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OutBack Power Systems' New FLEXware PV Combiner Box Delivers Improved Design, Faster Installation

2008-06-11T15:07:52.413-04:00

OutBack Power Systems, Inc., a manufacturer of reliable and durable power electronics products for renewable energy applications worldwide, introduced today FLEXware™ Advanced Photovoltaic (PV) Combiner Box, the most recent addition to its standard-setting PV solutions product suite. Developed in response to installer demand for reduced implementation time and assistance in complying with new codes, the new FLEXware PV Combiner Box makes wiring during solar panel installations easier and faster.

"We have built on the foundation of our industry leading PSPV with this latest innovation in balance-of-system components from OutBack Power Systems," said Mark Thomas, CEO/President of OutBack Power Systems. "Our FLEXware PV delivers a marked level of refinement in combiner design which reduces array installation time while maintaining the necessary functionality that installers need in this type of product."

OutBack Power's FLEXware PV Combiner Box refines combiner design for installers of North American off-grid, grid-tie, residential, commercial, and utility PV installations. It is expected to cut installation time with optimized wire routing, which minimizes right angle bends of heavy gauge wire, a uniquely angled negative terminal bus bar design, and an increased number of knockout locations that ensure larger output conductors don't block access to smaller wiring terminals.

The FLEXware PV Combiner Box is ideal for either small or large systems, utilizing the FLEXware PV 8 model, which can hold up to eight 150 VDC rated breakers or up to six 600 VDC rated fuse holders, or the larger FLEXware PV 12 model, which can hold up to twelve 150 VDC rated breakers or up to eight 600 VDC rated fuse holders with either one combined or two separate output circuits. The new FLEXware PV accommodates dual 2/0 AWG output wiring, and includes a removable, tinted flame retardant polycarbonate dead front panel to meet NEC 2008 code compliance for installation, preventing accidental contact with live terminals and components.

The FLEXware PV Combiner Box is built to make expanding PV installations simple with the ability to combine multiple strings of solar panels into one array. And, like all OutBack Power products, the FLEXware PV Combiner Box is encased in a durable, rainproof, UL 3R, powder coated aluminum enclosure to survive in even the most extreme outdoor environments, whether mounted on a wall, pole or even directly on a sloped roof.

Available today, the FLEXware PV Combiner Box can be purchased through our alternative energy distribution channel.

About OutBack Power Systems

OutBack Power Systems manufactures innovative power conversion solutions that leverage solar, wind and hydro resources to provide reliable electric power for the renewable energy, mobile and backup power markets. OutBack Power's engineers have decades of power conversion electronics design and equipment installation experience and share a passion for leading the industry into a new era of performance, ease of use, durability, and standardization. OutBack Power is a privately held corporation located in Arlington, WA USA with a European sales office in Barcelona, Spain. For more information, please visit www.outbackpower.com.



How Will the U.S. Produce 36 Billion Gallons of Biofuel by 2022?

