Danfoss Technologies named winner of three 2020 AHR Expo Innovation Awards; AWWA launches on-demand video streaming platform
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Three Danfoss Technologies Named Winners of 2020 AHR Expo Innovation Awards
Danfoss was named a winner of three 2020 AHR Expo Innovation Awards. The company received awards in the Cooling, Green Building and Refrigeration categories. Danfoss also was named a finalist in the program’s Building Automation category.
The annual awards competition honors the most inventive and original products, systems and technologies showcased at the International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo) in the categories of building automation; cooling; green building; heating; indoor air quality; plumbing; refrigeration; software; tools and instruments; and ventilation.
“Danfoss is committed to bringing innovation and next-generation solutions to the market to help our customers and industry improve energy efficiency, reduce emissions, and meet climate regulations,” said John Galyen, president of Danfoss North America. “We are honored to have been recognized again this year in the AHR Expo Innovation Awards program. In total, Danfoss has been recognized more than 30 times over the past 17 years—a true testament to our investments and dedication to innovation over our entire broad portfolio of technologies. We look forward to working with our industry partners to deploy these solutions in the HVACR market.”
AWWA Launches "Safety First" Channel
The American Water Works Association (AWWA) recently announced the launch of an on-demand video streaming platform. Viewers can watch high-resolution videos, organized based on content and subject matter, at their convenience.
The first channel to launch under this new platform is “Safety First,” so viewers can access 120 videos spanning 10 hours related to utility safety training. This set of videos can strengthen employees’ skills and encourage a safe work culture.
“Employee safety is major concern at water utilities, and the ‘Safety First’ channel provides an easy way for trainers to access expert-vetted AWWA video content to complement safety talks and tailgates,” said Tony Petrites, AWWA product manager.
The “Safety First” channel is available through a yearly subscription on AWWA’s Video Streaming webpage or in AWWA’s Store. Once purchased, customers can visit video.awwa.org to access the video content.
California’s Natural Resource Center Adds Anaergia Inc. & Fibracast Ltd. to Team
Anaergia Inc. and its sister company Fibracast Ltd. are pleased to announce they have been added to the team selected for the construction of the Sterling Natural Resource Center (SNRC) in the East Valley Water District.
SNRC, being built in Highland, Calif., will be a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment facility. It will recover clean water, energy and nutrients from the wastewater and provide the community with a place for and opportunities for education, entertainment, and other events. It will also offer advanced job training opportunities. The facility will initially convert up to 8 million gpd of wastewater and up to 130,000 gpd of imported organic waste streams, into 3 MW of renewable power for the facility, clean water for replenishing the natural groundwater aquifer and the potential for fertilizer to improve soil quality. By replenishing the Bunker Hill Basin with clean treated water, the region will be able to store hundreds of millions of gallons of water for dry years.
Castle Rock First U.S. State Park to Continuously Monitor Drinking Water
Castle Rock State Park installs new system at the brand-new Robert C. Kirkwood Entrance to continuously monitor water quality and ensure access to safe, clean drinking water for park visitors. Sempervirens Fund, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving redwood forests and critical habitats in the Santa Cruz Mountains, recently deployed smart water monitoring technology from water intelligence company Ketos Inc. as part of a massive overhaul of park facilities.
“Ketos gives us a way to know exactly what is in the drinking water at Castle Rock at any given moment,” said Sara Barth, executive director of Sempervirens Fund. “We now get instant access to all of our water data and can make sure our water stays in line with all U.S. EPA safety thresholds.”
The Kirkwood Entrance relies on Ketos Shield Fabric to proactively test and monitor the groundwater that supplies the park for lead, cadmium, copper, arsenic, manganese, nitrates and chromium. California State Parks, which operates the new entrance facility, can quickly view all water data on their mobile devices or access the Ketos software platform to dive into advanced diagnostics and reports. Streamlining the water management process for the park, Ketos water quality reports are now accepted by the State of California Division of Drinking Water (DDW) as process data.
Holland Pump Co. Announces Acquisition of Alpha Pump & Equipment Inc.
Holland Pump Company, an independent specialty pump rental and dewatering solutions provider, announced it has acquired Alpha Pump & Equipmen, Inc., based in Baton Rouge, La. The acquisition provides Holland Pump with enhanced product and engineering capabilities to service industrial facilities and expands its footprint in the greater Gulf Coast region.
A focus on customer service and engineering capabilities enable its customers to finish dewatering and pumping projects faster. This has always been at the core of the company’s promise for its clients in the construction, municipal and agriculture sectors. The addition of Alpha Pump and its experience in the industrial pumping market will further expand the engineering and service capabilities of Holland Pump, specifically in the petrochemical, environmental, mining and marine sectors.
“This acquisition builds upon our ongoing commitment to provide the best customer service experience through our pump fleet, field and engineering support, while expanding our solution offering to new markets,” said Win Blodgett, Holland Pump Co. president. “We are very pleased to welcome the knowledgeable and experienced team at Alpha Pump to the Holland Pump family.”
Leading environmental engineering and construction firm Brown and Caldwell welcomes Carey Allen as senior vice president and leader of its integrated project delivery (IPD) of the firm.