Use Your Cell Phone to Manage Your New Home Heating and Air Conditioning System Remotely

Trane Inc.

Can you manage your airflow at home from your cell phone from a distance?  It’s now possible with Trane ComfortLink II Residential Communicating System.

Trane is the world leader in air conditioning systems, services and solutions. Trane controls the comfort of the air for people in homes and many of the world’s largest and most famous commercial, industrial and institutional buildings. Trane applies its expertise in environmental technology and energy conservation to make a difference in energy efficiency around the globe.

Trane has been catering cooling systems to residential homes besides commercial. Trane has developed a new communication system which can talk to one another. Most people are not aware what’s happening behind their home.

If you have the Trane ComfortLink II fully integrated, self-configuring system, then it will verify proper installation and maintain proper airflow calibration over the whole life of the system. Your Trane heating and cooling products are now started talking to one another about how to keep your family comfortable — whether they’re in the living room or thousands of miles away.

The Trane ComfortLink II Residential Communicating System represents a breakthrough in product design and efficiency. Advanced technology has been incorporated inside. Specific air conditioning and heating system products allows components to communicate with one another so that they’re always automatically configured and calibrated to your preferred settings, constantly troubleshooting to achieve utmost efficiency.

Special technology is built into specific Trane products, allowing them to “communicate” with each other. Consumers can receive the benefits of the Trane ComfortLink II by having a complete heating and cooling system that’s perfectly matched and designed for how and where they live.

The hallmark of the Trane ComfortLink II Residential Communicating System is very ease to set-up, install and service.

You can view more ComfortLink II products here.

Randy Scott
Vice President, Product Systems Management
Trane Residential Systems

Randy Scott – A biography

Randy Scott, Vice President, Product Systems Management for Trane Residential Systems, has an extensive career in sales, marketing and business development roles with the company. Randy has twenty four years of experience in the HVAC industry.

Randy recently led the successful commercialization of several industry exclusive products including Trane CleanEffects, XV95 gas furnace, XL16c packaged unit and most recently the ComfortLink II communicating system with Charge Assist.

Randy is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management with Honor.

Trane Inc. (NYSE: TT), previously named American Standard Companies Inc., provides systems and services that enhance the quality and comfort of the air in homes and buildings around the world. The company offers customers a broad range of energy-efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems; dehumidifying and air cleaning products; service and parts support; advanced building controls and financing solutions. Selling under both the Trane and American Standard Heating & Air Conditioning brand names, the company’s systems and services have leading positions in premium commercial, residential, institutional and industrial markets; a reputation for reliability, high quality and product innovation; and a powerful distribution network.

In 2006 the business generated annual revenues of approximately $6.8 billion with $4.9 billion coming from equipment systems and $1.9 billion from parts, services and solutions. Trane has more than 29,000 employees and 29 production facilities worldwide. For more information, visit

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Enerlume Energy Management Corp Shows how Businesses can save 15% on Electric Bills

Hundreds of Fluorescent Lamps, in Shinbashi, Tokyo JapanImage via Wikipedia

Going green is more than a just a cause celebre: it has become a global issue that cannot be ignored. However, at the same time global demand for energy is growing fast, with lighting accounting for 40% to 80% of a typical commercial building’s electric bill.  [Listen to find out how lighting changes are affecting business and homes.]

In fact, the House and Senate are working on legislation that over the next seven years would phase out the conventional light bulb and replace it with compact fluorescent bulbs—a move that would not only save consumers $6 billion a year in energy, but also reduce man-made emissions.

While fluorescent lighting plays a key role in conservation, advances beyond changing from older T12 fluorescents to the more modern and efficient T8 fluorescents have been largely limited to turning lights off or dimming the lights with voltage reducers. If the facility has already installed T8 fluorescents and turning the lights off, or significantly dimming them, is unacceptable there seemed to be no simple next step in saving energy.

