Posts Tagged ‘onward’

Saudi Arabia puts energy efficiency on radar, says Frost and Sullivan

Úterý, Září 11th, 2012

The rise in energy consumption must be addressed by developing new techniques for energy efficiency. Frost & Sullivan recommends upgrading existing systems including controls, sensors, building management systems, and performance contracting models, along with harnessing energy-efficient products and systems to help rationalise energy consumption in the country.

Some techniques that can support energy-efficiency measures are HVAC, lighting, integrated building management systems (IBMS), performance contracting, and recycling. Phasing out inefficient lighting systems with energy-efficient compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) and light-emitting diode (LED) lights is further expected to reduce annual electricity consumption by 3.2 Twh and CO2 emissions by 2.4 Mt.

KSA is spearheading the region’s emerging trend towards adoption of alternative and renewable sources of energy. With strong renewable energy resource base and constant technological developments, KSA has ambitious plans to improve energy efficiency by effectively using existing systems and encouraging use of energy-efficient products.

In 2010, the Government of KSA established the Saudi Energy Efficiency Board (SEEC), as energy efficiency was identified as a national priority. Amongst others, one objective of the SEEC was to propose a national energy-efficiency plan in order to rationalise energy usage in the country. Thus, KSA’s first grid connected solar power plant was inaugurated in 2011. KSA offers over $1.35bn of energy-saving potential and out of this about $1bn is an immediate addressable market potential for energy efficiency. Currently, the KSA accounts for $1.44bn of untapped energy-saving market, which translates to about 37.1 bn kWh of energy saved.

“Greener equipment should start making inroads into the KSA market. If Saudi Arabia implements energy-efficiency programmes as proposed by the electricity advisor, demand for products such as programmable thermostats, energy-efficient HVAC equipment, and other associated services and solutions is expected to increase,” says Frost & Sullivan Environmental and Building Technologies Industry Manager, Kumar Ramesh.

According to Frost & Sullivan’s recent study on ‘Energy Efficiency in KSA’, a critical challenge to development of the Saudi Arabian energy-efficiency market is lack of awareness amongst end users. To address this, Frost & Sullivan recommends that KSA should implement mandatory regulations on energy management and incentives for energy-efficient investments in order to generate awareness.

It is also essential to include efficiency standards for new air-conditioning appliances, along with actions on replacing inefficient models and regulation on maintenance. KSA needs to incentivise implementation of new technology to reduce energy consumption, provide more autonomy to energy-related organisations to work towards efficiency, create awareness about the need to conserve energy, and educate end users with respect to increasing energy prices.

As ongoing massive industrial development in the Kingdom is expected to raise the energy demand further, Frost & Sullivan recommends implementation of a transparent building model, showcasing periodic reduction in operational costs for new constructions as well as existing buildings, ensuring energy-efficiency.

A head in the clouds

Pátek, Květen 25th, 2012

The master bathroom at 10 Via Aragon in The Dominion luxury-home subdivision has a bathtub, shower, toilet and the requisite lighting to shave your whiskers — but not likely of the ilk to which most mere mortals are accustomed.

The home of neurologist Braden Neiman, his wife, Traci Neiman, and their children is a Zen-like idyll throughout, but nowhere is the concentration of fine woods, luxurious stone, tile and other exotic finishes more pronounced that in that salle de bain.

A $10,000 crystal chandelier, suspended from a marble-tiled ceiling and cloaked by a circular wall of sparkling miniature tile melds its lighting with natural sunlight from high-set, castle-like windows. Calcutta gold marble covers the floor, bath and countertops. A clear-cherrywood dressing room (a closet on steroids) off the bathroom has scads of shelves underlit to make the otherwise mundane activity of shoe selection spectacular.

A mini-fridge is at hand — indubitably for champagne-and-caviar dreams.

For the price tag of $3.5 million, the home should be a looker, and it will indeed get lots of looks this weekend as the 2012 Greater San Antonio Builder Association’s Parade of Homes includes it on the latest incarnation of aspirational homes. More than 40,000 people are anticipated to attend.

The home in the Aragon at The Dominion in the southernmost area, orchestrated by builder Kyle Lindsey, features “some of the most expensive materials that we’ve seen in a long while – a lot of it applied in unusual ways,” said Lindsey.

A $17,000 coffered ceiling, 20 feet high, in the family room (one of several gathering areas) caps cool grey walls concealing eight stereophonic speakers for the sound system, supporting an indoor-outdoor theater created by retracting Nano doors that lead to a travertine patio, pool and swim channel.

