Ikea installs EV charging stations in San Diego
San Diego — Ikea has officially plugged in three Blink Pedestal electric vehicle charging stations at its San Diego store as part of its partnership with ECOtality, a leader in clean electric transportation and storage technologies.
The San Diego project is the third such project for Ikea in the United States. Installation also is planned at six other Ikea stores in the western United States.
To charge an EV at Ikea San Diego, drivers pull into a designated parking spot, swipe their Blink InCard (RFID card), plug the charger into the EV, and then shop and eat at their leisure in the Ikea store while the vehicle is charging.
ECOtality is the project manager of The EV Project, a public-private partnership funded in part by a federal stimulus grant from the U.S. Department of Energy made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to provide the necessary infrastructure to support the deployment of EVs.
Ikea also recently completed the installation of a solar energy system atop the 198,000-sq.-ft. San Diego store, which opened in 2000.
LEDs will account for 52% of commercial lighting by 2021
New York City — A new report from Pike Research forecasts that LEDs will capture 52% of the commercial lighting market by 2021. Pike, a cleantech market intelligence firm, anticipates that LED lighting costs for various SSL products will be reduced by 80% to 90% in many cases during the next decade.
The report, “Energy Efficient Lighting for Commercial Markets,” finds that while the market share of solid-state lighting is still low, LEDs are gaining significant momentum as an alternative to incandescent and fluorescent lighting in commercial buildings, particularly as the cost of the technology continues its rapid decline.
“LEDs represent perhaps the most significant breakthrough of the last 130 years in lighting technology,” said research analyst Eric Bloom. “The production of white LEDs, which began in the late 1990s, is starting to transform the lighting industry, and the transition to this new technology is likely to occur very quickly."
According to Bloom, incandescent and less efficient T12 and T8 fluorescent lamps will be almost completely eliminated during the next 10 years. To take more than 50% of the market, LEDs will take share from compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), high-intensity discharge (HID) lighting, and general linear fluorescents.
The forecasts that the global market for commercial lighting will reach $42 billion in 2011, and experience a peak of nearly $54 billion in 2012 before gradually declining to about $30 billion by 2021. The decline will be due to the extended lamp life of both fluorescents and LEDs as they become the primary lamp types, increasingly displacing demand for replacements for less efficient and shorter-lived incandescent lamps.
An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the firm’s website.
Supervalu joins DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge
Washington, D.C. — Supervalu has joined the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge, which aims to engage building operators nationwide in improving energy efficiency by 20% by 2020. The announcement was made by President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton during a leadership event attended by Craig Herkert, Supervalu chief executive officer and president, in Washington, D.C.
“Reducing our energy footprint and creating a more thoughtful and sustainable operation are important priorities, and we will continue to test innovative ways to build our stores with future generations in mind,” said Herkert. “These projects are good for the environment, improve our operating efficiency and create jobs — ultimately benefiting the communities we serve.”
Supervalu, which operates more than 78 million square feet of retail and distribution center space, has had a longstanding commitment to environmental sustainability. The company has invested $20 million in energy efficiency initiatives this year alone, resulting in over 1,300 projects across its enterprise.
The has been working over the past five years to reduce total carbon emissions by 10 percent and landfill waste by 50% and is on track to reach those milestones by the end of 2012.
Using cutting-edge technologies, Supervalu is engineering breakthrough projects such as the nation’s first low-carbon, ammonia refrigeration system at an Albertsons store it is remodeling in Carpinteria, Calif., which is an important pilot project in its efforts to build a model for the “grocery store of the future.”
Since 2008, SuperValu has completed 4,500 energy reduction projects, including:
- Lighting upgrades — LED, retrofit of existing frozen food lights, spot lights in produce, parking lot lighting retrofits;
- Refrigerator and freezer alarm systems to notify employees if doors are left open;
- New and retrofitted refrigerated dairy and deli cases with doors;
- Fuel cells in several of its stores to serve as the primary energy provider to that location; and
- Development of nine LEED stores throughout the country and one nationally recognized Green Store in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Earlier this year, SuperValu announced plans to transition 40 stores to zero waste operations during the company’s current fiscal year ending Feb. 25, 2012, building on the success of the company’s two zero waste stores in Santa Barbara, Calif. Through its sustainability efforts, SuperValu also reduced garbage expenses by 12.6% in its fiscal year ending February 2011 and recycling revenues exceeded landfill waste expenses for the first time.