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2014 Jaguar F-Type

Pátek, Září 28th, 2012

Slotted below today’s XK roadster and coupe but overlapping them in price, the new F-Type convertible may have a spiritual ancestor in the classic Jag E-Type, but as chief designer Ian Callum says, “this car is for now.”

And for now, it’s a sportscar in the purest form only. No coupe version’s been confirmed, though Jaguar officials hint at a logical hardtop companion for future international auto-show debuts.

The link to today’s XK is clear, but the F-Type clearly progresses beyond that smoother shape. The F-Type has a relatively tall front end with a large grille opening flanked by dual air intakes and capped by upsized, upswept headlamps, underlined in LED lighting. There’s enough Corvette and Maserati influence to go around, especially at those intakes–Callum refers to them as “gills.” The hood’s a clamshell design–it’s another heritage influence that also helps crash safety.

The shape grows sleeker along its shoulder line and along the decklid, where thin baguette-shaped LED taillamps–the thinnest possible, he says–bulge at one end with circular insets that directly refer to the E-Type.

The design’s at its best from the sideview, where there’s just enough overall length to let the muscular suggestiveness play out over surfaces and shoulder lines and door skins unbroken by door handles–they’re hidden, popping up from flush by a touch of the fob or a finger. It’s a touch Jaguar’s kin at Aston Martin might appreciate.

The cockpit’s a more intensely focused environment than in the XK. The driver steps into a cockpit with a hooded binnacle of gauges, while the passenger gets a grab handle–a tacit message about the real mission at hand here. Much of the ancillary information will continue to be displayed on a big LCD screen, but climate controls are back to prominent positions on the stack as rotary knobs with push functions for seat heating. Subtle cues drive home the sportscar message: drivers get a different grade of trim on their part of the IP, and on the more powerful versions the start button, shift paddles and sport-mode switch are marked in diving-watch orange. A flat-bottomed steering wheel will be on the options list, too.

Each of the F-Type’s three engines has forced induction. There’s a supercharged V-8, as well as a pair of new supercharged V-6s–set apart by twin inboard exhausts, while the V-8 has quad exhausts, mounted outboard.

The six-cylinders are 3.0-liter units, one tuned to 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque; it’s shared with other Jaguar products, including the XJ and XF sedans for the 2013 model year. In 380-hp tune, it’s a distinct version held aside strictly for the F-Type. The 0-60 mph estimates for these models are 5.1 seconds and 4.8 seconds, respectively, and top speeds are limited to 161 mph and 171 mph.

An eight-speed automatic transmission with rev matching and paddle-shift controls is the only transmission available–for now, Jaguar officials hint. Unlike the latest models from the marque, the F-Type doesn’t sport a rotary shift control–it has a conventional shift lever that, if anything, preserves the packaging for a true manual transmission.

All powertrains have direct injection and stop/start systems. Active exhaust is standard on the two higher-performance models, and optional on the 340-hp F-Type. The more powerful V-6 gets a mechanical limited-slip differential; the V-8 gets an electronically controlled version for maximum traction. The latter two models will have launch-control modes for fault-free acceleration runs.

Street lamps turned off to save money

Pátek, Září 21st, 2012

A Mendip village is one of 14 communities which will be trying to cut the amount of light pollution.

Leigh-on-Mendip will be part of a Somerset County Council trial to cut the number of street lamps and the hours they are lit.

Apart from turning the lights off in the 14 villages between midnight and 5.30am there will be other changes in different parts of the county.

This will include some lamps being removed and some dimmed.

The idea behind the scheme is to cut the amount of light pollution produced and energy consumed.

The first three years of the plan are expected to save the council 123,000 in energy costs and 8,300 in carbon tax payments, with continued annual savings for the lighting budget.

Cabinet member Harvey Siggs said: “The advances in lighting technology and the funding available are making this a worthwhile exercise in improving Somerset’s night skies and reducing the council’s energy costs.

“There will be consultation everywhere it is proposed to turn off street lamps, and I’m sure people in Somerset will welcome the choice of how their streets are lit, and the opportunity to contribute to cash savings and darker skies.”

The police have not raised concerns about crime or safety in the areas volunteering, which include many on Exmoor, enhancing the National Park’s stargazing experience – the first place in Europe to be designated a Dark Sky Reserve.

There will be further opportunities for towns and villages to join the part-night lighting trial over the next three years with a budget of 750,000 to pay for the changes.

