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.
CVS Caremark names Randy Falkenrath SVP specialty pharmacy
WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark has announced the appointment of Randy Falkenrath as SVP specialty pharmacy, with responsibility for the ongoing development of clinical programs and product management to support the company’s specialty pharmacy business.
Falkenrath brings more than 26 years of experience in the health plan, pharmaceutical and medical device industries to his new position at CVS Caremark. Over the past nine months, Falkenrath worked within the company’s specialty field operations group. Prior to joining CVS Caremark, Falkenrath was SVP specialty pharmacy and business development for UnitedHealthcare’s commercial pharmacy benefit management business. Previously, Falkenrath was a partner in the life sciences consulting division of Computer Sciences Corporation and also held leadership positions at Baxter International and Searle Pharmaceuticals.
"Specialty pharmacy is an important growth area for CVS Caremark over the next few years, and Randy Falkenrath’s in-depth experience and knowledge of the industry make him uniquely qualified to lead our specialty pharmacy business," stated Jon Roberts, EVP and COO for the CVS Caremark PBM business. "His expertise will enable us to continue to enhance our specialty pharmacy leadership and identify further opportunities for integration across the CVS Caremark enterprise so we can better help patients dealing with complex, debilitating diseases on their path to better health."
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.