Budweiser Switches To Renewable Energy For US Brewing

By: Alister Doyle

Moving to renewables from fossil fuels will correspond to taking 48,000 cars off the road every year

About 41 million Budweiser beers are sold every day worldwide Reuters

Budweiser said it has switched all its US brewing to renewable electricity and is adding a clean energy logo to its labels as part of a global shift to green power by its parent company AB InBev.

A “100 per cent renewable electricity” symbol will be added to US bottles and cans, Budweiser said, adding it expects to lift sales of one of America’s top beers following a dip.

AB InBev, the world’s biggest brewer, is one of more than 100 multinational firms to have committed to use renewable power to combat pollution and climate change under the Paris accord.

“Beer has been around for 3,000 years – we would like that to continue for another 3,000 years,” said Brian Perkins, vice president of global marketing for Budweiser.

Since the start of this year Budweiser has bought power equivalent to its US brewing demands from Enel Green Power’s 300 megawatt-capacity Thunder Ranch Wind Farm in Oklahoma.

Tony Milikin, chief procurement and sustainability officer of AB InBev, said that consumers were often rightly sceptical about environmental pledges by big companies.

“Here you see it on the label. That adds confidence,” he said from the World Economic Forum in Davos, adding that the cost of the electricity was not more than from other sources.

AB InBev will widen the logo to other markets and offer it to other companies. It is also trying to cut emissions in areas ranging from growing hops to transporting beer to shops.

About 41 million Budweiser beers are sold every day worldwide, and switching brewing to renewables from fossil fuels will correspond to taking 48,000 cars off the road every year.

Last March, AB InBev committed to obtain 100 per cent of purchased electricity for brewing from renewables by 2025. It expects to reach a rate of 31 per cent this year.

Courtesy: http://www.independent.co.uk/

PwC To Switch To 100% Renewable Energy By 2022

By: Alia Shoaib

The firm made this pledge as part of plans to reduce its carbon footprint by 40% by 2022

PwC  has pledged to switch to 100% renewable energy and reduce its carbon footprint by 40% by 2022.

The firm has already reduced its carbon footprint by 29% in the past 10 years, surpassing the goal of a 25% reduction set in 2007.

The firm looked back on previous initiatives and revealed its new goals in its report “Acting on carbon: Our 10 year journey”.

Kevin Ellis, chairman and senior partner at PwC, commented: “By setting clear targets we’ve been able to make a significant difference to our carbon footprint over the past 10 years.”

“Being very clear on what we wanted to achieve has allowed us to challenge ourselves to do things differently – from how we light, heat and cool our buildings, to how we design and use our office spaces, and how we work.”

He added: “We’ve made good progress, but recognise that we’ve also made some mistakes along the way and that’s why we’re keen to share our experience.”

The Big Four firm explained that it was able to reduce its energy consumption by 50% since 2007 through various actions ranging from simple to more elaborate.

Simple measures included ensuring lights were turned off out of hours, switching to renewable electricity contracts and implementing recycling stations on every floor. As a result 86% of its waste has been recycled.

The firm also redesigned and refurbished its offices to optimise flexibility and reduce energy needs.

PwC also invested in various low-carbon technologies such as tri-generators in its offices that run on used cooking oil.

Another key initiative to minimise its carbon footprint was the reduction of business travel, through cutting internal flights and expanding online communications.

Ellis added: “Reducing our carbon footprint has also had financial benefits, showing that economic success and doing the right thing can go hand-in-hand.”

“Our people and clients expect us to continue to lead the way, which is why we’re announcing new ambitious targets to reduce our carbon footprint further in the next five years.”

Courtesy: https://www.accountancyage.com/

Supermicro is, Like, Totally Harnessing Green Energy Sources to Churn Out Servers, Dude

Fuel cell tech generates cleaner power for San Jose plant

By: Chris Mellor

Supermicro has said it will start building servers and storage boxes at a new facility that can make 480 racks per month, powered by a 3MW fuel cell system to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

It opened the first of five production hubs – Building 21 at its Green Computing Park in San Jose – in March last year, near its 1.5 million ft2(139,354m2) worldwide headquarters, product development and manufacturing space in Rock Lane.

That was a 182,000 ft2 (16,908m2) facility, which generated electricity from an on-site fuel cell system reckoned overall to save over $30m in energy costs over 10 years when fully deployed. This was compared to having electricity delivered from an external supplier.

