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Using Fog to Suppress Dust: An Effective but Affordable Approach to Dust Control

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Dust Suppression Fog System: https://www.kirinoikeuchi.co.jp/eng/products/unit/1077

These nozzles were developed solely for the purpose of dust suppression. The fine fog can be sprayed into large areas or specifically directed at locations where dust occurs, thus helping improve the workplace environment by purifying the air and preventing dust from affecting other areas, indoors or outdoors.

In recent years, major efforts to improve workplace environments for employees and to address environmental problems such as air pollution have been ongoing in Asian countries like China, Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, and Vietnam. Special emphasis has been put on solving the dust problems in coal storage yards and workplaces in steel plants. The initial idea was to install electrostatic precipitators, but this is usually a large investment due to the size of the target area. Then sprinkling water may contaminate a workplace or its surrounding environment with the wastewater. In a steel mill, there is the risk of steam explosions due to the water reaching high-temperature areas.

Using a different approach, IKEUCHI has developed two types of dust suppression systems to provide a more effective and less costly solution. One is a “soft-fog-system” that sprays fine and soft fog able to capture airborne dust particles and weigh them down. The second one is a “high velocity fog system” that sprays a large volume of fine fog at high velocity to suppress dust from becoming airborne and dispersing. Both systems are relatively easy to install, and the customer will only need to supply compressed air and water. Prior to proposing a system, our sales representative will conduct an on-site evaluation and talk with the customer before suggesting the dust suppression system best suited for a particular site.

Through our global network and with our well proven record in many countries, IKEUCHI is committed to help solve the environmental problems in each country with these systems.

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– Soft fog nozzles BIMV series
Learn more: https://www.kirinoikeuchi.co.jp/eng/products/spray/2ryutai/901

– High-velocity fog nozzles GSIM II series
Learn more: https://www.kirinoikeuchi.co.jp/eng/products/spray/2ryutai/912

About H. IKEUCHI & CO., LTD.:

IKEUCHI was founded in Japan as the manufacturer of the world’s first “precision-guaranteed” ceramic spray nozzles. Ever since its founding, IKEUCHI has been contributing to the formation of a prosperous and enriched society by developing spray nozzles producing fog and related applications and providing them to the world.

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China: http://www.kirinoikeuchi.com/ 
Indonesia: https://www.ikeuchi.id/ 
Thailand: https://www.ikeuchi.co.th/ 
USA: https://www.ikeuchi.us/eng/  
Japan: https://www.kirinoikeuchi.co.jp/eng/

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How to meet the demand of EV infrastructure and maintain a stable grid

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As electric vehicles (EVs) become the new standard, charging infrastructure will become a commonplace detail blending into the landscape, available in a host of places from a range of providers: privately run charging stations, the office parking lot, home garages and government-provided locations to fill in the gaps. We need a new energy blueprint for the United States in order to maintain a stable grid to support this national move to EV charging.

The Biden administration announced 500,000 charging stations to be installed nationally and additional energy storage to facilitate the shift to EVs. Integrating all of this new infrastructure and transitioning requires balancing the traffic on the grid and managing increased energy demand that stretches beyond power lines and storage itself.

The majority of EV infrastructure pulls its power from the grid, which will add significant demand when it reaches scale. In an ideal situation, EV charging stations will have their own renewable power generation co-located with storage, but new programs and solutions are needed in order to make it available everywhere. A range of scenarios for how renewables can be used to power EV charging have been piloted in the U.S. in recent years. Eventually, EVs will likely even provide power to the grid.

These technological advances will happen as we progress through the energy transition; regardless, EV infrastructure will heavily rely on the U.S. grid. That makes coordination across a range of stakeholders and behavior change among the general public essential for keeping the grid stable while meeting energy demand.

The White House’s fact sheet for EV charging infrastructure points to a technical blueprint that the Department of Energy and the Electric Power Research Institute will be working on together. It is critical that utilities, energy management and storage stakeholders, and the general public be included in planning — here’s why.

Stakeholder collaboration

Charging infrastructure is currently fragmented in the U.S. Much of it is privatized and there are complaints that unless you drive a Tesla, it is hard to find charging while on the road. Some EV owners have even returned to driving gas-powered vehicles. There’s reason to be hopeful that this will rapidly change.