In villages with only one or two street lamps the option to remove them will be presented to the community when they are due for replacement.

Meanwhile, residential developments across the county are already benefiting from advances in light emitting diode technology (LED), which will mean 60 per cent less spent on energy for lighting compared to existing sodium lamps.

New streets and areas that need extra lighting or replacement lamps are being fitted with LEDs. These combine lower maintenance and running costs with long life expectancy and a purer, whiter light.

For safety, no A or B class roads will have lamps switched off during the darkest hours although eight stretches have been selected for dimming to half the usual brightness.

The funding for the three year project has been provided by the Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnership (500,000), Somerset County Council’s lighting budget (200,000) and 75,000 received within the Council’s Performance Reward Grant from Government.

Tell us about Promptec’s products in the field of solar power

Pátek, Září 14th, 2012

One of Promptec’s main focus areas is in solar lighting. However, lighting is on the consumption side and hence it can be used with energy generated from solar, wind and biomass applications. Promptec has developed solar charge controllers, battery chargers to integrate with renewable energy generators. This helps to store the energy in the battery. Some of the key products we manufacture in this area include solar street lights of various capacities, solar home lights, solar lanterns and solar charge controllers.

India is beginning to see a sharp growth in grid-connected solar power capacity under the JNNSM. What is your outlook for solar energy in India?

Yes, there is significant adoption of solar power packs as an alternate source of energy. Thanks to the JNNSM scheme and also the “productized” approach of companies, adoption is becoming easier. It is very important to cut the demand by using energy-efficient products such as LED while implementing the solar power solution. As LED lights save more than 60 per cent energy, the cost of implementation of solar power solutions can significantly come down with adoption of LED.

Tell us the role played by off-grid solar solutions like solar-based LED lanterns etc in rural electrification. What are Promptec’s product offerings in this field?

Solar-based lighting products are very useful and can operate without grid connectivity, especially in rural areas where there are huge power cuts and also absence of grid connectivity. However, this is a cost-sensitive market. We have developed an innovative lantern product which reduces cost burden on customer and provides best of the quality. The light output, duration of light and reliability of product are unmatched. We have sold more than a million lanterns over the last five years and we intend to sell at least a million lanterns over next 2 years.

Please summarize your view on the increasing role played by renewable energy solutions-both as upstream power generators and downstream power consuming devices-in India’s quest for meeting growing energy demands and mitigating carbon footprint.

Renewable energy, especially solar, not only forms a green and clean solution but also due to the gradual reduction in panel prices, it is becoming affordable, fast and easy to implement.A 1-mw thermal power station may take about a year to install while solar would take less than four months. Thanks to the government push, adoption has significantly increased. In a couple of years, you will notice that solar power will be a common scene in households as well.

Similarly, with power cuts and increase in power tariffs, energy efficient devices such as LED lights reduce significant burden on consumers.

Eco-Design Standards and Green-Energy Opportunities

Pátek, Září 7th, 2012

A new family of rugged, high-efficiency power products from STMicroelectronics , a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, enables technology companies to satisfy stricter power and efficiency targets set by eco-design standards and to target green-energy applications such as solar micro-inverters, photovoltaic string inverters and electric vehicles.

The new devices include the industry’s first super-junction transistors (MOSFETs) capable of withstanding peak voltages up to 950V, as well as 900V devices offering best-in-class energy efficiency and the world’s only 850V devices to be offered in the ultra thin and space-saving PowerFLAT 8×8 HV package. Super-junction technology enables MOSFETs to achieve higher operating voltages with very low electrical on-resistance in relation to device size, enabling power supplies to deliver increased system reliability and energy efficiency within compact overall dimensions.

ST is a major supplier of super-junction MOSFETs, and now offers the highest voltage rating in the market as well as the industry’s only second source of 900V super-junction devices. In addition, the family will soon be extended to include new 800V devices.

Demonstrating the efficiency of the SuperMESH 5 devices, ST also revealed details of the first successful customer application for its ultra high-voltage MOSFETs. TCI, an Italian solid-state lighting innovator, has chosen the 950V STU6N95K5 in IPAK package as the main power switch in its latest LED drivers for advanced and feature-rich LED lamps offering benchmark energy efficiency in a physically compact and cost-effective form factor. “ST’s latest-generation SuperMESH 5 technology enabled TCI to establish the best efficiency and safety margin in the marketplace, creating a compelling value proposition for its customers,” said Maurizio Giudice, Power Transistor Division Marketing Director for ST.