2008-03-06T00:20:43.991-05:00

from Worldwatch Institute - Independent research for an environmentally sustainable and socially just society. by Raya WidenojaThe new U.S. Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), signed into law last month as part of the revised Energy Bill, sets high goals for the U.S. biofuels industry. It calls for the production of 36 billion gallons of biofuels—mainly ethanol and biodiesel—annually by 2022, with 21 billion gallons coming from so-called “advanced biofuels,” which can be produced using a variety of new feedstocks and technologies. Of this, roughly 16 billion gallons is expected to be from “cellulosic biofuels,” derived from plant sources such as trees and grasses.But are these biofuels targets realistic, and can they be met without serious impacts on the nation’s farmlands, forests, waterways, and rural communities? The answer is complicated, but fortunately the RFS bill contains a few key caveats that can be used to “stop the buildup” if things go wrong.An Ambitious MandateFirst, for biofuels to qualify for the RFS, they have to meet certain greenhouse gas emissions requirements. Ethanol derived from corn has to achieve at least a 20 percent reduction in lifecycle emissions compared to gasoline, and biodiesel and advanced biofuels have to reduce their emissions by 50 percent compared to the petroleum fuel they would replace. Cellulosic biofuels have to achieve at least 60 percent lower emissions.Second, the emission reductions have to be based on lifecycle studies—that is, calculations of all the emissions that result from making the fuel, from the field to the tank. Perhaps most importantly, the bill specifies that emissions from changes in land use must be considered—a factor that was not included in most early studies of the climate impact of U.S. biofuels. Land-use changes can have a profound influence on the net climate impact of a biofuel, particularly if the feedstock for the fuel was grown on newly converted land that had been storing large amounts of carbon in its vegetation and undisturbed soils.Third, the RFS bill states that an administrator should “re-evaluate” conditions annually and adjust the fuel mandate and emissions requirements if the impacts on the land or the economy from increased production end up being higher than the benefits.Room for ImprovementAlthough the sustainability requirements in the new RFS are far from perfect, these three caveats at least provide openings to demand more improvements. And there are many improvements that can be made to ensure that biofuels reach their potential for sustainable production.For example, the latest data on cellulosic ethanol made from switchgrass grown on marginal lands shows that the fuel will achieve emissions reductions of about 94 percent compared to gasoline. So why is the RFS content with only a 60 percent reduction? Why doesn’t it provide producers with an incentive to aim for the 94 percent reductions that the technology promises? Fortunately, as concerned citizens, we do have a lever for demanding higher standards and other improvements, since the new biofuels mandate and emissions requirements must be reviewed regularly.The next obvious question about the sustainability of the new RFS is why the law allows corn ethanol to keep qualifying up until 2022, with its measly emissions reduction of just 20 percent compared to gasoline? Considering the mounting evidence of the inefficiency of producing ethanol from corn, and of the negative impacts of producing more and more corn, the most obvious answer is that Midwestern politicians want to appease the corn lobby rather than help the United States create a clean and renewable energy supply.Meeting Long-term GoalsWhich brings us back to my original question: How realistic is it that the United States can produce 36 billion gallons of biofuel annually by 2022? The answer depends in large part on the technologies and feedstock used, among other factors. For the sake of simplicity, and because the long-term goal is to use mainly cellulosic technologies, [...]



