Grid, Solar

Tampa’s Largest Solar Power Project is Complete 

Burns & McDonnell has completed the 23 megawatt (MW) Big Bend Solar project in Tampa, Florida. Situated near the Big Bend Power Station, the 106-acre solar photovoltaic (PV) project contains 202,000 thin-film PV panels that can power 3,300 homes. This is the first utility-scale solar project of  Tampa Electric.

The panels have sensors and drive motors to track the movement of the sun, thus delivering 20% more energy gain than fixed installations. The Solar Plant has DC to AC inverters provided by SMA.

According to Burns & McDonnell Principal Matt Brinkman, “The Big Bend Solar Plant is significant in proving utility-scale PV is cost competitive with traditional generation for regulated utilities.”

Environment

Amazon Should Stop Listing of Pollinator-Toxic Products – Environmental Groups 

Neonicotinoid pesticides are harmful for pollinators, and they are present in several products for the home and garden. More than 30 environmental and public health groups have urged Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to stop listing of products linked to pollinator declines. This demand comes shortly after the federal government listed the rusty patch bumblebee as an endangered species.

According to the group, Amazon should “use its influence as the largest online retailer in the U.S. to lead marketplace change and protect pollinators by prohibiting the sale of pollinator-toxic neonicotinoid pesticide products, educating consumers on the availability of safer, “pollinator friendly” alternatives.”

Water

Asia Pacific Region Leading Centrifugal Pumps Market – Frost & Sullivan

Due to high demand for mechanical seals in China and India, the Asia Pacific region is out performing other regions. Asia pacific registered 40.6% of the pump sales. Europe accounted for 29.2% of the total sales. North America’s market is expected to grow by 0.5% this year.

According to Frost & Sullivan Industrial Automation & Process Control Industry Analyst Arun Prasath, “As technology steers the market toward predictive maintenance and diagnostics, manufacturers should tap into a growing demand for efficient, automated, smart pumps that are environment-friendly and can seamlessly integrate with smart grids and Internet of Things.”