Click here to close now.




















Welcome!

Microsoft Cloud Authors: Eric Aarrestad, Greg O'Connor, Liz McMillan, Aleksei Gavrilenko, Elizabeth White

Blog Feed Post

UK National Health Service makes pioneering energy breakthrough

Monday 18 August, 2014
UK National Health Service makes pioneering energy breakthrough and achieve gas savings of 80% by switching to free daylight LONDON, UK. August 18th, 2014 – Surface Power HONE, a manufacturer of innovative proprietary daylight thermal systems (DTES) for domestic and commercial buildings, today announced the success of a landmark project with the UK National Health Service in Northern Ireland. One of the biggest trusts in the UK National Health Service, the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust have installed a Surface Power HONE daylight heating and hot water system to reduce their gas bills. Their new Nanotechnology energy systems are up to 50 times more efficient than existing renewable heating systems. This new technology harvests free daylight as the fuel source 365 days of the year and it can be used instead of oil and gas for heating or hot water production at high temperatures. John Quinn, CEO of London-based Surface Power, says that this NHS installation is part of the UK’s renewable heat incentive payment (RHI) scheme and has both OFGEM and Belfast Trust metering in place so live data is immediate. The first month’s results clearly showed the power of this new technology which delivered an immediate gas reduction of 80% and a COP of 1:221. To put this result into a bigger context; this DTES heating technology would only require one small 850KW boiler to provide all the annual heat and hot water for 100,000 homes saving up to 300,000 tonnes of CO2 and £82 Million in gas heating cost annually;” he says. John Quinn added “The benefit of harvesting free daylight at high temperatures can only be achieved with advances in technology and in this case Nanotechnology. The world’s existing renewable heating technologies are quite old and we have a big energy and carbon problem to solve. We will only do this with new disruptive energy technologies” George McCraken, Head of Estates for the Belfast Trust, says:“Surface Power HONE is a new technology in the area of renewable heating. We have achieved a healthcare first in Ireland and the UK by deploying it to provide full service heating and hot water provision on a hospital campus. The ability to harness new technologies especially ones that work on daylight as a fuel input are fundamental to the UK National Health Service cutting its energy and carbon costs”. Chris Mullan, Principal Engineer with White Young Green, says “Surface Power Hone have provided the Belfast Health Trust with an exciting new technology from which the benefits have been evident. We fully designed the system in conjunction with Surface Power Hone and co-operation between the entire design and contracting team ensured it was integrated into the existing building systems with minimal disruption. A substantial reduction in heating and hot water energy consumption has been realised with the obvious financial and environmental benefits this brings. Overall a great success.” Alan Poots, Director of CA Services added: “As an experienced installer of renewable heating, we found this installation to be quite simple. What has surprised everyone are the temperatures that this new technology is achieving from daylight even in poor cloudy weather, it’s clear this technology is extremely powerful and will become very popular.

In July, 2014, Surface Power’s HONE Nanotechnology recorded a COP of
1:221 at the Musgrave Park Hospital installation, yielding 55 times more
free heating energy than a typical heat-pump. This Musgrave Park
Hospital site is part of the UK Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive
tariff scheme and all data is measured by OFGEM (UK Energy Regulator)
certified meters. Further details and data are available from Surface
Power upon request.

COP is Co-efficient of performance. It’s an engineering measurement. In
simple terms for this project, it means that for every 1 kWhr consumed,
the HONE daylight system produced 221 kWhrs of free heating. 15p worth
of energy created £8.28 worth of free heating at 3.75p/kWhr (gas) in
this case.