Growing Sustainable Biofuels

2008-03-06T00:15:31.471-05:00

Patrick MazzaBiofuels received a fresh surge of bad publicity with recent publication of two studies in Science that looked at the greenhouse gas releases caused by land use changes connected to biofuels production. The studies make complex and nuanced statements that were predictably mangled by the press, with headlines easily interpreted as a general condemnation of biofuels. Typical was the New York Times, “Biofuels Deemed a Greenhouse Threat,” The studies were creating new uncertainties even among biofuels supporters and tipping others toward a skeptical position. At very least the studies add to substantial public perception problems facing biofuels. So it is crucial to line out exactly what the studies say, what they do not say, and what the critics are saying about the studies. THE SEARCHINGER STUDYThe two studies appeared in the Feb. 7, 2008 of Sciencexpress. The first is by Timothy Searchinger et al, “Use of U.S. Croplands for Biofuels Increases Greenhouse Gases Through Emissions from Land Use Change.” Here is what it says:• Prior studies “have failed to count the carbon emissions that occur as farmers worldwide respond to higher prices and convert forest and grassland to new cropland to replace the grain (or cropland) diverted to biofuels.” • The study models an increase in U.S. corn ethanol of 56 billion liters above projected 2016 production levels. This would divert 12.8 million hectares of U.S. corn production to ethanol, bringing 10.8 million hectares of new cropland into cultivation, primarily in Brazil, China, India and the U.S.• The study assumes that land converted to farming will release 25 percent of its soil carbon, an average of 351 metric tones per hectare.• Employing a standard GREET model lifecycle analysis which assigns a 20 percent greenhouse gas reduction to corn ethanol compared to gasoline before indirect land use changes, researchers calculated that it would take 167 years to pay back soil carbon losses. Based on this researchers calculate that corn-ethanol would emit double the greenhouse gases of gasoline over the first 30 years after 2016. • Cellulosic ethanol has far lower net emissions of greenhouse gases. But if switchgrass feedstock crops replace corn, the displacement effect would still require a 52-year carbon payback period. • The study assumes average corn yields will stay the same. Researchers constructed a more positive scenario in which corn yields increase 20 percent, soil carbon emissions are only half of their estimates, and corn ethanol before land use changes reduces emissions 40 percent compared to gasoline. That scenario would reduce carbon payback time to 34 years.It is important to specify that the Searchinger study does not say that current corn ethanol production increases greenhouse gases (GHGs). Its findings reflect land use changes tied to an increase in U.S. corn ethanol production approximately six times that of today. THE FARGIONE STUDYThe second study, “Land Clearing and Biofuel Carbon Debt,” by Joseph Fargione et al examines direct impacts of land clearing for biofuels crops. In other words, this is not about displacing food production, but about opening entirely new lands for biofuels feedstock growing. It gives carbon payback times for the following land conversions:• Southeast Asian tropical rainforest to palm biodiesel – 86 years.• Southeast Asian peatland rainforest to palm biodiesel – 423 years.• Brazilian tropical rainforest to soy biodiesel – 319 years.• Brazilian wooded Cerrado to sugarcane ethanol – 17 years.• Brazilian grassland Cerrado to soy biodiesel – 37 years.• US Midwest grassland to corn ethanol – 93 years.• US Midwest conservation reserve lands to corn ethanol – 48 years.• US Midwest conservation reserves to cellulosic ethanol – 1 year.• US marginal croplands to cellulosic ethanol – no carbon payback time.WHAT THE CRITICS SAY ABOUT THE STUDIESKey U.S. biofuels l[...]



Using your firm's environmentally friendly practices in recruiting

2007-10-29T16:25:26.218-04:00

Using your firm's environmentally friendly practices in recruitingMonday, June 04, 2007 | by Dr. John SullivanYou would have to have had your head stuck in the sand to not be aware of the intense interest that the environment holds in today's political and social debates. While candidates of all generations have begun evaluating potential employers based on their "greenness," few in recruiting have leveraged this hot topic in recruitment communications and activities.For some unaccountable reason, recruiting managers and leaders almost universally fail to implement a process that regularly discovers "job switch" decision criteria used by the best and brightest, and this latest oversight is nothing more than history repeating itself once again.Because so many recruiting leaders fail to do their research, the vast majority of employers underestimate how important a company's degree of "greenness" is to potential hires. It is now becoming important for firms capable of touting their role as good environmental citizens to formally manage perception around environmental issues through employment branding activities.In addition, individual recruiters need to make the firm's environmental stance a critical element of their sales pitch to potential applicants and candidates. The time to implement what I call a "green recruiting" strategy is now!Environmental Sustainability Goes WideCompanies like Honda, S.C. Johnson, Goldman Sachs, Starbucks, Patagonia, Timberland, and GE have successfully used their environmentally friendly policies to sell their product and gain media exposure. However, until recently, few firms have made a concerted effort to leverage the company's environmental stance as a critical point in recruiting pitches. Firms like Google, Timberland, and yes, even old-school General Electric have led the way by undertaking major efforts to make being environmentally friendly a critical element of their employment brand. Google, the world's only "recruiting machine," leads the way not just in its environmental practices but also in publicizing their environmental record and approach. Like many emerging green companies, Google has hired a director who coordinates corporate environmental efforts in an attempt to match their corporate business strategy with their environmental efforts. Some sample programs at Google that support environmental issues include: $5,000 subsidies for employees buying hybrid cars (Timberland offers $3,000) Company dining facilities that serve organic sustainable foods Charitable contributions to organizations that fight global warming On-site farmers markets On-site composting of food waste Use of green fuels and solar power Fully subsidized employee bus pools for commuting employees Google has developed so many green programs that even former Vice President Al Gore, producer of the controversial documentary on global warming called An Inconvenient Truth is proud. It's no coincidence that Al Gore has been an advisor to the company for many years. While some companies adopt the grassroots approach to going green, others start at the top and work down. General Electric is one of a small handful of companies that have an environmental effort driven by their chief executive officer, Jeff Immelt. If you watch television or read national magazines, you might recall seeing one of hundreds of ecomagination advertisements GE has spent millions on in recent years to "greenwash" their image. The ecomagination campaign is one of the boldest approaches to capture intangible value by touting environmental efforts in play by any global company. Day in and day out, they are capturing that value by selling more product to environmentally conscious consumers and tapping candidate pools that once would have written them off as the destroyers of the environment, using the Hudson and Housatonic Rivers as living examples. Reasons Why Firms Must Practice Green Recruiting The tipping point for environmental consciousness varies around th[...]



