Joule Assets Pays For Customer’s HVAC & Lighting Retrofits


  1. Small to medium size businesses would save money on their utility business and energy consumption if they did energy retrofits to their buildings and HVAC systems, yet 95% of these businesses do not do them because of steep upfront costs.
  1. Joule Assets, has realized this untouched market and is enabling businesses to get their retrofits done which is financed by the yieldco firm. A new form of financing technology is being deployed.
  • The cost of Joule Assets’ services is taken out of the subsequent savings from reduced monthly energy bills.
  • Peak energy consumption is reduced through retrofits, allowing local utilities a sense of peace when it comes to demand and reliability.
  1. The stakeholders involve Joule Assets, New York City’s 99% small to mid-sized businesses that are interested in retrofits, and local utilities.
  1. Financing for performance based market solutions is not a new technology but it is likely to be more common. More utilities could soon be paying for energy savings through a pay-for-performance model and businesses interested should consider a financing mechanism like Joule assets provides.

Global Grid-Connected Energy Storage Capacity To Double In 2016, Skyrocket By 2025


  1. The sustainability issue addressed in this article is the use of energy storage for global grid connectivity. Energy storage will increase the availability and usage of renewable resources, decreasing dependency on fossil fuels.
  1. Lithium-ion batteries will become the mainstream energy storage technology and account for nearly 80% of all global storage installations by 2025, according to a report published by information and analysis company IHS Markit.
  • Energy storage is set to grow as fast at solar photovoltaic energy has in recent years.
  • United States and Japan are leading the way in storage technology set to generate a third of the markets total revenue totaling $50 billion over the next ten years.
  • Activity is being seen in South Africa, Kenya, the Philippines and other countries as the cost for batteries continues to decline.
  • Half of the energy storage installations will take place behind the meter driven by self-consumption.
  1. Stakeholders involved will be renewable energy companies, homeowners, off-grid energy users, utilities and globally connected grid entities.
  1. The next steps in deploying the technology is perfecting the lithium-ion battery and making it a secure device to use in homes. It will be essential that the grid can handle load flexibility and that it can utilize the energy going both ways while maintaining reliability. If storage is the next step in decreasing dependency on fossil fuels, an incentive program, similar to that of solar incentive installations would be beneficial and make the technology affordable to consumers.


#arg2203 #storage #smartgrid #solar #renewables #wind #energy

Largest Wind Farm in the United States Could be off the Coast of New York

Deepwater Alstom turbines - use this one

1) The sustainability problem addressed in the proposed Long Island offshore wind project is the mitigation and dependence on fossil fuels and the need for more renewable energy resources like solar and wind generation.

2) While wind energy is not a new technology, the plan for the 90 megawatt farm, 30 miles east of Montauk is a huge development in offshore wind generation in the United States. The wind farm could produce enough electricity to power roughly 50,000 Long Island homes.

On July 20 the Long Island Power Authority was scheduled to vote on the production of a the 15 turbine wind farm by developer Deepwater Wind, LLC. However, despite blessings by Governor Cuomo and top LIPA execs, the utility’s Board of Trustees abruptly delayed the vote, citing a request be the New York State Energy Research Development Authority to hold off until Albany releases an “off-shore wind master plan”.

3) Stakeholders of this technology are the residents of Long Island, the New York renewable power industry trying to reach the Governors goal of 50% renewable energy by 2030, Deepwater Wind LLC, the developer of the project, Long Island Power Authority who is operated by Public Service Enterprise Group Inc., and the citizens of New York State that would benefit from more clean energy to prevent the worsening affects of climate change.

4) The state is expected to unveil its wind-energy strategy in the next weeks. Additionally, the LI project agreement on pricing may be reached early next year, and if there are no further delays (this is the second postponed vote on the project, the first was on June 20, 2016), the wind farm could be completed by 2020. Unfortunately, it seems bureaucratic tendencies may have hindered the approval of the largest off shore wind farm in the United States. Despite this setback, Deepwater Wind LLC,is currently building the first US offshore wind farm off Block Island, Rhode Island, a 30 megawatt project.

The next steps of implementation require Albany to release their off-shore wind master plan to allow for Deepwater Wind to make any modifications or changes to the project, then move forward with a pricing agreement and then construction an begin.

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Will This Technology Make Fish Farming More Sustainable?

Atlantic salmon1.) Seafood is rapidly declining. Consumers are eating more seafood than ever before, making fish farms for salmon and tuna (a carnivorous fish) a profitable business. The issue facing aquaculture producers is the feed for these fish typically come from corn, soy, and wheat, usually using dry distiller grains. This feed relies heavily on agriculture lands and can create “dead zones” in the ocean from pesticides and synthetic nitrogen fertilizers.

