As the economic opportunities presented by smart energy become ever clearer, municipalities across the United States are jostling for position to take advantage of the emerging technology. The latest city to announce a smart grid strategy is San Antonio, Texas, where CPS Energy has signed agreements with five clean tech companies— Consert , GreenStar, ColdCar USA, Summit Power, and SunEdison.
Seattle-based Powerit Solutions, an international cleantech company that plugs energy-intensive businesses into the smart grid, won a Connectivity Week Buildy Award May 26 for its work with Four Star Fruit of Delano, California. Four Star Fruit is a premier family grower of table grapes. Its premium grapes, including organic varieties, are renowned around the world. Four Star Fruit is committed to innovative business practices and a healthier environment and society. The award was in the Smart Industrial category, which recognizes the application of innovative ideas and technologies to device and system connectivity in the industrial automation and manufacturing field, particularly for energy management, sustainable manufacturing, and industrial-to-grid applications. This is the second Buildy Award Powerit has won at the annual Silicon Valley smart grid show.
New figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change indicate that greenhouse gases, including CO2, rose by nearly three percent in 2010, raising concerns that meeting the UK’s 2022 target of reducing emissions by 35 percent will be a serious challenge.
Wireless technology developer Awesense Wireless has been selected to present its wireless sensor system during the Northern Cleantech Showcase in Silicon Valley. The special invitation-only event will showcase seven jury-selected, Vancouver-area clean technology companies determined to be the “most fundable” to Silicon Valley investors. The selection committee included Kachan, Deloitte, Gowlings, Greentech Exchange Vancouver, and investors GreenAngel Energy, Ventures West, and Yaletown Venture Partners.