BGreen Magazine » Green IT The Middle East's only business magazine dedicated to environmental issues and sustainability Wed, 23 Oct 2013 13:00:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Ford’s new battery lab sparks innovation Wed, 23 Oct 2013 11:00:23 +0000 Lorraine Ford Motor Co., US’s state of Michigan and the University of Michigan are teaming up to establish a unique $8m battery lab at the university’s Energy Institute. The new facility for prototyping, testing, and analysing batteries and the materials that go into them is expected to accelerate development of Michigan’s battery supply chain and enable rapid progress toward climate-friendly transportation.

The new lab will bring together materials scientists and engineers, as well as suppliers and manufacturers, to ease a bottleneck in battery development.

Ted Miller, who manages Ford’s battery research, said, “We need to be able to test hundreds of chemistries and cell designs, but they have to be tests that can translate from the lab to the production line.”

“Ford has battery labs that test and validate production-ready batteries, but nothing this far upstream,” said Miller. “This is sorely needed and no one else in the auto industry has anything like it.”

Energy storage is a limiting technology for vehicles powered by batteries. The new lab will enable the development of cost-effective, light-weight, high-energy-density batteries.

“This kind of collaboration is essential to addressing complex challenges like sustainable energy and efficient transportation. I want to thank our campus leaders, MEDC and Ford for having such a singular focus on developing solutions to such challenging energy issues,” said University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman, announcing the establishment of the new lab on Monday.

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Samsung introduces green memory solutions Mon, 21 Oct 2013 08:20:30 +0000 Lorraine Samsung Electronics, announced its fifth generation of green memory at the Memory Solutions Forum 2013 in Seoul last week. The newly presented fifth generation green memory solutions will help to resolve key data centre issues by achieving dramatic performance improvements, securing additional physical space for systems, and saving large amounts of power.

The Green DDR4 solution achieves a server data transfer speed of 2,133 megabits per second (Mb/s), a leap over DDR3′s performance limit of 1,866 Mb/s. This enables a 15 percent performance boost and consumes 24 percent less energy.

Samsung’s green PCIe SSD solution offers a data transfer speed of four gigabytes per second (GB/s), which is six times faster than 600MB/s SATA SSD’s, while reducing the delay in data transfer by 67 percent. These performance upgrades further maximize IT return on investment by increasing the level of energy efficiency approximately 2.6 times.

A combination of Samsung’s DDR4 and PCIe SSD green memory solutions can achieve the highest level of efficiency among widely used green IT solutions and overcome difficult prerequisites for new server systems involving budget, power consumption and space optimisation.

If all server systems adopted Samsung’s fifth generation green memory solutions, an anticipated power savings of 45 terawatts per hour could be achieved. This translates into six billion people saving the power needed for everyday smartphone use for two years, which is equivalent to planting 800 million 10-year-old trees.

Samsung will continue its “3S” innovation strategy – involving systems, solutions and software, along with creating shared value (CSV) for itself and its customers, while developing more highly efficient green memory solutions that improve IT investments.

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Etisalat’s SME focus Tue, 07 May 2013 06:52:38 +0000 praseeda  UAE telecoms giant Etisalat has honed in on its growing client base of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with new data packages tailored for their needs

Representing close to 90% of the country’s businesses, SMEs are recognised as a core part of the UAE’s economy. “The UAE is poised to lead SME investment in the technology sector in the near term,” John Lincoln, Senior Vice President, Business Marketing at Etisalat told the local media. Contributing more than 60% of the UAE’s GDP per annum, this burgeoning faction of the business community is projected to be essential in the nation’s future growth, already providing 86% of all private sector employment.

Primed for the market

Etisalat’s new ‘Business Ultimate’ packages are customised to account for the needs and targets of SMEs, with four affordable bundled packages at AED 99, AED 199, AED 399 and AED 999. All the bundles include local calls, international calls, SMS, local data and the new 4G LTE smartphones at zero cost upfront.