Enter the EnerLume | EM™
The EnerLume | EM, developed by Hamden, CT based Enerlume Energy Management Corp., is a small, self-contained, easily installed device that provides a new alternative. Simply put, the EnerLume | EM reduces the electricity consumption of T8 fluorescent lighting systems and can reduce light bills by up to 15% or more. The EnerLume | EM enables corporations and institutions to save energy by preventing fluorescent lighting systems from drawing power that cannot be efficiently converted into light.

EnerLume | EM’s built-in microprocessor employs a sophisticated algorithm to provide timing direction to the ballast (a device that converts power from the AC grid to a form suitable to light fluorescent lamps), determining when to draw power in such a way as to maintain full peak voltage to maximize light output. The ballast draws power when it is most efficient to do so, increasing the lighting system’s efficiency and providing more foot-candles of light per watt consumed. While taking energy out, the EnerLume | EM reduces the operating temperature of the ballast thereby increasing the expected life of the ballast. With the ballast running cooler, and reducing the temperature of each lighting fixture, one can expect a reduction in the electricity required to operate the air conditioning.

The EnerLume | EM system is suitable for use in buildings such as manufacturing facilities, parking garages, distribution centers, warehouses, retail space, and school systems. The EnerLume | EM system is easily installed between the feeder circuit and the lighting panel. A single EnerLume | EM can save energy on up to 2,300 lighting fixtures. Running Windows-based software, the device is easily programmed to power lighting systems on and off; facilities do not have to rely on the “last person out” to hit the light switch, providing considerable added cost savings. The EnerLume | EM also allows for remote programmability, making light changes and shut down easily monitored by any authorized computer.

Enerlume’s Chief Executive Officer, David Murphy, says, “Because of the rising cost of energy as well as the desire to minimize one’s carbon footprint, companies large and small, contractors, and government officials are all looking for new ways to save money and go green. The EnerLume | EM allows them to go greener. It provides an affordable way to save significant electrical energy while maintaining the light needed in the facility.”

Saves Energy Without Leaving You In The Dark

Consider This:
While there have been many power reduction devices available for fluorescent light over the years, they have almost universally worked on the principle of restricting the amount of power the ballast can draw by reducing the peak voltage. In effect, these power restrictors simply “dim” ballasts that were not originally designed to be dimmable. The percentage of watts saved is roughly equal to the percentage of lumens lost.

The EnerLume-EM® works on a completely different principle. It does not limit the amount of power the ballast draws, it restricts when it may draw power. AC power is delivered in a sine wave. A single wave happens very fast – 60 times per second. Ballasts need power to operate the fluorescent tubes. By restricting when on the sine wave cycle the ballast may draw power, the EnerLume-EM® allows the ballast to get the power it needs when it is efficient to do so. This results in lower power consumption.

This way, the ballast still provides very nearly all the power the tubes need to maintain full brightness. This is why, at a very significant electrical savings of 15%, there is no detectable loss of light. This is simply because the tubes still get the power they need. The EnerLume-EM® guides the ballast to create the needed power for the fluorescent tubes with less power pulled from the Utility. This leads to longer ballast life and reduced cooling costs.

With the EnerLume-EM®, the facility manager can further increase the savings beyond the 15%. Beyond this, depending on the ballast used, there will be a dimming effect as the time restriction becomes great enough to interfere with the ballast’s ability to get enough power to provide the tubes with what they want. That said, it is still not in direct proportion. The additional power savings exceed the lumen loss. Users report savings of up to 30% in power consumption.

Bottom Line:

The EnerLume|EM® and power restrictors are not the same. Power restrictors limit power drawn by dimming the lights. The EnerLume|EM® teaches the ballast to be more efficient. It actually increases the efficacy of the fluorescent lighting system.

What is the EnerLume|EM®
The EnerLume|EM® is an energy saving device for use with new or existing fluorescent lighting systems. By conditioning the incoming power wave, it reduces electrical consumption with negligible lumen loss at savings up to 15%. Greater savings are possible with some lumen loss. Savings percentages are set using the EnerLume|EM® software (Windows® based) provided. This software allows the user to program changes to savings and “On/Off” as timed events.

Installation is accomplished by “splicing” the EnerLume|EM® in between the supply feeder and the lighting panel. Suitable for three phase or single phase systems.

