Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Carbon Footprint Local

Reduce your carbon footprint

Monday, November 24, 2008

Liberty Science Center

Liberty Science Center

In April 2008 The Liberty Science Center, a 295,000 square foot educational science center for the general public, installed Noveda Technologies SunFlow Monitor™ and EnergyFlow Monitor™ to optimize the facility's newly installed solar photo voltaic system.

SunFlow Monitor™ records and displays in real-time all electrical energy coming into the building from the grid, electrical energy going out from the building to the grid, electrical energy consumed by the building, and electrical energy produced by the solar photo-voltaic system.

After the first night in use, SunFlow Monitor™ data showed that the facility was consuming three times more energy during the night than originally estimated. Between the hours of 10:00 pm and 6:00 am The Liberty Science Center was consuming unnecessary electricity to run the air conditioning, lighting and other energy intensive systems of the building.

Because of the instant feedback, facility operations staff at Liberty Science Center discovered that the air handling units were running in occupied mode during the night, bringing hot, humid air into the building. By readjusting the night settings, daily electrical consumption was reduced by approximately 11.5%. It was estimated that this problem was occurring for the past year, costing an average of $5,800 per month or nearly $70,000 per year! In terms of the environmental impact, the energy savings resulted in daily reductions of 1.24 metric tons of CO2 greenhouse gases. Noveda's technology offered a three month payback on their investment.


Overall, installation of the SunFlow Monitor™ resulted in an immediate daily electrical savings of 11.6% and a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

For more information about this project and other Noveda projects please visit www.noveda.com

For more information about Liberty Science Center please visit www.lsc.org

EnergyStar

Noveda - Energy Star

Solar

24 Solar

Friday, November 21, 2008

The first eco-friendly billboard will be constructed in Times Square

CSE Article

A Times Square billboard goes green
The first eco-friendly billboard will be constructed in Times Square, entirely powered by wind and solar power.
-- Consulting-Specifying Engineer, 11/19/2008
According to the New York Times, the first eco-friendly billboard will be constructed in Times Square, entirely powered by wind and solar power. The $3 million Ricoh Americas billboard will be fitted with 16 wind turbines and 64 solar panels. The 126 x 47 ft billboard on the Great White Way, weighs 35,000 lbs, rests 55 ft off the ground, and wraps around the northwest corner of Seventh Avenue and 42nd St. The billboard will generate its own electricity, which is enough to power six homes for a year, and the self-generated power will save as much as $12,000 to $15,000 per month in utility costs and prevent 18 tons of carbon from being released into the air. Lighted by 16, 300-watt floodlights, the billboard will feature a custom-printed opaque vinyl sheeting that bears the Ricoh logo.

The cylindrical Ricoh drum turbines have no sharp blades and will provide 90% of the sign’s power. The rest of the sign’s power will come from the solar panels, which feed electricity to eight collection batteries up in the sign. Unlike the tall propellers in a typical wind farm, the cylindrical Ricoh drum turbines have no sharp blades. Tourists, residents, and people passing by will be able to see the 26 blades spinning in the sign’s 16 turbines, piled in four 45-ft. tall vertical stacks. Operating at an average speed of 10 miles an hour, the turbines will generate 22 kW.

The only projected problem with the solar and wind powered billboard is what happens to the sign when there is no sun and no wind. Ricoh claims that the drums are so perfectly balanced, that their rotors could be turned by the wind from a single household electric fan. “The turbines would most likely generate enough power to keep the sign lighted even after four days without wind or sun. But the company is prepared for the sign to go dark” said Ron Potesky, a senior marketing vice president for Ricoh Americas Corp. Unlike stalklike propeller turbines, which require unidirectional, or “clean”, wind to function, Ricoh’s revolving drums use turbulent, multidirectional winds. The turbines provide usable power from winds as weak as 5 mph and rotate safely in winds up to 100 mph.
Photo Courtesy: Artist's rendering from the New York Times

SmartGrid

Google Smart Grid

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Mini Nuke - Clean

Nuke

This would be interesting to monitor

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Lasers!!!

Lasers
Laser Sensors for Wind Turbines

A system that detects gusts before they arrive reduces wear, boosts output.

I knew there was a use for LASERS!!!!!

Solar Energy to Enterprise

Overview


Whether you want to monitor a single solar energy system, a building, or an entire enterprise, Noveda Technologies provides instant access to critical systems information through three award winning products: SunFlow Monitor, EnergyFlow Monitor and Facilimetrix


For live demos of each, click on the product page links!




Each web-based product provides comprehensive and detailed information about your building's energy performance through easily readable graphics displays.

Your efforts in sustainability and commitment to renewable energy are important to your community, your employees, and your clients. Inform, educate, and motivate everyone who interacts with your business through kiosk displays and web access to real-time data about your conservation efforts. Dynamic visualizations will not only inform those around you about your efforts but engage them in participating in achieving your goals for environmental stewardship.



