May 17, 2020

Moving Off the Grid with Clean Energy Fuel Cells

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Life Technologies
off the grid
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Admin
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System to reduce CO2 emissions by 30%
CARLSBAD, Calif., July 19, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Life Technologies Corporation announced it will use a fuel cell system to self-generate ele...

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CARLSBAD, Calif., July 19, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Life Technologies Corporation announced it will use a fuel cell system to self-generate electricity for its company headquarters, along with its manufacturing and distribution center in Carlsbad, California. The Bloom Energy fuel cell system will begin operating in August and will reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent, increase energy reliability while also delivering cost savings.</p>
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The new fuel cell system will fit within 1500 square feet and generate one megawatt of electricity - among the highest output in San Diego County and equivalent to powering more than 1000 homes. Life Technologies is the first company in the life sciences industry to adopt the Bloom Energy technology and joins other leading companies including The Coca-Cola Company, eBay, FedEx, Google, Apple and Walmart.</p>
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&quot;Moving &#39;off the grid&#39; using innovative sources of alternative energy helps reduce our carbon footprint and continues to demonstrate our commitment to ongoing sustainability initiatives,&quot; said Cristina Amorim, Chief Sustainability Officer for Life Technologies. &quot;We will continue to lead our industry by indentifying green initiatives that are advantageous for both the environment and our business.&quot;</p>
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Life Technologies is continually exploring new ways to conserve energy and natural resources. Since 2008, the company has reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 16 percent; energy consumption by 20 percent; water usage by 43 percent; and hazardous waste by 41 percent. Life Technologies&#39; sustainability efforts have also been recognized by leading organizations, including:</p>
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Listed on Corporate Knights&#39; Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations, the annual clean capitalism ranking announced each year during the World Economic Forum in Davos.</p>
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Selected as a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index - reserved for the top 10 percent of the 2,500 largest companies in terms of sustainability.</p>
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Named to the Bloomberg-Maplecroft Climate Innovation Index (CII) Leaders. Members are ranked among the top 100 of the 819 largest US-based companies in terms of climate-related innovation and carbon management programs.</p>
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<strong>About Bloom Energy</strong></p>
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<a href="//www.bloomenergy.com">Bloom Energy </a>is a provider of breakthrough solid oxide fuel cell technology that generates clean, highly-efficient power onsite from virtually any fuel source. Bloom Energy&#39;s mission is to make clean, reliable energy affordable for everyone in the world. The Bloom Energy Server is currently producing power for several Fortune 500 companies such as Adobe, Caltech, eBay, FedEx, Google, Staples, and Walmart. The company is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA.</p>
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<strong>About Life Technologies</strong></p>
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<a href="http://www.lifetechnologies.com/">Life Technologies Corporation </a><a href="http://www.marketwatch.com/investing/stock/LIFE?link=MW_story_quote">LI… -0.66% </a>is a global biotechnology company with customers in more than 160 countries using its innovative solutions to solve some of today&#39;s most difficult scientific challenges. Quality and innovation are accessible to every lab with its reliable and easy-to-use solutions spanning the biological spectrum with more than 50,000 products for agricultural biotechnology, translational research, molecular medicine and diagnostics, stem cell-based therapies, forensics, food safety and animal health. Its systems, reagents and consumables represent some of the most cited brands in scientific research including: Ion Torrent(TM), Applied Biosystems&reg;, Invitrogen(TM), GIBCO&reg;, Ambion&reg;, Molecular Probes&reg;, Novex&reg;, and TaqMan&reg;. Life Technologies employs approximately 10,400 people and upholds its ongoing commitment to innovation with more than 4,000 patents and exclusive licenses. LIFE had sales of $3.7 billion in 2011.</p>
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Jul 30, 2021

Major move forward for UK’s nascent marine energy sector

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renewableenergy
tidalturbine
Sustainability
3 min
The UK’s nascent marine energy sector starts exporting electricity to the grid as the most powerful tidal turbine in the world begins to generate power

Although the industry is small and the technologies are limited, marine-based energy systems look to be taking off as “the world’s most powerful tidal turbine” begins grid-connected power generation at the European Marine Energy Centre

At around 74 metres long, the turbine single-handedly holds the potential to supply the annual electricity demand to approximately 2,000 homes within the UK and offset 2,200 tonnes of CO2 per year.

Orbital Marine Power, a privately held Scottish-based company, announced the turbine is set to operate for around 15 years in the waters surrounding Orkney, Scotland, where the 2-megawatt O2 turbine weighing around 680 metric tons will be linked to a local on-land electricity network via a subsea cable. 

How optimistic is the outlook for the UK’s turbine bid?

Described as a “major milestone for O2” by CEO of Orbital Marine Power Andrew Scott, the turbine will also supply additional power to generate ‘green hydrogen’ through the use of a land-based electrolyser in the hopes it will demonstrate the “decarbonisation of wider energy requirements.” 

“Our vision is that this project is the trigger to the harnessing of tidal stream resources around the world to play a role in tackling climate change whilst creating a new, low-carbon industrial sector,” says Scott in a statement. 

The Scottish Government has awarded £3.4 million through the Saltire Tidal Energy Challenge Fund to support the project’s construction, while public lenders also contributed to the financial requirements of the tidal turbine through the ethical investment platform Abundance Investment.

“The deployment of Orbital Marine Power’s O2, the world’s most powerful tidal turbine, is a proud moment for Scotland and a significant milestone in our journey to net zero,” says Michael Matheson, the Cabinet Secretary for Net-Zero, Energy and Transport for the Scottish Government. 

“With our abundant natural resources, expertise and ambition, Scotland is ideally placed to harness the enormous global market for marine energy whilst helping deliver a net-zero economy.

“That’s why the Scottish Government has consistently supported the marine energy sector for over 10 years.”

However, Orbital Marine CEO Scott believes there’s potential to commercialise the technology being used in the project with the prospect of working towards more efficient and advanced marine energy projects in the future. 

We believe pioneering our vision in the UK can deliver on a broad spectrum of political initiatives across net-zero, levelling up and building back better at the same time as demonstrating global leadership in the area of low carbon innovation that is essential to creating a more sustainable future for the generations to come.” 

The UK’s growing marine energy endeavours

This latest tidal turbine project isn’t a first for marine energy in the UK. The Port of London Authority permitted the River Thames to become a temporary home for trials into tidal energy technology and, more recently, a research project spanning the course of a year is set to focus on the potential tidal, wave, and floating wind technology holds for the future efficiency of renewable energy. The research is due to take place off of the Southwest coast of England on the Isles of Scilly

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