• Mitsubishi Motors Energy Solution Service At Okazaki Plant in Japan to Reduce Carbon Emissions by 1600 Tons A Year

    Posted in Uncategorized on December 11, 2019

    Mitsubishi Motors announced today its decision to introduce an energy solution service provided by Mitsubishi and Mitsubishi Corporation Power at Okazaki Plant in Okazaki City, Aichi Prefecture, one of MMC’s main electric vehicles production plants. The energy solution service aims to reduce carbon emissions through the introduction of renewable energy. Specifically, MC and MCP will install a utility-scale rooftop photovoltaic (PV) system and battery energy storage system (BESS) composed of used batteries from electric vehicles. The PV system and BESS (Battery Energy Storage System) will reduce carbon emissions approximately by 1,600 tons a year and avoid peak demand of power consumption at Okazaki Plant.

    The construction of the rooftop PV system began in October 2019 and the scheduled commercial operation will start in May 2020. MC and MCP will install an initial capacity of 3MW (annual power generation: 3GWh) and plan to gradually increase the capacity. Okazaki Plant will then use the power generated from the PV system, thereby contributing to a sustainable approach to the production of MMC’s electric vehicles. The energy solution service thus enables MMC to use carbon-free electricity from the rooftop PV system without initial investment or possession of equipment, only by bearing electricity charges. 

    MC and MCP will install a battery energy storage system (BESS) and conduct a verification test in fiscal year 2020. The system is composed of used batteries from MMC’s Outlander PHEVs, with a maximum capacity of 1MWh. Once completed, the installed capacity will be one of the largest among non-FIT (Non-FIT is a renewable power generation business that does not rely on the subsidized FIT (Feed-in Tariff) scheme) rooftop PV system projects in Japan. 

  • EIZO Releases Two Frameless LCD Monitors with Features for Contributing to Sustainable Development

    Posted in Other Stuff on December 6, 2019

    EIZO today announced the release of the two LCD monitors – 23.8-inch FlexScan EV2460 and 22.5-inch FlexScan EV2360, with a frameless design for business environments such as trading rooms, back offices, and control rooms. They feature environmental-friendly specifications to aid companies in achieving their sustainable development goals, which are becoming more recognized worldwide. As part of its efforts to maintain environmentally responsible manufacturing, EIZO developed the monitors without flame retardant in the plastic body to improve recyclability. EIZO also uses recyclable packing material for the boxes the monitors are shipped in.

    The FlexScan EV2460 is the successor model to the FlexScan EV2450 and uses a 23.8-inch LCD panel with 1920 x 1080 native resolution. The FlexScan EV2360 uses a 22.5-inch LCD panel – the smallest amongst EIZO’s frameless models. The small-footprint EV2360 has a width of 499 mm and a large native resolution of 1920 x 1200. Both monitors implement LED-backlit IPS (in-plane switching) panel technology with 178° wide viewing angles. The FlexScan EV2460 and EV2360 are equipped with four and two USB 3.1 Type-A ports respectively. This allows users to conveniently connect devices, such as a mouse, keyboard, or headset, directly to the monitor rather than the PC.

    EcoView Optimizer 2 saves power by fine-tuning the balance between brightness and gain according to the content displayed on the screen. Auto EcoView automatically adjusts the screen’s brightness in accordance with changes in the ambient brightness to trim power usage while reducing eye fatigue. With these technologies, typical power consumption is reduced to as little as 10 watts (EV2460) and 11 watts (EV2360) – up to 40% less compared to displaying at maximum brightness. Both monitors are certified by worldwide comprehensive sustainability certifications such as TCO Certified Generation 8 and EnergyStar.  

    Logitech Commits to Ambitious 1.5°C Climate Pledge and 100% Renewable Electricity Goal

    Posted in Uncategorized on December 5, 2019

    Today Logitech extended its commitment to future generations by setting ambitious sustainability goals for its products, packaging, and operations. Logitech commits to support the Paris Agreement, pledging to establish science-based targets to limit its greenhouse gas emissions to support the ambitious 1.5°C trajectory by 2050. The Company is participating in the Science-Based Target Initiative (SBTi), and supporting science-based objectives that can be measured across industry and across the globe to affect the real change needed now.

