May 17, 2020

Energy saving benefits of cloud communications

Admin
3 min
Cloud communications
[email protected] Click here for the latest issue of Energy Digital magazine By Jessica Oaks Staying eco-friendly while running a business might not...

Click here for the latest issue of Energy Digital magazine 

By Jessica Oaks

Staying eco-friendly while running a business might not seem easy, but there are a lot of different steps that you can take to make your company go green. For example, cloud communications have lots of green benefits, and there are other ways for IT companies to become more eco-friendly as well.

How business phone systems can save the environment

Unlike cell phones, business phone systems are designed to last for the long haul. Created just for heavy use, these phones can last for many years. Not only can this help you cut costs, but it can also cut down on phones that get thrown away in the landfill. In turn, this can cut down on toxic chemicals that can find their way from the inside of phones to the dirt underneath the landfill.

Why VoIP is more eco-friendly

VoIP phone systems are more eco-friendly than more traditional phone options for many reasons. First of all, you have to think about how VoIP systems work: Voice signals get transformed into digital signals, which are sent over the Internet. Then, these signals are reconverted for the person on the other end of the phone to hear. Since much of this work is done digitally, large backend infrastructures aren't necessary. This cuts down on building materials, costs and electricity.

Although there are some benefits to keeping some of the lines in your office as IVR lines, you may choose to switch less essential lines over to the newest VoIP technology. Then, you can cut costs and be more eco-friendly.

Other ways for IT companies to go green

Along with switching over to VoIP phone systems and using only business-quality phone systems around the office, there are other ways for IT companies to become more eco-friendly. Here are a few tips:

·Use cloud storage whenever possible. Although there are some situations when physical copies are a necessity, you can save a lot of paper and a lot of waste by saving files on the cloud instead.

·Upgrade old equipment when possible. Not only will you be able to benefit from better performance, but you will also be able to invest in more energy-efficient equipment.

·Make it a policy to turn things off when they aren't in use. In many IT offices, computers, equipment, lights and more are kept on when they aren't being used; this can increase energy consumption substantially and can increase energy costs as well.

·Focus on green traveling. If your company has a fleet of vehicles, you may want to consider investing in hybrids; if not, you should at least choose vehicles that are known to be energy efficient. When planning company trips, choose traveling options that conserve energy and waste.

·Opt for energy-saving monitors. They don't cost much but can substantially reduce your energy costs, and they are much more eco-friendly.

·Use programmable thermostats. There is no reason to keep your office toasty when there is no one there, but programmable thermostats can make it easy to regulate the temperature at various times of the night and day.

There are many reputable companies, like Mitel, that offer cloud communications and other eco-friendly business services. These simplemethods can help you preserve the environment and gain a good reputation. Not only will your business save a substantial amount of money, it will also take pride in knowing it has done its part to improve its environmental footprint.

Author bio: Jessica Oaks is a freelance journalist who loves to cover technology news and the ways that technology makes life easier. She also blogs at FreshlyTechy.com. Check her out on Twitter @TechyJessy.

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Oct 19, 2020

Itronics successfully tests manganese recovery process

cleantech
manganese
USA
Scott Birch
3 min
Nevada firm aims to become the primary manganese producer in the United States
Nevada firm aims to become the primary manganese producer in the United States...

Itronics - a Nevada-based emerging cleantech materials growth company that manufacturers fertilisers and produces silver - has successfully tested two proprietary processes that recover manganese, with one process recovering manganese, potassium and zinc from paste produced by processing non-rechargeable alkaline batteries. The second recovers manganese via the company’s Rock Kleen Technology.

Manganese, one of the four most important industrial metals and widely used by the steel industry, has been designated by the US Federal Government as a "critical mineral." It is a major component of non-rechargeable alkaline batteries, one of the largest battery categories sold globally.

The use of manganese in EV batteries is increasing as EV battery technology is shifting to use of more nickel and manganese in battery formulations. But according to the US Department of Interior, there is no mine production of manganese in the United States. As such, Itronics is using its Rock Kleen Technology to test metal recoverability from mine tailings obtained from a former silver mine in western Nevada that has a high manganese content. 

In a statement, Itronics says that its Rock Kleen process recovers silver, manganese, zinc, copper, lead and nickel. The company says that it has calculated – based on laboratory test results – that if a Rock Kleen tailings process is put into commercial production, the former mine site would become the only primary manganese producer in the United States.

Itronics adds that it has also tested non-rechargeable alkaline battery paste recovered by a large domestic battery recycling company to determine if it could use one of its hydrometallurgical processes to solubilize the manganese, potassium, and zinc contained in the paste. This testing was successful, and Itronics was able to produce material useable in two of its fertilisers, it says.

"We believe that the chemistry of the two recovery processes would lend itself to electrochemical recovery of the manganese, zinc, and other metals. At this time electrochemical recovery has been tested for zinc and copper,” says Dr John Whitney, Itronics president. 

“Itronics has been reviewing procedures for electrochemical recovery of manganese and plans to move this technology forward when it is appropriate to do so and has acquired electro-winning equipment needed to do that.

"Because of the two described proprietary technologies, Itronics is positioned to become a domestic manganese producer on a large scale to satisfy domestic demand. The actual manganese products have not yet been defined, except for use in the Company's GOLD'n GRO Multi-Nutrient Fertilisers. However, the Company believes that it will be able to produce chemical manganese products as well as electrochemical products," he adds.

Itronics’ research and development plant is located in Reno, about 40 miles west of the Tesla giga-factory. Its planned cleantech materials campus, which will be located approximately 40 miles south of the Tesla factory, would be the location where the manganese products would be produced.

Panasonic is operating one of the world's largest EV battery factories at the Tesla location. However, Tesla and other companies have announced that EV battery technology is shifting to use of nickel-manganese batteries. Itronics is positioned and located to become a Nevada-0based supplier of manganese products for battery manufacturing as its manganese recovery technologies are advanced, the company states.

A long-term objective for Itronics is to become a leading producer of high purity metals, including the U.S. critical metals manganese and tin, using the Company's breakthrough hydrometallurgy, pyrometallurgy, and electrochemical technologies. ‘Additionally, Itronics is strategically positioned with its portfolio of "Zero Waste Energy Saving Technologies" to help solve the recently declared emergency need for domestic production of Critical Minerals from materials located at mine sites,’ the statement continues.

The Company's growth forecast centers upon its 10-year business plan designed to integrate its Zero Waste Energy Saving Technologies and to grow annual sales from $2 million in 2019, to $113 million in 2025.

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