Vermont’s largest “solar parking lot” deploys innovative panels on the Burlington waterfront

Vermont’s largest “solar parking lot” deploys innovative panels on the Burlington waterfront

ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, the City of Burlington, and Encore Renewable Energy partnered to build a solar canopy for Science Museum

The opportunity is finding ways to take urban settings in which we already have high land use, like a parking lot, and turning it into renewable power production.”

— Phelan Fretz, Executive Director of ECHO

BURLINGTON, VT, UNITED STATES, January 16, 2019 / — Burlington, VT — Encore Renewable Energy announced today that Vermont’s largest solar canopy to date, built by a public-private partnership for the Science Museum on the Burlington waterfront, has commenced generation of electricity.

The 156kWp solar carport at the ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain employs innovative two-sided panels that capture reflected light as well as the direct rays of the sun, increasing its output. It was constructed at the same time as a new parking lot and a state-of-the-art stormwater pollution control system built by ECHO and the City of Burlington to help improve the water quality in Burlington’s inner harbor.

“We are so pleased to have been able to work with ECHO and the City of Burlington in delivering this important project,” said Chad Farrell, Chief Executive Officer of Burlington-based Encore Renewable Energy, which built and will operate the array. “This project is a strong example of the forward-looking thinking and action that we need from municipalities, non-profits and other organizations below the national level, to advance the clean energy economy and address the negative impacts of climate change.”

The solar canopy project required complex engineering. Encore had to design for varying lakefront water levels, high winds, specific truck and bus traffic patterns at the Science Museum, and existing underground infrastructure. Due to ECHO’s location in Burlington’s previously industrialized waterfront, soil and water quality were continuously monitored throughout construction, in strict adherence to the State of Vermont’s regulatory process for environmentally contaminated property.

“The opportunity is finding ways to take urban settings in which we already have high land use, like a parking lot, and turning it into renewable power production,” said Phelan Fretz, Executive Director of ECHO.

The project design called for innovative bifacial, or two-sided, solar panels to increase the electricity generated by capturing albedo light, the short-wave solar radiation reflected from the parking lot, parked vehicles and nearby lake surface. This higher output will increase the overall savings for the Science Museum.

“We are thrilled to support ECHO’s mission, and their commitment to continued education to improve energy production, land use development and water quality management,” said Farrell.

Encore was responsible for coordinating and managing all aspects of the project including navigating the complex lakefront environmental and geotechnical issues, project design, permitting, financing, construction, and commissioning. In addition, Encore and one of its financing partners will own, operate and maintain the project.

“This is a great project that advances many of the City’s key goals, from the protection of Lake Champlain through better stormwater facilities, to new solar capacity that helps move us toward our goal of becoming a Net Zero Energy City, to additional attractions in the heart of our vibrant waterfront,” said Mayor Miro Weinberger. “The City is proud to have played a role in this project, and I am very thankful for the hard work of ECHO and Encore in getting it done.”

ECHO was Vermont’s first LEED certified building when it was built in 2003. The building already features solar panels on the roof, natural lighting, passive heating and cooling, smart lighting, and specially controlled HVAC systems, built from renewable materials and locally sourced supplies.


About Encore Renewable Energy
Encore Renewable Energy is a Burlington, Vermont-based leading clean energy development company focusing on commercial-scale solar photovoltaic systems and 21st-century solutions for underutilized property, including landfills, brownfields and rooftops. Founded in 2007 as Encore Redevelopment, Encore specializes in the design, development, financing, permitting, and construction of renewable energy projects. For more information about Encore, please visit

About ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain
ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain is an innovative science and nature museum located on Burlington, Vermont’s waterfront. ECHO leverages its unique setting to inspire and engage families in the joy of scientific discovery, wonder of nature, and care of Lake Champlain. ECHO is the public face of the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, a 2.7-acre campus that also includes the University of Vermont Rubenstein Ecosystem Laboratory and research vessel, Lake Champlain Sea Grant, the Lake Champlain Basin Program, and the Lake Champlain Navy Memorial in Hoehl Park. Visit

About the City of Burlington
Burlington is a celebrated, vibrant, small city located on the eastern shoreline of Lake Champlain. Burlingtonians are diverse, forward-thinking citizens, surrounded by scenic beauty and recreational opportunities. The City is steeped in arts and culture, and is engaged in the growth of the local economy. Visit us at

Lauren Glickman
RenewComm LLC
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More Tariff Hikes as Eskom Faces Meltdown

Are South Africans willing to take the financial hit they are not responsible for?

