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Kiwi are flightless birds endemic to New Zealand, in the genus Apteryx and family Apterygidae. At around the size of a domestic chicken, kiwi are by far the smallest living ratites and lay the largest egg in relation to their body size of any species of bird in the world. There are five recognised species, two of which are currently vulnerable, one of which is endangered, and one of which is critically endangered. Wikipedia.

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News Article | May 10, 2017
Site: co.newswire.com

If you have noticed an influx of cyclists hitting the streets of New York this month, it’s credited to National Bike Month. Established in 1956, National Bike Month celebrates the many benefits of cycling and encourages everyone to get involved. In honor of National Bike Month, Transportation Alternatives is hosting a wide array of events, meant to engage new and seasoned cyclists alike. This year, Kiwi Energy is teaming up with Transportation Alternatives to become a sponsor of Bike month and promote the importance of bicycling in the city. Each year, Transportation Alternatives celebrates Bike Month by curating a series of activities that highlight the benefits and importance of bicycling. This year, that includes a Bike Commuter Challenge encouraging colleagues to band together in a healthy competition of tracking their monthly miles. “The Challenge is the perfect way to introduce people to the joy of commuting on two wheels, and it also helps employers build a positive, healthy workplace culture that starts with employees having fun getting to work," said Paul Steely White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives. "As workers compete for the title of 'Bikingest Office,' they also get a new perspective on New York City streets and what needs to happen to make them safer for cycling." Transportation Alternatives Bike Month events also include a Bike to Work Day and the Bike Home from Work Party, with the latter celebrating everything there is to love about cycling. Vendors also come from all over the country to offer a wide array of products and activities that both engage and interact with cyclists, young and old. Kiwi Energy will also offer exclusive giveaways at the event to promote energy efficiency and present their environmentally conscious products. “Transportation Alternatives has paved the way for some of the most remarkable changes to New York City’s transportation infrastructure, from the exceptional growth of bicycling to the outstanding innovations made to New York City streets, it has led the fight in improving infrastructure citywide. Kiwi Energy is proud to be a sponsor in this year’s Bike Month and bring awareness to a more sustainable city,” said Richard Booth, President of Retail Operations, Kiwi Energy. Whether you bike to work or school, pump those pedals to preserve your health or the environment, National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride. Kiwi Energy is an energy retailer dedicated to providing innovative energy solutions for electricity and natural gas supply. We focus on environmentally conscious products backed by friendly and efficient customer service. As a company, we pride ourselves on transparency and our team is always happy to help with any questions about the energy industry or our services. With 140,000 active supporters and committees of activists working locally in every borough, Transportation Alternatives works to reclaim New York City streets for biking, walking and public transit. Since its founding in 1973, TransAlt has paved the way for remarkable changes in New York City’s transportation infrastructure and culture, including the extraordinary growth of commuting by bicycle and the launch of Citi Bike. Through consistent and focused advocacy, TransAlt has advanced “complete street” redesigns with protected bike lanes, dedicated bus lanes and public plazas, and has also worked for more equitable Vision Zero traffic enforcement across the five boroughs, including speed safety cameras to protect children at every school.


News Article | May 10, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

NEW YORK, May 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- If you have noticed an influx of cyclists hitting the streets of New York this month, it's credited to National Bike Month. Established in 1956, National Bike Month celebrates the many benefits of cycling and encourages everyone to get involved. In...