ChargePoint and EVgo are two companies that will likely become household names as their EV networks expand. A coalition made up of some of the largest U.S. utilities — including American Electric Power, Dominion Energy, Duke Energy, Entergy, Southern Company and the Tennessee Valley Authority — called the Electric Highway Coalition, announced plans for a regional network of charging stations spanning their utility territories.

Networks that swap out private gas stations for EV charging is one piece of the puzzle. We also need to ensure that everyone has affordable access and that charging times are staggered — this is one of the core concerns on every stakeholder’s mind. Having charging available in a range of places spreads out demand, helping keep power available and the grid balanced.

Varying consumer needs including location and housing, work schedules and economic situations require considerations and new solutions that make EVs and charging accessible to everyone. What works in the suburbs won’t suit rural or urban areas, and just imagine someone who works the night shift in a dense urban area.

Biden’s plan includes, “$4 million to encourage strong partnerships and new programs to increase workplace charging regionally or nationally, which will help increase the feasibility of [plug-in electric vehicle] ownership for consumers in underserved communities.” Partnerships and creative solutions will equally be needed.

An opportunity to fully engage technologies we already have

“Fifty percent of the reductions we have to make to get to net-zero by 2050 or 2045 are going to come from technologies that we don’t yet have,” John Kerry said recently, causing a stir. He later clarified that we also have technologies now that we need to put to work, which received less air time. In reality, we are just getting started in utilizing existing renewable and energy transition technologies; we have yet to realize their full potential.

Currently, utility-scale and distributed energy storage are used for their most simplistic capabilities, that is, jumping in when energy demand reaches its peak and helping keep the grid stable through services referred to as balancing and frequency regulation. But as renewable energy penetration increases and loads such as EVs are electrified, peak demand will be exacerbated.

The role that storage plays for EV charging stations seems well understood. On-site storage is used daily to provide power for charging cars at any given time. Utility-scale storage has the same capabilities and can be used to store and then supply renewable power to the grid in large quantities every day to help balance the demand of EVs.

A stable power system for EVs combines utilities and utility-scale storage with a network of subsystems where energy storage is co-located with EV charging. All of the systems are coordinated and synchronized to gather and dispatch energy at different times of the day based on all the factors that affect grid stability and the availability of renewable power. That synchronization is handled by intelligent energy management software that relies on sophisticated algorithms to forecast and respond to changes within fractions of a second.

This model also makes it possible to manage the cost of electricity and EV demand on the grid. Those subsystems could be municipal-owned locations in lower-income areas. Such a subsystem would collect power in its storage asset and set the price locally on its own terms. These systems could incentivize residents to power up there at certain times of the day in order to make charging more affordable by providing an alternative to the real-time cost of electricity during peak demand when using a home outlet, for example.

Behavior change

The greatest challenge for utilities will be how to manage EV loads and motivate people to stagger charging their vehicles, rather than everyone waiting until they are home in the evening during off-peak renewable generation periods. If everyone plugged in at the same time, we’d end up cooking dinner in the dark.

While there’s been talk of incentivizing the public to charge at different times and spread out demand, motivators vary among demographics. With the ability to charge at home and skip a trip to the “gas station” — or “power station,” as it may be referred to in the future — many people will choose convenience over cost.

The way we currently operate, individual energy usage seems like an independent, isolated event to consumers and households. EVs will require everyone — from utilities and private charging stations to consumers — to be more aware of demand on the grid and act more as communities sharing energy.

Thus, a diverse charging network alone won’t solve the issue of overtaxing the grid. A combination of a new blueprint for managing energy on the grid plus behavior change is needed.

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Johnson Controls Partners with Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority to Power Rochester Institute of Technology – Dubai

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“Across the world, Johnson Controls helps businesses, governments and global institutions meet ambitious sustainability goals. Digitization is a key enabler for companies and organizations to meet net zero carbon and renewable energy goals. Employing the right technology and talent are two of the most critical factors for success,” said Katie McGinty, vice president and chief sustainability, government and regulatory affairs officer at Johnson Controls. “We are pleased to contribute to the next generation of innovation leaders by giving students the opportunity to learn from the fully open architecture of the Johnson Controls OpenBlue digital platform. Together, we can work to address the decarbonization of buildings, which represent about 40% of global emissions. It is a win-win. Cutting that energy waste and emissions cuts energy costs as well.”