Ballast Requirements:
The EnerLume|EM® works with either T8 or T12 ballasts. Testing shows that the greatest savings with the least lumen loss are achieved when the EnerLume|EM® is used with single voltage T8 ballasts.

About the EnerLume|EM®

In many applications, fluorescent lighting accounts for 40% – 80% of your electric bill. One way to reduce that cost is to simply cut voltage and dim the lights. That’s the way traditional “Black Box” sine wave toppers operate. Another is to turn the lights off. Building Management Systems save money by eliminating light. Now you can keep the lights on and bright, and save money at the same time.

The EnerLume-EM® is designed to improve lighting efficiency so your lighting levels are maintained with less electricity. While other devices cut electrical flow by “topping” sine waves. the patent pending EnerLume-EM® takes a more intelligent approach, resulting in an entirely new way to reduce electrical consumption. Additionally, this new technology works with both new and existing fluorescent lighting systems.

The EnerLume-EM® gives you greater flexibility and control over your fluorescent lighting system. You are not only cutting power, but managing it. The EnerLume-EM® management features include remote programming and adjustable energy levels.

The EnerLume-EM® dramatically reduces the cost of running fluorescent lights without sacrificing lighting quality. In addition, the EnerLume-EM® can be programmed to dim or selectively curtail after hours lighting levels for even greater savings.

EnerLume-EM<sup>®</sup> Wire Diagram (Click image for full size image)The EnerLume-EM® is a lighting energy management system designed to reduce the power required for operating magnetic or electronic ballasts in fluorescent lighting systems. The EnerLume-EM® manages the incoming power so the ballasts draw energy only when power transmission is most efficient. This patent pending capability cuts energy costs while reducing light levels so little that no light loss can be seen by the human eye.

In typical installations, the EnerLume-EM® is mounted adjacent to the fluorescent lighting panel to be treated. A single EnerLume-EM® unit can treat all fixtures fed by the lighting panel. The EnerLume-EM® is UL and CUL listed and housed in a steel, NEMA rated enclosure. The EnerLume-EM® is offered in six different models to meet your specific voltage and capacity requirements.

Case Studies

Hospital Complex – State of New York
We installed a 100 amp, 277/480v EnerLume|EM® in an electrical closet servicing one floor of an eight story research building. Prior to the installation, the normal hours of operation that the T-8 fluorescent lights remained on were 6:00AM to 11:00PM weekdays and half days on weekends. The department relied on the “last person out” to shut off the lights, but that was rarely achieved. Therefore, the 400+ fluorescent fixtures typically remained on 24/7. Upon installation of the EnerLume|EM®, we achieved a sustainable 30% savings in kwh with the lights on and an overall 50% savings over a 24 hour period by programming the unit to shut lights off from 11:00PM to 6:00AM. There was less than 1% loss in ft/c. Considering that the utility rate was over $0.21 kwh, the ROI was measured in months.

Large Education Facility – Central New England
This two year old public school was originally built using four lite T-8 fluorescent fixtures with occupancy sensors in each room. The school typically has the lights on from 7:00AM to nearly 11:00PM weekdays and a half day on Saturdays. With an electric rate exceeding $0.14 kwh, a 200 amp, 277/480v EnerLume|EM® was installed on a first floor dedicated lighting panel and connected to like panels on the second and third floor. Overall building savings exceeded 10% of the total load and the lighting panel savings exceeded 18%. Ft/c loss was imperceptible at just under 2 ft/c. The ROI was calculated at 14 months.

Public Warehouse – Southern New England
It is a 465,000 sq, ft. public storage facility that contained 464 – 400w HID’s incurring an exorbitant monthly electric bill. We recommended and installed six lite T-8 fluorescent fixtures with mirror reflectors and occupancy sensors on each fixture. Four EnerLume|EM® 100 amp, 277/480v Energy Managers were also installed. Overall utility savings was 78% and the EnerLume|EM®’s accounted for more than 15% of that savings. The utility incentive was approximately 50% and the ROI came in at less than 17 months.