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: LCE-07-2014 | Award Amount: 19.12M | Year: 2015

Four major Distribution System Operators (in Italy, France, Spain and Sweden) with smart metering infrastructure in place, associated with electricity retailers, aggregators, software providers, research organizations and one large consumer, propose five large-scale demonstrations to show that the deployment of novel services in the electricity retail markets (ranging from advanced monitoring to local energy control, and flexibility services) can be accelerated thanks to an open European Market Place for standardized interactions among all the electricity stakeholders, opening up the energy market also to new players at EU level. The proposed virtual environment will empower real customers with higher quality and quantity of information on their energy consumptions (and generation in case of prosumers), addressing more efficient energy behaviours and usage as through advanced energy monitoring and control services. Accessibility of metering data, close to real time, made available by DSOs in a standardized and non-discriminatory way to all the players of electricity retail markets (e.g. electricity retailers, aggregators, ESCOs and end consumers), will facilitate the emergence of new markets for energy services, enhancing competitiveness and encouraging the entry of new players, benefitting the customers. Economic models of these new services will be proposed and assessed. Based on the five demonstrations, while connecting with parallel projects funded at EU or national levels on novel services provision, the dissemination activities will support the preparation of the Market Place exploitation strategies, as well as the promotion of the use cases tested during the demonstration activities.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: EeB-07-2015 | Award Amount: 7.29M | Year: 2015

MOEEBIUS introduces a Holistic Energy Performance Optimization Framework that enhances current (passive and active building elements) modelling approaches and delivers innovative simulation tools which (i) deeply grasp and describe real-life building operation complexities in accurate simulation predictions that significantly reduce the performance gap and, (ii) enhance multi-fold, continuous optimization of building energy performance as a means to further mitigate and reduce the identified performance gap in real-time or through retrofitting. The MOEEBIUS Framework comprises the configuration and integration of an innovative suite of end-user tools and applications enabling (i) Improved Building Energy Performance Assessment on the basis of enhanced BEPS models that allow for more accurate representation of the real-life complexities of the building, (ii) Precise allocation of detailed performance contributions of critical building components, for directly assessing actual performance against predicted values and easily identifying performance deviations and further optimization needs, (iii) Real-time building performance optimization (during the operation and maintenance phase) including advanced simulation-based control and real-time self-diagnosis features, (iv) Optimized retrofitting decision making on the basis of improved and accurate LCA/ LCC-based performance predictions, and (v) Real-time peak-load management optimization at the district level. Through the provision of a robust technological framework MOEEBIUS will enable the creation of attractive business opportunities for the MOEEBIUS end-users (ESCOs, Aggregators, Maintenance Companies and Facility Managers) in evolving and highly competitive energy services markets. The MOEEBIUS framework will be validated in 3 large-scale pilot sites, located in Portugal, UK and Serbia, incorporating diverse building typologies, heterogeneous energy systems and spanning diverse climatic conditions.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: SCC-01-2015 | Award Amount: 28.05M | Year: 2016

Sharing Cities has four key objectives. 1) To achieve scale in the European smart cities market by proving that properly designed smart city solutions, based around common needs, can be integrated in complex urban environments. This will be done in a way that exhibits their true potential and allows for the significant scale-up and consequent increase in social, economic and environmental value. 2) Adopt a digital first approach which proves the extent to which ICT integration can improve and connect up existing infrastructure, as well as the design and running of new city infrastructure. This will also allow for the creation of a new set of next stage digital services which will help citizens make better and beneficial choices around energy efficiency and mobility, which when scaled up will enhance the citys ability to hit key targets for mobility, housing, energy efficiency and resilience, and economic development. 3) Accelerate the market to understand, develop and trial business, investment and governance models, essential for the true aggregation and replication (through collaboration) of smart city solutions in cities of different sizes and maturities. In doing this, we intend to accelerate the pace by which we make transformative improvements, and enhance sustainability in communities. 4) Share and collaborate for society: to respond to increasing demand for participation; to enhance mechanisms for citizens engagement; to improve local governments capacity for policy making and service delivery through collaboration and co-design; resulting in outcomes that are better for citizens, businesses and visitors. These will be delivered by a range of expert partners across 8 work packages.