CAPE TOWN, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA, January 16, 2019 / — This week, the mother city of Cape Town saw the start of nationwide public hearings. The purpose of these hearings is to establish whether Eskom should be granted the 15% tariff hike it applied for over the next three years. Naturally, the mere suggestion has been met with overwhelming negativity, and rightfully so. Experts agree that if Nersa (National Energy Regulator SA) was to approve the tariff hike request, it will only cause more financial challenges for everyone involved.

As it stands, Eskom has accumulated a total of R419bn in debt. At the beginning of 2018, this total was R380bn, which shows a significant increase over a very short time. This happened in spite of the special task-team appointed by the president himself. The fact that some members of the appointed team abandoned their positions in recent times only makes the situation more difficult.

South Africans had to listen to the Chief Executive of Eskom, Phakamani Hadebe, confess in front of Nersa that the power utility is on the brink of a financial meltdown. They also had to listen to Hadebe admit these challenges could have been avoided, and that no real plan exists to turn the company around.

Where does this leave the South African citizens?

For the most part, experts agree that such a big hike at this point in time is most likely to backfire, whether it is granted or not. More specifically, they expect citizens and business owners to start exploring alternative energy. This is mainly due to the lack of trust the public has in Eskom, as well as the individuals in key positions, but this is not the only source of concern. The effects of state capture are still relevant in several of the expensive contracts and tenders Eskom went into during the Zuma administration, putting only more strain on the broken utility company.

And the most practical alternative comes in the form of solar energy. What South Africans need to ask themselves is whether they want to continue seeing unbearable price hikes as Eskom sinks deeper into debt? Or do they want to break away from the cycle by investing in solar power? Considering the latter is getting more affordable every year, while the former will never stop increasing.

Even though a final decision has yet to be reached regarding an increased tariff hike for energy, is it really worth waiting? Will it make a difference whether the request is granted? There are no guarantees that the increased price will cover the shortfalls of Eskom, which is not the case with a solar system in place.

It is in the best interest of every South African to get informed about affordable energy solutions, like those offered by Solar Advice. Because at this point in time it is critical to plan for the future, especially when there is a possibility that the country can be left in the dark – completely.

A Da Silva
Solar Advice
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Peregrine Energy Partners Acquires Royalty Properties in Greene County, PA

Peregrine continues to maximize value for Marcellus Shale Royalty Owners

DENVER, COLORADO, UNITED_STATES, January 15, 2019 / — Peregrine Energy Partners has agreed to acquire producing and non-producing oil and gas royalties in Greene County, Pennsylvania from an undisclosed seller.

“This acquisition features natural gas production from a core area to EQT, the largest natural gas producer in the U.S. by volume,” said Josh Prier, Peregrine’s Managing Director.

“EQT acquired these properties last year in a $6.7 Billion transaction with Rice Energy,” Mr. Prier continued. In the past 2 years, EQT has added nearly 500,000 acres to their development portfolio and are now focused on execution and capital efficiency. These properties sit in their Tier 1 acreage and we’re hopeful to have put ourselves in the line of future development.”

Over the past 3 years, Peregrine has been very active in the north-east basin known as the Marcellus Shale. “The Marcellus Shale is the largest known deposit of natural gas in the country and possibly in the world,” commented Peregrine’s Co-Founder C.J. Tibbs. “We continue to be impressed with the amount of resources operators are pouring into this region.”

This acquisition will go to help feed a growing demand from 1031 investors who are looking to diversify their exchange into more than traditional real estate. “Most real estate investors are just now learning that they have options when it comes to replacement property for their 1031 exchange,” said Wolf Hanschen, Co-Founder of Peregrine. “Oil and gas royalties have been used for decades by investors existing brick and mortar real estate.”
Peregrine Energy Partners are private purchasers of oil and natural gas royalties with over 50 years of combined experience. Over the past 15 years, the company’s founders have enjoyed working with hundreds of mineral owners in 30 states across millions of acres.