    As a member of RE100, Logitech commits to source 100% of the Company’s global electricity consumption from renewable sources by 2030. The Company is working to hit the target early – it has already achieved 75% renewable electricity consumption due to its early efforts at its Lausanne, Switzerland and Cork, Ireland offices which now run on 100% renewable electricity. The Logitech manufacturing plant in Suzhou, China, is also a certified CarbonNeutral building through the purchase of renewable electricity and carbon offsets, reducing 17,000 tonnes of carbon each year.

    The carbon footprint of the materials, design, manufacturing, and shipment of all Logitech G and ASTRO Gaming products have been reduced to net-zero emissions. Logitech commits to maintain carbon neutral gaming products and intends to expand the certification to other product categories in the future. Logitech has converted to sustainable packaging on multiple new Logitech G and MX Master 3 products, started to introduce recycled plastic in its mice, keyboards, and webcams, and removed PVC from new product cables and feasible external parts.

    The Future of Fashion: Recycled Clothing and Footwear

    Posted in Recycle on November 27, 2019

    Going green is a trend that’s here to stay and for many people, the easiest first steps are recycling and making more conscientious purchasing decisions. You can combine both of these initiatives by investing in recycled clothing and footwear instead of fast-fashion, which has had a serious impact on the environment. 

    Did you know that it’s one of the biggest contributors to pollution because of all the waste it creates? From the production practices to the growing landfills packed with these clothes that constantly need to be replaced, fast fashion’s impact is far reaching. From garments made from recycled trash to biodegradable wedding dresses, more and more brands are committing to sustainable fashion practices, and you can too. 

    To make your mark by shrinking your footprint, you can begin revamping your wardrobe from top to bottom with items that are recycled, starting with these recommendations: 

    Sustainably Made Shoes

    Let’s start with one of the most important parts of your wardrobe—your shoes. Fortunately, there are many shoe brands taking steps in the right direction, including Rothy’s. Not only are Rothy’s shoes always on-trend but they’re also sustainable and comfortable. By using eco-friendly materials including thread made from repurposed plastic water bottles and bio-based algae, running their workshop that’s held to the highest sustainability standards, and shipping their shoes directly in their boxes, Rothy’s is able to make shoes that you can feel good about wearing for years to come. 

    Try them out and you won’t be able to find a reason to look elsewhere. Whatever your preferred shoe style, from flats to sneakers, they have you covered. Start with a pair of cute Chelsea boots just in time for the cooler months. 

    Recycled Denim

    Jeans are a staple in nearly everyone’s wardrobe, so they’re also a big source of waste. But, when it comes to your denim, you can do better. Thanks to the uptick in demand from consumers, there are plenty of options for eco-friendly jeans—including arguably the most well-known name in denim, Levi’s. Levi’s has been the go-to retailer for well-fitting jeans for decades and they still are, even for those who are striving for an eco-friendly wardrobe. The company is dedicated to using recycled fabrics and sustainable materials to make their iconic jeans. 

    They have a broad selection of recycled denim including their 711 skinny jeans, wedgie fit women’s jeans, and their popular exposed button mom jeans. Today, they’ve committed to re-purposing old vintage denim, use responsibly sourced cotton and lyocell, and reducing their water consumption in the production process.  

    Tees & Outerwear

    Top off your look with recycled tees and outerwear by Recover. They reuse plastic bottles and upcycle cotton,  turning them comfy yet stylish tees and outerwear you’ll love. Thanks to their dedication to eco-friendly fashion, not only has Recover been able to divert 7.8 million plastic bottles from the landfill, but they’ve also saved 29.2 million kilowatts of energy, 11.8 million pounds of carbon emissions, and 2 billion gallons of water. Plus, their clothes are buttery soft. 