Other popular high-volume applications for ST’s new super-junction MOSFETs include flat-panel televisions, PC power supplies, LED lighting drivers, and electronic ballasts for High-Intensity Discharge (HID) lamps. The MOSFETs will enable designers to meet increasingly strict limits on maximum power and minimum energy efficiency specified by eco-design standards such as Energy Star and the EU’s Energy-related Products (ErP) Directive.

An example of tougher eco-design regulation can be seen in the latest Energy Star Program Requirements for Televisions, version 5.3, which specifies an absolute maximum power limit of 108.0 Watts for 50-in. or larger flat-screen televisions. Another can be found in the ErP lighting regulations, which demand increases in the minimum efficacy of various types of HID lamps between 2012 and 2017.

The high voltage rating of ST’s new super-junction MOSFETs increases system safety and reliability. This is an important benefit in HID lamp ballasts and other systems operating at AC line voltages and higher, such as solar micro-inverters and charging points for electric vehicles. Charging points require very high power-conversion efficiency both to minimize charge time and vehicle running costs. In dc-to-ac inverters for solar micro-generators, high-efficiency, high-voltage MOSFETs enable designers to use higher switching frequencies and so generate high-quality ac power while reducing energy losses and solution size.

Families are urged to be economical with electricity use

Pátek, Srpen 24th, 2012

Energy boss Walter Higgins advised families to be frugal with their electricity as he warned it could take years to provide a more efficient supply for Bermuda.

But he rejected suggestions rising bills mean bigger profits for Belco, claiming prices are virtually tied to the global price of oil.

Meanwhile Mr Higgins — the CEO of Belco’s parent company the Ascendant Group — suggested the company is backing down in its court wrangle with Government over the base electricity rates.

He acknowledged the onus is on Belco to find a better solution to fund its new $70 million power station instead of through rate hikes which Government opposes.

The Royal Gazette’s The Cost of Living series showed how the electricity bill for an average family climbed 18 percent in four years, prompting the Family Centre to call for Belco to show more consideration during a time of shrinking wages and growing unemployment.

At any one time, about 200 customers are switched off for failing to pay their bills, but Belco says most are turned back on quickly after making arrangements to settle up.

In an interview with this newspaper yesterday, Mr Higgins said there’s no choice other than to raise rates when oil prices increase.

“People believe and think that somehow what we charge for electricity is related to profitability,” he said.

“Almost the entirety of the variability of electricity is directly and solely connected to what the price of oil is.

“The truth of it is that, yes, embedded within our base rate is a profit on the money we spend to build the power plants, which our investors expect a return on their investment for. But that’s two or three percent. The rest is related to the price of oil.

“We have to change the way we work electricity on the Island. We are in the process of doing that.

“That process will take years as opposed to days and weeks. In the long run we want to have a more stable, less variable, more predictable cost of electricity supply.

“We are very committed to finding a way to give the Island and its customers an electricity supply that works for them.”

Asked what he would say to residents struggling to pay their bills in the meantime, he replied: “Do everything you can to save energy, to use the least amount of energy you can to maintain your lifestyle.”

Modern technology such as energy-efficient light bulbs can help, he said, while Belco has payment plans so people can spread their bills evenly throughout the year.

“Keep talking to us. If you do think something is wrong with your meter or your bill, we have people who can help you with that,” he said.

Three months ago, Environment Minister Marc Bean rejected Belco’s appeal against Government’s decision not to raise base electricity rates by 3.5 percent.

The extra cash would have paid for the new power station at the Pembroke base, which is described as critical in meeting the Island’s ongoing energy needs.

Audi A6 consolidates grip with improved all-wheel-drive option

Pátek, Srpen 17th, 2012

AHEAD of   2013, Audi A6 has concluded plans to consolidate grip on its segment with an all-wheel-drive option for the base 2.0T engine coupled with start/stop engine functions and a top-view camera system.

The 2013 Audi A6 is a midsize luxury sedan available in five trim levels — 2.0T Premium, 2.0T Premium Plus, 3.0T Premium, 3.0T Premium Plus and 3.0T Prestige. The numbers denote the engine fitted (a 2.0-liter turbocharged four or a 3.0-liter supercharged V6).

Standard equipment for the 2.0T Premium includes 17-inch wheels, Audi Drive Select (adjustable modes for steering, throttle and transmission), automatic headlights and wipers, heated mirrors, a sunroof, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and triple-zone automatic climate control.

