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MicroTurbines – A New Dawn in Energy?

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One of the few truly new distributed energy technologies to become commercially competitive in the marketplace, microturbines have promised to change the way power is generated. Therefore, they are drawing strong interest from both utilities and commercial and industrial end users. The big question is whether the unique attributes of microturbines offer enough value for buyers to compete with low-cost central power.As microturbines started to enter the marketplace, Platts Research & Consulting (PR&C) began to objectively document the experiences of early adopters. The company’s goal was to raise and clarify energy company awareness of the technology’s strengths and weaknesses and to help them understand the attributes of microturbines that were likely to motivate market growth and create new opportunities. The 52 user interviews they conducted over the first two years of substantial commercial sales of microturbines reflect field experiences with equipment from all the major manufacturers. Their partner company, MES who also specialise in high voltage engineering and cable jointing,  talked with actual operators of these early microturbines, assessing their successes and failures with different installations and applications. The analysis of that data identified common themes among those experiences.

Microturbines shine in applications where their attributes give them advantages over competing technologies. Producing lots of clean, hot exhaust gas compared to other distributed generators, microturbines can supply heat for a huge variety of applications, ranging from directly heating greenhouses out of the tailpipe (and, yes, the plants thrive) to cooling buildings via heat-driven absorption chillers. Microturbines have also allowed users to economically exploit previously wasted free or low-cost fuels available at many smaller landfills, sewage treatment plants, and oil and gas wellheads. And although most early microturbines had to be financially supported for tests and demonstration projects, more recently microturbines have begun to make their own way. They have even created new markets for other businesses to grow in—a strong sign that they are here to stay.

MES used a standard set of interview questions to guide discussions and ensure that similar information was gathered from all participants. In addition, interviewers tried to determine which characteristics of each installation were important and unique, what motivated decision-makers to install the microturbines, and what lessons from each installation might be of value to others. Because this PR&C research extended over two years, MES updated most of the early interviews in 2014 to find out how those installations were faring and to add new information or perspectives that time might have offered.When the collected data was analyzed, they were able to identify general market trends and pinpoint the most intriguing developments surrounding this technology. These results helped to develop specific topics to more fully explore through five in-depth case studies.

Study subscribers received an Interview Notebook containing all 52 microturbine user interviews plus a final report that presents the five in-depth case studies and the final analysis of trend data.The five case studies in the final report highlight some aspects of the new microturbine business that we consider very significant for the future.

They include the following:

Combined heat and power (CHP). MES. has pioneered a successful energy services business model based on placing microturbine CHP systems in commercial buildings. In the report, they documented this business model and review some representative projects that MES has installed.Combined cooling, heating, and power (CCHP). Although still in its infancy and relatively expensive, CCHP promises to extend the value of microturbine waste heat from heating-only applications to cooling uses. That development will greatly increase the range of viable building applications and extend the hours of operation for these power plants.

Direct use of exhaust gases. Another market-pleaser will be the very low emissions from most microturbines’ exhaust. In theory, anywhere that direct-fired natural gas heating is used—and it is widely used in industry—a microturbine could be generating power while performing the same heating task. Greenhouses are one application where microturbines are already creating new markets.

Landfill and digester gas. Microturbines are gaining market share in these applications against the incumbent technology—reciprocating engines—because they can run on lower-Btu gas, they generally have lower emissions and maintenance costs, and they are available in sizes better suited to small landfill and digester gas sites.

Resource recovery. Free is a good price for fuel, and at many oil and gas extraction sites there is free (or very low-cost) gas for the taking; microturbines can turn that wasted resource into useful power. In fact, many such sites’ power requirements could often be met by one or a few microturbines, and grid power isn’t always available at these typically remote sites. In addition, newer environmental regulations also prohibit gas flaring, a common means of gas disposal in past years; microturbines offer a productive alternative.

For more information about this subject, please visit either MES Power or Motive Renewables , two companies very much at the forefront of renewable and green energy technology.


Market Your IT Services Business Using These Effective Techniques

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Wise managed IT consulting services business owners will focus on wise decisions and help their information technology consulting company make it through a slump. If you love your work, becoming your own boss is really the number one path to pursue. If learning about strategic business approaches is something you strive to do, this publication is here to help.

For an information technology consulting company to be assured of financial success, it needs to make quality products and offer quality services. You will notice sales spikes and a growth in reserve resources when you can offer customers products and services that are high quality. If you give excellent customer service with every transaction, you can get many customer referrals. If you are always attempting to be the best in your type of managed IT consulting services business, chances are you will have greater success.

You need to ensure that you do your best when interacting with others in that you need to have a great attitude and positive feel for whatever you’re doing. It’s imperative that you make customers feel valued and welcomed. See to it that your training includes customer service skills training. Your customers can be important as they are going to tell others about what your managed IT consulting services business is similar to.

According to industry experts, gaining experience by tackling tasks yourself is the best way to learn about the managed IT consulting services business world. When you get hands-on experience, experts claim you will find it much easier to understand the complexities of today’s business environment. You could use the skills you learn while on the job to your benefit as you own and operate your own business. It’s also a great idea to read a business book to assist develop one’s skills and find out how to do things right.