    You can take comfort in knowing that when you throw on one of their classic v-neck tees, you’ve made a choice that looks and feels good. 

    Accessories

    No look is complete without the right accessories and fortunately you don’t have to sacrifice them. You may be aware that a lot of jewelry companies are scrutinized for their unethical practices and wasteful materials. However, there are many brands that are dedicated to breaking that stigma. 

    From designers who are passionate about recycling E-waste that can be turned into metal jewelry to major companies who are focused on making ethically sourced diamonds trendy, there are virtually limitless options to find accessories that suit your style. 

    As you can see, there are plenty of stylish ways to wear recyclable fashion, from shoes and clothing all the way down to your accessories. While starting to integrate eco-friendly pieces into your wardrobe is a great first step, don’t forget to also recycle your old clothes to help prevent them from ending up in landfills. You’ll have to invest some time and money to start dressing sustainably, but it’ll be worthwhile when you can enjoy the peace of mind that you’re part of the solution. 

    3 New Tech Features That are Making Cars Eco-Friendly

    Posted in Transport on November 22, 2019

    The future of cars is dependent on eco-friendly solutions. With climate change soon upon us, and pollution in cities around the world at an all-time high, it’s no wonder why so many automakers are devoting research and investment into greener solutions. From novel ways of powering personal vehicles to reimagining your morning commute, there are many amazing solutions on the drawing board. In this post, we’ll cover 3 new tech features that are changing the way Americans drive for the greener. Check them out!

    1. Electric and hybrid cars

    Electric cars have moved from mere novelty to viable transportation solution in just a few short years. With so many new models on the market from the Fiat 500e to rumors of a new GM electric Hummer, there’s a lot to look forward to on the horizon. Electric cars are cleaner than regular internal combustion engine cars for a few reasons.

    • First, they don’t rely on burning fossil fuels. Fossil fuels are made primarily of carbon, which, when burned, turns into CO2 and ends up in the atmosphere. As you probably know, an excess of CO2 in the atmosphere is the biggest driver of global warming, or climate change. By eliminating the emissions put out by cars on the road, car companies are significantly reducing the amount of C02 in the atmosphere, which helps slow climate change.

    • Second, because they don’t burn fuel, they don’t contribute to pollution. Not only is the general addition of CO2 to the atmosphere bad for the planet, cars belch out all manner of noxious fumes from smoke to carbon monoxide. Electric cars, once again, do not emit anything, so they’re much cleaner for cities.

    • Third, electric cars as well as hybrids are very quiet. Noise pollution can be every bit as damaging to wildlife and human wellbeing as atmospheric pollution, so reducing the amount of noise on the roads is huge eco-win. You won’t need Bose noise cancelling headphones just to hear yourself think while walking around town anymore. 

    2. Ridesharing

    Ridesharing isn’t exactly an onboard tech, but it’s still a tech change that’s making cars eco-friendlier. How? For the simple reason that people are using them less. Right now, the standard way that people in the US get around is with their own personal vehicle. Instead of browsing new Audi cars for sale for themselves, as ridesharing gets more popular and cheaper, people will start to ditch their personal cars in favor of a shared ride to work. How does this help the environment? Two ways:

    • First, not only do cars themselves contribute to pollution and climate change when they drive around burning fossil fuels, but the manufacturing of cars is also extremely environmentally damaging. As fewer people buy cars because they’re using a ridesharing app to get to work, fewer cars will need to be made. 

    • Second, with more people sharing rides, there will simply be fewer cars on the roads. This is great for the environment because of the outright reduction in the number of cars people own, and also because drive-times will be shorter due to less traffic. That’s a huge win for noise pollution, city pollution, and the carbon footprint that commuters are responsible for. 

    3. Self-driving cars

    This one seems far out there, but Uber self-driving cars are already being tested in cities across the US. Soon, driving yourself around may be a thing of the past, as autonomous vehicles dominate the market due to their superior safety and efficiency. While boosted safety features are usually touted as the benefit of autonomous cars, one huge benefit is actually the fact that they will be eco-friendlier than the current human-driven cars. Why?

