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IKEA has installed a new solar energy system at its South Florida store in the city of Sunrise. The new photovoltaic array is a 1,000-kilowatt system with 4,300 panels. It will produce 1,500,000-kilowatt hours of electricity annually, reducing the equivalent of 1,100 tons of carbon dioxide. Combined with IKEA projects already completed on top of its stores in Orlando and Tampa, the company is now the state’s largest non-utility solar owner. The installation also marks the 35th completed solar project for the company in the U.S., with four installations at four more locations now in progress. IKEA has installed 250,000 solar panels on its buildings around the world, and owns and operates 110 wind turbines in Europe.
Owens Corning displayed innovative HVAC solutions at the 2013 AHR Expo, held in Dallas last week. Among the products highlighted was the company’s EcoTouch Insulation for Flexible Duct that features 57 percent recycled content and 99 percent natural, bio based materials. The product was named the greenest insulation by Green Builder magazine, and is the only fiberglass product listed in the USDA BioPreferred catalog because of its bio based binder.
Halliburton has developed a new nontoxic fluid for use in the fracking drilling process to address environmental concerns about chemical pollution. The fluid, Clean Stim, uses only food-industry ingredients. Halliburton’s chemistry scoring system for fracking fluids rates Clean Stim at a zero score, the best possible. The eco-fluid is now in use by oil companies throughout the country.
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