents that complement its portfolio and completes the ability to turn key its products in the heart of the world solar belt, which is centered in the GCC Countries. The GCC region's countries include Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.

AVEC will concentrate its manufacturing and marketing to this region, where solar products and systems with its efficiency are able to produce profits and consumer benefits without the need for Government subsidies. Countries of the GCC offer direct low cost manufacturing investment currently superior to any other region of the world and therefore will provide a new manufacturing base of "non hydrocarbon products" which are exportable as well to many regions including Asia and Africa.

DMIS partners with SunRun to provide homeowners with low-cost solar. Demand Management Installation Services has signed a contact with SunRun. Under the new agreement, DMIS will help ideal candidates for zero or low-cost solar make the switch to solar power service from SunRun. DMIS and its affiliates conduct 25,000 in-home energy consultations annually, working with homeowners who want to save money through efficient energy use. The new partnership with SunRun adds one more significant option to DMIS' offerings.

ECOtality installs first DC Fast Charger in Tennessee. ECOtality has unveiled the first Blink Direct Current Fast Charger in Tennessee at the Lebanon Cracker Barrel location as a part of The EV Project. The station is able to charge a battery to 80% capacity in under 30 minutes.

The Tennessee Triangle, a 425-mile stretch of interstate highway connecting Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga, is the ideal location for Cracker Barrel's 12 DC Fast Chargers, which are well suited for high-traffic commercial locations and major transportation corridors. In addition to the fast chargers, Cracker Barrel stores will also be equipped with Blink Pedestal chargers that EV drivers may use to "top off" while shopping and dining.

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