Brainstorming sessions provide valuable insight from your employees and provide you with guidance when you’re facing important decisions. Compile a list of pros and cons to simplify the planning process. It consulting company owners have been using this strategy successfully for generations, as it is extremely effective when it involves deciding which techniques and options will produce the best results. A meeting with a business development professional is almost always a great idea when you’re not really sure what move to make next.

You should always make purchase assessments before buying to avoid financial trouble with your managed IT consulting services business. Even the most carefully managed business isn’t immune to the damage that can be caused by large scale risks. When the risk is significant, so is really the likelihood of failure, so keeping your information technology consulting company solvent depends on your ability to refrain from risk-taking behaviors. The very best way to keep your company running well is through mindful risk analysis whenever a significant decision is required to be made.

 


Market Your IT Services Business Using These Effective Techniques

Posted by in Technology

Wise managed IT consulting services business owners will focus on wise decisions and help their information technology consulting company make it through a slump. If you love your work, becoming your own boss is really the number one path to pursue. If learning about strategic business approaches is something you strive to do, this publication is here to help.

For an information technology consulting company to be assured of financial success, it needs to make quality products and offer quality services. You will notice sales spikes and a growth in reserve resources when you can offer customers products and services that are high quality. If you give excellent customer service with every transaction, you can get many customer referrals. If you are always attempting to be the best in your type of managed IT consulting services business, chances are you will have greater success.

You need to ensure that you do your best when interacting with others in that you need to have a great attitude and positive feel for whatever you’re doing. It’s imperative that you make customers feel valued and welcomed. See to it that your training includes customer service skills training. Your customers can be important as they are going to tell others about what your managed IT consulting services business is similar to.

According to industry experts, gaining experience by tackling tasks yourself is the best way to learn about the managed IT consulting services business world. When you get hands-on experience, experts claim you will find it much easier to understand the complexities of today’s business environment. You could use the skills you learn while on the job to your benefit as you own and operate your own business. It’s also a great idea to read a business book to assist develop one’s skills and find out how to do things right.

Brainstorming sessions provide valuable insight from your employees and provide you with guidance when you’re facing important managed IT consulting services business decisions. Compile a list of pros and cons to simplify the planning process. It consulting company owners have been using this strategy successfully for generations, as it is extremely effective when it involves deciding which techniques and options will produce the best results. A meeting with a business development professional is almost always a great idea when you’re not really sure what move to make next.

You should always make purchase assessments before buying to avoid financial trouble with your managed IT consulting services business. Even the most carefully managed business isn’t immune to the damage that can be caused by large scale risks. When the risk is significant, so is really the likelihood of failure, so keeping your information technology consulting company solvent depends on your ability to refrain from risk-taking behaviors. The very best way to keep your company running well is through mindful risk analysis whenever a significant decision is required to be made.

 


Business Card Etiquette

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Just as in any other area of our life, advertisement plays a vital role in the success of any business’s activities. While appearance might not be everything, it plays enormous role in our perception of people, and a business card is like the first page of a book- if it catches your attention, you will read the rest; if it doesn’t you may not even turn the page. Heres some great information from Brian Craig, the business development manager at Ashgrove Trading – a leading supplier of binding equipment, packaging and print finishing equipment in the North East of Scotland

Your business card may not be a deal-breaker for a potential client, but a good card gives you just one more chance of making a statement. It’s your portfolio to the world, but in small, more convenient package. As with wearing the proper attire to an event, good business card etiquette is a big part of the first impression you make on a person. After all, 50% of a business success is the right presentation that can separate you from the sea of people and make you memorable.

Here are some simple rules to follow when it comes to your free business cards:

1. Always have plenty of them in hand; You never know when the opportunity might present itself. Always have cards with you, even if you just go out to meet with friends. You never know who you might run into, and when the conversation might take a business turn. A business card is like your ID – it says a lot to the world about whom you are, you will rarely need it just walking down the street, but it is crucial to always have it in handy place.

2. Don’t Just Give Them Out To Anyone Just giving out cards to every single person you meet is not the smartest move you can make. Giving out cards to people who are clearly not interested in your business is just a waste of your effort (and money!). Give out cards when asked about them or wait until the conversation take appropriate direction.With attention to that, don’t forget that networking is still important. Make a whole chapter of a book with your card, make a statement, and make something different and unusual. Put a card when sending out a bill or ask in restaurants that put out bulletin boards with cards. You never know who might end up reading your card.

3. Always give cards in good condition and have proper up-to-date information; As with any good clothing combination presentation is everything. Throw away any wrinkled, old, fading, scratched cards. Keep your free business cards in a proper card holder and make sure they are always in good condition.

4. Design is important; While the whole idea of the card is the words on it as they are your connection to the person reading the card, don’t underestimate the importance of presentation. While a bad condition of a card might turn away a potential client, original design might draw people in and separate you from the rest.Don’t overdo it- simplicity is a golden rule in business –  make something that will make people look twice before they put away your card.

