Ponsse wins Swedish Steel Prize 2015 for the Scorpion harvester

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This year’s winner of the international Swedish Steel Prize is Ponsse from Finland. The prize is awarded for the company’s new generation of forest harvester, the Scorpion. Ponsse has with high-strength steel realized a revolutionary design which improves both performance and comfort.

“Ponsse has not only significantly improved operator ergonomics, but also enhanced functionality and safety, and increased productivity with this new design,” says Gregoire Parenty, chairman of the jury and Executive Vice President and Head of Market Development SSAB.

Ponsse Scorpion

For decades forest harvesting machines have remained pretty much the same. They have traditional designs that focus on function and not on operation. The Finnish company Ponsse decided that by building a new harvester around the operator, with a focus on ergonomic, they could improve both performance and comfort.

The Ponsse Scorpion features a symmetrical crane boom where the operator sits in the center point of all movements. If offers the operator total visibility and the ability to work comfortably and efficiently.

By using Strenx 700 MC Plus high-strength steel in the crane arms, Strenx 700 in the chassis and Hardox 450 in the cutter head, the Scorpion has a lower overall weight which helps manoeuvrability in rough terrain.

Lower weight allowed more bearings to be added, which gives the Scorpion its unique stability. Furthermore, fuel consumption has been reduced and boom movements are faster.

Ponsse wins Swedish Steel Prize 2015

The Swedish Steel Prize was awarded for the 17th time in conjunction with a three-day event at which 700 participants from around the world gathered to share the latest findings on high-strength steel.

The other finalists, Facil System from Brazil, Milotek from South Africa, and Terex Cranes from Germany, were runners-up in the Swedish Steel Prize 2015.

The Swedish Steel Prize was established by SSAB in 1999 to inspire and disseminate knowledge about high-strength steel and how it can be used to develop stronger, lighter and more sustainable products.


NCH Korea’s 9 Types of ‘Boiler Treatment Products for Food Processing Facility’ Pass NSF’s Safety Certification

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NCH Korea today announced that its 9 types of ‘Boiler Treatment Products for food processing facility’ were proven safe by NSF(National Science Foundation), which is a United States government agency that supports fundamental research and education in all the non-medical fields of science and engineering.

As domestic food production companies have heightened interest on hygiene and safety of food manufacturing facility, NCH Korea had verified safety of its boiler treatment products, which are in direct contact with food, by organizations that are responsible for food safety.

NCH Korea announced that it has completed registering its 9 types of boiler treatment products for food processing facility in NSF Korea, through the Korean branch of NSF.

Products accredited by NSF are BP-800, CHEM-AQUA 150, CHEM-AQUA 300 plus, CHEM-AQUA 55D, CHEM-AQUA 55H, CHEM-AQUA 900, CHEM-AQUA 900C, OX-AWAY and OX-AWAY C, and these 9 products were registered on NSF listing site by NCH Korea. You may find more details in http://info.nsf.org/USDA/Listings.asp.

NCH Korea identified constituents of the water treatment products for steam boilers, and confirmed that its water treatment products, namely BP-800 FG, CHem-Aqua 55H FG and OX-AWAY FG, are composed of substances that are registered safe in ‘food additive standard’ announced by the ministry of food and drug safety in Korea.

“NCH’s boiler treatment products for food processing facility are environmental-friendly products that may be safely used in food processing facilities where direct contacts with food frequently occur. Also, our water treatment products meet food additive standard announced by the ministry of food and drug safety. NCH will provide various treatment/ cleansing products that are widely used for facility cleansing and maintenance, to domestic companies, and will continuously put efforts to develop environmental-friendly products and solutions”, said DongEun Kim, country manager of NCH Korea.

*NSF Nonfood Compound Registration Program is a program to register on NSF White Book, which covers lubricant, detergent, water treatment product, coating substance and solvent. NSF provides formulation/toxicological review and testing service for non-food compound. Please refer to attached registration guideline to find more details about registerable types of substances and category code. Registered companies may use NSF mark on registered products, which went through formulation/toxicological review, and will be officially published on NSF White Book.

Lloyd’s Register Energy launches new study revealing the need for greater collaboration, data analysis and cultural change to address the innovation challenges in oil & gas

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Technology Radar 2015 report combines in-depth interviews with senior industry figures and a survey of more than 450 oil and gas industry professionals from across the global industry

A new report reveals that whilst the current environment is creating opportunities for innovation, almost half of oil and gas executives admit they have fallen short of their innovation goals. The number of respondents saying they have fallen short has almost doubled as the oil price has gone down, with only 26% saying they had fallen short in Spring 2014.

