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Smart Cities Will Depend on Smarter Movement of People and Goods

Black & Veatch 2017 Strategic Directions: Smart City/Smart Utility Report
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One of the challenges in smart city transportation is to be able to go from point A to point B, while reducing the number of cars on the market, and also being able to use existing public transportation. 

Data and Planning Drive the Growth of Smart Cities and Utilities

Black & Veatch 2017 Strategic Directions: Smart City/Smart Utility Report
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The Black & Veatch 2017 Strategic Directions: Smart City/Smart Utility Report investigates the progress made by communities and utilities as they continue their evolution toward smarter infrastructure.

Business Leaders World-Wide Agree that Disruptive Technologies Can Drive Corporate Sustainability Efforts

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OSLO, Norway, January 24, 2017/3BL Media/ - Disruptive technologies and digital infrastructure have the potential to solve some of the world’s most pressing risks and to transform industries. These include safeguarding the planet's soil and water, and improving inequality and education.

Xylem’s Flygt Concertor Halves Energy Use at Heathrow Airport

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Flygt Concertor, the world’s first wastewater pumping system with integrated intelligence, has solved chronic clogging issues at a Heathrow Airport pumping station and reduced energy use by 53 percent.

London’s Heathrow Airport is one of Europe’s busiest airports catering for more than 200,000 passengers each day, with an average of 1,200 flights arriving and departing from the airport daily. Heathrow Airport Water Services Department has an extensive network of 120 pumping stations to manage, and it has been a Xylem customer for 25 years.

Illuminating Ideas To Save Energy in Honda Manufacturing Facilities

LED lighting is providing many benefits for Honda manufacturing facilities
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In Honda’s latest environmental vision, Honda Motor Co. President and CEO Takahiro Hachigo announced that the world’s largest engine manufacturer intends to cut its total company CO2 emissions by 50 percent by the year 2050.

And since electric usage accounts for 70 percent of the CO2 emissions produced by Honda’s North American manufacturing facilities, it stands to reason that cutting electric usage is central to the company advancing toward its goals.

Green Infrastructure Approaches Help Mimic Natural Water Cycles

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Green infrastructure is an approach to stormwater management that protects, restores or mimics the natural water cycle. Natural processes can be used to provide important services by protecting against flooding or excessive heat, or helping to improve air, soil and water quality. When nature is utilized in an infrastructure system, it is called “green infrastructure”, whereas “gray infrastructure” is the term often used for engineered structures. Green infrastructure is most often associated with stormwater management systems. 

Package Station on Four Wheels

When the courier no longer needs to ring the bell: start of the beta test in Stuttgart, to be followed by other large cities  – smart is ready for car boot deliveries.
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A click suffices, and the object of our desire lands in the virtual shopping basket: a pair of new shoes, the new printer, the new wide-angle lens for the camera. Online shopping is very fast nowadays, and in many cases the entire ordering and payment process is completed in a few seconds. But directly after the immediately appearing, onscreen order confirmation, the waiting starts for the customer – waiting for the parcel delivery.

Industrial Robots Are Learning to Save Energy

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In the EU project AREUS, researchers and engineers have developed the components of an energy-efficient automobile production system of the future. Basically, the idea is to have a direct-current network supply robots with “green” electricity, some of which is subsequently recovered and temporarily stored. Digital measurement technology and intelligent networking will ensure that the industrial smart grid operates flexibly and reliably.

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In the EU project AREUS, researchers and engineers have developed the components of an energy-efficient automobile production system of the future. Basically, the idea is to have a direct-current network supply robots with “green” electricity, some of which is subsequently recovered and temporarily stored. Digital measurement technology and intelligent networking will ensure that the industrial smart grid operates flexibly and reliably.

Windsor Assembly Plant Launches Production of Industry’s First-ever Hybrid Minivan

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  • All-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, industry’s first electrified minivan, rolled off the line on Dec. 1, 2016
  • Windsor plant brings 33 years of minivan production expertise to this class-exclusive vehicle
  • Pacifica Hybrid launch expands segment leadership for FCA US
  • Vehicle earns EPA rating of 84 miles-per-gallon-equivalent (MPGe), 33 miles of all-electric range and 566 miles of total range
  • Company invested $744 million USD (over $1 billion CAD*) to upgrade Windsor plant
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  • All-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, industry’s first electrified minivan, rolled off the line on Dec. 1, 2016
  • Windsor plant brings 33 years of minivan production expertise to this class-exclusive vehicle
  • Pacifica Hybrid launch expands segment leadership for FCA US
  • Vehicle earns EPA rating of 84 miles-per-gallon-equivalent (MPGe), 33 miles of all-electric range and 566 miles of total range
  • Company invested $744 million USD (over $1 billion CAD*) to upgrade Windsor plant

Microgrids Should Be a Key Element in Power Grid Modernization

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Modernization of the U.S. power grid will not only require replacement of old components with new ones, it will also need to account for larger amounts of renewable energy and distributed generation. This movement is causing utilities to consider microgrids as a part of the solution. 

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