Click here to close now.

Welcome!

.NET Authors: Michael Kanasoot, Greg O'Connor, Jayaram Krishnaswamy, Adine Deford, Peter Silva

News Feed Item

The Antenna Group Top 10 Cleantech Trends to Watch in 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Antenna Group is the nation's largest clean technology public relations firm, representing companies in sectors including renewable energy, energy efficiency, alternative fuels, energy storage, finance, waste management and water. Here, drawn from input provided by our client-partners, is Antenna's list of the top 10 cleantech trends to watch in 2013. According to these trends, 2013 is shaping up to be a year of consolidation, with many innovations from years past gaining mainstream acceptance.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20101214/MM17094LOGO )

1.     "Plug-and-Play" Solar -- The biggest trend in solar is the integration of inverters (the component of a solar system that converts DC power to AC power) and racking systems with solar panels. Instead of being manufactured as separate components, panels, inverters and racking systems are now being manufactured as a single plug-and-play unit. This helps keep manufacturing costs down as well as substantially reducing installation, implementation and operating costs.

2.     GTL Technologies Take Off Domestically -- Last year we cited the mainstreaming of gas-to-liquids (GTL) technologies, which transform natural gas into liquid transportation fuels such as gasoline and jet fuel, as one of the top 10 trends as a result of the completion of Shell's giant "Pearl" GTL plant in Qatar. This year, we are seeing that trend beginning to take off domestically with the increased availability of low cost natural gas and new technologies that are making GTL more cost-effective and efficient.

3. The Military Steps Up -- Despite the heat drawn by the military for its investment in alternative fuels, that investment has demonstrated the feasibility of such fuels and highlighted their importance to energy security. The motivation behind the Navy's "Great Green Fleet," for instance, is to reduce vulnerability to oil supply interruptions, not economics, the Pentagon has said. Look for more green initiatives as even the strongest opponents realize that renewables could be the military's secret weapon.   

4. Sustainable Products – "I just want to say one word to you -- just one word," Dustin Hoffman was told in the movie, "The Graduate." That word was "plastics." Today it would be bioplastics. Just as a range of biofuels can be made from biomass, so can a range of substitutes for petroleum-based chemicals, including paints, coatings, plastics, lubricants, synthetic rubbers and cosmetics. The increased use of such products can be expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, toxic byproducts and disposal problems.    

5.   Increased Incidence of "Electrotrophobia" -- Electrotrophobia is the name given by a former California regulator to the fear of change caused by greater reliance on intermittent sources of energy such as solar and wind. Faced with load management and reliability issues due to the fact that the wind doesn't always blow and the sun doesn't always shine, utilities are investing in smart grid technologies that will improve the integration of renewables at the transmission, distribution and end-user levels.

6.   Corporations Get Religion -- In the past many corporate sustainability initiatives could be categorized as "greenwashing" -- pursued largely for their public relations value. But greenwashing is now giving way to a true commitment to sustainability as the financial case for sustainability gains buy-in the C-suite, as well as among employees, customers, investors and stakeholders. Now needed: sophisticated tools for the measurement and reporting of sustainability performance.

7.   New Financing Models for Energy-Efficiency Retrofits -- Buildings consume about 70 percent of the nation's electricity, but only a small percentage of commercial property owners have invested in energy efficiency retrofits. Third-party financing offers the potential to scale such investment. Under a financing model called an Energy Services Agreement (ESA), a lender funds the cost of improvements, pays the electric bill and charges the owner back at historic rates, earning a return via the energy savings.  

8.    Energy Benchmarking – On a related note, energy benchmarking allows owners of commercial properties to compare data on a building's energy usage to that of similar buildings. In an effort to increase the energy efficiency of older buildings, several large cities have implemented energy benchmarking ordinances. While there is typically no financial penalty for low scores, the perception of a low-scoring building as being less desirable to tenants is a strong motivator for landlords to make capital improvements.

9.   Virtual Net Metering -- In many states, solar systems are restricted to generating electricity for the buildings at which they are installed. But new policy initiatives are encouraging virtual net metering (VNM) provisions under which solar power can be used by a group of buildings under a single jurisdiction. The power generated at a school, for instance, can also be used by the police station and the fire department. Look for VNM to accelerate the adoption of solar, especially for public buildings.   