These findings form part of the Technology Radar 2015 report being launched today by Lloyd’s Register Energy, a leading integrity, compliance and specialist risk consulting services group. The report, Innovating in a New Environment, combines Lloyd’s Register Energy’s expert knowledge with third party insights, to provide data-driven findings on the role of innovation in the current and future upstream oil and gas industry. Through interviews with senior industry practitioners and a global survey of oil and gas professionals, it provides a compelling case for increased technological innovation.

“The oil and gas industry is undergoing a period of significant uncertainty”, said John Wishart, Group Energy Director, Lloyd’s Register. “The oil price slowdown is clearly impacting investment in innovation initiatives. However, our report finds that contrary to perceived wisdom, innovation has a crucial role to play in the current environment, where it creates operational efficiencies and is cost-effective.”

“To innovate properly and achieve business goals companies must address a number of common challenges, including collaborating more openly, using data more effectively and changing traditional mind-sets”, continued Wishart. “Encouragingly, our findings show that overall the industry understands the need for innovation and has begun reaching out to other sectors to gain technological insight.”

In the opening part of Technology Radar 2015, the report considers the role for innovation in the changing innovation landscape and concludes that the cyclical downturn should be a driver of innovation, not a barrier. Crucially for industry professionals, the report outlines three scenarios for how different oil prices may affect innovation, examining the types of innovation that will be prioritised in each scenario. The majority of oil and gas executives believe the oil price will sit between $50-$70 in the next year, with the highest percentage (27%), believing it will hover around $70. This will in many cases hinder investment in innovation.

The report also looks at how executives are placing increasing emphasis on collaboration, both internally and outside of the industry, as they adapt technology from other sectors. Two-thirds of respondents say they are under pressure to collaborate with other organisations within the sector. When they do collaborate, upstream companies focus on the early stages of a project, and often around safety. The report reveals an overarching cultural shift is still required to fully integrate genuine collaboration in innovation.

Finally, in part three the role for data collection and analytics in driving innovation is assessed, finding that more advanced data collection and analytics are a must have in the current low oil price environment. Lack of data and systems integration across different parts of the business are huge barriers to successful data collection and analytics, with silos the biggest cause of the issue.

Despite understandable pessimism due to the current landscape, Technology Radar 2015 shows that the downturn in the oil price is strengthening the need for innovation, not weakening it. The unique insights provided by this report show industry professionals how they can address the challenges to better innovation and enhance operational performance.

The full Technology Radar 2015 report can be found here: http://www.lr.org/technologyradar

Lloyd’s Register Energy applies its expert knowledge and independence to help clients and regulators design, construct and operate their capital intensive assets and businesses to their highest levels of safety and performance. Its world class expertise allows it to resolve and share solutions to the most complex situations, providing the confidence demanded by engineering principles, government regulations and industry codes and standards. And, as part of Lloyd’s Register, it draws on a long heritage of fresh, innovative thinking in response to new technologies and challenges.

Samsung SDI Unveils E-Bike Battery Pack That Runs 100km with Single Charge at Eurobike 2015

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To exhibit high-capacity 500Wh e-bike battery pack at Eurobike in Germany

Samsung SDI (President & CEO: NamSeong Cho), unveiled an e-bike battery pack that can run for 100 km with a single battery charge. The company will participate at the Eurobike 2015 on August 26 (Wednesday) in Friedrichshafen, Germany to showcase its various lithium-ion battery technologies for electric bicycles.

Eurobike is the world’s largest bicycle trade fair that has around 1,300 industry companies from 54 different countries attending each year. Starting from 2012, this year will mark Samsung SDI’s fourth participation.

Samsung SDI will exhibit six types of standardized battery packs that can either be built inside or installed on the outside for immediate use. It will also display 12 types of battery packs that are currently being supplied to global manufacturing companies and the cells of various specifications. Another technology worth noticing is the addition of a Bluetooth function which will enable users to check on their smartphones for residual battery, remaining distance, and other data, while riding their bicycles.

The 500Wh battery pack, unveiled for the first time by Samsung SDI, has achieved its slim size by incorporating high capacity cells and superior battery pack technology. It can also run for a 100km with a single charge by having maximized energy storage.

Recent vitalization of eco-friendly e-bicycle market and higher demand for long distance products – due to the diversification of usage in leisure, commuting, and others – have prompted Samsung SDI to develop its high capacity battery packs.