Can bloggers ever be green?

2007-09-17T14:16:39.986-04:00

by James MurrayBlogging has apparently just celebrated its tenth birthday. Were it a person you'd say it was fast approaching those teenage years when it starts to get confrontational, aggressive, surly, pedantic, volatile and anti-social, but then again it's always been like that.Unsurprisingly this anniversary has prompted one of those now perennial debates about what exactly blogging is for, whether it is proving beneficial, whether it is really, as it's advocates claim, poised to destroy the mainstream media, and most amusingly whether it is even ten years old.The white-suited, best-work-behind-him novelist and supposed modern-day sage Tom Wolfe took to the pages of the Wall Street Journal to defend dead tree publishing and slam the blogosphere as "a universe of rumours" filled with "narcissistic shrieks and baseless 'information'," which would be fair enough if it wasn't also a recognisable description all forms of media besides blogs.With an inevitability that convention dictates we describe as wearying the blogosphere leapt to defend itself. The most interesting response came from Scott Rosenberg, the co-founder of Salon.com, who (somewhat ironically) took to the pages of The Guardian to argue that Wolfe was guilty of the exact same dismissive attitude that originally greeted his pioneering of the personal voice of New Journalism in the sixties. As with the New Journalism movement, asserts Rosenberg, blogging does little or no harm and in providing a more democratic platform for people to voice their opinions and emotions it can do much good. He cites as an example the penmachine.com blog of 38-year-old Canadian blogger Derek Miller who earlier this year began posting about his experience with colon cancer:"On one level, this was the sort of thing so many of blogging's critics detest - of what The Wall Street Journal described as "thoughts that, ideally, should have remained locked inside fevered heads".Of course Miller's posts are not traditional journalism, or blows against the "MSM" [mainstream media], or anything like that. They're just one human being injecting a direct vision of his experience into the global information stream... His work simply matters - to him, and his friends and family, and to anyone else who drops in a gets caught up in the drama of his story."As Rosenberg adds, if anyone objects to such blogs no one is forcing them to read. "What price is the world paying for the existence of blogging's universal soapbox?" he asks. "Unless someone has figured out how to make you read a blog when you don't want to, I don't see one."Now it will surprise no one to learn that I broadly agree with Rosenberg's analysis - you after all reading this on a blog. There are appallingly bad and even harmful blogs out there, just as there are apallingly bad and even harmful newspapers, TV programmes and people. The immediate mass publication that blogging enables may well increase the risk that ill thought out and occassionally libelous opinions are voiced, but weighed against that risk is the ability to provide a hugely open and egalitarian form of publication and communication. Some politicians and old school journlists may disagree, but blogging's accessibility and it's ability to stimulate debate and communities has to be good for democracy.That said, Rosenberg makes one throw away comment that is almost undoubtedly supported by millions of bloggers and serves to highlight the most intransigent problem the IT industry faces as it attempts to tackle its burgeoning environmental footprint."So what, exactly, are Wolfe and other blogging detesters worried about?" he asks. "We're not going to run out of web space."Well we might not run out of web space, but our real world space is taking quite a kicking as a result of our exponentially increasing need for web space and the computing power that provides it.As has been noted here several times, IT is responsible for over two percent of global greenhouse gas em[...]



