skytron energy chosen by Sonnedix to equip largest power plant in the Caribbean

skytron® energy has been commissioned to provide monitoring and supervision technology for a 57.6 MWp solar power plant in Isabela, Puerto Rico. The plant named “Oriana” is owned by solar power producer and investor Sonnedix and is the largest plant of its kind in the Caribbean. Oriana has started producing clean energy from September. It will cover the power demand of more than 12,000 homes and will displace 95,000 tons of carbon dioxide each year.

“All eyes are upon Oriana, as it is a milestone in driving the implementation of renewable energies in the Caribbean. To meet the requirements of the political and economic authorities, we decided to partner with skytron energy. They have a proven track record in mastering high-quality engineering services with an above average complexity. Most importantly, skytron energy has developed necessary solutions to collect 1-second values and to integrate external devices such as combiner boxes, battery charger, and power plant controller into one single supervision platform,” says Joern Hackbarth, EVP – Global Head of Engineering and Construction at Sonnedix. 

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In the case of Oriana, skytron energy has re-engineered skyCOMM, which is a digital signal converter. It integrates external devices like inverters and irradiation as well as temperature sensors into the plant network, thus collecting data in high resolution - in 1-second values via a single data concentrator, communicating in both directions. This is one of the most important features in order to react quickly if the plant communicates any errors or failures.

“With its ambitious plans to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels, the Caribbean has taken the right path to encourage the development of solar power generation. We are proud to support this direction and to partner with Sonnedix on completing the largest solar power plant in the region. Due to the size and the hybrid nature of the plant, we have deployed the entire range of our high-quality monitoring and supervision technology”, says Stephan Raulin, Head of Sales at skytron energy.

As Oriana includes a storage facility, a new interface was developed to integrate all external components, such as the local power plant controller and the 10MW battery. With this latest advance in skytron energy’s product offerings, PVGuard® now monitors all internal and external components locally, irrespective of the hybrid plant’s architecture. It visualizes and filters relevant information and identifies problems that could potentially lead to yield losses and allows plant owners and operators to access all relevant data at any time, even during periods of sporadic or no internet connectivity. skyserv Local, the data server hardware platform of PVGuard Local, is responsible for on-site data storage for utility-scale photovoltaic installations, providing enhanced local storage facilities and data backup for up to 20 years. The stored data will be exported at any time for further processing and analysis. Furthermore, a skyCONNi-Sun universal weather unit has been installed as well as an on-site skylog® data logger system, which was specifically customized for Oriana. It acquires and stores all data transmitted by inverters, combiner boxes, and field sensor equipment. The skylog data logger maintains all plant data in the form of reduced 1-minute mean values for a minimum of 2 weeks. Altogether, the components ensure highest plant performance and output for investors.

Oriana has been connected to the grid in September 2016. Greece-based company METKA-EGN, which has a solid track record of building solar power plants in Europe and the UK, built the facility, and commissions and operates it. More than 100,000 MW-hours of clean, green electricity will be generated each year. 

About skytron® energy

skytron® energy has been developing integrated monitoring, control and supervision systems since 1977. Now one of the leading suppliers in the industry, specializing in utility-scale and commercial power plants, it has installed monitoring and control systems in more than 1,000 plants with a total capacity of 7.3 GWp. The company’s core competencies are plant condition monitoring, power plant control, remote plant supervision, system migration of existing power plants, operation & maintenance and PV asset management. As a technology leader, it has received a number of prestigious awards, including the highly coveted Solar Industry Award for the skylog® Data Logger System and the InterSolar Award for the PVGuard® Supervision Platform and for the StringGuard® string current measurement system.

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SUEZ and TerraCycle Join Forces in Europe to Develop Innovative Recycling Solutions

SUEZ is partnering with TerraCycle and acquiring 30% of its activities in Europe to develop innovative collection and recycling programs in Belgium, Finland, France, the Netherlands, the UK and Sweden. This partnership brings together TerraCycle's collection programs, which focus on community engagement, and SUEZ's expertise in waste recycling and recovery. It will offer individuals, businesses and municipalities new solutions for recycling waste that was previously not recyclable in order to transform it into new secondary resources.

