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ECube, EconX Alleged of Patent Infringement by Bigbelly

Smart city solutions company Bigbelly, Inc.  has filed a patent infringement complaint against Ecube Labs Co. Ltd. (South Korea), Ecube Labs Co. (U.S.), and EconX Waste Solutions B.V. (Netherlands) for two patents covering energy management technologies for solar powered compactors.

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These patented technologies are used by Bigbelly’s waste and recycling system for managing an energy budget based upon the solar energy harvested and the energy needs of the station. According to Brian Phillips, CEO of Bigbelly, “The patents we are asserting represent important technologies in our IP portfolio and are vital to the basic function of a solar powered compactor.  They enable Bigbelly to operate with or without direct sunlight and in any location. These lawsuits seek to stop infringement of our patented technologies.” Bigbelly has filed complaints in the U.S. (California) and Germany.




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Plug and Play Collaborates with Siemens to Launch Energy & Sustainability Innovation Program

Siemens is supporting Plug and Play in their program for new technologies for the energy market. The Energy & Sustainability Innovation Platform will focus on digital platforms and new business models in the energy market, energy efficiency, distributed energy resources; wind, solar, energy storage and microgrids, electric mobility, alternative energy, etc. Each year, two 3-month programs will be organized for early and growth stage startups, corporations, and venture capitalists.

energy efficency“Key targets include the reduction of emissions, the utilization of digital technologies and new business models, the increase of energy efficiency, and the management of the growing renewable install base, all embraced by the Energy and Sustainability Program,” says Bernd Wachmann, Head of Innovation of the Power and Gas Division of Siemens.

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NEXT Receives $2.5 Million from the US Department of Energy for Its Low-Cost Transparent Solar Cells

Next Energy Technologies will receive $2.5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy for its transparent energy-harvesting coatings for commercial windows.  The award is part of the Department’s SunShot Initiative. NEXT will match the award itself.

NEXT is using soluble small molecule (SSM)-organic photovoltaic (OPV) technology to design the cells. The Building integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) windows will be like traditional windows in appearance and functionality but they will also be competitive in the solar market.

NEXT is working toward a fully developed prototype with successful initial testing and certification testing and that is ready for pilot manufacturing. The SunShot Initiative aims to achieve a Levelized Cost of Energy of $0.03/kWh by 2030.

CEO of NEXT Energy Technologies Daniel Emmett said  “We at NEXT look forward to working with the U.S. Department of Energy as we progress our transparent solar technology toward commercialization with the aim of transforming buildings into producers of low cost solar energy.”