With its corporate headquarters in Dallas and an acquisition office in Denver, Peregrine is dedicated to providing value and optionality to royalty owners to maximize the value of their minerals while delivering institutional quality royalty properties to clients looking for long-term monthly income from a non-correlated asset class.
To learn more or to obtain a valuation of your minerals, contact Josh Prier at (303)-256-6275 or To learn more about available 1031 properties, contact Wolf Hanschen at (214)-483-1997 or

Josh Prier
Peregrine Energy Partners
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ZE PowerGroup Inc. announced the successful completion of the SOC 1 Type 2 report

ZE PowerGroup

Providing additional assurances that data protection, privacy, confidentiality, and reporting controls are in place for our Clients

Our customers entrust us to manage and maintain their mission-critical data infrastructure on a daily basis, so we take great pride in having achieved this certification”

— Dr. Zak El-Ramly, CEO

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA, January 15, 2019 / — ZE PowerGroup Inc. (“ZE”), a global leader in data integration, management and analytics announced the successful completion of its first Service Organization Control (SOC) 1 Type 2 audit report for the ZEMA™ Hosted and ZEMA Managed System. Conducted by Ernst & Young LLP, a leading, global professional services firm, the audit attests the suitability and operating effectiveness of controls ZE has in place, relevant to user entities’ internal control over the financial report.

As companies increasingly use outside vendors to provide mission-critical systems and services, there is a need for more trust and transparency into cloud service providers’ operations, processes, and operating effectiveness. ZE’s SOC 1 Type 2 report verifies the operating effectiveness of internal controls which have been designed and implemented to meet the clients’ requirements for ZEMA Hosted and ZEMA Managed System. This independent validation of internal controls provides transparency and trust for clients that rely on ZEMA for mission-critical applications.
“With SOC 1 Type 2 report we can demonstrate to our clients the reliability and continued integrity of processes and procedures that are in place,” said Thorsten Gutsche, VP of Operations. “As a customer-centric organization, we want to ensure that we surpass our clients’ expectations, contractual commitments, and regulatory requirements while lowering inherent risks by consistent and effective execution of suitably designed internal controls.”

“Our customers entrust us to manage and maintain their mission-critical data infrastructure on a daily basis, so we take great pride in having achieved this certification,” said Dr. Zak El-Ramly, CEO. “This successful in-depth audit that took several months to complete, demonstrates our commitment to service excellence and provides proof that our internal technologies and processes provide the highest levels of security and availability to our current and future customers globally.”

In addition to being SOC 1 Type 2 certified, Dr. Zak El-Ramly, CEO was also named EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2018, for the category of Cleantech, in addition to ZE PowerGroup winning the Richmond Chambers of Commerce Large Business of the Year Business Excellence Award 2018. More information on the SOC 1 Type 2 certification can be found on ZE’s blog.

Michelle Mollineaux
ZE PowerGroup Inc.
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Multinational ship agency in Namibia embraced systematic approach to compliance with QMS requirements through MyEasyISO

MyEasyISO’s integrated modules & its robust reporting feature does not only provide the organizations to gain visibility but also drives continuous improvement”

— Kaushal Sutaria

VALLEY COTTAGE, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, January 15, 2019 / — In 2006, this company was formed and functioned as clearing agents to meet specialized requirements that accompany shipping of perishable products within the industry. The company strives to continue the legacy of service excellence within their shipping agency, in addition to the clearing and forwarding industry as a whole. Today, it offers a range of shipping services, including ships’ agency, customs clearing, freight forwarding, and logistics services, and act as customs clearing agents through offices across the country. They also operate via reliable partners in many smaller Southern African ports.

As a shipping company with years of experience, they are versed in safety, commercial and legislative requirements and regulations of South African and Namibian ports. It ensures that its clients’ vessels comply fully with these requirements to prevent any delay by ensuring that the actions are taken, and information provided, are correct and appropriate.

“We have successfully done this continuing compliance because of MyEasyISO QMS Software. A very reliable software,” said General Manager.

MyEasyISO QMS software provides a comprehensive and in-depth view of organizational processes through multiple reports and dashboards. It has global access to documents and records from anywhere around the world making the software easily accessed.

“MyEasyISO’s integrated modules and its robust reporting feature does not only provide the organizations to gain visibility but also drives continuous improvement and helps them to achieve their business objectives," said Kaushal Sutaria, Senior Manager of MyEasyISO.