Lindsey, conducting a preview while workers bustled all around, pointed out an where a small patch of carpet had yet to be installed in the study, said, “I don’t know what the carpet looks like, but I know it’s expensive.”

A home electronics system makes the environment controllable from near (via an iPad in the wall) or far (from the owners’ iPhone).

With such surroundings, one might expect its occupants to be, well, on the uppity side. Not so, judging by the down-to-earth aura emanating from the woman of the house, who says she will be doing the hands-on house chores herself.

“Scrubbing the soap scum!” Traci Neiman said brightly. “If you’re like me, you’ll be doing it.” Hands on has been her motto on the entire home-building process, she said, noting that she has scoured both bricks-and-mortar stores as well as the electronic marketplace for materials and furnishings.

“It has been a very fun process. We’re really excited. We’ve had two homes and never sat in one of our dining rooms,” she said, explaining their decision to turn a formal dining space into a wine lounge.

Not to worry about the family’s nutritional requirements, there are two other dedicated dining areas.

She fought against the Tuscan trend that is so entrenched that the word trend is now passe. No oil-rubbed bronze finishes here, she said, opting instead for polished chrome.

Ethiopian Airlines Takes Delivery of the Second 737-800 Sky Interior Aircraft

Sobota, Duben 28th, 2012

Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing African airline, is pleased to announce that is has received the second next-generation Boeing 737-800 Sky Interior Aircraft. The airline placed a firm order for 10 of its kind back in December 2009.

“As a customer focused airline, we are largely investing on modernization of our fleet. The new 737-800 Sky Interior aircraft is built with the 21st century technology to provide our customers with comfort and style to make air travel an unforgettable experience” said Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines.

The new Sky Interior 737-800NG offers several unique features including larger overhead bins. The innovative design allows the bins to hold 48 more bags than the standard overhead bins. Sculpted sidewalls provide customers with a feeling of spaciousness while the updated window makes the windows appear larger.

In addition, it has Brighter and longer-lasting LED lighting systems are installed in the aircraft which can be programmed to create desired effects during flight times, such as soft blue sky overhead. The cove lighting provides a welcoming feel for customers as they board the aircraft. Intuitive placement of switches and call buttons and speakers above every row of seats to improve sound quality are additional features that enhance the customer experience.

The new 737-800 Sky Interior will initially be deployed on Ethiopian flights to the East African tourist destinations such as Mombasa, Nairobi, Dar-Es-Salam as well as Seychelles during the day time and to Dubai, Kuwait, Delhi and Bombay at night.

Ethiopian Airlines is the first carrier in Africa to purchase state-of-the art Boeing 777-200LR with five of its kind in the fleet. The Airline will also receive Africa’s first 787 Dreamliner in summer 2012. Boeing 787 Dreamliner is the most technologically advanced airplane with less fuel consumption and carbon emissions compared to other similar sized airplanes.

Ethiopian Airlines, one of the largest and fastest growing airlines in Africa, made its maiden international flight to Cairo in 1946. With the latest addition of new services to Seychelles, Ethiopian provides dependable services to 66 international destinations spanning four continents.

Ethiopian is proud to be a Star Alliance Member. The Star Alliance network is the leading global airline network offering customers convenient worldwide reach and a smoother travel experience. The Star Alliance network offers more than 20,500 daily flights to 1,293 airports in 190 countries.

Ethiopian is a multi-award winner for its commitment and contributions towards the development and growth of the African aviation industry and in recognition of its distinguished long-haul operations enhanced by the introduction of new routes and products.

The Greatest Day

Středa, Duben 18th, 2012

I’m standing in line at Leon’s Custard and the crowd, awaiting cones and chili dogs, is thick. It’s a central point here on the southern edge of the city, where races, ages, income brackets and attitudes sync up beneath the stand’s iconic neon and fluorescent lights. I forget sometimes how much this town means to me, when all I read about in the news are the struggles and strife we face.

Earlier in the day, I was sitting in the courtyard of Best Place with the statue of Frederick Pabst as my only company as I sipped my Schlitz. I was reviewing my photos from a brief tour of Miller Valley, and listening to Jim Haertel give another presentation about beer to some out-of-town guests. Soon, I would be chatting up Mike and Eddie Glorioso at their new store space on Brady Street.