The packages can be purchased as standalone options, or as a one or two year contract where the latest smartphone handsets are included at a subsidised cost. The basic Business Ultimate package for AED 99 includes 130 minutes of call and international calls each, 130 SMS and 130MB of local data. International calling add-ons start at 50 fils per minute on a per-second billing basis. Customers can also chose from multiple add-on options based on their usage patterns. For example, additional data can be added starting at AED60 for an additional 1GB. Etisalat announced that Samsung’s Galaxy S4, BlackBerry’s Q10 and iPhone 5, the most popular smartphones in the region, are available with the plan for the first month.

Global trend

While this move may be a regional first, around the world, telecom giants have been recognising SMEs as a core market for decades. In the UK, telecom leaders, BT and Vodaphone have been zeroing in on their growing client base of SMEs by providing bundled options at lower rates, where fixed lines, internet connections, cloud computing, and mobile phone plans are packaged together for the start-ups and mom-and-pop stores dotting the UK’s business community.

In Singapore, where federal directives have encouraged SMEs since the Asian economic crisis of the late 90s, the two main players in the telecoms market, Singtel and Starhub, have partnered with companies like Cisco to provide cloud solutions for start-ups.

Product bundling

As a principle, product bundling enhances operations across factions, allowing customers to explore services outside their usual interest. For consumers, bundling allows for the instilling of brand loyalty, and ease of use. For telecoms providers, economies of scale and lower marginal costs allow for larger savings. The overall result is a marked increase in efficiency as SMEs benefit from cost effective packages, leading to the efficient use of resources in the business environment.

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WETEX Mon, 04 Mar 2013 13:15:08 +0000 Staff reporter Expected to boost the UAE’s chances of winning the bid for hosting the World Expo 2020, WETEX 2013 will demonstrate Dubai’s proven expertise in hosting a world-class event.

Water Technologies, Energy and Environment Exhibition (WETEX 2013), is being held under the directions of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, UAE Minister of Finance, President of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), and will have an Expo 2020 booth to support the UAE’s efforts to win the bid.

Organised by DEWA, under the umbrella of the Supreme Council of Energy, WETEX 2013 will take place from 15-17 April 2013 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC). The three day show will be held concurrently with the Dubai Global Energy Forum ‘DGEF 2013.’

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Supreme Council and Managing Director and CEO of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) said that preparations for WETEX 2013 are in full underway to have a successful event.

“From its very humble beginnings in 1999, WETEX has now emerged as one of the prominent exhibitions in the world that specialises in electricity, water, energy, environment, green building and oil and gas,” said HE Al Tayer.

Al Tayer added that this leading position for WETEX is a result of earnest efforts made by the organising committee and a dedicated team that has succeeded in attracting national pavilions, international companies, industrial and commercial bodies working in the fields of energy, electricity, water and oil and gas.

WETEX is now a world class event from planning, organisational and internationally involved perspectives: boosting Dubai’s position as a global destination to host major events.


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WFES 2013 comes to an end Sun, 20 Jan 2013 07:37:11 +0000 Staff reporter Governments and renewable energy companies to undertake more actions the 6th World Future Energy Summit concludes in Abu Dhabi. 

The sixth World Future Energy Summit (WFES), part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability week, concluded on Thursday 17 January. A large number of consumers, government officials and business men from around the world were present along with an increased number of exhibitor. The WFES delivered an exceptional conference and is seen as a global leader in the sustainability and renewable energy industry.

165 speakers led discussions to plan the global future energy agenda for the next ten years, and provided blueprint solutions for the 120 countries that have already set renewable energy targets. The discussion took place at the International Renewable Energy Conference in Abu Dhabi (ADIREC), hosted by the WFES.

Masdar, host of the WFES announced a striving long-term goal to develop large scale commercially viable desalination plants that are fully powered by renewable energy sources by 2020.

ADIREC focused its attention on innovation. The ADIREC programme included sessions on how technology and innovation will shape the future. Panel discussions were held, featuring leading experts in solar energy, wind, geothermal energy, energy storage, innovation and entrepreneurship, sustainable transport and the evolution of hydro power.