About Surface Power HONE Surface Power HONE is a global innovator and
manufacturer of leading edge proprietary thermal Nanotechnology. This
gives superior performance over legacy renewable heating products and
can even harvest heating energy whilst it is raining. It holds the
highest certified performance for a thermal system in the world and its
systems hold some of the world’s toughest standards such as MCS, SRCC
and Energy Star. www.surfacepower.com Surface Power HONE is a subsidiary
of the Photonomi Group. www.photonomi.com

About Belfast Trust Belfast Health and Social Care Trust is one of the
largest Trusts in the United Kingdom and delivers integrated health and
social care to 340,000 people in Belfast and part of the Borough of
Castlereagh. It also provides specialist services to all of Northern
Ireland. With an annual budget of approximately £1bn (spending about £3m
each day) and a staff of 20,000. http://www.belfasttrust.hscni.net/

White Young Green WYG is a global programme, project management and
technical consultancy with a difference. Our in-house team brings
together 1,400 specialists from a diverse set of disciplines. Our
connections expand even further as we bring together a network of over
20,000 partners and associates from around the world. http://www.wyg.com

CA Services CA Services are a special renewable heating contractor based
in Belfast, Northern Ireland. www.caservices1.com

Contact: John Quinn, CEO and founder, Surface Power: (Office) 02034
115312 (Mobile) +353-87-2449346

Contacts available for all parties.


Other: <iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/78646080" width="490" height="250" frameborder="0" class="video_ara" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe>

Distributed by http://www.pressat.co.uk/

Read the original blog entry...