The new rack integration centre has an automated 60-rack burn-in facility with Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) to carry the servers to it from the assembly lines. This, Supermicro says, improves efficiency, savings and reduces safety concerns.

The fuel cell system provides the majority of the facility’s energy and should enable Supermicro to reduce its projected energy costs by $8m over 10 years. It is configured to maintain critical operations during grid outages.

Supermicro’s Bloom boxes

A Bloom Energy Server system is used, which converts natural gas into electricity using a “highly efficient electrochemical reaction without combustion”. That is claimed to virtually eliminate smog-forming particulates and the NOx and SOx emissions generated by conventional power plants.

Bloom uses solid oxide fuel cell technology operating at high temperatures, typically above 800°C, with the reaction generating heat.

In the first phase of Building 21 development it had a 1MW fuel cell with 0.5MW dedicated to the building’s Uninterruptible Power Module for critical loads. There has since been a 2MW expansion to reach a total capacity of 3MW.

A Bloom ES-5710 Energy Server, known as a Bloom Box, delivers 250kW, and you would need 12 to produce 3MW. These Energy Servers are typically mounted outside a building and each has a parking space-sized footprint.

Three buildings in Supermicro’s Green Computing Park – numbers 20, 21 and 22 – had their grand opening ceremony last week.

Courtesy: https://www.theregister.co.uk/

This Brand-New City in Florida Will Rely Solely on Solar Energy

By: Xander Peters 

Photo via Babcock Ranch

The future isn’t far away. In fact, it’s only a few hours by car.

Babcock Ranch – a newly built city in Southwest Florida, just north of Fort Myers and about three hours from Miami – will be the first totally ecological, self-sustaining place like it in the U.S. The modern settlement-like city will consist of a community of about 19,500 homes, framed by thousands of acres of greenery, with the added luxury of the living on a sustainable grid.

The brainchild of real estate developer Syd Kitson, a retired offensive lineman formerly with the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys, Babcock Ranch will have the world’s largest photovoltaic solar energy generation field, with 343,000 panels laid out along 350 acres – the equivalent to about 200 football fields. In terms of geography, the city is about the same size as Manhattan in New York City, minus the concrete jungle.

With time, according to its developers, Babcock Ranch is expected to eventually reach about 50,000 residents.

Courtesy: https://www.orlandoweekly.com/

San Diego Padres Begin MLB’s Largest Solar Power Installation

By: Joe Lemire

Workers have begun installing solar panels on the roof of Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres. (Photo from Sullivan Solar Power)

The San Diego Padres announced the installation of Major League Baseball’s largest solar power system. Sullivan Solar Power, founded by a San Diego native, is outfitting Petco Park with the 336,520-watt sustainable energy project of 716 high-efficiency, 470-watt solar modules expected to produce more than 12 million kilowatt-hours over a quarter-century — larger than MLB’s other seven solar installations combined, the company said. The San Francisco Giants, Colorado Rockies, Cleveland Indians, Seattle Mariners and Boston Red Sox are among the other organizations to use some solar power.

The renewable energy project is expected to save more than $4.1 million in utility costs and comes at a reported cost of $1 million, per the San Diego Union-Tribune. Workers are outfitting the stadium’s roof with the panels and will run more than a mile of electrical conductors.

“With Petco Park serving as the premier sports and entertainment venue in San Diego, we take pride in continuing to make it the most energy efficient and sustainable facility possible,” Padres chief operating officer Erik Greupner said in a press release Wednesday. “We are pleased to partner with Sullivan Solar Power on this project, which represents a further step by the Padres to improve the energy efficiency and sustainability of Petco Park.”

The city is in the midst of a comprehensive Climate Action Plan unanimously passed by the city council in 2015, intending to be 100-percent reliant on renewable energy while cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2035. The Padres have said they reduced energy consumption by some 40 percent two years ago by installing 400 LED lights and conserving water.

“San Diego continues to lead the way on climate action as we march toward our ultimate goal of 100 percent renewable energy,” San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer said. “We are going to need great, committed partners in the business community to do their part in order to get there. That’s why I’d like to commend the Padres for turning the best ballpark in the country into one of the most environmentally-friendly. Petco Park will serve as a model for the rest of Major League Baseball and as an example for other San Diego businesses to follow.”

Courtesy: https://www.sporttechie.com/