While the session rooms quickly filled up, thousands of visitors poured into the exhibition hall at the WFES to see the latest technologies and solutions in areas such as energy efficiency, solar energy and electric transport. A total of 650 companies from 40 countries displayed their merchandise including 70 new product launches. Leah Liu, Marketing and Communication Manager from Sun Tech Limited is amazed with the success of WFES 2013.

“This is our fifth time to participate in WFES and we are keen on continuing to be part of this event.  We believe this is an excellent platform for reaching international companies and networking with potential partners or clients. So far we have been able to link with our trade customers from the UAE, India and Europe,” said Liu.

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) is another long-time exhibitor at WFES.“Being part of the oil and gas field makes this event a good platform for ADNOC and its companies to present our perspective and experiences on the issues of sustainability. We are keen on fully applying the international and highest standards to achieve safety and security, using environmentally friendly resources, and we have always been keen on being pioneers of green environmentally friendly initiatives,” said Ibrahim Mohamad Al-Marzouqi, Manager, Public Relations for ADNOC.

Naji El Haddad, WFES Show Director for event organiser Reed Exhibitions, is elated with the positive outcomes from this year’s summit.“WFES continues to go from strength to strength as the leading world event for the renewable energy and sustainable industries. With 91 official government delegations at the opening ceremony and increased attendee and exhibitor numbers, WFES’s importance on the future energy calendar has been reinforced,” said El Haddad.


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WFES kicks off today Tue, 15 Jan 2013 12:57:49 +0000 Staff reporter The sixth World Future Energy Summit (WFES) opened today with an expected 30,000 attendees from 150 countries. This conference is deemed to be one of the most important conferences of its kind.

The expected delegates to convene at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) include; world leaders, government ministers, business executives, academics, scientists, developers, global companies and entrepreneurs. They will participate in discussions and debates, as well as display latest ideas in renewable and cleantech energy.

During today’s opening ceremony, French President, Francois Hollande addressed the listeners to stress the strong ties between France and the United Arab Emirates and the mutual interest in clean energy that both countries share.

Other speakers who made a speech at the inauguration were, Argentinean President Cristina Fernandez and Her Royal Highness (HRH) Queen Rania of Jordan.

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Masdar, Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, host of the WFES and International Water Summit (IWS) presented a welcome speech in addition to Siemens who presented an industry perspective.

The topic of renewable energy has become a very significant one. Evidently, participation from international energy ministers in the Ministerial Panels in today’s opening ceremonies showed the extent to which governments are taking to address the renewable energy challenges. Ministers from India, China, Australia, Peru, Morocco, Qatar and Saudi Arabia were among participants of a debate that took place after the Official Opening Ceremony.

World leaders from the most influential economic development and environment organisations such as Wu Hongbo, Under Secretary General of the United Nations; Todd Stern, USA’s Special Envoy for Climate Change; Connie Hedegaard, European Union Commissioner Climate Action in the European Commission; and Jeffrey Sachs, Director the Earth Institute at Columbia University, and Special Advisor to the United Nations Secretary General on the Millennium Development Goals also delivered keynote speeches during the Ministerial Panels.

Mr. Naji El Haddad, WFES Show Director for event organiser Reed Exhibitions said, “we are expecting the most successful WFES since its inception in 2008 as global awareness of the need for renewable energy continues to grow. Our pre-registered numbers are 20 per cent higher than this time last year. There will be ten more official delegations than 2012, and the number of conference delegates has increased significantly.”

The sixth WFES hosted by Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, began today is the focal point of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week and will be co-located with the inaugural IWS.

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Advanced HVAC software suite to cut down design time Tue, 17 Jul 2012 00:00:17 +0000 Staff reporter Carrier, part of UTC Climate, controls and Security, has launched an eDesign suite to enable configuring and calculating the energy impact of alternative heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system designs in less than 15 minutes. With HVAC accounting for more than 40 percent of a building’s total energy use, Carrier’s eDesign Suite software tools aim to help building designers rapidly compare annual energy costs for HVAC designs.