Samsung SDI unveiled an e-bike battery pack that can run for 100 km with a single battery charge at the Eurobike 2015


Samsung SDI also unveiled a battery pack product equipped with 21700 batteries, noted for their upgraded energy capacity compared to previous cylindrical types. The 18650 battery, or rather the small cylindrical battery of 18mm diameter and 65mm length, has been in dominant use until recently. However, the creation of new battery applications has boosted the demand for high capacity batteries. In response, Samsung SDI has come up with a battery that has upgraded a maximum of 35% of energy volume, now known as the 21700 battery, and has successfully applied it onto e-bikes for the first in the world.

The 21700 model can have various applications other than e-bike, such as in electric tools, laptops, and more. It is expected to become the new standard in small cylindrical battery usage.

Meanwhile, Japan’s secondary cell market research company called B3 has estimated that Samsung SDI will follow up its past record of being No.1 for two consecutive years since 2013 in the e-bike lithium-ion battery market and will also come out as the leader this year with a total market share of 25%.

With its development of high capacity e-bike battery packs, Samsung SDI will enforce its leading status in the battery market for electric bicycles, also affiliated with the rapidly developing new battery application field.

According to market research companies such as Navigant Research and Bike Europe, the global e-bike market is estimated to have reached the number of around 34 million bikes this year. B3 stated in their data that the replacement rate of lead-acid batteries in China has been on the rise and as a result, the demand for e-bike lithium-ion batteries will mark 163 million cells by the end of 2015, which is a 14% increase from last year.

JaeHo Ahn, executive vice president & head of battery pack business division of Samsung SDI commented earlier that, “Samsung SDI’s high capacity battery packs will dramatically increase the mileage of electric bicycles and this will create new demands in the e-bike industry.” He added, “As the No.1 company of small scale-batteries, we will continue to build up the market for new battery application.”

Eaton to Provide Power Management Solutions for Five Community Solar Projects in Colorado

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Power management company Eaton today announced a contract to provide electrical distribution equipment and engineering services for an 8.2-megawatt (MW) community solar installation in Colorado. Eaton’s solutions will help support safe, cost-effective and reliable power generation at five sites in Colorado, including Denver and Colorado Springs. Upon completion, the five community solar installations are predicted to generate enough to power more than 1,600 homes for 20 years. The terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Eaton is working with SunShare on these projects. SunShare will provide customer management, subscriptions and billing. Under power purchase agreements, municipal Colorado Springs Utilities will utilize the energy produced in Colorado Springs and Xcel Energy will purchase the energy produced in Denver.

“Community-based solar has great potential to serve as a solution to meeting our nation’s growing energy demands,” said John Vernacchia, global segment manager for renewable energy at Eaton. “By combining the capabilities of Eaton’s proven power management solutions with the expertise of SunShare, the installation will help improve the way Colorado municipalities produce and consume electrical energy.”

The project will incorporate Eaton’s solar balance of system (BOS) solutions and engineering services to help support safe, cost-effective and reliable solar generation. Under the contract, Eaton will supply a range of electrical power management products, including: switchboards, panelboards, combiner boxes, loadcenters with dry-type transformers, and circuit protection solutions.

Eaton’s regional Customer Manufacturing Solution Center (CMSC) developed customized switchboard assemblies to support the projects. The switchboards will include integrated service entrance and solar power distribution, utility and customer metering, remote switching, and configured relaying in a compact package to reduce the physical footprint of electrical distribution equipment. All switchboards will be fabricated, wired and factory tested prior to delivery to reduce installation time, labor and cost.

To help enhance safety and reliability, Eaton’s Electrical Services and Systems Division – one of the largest and most experienced teams of power system engineers in the industry – will perform short circuit, electrical coordination and arc flash studies at each of the sites.

With a robust portfolio of electrical balance of system solutions for solar installations, and a team of experienced engineers, Eaton provides power management equipment and software tailored to customer requirements and the skills needed to successfully complete a project, from initial design and application assistance through post-installation measurement, verification and maintenance. For more information, visit http://www.eaton.com/solar.

AFC’s KORE Fuel Cell System Achieves Landmark Operation in Stade, Germany

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The industrial fuel cell power company AFC Energy plc (AFC.L) has announced that it has successfully commissioned and commenced operation of its first KORE fuel cell system in Stade, Germany.