MyEasyISO is suitable and recommended for small to medium-sized organizations with limited resources and unlimited ambitions. It offers rapid deployment and implementation with unmatched cost effectiveness.
MyEasyISO has a unified platform for all the processes, offices, business units, and employees. Its centralized task management, alert management, and notification enable workflow ensures optimum communication.

About MyEasyISO

MyEasyISO is a customer first choice Governance – Risk – Compliance software solution that offers powerful platforms to augment Quality, Environment, Health and Safety management systems. It offers flexible deployment models in the cloud or on-premise for several industries such as aviation, construction, oil and gas, chemical, financial services, healthcare, life sciences, energy and utilities, food and beverage, manufacturing and more.

MyEasyISO helps in achieving ISO certification so you can manage regulations and standards like ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015, ISO 45001, ISO 17025, ISO 13485, ISO 22000 and many others.

To find out more visit or email your queries to

Sree Vidhya
Effivity Technologies LLC
+1 800-233-1425
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ULO Systems projects 28 per cent growth in 2019 through diversification

ULO Systems

Colin Reilly, Deputy General Manager of ULO Systems

ULO Systems' Deputy General Manager, Colin Reilly, anticipates a 28 per cent increase in revenue in 2019 through diversification of markets and products.

Companies must develop a resilient strategy to mitigate risks. Our strategy for 2019 growth is to diversify service lines by expanding into the renewables space and target growth across Europe.”

— Colin Reilly, Deputy General Manager of ULO Systems

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, January 15, 2019 / — ULO Systems, part of the Bukhatir group and a leading provider of services within the offshore oil and gas industry, anticipates a 28 per cent growth in global revenue in 2019. Despite conservative projected market conditions in the global oil and gas space, the company is targeting increased revenues through diversification of business sectors, an increase in product lines and expansion into targeted markets as key drivers.

The effects of the crash in oil prices from 2014 to 2016 were still felt for the majority of 2018. However, optimism and project awards have unmistakably grown. Until early October 2018, the price of oil had been trending steadily upwards reaching US$86 per barrel, putting oil and gas projects back on the investment table. Increased financial oversight and technological advances have also pushed extraction costs lower, making projects viable once again.

In the latter part of 2018, the market was forecasted to see stable oil prices between $70 to $80 per barrel in 2019, with companies such as Saudi Aramco recently awarding four new projects with values over $20bn each. Firms will release around $300bn over the next two years, more than in the three years from 2015 to 2017 combined, according to a recent report by Wood Mackenzie. However, following the Brent futures curve flattening significantly in Q4 2018 as oil prices slumped to mid-$50s per barrel by the end of the year, increased uncertainty is being felt in the market. 2019 predictions indicate a price range of $60-65 rather than $70-80 per barrel, the level at which ULO Systems’ original growth targets were set. However, we are confident these targets are achievable due to our focus on alternative markets and product lines.

Despite the increasing improvements of global markets, oil and gas producers are increasingly looking at diversification driven by climate change concerns. Behind these initiatives, some lenders, particularly those based in Europe, have announced limitations on their willingness to finance carbon-intensive projects and industries. Producers need to grapple with the pace and magnitude of the transition to energy from non-fossil fuel sources. Facing these uncertainties, oil and gas companies must develop a resilient strategy to mitigate these risks. Part of our strategy for 2019 growth is exactly that – diversify service lines by expanding into the renewables space and target growth across Europe.

Due to market instability, we as a business have spent most of 2018 investing in diversifying our product and service lines and personnel in anticipation of a steadier market in 2019. We are fully set up for growth now and couldn’t have planned it better as the market looks set to reinvest. 2019 will see us rolling out the additional product lines, as well as targeting new markets and maintaining those we have a secure stronghold in.

2018 saw us launch our DNV-approved licensed applicator status with BASF, which took six years to complete. We now hold seven 100-tonne, DNV accredited, new silos for Europe which sit with our European office, also opened in 2018 in the Netherlands called ULO EU BV, offering the ability to increase trade locally.
Last year also saw us build a new generation RJM mixer, fully designed and built in-house with a delivery system with which, based on output capability recently verified by a trial in the Netherlands, no other providers in the market can compete. We are very much looking forward to capitalising on our efforts next year.