Supporting the design of high performance buildings that consume less energy, the eDesign Suite are for engineers in the early design phase of a project, when rapid evaluation of design alternatives is critical. The Building System Optimiser, a major offering under the eDesign Suite, uses a streamlined user interface and automatic model generation to allow a full model of the building and its HVAC systems to be configured in minutes. A typical building energy analysis requires a large amount of data to describe the building and its HVAC systems. Using this technology, high-level questions about the building, such as size, shape and use, are collated and transfered into a detailed model.

“The ability to achieve higher levels of energy efficiency is driving engineers to adopt new HVAC systems, equipment and controls in their building designs,” states Chris Nelson, president, residential and commercial systems at Carrier. “As a leader in innovation and energy-efficient products, Carrier takes its commitment to sustainability a step further with a full software suite that provides users the ability to model new technologies to evaluate energy performance and cost effectiveness – in less time than it takes to finish a cup of coffee.”

The Building System Optimiser is the fifth component of Carrier’s suite of software tools, which has been renamed Carrier’s eDesign Suite, replacing the E20-II software suite name that has been used since 1981.

“The Building System Optimiser adopts the most current technology to automate key engineering tasks involved in the design of HVAC systems, saving engineers one of the things they value most – time,” Nelson adds.

Carrier’s eDesign Suite has thousands of licensed users and in addition to the Building System Optimiser, includes the following software tools:

  • Hourly Analysis Program (HAP) – which calculates peak cooling and heating loads for buildings; sizes HVAC systems and equipment components, calculates and compares annual energy costs for design alternatives, and performs prescribed analysis for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Energy and Atmosphere Credit 1.
  • System Design Load- that calculates peak cooling and heating loads for buildings and sizes HVAC systems and equipment components.
  • Engineering Economic Analysis – that compares lifecycle costs for HVAC design alternatives to determine which design has the best lifecycle cost.
  • Refrigerant Piping Design – that calculates required sizes for refrigerant piping connecting components in split DX air conditioning systems and for chillers using remote condensers or evaporators.
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Advanced technique to measure pollution Sun, 15 Jul 2012 08:00:20 +0000 Staff reporter While clouds typically impair a remote-sensing satellite’s ability to detect pollution levels closer to the ground, US scientists say that a newly developed technique can measure atmospheric levels of pollution, even when skies are cloudy.

University of Iowa scientists state that the technology enables them to calculate particle concentrations by measuring the degree to which those pollutants affect the properties of the clouds above them. After calculating the number of droplets in the clouds using satellite data, these results are transfered into a numerical model that estimates particle concentrations by describing the interaction between the aerosols and the clouds.


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Schneider Electric bags Jeddah lighting control deal Thu, 17 May 2012 20:50:10 +0000 Staff reporter Schneider Electric has been contracted by Setra e.Vision to provide its KNX automated lighting controls system for the Presidency of Meteorology and Environment (PME) centre in Jeddah.

The project, scheduled to be completed in August 2012, spans over 50,000 square meter comprising 19 floors of offices and service & control areas. Schneider Electric will install KNX products in the building that control and monitor lighting systems including presence sensors, switching and Dimming which will create a green building that saves the energy and make it more efficient.

Hesham AboRejal, Vice-President – LifeSpace and Residential Business at Schneider Electric, said, “Leading technical and commercial companies have been competing for the prestigious PME centre and we are delighted to be awarded the contract. We presented our offerings to Al Angari, the project contractor, AD Consultant, the project consultant, as well as SETRA e.Vision, the projects’s system integrator on the basis of the high quality service Schneider Electric engineers have achieved and will contribute towards this project.”

The new PME centre will be responsible for compiling and correcting meteorological bulletins from the GCC countries, other Arabian territories, several African countries and adjacent seas and oceans, and subsequently disseminate the data to the World Meteorological Organization for global and regional exchange. Upon the completion of the building, Jeddah will be one of the world’s four regional telecommunication hubs (RTH) that has the receiving/transmission capability in addition to Beijing, New Delhi and Tokyo.

