Posts Tagged ‘industry’

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.

U.S. Lighting Fixtures Market $25 Billion by 2016

Čtvrtek, Květen 17th, 2012

Upcycling and lampshade making were popular suggestions, it seems, and as it happens I am in middle of upcycling (some might say ruining) an old standard lamp that I bought yonks ago on Trade Me. I’ll be sure to give you my tutorial once I have finished making the lampshade, which should be soon, very, very soon.

In the meantime, here’s a before and after photo of a little lamp I made over as a trial before taking on the bigger shade for the standard lamp. Like or loathe? has announced the addition of the new report “Lighting Fixtures,” to their collection of Lighting & LED Market market reports.

Demand for lighting fixtures in the US is projected to increase 7.4 percent annually to $25.1 billion in 2016. This represents a recovery from the declines posted between 2006 and 2011, as both motor vehicle production and construction activity recover from low 2011 levels.

The commercialization of light emitting diode (LED) lighting is also having a significant impact on the industry. LEDs are longer-lived and more energy efficient than incandescent lamps but currently only account for a small share of demand. LED-based lighting fixtures are expected to provide especially strong growth through 2016 due to the rapid pace of technological advances in the LED light sources which will make them more energy-efficient, brighter and more affordable. In addition, while some LEDs can be used in place of traditional incandescent bulbs, lighting fixture manufacturers are also developing fixtures which are specifically designed for LEDs and help to optimize their performance.

Lighting fixture products include non-portable and portable fixtures, as well as separately sold parts and accessories such as aftermarket lamp ballasts, fittings, switches, globes and shades. Demand for lighting fixtures is dominated by non-portable fixtures, which accounted for nearly two-thirds of total lighting fixture demand in 2011. Non-portable fixtures derive their dominant position from widespread use in the full range of construction and vehicular applications. Demand for non-portable fixtures is also expected to post the strongest gains through 2016, benefiting from the rebound in construction activity and vehicle production.

The residential market is expected to post the strongest gains, nearly doubling between 2011 and 2016, as new residential construction activity rebounds. While demand in new housing will provide the larger share of growth, the residential repair and improvement segment will also rise from low 2011 levels, supported by both increasing housing sales and greater consumer spending.

Throughout every major market segment, products that reduce the energy consumption of lighting will see the best prospects for growth. Much of this can be attributed to regulations banning the future sale of less energy-efficient lighting products, including the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007’s restrictions on the sale of incandescent lamps. These regulatory efforts will spur increased demand for lighting fixtures designed to work with fluorescent, halogen, high-intensity discharge and LED light sources.

Too many candles for fourth birthday

Středa, Březen 28th, 2012

It couldn’t have been avoided. There were simply just too many candles for a fourth birthday.The disorder in parts of Punjab that peaked on Sunday could as yet be termed as a show of controlled aggression, a sign that things could deteriorate fast. In fact, it could well have been the biggest issue by now but for an opposition which finds it more expedient to take on the treasury over issues such as the resumption of supplies to Nato.

Tyres were burnt, and attempts at ransacking the shops made as groups of people suffering long hours without light came out again on Sunday. In Faisalabad, there were clashes when rioters tried to force shopkeepers to shut down their business.

Scattered protests took place in Lahore and the adjacent districts of Kasur and Sheikhupura. These could have been much larger rallies. They may have had the blessing of some individual politician or a party, but the orders to bind these separate groups of protesters into a single large procession ready to march are yet to be received.

Popular causes pursued openly by political parties make much more sense. One unfortunate result of these power protests lacking the ownership of a political party was that the rioters felt free to vandalise small merchandise, such as the fruit vendors and small shops in Faisalabad as well as small businesses in Lahore.

No political party can afford such negative publicity and the organisation of a protest by a brand does bring a certain discipline and purpose to it. Even violence has to be directed against the truly deserving for it to have effect. The news reports of Sunday’s demos, supportive of the power-denied as these had to be, were no less sympathetic to the small business owners targeted by the rioters.

The protests brought to the fore groups angry yet disorganised. Absence of open backing by a political party to channel their anger into an organised push could lead to stronger, uglier shows of violence. The police were ineffective, which could encourage a repeat, even though Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif visited Faisalabad on Monday to educate the aggrieved on how not to conduct a just protest demonstration.

The politicians were aware, if not fully committed to the popular cause. In Lahore, Nawaz Sharif made fun of Prime Minister Gilani’s wish — he had hoped for a congratulatory happy fourth birthday message from the PML-N chief.