Very early in the day, I was trying in vain to get into the Milwaukee County Zoo. It was Family Free Fun Day, and it appeared that half the county’s population had shown up. Late in the afternoon, I was smelling bacon curing in Cudahy while trying out the new restaurant of famed Conejito’s server “Lala.” I was both doing things I’ve done hundreds of times, and crossing things off my bucket list. I had a whole itinerary planned out and only reached a fraction of it. Luckily, I wasn’t the only one out in the city.

When I was 17, I left my Iowa hometown and moved to Boston. I found a family that needed a nanny for a year. I dreamed that my little charge and I would ride the T everywhere, finding favorite parks and little shops.

Of course, reality was much different. The baby I cared for was less than two months old when I arrived, and required intense care that I was barely capable of at my age. My fantasy of finally being a city girl was squelched almost immediately, and I had to be content with strolling our peaceful neighborhood with the baby in a pram.

When my year was up, I realized that I had spent a year in a city I had hardly seen. My last three days in Boston were spent in a whirlwind of doing everything I had missed. I went up and down streets, trying to permanently imprint the city on my brain.

Fast forward a decade. In 2000, I moved my little family to Milwaukee from Des Moines. I had two daughters (ages 2 and 4) and a baby on the way. I was on bedrest due to complications of the pregnancy, and after my son was born, I remained homebound as I recovered. Once I was up and around again, I tried to get us out of the house, but we rarely made it much further than the Public Museum or the Zoo.  I’ve now lived in Milwaukee for 12 years, and I finally feel like I’m getting to know the city. A little.

Along comes Milwaukee Day, bringing me the excuse to drive the streets and get to know her a little better. As my partner and I flew from one public art installation to the next, I remembered the feeling of those last days in Boston. It was exhilarating and inspiring! And this time, I didn’t have to leave when it was over. Milwaukee Day was just the beginning – I can keep falling in the love with the city over and over, for years to come.

Previewing the 2011 Northwestern Wildcats

Čtvrtek, Srpen 11th, 2011

Northwestern caught the attention of college football by opening the season with five straight wins. Most impressive was a game against Michigan State, ranked #8 at the time.  The Wildcats led 17-0 late in the first half, and still led 24-14 in the fourth quarter. But a fake punt sparked the Spartans’ comeback, which was sealed by a diving touchdown grab with two minutes to go. Heartbreaking, to be sure…but the Wildcats moved onward, led by quarterback Dan Persa.

Persa’s touchdown pass with 1:22 left in the game gave Northwestern yet another victory over Iowa (that’s five out of the last six years) but also ended Persa’s season. He tore his Achilles tendon celebrating after the play and had to be hauled off the field. Northwestern ended up losing their next three games, including a 70-23 loss at Wisconsin to close out the regular season.  If your cable system carries ESPNU, you might have caught Northwestern losing to Texas Tech in the “Ticket City Bowl”.

All expectations for Northwestern start with the health of Dan Persa. Persa was a true dual-threat for the Wildcats: completing over 73% of his passes for 2581 yards and fifteen touchdowns (and only four interceptions) plus 519 yards and nine touchdowns more rushing. He was the second leading rusher on the team despite not playing in the final three games of the season. That 73.5% completion percentage led the nation and shattered Darrell Bevell’s Big Ten record (67.8% in 1993). And when he went down, boy was he missed.

Sophomore Evan Watkins finished the season, but struggled to complete 51% of his passes for just 378 yards, two touchdowns, and five interceptions. Persa is supposed to be fully healed, but can Persa perform at that same incredible level in 2011? Over one-third of NFL players who suffer an Achilles rupture don’t return to the game, and those that do play at a dimished level.

So it’s unrealistic to expect the same Persa back, but even a diminished Persa is still better than most other quarterbacks…and certainly better than anybody else Northwestern has. Iif the Wildcats still depend on Persa for 75% of their offense this season, they’ll be in serious trouble.

The Wildcats top three running backs from 2009 returned in 2010, but after only rushing for 32 yards on 15 carries against Central Michigan, Northwestern turned to redshirt freshman Mike Trumpy and true Freshman Adonis Smith. Trumpy went on to lead the team in rushing with 530 yards and four touchdowns. Trumpy topped the 100 yard mark twice last season, breaking a 20 game streak for the Wildcats without a 100 yard rusher.

A wrist injury in the Illinois game ended his season, and Adonis Smith took over from there. Senior Jacob Schmidt scored four touchdowns in the first three games before rolling his ankle, forcing him to miss the rest of the season. A full season for Trumpy should be more productive for Northwestern this season.