10.  Emerging Countries Take the Lead:  Economic exigencies are compelling many emerging countries to adopt renewables. Saudi Arabia, faced with a finite supply of oil, is looking to meet 30 percent of its energy needs with solar by 2032. Similarly, Morocco has set a goal of meeting 42 percent of its energy needs with renewables by 2020; and the state of Tokelau, a territory of New Zealand, relies almost completely on solar. Look for more emerging countries to leapfrog over fossil fuel-based economies.    

For more information on Antenna Group, please visit www.antennagroup.com.

Contact: Denyse Dabrowski, +1-201-465-8005, [email protected]

 

 

SOURCE Antenna Group

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

@ThingsExpo Stories
Internet of Things (IoT) will be a hybrid ecosystem of diverse devices and sensors collaborating with operational and enterprise systems to create the next big application. In their session at @ThingsExpo, Bramh Gupta, founder and CEO of robomq.io, and Fred Yatzeck, principal architect leading product development at robomq.io, will discuss how choosing the right middleware and integration strategy from the get-go will enable IoT solution developers to adapt and grow with the industry, while at the same time reduce Time to Market (TTM) by using plug and play capabilities offered by a robust I...
After making a doctor’s appointment via your mobile device, you receive a calendar invite. The day of your appointment, you get a reminder with the doctor’s location and contact information. As you enter the doctor’s exam room, the medical team is equipped with the latest tablet containing your medical history – he or she makes real time updates to your medical file. At the end of your visit, you receive an electronic prescription to your preferred pharmacy and can schedule your next appointment.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Solgenia will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Solgenia is the global market leader in Cloud Collaboration and Cloud Infrastructure software solutions. Designed to “Bridge the Gap” between Personal and Professional Social, Mobile and Cloud user experiences, our solutions help large and medium-sized organizations dr...
While not quite mainstream yet, WebRTC is starting to gain ground with Carriers, Enterprises and Independent Software Vendors (ISV’s) alike. WebRTC makes it easy for developers to add audio and video communications into their applications by using Web browsers as their platform. But like any market, every customer engagement has unique requirements, as well as constraints. And of course, one size does not fit all. In her session at WebRTC Summit, Dr. Natasha Tamaskar, Vice President, Head of Cloud and Mobile Strategy at GENBAND, will explore what is needed to take a real time communications ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Litmus Automation will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Litmus Automation’s vision is to provide a solution for companies that are in a rush to embrace the disruptive Internet of Things technology and leverage it for real business challenges. Litmus Automation simplifies the complexity of connected devices applications with Loop, a secure and scalable cloud platform.
The world's leading Cloud event, Cloud Expo has launched Microservices Journal on the SYS-CON.com portal, featuring over 19,000 original articles, news stories, features, and blog entries. DevOps Journal is focused on this critical enterprise IT topic in the world of cloud computing. Microservices Journal offers top articles, news stories, and blog posts from the world's well-known experts and guarantees better exposure for its authors than any other publication. Follow new article posts on Twitter at @MicroservicesE
SYS-CON Events announced today the IoT Bootcamp – Jumpstart Your IoT Strategy, being held June 9–10, 2015, in conjunction with 16th Cloud Expo and Internet of @ThingsExpo at the Javits Center in New York City. This is your chance to jumpstart your IoT strategy. Combined with real-world scenarios and use cases, the IoT Bootcamp is not just based on presentations but includes hands-on demos and walkthroughs. We will introduce you to a variety of Do-It-Yourself IoT platforms including Arduino, Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone, Spark and Intel Edison. You will also get an overview of cloud technologies s...
Containers and microservices have become topics of intense interest throughout the cloud developer and enterprise IT communities. Accordingly, attendees at the upcoming 16th Cloud Expo at the Javits Center in New York June 9-11 will find fresh new content in a new track called PaaS | Containers & Microservices Containers are not being considered for the first time by the cloud community, but a current era of re-consideration has pushed them to the top of the cloud agenda. With the launch of Docker's initial release in March of 2013, interest was revved up several notches. Then late last...
The WebRTC Summit 2014 New York, to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York, NY, announces that its Call for Papers is open. Topics include all aspects of improving IT delivery by eliminating waste through automated business models leveraging cloud technologies. WebRTC Summit is co-located with 16th International Cloud Expo, @ThingsExpo, Big Data Expo, and DevOps Summit.