In 2019, ULO Systems will be adding a new core activity to its existing business line, which will see us adding a new activity, designing and manufacturing subsea air lift bags, which are used in many different industries, ranging from the salvage and recovery of vessels to offshore construction. These bags are designed to achieve a safety factor of 6:1 in accordance with international standards. We will also have a range of bags certified as water weight bags for load testing cranes and other lifting equipment. As the UAE saw an increase in construction cranes, reaching 1,100 in Q4 2018, we will be focusing our efforts in the UAE initially. With the cranes space and subsea market, in which every diving company requires lift bags, coupled with ULO Systems’ reputation for being the global leader in the design and manufacture of grout bags, we are extremely confident this new business line will complement our existing offering and contribute to our growth in the coming year.

With £5.5bn invested into offshore renewables between 2017 and 2022 within the UK alone, coupled with a reduction in energy price by 50 per cent, also in the UK, due to renewables, ULO Systems has set itself a goal of 40 to 50 per cent market share in the oil and gas and wind space in 2019. The company provides specialist services to the renewable sector for the grouting of turbine and substation foundation structures and will be focusing on the UK, France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands to achieve its goal.

While we have a secure stronghold in the Middle East, we will be looking to maintain the execution of projects safely, efficiently and profitably through 2019 with some key projects already in the pipeline for us. In addition to the Middle East and Europe, we have set our sights on the sub-continent, especially India, where we have two sets of grouting equipment permanently placed, and Bangladesh, where we have completed a project for a nuclear power station on the $2.2bn Roopur Nuclear Project. This is an area we are looking to build upon in terms of both location and service provision. The entire industry is looking to diversify to mitigate further potential risks and future proof their business, so we at ULO Systems are proud to say we have proactively stayed ahead of the curve in this regard and look forward to reporting on a successful 2019 this time next year.

Christina Bostock
+971 558873054
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New Embedded Controller CPU includes IEEE-1588 synchronization, Solid-State Drives & Hardware Encrypted Security

UEIPAC Embedded Controllers

UEIPAC Embedded Controllers

United Electronic Industries (UEI) today announced the UEIPAC series of standalone embedded controllers now offers an optional 8347E CPU.

WALPOLE, MA, USA, January 14, 2019 / — United Electronic Industries (UEI) today announced the UEIPAC series of standalone embedded controllers now offers an optional 8347E CPU. This version includes IEEE-1588 synchronization, solid-state hard drives up to 32 Gigabyte, hardware-based Ethernet encryption plus twice the RAM, and 32 times as much FLASH memory.

The UEIPAC Cube and RACK chassis systems offer an unprecedented combination of flexibility, ruggedness, low cost and small size. The unit is an ideal solution in a wide variety of measurement and control applications including: Temperature control, Remote/unmanned vehicle control, Hardware in-the-loop (HIL) and more. The UEIPAC is also an ideal solution for a host of embedded DAQ applications as it allows systems to be developed without the cost or the additional space required by an external host computer. The UEIPAC supports both VxWorks and Linux operating systems.

The new CPU is available on all UEI platforms including their popular Cube, RACKtangle and FlatRACK chassis. Over 70 different I/O boards are available and may be installed in the UEIPAC chassis. The I/O boards include standard, generic analog and digital I/O, ICP/IEPE, Strain, LVDT/RVDT, Synchro/Resolver, CAN-bus, RS-232/422/485 and many more. There are also interface boards for popular avionics buses including ARINC 429/453/708, MIL-STD-1553 and AFDX.

Pricing for industrial rated chassis start at, $2595 for the three I/O slot UEIPAC 300-1G-03, $2795 for the six I/O slot UEIPAC 600-1G, and $4750 for the 12 I/O slot UEIPAC 1200R-03. Chassis designed for military applications start at $20,700.

Call 508-921-4600 or email for delivery options.

For more information, please visit

About United Electronic Industries
United Electronic Industries (UEI) collects real-world data for Aerospace, Energy, Transportation and Defense industries so our customers can build smart systems that are reliable, flexible and rugged.

Scott Sugarman
United Electronic Industries
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PARIS, FRANCE, January 14, 2019 / — Strategic engagement of the private sector is critical to achieving most of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across the globe, Mrs. Pearl Uzokwe, Director, Governance and Sustainability, Sahara Group has said.