Also, available is eight-way power front seats (includes four-way lumbar adjustments), leather upholstery, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth and a 10-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio and an iPod interface. The 2.0T Premium Plus adds 18-inch wheels, xenon headlights, LED running lights, front and rear

Parking sensors, a rearview camera, auto-dimming outside mirrors, keyless ignition/entry, Audi’s MMI electronics interface, a color driver information display, upgraded audio (with HD radio, a CD changer and a digital music server), a voice-activated navigation system (with real-time traffic and Google Earth) and Audi Connect (an in-car wireless Internet connection).

The 3.0T Premium Plus is equipped similarly to the 2.0T Premium Plus. The 3.0T Prestige adds different 18-inch wheels, adaptive headlights, S line exterior accents, cornering lights, ambient LED cabin lighting, quad-zone climate control, ventilated front seats, a power-adjustable steering wheel and a Bose audio system.

The 2013 Audi A6 2.0T is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 good for 211 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) are standard; all-wheel drive with an eight-speed automatic is available as an option. Audi claims a 0-60-mph time of 7.5 seconds for the CVT models. EPA-estimated fuel economy is an impressive 25mpg city/33 mpg highway and 28 mpg combined for the CVT and 20/30/24 mpg for the eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive.

Standard safety equipment on the 2013 Audi A6 includes antilock disc brakes, stability control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and front knee airbags.

Rear side airbags, front and rear parking sensors and a blind-spot warning system are either optional or included with the upper trims.

The optional Audi Pre-Sense Plus system can warn the driver and automatically activate the brakes and adjust the front seats for maximum protection if a crash is deemed imminent.

The 2013 Audi A6, according to Edmond motoring experts  “offers one of the finest cabins in its class, with an attractive dash layout, excellent materials quality and solid fit and finish”.

“The A6 also offers the option of in-car Wi-Fi, which uses a 3G connection and adds Google Earth data to the navigation system while also providing simplified Google search for POIs.

“It sounds a bit over the top, but it’s actually quite handy if you need to get some unexpected work done on the road. The Google Earth navigator system is more a matter of form over function, though, and can actually make the map more difficult to comprehend at a glance.

“All the seats are supportive and comfortable on long trips, while the backseat in particular offers more real-world legroom than most rivals. The A6’s 14.1-cubic-foot trunk is on the small side, though the rear seat folds and features a pass-through when more space is needed.

Permitting in the United States

Čtvrtek, Srpen 9th, 2012

Though the price of solar products is decreasing and solar adoption is steadily increasing in the United States, the costly, inefficient permitting processes are a burden to the buyer and impede progress of the solar industry at large.

Before installing a residential solar system, a permit must be obtained from the local Authority Having Jurisdiction, also known as an AHJ.  Typically, permit applications for standard residential solar installations must be submitted to the AHJ in person.  SunRun recommends a standard online application for solar permitting, which would drastically simplify the process.  It would be much more efficient if all AHJs utilized a standard web-based application to streamline this process.

The permitting process varies too much across geographical location.  This inconsistency between AHJs breeds a series of avoidable obstacles that are holding back solar adoption in the United States.

With so many permitting authorities sprinkled across the country, the discrepancy between standards produces hoops to jump through.  It seems that every city or Authority Having Jurisdiction has a different interpretation of codes and standards.  Some even craft their own legislation.

Applications often undergo a succession of reviews by multiple departments, which commonly conduct their own inspections.  Permit applications are then subjected to various municipal inspections that are neither necessary nor efficient.  In an admirable attempt to guarantee safety, local municipalities frequently include extensive fire inspections and components to the system that are not needed, further complicating the process.

Additionally, an AHJ will sometimes require further inspections of products that are already Underwriters Laboratory listed.  UL does their own quality inspections and functions like an insurance company.  UL assumes legal responsibility for damages incurred by UL listed products.  These additional inspections on UL listed products are a waste of time.

Unnecessary inspections in conjunction with other soft costs associated with residential solar create a barrier to adoption for potential customers.  Some municipalities are able to process a permit for less than $300, while others call for thousands.   Part of the problem is that all these AHJs have different fees that are often based on their own set of criteria, including those unnecessary inspections.

More often than not, the sum of these fees is too high because they are not in line with the actual processing cost to the Authority Having Jurisdiction.  SunRun reports that customers incur an average cost of $2,516 for permitting and inspection of a residential solar system. Most of these soft costs are not necessary for standard residential solar systems.

