Renewable energy and agricultural processing project boost employment in oil conflict-ridden Niger Delta region of Southern Nigeria

  The Niger Delta, an area with a chequered past of exploitation, is set to benefit from a renewable energy plant and an agriculture processing project providing electricity, jobs and economic empowerment Asanita Agricultural Processing Company has secured funding to build a renewable energy power plant and a cassava processing to ethanol plant in Southern Nigeria. The project located on a 40-hectare estate in Edo State in the Niger Delta region, will produce 50,000 litres per day of ethanol and deliver electricity for up to 300 homes. By creating hundreds…

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ESPRIT for Profit Unlocks the Full Potential of Tools

  ESPRIT for Profit is a new, special edition of the popular software that works for tools which require specific toolpaths generated only with CAM systems.   Montpellier, France (15 October 2020)—Thomas Edison is quoted as saying, “There’s a way to do it better—find it.” This is the continuous challenge in which ESPRIT for Profit was born. Tool manufacturers offer innovative tools with high potential to save time and money and to machine difficult parts and materials. Those tools could be valuable for machine shops. Unfortunately, it isn’t always easy…

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Guardian Glass and Eastman Partner on the Ultimate Color Neutral Laminated Glass

    Guardian Glass and Eastman Partner on the Ultimate Color Neutral Laminated Glass   KINGSPORT, Tenn., October 15, 2020 – Continuing demand for superior low-iron glass products in both the premium commercial and residential markets is being met with an innovative collaboration between Eastman and Guardian Glass. Eastman and Guardian are jointly announcing Eastman’s new Saflex® Crystal Clear PVB interlayer, which is designed to produce one of the most color neutral, brilliant laminated low-iron glass products available today: Guardian UltraClear® LamiGlass™ Neutral.   “Until now, laminating low-iron glass was…

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Artificial Intelligence in Manufacturing

  As more artificial intelligence-enabled products come into market, learn about the roadblocks these products are creating and how OEMs are working through them. Florian Güldner Oct 13th, 2020 Florian Güldner, research director, ARC Advisory Group Many technology suppliers now offer artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled products and many machine builders have started to evaluate the technology. However, there are several roadblocks impeding adoption. Most prominent among these are the lack of data scientists and available data, legal aspects, human factors, and unclear use cases. The following case studies from the ARC…

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How the Connected Everything Network is accelerating digital manufacturing

  Accelerating digital manufacturing research between academia andindustry is a key objective of the Connected Everything network. Oliver Fisher, from the University of Nottingham, outlines its latest collaborations in support of the UK’s manufacturing industry As digital technology advances, the manufacturing sector must adapt and respond to a great number of drivers and barriers. Key to addressing these challenges will be a strongly cross-disciplinary approach, facilitated through a UK-wide network of academics and industry partners. Hosted by the University of Nottingham, Connected Everything is an Engineering and Physical Research Council (EPSRC)…

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KBL launches energy-efficient SP coupled pump-set fitted with IE4 motor

    KBL launches energy-efficient SP coupled pump-set fitted with IE4 motor The pump-set has a lower life cycle and operating cost It is locally serviceable at the company’s service centres It consumes up to 14% less energy for pumping the same amount of fluid These are ready-to-use pumps designed for effluent treatment plants and dewatering applications   Mumbai, 15th October 2020: ct. Kirloskar Brothers Limited (KBL) has launched a new range of energy-efficient, low maintenance SP Coupled pump-sets designed for effluent treatment plants and dewatering applications. This newly-launched SP…

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Mozambique outlines fund plan for $96 Billion gas windfall

  INTERNATIONAL – Mozambique published its proposed model for a sovereign wealth fund as it prepares to reap as much as $96 billion — more than six times the size of its current gross domestic product — from liquefied natural gas projects that companies including Total SE are building. The developments, which are the biggest private investments yet in Africa, could make Mozambique the continent’s second-biggest producer of the fuel. The central bank laid out plans for how the fund may function and which institutions it will report to. The…

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PepsiCo sees strong annual profit as snacks, sodas thrive in pandemic

  INTERNATIONAL – PepsiCo forecast full-year profit above market expectations on Thursday after a rebound in soda sales and increased demand for the company’s snacks during the Covid-19 crisis helped drive quarterly sales higher. The packaged food company beat revenue and profit estimates for the third quarter, sending its shares up 2 percent in premarket trading. People spending more time working from home and taking online classes has led to a rise in demand for salty snacks, boosting demand for PepsiCo’s Tostitos, Cheetos and Doritos from households across North America.…

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Total to increase investments in renewable energy production

  INTERNATIONAL – France’s Total on Wednesday said it would hike its annual investments in renewable energy and electricity by 50 percent as it cuts its reliance on oil and aims to become a major low-carbon power producer. Faced with gloomy long-term prospects for oil demand, Total has been accelerating a push into alternative sources of revenue, with a particular focus on providing electricity and expanding its renewable energy business. The French oil and gas company, which has slashed some spending as it grapples with the fallout from the coronavirus…

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Green bonds are flourishing in the world’s hydrocarbon hub

  INTERNATIONAL – In a region known for oil wells, tankers and sprawling natural-gas plants, green bonds might raise some eyebrows. But when Saudi Electricity Co. and Qatar National Bank sold notes this month designed to fund projects including environmentally friendly buildings, smart meters and infrastructure for distributing renewable power, investors piled in. “If you have an ESG mandate and are looking for a yield pickup in a name with a phenomenally strong balance sheet, then you would be willing to buy,” said Patrick Esteruelas, head of research at Emso…

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