Uzokwe told Asharami TV, a Sahara Group thought leadership platform, that she would provide insight on how the private sector can become the engine room for driving the SDGs at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Week on Private Finance for Sustainable Development in France.

She will join a dais of panelists to have an open and inclusive dialogue on accelerating progress towards more effective Private Sector Engagement (PSE) through development co-operation on Thursday, January 17, 2019. Other panelists include His Excellency Ms. Sahar Nasr, Minister of Investment and International Co-operation Egypt, Uta Bollhof, Deputy Director General BMZ, Germany and Vitalice Meja, Civil Society Partnership for Development Effectiveness.

The event is a specialized policy dialogue being promoted by the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation and will have business leaders, investors, senior policy makers from governments, civil society, trade unions, parliaments and international organisations in attendance.

Speaking ahead of the event, Uzokwe said “We are beginning to see a paradigm shift in the way the private sector tackles societal issues. Businesses are not islands and as such cannot succeed in a failing world. It is no longer okay to operate solely for revenue generation. Societal issues are both business issues and opportunities. Sahara Group remains committed to partnering with the public sector, government and civil society towards the attainment of sustainable solutions. “

According to her, Sahara Group has pioneered several private sector led interventions with sustainable results across locations where the leading energy and infrastructure conglomerate operates. “Sahara Group is passionate about promoting sustainable development and we believe co-operation is vital amongst stakeholders for success. Our ongoing Food Africa project which involves agencies of the United Nations, the Kaduna State Government and the celebrity chefs, the Roca Brothers, is a remarkable example of how co-operation works. I intend to share this experience and more at the event,” she added.

The Global Partnership which also seeks to advance the effectiveness of development efforts by all concerned actors towards the achievement of the SDGs has highlighted some of the in-roads made possible by sustained development cooperation by multiple stakeholders. The agency reported this month that investor and business communities are partnering together with a frequency and commitment that is unprecedented albeit there is room for growth.

Bethel Obioma
Sahara Group
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One-off webinar to equip businesses to tackle single-use plastics and lead transformation

To make a real difference, businesses need to start thinking about less obvious measures. It’s all about doing the right thing in a way that’s sustainable for the planet as well as your business”

— John Morgan, head of floorcare at phs

CAERPHILLY, UNITED KINGDOM, January 14, 2019 / — Businesses wanting to eradicate single-use plastics are being invited to attend a live webinar hosted by sustainability website with waste management experts phs Group.

The special one-off webinar, hosted on January 17th at 2pm (GMT), will bring together a selection of leading retailers, manufacturers and economic experts presenting best practice case studies and insights into how businesses can achieve real breakthroughs when it comes to reducing single-use plastics from their operations, products and supply chains.

The panel of industry experts on the ‘Single-use plastics: How to lead a business transformation’ webinar include Fiona Ball, head of Sky Ocean Rescue, A Plastic Planet’s co-founder Sian Sutherland, Cranswick's site director of gourmet pastry, Andy Mayer, and phs supply chain partner Aquafil, an Italian company that gives new life to plastic waste. Maria Giovanna Sandrini of Aquafil will be discussing how small and simple supply chain decisions can deliver wider sustainability achievements.

“There is a huge onus on businesses to tackle single-use plastic and the resulting pollution,” commented John Morgan, head of floorcare at phs. “Of course a lot of the cause of plastic pollution is easy to identify in the form of packaging and consumables from bottles, cups and straws and measures are starting to be taken to reduce this. However, if businesses want to make a real difference, they need to start thinking about less obvious measures which can make a significant impact. It’s all about doing the right thing in a way that’s sustainable for the planet as well as your business.”

Maria Giovanna Sandrini of Aquafil continued: “The commitment to Research and Development, sustainability and excellence has allowed Aquafil to become a pioneer in innovation in the Nylon market, in a real way. These efforts culminated in 2011 with the launch of the ECONYL® Regeneration System, which enabled us to become a benchmark in the Circular Economy.
In 2013 Aquafil, together with a Dutch NGO and another company founded the Healthy Seas Initiative, through which ghost nets are recovered and then used together with other nylon waste into our process and become brand new ECONYL® regenerated. This incredible fibre is then supplied to phs to make floor mats. So everyone who steps into a business, retailer, office or school with a floor mat made with ECONYL® regenerated nylon is contributing to the clean-up of ghost fishing nets, which accounts for 46% of the ocean’s plastic waste pollution, simply by wiping their feet.”