Vatican Goes Solar?

2007-06-06T08:28:28.209-04:00

ROME - Some Holy See buildings will start using solar energy, reflecting Pope Benedict XVI's concern about conserving the Earth's resources, a Vatican engineer said Tuesday. The roof of the Paul VI auditorium will be redone next year, with its cement panels replaced with photovoltaic cells to convert sunlight into electricity, engineer Pier Carlo Cuscianna said.

The 6,300-seat auditorium is used for the pontiff's general audiences on Wednesdays in winter and in bad weather during the rest of the year. Concerts in honor of pontiffs are also staged in the hall, with its sweeping stage.

The cells will produce enough electricity to illuminate, heat or cool the building, Cuscianna said.

"Since the auditorium isn't used every day, the (excess) energy will feed into the network providing (the Vatican) with power, so other Vatican offices can use the energy," he said.

A feasibility study for the planned conversion, published recently in the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, found it made economic sense. It quoted from Benedict's speeches defending the environment and noted that his predecessor, the late John Paul II, also championed the safeguarding of natural resources.

Cuscianna recalled a speech in which Benedict lamented "the unbalanced use of energy" in the world.

Last summer, Benedict called on Christians to unite to take "care of creation without squandering its resources and sharing them in a convivial manner." He said lifestyle choices were damaging the environment and making "the lives of poor people on Earth especially unbearable."

The modernistic hall, at the southern end of Vatican City, was built in 1969, designed by architect Pier Luigi Nervi.

The auditorium "was born half-ecological," Cuscianna said, noting that Nervi used cement panels on its 6,000-square-yard flattened vaulted roof in part to help keep pilgrims cool.

The new roof panels will be the same shape and almost the same color as the cement panels they are replacing, minimizing the aesthetic impact, Cuscianna said.

Weathering has deteriorated the condition of the cement panels, which needed replacement, so Cuscianna thought it was the right time to make the move to solar in Mediterranean Italy, which enjoys many sunny days.

The Vatican is considering the installation of photovoltaic cells on roofs of other Holy See buildings, although centuries-old landmarks like St. Peter's Basilica won't be touched.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070605/ap_on_re_eu/vatican_going_solar



CHP Plants- Electricity from all kinds of renewable sources

2007-06-05T19:15:26.822-04:00

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U.S. Continues to Lead the World in Wind Power Growth

2007-06-04T12:14:06.987-04:00

WASHINGTON, DC – DOE releases its first Annual Report on U.S. Wind Power Installation, Cost, and Performance Trends: 2006, which provides a detailed and comprehensive overview of development and trends in the U.S. wind power market.
http://www.energy.gov/news/5091.htm