While an applicant for a residential system in Germany may only wait four days to have a system installed, this process takes weeks in the United States.  Sometimes months.

This inconsistency between jurisdictions creates difficulties for buyers, installers, and AHJs.

Installers have more important things to do than deal with municipalities that aren’t knowledgeable about photovoltaic installations.  Cities have enough on their plates to try to come up with their own filing systems, codes, and protocol. Customers need a convenient, cost-effective system of permitting that will get the solar system on their roof as soon as possible.

The entire solar industry suffers due to the lack of structural coherence in the permitting processes in the United States.  With a standardized system in the United States, AHJs will operate more efficiently, saving everyone valuable time and resources.

Practicality rules with kids’ rooms

Pátek, Červenec 27th, 2012

WHEN it comes to designing younger children’s rooms, there’s little need for designer touches– chances are they will want them replaced in a couple of years as their tastes change. What young children really need is a practical space that allows them to easily access their toys, books and clothes.

Unless the child has a separate play room, their bedroom is likely to be the place where they spend a lot of their play time, so the room layout needs to maximise floor space, too.

Bed: As the child progresses from the nursery to a “proper” bedroom, try to buy furniture that grows with them. A high bed isn’t appropriate, so look for one that expands lengthways from cot bed to a full-size single. Use bed rails to prevent the child rolling out.

Painted walls: There is no need for fancy wall coverings for this age group – paint works best as it is easily touched up.If you have wallpaper, make sure there are no corners or edges sticking out – they are perfect tearing fodder. A room border of the child’s favourite character is an easy way to add some fun and colour and is easily replaced with a different theme as the child gets older.

Bunting is such a happy accessory and a great way to “bring down” a high ceiling. If the room doesn’t have this issue, you can string it along book shelves and window sills.

Book shelves and baskets: Include lots of low shelving or small baskets, which are ideal for holding books and they can be moved around too.

Bed: If the child is old enough to manage a ladder, then a cabin-style bed makes bedtime fun and is great way to create extra floor space. The space underneath the bed is great for constructing train sets, marble runs, car races or shops without the worry of Mum tripping over them. As the child gets older, they will also appreciate the space as a “quiet” area for reading.

Dens or tents: Hang fabric to create a “den” or invest in an indoor play tent. Kids this age love hiding places where they can let their imagination carry them away, so anything that creates a secret place is ideal.

Wall art: Use the wall area for stimulating pictures but you don’t need to splash out on expensive art. Consider getting some of the children’s own work framed and mounted or create a collage of photos.

Minimal theming: Most children love having their heroes or favourite characters in their bedroom, but if you’re not a fan of garish duvet covers or wallpaper, opt for a border or frieze and restrict Buzz Lightyear and Fireman Sam to pictures or stickers. Don’t cover the entire walls in a character theme – children soon grow out of favourite characters.

Toy Storage: A really important consideration for a kids’ room is toy storage. Use brightly coloured containers as open “drawers” in an open-fronted unit that are easy to reach and means that toys can be quickly scooped away. A clutter-free room promotes good sleep practice for younger children, as there’s nothing to distract them. I believe toy boxes are fine for slightly older kids but my experience is that youngsters don’t choose to play with toys they can’t see.

Fun lighting: Lighting in a kids’ room is where you can have some fun and let your creative juices run. You can buy LED lights that change colour automatically, so consider making a funky light fitting as a point of interest. Finally, many young children like a night light. The Tooli Night Lights from Oxo are ideal as they are cool to touch and can be picked up and moved around. They last long all night and are simply recharged by placing back on their stand.

Solar Power – 7 Myths You Shouldn’t Believe

Čtvrtek, Červenec 19th, 2012

In today’s world, we are becoming more and more aware that the fuels of yesterday are causing damage to the world we live in. There is more pressure to find energy sources that will not damage the fragile Earth. One of the more common of these options is solar energy. With all of the hype about solar energy, more and more myths are being created so that people do not want to make the switch from fossil fuels. This article will review seven popular myths about solar energy systems.

1. The first myth is that solar energy will not work in cool or cloudy climates. The fact is that the cold temperatures make the energy transfers more efficiently. Solar panels work off of the UV rays of the sun which get through the clouds.

2. Solar panels do not require regular maintenance contrary to popular belief. It is recommended that a hose off once a year is done so that the solar panels are clean. It is also prudent to check for debris and clean it off as soon as possible.

3. Solar panels will not cause the roof to leak or collapse. The companies normally install a rail across the roof for the panels to go on top of. The companies make sure that everything is waterproof before they are done installing.