Schneider Electric has enjoyed a presence in the Saudi market for more than 30 years. The company has two manufacturing plants and three regional branches in Riyadh, Jeddah and Al-Khobar, in addition to five local sales offices that ensure proximity to partners and customers.

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Printing Green Sun, 06 May 2012 08:53:57 +0000 Staff reporter Even though most corporations are moving towards digital documentation, we’re still far from a paperless work environment. BGreen looks at environmentally responsible options for printing at the workplace

Digital Printing
Digital printing uses 100 per cent non-toxic toner, which produces less chemical waste at the end of its lifecycle. For short-run, four-colour projects, digital printing is the most cost-effective solution. Business cards, letterheads, and other print work less than 1,000 sheets would benefit from digital printing.

Alternative paper
Tree-free paper of many varieties is now increasingly available for commercial use. These varieties are made of agricultural residues, or textile waste. Denim Blues, for example, is made of 100 per cent reclaimed jean material. Synthetic paper made from Kenaf and hemp is also gaining popularity, as is a new type known as TerraSkin, which is made from ground stone that has a high tensile strength ideal for packaging.

Petroleum-based inks, when disposed in landfills either as cartridges or printed paper, can leak Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) into the soil that is harmful for the human health. Alternatives to petroleum-based inks include soy ink, which uses soybean oil naturally low in VOCs.
White paper is made that way through extensive bleaching processes. Elemental chlorine, an extremely strong chemical, was the go-to product for paper beaching, but now chlorine dioxide is used as a milder substitute. While chlorine compounds are safer than pure chlorine, better options include Processed Chlorine-Free (PCF) and Totally Chlorine-Free (TCF) bleaching, which substitute chlorine compounds with oxygen-based compounds. These symbols can be found when purchasing recycled paper.

Educate consumers
A vital part of making the shift towards green business practices includes ensuring that print materials and packaging are made from sustainable resources. Companies like IBM and Coca-Cola are just a few international businesses making an effort to publicise their move from decades ago on their use of 100 per cent recycled paper and toxic-free inks. A major obstacle for businesses going green in the Middle East lies in educating their customers in green design and printing processes. Operational transparency through annual consumer reports could be a useful way to facilitate a private sector-led green revolution.

Operational changes
Reduce ink use by determining whether all print projects need to be in colour. In many cases, a two-colour design could be just as effective.
Metallic inks degrade much faster than Pantone colours, and have larger VOC emissions. Making the switch could lead to a longer lifespan for printed projects, while cutting down on toxic residue.
Adhering to Standard press sheet sizes, such as 23 x 35, or 28 x 40, can minimise paper wastage. Special large-scale projects can be custom printed from the source, especially since paper is sold by weight, this can be a cost-effective choice.

Industry standards
In the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandates that federal agencies must use uncoated printing. Writing papers must contain at least 30 per cent post-consumer content, while coated and commodity papers must contain a minimum of 10 per cent. In the UAE, there is still no federal law stipulating minimum requirements, but using the EPA standards as a rough guideline can be a starting point for printing guidelines.
Important stamps of approval include the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Chlorine Free Product Association (CFPA). For these symbols to appear on products, they must meet specific standards determined by the International Standards Organisation (ISO).

Client-led projects
For those in the publishing and design industry, the priority remains creating an aesthetically appealing piece of work that meets client requirements. Paper and ink choices come with a cost, and if an environmental cost is factored in, clients may be persuaded to choice greener options. If a client refuses to switch to paper with a higher percentage of post-consumer recycled content, for example, reducing the total number of pages might help reduce wastage instead. Different paper types can be used to reduce waste as well. For example, many publications opt for high-gloss coated paper for advertisements and uncoated paper with recycled content for editorial pages.

Evolving technology
Most of the time, staying up-to-date on new printing processes and solutions that may not be available in our region can be wearisome. Still, keeping tabs on green technologies around the world is a good way to figure out corporate printing strategies with the resources that are available here. New innovations around the world include waterless presses, washable inks, paper made from mills that are fuelled by alternative energy sources and more. On the plus side, by the time these options are viable in the Middle East, any technical kinks they may have had would have been addressed, while driving the product cost down.

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