2016 11 22 082509TerraCycle is an internationally recognized company that develops selective collection systems for the recycling of more than 100 specific hard-to-recycle waste streams (disposable items, flexible packaging, office supplies, beauty products, oral care, used coffee capsules and cigarette butts) currently not handled by traditional recycling channels. Active in 20 countries, TerraCycle partners with mass market companies, brands and municipalities to implement recycling programs tailored to these post-consumer products and their packaging.

Nearly 60 million collectors are already working with TerraCycle, either through:

  • collection programs set by voluntary citizens, "sponsored" by companies or municipalities (collectors register on TerraCycle's website and are awarded points that are converted into donations for the organizations of their choice),
  • or recycling services paid by companies such as "Zero Waste Boxes."

Through this partnership, SUEZ is expanding its range of services in Europe with innovative voluntary collection methods and additional recycling channels for all its customers, particularly for products that need complex packaging and therefore require very specific collection and sorting solutions. All the waste collected will be reused or recycled into new products thanks to SUEZ's recycling expertise.

"We are delighted to embark on this innovative partnership with TerraCycle. Its aim is to recycle more and more waste, even the most complex, by relying on the commitment of everyone – including citizens, municipalities and businesses – wishing to transform waste into new resources for an even more circular and more virtuous economy in Europe," says Jean-Marc Boursier, SUEZ Deputy CEO for the Recycling and Recovery business in Europe.

"Our programs are among the most innovative for promoting recycling. The partnership will expand SUEZ’s public-facing recycling opportunities, while speeding up TerraCycle’s development in Europe. With SUEZ's expertise, TerraCycle will offer more customized recycling solutions tailored to various waste streams," explains Tom Szaky, CEO of TerraCycle.


We are at the dawn of the resource revolution. In a world facing high demographic growth, runaway urbanisation and the shortage of natural resources, securing, optimising and renewing resources is essential to our future. SUEZ (Paris: SEV, Brussels: SEVB) supplies drinking water to 92 million people, delivers waste water treatment services to 65 million, collects waste produced by almost 34 million, recovers 16 million tonnes of waste each year and produces 7 TWh of local and renewable energy. With 82,536 employees, SUEZ, which is present on all five continents, is a key player in the circular economy for sustainable management of resources. SUEZ generated total revenues of €15.1 billion in 2015.


Founded in 2001, TerraCycle, Inc., is the world’s leader in the collection and repurposing of hard-to-recycle post-consumer waste, ranging from used chip bags to coffee capsules to cigarette butts. The waste is collected through free, national, brand-funded recycling programs, as well as various consumer and government-funded models. The collected waste is reused, upcycled or recycled into a variety of affordable, sustainable consumer products and industrial applications. Each year, across 20 countries, TerraCycle collects and repurposes billions of pieces of waste, donating millions of dollars to schools and charities in the process. TerraCycle is the subject of a half-hour comedy, ‘Human Resources,’ on Pivot TV in the United States. Season three will air Fall 2016.


WEG recognised internationally for business sustainability and efficiency

WEG, a leading global manufacturer of motor and drive technology, has been recognised internationally for its efforts in improving business efficiency and sustainability. The company has been granted the Thermo-environmental Award and listed amongst the world’s top 200 cleanest energy companies. It has also been nominated by the British Quality Foundation for the prestigious Lean Six Sigma Award.

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“As a company that has always been committed to taking energy efficiency to the next level, WEG takes business sustainability and performance very seriously,” comments Marek Lukaszczyk, European & Middle East Marketing Manager, WEG. “We are very proud to receive this important international recognition, which shows that the industry worldwide places trust in WEG’s business model.”
Organised by the SMACNA (Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association), the Thermo-environmental Award is the most important recognition of the HVAC-R segment in Brazil and selects the best thermo-environmental engineering projects that also meet environmental requirements and energy efficiency. WEG was chosen for its involvement in two important projects -  the São Paulo Corporate Towers building and the Museum of Tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro - where it supplied energy-efficient technology solutions.
The Carbon Clean 200TM Report recognises the largest  200 publicly-traded companies in the world by their estimated green revenues. To be eligible, the company must have a market capitalisation greater than  US $1 billion and earn more than 10% of total revenues from new energy souces.

The 2016 Lean Six Sigma Award is an opportunity for organisations to gain recognition for the work that their Lean Six Sigma and business excellence professionals are delivering to customers, shareholders and other key stakeholders. The winner of the award will be revealed at the 2016 UK Excellence Awards Ceremony, which will take place on 13 October 2016 at the InterContinental London Park Lane.