5. Attention; When receiving a card don’t put it away at the moment, take few seconds to take a look at it, may be complement on the design or ask a question. This shows to the other person they have your attention and is crucial to your future business relationship

6. International business; There are different set of rules of the countries you visit and having the proper information may save you trouble and make you more comfortable in every setting. There is a common rule between all of them however and it’s the rule of courtesy: if you are in a country with language different than yours it’s a sign of respect and unspoken requirement to have a bi-lingual card and when giving it out hold it with the language of the country up.


How I Evaluated an Interesting Business Investment Opportunity

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Most business people know that it can be a huge deal making a go of any business but putting money into a business investment opportunity that someone else brings to you is equally difficult. That’s why, when one of my good friend recently came to me with a proposal I didn’t just say yes because I liked him – it always pays to perform due diligence, even if its a trusted friend bringing you the deal. So, here’s what I did when Matt from BusinessPort Ltd approached me with a proposal he received from one of his clients

Basically, there are two main areas that you need to think  about when a potential business investment opportunity comes your way. You need to look at it in two basic ways.

The first thing that you you need to do, is to try to work out what kind of return on any investment, you’re looking for. There are number ways to do this; the important thing is that you should pick a way to come up with a figure and you need to stick with it. You need to find out what kind of return you expect for your money and how soon.

It wouldn’t be a bad idea either to try to find out how long the business investment opportunity before you has been available, and how long there have been no takers.

Once you know how much of a return you expect on your investment, you have a basic idea about whether the business opportunity in question makes any sense for you. If it isn’t what you expect for your money, there’s no point in going on.

If the opportunity you have does seem to promise the kind of return that you expect, your next step would be to actually take a look at their financial plan to see if the they actually seem like competent people in how the plan for their business to be. It wouldn’t be a bad idea at this stage to bring in professional advisors.

With the help of your advisors, you should look at the financial plan and also the marketing plan that they seem to be working with. Even if everything else works out well, a poor or shortsighted marketing plan could make the difference between a profitable investment and one that bites the dust.

Any new business is absolutely going to take a bit of time to actually begin to return a profit. This could be anything from a few months to a few years. Before you take up a business investment opportunity, you do need to be comfortable with how long you are asked to wait. If your investment is not equity, if it is debt instead, you need to know if their debt to you is given precedence over equity when it comes to the company closing down one day.

And finally, even if all of the above seem to work out very well, you do need to find out how much risk is involved. Some businesses – restaurants for instance – exist in circumstances of heavy competition. They work on wafer thin margins and the possibility all the time that they might fall out of favor. You do need to assess if the risk involved is worth it.


The Pros And Cons Of Nuclear Power – An Insiders View

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Hi, and welcome to my first post on my new blog. I wanted to start off with a subject that is very close to my heart – the risks associated with generating electricity using nuclear power! Many people throw their hands up in horror when I bring up this subject but, after spending a few years at a high voltage cable jointing  company, I got a different (insider) perspective on the whole issue. As with most things, its not a s straightforward as you think at first consideration. Let me explain more.

In the modern world, the use of gadgets to do different things automatically or for the sake of utility and entertainment is on the increase. To power these gadgets, there has been the need to find efficient and eco-friendly means of electric power generation that will see to it that sufficient power is generated without creating adverse effects to the ecosystem.

Answering to the above call are many power generation methods but the most efficient alternative I being nuclear power. The major advantages of nuclear power generation that give it the edge over its competitors is that it emits very small amounts of green house gases and can generate large quantities of power from little fuel and using little space.

However, electric power generation is not as simple or straightforward as many have taken it to be. Many problems face the technology with the main being the disposal of radioactive fuel wastes. Research has shown that these wastes have to be monitored for thousands of years before they lose their radioactivity and be safe for the environment one more.

Another risk that constantly accompanies the use of nuclear power is the risk of accidents. Managing such vast amounts of energy can be a very risky venture. Even though comprehensive safety measures are taken when building such plants, accidents can never be eradicated and when they happens they are usually very fatal.

Due to their high explosion and damage capabilities, nuclear electric power generation becomes even a threat to the national security of a given state. This is because such plants make good target points for terrorist attacks. A major attack on a nuclear plant will have catastrophic repercussion both to that nation and the world as a whole.

With all the above complications in mind, any nation will have to deliberate deeply before deciding on building a nuclear power plant.  The time frame needed for formalities planning and building of a new plant ranges from 20 to 30 years meaning that nuclear power cannot be a short timed solution to a countries power needs.

One final thing that comes as a setback to this style of electric power generation is that the material used to generate the energy to power such plants is derived from a rare mineral. Uranium is not that easily available and it is estimated that with the current demand it will not be possible to power earth for the next 30 to 60 years.

Even though nuclear power generation might seem to be a lucrative venture, it is very necessary that all its cons be known before supporting anyone lobbying for it.  We are commonly duped by its advantages and throw caution to the wind ignoring its disadvantages which have very weighty repercussions.


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