What Is Green IT? Cutting Emissions and Energy Use Enterprise-wide

2007-06-04T12:12:31.139-04:00

How do you define "Green IT?" Sure, data center energy savings are a huge opportunity. Data centers consume more energy per square foot than any other part of an office building. But they're part of an information and services supply chain that begins with raw materials and ends with the disposal of waste. The chain includes people, the space they occupy, and the cars they drive. Along the way, the chain increasingly gobbles energy and spews greenhouse gases. The IT department is in a unique position to change that. This is the first in a three-part series on IT's role in solving energy and environmental problems.Start with the data centerEnergy consumption in the data center is predominantly from two loads: servers and cooling. Increasing server density compounds the problem. A Gartner poll showed that more than 69 percent of data centers are constrained for power, cooling and space. Energy-efficient servers are available from the major vendors, most notably Sun's CoolThreads technology that Sun says makes servers more efficient by a factor of five. Efficient processors from IBM, AMD and Intel are making their way into the mainstream, so your favorite server will soon be available in green.The payoff of efficient servers is twofold. Servers that consume less energy also throw off less heat, requiring less energy for cooling. Alternative approaches, including ice storage and geothermal energy, accept the heat and focus directly on reducing the cost of cooling the data center.Reducing cooling loads gets the attention of utilities because their summer peak demand periods are caused by air conditioning. Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), one of the largest natural gas and electric utilities in the United States serving 350,000 California businesses, is offering $1,000 rebates for buying efficient servers that generate less heat.Utilities also offer incentive programs for virtualization, which reduces the number of physical servers required. Virtualization is not new, but vendors are repositioning it now that energy costs are of concern: "IBM sees virtualization combined with power efficiency as a key differentiator in our systems design” says Rich Lechner, vice president of virtualization at IBM. Desktop PC energy use is manageable, tooOutside the data center, PC workstations make a sizeable contribution to US companies' power bills. It's not the 100 watts they consume, it's the sheer number of them out there. The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance concluded that the average consumption could be shaved by about 25 percent through effective use of power management tools. The state of the art in this niche is driven primarily by the demand for a set-it-and-forget-it solution. Workers don't want power management to intrude on their day, and IT doesn't want complaints to intrude on theirs. The result is network-based power management software.Would centralized sleep control be beneficial to your network? A good way to find out is to install Verdiem's Surveyor demo without turning it on. Then use the "prediction" function to calculate the potential savings of each profile. Users will be unaffected and unaware of the test, and you'll have a good idea of the effectiveness in your situation.To go a step farther, consider deploying thin client workstations. Thin clients didn't catch on when pitched as a way to reduce hardware and maintenance costs, but rising energy costs have added an effective selling point. Thin clients use about half the electricity of a typical desktop PC. Convergence: enabling mobility inside and outside the buildingVoice over IP brought together voice and data communications for some significant benefits. This step in convergence reduced the telephony wiring infrastructure and ongoing operation cost. VoIP and phone extension mobility also made practical a concept introduced in the ear[...]



Solstice Shakedown

2007-05-15T14:41:05.592-04:00

This event is a great way to be informed and learn more about various sustainable topics. Check out www.solsticeshakedown.com/!
Black Hills Sustainable Living Festival. Will you be there? I will!!!






Green Build Movment Advances In Brazil

2007-05-01T23:47:35.621-04:00

The World Green Building Council welcomes the development of a Green Building Council in Brazil.

Environmental issues and sustainability are highly valued in Brazil, and the emergence of a Green Building Council is keenly anticipated by the local business community.

The Green Building Council Brasil (GBC Brasil) was formed through the joint efforts of business groups focused on the benefits of environmentally sustainable building practices and on the development of a rating tool and certification program. The green building movement in Brazil is also supported by Brazil's academic community who are providing a wealth of knowledge and expertise in sustainable construction.

WorldGBC representative, Guido Petinelli, has been based in Brazil and played a important role in the formation of GBC Brasil to date, and will continue to assist as it develops its organisational structure and implements a rating tool and education strategy.

We look forward to GBC Brasil becoming a member of the World Green Building Council shortly and working together towards a 'Greener' Brazil.

For further infomation on the GBC Brasil contact Thassanee Wanick, email : twanick@wanick.com.

you can read the original post at:http://www.worldgbc.org/default.asp?id=24&articleid=244