David J. Murphy – Co-Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer: David J. Murphy a Co-founder of the Company was appointed as its President and CEO during February 2007. He had served as the Company’s Acting President and Chief Executive Officer since August 2005. Since 1986, Mr. Murphy also served as a
Director. Other positions held by Mr. Murphy at the Company include serving as its Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. His prior experience includes serving as Operations Manager for Campus Dining at the University of New Haven and as an Adjunct Professor in the Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism School. Mr.
Murphy received a B.S. degree in International Business from Quinnipiac University, as well as earned a certificate in Exporting Marketing from Quinnipiac University.

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Quick Recharge Batteries for Cars

Phoenix Sport Utility Trucks (SUTs). Photo by Bill Dale on 6-27-2007 taken in Ontario, California.Image via Wikipedia

Current Automotive batteries take hours to recharge an don’t last. They were great in the 1940’s, but just don’t cut it for our newer, more battery intensive automotive applications. I interviewed Alan J. Gotcher Ph.D, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the leader in a whole new standard for rechargeable batteries. [Listen Here to the Interview]

Altairnano, Inc., the leaders in innovative battery technology, have created a rechargeable, nano-titanate battery system that provides fundamental advantages over existing, traditional lithium ion batteries. With a very fast charge, long life, high power, an extremely wide operating temperature range, and inherently safe, Altair’s lithium titanate batteries are cost effective with prices similar to that of other rechargeable batteries.

  • Altair’s lithium titanate batteries are rechargeable in a few minutes, versus hours required for other rechargeable batteries.
  • Altairnano’s batteries do not explode or exhibit thermal runaway. These thermally stable batteries are well suited for hostile environments.
  • Altairnano batteries can operate at temperatures as low as –50°C and as high as +75°C, with no unsafe characteristics
  • With instantaneous power even at very cold temperatures, Altair’s lithium titanate batteries deliver power per unit weight and unit volume several times that of conventional lithium ion batteries. Altairnano laboratory measurements indicate power density as high as 4000 W/Kg and over 5000W/litre.

Phoenix Motorcars, Lightning Car Company, Micro-Vett and many others are leveraging this technology.

Here is the comparison:

Phoenix Electric SUV/SUT

2007 Cadillac Escalade

480 lbs. Torque

417 lbs. Torque

0-60 Less than 10 Seconds

0-60 Less than 7 Seconds

275 Horsepower

403 Horsepower

130 Miles to a Charge (Expansion pack Available 250 mi.)

17 Miles to the Gallon

Alan J. Gotcher Ph.D
President and Chief Executive Officer

Alan J. Gothcher – A biography

Dr. Gotcher was appointed CEO in August, 2004 and President in March 2005. Previously, Dr. Gotcher was Chairman and CEO of Nevada-based InDelible Technologies, Inc., and prior to that he spent fourteen years with Avery Dennison, a well known public company in Pasadena, California. While at Avery Dennison, Dr. Gotcher served as Senior Vice president, Manufacturing & Technology, and Chief Technology Officer. During his tenure Dr. Gotcher led Avery’s teams that created and commercialized the Duracell On-Cell tester battery label and pressure sensitive battery labels, which created new business sales in excess of $100 million per year, and the United States Postal Service’s self-stick stamp products which created new sales of approximately $100 million per year. Prior to joining Avery Dennison, Dr. Gotcher was Laboratory Director, U.S. Corporate Research and Development, with Menlo Park, California-based Raychem Corporation where he lead the business development teams that created, developed and commercialized the profitable, conductive polymer-based PolySwitch® over-current protection device business

Altairnano is an innovator and manufacturer of advanced novel, ceramic nanomaterials which are used in products that exhibit ground-breaking performance. Altairnano’s products address a diverse range of high-growth energy, pharmaceutical, and industrial applications. Working with leading market partners in their respective industries, Altairnano licenses or manufactures superior products. Rapid commercial successes are achieved through Altairnano’s tightly integrated and dedicated teams of product development, scientists, management, production, marketing, and sales people.