Footwear manufacturer boosts environmental agenda with baling of leather

Footwear component manufacturer E A Tailby Ltd has strengthened its recycling agenda with the investment in a heavy duty waste baler from Riverside Waste Machinery.

The RWM450HD is being used to bale leather offcuts from the production of soles and heels. The bales are then shipped to Germany for recycling into regenerated leather products such as diary covers.

2016 11 18 072645Established in 1902, this family-run business is no stranger to baling. This recycling practice has been a key part of on-site operations at E A Tailby’s Kettering facility for over 20 years. But the handling of 4-6mm thick leather is not always easy, and the company’s existing machine was struggling with the difficulty of the application and the throughputs required.

Director Steve Tailby therefore began the search for a new, more robust baler, that could tackle this material stream and produce four bales of 400kg and above, each week.

An audit of the marketplace brought Steve to Riverside. Managing director Jonathan Oldfield assessed E A Tailby’s needs and recommended the RWM450HD.

Steve explains: “The timescales became very urgent because, as I was investigating potential new suppliers, our existing baler broke down. However, I immediately struck up a rapport with Jonathan who quickly knew what would suit our requirements. He reacted quickly, under the time pressures we now faced, and ensured a quick turnaround.

“The baler now facilitates the ‘closed loop’ model we’re involved in with the reprocessing of leather in Germany, and we’ve got a much neater site because the machine has the capacity to handle the volume of offcuts we want to bale.”

Riverside is renowned for supplying cardboard balers and plastic balers, but the heavy duty models within the range can actually handle an array of tougher materials including leather, paint tins and more.


Leaf Resources voted #4 World’s Hottest Emerging Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy

Leaf Resources (ASX:LER, “Leaf” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has been voted number 4 in the 2016-2017 Top 40 Hottest Emerging Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy during the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference in San Francisco.

2016 11 13 152914This is the second consecutive year Leaf has been voted into the Top 40 list with the Company climbing to fourth place from number 32. This renewed recognition signifies the progress Leaf Resources has made in the last 12 months towards the commercialisation of their GlycellTM technology and the recognition by the industry of the importance of the GlycellTM process.

Leaf is the only Australian company to have been ever made it to the top 5 of the prestigious list, which highlights innovation and achievement in bio-based chemicals, materials and fuels by emerging companies.

The Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference is staged by Florida-based Biofuels Digest – the most globally recognised source of news in the Bioeconomy with more than 2.3 million unique readers, roughly half of these in the US.

The rankings are based on a combination of subscriber votes, social media votes and an invited expert panel of selectors. The expert panel votes make up 50% of the weighting while the subscriber and social media polls make up 25% respectively.

Jim Lane, Editor, Biofuels Digest commented:

“Leaf Resources made a huge jump this year, from #32 to the top #4, that's proof positive that gaining significant traction with a noted international strategic partner like Claeris is critical to achieving the visibility and credibility that separates world-class companies from the rest. The eyes of the world are now on Leaf — and deservedly so."

Ken Richards, Managing Director commented:

“To be recognised in the top 5 emerging companies in the Bioeconomy is very pleasing. Our team has assiduously worked to develop the GlycellTM technology, build our reputation and forge new world-wide partnerships. This is a fantastic result. Many thanks to our shareholders, investors and business partners. We are excited to be a part of building a sustainable economy for future generations.”

About Leaf Resources Ltd (ASX: LER)

Leaf Resources is commercialising the GlycellTM process.

The GlycellTM Process is an innovative technology that uses a low cost, recyclable, biodegradable reagent glycerol, in a simple process that breaks down plant biomass into lignin, cellulose and hemicellulose at low temperature and pressure. The cellulose is then converted to cellulosic sugars through enzymatic hydrolysis and the lignin, hemicellulose and glycerol become valuable co-products.

Cellulosic sugars are a major feedstock for green, renewable biobased chemicals, bioplastics and biofuels – products whose markets are multi billion dollars and fast growing. Many biobased products can now economically replace petroleum based products.

The GlycellTM process can produce cellulosic sugars at under $50 per tonne when co- products are included. This compares with $220 per tonne for sugars produced from the conversion of corn starch, the cheapest alternative and $280 per tonne for raw sugar.

By dramatically reducing the cost of the main feedstock for bio based chemicals, plastics and biofuels, the GlycellTM process has the potential to change the face of global renewable production.