SOA Software has changed its name to Akana. With roots in Web Services and SOA Governance, Akana has established itself as a leader in API Management and is expanding into cloud integration as an alternative to the traditional heavyweight enterprise service bus (ESB). The company recently announced that it achieved more than 90% year-over-year growth. As Akana, the company now addresses the evolution and diversification of SOA, unifying security, management, and DevOps across SOA, APIs, microservices, and more.
Wearable technology was dominant at this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) , and MWC was no exception to this trend. New versions of favorites, such as the Samsung Gear (three new products were released: the Gear 2, the Gear 2 Neo and the Gear Fit), shared the limelight with new wearables like Pebble Time Steel (the new premium version of the company’s previously released smartwatch) and the LG Watch Urbane. The most dramatic difference at MWC was an emphasis on presenting wearables as fashion accessories and moving away from the original clunky technology associated with t...
SYS-CON Events announced today that robomq.io will exhibit at SYS-CON's @ThingsExpo, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. robomq.io is an interoperable and composable platform that connects any device to any application. It helps systems integrators and the solution providers build new and innovative products and service for industries requiring monitoring or intelligence from devices and sensors.
The list of ‘new paradigm’ technologies that now surrounds us appears to be at an all time high. From cloud computing and Big Data analytics to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and the Internet of Things (IoT), today we have to deal with what the industry likes to call ‘paradigm shifts’ at every level of IT. This is disruption; of course, we understand that – change is almost always disruptive.
SYS-CON Events announced today that SafeLogic has been named “Bag Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo® New York, which will take place June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. SafeLogic provides security products for applications in mobile and server/appliance environments. SafeLogic’s flagship product CryptoComply is a FIPS 140-2 validated cryptographic engine designed to secure data on servers, workstations, appliances, mobile devices, and in the Cloud.
GENBAND has announced that SageNet is leveraging the Nuvia platform to deliver Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) to its large base of retail and enterprise customers. Nuvia’s cloud-based solution provides SageNet’s customers with a full suite of business communications and collaboration tools. Two large national SageNet retail customers have recently signed up to deploy the Nuvia platform and the company will continue to sell the service to new and existing customers. Nuvia’s capabilities include HD voice, video, multimedia messaging, mobility, conferencing, Web collaboration, deskt...
SYS-CON Media announced today that @WebRTCSummit Blog, the largest WebRTC resource in the world, has been launched. @WebRTCSummit Blog offers top articles, news stories, and blog posts from the world's well-known experts and guarantees better exposure for its authors than any other publication. @WebRTCSummit Blog can be bookmarked ▸ Here @WebRTCSummit conference site can be bookmarked ▸ Here
SYS-CON Events announced today that Cisco, the worldwide leader in IT that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate, has been named “Gold Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Cisco makes amazing things happen by connecting the unconnected. Cisco has shaped the future of the Internet by becoming the worldwide leader in transforming how people connect, communicate and collaborate. Cisco and our partners are building the platform for the Internet of Everything by connecting the...
Temasys has announced senior management additions to its team. Joining are David Holloway as Vice President of Commercial and Nadine Yap as Vice President of Product. Over the past 12 months Temasys has doubled in size as it adds new customers and expands the development of its Skylink platform. Skylink leads the charge to move WebRTC, traditionally seen as a desktop, browser based technology, to become a ubiquitous web communications technology on web and mobile, as well as Internet of Things compatible devices.
Docker is an excellent platform for organizations interested in running microservices. It offers portability and consistency between development and production environments, quick provisioning times, and a simple way to isolate services. In his session at DevOps Summit at 16th Cloud Expo, Shannon Williams, co-founder of Rancher Labs, will walk through these and other benefits of using Docker to run microservices, and provide an overview of RancherOS, a minimalist distribution of Linux designed expressly to run Docker. He will also discuss Rancher, an orchestration and service discovery platf...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Vitria Technology, Inc. will exhibit at SYS-CON’s @ThingsExpo, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Vitria will showcase the company’s new IoT Analytics Platform through live demonstrations at booth #330. Vitria’s IoT Analytics Platform, fully integrated and powered by an operational intelligence engine, enables customers to rapidly build and operationalize advanced analytics to deliver timely business outcomes for use cases across the industrial, enterprise, and consumer segments.