Johnson Controls is committed to supporting DSOA’s sustainability and carbon emissions reduction efforts through its OpenBlue digital platform. The company will deploy its OpenBlue Enterprise Manager (OBEM) solution for RIT Dubai’s iconic campus, using sophisticated artificial intelligence. OBEM will empower campus administrators to analyze field data to help address challenges around energy efficiency and optimization. The platform will facilitate RIT Dubai with real-time monitoring, benchmarking and analysis of energy consumption and demand, deliver real and meaningful sustainability solutions on campus, and reduce operational costs and lower environmental impact. Johnson Controls OpenBlue digital platform and services for optimizing buildings can drive 50% and more in improvement in energy efficiency and corresponding carbon emissions.

These goals are in line with the university’s ambition to attract students and faculty committed to building a net zero economy that serves everyone while being able to teach and learn in the most comfortable, quality environment that operates more intelligently and efficiently. RIT Dubai has around 1,000 students and 100 staff members.

“Johnson Controls has been a pioneer in innovation and a leader in technology for more than 135 years,” said Rolando Furlong, vice president and general manager, Building Solutions MEA, at Johnson Controls. “We are proud to partner with Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority and Rochester Institute of Technology of Dubai to drive a new level of sustainability in implementing our OpenBlue Healthy Building solutions to optimize performance by digitally transforming RIT Dubai’s campus, turning data into insights, and insights into actions that ultimately contribute to the region`s sustainability goals. Our OpenBlue Healthy Buildings solutions will help create a state-of-the-art campus to improve learning environments and prepare students to be tomorrow’s innovation leaders.”

“As a testbed for smart city solutions, Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority has always been an early adopter of technology and we always encourage and promote innovative solutions for our region,” added Engineer Muammar Khaled Al Katheeri, executive vice president of Engineering and Smart City at DSOA. “We hold our partnership with Johnson Controls in high regard and share the same values around sustainability and innovation. The RIT Dubai campus is state of the art with latest technologies incorporated and we look forward to Johnson Controls delivering the smart facility management for this campus utilizing cloud computing and artificial intelligence technologies.”

For his part, Dr. Yousef M. Al-Assaf, president, Rochester Institute of Technology of Dubai, commented: “Johnson Controls has been working with DSOA at various fronts and has been an integral player in the design and construction of various systems in RIT Dubai`s new campus. We are excited about this partnership between DSOA, RIT Dubai, and Johnson Controls to develop an open ecosystem which will enhance and create opportunities for the community in areas of innovation, creativity, and sustainability. Students will have the opportunity to tap into the interactive OpenBlue dashboards from Johnson Controls and thus benefit and learn from the latest in AI-driven analytics on energy efficiency. This partnership will serve as an example of how a university should operate in the future to become a dynamic contender in creating new knowledge, sustainable solutions and connectivity in the region.”

Johnson Controls has proven experience in the campuses vertical with solutions and services that power the wellness of students, teachers and staff, optimize the energy performance of the campus and meet environmental and sustainability goals. This collaboration is aligned with the Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan. One of the key deliverables under the Plan is to promote a knowledge and innovation international centre that attracts talents and minds to contribute to the global growth and leadership of Dubai. Dubai Silicon Oasis is one of five main urban centers, a science and technology and knowledge hub that drives innovation, digital economy development, and talent generation.

About Johnson Controls:

At Johnson Controls, we transform the environments where people live, work, learn and play. As the global leader in smart, healthy and sustainable buildings, our mission is to reimagine the performance of buildings to serve people, places and the planet.

With a history of more than 135 years of innovation, Johnson Controls delivers the blueprint of the future for industries such as healthcare, schools, data centers, airports, stadiums, manufacturing and beyond through its comprehensive digital offering OpenBlue. With a global team of 100,000 experts in more than 150 countries, Johnson Controls offers the world`s largest portfolio of building technology, software as well as service solutions with some of the most trusted names in the industry. For more information, visit www.johnsoncontrols.com or follow us @johnsoncontrols on Twitter.

