Michigan to install energy-efficient induction roadway lights near Detroit Metro Airport
The Michigan Department of Transportation will replace more than 200 inefficient high-pressure sodium roadway fixtures near Detroit Metro Airport. The project is as part of an innovative lighting demonstration funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth. The department has selected Full Spectrum Solutions Inc.’s EverLast induction cobra head roadway fixtures as energy-efficient replacements for the outdated HPS fixtures.
The new induction lights are installed along I-94 between the Merriman and Middle Belt Road as well as both exit ramps. The department is reviewing the use of energy-efficient lighting as a way to save taxpayers money through reduced energy and maintenance costs associated with freeway lighting.
Boston-Power, Protean Electric, BRABUS partner to deliver high performance electric vehicle
Boston-Power Inc. and Protean Electric have teamed up to provide the lithium-ion battery systems and electric in wheel motor solutions for two new advanced BRABUS vehicles. The first BRABUS sedan, based on the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, is called the “Four-wheel-drive Full Electric”.
The BRABUS sedan features an all-new EV system developed to demonstrate a peak combined 320 kW and 2,350 ft.-lbs. torque from pure electric power using four direct-drive Protean Electric motors, one in each wheel. The combination of Boston-Power and Protean Electric products offers an unparalleled long-range electric drive experience that delivers class leading onboard energy, superior power and torque density and easy integration and retro-fit capability for existing models.
AddEnergie selects Digi’s wireless network infrastructure for electric vehicle charging stations
Digi International is providing its ConnectPort X4 wireless gateways and XBee ZigBee modules to connect AddEnergie’s remote electric vehicle charging stations. The Digi products connect the stations to AddEnergie’s network operations center for billing, payment processing, energy management and customer services such as alerts and reports.
The ConnectPort X4 gateway connects the remote EV charging stations to AddEnergie’s network operations center over cellular networks. In deployments with multiple charging stations, each station is connected to the gateway using XBee ZigBee wireless modules. The gateway then connects the group of charging stations to the network operations center over cellular networks.
Babcock & Wilcox wins $205 million contract to build 75-MW biomass plant in New Hampshire
The Babcock & Wilcox Co. subsidiary Babcock & Wilcox Construction Co. Inc. has received a more than $186 million contract for engineering, procurement and construction of a 75-MW biomass power plant for Berlin Station LLC in Berlin, New Hampshire. Babcock & Wilcox Construction’s scope of work is to engineer, procure and construct the plant and all associated balance of plant support systems, including the turbine/generator and fuel handling equipment. Engineering for the project will begin immediately, and start-up is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2013.
In addition, a subsidiary of Delta Power Services LLC, a Babcock & Wilcox company, has been awarded a separate six-year contract worth more than $19 million to provide operations and maintenance services for the plant.
SolarBridge Technologies gets $2.3 million DOE grant
SolarBridge Technologies has received a $2.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy through its SunShot Initiative, a program to reduce the cost of solar energy systems by 75% by 2020. SolarBridge will use the DOE grant to accelerate development of an ultra low-cost micro-inverter and universal mechanism for connecting power conversion electronics to solar modules.
SolarBridge will collaborate on the SunShot Initiative with SunPower Corp. to develop an AC module that leverages the new attachment scheme and lower cost micro-inverter. The SolarBridge/SunPower collaboration will focus on developing a lower cost, higher efficiency micro-inverter as an integral part of a field-tested AC module that is fully certified and backed by a 25-year warranty.