This milestone marks the achievement of nearly a decade’s investment in the AFC fuel cell system which, when fully operational in late 2015, will be the world’s largest alkaline fuel cell system operating at an industrial facility selling power into the national electricity grid.

Following a week long commissioning of the fuel cell system at Stade, AFC’s team on-site were able to affirm the safety and integrity of the system and introduced hydrogen into the fuel cells on Friday, 31 July 2015, to achieve a peak output of 7.56kW from a single operational cartridges (one of 24), with this cartridge intentionally operating at less than full capacity as envisaged within the POWER-UP commissioning programme. Importantly, when the original POWER-UP milestones were devised and announced to the market on 8 December 2014, the initial output target of the KORE by the end of July 2015 was set at 7.5kW to 15kW, however this was based on a forecast of two cartridges. To achieve this target with just one cartridge is great news for the technology.

The results reflect an historic achievement on two levels: firstly, not only AFC has delivered on its commitment to deliver a minimum 7.5kW from the system at the commencement of Phase 1 of the programme; but this achievement has been delivered within a timeframe (end of July 2015) which was arguably one of the most aggressive set within the Company’s history and demonstrates the ability of the Company to deliver on its commitment to its shareholders and the market in general both as to time and cost.

The announcement marks achievement of Milestone 9 (of a total 11 Milestones) of the Status Update issued by AFC on 8 December 2014 (as set out in the Attachment below) and is the initial production of power on site with the associated testing prior to increasing power output in Phase 2. This milestone has been achieved with the cartridges validated by AFC in February 2015 at the required flow and operational settings.

This landmark achievement, executed in accordance with the ambitious timeline set in December 2014, gives AFC significant confidence in the upcoming commencement of Phase 2 of power generation on site. It will be following delivery of Phase 2, which was initially envisaged as commencing in Quarter 4 2015, but which now could be further accelerated, that AFC will commence selling power into the German grid through its Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Stadtwerke Stade (as announced on 27 July 2015).

This achievement further validates the prospect for long-term technical and commercial viability of the Company’s alkaline fuel cell technology, whilst also establishing a positive precedent, in this prototype installation, that AFC’s first major industrial project is on track to achieve its future significant milestones. Operational information pertaining to the fuel cell system will now be generated over the coming months for the further validation of the system both to AFC, and its international development, manufacturing and finance partners.

“Today marks one of the proudest moments in AFC’s history. For the first time, the Company’s research and development programme of the past decade has commenced commercial operations. This is a remarkable achievement delivered in record time and in a first class collaborative effort across all involved. On a personal level, I wish to extend my sincere thanks and congratulations to all the staff at AFC who have worked tirelessly and remained focussed over the past seven months on delivering something truly significant and establishing the platform for the commercialisation of this world leading alkaline fuel cell technology” said Adam Bond, Chief Executive Officer of AFC.L.

“It would be remiss of me to not also acknowledge the tireless efforts of our host partners, namely Air Products, and our contractors and sub-contractors in establishing not only the permitting and regulatory compliance of the system in Germany, but also delivering the civils, utilities, buildings and associated infrastructure for the KORE system at a remarkable pace in the face of many challenges.” he added.

SolaRight Lighting acquires SolarCap Infinity

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SolaRight Lighting, LLC (SolaRight) has acquired the intellectual property rights, product rights and worldwide manufacturing and distributing rights of SolarCap Infinity, Inc., the inventor, manufacturer and marketer of patented solar lighting products for public safety and hardscape markets.

“In addition to decorative commercial and residential applications, we are particularly excited by the opportunity to positively impact safety in the transportation sector with internally illuminated pavement markers that create a runway effect on darkened roadways.”

Since its founding in 2003 in Seoul, South Korea, SolarCap Infinity has pioneered innovative and patented solar technology that delivers unmatched performance and longevity. SolaRight was established in February of this year after acquiring exclusive distribution rights of the SolarCap Infinity products in North America through its acquisition of Next Gen Solar, based in Edmond, Oklahoma. The acquisition comes after SolaRight experienced encouraging sales results and positive customer feedback about the product line.

“SolarCap Infinity has created a very impressive product line that performs better than any solar product on the market,” said Rob McLaughlin, President of SolaRight. “In addition to decorative commercial and residential applications, we are particularly excited by the opportunity to positively impact safety in the transportation sector with internally illuminated pavement markers that create a runway effect on darkened roadways.”

SolaRight will establish US production of the product in Oklahoma City in the coming months while Korean manufacturing continues.