Noveda Technologies Energy Monitor Systems allow you to:

Monitor and track whole building energy consumption

Benchmark your building’s current energy consumption against a comparitive Energy Star building model, building


    energy model, previous utility bills, or energy reduction target

Store historical data and reports of electrical consumption, demand, weather and other critical elements

Establish your building’s carbon footprint

Track the impact of energy savings initiatives


Achieve LEED-EB and LEED-NC performance measurement, enhanced metering and measurement, and verification credits

Inspire employees to conserve energy



Building Owners and Managers can now:

Provide real-time information about temperature set points, overrides versus actual readings


Assign a facility performance index to your building based on information from your building’s energy management

    system and building’s energy usage

Identify which building(s) in your portfolio are using energy efficiently and providing a comfortable work environment

    and ones that may need attention


Verify results of energy efficiency projects, renewable energy projects, service contracts, or compliance with energy

    or carbon footprint reduction goals

Expose hidden building performance information in the building management system

Energy Usage Modeling (Based on Historical Data and Trend Logging)



Noveda Technologies' Products:

Maximize system performance and efficiency through real-time monitoring

Provide real-time information about your energy production, energy consumption, greenhouse gases and weather

Send real-time alerts via email and text messages regarding system and component performance

Increase your ROI - Return On Investment

Complete renewable energy credit management including auto submission to your state or utility

Automate billing information for PPA providers

Inspire energy conservation through awareness of electricity use and encourage more energy efficient behavior

 

Eco-Friendly Vacation Spots

EcoTourism

Now I know where I want to go. I want to go eco-camping in the US Virgin Islands

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Fungus Fuel

EcoGeek article on Fungus Fuel

Another fuel to monitor... Should burn cleaner than coal and renewably.

Microsensors

Green Buildings

A cool short article talking about microsensors monitoring every environmental and energy aspect of a green building.

Monday, November 3, 2008

First Net Zero Electric Building

How many others are there in the US? Commercial, industrial or residential?

Trees

Air Conditioners

Very cool news about trees and why we need them.

New Advanced Solar Cell

Dye Process

Using a new dye process they have developed a very efficient new type of solar cell. Hopefully this will get us nearer to the efficiency of oil in energy.

Friday, October 31, 2008

31TanneryProject Press Release

Ferreira Construction Building Maintains 'First Net Zero Electric' Status

BRANCHBURG, N.J., Aug. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Ferreira Construction on July
12, 2008, located at 31 Tannery Road in Branchburg NJ, has once again
maintained its " First Net Zero Electric Commercial Site in the US"
building status during their second year of occupancy. 31 Tannery, built in
2006, is a 41,508 sq. ft. shop/office building that serves as corporate
headquarters for Ferreira Construction, The Ferreira Group, and Noveda
Technologies. The building consists of a 2-story 15,318 sq. ft. office wing
and a 26,190 sq. ft. garage/shop area used for servicing Ferreira
Construction's heavy road and highway equipment, as well as a fleet of
trucks and SUV's.

What sets this building apart from its contemporaries is the
installation of a roof mounted 223 kW grid-tied photovoltaic system, high
efficiency HVAC systems, solar domestic hot water system, and a proprietary
web-based real-time building energy monitoring called SunFlow(TM) Monitor.
The photo voltaic system consists of 1,276, 175-watt solar panels connected
to two 100 kW 277/480V AC three-phase inverters. The inverters in turn are
connected to the building's main power and distribution panel. To date, the
PV system has met 100% of our building's electrical needs.

This project was feasible thanks to incentives provided through the New
Jersey Board of Public Utilities and New Jersey's Clean Energy Program.
Ferreira Construction's President, Nelson Ferreira, reinforces the
principle of sustainability within the commercial building sector by
successfully achieving its second year of Net Zero Electric status. "We are
committed to continuous commissioning of any renewable energy project to
ensure efficient results not only in its first day but during the life of
the project."

At our first year anniversary of July 12, 2007, the PV system had
generated 16,800 kWh more in electricity than the building had consumed,
thus making 31 Tannery the first 'Net Zero Electric' building in the United
States. Our second anniversary, July 12, 2008, has just passed and we are
pleased to announce that once again we have maintained a "First Net Zero
Electric Building" status. At our second anniversary date, the PV system
had generated an excess of 21,120 kWh of electricity since its inception
which equates to one month's worth of electric consumption.

"By taking advantage of the incentives available through New Jersey's
Clean Energy Program, Ferreira Construction was able to create an
innovative combination of renewable energy and energy efficiency
technologies that allowed the company headquarters to achieve 'Net Zero
electric status' for the second year in a row," said Jeanne M. Fox,
President of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. "Ferreira's success
demonstrates that investing in clean energy is good for business and good
for the environment."