About DSOA

Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), a 100% owned entity by the Government of Dubai, is a free zone that is strategically placed on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed road. DSOA’s urban master-planned community spans 7.2 square kilometers of state of the art office towers, R&D and industrial zones, educational institutions, luxury apartments, villas, hotels, healthcare and a full range of lifestyle facilities which translate into a dynamic commercial and social environment. Businesses can flourish under the unrivalled package of incentives, including 100% ownership, and high end IT infrastructure that allows companies to begin operating immediately. DSOA is a technology park that provides both a living and working integrated community. For more information, please visit: www.dsoa.ae

About RIT Dubai

Established in 2008, RIT Dubai is a not-for-profit global campus of the esteemed Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, one of the world’s leading technological-focused universities with a storied 185 year history. RIT Dubai offers highly valued Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in business and leadership, engineering, and computing. The curriculum provides students with relevant work experience through an innovative cooperative education program that helps students stand out in today’s highly completive job market. RIT Dubai offers American degrees, and all of RIT’s programs are UAE Ministry accredited. Students of RIT Dubai also have the unique opportunity to choose to study abroad at the main campus in New York or at one of its other global campuses.

Sweeney Dcosta
Regional Program & Communications Manager, MEA
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Ph : 0097143099999

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Shanghai Electric Ranks 51st on ENR’s 2021 Top 250 International Contractors List

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SHANGHAI, Sept. 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Shanghai Electric (601727.SS and 02727.HK) announced the Company has been ranked 51st on the 2021 Top 250 International Contractors list published by Engineering News-Record (ENR), a world-renowned publication for engineering and construction news and analysis. With a total of 22 overseas projects, Shanghai Electric saw the biggest jump in rankings among its Chinese peers this year, despite the lingering impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global large-scale engineering projects.

Widely considered the industry barometer, the ENR list ranks global construction companies based on revenue generated by their overseas projects. According to the annual list, 2020 marked another difficult year for global infrastructure construction firms, filling the market with uncertainties and short-term risks. ENR reports that the total international contracting revenue for the Top 250 dropped 11.1% to $420.4 billion in 2020, from $473.1 billion in 2019, which is the largest single-year drop recorded in ENR international contracting data going back to 2003. Amid the complex and challenging market climate, Shanghai Electric implemented proactive business strategies at home and abroad, in an effort to protect onsite employees while maintaining a high growth rate of revenue for its major international projects, including Dubai CSP, Pakistan’s Thar Block-1 Integrated Coal Mine and Power Project, Serbia’s Pančevo, Vietnam’s Forte, Greece’s photovoltaics, and Iraq’s Huashide maintenance projects.

Looking back in 2020 along which Shanghai Electric rebounded from the COVID-19 pandemic, a spokesperson of Shanghai Electric, stated that Shanghai Electric has once again shown its resilience in difficult times for the global engineering industry. “In the face of a constantly shifting business environment and uncertain industry outlook over the past year, Shanghai Electric has taken swift actions to minimize construction delay, address onsite worker safety and shortages, and ensure a high turnover of its overseas projects. The recognition from ENR is another testimony to the exceptional efforts we made, as well as our efficient management and the industry-leading product quality as a result of our unwavering pursuit of excellence,” he said.

Meanwhile, construction of Shanghai Electric’s major overseas projects is underway with all progress on schedule.

  • The 300MW first stage of the 900MW Phase 5 at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park (MBR Solar Park) completed a 10-day performance test in late July this year and entered commercial operation ahead of schedule in mid-August.
  • The first aquifer of the open-pit coal mine of Pakistan’s Thar Block-1 Integrated Coal Mine and Power Project has been completed at the end of June.
  • The 220 kV switch station at the Pančevo gas combined cycle power plant in Serbia completed backfeeding on August 19. The operating status of all devices involved is stable and showed promising results, which laid groundwork for grid-connected power generation.

In addition, the 300 MW Unit -1 of the Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram Thermal Power Station (DCRTPP), Yamuna Nagar of Haryana Power Generation Corporation Limited (HPGCL) has broken the records by completing a 145-day continuous operation on April 19, 2021, carried out by the Shanghai Electric engineers.

The maintenance mission came amid a challenging time when India was experiencing a new wave of COVID-19. Working under immense pressure and against all odds, HPGCL and Shanghai Electric engineers joined hands to undertake an overhaul for the unit, which allowed the unit to operate without any technical issues over the next five months. In March 2021, the unit recorded a monthly Plant Load Factor (PLF) of 86.32 per cent, which is among the best-performing power plant benchmarks across the country.

Unit 4 of Jindal 4X300MW coal-fired power plant in India also recorded a 711-day failure-free operation in September 2020, smashing the previous record of 684-day operation without breakdowns and set a new standard for the entire country. In January 2021, India’s Warora 2X300 MW coal-fired power plant project clinched the “Best Performance Award”, which marked the third consecutive year the power plant has received the recognition.

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