    • First, because self-driving cars will be able to better regulate their own fuel or electricity usage. You waste a lot of gas driving at sub-optimal speeds, speeding up and slowing down, and making evasive maneuvers on the road. By optimizing all these systems, self-driving cars stand to be much more fuel efficient.

    • Second, self-driving cars won’t get in accidents as often and won’t slow down just because there are many other cars on the road. With all the cars operating in perfect sync, self-driving cars won’t often burn gas sitting in stand-still traffic. That’s a huge eco-plus.

    There’s a lot to look forward to in the near future, with these cutting-edge features that are sure to make cars much friendlier to the planet!

    Prototype of Fugaku Supercomputer is Worlds Greenest supercomputer

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on November 19, 2019

    Fujitsu and RIKEN today announced that a prototype of the supercomputer Fugaku being jointly developed by the two parties took No.1 in the Green500, a global ranking based on the energy efficiency of supercomputers. The Green500 ranks the world’s top500 fastest computing supercomputers by power consumption and efficiency among the TOP500 supercomputers. The system that topped the Green500 was manufactured by Fujitsu as a prototype of Fugaku. Fugaku is a system equipped only with a general-purpose CPU, which can process various applications without using accelerators such as GPUs.

    Prototype of Fugaku Supercomputer is equipped with 768 A64FX CPUs that support the Arm SVE (Scalable Vector Extension) instructions for the first time in the world. This performance measurement demonstrated that Fugaku technologies have the world’s highest energy efficiency, achieving 1.9995 PFLOPS (petaflops) in calculation speed for simultaneous linear equations (LINPACK3) against 2.3593 PFLOPS in a peak performance, and 16.876 GFLOPS/W (gigaflops per watt) in a performance per 1 watt of power consumption.

    5 Ways That Companies Need to Become Greener

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on November 19, 2019

    Today, many factories are producing carbon emissions and polluting our environment with greenhouse gases. They need to find a solution to cut down their carbon emissions and help to practice proper waste disposal so that they don’t contaminate the drinking water that we have left. Believe it or not, factories and industrial manufacturing companies have made up nearly 50% of our current greenhouse emission which is causing our earth to heat up and cause our ozone to deteriorate. What can we do to stop this from happening? Well, here are five things companies and factories need to start working on to create a safer environment for people to live in.

    1. Wear Plates

    Wear plates are items used in industrial manufacturing that are expendable. They prevent excessive damage to expensive equipment so the equipment does not have to be replaced so often. A wear plate is made of a type of abrasion-resistant steel. It is very durable under harsh conditions and the impact applications in manufacturing. By not having to replace machinery as often, it cuts down on energy costs. It will save companies money in the long run. 

    2. Wood Production

    There were so many trees in the world years ago, but due to many people using paper, folders, and other wood-based materials, the world’s trees are dying out. Today, the oxygen levels in our atmosphere are the lowest they’ve been in the history of the earth. On top of that, carbon dioxide levels are rising higher on our planet. To stop this, we need to stop using wood-based materials and create a cleaner environment. Factories can put on a charity to help promote planting trees. This is a problem everywhere, but especially in the United States

    3. Facility Upgrades

    These upgrades are necessary for companies and facilities to stop creating waste, and stop letting an overflow of carbon emissions out. These upgrades in factories include programmable thermostats so that the companies can set the temp and never mess with it to make sure that the temperatures are controlled. They also can be used to cut down energy usage saving the company and the planet money and health. Another upgrade includes a low-flow faucet regulator making sure to cut down on water usage. When we can conserve water, it is better for everyone.

    4. LED Bulbs

    One big thing that companies can do that will save them money, energy, and time is switching from light bulbs to LEDs. This will ensure that the company will save money because the wattage is low frequency enough to cost them 70% or more each month on energy. The low wattage saves energy making the company greener and more energy-efficient. It also saves time as these lightbulbs don’t need to be changed as frequently as other lightbulbs. LED bulbs have been used in households for years, and it’s time for factories and companies to use them as well to conserve electricity. This is one big step that companies could incorporate into their business practices.