International Negotation: process defined

2007-05-01T11:32:05.360-04:00

The following story is an example that demonstrates the importance of understanding Intercultural Communication and its impact on business processes. Recently I heard a story about an American CEO who went to Japan to meet with another company about a possible business partnership. None of the Japanese spoke English and the American did not speak Japanese so they employed the services of a translator. Throughout the business world American known for giving well organized presentations that inform, captivate, mystify, and entertain audiences. Americans often exploit a useful tool to begin presentations that has existed for hundreds of years and has been outlined by scholars such as Aristotle- a joke or funny story. Back to the story. The American, unversed in Intercultural Communication, begins his presentation by telling a short joke to engage his listeners. The translator, realizing the joke will not translate, decided instead to explain to the Japanese how Americans like to use humor to begin presentations and when the joke was over said to them, "The American wants you to laugh at him now"-and they did.This is a dynamic situation. One underlying issue in this intercultural communication is cultural variation between interactants. In Japanese culture Saving Face is an important factor to be acknowledged and we can learn from how we see it treated in the above situation. I am getting off track.As globalization takes hold on our world in general, it is simultaneously affecting our world of business and how we operate. Many global players are extending business beyond their borders daily and at an increasingly rapid pace. As businesses of this globalization era it is important we realize the impact foreign relations is and will continue to have on our bottom-line. The study and mastery of Intercultural Communication,if implemented correctly, could be what sets your organization apart from the competition on an international scale.Most if not all business is contingent on a preliminary negotiation process in which parties involved express parameters, needs, expectations, hesitations, the list goes on. In general the International Negotiation process consists of common and conflicting interests between persons of different cultural backgrounds who work to reach an agreement of mutual benefit. When language barriers and cultural diversity is added into the equation these variegated situations can become haphazard failures.So, what are some characteristics of effective negotiators?Observant, patient, adaptable, great listeners.Appreciate humor but are aware of how humor may or may not be used.Mentally sharp.Understands and researches the culture of interest-Empathy.Keep promises and always negotiate in good faith.Considerations for cross cultural negotiation:The players and the situation.Decision making styles of the other party/parties.National Character-changes with situations and time. Cultural noise.Interpreters and translators:positive- more time to think.negative- mistranslation or things just do not translate.[...]



Home Builders Going Green

2007-05-01T11:33:43.732-04:00

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Thin-film photovoltaic (PV) laminates

2007-05-01T11:34:24.613-04:00

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Hot Air Power In Europe

2007-05-01T11:35:21.912-04:00

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Keeping Your Costs Down

2007-04-28T22:21:49.441-04:00

There's a fine line between starting your business on a shoestring and letting it fail due to a lack of resources. You don't want to shell out big bucks just to get going, yet you want to look professional in the eyes of your customers.The paradox and the challenge is to maintain the image of a solid, successful company without letting your expenses lead to uncompetitive pricing.The trick is to determine the point at which your business runs both effectively and efficiently. This is a key issue for any startup that can determine whether you'll be able to survive. The good news is, if you master the art of trimming expenses early in the game, you'll develop good habits that'll serve you well as your company grows.The first thing to do is cut your initial budget to the bare minimum. Chances are your business will start slow, so doing things for a dime that would otherwise cost a dollar is a great discipline. Here are some tips to keep early costs under control.WorkspaceWhere you work often determines how well you work, but you can probably rough it a bit while still getting things done. For instance, you need a desk. Why not buy a good, secondhand desk from an office furniture rental company? Discount stores have great buys as well. Or get to know some of the bigger companies in your area that are upgrading their computers and are prepared to cut a deal to get rid of their older items.Another suggestion is to negotiate with your landlord for free rent during your startup phase. Many office buildings are willing to reduce or even forego rent for as much as a year just to get tenants in the door.Tools and ServicesEverything from paper clips to computers are your work tools, and everything from phone charges to business consultants count as business services. All these items are fair game for bootstrapping.Buy office supplies in bulk whenever you can. Lease equipment and vehicles, rather than buying them. Keep your fixed costs down by turning as many tools and services into variable expenses as you can. That way your cost of doing business will grow only as your income grows.People Controlling labor costs is probably the most formidable challenge you'll face. Don't learn the hard way, for example, that turnover wreaks havoc on your profits. When it's time to hire, do it carefully and intelligently. And if a person's performance isn't what you'd like, don't be quick to fire them. Work with them to improve.While competitive compensation is essential to attracting good people, it doesn't have to all be in the form of salary. Remember the tip about turning your fixed costs into variable ones? It works in compensation as well. Supplement a small salary with the potential for healthy bonuses based on your company's earnings.Give your employees perks, such as flexible work hours. Train them adequately for their responsibilities. And take the time to give them feedback and praise. Be passionate about your company and about them.MarketingIt takes money to make money, but you'd be surprised how much marketing bang you can get without spending many bucks.Word-of-mouth is the best and cheapest form of advertising, but that means a lot of networking. Attend business and community events to talk about your company, and don't forget to focus on your most desirable customers. Cultivate opportunities to be a featured speaker. Work the trade show circuit, even if you don't have the money for a booth or exhibit.Don't forget the value of free media coverage. In the beginning, at least, you can make a reasonable go of PR by yourself. Call editors at publications important to your industry to let them know you exist. [...]