4. The fourth myth is that the solar system is so expensive that it will not pay for itself. Solar eliminates the electricity bill which is why most people are getting the panels installed. The companies normally have several financing options and the money saved typically pays the system off in around seven years depending on the state.

5. The next myth is that solar panels add to global warming. The solar panels do not burn harsh chemicals or fossil fuels which release the greenhouse gases associated with global warming. The only carbon footprint is when they are made and transported.

6. Solar panels may seem delicate but, they are actually pretty resilient. NASA uses them all the time out in space where there are plenty of hazards. They are black so snow melts off of them quickly as well.

7. Solar power systems can either use batteries or they are grid tied. In modern day systems they are grid tied which is cheaper for most families. It also allows them to feed the excess to the electric company so the get credited for the power that would be sitting in the batteries. It also allows them to not worry about storing energy for the night and bad weather days.

A company official said the solar division is in talks with integrators – people assembling solar energy rooftop equipment – to offer the Avancis range of modules. The company hopes to build a network of integrators who will use the modules, besides acting as a distribution chain. Saint-Gobain sees particular potential in the hospitality and healthcare segment, where there is keen interest for solar photovoltaic and solar powered-steam generation applications.

The policy environment for distributed energy generation capacity is slowly falling in place, with support for solar power generation as a part of renewable energy options. Also, grid power shortage in many States is driving residential and industrial consumers to set up backup power.

The company is also a major supplier of components the for solar power generation capacities being set up under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.

It manufactures curved mirrors for solar concentrators and flat mirrors used in solar thermal applications. It has supplied mirrors to power over 150 MW of such applications under the scheme, the official said.

Hartz site proposal heads to Bloomfield council

Čtvrtek, Červenec 12th, 2012

With Hartz Mountain preparing to leave Bloomfield, the site’s prime location on Bloomfield Avenue next to an array of transportation options is an ideal spot for a “hybrid” mixed-use development, a planner said.

The township’s professional developer consultant, David Roberts of Maser Consulting, told the Bloomfield Planning Board on Tuesday that the proposed development’s close proximity to the Watsessing Avenue Train Station, Grove Street Light Rail and eight bus routes would make it a “transit-oriented district.”

The plan resembles a “hybrid” mixed-use development because the project does not conform to vertical development normally associated with those projects, he said. While most have businesses on the first floor with residential units stacked on top, this project calls for business fronts along the Bloomfield Avenue property with residential units behind, he said.

“Effectively, this will have to be a self-contained development,” he said.

With a 5-2 vote with four absences, the Planning Board voted to send the project to the Township Council for review. Susanna Sotillo and Richard Stephan voted against the proposal. Questioning Roberts prior to the vote, Sotillo said she had concerns about traffic along Bloomfield Avenue.

While the property can hold up to 395 residential rental units between three and four stories, Roberts said there is no final unit tally. The complex will be exclusively for two-bedroom units, Roberts said. A developer’s representative once said it would have two- and three-bedroom apartments.

As this project is debated, Bloomfield is wrestling on how to deal with at least nine other projects under construction or on the drawing board. The majority of the township council agreed in June to explore a study for the township’s short- and long-term planning.

Save Bloomfield Now released a statement prior to Tuesday’s meeting, stating it is interested in finding out if there an environmental report for the project.

Because the land is a Brownfield site - a former industrial complex - it would need to be cleaned up. “Issues” with the soil may dictate where residential and retail units are located, Roberts said, without elaborating.

According to Save Bloomfield Now’s Facebook page, it is a nonpartisan group not against redevelopment. They fight “over-development and other bad local government policies that sacrifice the long-term best interests of Bloomfield for dubious short-term gain,” according to its Facebook site.

Hartz, a pet goods manufacturer, announced in 2010 that it will close in Bloomfield - where it had been since the 1960s - and move its production facilities to Ohio. Nearly 180 employees will be laid off.

While the company said at the time it expected to be off the land by the end of 2011, it appears some offices there are still in use. A company spokesman could not be immediately reached Wednesday.

About 20 residents attended the meeting, and three asked Roberts questions. Carol Humphries said she wanted to make sure the project is in the best interest of the taxpayers, not the developer. Sue Ann Penna raised concerns about traffic and the number of parking spaces available.

Roberts said the abandoned train track next door could be turned into a pedestrian walkway, connecting the former Hartz property with Watsessing Avenue station.