June, 2009 Archives
Quallion Lithium Battery Plant Boosts Green Jobs Quallion has announced plans to expand its lithium ion battery manufacturing facilities in Sylmar, CA, creating hundreds of green jobs in Southern California. “Now, more than ever, America understands the need to invest in home-grown clean energy technologies for automobiles and heavy-duty trucks that reduce gasoline consumption and decrease CO2 emissions,” said Paul Beach, Quallion President. “Lithium ion batteries manufactured in Quallion’s new facility will deliver a real and immediate clean energy solution that will also greatly improve our country’s energy independence and deliver jobs when Americans need them most.” If its application for U.S. Department of Energy funding is accepted, the construction of Quallion’s facility will create more than 500 construction and manufacturing jobs, the company said. Once completed, the facility has the potential to create up to 2,350 long-term jobs in Southern California and across the country, supporting the production and installation of advanced lithium ion battery technology for heavy duty trucks. The facility, which will be fully operational by 2012, could produce more than 20,000 lithium ion batteries each year. DOE funding will allow Quallion to build on its experience manufacturing large-format lithium ion batteries for military vehicles and leverage the benefits of mass production by setting up a right-sized production facility, which will allow it to implement many of its proprietary technologies. Quallion’s Zero-Volt™ battery technology allows the charge in high-voltage batteries to be completely removed while they are handled by technicians. The initial focus for Quallion’s new facility will be the production of zero-emission advanced lithium ion batteries designed to replace engine idling as a power source for stationary trucks. With the DOE funds, Quallion says it will be able to deliver a “shovel ready” clean energy solution that enables the 1 million heavy trucks on U.S. roads to comply with the growing number of anti-idling laws. Quallion currently produces high volume medical and military batteries as well as custom-designed aerospace batteries.Quallion LLC was founded in 1998 by biotechnology and aerospace entrepreneur Alfred E. Mann and lithium ion battery specialist Dr. Hisashi Tsukamoto. The company also develops new battery chemistries for the military, aerospace, medical and automotive industries. $100-Million Bleach Plant To Open in Pittsburg, CA A $100-million bleach manufacturing plant will be built and operated by K2 Pure Solutions at Dow Chemical Co.’s Pittsburg, CA site. K2 will put up the plant on 15 acres leased from Dow on its 513-acre east Contra Costa County site. Dow will supply raw materials. The new plant, expected to be […]
In the current economic environment, many projects are getting put on the back burner. Key players should be prepared to leverage this situation to their advantage.
BF: Which U.S. areas would you identify as “LEED”ers in sustainable building? RF: Each region is different and has its own unique environmental priorities and needs. I’ve been excited to see the work being done in the American Southwest recently, which is a region with an obvious and pressing priority: water conservation. We’re hosting our annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo in Phoenix this November, and Greenbuild is always a great opportunity for me to see the creative and regionally appropriate ways cities have been able to make green building part of their local culture. BF: Describe the correlation between a strong economy and a healthy environment. RF: There is more than a correlation between a strong economy and a healthy environment: It’s a direct and complementary connection. In today’s world, companies, organizations and governments that use only a short-term economic metric to measure success, do so at their peril. Real success comes when the triple bottom line is realized: economic prosperity, environmental sustainability and social equity. Throughout history there have been strong economies that have been achieved by shortchanging the people and/or the environment. You see it when citizens’ health and well-being are negatively impacted by the air they breathe and the water they drink; the result is missed days of work, dollar after dollar spent on healthcare, and a low quality of life. Conversely, a healthy community environment is a strong indicator of the health of its economy. And in today’s circumstances, the innovation and new jobs that will be the driving force behind healing our environment also will help us heal our national economy. USGBC’s 10 Ways to Use Recovery Funds 1. Invest in healthy schools and reinvest in our children and their future 2. Build or expand residential energy retrofit programs 3. Make affordable housing more efficient 4. Demonstrate leadership by greening public sector buildings 5. Maximize efficiency in the business community 6 6 . Build capacity through education and training 7. Leverage and extend recovery dollars with a revolving loan fund 8. Get buildings on the right track through retro-commissioning 9. Make informed energy-resource management decisions 10. Lay the groundwork for future holistic measures Ten Green Ways In May, the U.S. Green Building Council released a report recommending 10 ways federal recovery funds can be used for green building. From investing in green schools and home energy retrofit programs to creating a revolving loan fund, the Top 10 list can be used by governments from small towns to metropolitan cities and counties, as well as state […]
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