Zero Energy Homes

2007-04-25T05:25:59.879-04:00

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Herzberg's Motivation-Hygiene Theory

2007-04-25T04:04:48.505-04:00

Fredrick Herzberg, a psychologist most renowned for his studies of job enrichment and the Motivator-Hygiene theory, was born in the post Ragtime era known as the Roaring Twenties.
The Motivator-Hygiene theory explores what a motivated person is and is not.
Herzberg's theory consists of two elements: Satisfaction and Dissatisfaction.
Happiness comes from within.

Satisfied----------------------------------------Not Satisfied =Motivating factors
Dissatisfied-------------------------------------Not Dissatisfied =Hygene factors


What are Satisfiers?
Satisfiers are motivating factors such as recognition, achievement, upward mobility, and the work itself.

What are Dissatisfiers?
Dissatisfiers are Hygene factors can erode long-term satisfaction but they are necessary and without them dissatisfaction will be experienced. Hygene factors include: wages, working condition, equipment, and many more. Is this saying that throwing money at people cheapens them?
So as employers we can learn how to help motivate and satisfy employees long-term by managing or leveraging the Motivator factors Herzberg outlines in his theory rather than the Hygene factors.
Do you see this same picture or am I off track?



Socrates on Ethics and Organizational Communication

2007-04-25T05:07:03.791-04:00

In mid 400 BC Socrates recognized that each time the Greeks communicated verbally they were making ethical decisions. After his realization Socrates recommended the Greeks use a test each time before they opened their big mouths. This test helped the Greeks decide if they should or should not communicate- what a revelation? Socrates called this test the Three Filter Test. So, when involved in Organizational Communication, like the Greeks, could we use this test as a litmus for every workplace interaction?

The Three Filter Test

TGU

1.T= Truth- Is what I am about to say the absolute truth?

2.G= Goodness- Is what I am about to say good?

3.U= Usefulness- Is what I am about to say useful?

Socrates said, "if NO why tell me at all?"



First Green Community College Campus

2007-04-25T04:06:06.217-04:00

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Jordan Rayboy, top worldwide producer, opens SearchPath International office - from an RV

2007-04-25T04:07:32.264-04:00

This is a link to www.XtremeRecruiting.org. Bill Vick interviews Jordan Rayboy CEO and Founder of Insider Search a SearchPath International member firm.
http://www.xtremerecruiting.org/2007/04/09/jordan-rayboy-big-biller/



Here are five considerations to be made when involved in a cross cultural negotiation

2007-04-25T04:08:26.274-04:00

1. The players and the situation.
2. Decision making styles of the other party.
3. National character.
4. Cultural noise.(anything that could distract them)
5. Interpreters and translators- can be a positive because it gives us more time to think. Also, some things just don't translate- for example humor.



Some Things Not to do as a New Member of an Organization

2007-04-25T04:09:32.029-04:00

1. Hold your supervisor responsible for your happiness.
2. Refuse the assistance from others within the organization.
3. Boast about your previous organization.
4. Expect rewards from the organization without putting in time and work.
5. Do your own thing- don't ignore the company culture.
6. Cause too much controversy over insignificant issues.
7. Become involved in the rumor-mill. IIA- Indirect Interpersonal Aggression
8. Don't recognize and respect tenured employees.
9. Talk openly negative about fellow employees and work.
10.Not use the proper communication channels.



Green Hospital

2007-04-25T04:11:18.479-04:00

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