@ThingsExpo Stories
SYS-CON Events announced today that HPM Networks will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. For 20 years, HPM Networks has been integrating technology solutions that solve complex business challenges. HPM Networks has designed solutions for both SMB and enterprise customers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
For IoT to grow as quickly as analyst firms’ project, a lot is going to fall on developers to quickly bring applications to market. But the lack of a standard development platform threatens to slow growth and make application development more time consuming and costly, much like we’ve seen in the mobile space. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Mike Weiner, Product Manager of the Omega DevCloud with KORE Telematics Inc., discussed the evolving requirements for developers as IoT matures and conducted a live demonstration of how quickly application development can happen when the need to comply wit...
The Internet of Everything (IoE) brings together people, process, data and things to make networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before – transforming information into knowledge and knowledge into wisdom. IoE creates new capabilities, richer experiences, and unprecedented opportunities to improve business and government operations, decision making and mission support capabilities.
Explosive growth in connected devices. Enormous amounts of data for collection and analysis. Critical use of data for split-second decision making and actionable information. All three are factors in making the Internet of Things a reality. Yet, any one factor would have an IT organization pondering its infrastructure strategy. How should your organization enhance its IT framework to enable an Internet of Things implementation? In his session at @ThingsExpo, James Kirkland, Red Hat's Chief Architect for the Internet of Things and Intelligent Systems, described how to revolutionize your archit...
MuleSoft has announced the findings of its 2015 Connectivity Benchmark Report on the adoption and business impact of APIs. The findings suggest traditional businesses are quickly evolving into "composable enterprises" built out of hundreds of connected software services, applications and devices. Most are embracing the Internet of Things (IoT) and microservices technologies like Docker. A majority are integrating wearables, like smart watches, and more than half plan to generate revenue with APIs within the next year.
Growth hacking is common for startups to make unheard-of progress in building their business. Career Hacks can help Geek Girls and those who support them (yes, that's you too, Dad!) to excel in this typically male-dominated world. Get ready to learn the facts: Is there a bias against women in the tech / developer communities? Why are women 50% of the workforce, but hold only 24% of the STEM or IT positions? Some beginnings of what to do about it! In her Opening Keynote at 16th Cloud Expo, Sandy Carter, IBM General Manager Cloud Ecosystem and Developers, and a Social Business Evangelist, d...
In his keynote at 16th Cloud Expo, Rodney Rogers, CEO of Virtustream, discussed the evolution of the company from inception to its recent acquisition by EMC – including personal insights, lessons learned (and some WTF moments) along the way. Learn how Virtustream’s unique approach of combining the economics and elasticity of the consumer cloud model with proper performance, application automation and security into a platform became a breakout success with enterprise customers and a natural fit for the EMC Federation.
The Internet of Things is not only adding billions of sensors and billions of terabytes to the Internet. It is also forcing a fundamental change in the way we envision Information Technology. For the first time, more data is being created by devices at the edge of the Internet rather than from centralized systems. What does this mean for today's IT professional? In this Power Panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists addressed this very serious issue of profound change in the industry.
Discussions about cloud computing are evolving into discussions about enterprise IT in general. As enterprises increasingly migrate toward their own unique clouds, new issues such as the use of containers and microservices emerge to keep things interesting. In this Power Panel at 16th Cloud Expo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists addressed the state of cloud computing today, and what enterprise IT professionals need to know about how the latest topics and trends affect their organization.
It is one thing to build single industrial IoT applications, but what will it take to build the Smart Cities and truly society-changing applications of the future? The technology won’t be the problem, it will be the number of parties that need to work together and be aligned in their motivation to succeed. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jason Mondanaro, Director, Product Management at Metanga, discussed how you can plan to cooperate, partner, and form lasting all-star teams to change the world and it starts with business models and monetization strategies.
Converging digital disruptions is creating a major sea change - Cisco calls this the Internet of Everything (IoE). IoE is the network connection of People, Process, Data and Things, fueled by Cloud, Mobile, Social, Analytics and Security, and it represents a $19Trillion value-at-stake over the next 10 years. In her keynote at @ThingsExpo, Manjula Talreja, VP of Cisco Consulting Services, discussed IoE and the enormous opportunities it provides to public and private firms alike. She will share what businesses must do to thrive in the IoE economy, citing examples from several industry sectors.
There will be 150 billion connected devices by 2020. New digital businesses have already disrupted value chains across every industry. APIs are at the center of the digital business. You need to understand what assets you have that can be exposed digitally, what their digital value chain is, and how to create an effective business model around that value chain to compete in this economy. No enterprise can be complacent and not engage in the digital economy. Learn how to be the disruptor and not the disruptee.
Akana has released Envision, an enhanced API analytics platform that helps enterprises mine critical insights across their digital eco-systems, understand their customers and partners and offer value-added personalized services. “In today’s digital economy, data-driven insights are proving to be a key differentiator for businesses. Understanding the data that is being tunneled through their APIs and how it can be used to optimize their business and operations is of paramount importance,” said Alistair Farquharson, CTO of Akana.
Business as usual for IT is evolving into a "Make or Buy" decision on a service-by-service conversation with input from the LOBs. How does your organization move forward with cloud? In his general session at 16th Cloud Expo, Paul Maravei, Regional Sales Manager, Hybrid Cloud and Managed Services at Cisco, discusses how Cisco and its partners offer a market-leading portfolio and ecosystem of cloud infrastructure and application services that allow you to uniquely and securely combine cloud business applications and services across multiple cloud delivery models.
The enterprise market will drive IoT device adoption over the next five years. In his session at @ThingsExpo, John Greenough, an analyst at BI Intelligence, division of Business Insider, analyzed how companies will adopt IoT products and the associated cost of adopting those products. John Greenough is the lead analyst covering the Internet of Things for BI Intelligence- Business Insider’s paid research service. Numerous IoT companies have cited his analysis of the IoT. Prior to joining BI Intelligence, he worked analyzing bank technology for Corporate Insight and The Clearing House Payment...
"Optimal Design is a technology integration and product development firm that specializes in connecting devices to the cloud," stated Joe Wascow, Co-Founder & CMO of Optimal Design, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City.
SYS-CON Events announced today that CommVault has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. A singular vision – a belief in a better way to address current and future data management needs – guides CommVault in the development of Singular Information Management® solutions for high-performance data protection, universal availability and simplified management of data on complex storage networks. CommVault's exclusive single-platform architecture gives companies unp...
Electric Cloud and Arynga have announced a product integration partnership that will bring Continuous Delivery solutions to the automotive Internet-of-Things (IoT) market. The joint solution will help automotive manufacturers, OEMs and system integrators adopt DevOps automation and Continuous Delivery practices that reduce software build and release cycle times within the complex and specific parameters of embedded and IoT software systems.
"ciqada is a combined platform of hardware modules and server products that lets people take their existing devices or new devices and lets them be accessible over the Internet for their users," noted Geoff Engelstein of ciqada, a division of Mars International, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City.
Internet of Things is moving from being a hype to a reality. Experts estimate that internet connected cars will grow to 152 million, while over 100 million internet connected wireless light bulbs and lamps will be operational by 2020. These and many other intriguing statistics highlight the importance of Internet powered devices and how market penetration is going to multiply many times over in the next few years.