Matt Mace, content editor edie, who is chairing the webinar, added: “This is exactly the sort of example that we want to explore. Taking on the challenge of plastic pollution isn’t an option anymore, it’s expected. Businesses need to review their entire operation to ensure that the ethos of sustainability is engrained into its core. It sounds like a big job but there are so many quick, cost-effective tweaks which will make you stand out as a business. We’ll be discussing how to avoid the unintended consequences of replacing single-use plastics, how to develop new partnerships to spur innovation and closing the loop in your supply chain to achieve a true business transformation. It’s a webinar which shouldn’t be missed.”

• The Single-use plastics: How to lead a business transformation webinar will be hosted at 2pm on January 17th. For details and to register, visit:


About us
phs Group provides washroom, healthcare and floorcare hygiene services to 90,000 customers across 300,000 locations nationwide. Wherever we’re needed, we’re on your doorstep.

phs provides vital services to organisations whether it’s disposing of sanitary waste and nappies, installing hand dryers, soap dispensers and air purifiers or supplying floor mats to prevent slips, trips and falls. You’ll also find phs working within the healthcare industry disposing of clinical, pharmaceutical and dental waste. Under the phs umbrella, different companies service a range of needs from plant and tree hire, specialist cleaning, compliance, workwear, providing consumables and supplying crates and boxes.

What makes phs different? A commitment to do the right thing. phs diverts hygiene waste from landfill and uses it to create energy to power homes through its pioneering and patented LifeCycle process. It’s helping clean up the ocean from plastic by using ECONYL® regenerated nylon made from waste such as ghost nets to create floor mats. It has patented products which deliver significant water and cost savings. Its air purifiers help to improve employee wellbeing.
By using phs, organisations can make a difference to the environment and their bottom line as well as telling a good news story. It’s all about doing the right thing.

Laura Windeatt
phs group
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Solar Power Storage Management

The how, why, and when of storing free energy harvested from the South African sun.

CAPE TOWN, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA, January 14, 2019 / — The idea of free energy is difficult to fathom, especially when South Africans are made to pay for just about every little thing they use. In order to enjoy just basic necessities, money needs to be spent. But free energy is a reality, even when it comes with a very reasonable initial investment. Yes, the equipment to harvest the energy has to be acquired, but the harvesting process itself will never cost a cent.

There are two ways solar power can be utilised. Firstly, it can be used on demand. Or secondly, it can be stored and utilised at a later stage, like during the night. And here is a quick breakdown of how, why, and when to store free solar energy.

How Solar Power Storage Works?

When solar power is used on demand, it means the sun is shining and the panels on the roof receive a sufficient amount of sunrays. At the same time, the sunrays are converted from DC to AC, which is then used inside the home or business immediately.

However, many do not want to let all that extra energy go to waste when it is not used throughout the day. And this is when they invest in a battery bank. Battery banks come in different shapes, sizes, and quality, but the primary purpose is to effectively store and discharge energy as necessary.

Depending on the size of the investment and electricity requirements inside the home or business, a battery bank can store enough energy for several hours of usage. In fact, some lithium battery banks can store up to several days of renewable energy, although these are more expensive.

Why Store Solar Energy?

Considering the convenience of having stored up solar energy during the night, it is difficult to find reasons NOT to invest in some kind of storage unit. For example, load-shedding in South Africa remains a problem for 2019, while almost complete independence can be achieved from the Eskom grid if the battery bank is big enough. And what about situations when cloudy conditions stick around and the weather knocks out the power?

Whether it is a business, personal, or environmental basis for installing a battery bank as part of the solar array, chances are the decision can be justified in a million different ways.

When to Start Storing?

It is important to note that battery banks do not have to form part of the solar array, but for individuals who can already list the benefits, storing right now is probably the best option. Keeping in mind that solar energy can be available 24/7, just imagine how much can be saved on the utility costs. Not to mention the ease of knowing there will always be lights no matter what the political situation.

More information, advice, and even options about solar energy storage can be found at Solar Advice, a direct link between South Africans and affordable solar technology.

A Da Silva
Solar Advice
+27 616969153
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