Interstate Warehousing saves big with Groom Energy
Groom Energy and Digital Lumens announced the installation of the Digital Lumens Intelligent Lighting System in three newly expanded Interstate Warehousing facilities located in Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee. The new sections use 90 percent less lighting energy than the older portions of the facilities, costing $.04 per sq. ft. to light versus as much as $.51 in the older spaces.
As a result of the significant savings, Interstate has announced plans to upgrade to the Digital Lumens System in all of its refrigerated warehouse facilities to help meet energy efficiency goals.
Operational since the fall of 2010, the 117,000 sq. ft. addition in Indiana is using approximately 43,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy compared to older portions of the facility that consume more than 550,000 kWh. The difference equates to a savings of more than $30,000 per year to operate the new section of the warehouse and approximately 771,000 pounds of CO2 reduced annually.
The Ohio and Tennessee facilities have recently opened and expect similar savings.
Working closely with facility engineers from Interstate, Groom Energy analyzed the existing lighting, selected the Digital Lumens Intelligent Lighting system, designed the new lighting layout, developed the control scheme and commissioned the systems at all three facilities.
The Digital Lumens System turns lights on instantly in the freezer as operators enter the aisle and off after they leave, maximizing savings. The mesh networked lighting system continuously tracks and reports energy consumption and savings, and also allows easy overrides to turn lights on for maintenance or inventory.
The Interstate expansions were built by Tippmann Construction, an industry leader in the construction of refrigerated distribution facilities. Tippmann focuses on delivering energy efficient systems with leading edge designs that have low maintenance and low operating costs.
“To maintain the leadership that we have earned in the refrigerated warehousing market, it is critical that our facilities offer the latest innovation in the most sustainable manner and at the lowest operating costs in the industry,” Chuck Tippmann, president of Interstate Warehousing said. “Working with Groom Energy to design and install the Digital Lumens System in our newly expanded warehouse allowed us access to the best solution with the least impact on the environment. We are very pleased with the increased light levels, functionality and the significant energy savings and look forward to the results that will be evident in our newest facilities as they become fully operational.”
Edited by Kevin Scarpati
Biden establishes Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force
The US government is to establish a new body with the express purpose of addressing imbalances and other supply chain concerns highlighted in a review of the sector, ordered by President Joe Biden shortly after his inauguration.
The Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force will “focus on areas where a mismatch between supply and demand has been evident,” the White House said. The division will be headed up by the Secretaries of Commerce, Transportation, and Agriculture, and will focus on housing construction, transportation, agriculture and food, and semiconductors - a drastic shortage of which has hit some of the US economy’s biggest industries in consumer technology and vehicle manufacturing.
“The Task Force will bring the full capacity of the federal government to address near-term supply/demand mismatches. It will convene stakeholders to diagnose problems and surface solutions - large and small, public or private - that could help alleviate bottlenecks and supply constraints,” the White House said.
In late February, President Biden ordered a 100 day review of the supply chain across the key areas of medicine, raw materials and agriculture, the findings of which were released this week. While the COVID-19 health crisis had a deleterious effect on the nation’s supply chain, the published assessment of findings says the root cause runs much deeper. The review concludes that “decades of underinvestment”, alongside public policy choices that favour quarterly results and short-term solutions, have left the system “fragile”.
In response, the administration aims to address four key issues head on, strengthening its position in health and medicine, sustainable and alternative energy, critical mineral mining and processing, and computer chips.
Support domestic production of critical medicines
- A syndicate of public and private entities will jointly work towards manufacturing and onshoring of essential medical suppliers, beginning with a list of 50-100 “critical drugs” defined by the Food and Drug Administration.
- The consortium will be led by the Department of Health and Human Services, which will commit an initial $60m towards the development of a “novel platform technologies to increase domestic manufacturing capacity for API”.
- The aim is to increase domestic production and reduce the reliance upon global supply chains, particularly with regards to medications in short supply.
Secure an end-to-end domestic supply chain for advanced batteries
- The Department of Energy will publish a ‘National Blueprint for Lithium Batteries’, beginning a 10 year plan to "develop a domestic lithium battery supply chain that combats the climate crisis by creating good-paying clean energy jobs across America”.
- The effort will leverage billions in funding “to finance key strategic areas of development and fill deficits in the domestic supply chain capacity”.
Invest in sustainable domestic and international production and processing of critical minerals
- An interdepartmental group will be established by the Department of Interior to identify sites where critical minerals can be produced and processed within US borders. It will collaborate with businesses, states, tribal nations and stockholders to “expand sustainable, responsible critical minerals production and processing in the United States”.
- The group will also identify where regulations may need to be updated to ensure new mining and processing “meets strong standards”.
Partner with industry, allies, and partners to address semiconductor shortages
- The Department of Commerce will increase its partnership with industry to support further investment in R&D and production of semiconductor chips. The White House says its aim will be to “facilitate information flow between semiconductor producers and suppliers and end-users”, improving transparency and data sharing.
- Enhanced relationships with foreign allies, including Japan and South Korea will also be strengthened with the express proposed of increasing chip output, promoting further investment in the sector and “to promote fair semiconductor chip allocations”.