Grant
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Collaborative Research & Development | Award Amount: 781.26K | Year: 2015

This project will deliver a novel low cost intelligent building energy control system integrated with a peer-to-peer energy market that will enable small to medium enterprises to control and automate energy production and consumption while participating in a localised energy market. This project will also facilitate new sectors of the economy to participate in demand response and time of use electricity pricing programmes. The project aims to create a pilot programme for 1 year where successful operation will optimise energy system efficiency and ensure that clients are paid for what they generate, only pay for what they use, reduce energy bills and are offered a new way to earn money by taking an active part in managing supply and demand.


Patent
Kiwi | Date: 2013-07-10

A short game bag for cooperating with a mother bag is disclosed. The short game bag may have a tubular body enclosed at a bottom end and open at a top end; the tubular body having a outer side and an attachment side, wherein the outer side comprises a handle and an extendable set of at least two legs attached by a hinge proximal to the top end. Further, the attachment side has a fastening mechanism for attachment to a mother bag along a substantially longitudinal axis of the mother bag, wherein the short game bag can attach in a substantially parallel manner to the mother bag.


Patent
Kiwi | Date: 2013-12-20

A scorekeeper may detect swing candidate and obtains a confirmation from a golfer that the swing candidate contributes to a golf score, provided that a sufficient gap in time or distance occurs after the last swing candidate is received. Next, the scorekeeper may receive a first feedback from the golfer indicating at least one stroke, and in response, update a score to reflect at the least one stroke, and storing the first location. The scorekeeper may repeat these steps to obtain at least a second swing candidate that is verified by the golfer as contributing to the score. In response to these verified swing candidates, the scorekeeper updates the score to reflect at the least one stroke, and store the second location.


Grant
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Feasibility Study | Award Amount: 66.00K | Year: 2012

The objective is to demonstrate how demand side resources can participate in a capacity market in the UK. Specifically, we will simulate a capacity market mechanism in which demand resources are aggregated and dispatched in response to tightening capacity markets. This product would have operational parameters which are typical features of capacity markets, including a 24 hour “standby” notification, and a 2 hour ahead “go”. The assessment of avoided transmission and distribution losses will be based on a pilot Willingness to Accept study which will measure both the price per MW/h at which customers and aggregators will be willing to participate in a capacity market and the market conditions for them to join in.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: SME-1 | Phase: SIE-01-2014-1 | Award Amount: 71.43K | Year: 2015

CHALLENGE: Demand response (DR) is central to the successful evolution of a new low carbon electricity system in order to deliver grid flexibility & stability, however it is progressing slowly in the EU due to technological barriers which prevent widespread uptake: high in cost hardware (4.000 - 6.000); not specifically designed for DR lack critical functionality (e.g. wireless communication, integration of renewables); & not sufficiently open for wider industry participation. PROPOSED SOLUTION: To address the need for innovations that overcome principal barriers to DR, this project seeks to advance KPLs Energy Management Platform, KEMP, from a prototype demonstrated in a relevant environment (TRL6) to complete & qualified commercial prototype (TRL8). KEMP is a low cost, automated ancillary services platform which consists of: [1] Unique hardware: multi-asset control; first platform to integrate renewable assets; wireless communication between assets reduced installation cost; & sec. by sec. meter readings requirement for Frequency Response programmes. [2] Innovative software: cloud based for greater scalability; flexibility & remote monitoring, forecasting model - for integration of renewables; & optimisation engine - to max. revenues. END USERS: [1] Initial target = large scale commercial & industrial (C&I) orgs with high MW capacity (>1MW) e.g. financial, telecoms, hospitals, hotels etc. Asset types: DRUPS systems & HVAC. [2] Secondary target = SMEs with low MW capacity (50kW< capacity < 1MW) incl. Water Pump Stations, Small Data Centres, Retail Stores. Asset types: Variable Speed Motors, HVAC, UPS systems etc. STUDY OBJECTIVES: tech validation, market analysis, economic & business assessment, operational capacity analysis. Activities will be delivered within a 4 month period, & result in a comprehensive feasibility report detailing the next steps towards development & commercialisation, forming the basis of the SMEI Phase II Business Plan.

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