Feeney offsets more than 95
percent of its electricity use
with solar power
Feeney Inc., a manufacturer of stainless steel architectural cables, aluminum railings, and trellis products in
Oakland, Calif., has installed a 90-kW
solar system that generates more than
95 percent of the company’s current
The solar installation comprises arrays on Feeney’s two buildings—one
with an 18-degree standing seam metal
roof and the other on a flat membrane
roof. Both roofs support arrays of 190
SunPower 238-W panels, each serviced
by a Satcon 50-k W inverter, for a total of
380 panels with a rating of 90.4-k W DC.
DHL unveils environmental
International express shipping provider
DHL, Plantation, Fla., has completed its
deployment of a fully green fleet of pick-up and delivery vehicles in Manhattan.
This fleet comprises 30 battery-powered electric vans and 50 hybrid trucks.
The electric vehicles are charged with
green electricity provided by ConEdison
Solutions and produced from renewable-energy sources such as wind.
The company also has launched
an environmentally friendly Paperless
Clearance feature at www.dhl-usa.com
that enables customers to transmit
documents electronically to Customs,
eliminating the need to print and manually attach them to shipments. This new
feature saves shipment preparation
time and will save collectively millions
of sheets of paper each year.
In addition, a DHL GoGreen Carbon
Neutral service, available to Express import and export customers in 41 countries, enables customers to offset their
estimated CO2 emissions for a service
charge that is used by DHL to invest in
high-quality, gold standard, and official
Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)
environmental protection projects.
Siemens Industry Inc.’s Metallurgical
Services has announced its Benton
Harbor, Mich., facility has received the
Michigan Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP)
Award for its outstanding safety and
health management system. This is the
second year in a row that the facility
has been recognized by the Michigan
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA).
“We have been working toward the
SHARP Award for five years,” said Keith
Rapp, general manager at the Benton
Harbor facility. “We knew we had our
work cut out for us because only a few
companies in Michigan actually receive
SHARP status, but through determina-
tion and dedication, the award was
finally achieved. This recognition is a
great testament to the commitment of
our hard-working employees.”
MIOSHA established the Michigan
SHARP Award to recognize employers
that have achieved workplace safety and
health excellence beyond their peers.
The program, part of the Michigan De-
partment of Licensing and Regulatory
Affairs (LARA), targets small, high-haz-
ard employers to help them develop, im-
plement, and continuously improve the
effectiveness of their workplace safety
and health management systems.
Since 2008 the Benton Harbor fa-
cility’s average total recordable case
(TRC) rates and days away from work,
restricted or transferred (DART) cases
rates were below the 2009 Bureau of
Labor Statistics (BLS) industry average.
Its average TRC rate was 2. 6, com-
pared to the 2009 BLS rate of 5. 4 for
this type of industry. Its average DART
rate was 1.1, compared to the 2009
BLS rate of 2. 6.
The Benton Harbor facility is a Tier
1 supplier to the North American steel
industry. It employs 49 workers and
specializes in the maintenance and en-
gineering of continuous caster molds,
including the application of alloyed
nickel coating for mold copper plates.
Last year the facility received MIOSHA’s
Gold Award for maintaining an outstand-
ing safety and health record.
Siemens Industry Inc. is the U.S. affiliate of Siemens’ global industry sector business, a supplier of production,
transportation, and building technology
Siemens wins SHARP award for safety, health
Trojan Battery and Palladium
Energy form alliance
Trojan Battery Co., Santa Fe Springs,
Calif., and Palladium Energy, Naperville,
Ill., have formed a strategic alliance to
explore the development of lithium-based battery packs for use in Trojan’s
key market segments, which include
renewable energy, golf, transportation,
floor machine, aerial work platform, marine, and recreational vehicles.
This partnership will enable Trojan
to expand its battery offerings to meet
evolving customer demand for applications requiring lithium-based technology.
Traditionally used in portable consumer
electronic devices, lithium-based battery
packs now enable the use of smaller,
lightweight footprints with increased energy density in applications that require
primary or backup battery power.
Trojan Battery Co. manufactures
deep-cycle batteries and provides power for renewable energy, industrial, recreational, and auxiliary power applications.
Palladium Energy provides custom
battery packs for consumer electronics, medical, telematics, and smart-grid