All three companies; Ferreira Construction, The Ferreira Group, and
Noveda Technologies, have grown in workforce during their second year of
occupancy at 31 Tannery. This resulted in more computers, additional
computer servers, and increased air-conditioning loads when compared to our
first year of occupancy. However, because 31 Tannery had incorporated high
efficiency HVAC systems and renewable energy at the time the building was
designed, we were able to increase our electric surplus even during our
second year of occupancy.

Perhaps the biggest component in helping us maintain a Net Zero
Electric building status at 31 Tannery was the installation of Noveda
Technologies(TM) real-time energy monitoring system SunFlow(TM) Monitor.
SunFlow(TM) Monitor through an outstanding graphics display, shows in
real-time PV solar production, building electrical consumption, electricity
exported to the electric grid, and electricity imported from the electric
grid. In addition, SunFlow(TM) maintains a data base of all energy
measurements allowing building staff to analyze building energy usage over
time.

With the inclusion of SunFlow(TM) Monitor at 31 Tannery, "Net Zero
Electric" is brought to "life". People can actually see the results live on
a screen versus being buried in monthly electric bills. 31 Tannery has
garnered an enormous amount of attention from building owners, corporate
executives, architects, and engineers from around the country. Due to the
net zero status at 31 Tannery, Noveda Technologies(TM) has been able to
capitalize on this unique distinction. "The 31 Tannery Building has become
an international showcase for Noveda Technologies(TM). We have developed
distribution and partnership relationships which will enable us to scale
our web based energy monitoring products to many thousands of buildings
over the next year." said Noveda Technologies(TM) President and CEO Daniel
Poore.

About Ferreira Construction;

Ferreira Construction is a large Heavy Highway, Road and Bridge
Construction Company. From its 42,000 square foot headquarters located in
New Jersey, Ferreira serves the tri-state area. Ferreira also maintains a
Southern Division office which serves the State of Florida. Founded in 1988
Ferreira Construction has become a leader in the industry with a bonding
capacity of $100 million and nearly 100 road and bridge projects to its
credit.

About Noveda Technologies Inc.;

Noveda Technologies provides hosted, web-based solutions that monitor,
diagnose, and track the performance of all conventional energy, renewable
energy, and buildings' mechanical -- environmental systems in real time.
Whether it's a single solar energy system, a building, or an entire
enterprise, Noveda Technologies provides instant access to critical systems
information.

Noveda Technologies patent pending SunFlow Monitor(TM), EnergyFlow
Monitor(TM) and Facilimetrix(TM) enables real-time monitoring, reporting
and diagnosis of all the facility systems.

A few of our clients include Liberty Science Center, Atlantic County
Utility Authority, Newark Public Schools, as well as Ferreira
Construction's first net zero electric facility.

FerreiraConstruction.com

Noveda.com



SOURCE Ferreira Construction

31 tannery project

31 tannery Project

The First Net Zero Electric Commercial Building in the US. Who's next??

Automated Buildings Article on 31 Tannery Project

First Net Zero Electric commercial building in the U.S.

Cool Energy Stories of the Day

Waste Stones into Ethanol

99 Year Old HydroElectric Plant Brought Back

I bet there are a bunch of disused mills that can be converted into hydroelectric plants in Paterson and on other rivers in New Jersey.

Lawn PC grows grass!??!

First Solar Thermal Plant in 20 years

tannery noveda milestones

October 17, 2008 - Noveda Technologies helps Ferreira Construction achieve another perfect 100 point Energy Star rating for second year in a row.
http://www.energystar.gov

August 14, 2008 - Noveda Technologies enables the second full year of first Net Zero Electric building.
http://www.reuters.com

31 tannery project

Please update your links.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Powered by Parked Cars

A parked car flow monitoring system by Noveda might be in order. We've got some cars to try at 31 tannery.

Parked Vehicle Power

Smart Appliances

'Smart' appliances could ease electrical-grid woes

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Solar Sticky Light

Solar Powered Light Sticks to Windows

Stick a solar light anywhere

Three Buildings Net Zero Energy

net zero energy

The 31 Tannery Project is one of the buildings, but "energy" is kind of hard to quantify. Do you mean electric? electric and gas? electric, gas, water, human? power to build all the supplies used to build the building? power to manufacture all the products used at the building? energy to transport the workers to the building?

Noveda has a number of hybrid and low fuel vehicles for usage to help lower their carbon footprint on the planet.

Solar Baloon

Solar Balloon

Super Efficient, cheap!