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Tech Gift Interviews Available Online

  • LISTEN – Gift Giving Show intro and Comment and Review on Tech in the News. This week: What technology does your Candidate feel he/she can’t live without and Manhunt2 (BIG Warning about giving this as a gift this year) and other last minute gifts.
  • LISTEN – Show wrap-up and Comment and Review on Tech in the News. This week cell phones and computers.
  • LISTENDarren Ward from Planon makers of the Docupen joins Craig to discuss the docupen and how it would make a great gift for the “Road Warrior or Student in your life.
  • LISTEN – Phillipe Schwartz from OoVoo joins Craig to discuss how you can share Christmas morning with your families that are far way with their free video conferencing tool.
  • LISTEN – Eric Brown from Impact Games joins Craig to discuss their game called “Peacemaker” that allows you to try to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
  • LISTEN – Nick Chernoff the Boston District Manager for Radio Shack joins Craig to discuss some of the 7200 tech products they have for you this Holiday gift giving season.
  • LISTEN – Robert Pederson from Zagg Industries joins Craig to talk about how they have taken some military grade technology to make a product that will improve your life. Their product the Invisibleshield will protect all your handheld devices from wear and tear.
  • LISTEN – Dr. Marion Somers joins Craig to discuss how to pick the best Technology for Grandpa and Grandma.
  • LISTEN – Christopher Celeste from Playway Digital joins Craig to talk about their portable Audio Books and how they make great gifts.
  • LISTEN – Ben Patterson the Gadget Hound from Yahoo Tech joins Craig to discuss what Technology you want to get for Christmas and what Technology you should avoid.
  • LISTEN – Les Jickling from Absolute Software joins Craig to discuss the problems of related to Laptop Theft and how they can help you prevent it.
  • LISTEN – Steven Ostrowski from the Computing Technology Industry Association joins Craig to discuss a Survey they conducted that revealed what the top 5 Technology gifts for this holiday season are.
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Gifts and Tools for the Holidays

This weekend’s show is full of great information for gift givers — Christmas or otherwise. Check it out on the Tech Talk With Craig Peterson website. Guests include:

  • Darren Ward from Planon who talks about about their DocuPen RC800 full-page color scanner for students, attorneys and business people (and even wine enthusiasts).Planon DocuPen Pen Scanner - DPEN-RC800Planon DocuPen Pen Scanner – DPEN-RC800
  • Phillipe Schwartz the CEO of OoVoo — a free online tool to video conference your family Christmas morning or any time.PeaceMaker: Play the News. Solve the Puzzle. (Mac or PC)
  • Eric Brown the CEO of ImpactGames, the maker of an inexpensive PC-based game call Peace Maker designed to help kids or adults better understand the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. It’s quite cool and a great teaching aid. Even schools have started using it. PeaceMaker: Play the News. Solve the Puzzle. (Mac or PC)
  • Nick Chernoff the Boston District Manager for Radio Shack. There are lots of last-minute gifts available for everyone on your list.
  • Robert Pederson the CEO of Zagg Industries about their InvisibleShield product line. This is a very useful covering for your cell phone, iPod or any device with a screen, face or case you’d like to protect.invisibleSHIELD - iPod Video 30gb - Full Body Protector Coming out of military technology, these covers are top-notch! invisibleSHIELD – iPod Video 30gb – Full Body Protector
  • Dr. Marion Somers an eldercare expert about which Technologies your Parents or Grandparents would really enjoy. She’s also the author of an easy-to-read and use Elder Care Book called “Elder Care Made Easy“.
  • Christopher Celeste of Playaway Digital, a company that makes an innovative technology to allow people to listen to their favorite books without having to have or use an MP3 player, ripping CDs, etc.
  • Yahoo Techspert and Gadget Hound Ben Patterson and I talk about some of the best and some of the worst gifts for this year. Ben has written a few articles that I’ve quoted in the past, including naming Vista as one of the worst products… ever. I knew I liked this guy — he even has some good advise.
  • Les Jickling talks about their Computrace® LoJack® for Laptops which helps recover stolen laptops at a rate dozens of times better than the feds.
  • Steven Ostrowski from the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) talks about their survey of members. What are the top 5 tech gifts for techies this year?

All-in-all, another great show to be broadcast on December 22nd, 2007.

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