    5. Wastewater Disposal

    Companies need to learn a better way to dump their waste rather than by dumping them into lakes and nearby water sources. This creates an unsafe environment for the workers, the people in the area, and the planet as a whole. Without streams and lakes, we wouldn’t have drinkable water to consume throughout the world. There are already high droughts in California, Arizona, and New Mexico. So keeping our water supply healthy is of the utmost importance.

    Here are five different ways to make industrial manufacturing companies greener. However, these are not the only ways that are used to create change in our environment. There are many other ways to promote greener factories in your cities. You can join a public service group that helps promote greenways for companies. The most important thing to tell them about their waste practices is that by becoming greener, they will inevitably make more money in the long run. The public will appreciate their efforts. 

    By following all of these green changes and more, companies that already make a lot of money can now make twice as much by becoming more energy efficient.

    NCV Concept Car Made of Cellulose Nanofiber Cuts Vehicle Weight by 10%+

    Posted in Transport on November 5, 2019

    A consortium consisting of industrial, academic and governmental institutions in Japan completed the NCV Concept Car, a concept car made of cellulose nanofiber, in the NCV (Nanocellulose Vehicle) Project of Japan’s Ministry of the Environment (MOE). The consortium, which consists of 22 institutions including Kyoto University, used as many CNF-based parts as possible and realized a weight reduction of higher than 10%. CNF is a plant-derived material.

    The consortium developed a sports car equipped with gull-wing doors, which open upwards. CNF and resin materials using CNF as a reinforcing material (CNF-reinforced resins) were applied not only to interior parts but also to outer panels, which require a higher strength, higher rigidity and higher appearance quality.

    For the concept car, CNF was proactively applied to large-size outer panels, and a high weight reduction effect was realized. The front hood is made only of CNF and does not contain even CNF-reinforced resin.

    For the transparent roof and back window, resin glazing using CNF-added polycarbonate (PC) was used. When CNF is added, the strength and rigidity of PC increase, enabling to reduce thickness and, thus, cut weight. CNF with a small diameter transmits light and does not reduce transparency. This characteristic was utilized for the transparent roof and back window.

    The outer panels of the gull-wing doors were made of CNF-reinforced polypropylene (PP). The NCV Concept Car is not a mock-up, as it can travel at a speed of 20km/h (approx 12.4mph). The consortium plans to further increase the maximum speed in the future.

    Time Will Tell: 5 Classic Watches That Would Complement Your Style

    Posted in Uncategorized on September 25, 2019

    Dressing up for any occasion is not that hard, you just need to know how to pick the right attire for you to look presentable all the time. Aside from wearing designer clothes, you will also need to pick the right accessories to compliment the outfit you’re going to wear. Watches are one of the best examples of accessories any person can wear.

    Some people are more into modern watches because of the features it has and some prefer classic watches because of the rustic vibe it has. If you’re planning on buying one, you should do some research on the specific type of watch you’re going to purchase so that you’ll know if it’s authentic or not. Here is a list of 5 classic watches that would complement your style.

    Rolex Submariner

    Rolex has been known for the quality and designs of watches they have. Rolex Submariner is one of the most popular watches they’ve created because of the aesthetic build and history it has. This company is also known for creating the best diving watches in history. It’s also known to be the first-ever waterproof diving watch that could reach up to 100 meters.

    It is considered to be a luxury watch but also a vintage watch because of the date and time it was first created. A lot of famous people and sports icons are seen wearing this one such as Steve McQueen, Sir Roger Moore, Johnny Depp, and Robert Redford. You will feel luxurious and also proud once you own this watch because of the background and design it has.

    Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch

    If you’re a big fan of the Omega brand then this is the perfect watch for you. Aside from being a classic, it’s also known because of the significant role it had during the lunar missions that took place years ago. The Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch was the first timepiece worn by the astronauts who went to the moon.