Net Zero

Reuters Article

Ferreira Construction Building Maintains 'First Net Zero Electric' Status. For 2nd year! And still no other confirmed U.S. Corporate buildings. Just the one setup and monitored by Noveda. What sets this building apart from its contemporaries is the installation of a roof mounted 223 kW grid-tied photovoltaic system, high efficiency HVAC systems, solar domestic hot water system, and a proprietary web-based
real-time building energy monitoring called SunFlow(TM) Monitor (by Noveda).


PR News Wire

Monday, October 27, 2008

Making Energy Like Plants Do

Scientists seek to make energy as plants do

Artificial photosynthesis sounds really cool and should be much more efficient than regular solar electric production. Not sure how easy that would be to monitor, but it would be fun working on that.

noveda technologies and first net zero

It's hard to believe that the first Net Zero Electric Building in America is in sunny New Jersey.

It's true.

In Branchburg, New Jersey at 31 Tannery Road, Noveda Technologies has monitored and enabled the first net zero elctric building. Zero electric costs for the year after the solar production is sent back to the grid is factored in. Pretty cool stuff. Looks like any other combined office/warehouse building. But it's clean, green and saving the environment and money.

Check this PDF article out for more specifics.

Green Washing

Green Washing

There are a lot of difficulties in getting cleaning supplies that are ecologically sound, not made from harmful chemicals and won't damage the environment when disposed of. This is a helpful article, I think.

Solar Furnace

Insane Solar Furnace

This is very cool technology. I would love to see what kind of power it uses and monitor the transfer to heat.

50 Ways to Save the Planet

Great Tips

Vatican Has Solar Power

Even the Vatican is adding solar power.

Solar Everywhere

Austrians Create Mega Efficient Solar Cells

Solar Cells

“Our Planet” show to feature Noveda Technologies

“Our Planet” show to feature Noveda Technologies

noveda.com — October 9, 2008, Deerfield Beach, FL – The producers of Our Planet are pleased to announce that Noveda Technologies will be featured in an upcoming episode as part of the show’s series on Energy Independence. In the not-so-distant past, few people bothered to track the real-time energy consumption.

10/09/2008 Press Release

Please digg it!

Turning Garbage into Power

Kearny, NJ Methane Plant

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Real-Time Energy Flow Monitoring

American Executive Interview with CEO Daniel Poore

American Executive
August 2008
Making the Invisible Visible
by Noveda contributor



“By simply analyzing what’s happening in a building instantaneously and taking action, we found that behavior alone can save at least 10%, sometimes even greater than 20%, of a building owner’s electrical usage,” Poore said. “We’ve also worked closely with the state of New Jersey and have tried to meet its emission targets. We’ve actually reduced the energy usage in Ferreira’s building 80% from what it used to be, meeting a target set for the year 2050. We are way ahead of schedule and can help others get there.”

Energy Map of America

US Energy Map

Press Release

Noveda Tannery

Press Release about the 31 Tannery Project done by Noveda.

Even Porsche is Going Electric

Electric Car

Electric Eel Energy

Eel Power

Now where exactly do you plug the meter to monitor an electric eel?

First Wave Farm

World's First Wave Farm

Pretty cool stuff. I wonder how they are monitoring the energy produced?

Energy Flow

EnergyFlow Monitor™ can help you...
● Monitor and track whole building energy consumption
● Benchmark your building’s current energy consumption against a comparitive Energy Star building model, building
energy model, previous utility bills, or energy reduction target
● Store historical data and reports of electrical consumption, demand, weather and other critical elements
● Establish your building’s carbon footprint
● Track the impact of energy savings initiatives
● Achieve LEED-EB and LEED-NC performance measurement, enhanced metering and measurement, and verification credits
● Inspire employees to conserve energy

NOVEDA, 31 Tannery Project

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Nation's First Net Zero Electric Commerical Building

31 Tannery Project - Net Zero Electric


Take the Noveda Challenge

Noveda Challenge

Take the Noveda Challenge!

Save energy today! Save money! Save the Earth!

Energy Monitoring Done Right

Where Negative Becomes Positive

Noveda Technologies Inc.


Making the invisible… visible

Noveda Technologies provides hosted, web-based solutions that monitor, diagnose, and track the performance of all conventional energy, renewable energy, and buildings' mechanical - environmental systems in real time. Whether it's a single solar energy system, a building, or an entire enterprise, Noveda Technologies provides instant access to critical systems information with perspective and context to allow timely action to be taken.

Noveda Technologies
31 Tannery Road
Branchburg, NJ 08876
Phone: 908-534-8855
FAX: 908-534-7854
http://www.noveda.com

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

tannery noveda milestones

October 17, 2008 - Noveda Technologies helps Ferreira Construction achieve another perfect 100 point Energy Star rating for second year in a row.
http://www.energystar.gov

August 14, 2008 - Noveda Technologies enables the second full year of first Net Zero Electric building.
http://www.reuters.com

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