2.) Scientist have developed a new form of fish feed that uses no agricultural land and requires very little water. It is called FeedKind and it’s made from bacteria that eats methane and turns it into energy. FeedKind is made by first dissolving methane in water with the bacteria. The bacteria gobbles up the methane molecules. Then, after the mixture is fermented, the protein produced from this process is extruded and formed into pellets.

3.) Stakeholders include fish farms that are currently using the traditional feed, as well as consumers of farmed fish

4.) FeedKind received a third round of funding from investors and hopes to open a pilot scale R&D plant in England by the end of this year and by 2018, Calysta the company that makes FeedKind hopes to have an operating facility in North America. If the pilot program is successful Calysta can look to opening more plants globally to feed the growing industry.

#aquaculture #seafood #sustainableeats


Sustainable Sunglasses – Making the Environment Look Cool

Norton Point

Norton Point is Martha Vineyard’s sustainable sunglass manufacturer. Their recently launched line of sunnies is to aid in mitigating the 8 million metric tons of plastic that end up in the oceans every year. They are also hoping the sunglasses will be stylish so people will want to buy them. The sunglasses are made out of recovered ocean plastic, meeting with members of Plastic Bank, a company available for brands to purchase Social Plastic.

The sustainable Norton Point sunglasses pays for the plastic they collect to make the frames and the Plastic Bank pays collectors in local communities a living wage to help reduce plastic waste. Everyone who buys a pair is helping to clean up our oceans, help people in developing countries make a living, and change the world view of how a business model should be. Norton Point gives back 5% of its profits to organizations like the Ocean Conservancy for global clean-up, education and remediation practices.

Stakeholders include the Norton Point business, its partners; The Ocean Conservancy, The Plastic Bank, the country of Haiti including its residents and markets, as well as potential buyers of Norton Point Sunglasses.

Norton Point implementation started in March 2015 when they came up with the idea of using plastic from the oceans to create sunglasses, in April through August of 2015 the team investigated the concept and and in September through December of 2016 design and experiment began. By January 2016 Norton Point has created a prototype. In February 2016 the team went to Haiti to establish their business relations and in June 2016 they launched their kickstarter campaign. Norton Point hopes to deliver to their early backers by July 2016 and delivery to all backers by August 2016.

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Wind Power Giant Gamesa Combines Solar, Diesel and Storage for Off-Grid Prototype


Wind/Solar/Diesel Energy Prototype:

The company Gamesa of La Muela, Spain has developed an innovative prototype project that adds solar, storage and diesel to a wind project in order to test the viability of combining renewables and storage to minimize fossil-fuel backup for off-grid applications.

Sustainability Problem:

The Gamesa prototype could provide energy to off-grid systems.  It will also be able to address the problem of diesel dependency in projects without renewable energy. The off-grid system is expected to reduce diesel consumption by between 15 percent and 35%, and maybe even more.


The stakeholders of this technology would be off-grid projects, mining companies, and niche industries that are open to using hybrid systems.


Lack of prior projects similar to Gamesa’s combination prototype will be an issue and company executives admitted upfront costs will be expensive. The number of megawatts is attractive and if longterm energy production is worth the opex initially and a high-growth business is possible




The Renewal Workshop Launches to Redefine Waste in the Apparel Industry


1. Technology: the creation of The Renewal Workshop, a business model and company that has teamed together with apparel brands to give returned and damaged garments new life as Renewed Apparel. Renewed Apparel is either sold back to the brand partner to be sold through existing sales channels or sold direct-to-the consumer through the Renewal Workshops own ecommerce marketplace to be launched in the fall of 2016. The Renewal Workshop partners are the first in the industry to become closed-loop brands leading the circular economy.

2. Sustainability Problem: This business model addresses the 12.7 million tons of textiles that end up in landfills each year. A jacket with a broken zipper will no longer be sent to the landfill, instead it will be cleaned to a hospital grade clean using state-of-the-art waterless cleaning technology from Tersus Solutions and the zipper repaired, creating Renewed Apparel that meets the highest standard of quality certified by the brands. Issues: Landfill Waste

3. The technology stakeholders include, the founding company, The Renewal Workshop, its apparel partners, prAna, Ibex, Mountain Khakis, Toad&Co, and Indigenous with additional pioneering brands to be added in the coming months. Other stakeholders include VTF Capital and Closed Loop Ventures, leading venture capital funds backing the business model.

4. The process of technology implementation required the founders to look at product supply chain management in the textile industry. This enabled them to create the circular loop between its rehab factory and its apparel partners, and the establishment of The Renewal Workshop’s own website to sell the Renewed Apparel.