    As you know by now, the durability of this watch is indeed very impressive because it had withstood the environment outside the planet that you’re living in right now. This watch is very affordable so there’s no need for you to worry about it being expensive. You can also check other watches such as the Omega Seamaster if you’re more into diver’s watch.

    Patek Philippe Nautilus

    Quartz watches have been worn by many people throughout the years. It’s one of the most sophisticated yet classy designs of watches being created by different watchmaking companies. The Patek Philippe Nautilus became known during the ’70s because it helped the market rise from the quartz crisis they’ve experienced during that time.

    If you’re looking for a vintage watch that you want to pass down to your children, then you should consider buying this one. Aside from being a classic, it also has a rich design that would certainly compliment any outfit you’re going to wear. You can wear it during formal events such as meetings, birthdays, or even during your date.

    Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Tourbillon

    This watch is known to be the oldest watch brand that is still operating until today. This watch was founded in 1755 by the company Vacheron Constantin. You probably have an idea by now that this watch is indeed one of the classic watches of all time. This is the perfect watch for people who love to collect vintage watches.

    The elegance of the design and the durability of this watch is the reason why some people are looking for this specific timepiece. The tourbillon cage it has was uniquely made to resemble the Maltese Cross insignia. The simplicity of this timepiece is very appealing because it doesn’t have a lot of details on it compared to other watches.

    Blancpain Fifty Fathoms

    The timeless design of this watch is the reason why a lot of people today including watch collectors are looking for this watch. Its design was hardly changed for the past 65 years, making it one of the vintage watches of today. This is the perfect watch for people who loves traveling because it’s known to be durable and can withstand any physical activities.

    This timepiece is one of the best diving watches in the market. The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms is the ideal timepiece anyone can wear because of the design it has. You can pair this with any formal outfit you have. Wearing this type of watch can make you look luxurious and classy at the same time.

    Takeaway

    Choosing the right timepiece that would complement your outfit is not that difficult. You can ask for advice from professionals such as watch collectors for you to know what are the different types of vintage or classic watches you need to buy. You can also search the web for more tips on what are the right type of classic watches that would suit your style.

    Collecting classic watches has a lot of benefits. You can use it to add more style to the attire you’re wearing and you can also use it to invest for your future. Some watches become more expensive as the years go by. You just need to make sure that the classic or vintage watch you’re going to buy is authentic so that your money won’t go to waste.

    Learn how LED grow lights are revolutionizing the indoor growth of marijuana

    Posted in Other Stuff on August 28, 2019

    There are many valid reasons to grow cannabis/ weed indoors like pain management, growing is way cheaper than buying, no need to deal with nasty dealers or buy from trashy sources and you can control your supply. But in order to achieve the above-mentioned points, you first need to ensure the proper and optimum growth of the plant. With recent changes made in jurisdictions that legalises medicinal and in many cases even recreational uses, indoor grow specialists are increasingly turning towards this crop as a great business proposition.  That brings us to the highly recommended technique of using LED grow lights to accelerate the growth cycle of cannabis or weed. Experts believe colours work for these plants in different stages of their growth. Blue grow lights are ideal during the plant’s initial growth cycle and red lights help when it’s time for the plants to begin flowering or budding.  LED lights benefit not just the plants but also the consumer, its very energy efficient making them the reasonable choice, and they are way more long-lasting than traditional bulbs such as metal halide’s or high-pressure sodium bulbs. 

    LED lights don’t emit too much heat which again can be used to the benefit of growing cannabis indoors.  Cannabis anyway gives out heat; combine that with heat-emitting bulbs and you have yourself in an irritatingly warm place. LED lights maintain a balance by not heating up, which also helps to avoid draining the atmosphere of liquids and almost all of the moisture you add to the system goes to your plants.  There is no denying the pluses here, LED lights to reduce your infrastructure costs, lower your energy bills, reduce your water bill, and are generally safer to operate.  Marijuana growers, we have thrown light on this for you!