What a farce this once entertaining circus has become. There are so many repeat telecasts that you can’t miss it, no matter how many hours without light you may suffer.

Everyone knows we are confronted with an even tougher summer than the one last year: less power, more to pay to Wapda. For the PPP government the more worrying aspect should be that it cannot carry on with an innocent face, blaming the lack of an adequate system, or even a future plan, to deal with the electricity shortages on the Musharraf regime.

The PPP’s shortcomings are all the more pronounced in the energy sector given the high promises it had begun its latest stint with. There has been news of some motley units added to the national grid but these do not show in the supply.


Čtvrtek, Březen 22nd, 2012

Running strictly off donations from individuals and businesses, Sluggers quickly became “a hit” with local coaches, parents and players.

Sluggers features four batting cages, two pitching machines and portable mounds, a tee area and a small practice area as well.

Woods quickly began to schedule teams and individuals for the facility.

“After living in this County all my life, I knew the athletes and gene pool here was outstanding,” he said. “So I wanted to tap into the people of the community to give the kids proper instruction. Appomattox has an abundance of knowledge for this need, and having many former players with college and professional experience, the response has been outstanding.”

Through mainly word of mouth, news spread that Appomattox boasted an impressive indoor facility that could accommodate kids from 4 years old through college age.

Sluggers’ popularity grew to the point where teams from as far away as Danville, Richmond and Roanoke were requesting reservations there.

“And with the popularity of travel teams, coaches love the fact that you can come into Sluggers and get a productive and efficient practice in,” Woods said. “Plus we are well-equipped to handle multiple teams. The hardest part of Sluggers is the scheduling because everyone really needs it because of the weather.”

The other hard part, Woods said, is “the transition from the younger kids to high school because there is just so much to cover.”

“We teach the fundamentals all the way through for each level as the kids progress,” he said. “We pride ourselves on the fact that when you come into Sluggers, you get the proper mechanics and instruction each player needs. We believe in a relaxed environment with discipline.”

Woods has never charged any coach or player to use the facility, however, there is a donation jar for anyone willing to give.

The facility must endure regular maintenance, such as replacing baseballs and softballs securing batting cage netting, replacing blown light bulbs, and fixing pitching machines.

All of those tasks are willfully handled by Woods, who donates his time to Sluggers without pay.

Woods’ main benefit is being able to watch Appomattox County’s youth ballplayers succeed on the diamond.

Another benefit of Sluggers is that it alleviates some of the overcrowding issues that take place in Appomattox, where ballfields and practice locations are limited.

Appomattox Community Park boasts a cloverleaf of four ballfields – three of which are completed – and two tee-ball fields. The old Town Ballpark is also available, as is the Spout Spring Ruritan Softball Field.

Not to mention similar problems in the counties of Campbell, Amherst, Bedford and Prince Edward, all of which have been forced to use Sluggers’ facilities at some point.

The Rarest, Riskiest Elements We Use Every Day

Čtvrtek, Září 15th, 2011

Most of our modern technology is powered by a few very rare elements. Most of those elements aren’t found in the United States. Until we find new solutions, we’re at the mercy of other countries.

As technology becomes more advanced–largely in the electronics industry, but elsewhere as well–so does our reliance on certain chemical elements. Some of these elements, such as the rare earth metals found in many advanced electronics, are known for being short in supply and concentrated in politically fraught areas. But there are others that are also at risk for supply chain disruption. And if that happens, our economy and lifestyle may be threatened.

Minerals UK revealed this week its Risk List 2011, a supply risk index for some of the most important elements. The organization ranked the chemical elements based on their availability in the Earth’s crust, the location of reserves and production sites, and the political stability in those areas. Unsurprisingly, China extracts over 50% of all the elements on the list. So what are the elements that are most at risk for disruption?

Number one on the list is antimony, which is commonly used as a fire retardant and more recently has been found in microelectronics. Following close behind are the platinum group elements (often used in the electronics industry), mercury (CFL bulbs, anyone?), and tungsten (used in X-ray tubes, superalloys, and incandescent light bulbs). Coal, on the other hand, doesn’t pose much of a supply chain risk disruption; it has a risk of just 4.5 out of 10.

It’s not exactly comforting to think that easy access to, say, efficient lightbulbs or electric vehicle components is dependent on the whims of China. But unless we work on creating better electronics recycling programs and developing affordable replacements for these elements–and some companies are–we will remain at the mercy of any number of supply chain threats.