NEWARK, N.J., April 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Solbright Group, Inc. (OTCQB: SBRT), an industrial automation and energy management company providing Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) solutions that help commercial and industrial facilities increase efficiency and reduce cost, today announced financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2018 ended February 28, 2018.

Revenue for the third quarter of fiscal year 2018 was $2,496,544, an increase of over 900% compared to revenue of $263,800 in the third quarter of fiscal year 2017, while gross profit increased to $928,036 from $212,440 year over year, an increase of over 430%.  Gross profit margin was 37% for the third quarter of fiscal 2018 compared to 84% in the third quarter of fiscal 2017.  The increase in revenue and gross profit as well as decrease in gross margin reflect the growth in the Energy Solutions segment of our business year over year.  The Company posted a loss from operations of $609,463 in the period versus a loss from operations $107,276 in the third quarter of fiscal year 2017. 

Net cash used in operating activities was $363,088 for the nine months ended February 28, 2018, versus $497,746 for the same period in fiscal 2017.

"We remain very encouraged by our results this quarter, particularly as we manage through some short-term macroeconomic headwinds in the solar industry.  We are pleased with the continued growth in our pipeline as well as the traction we are seeing with our technology solutions," said CEO Terrence DeFranco.  "Fiscal 2018 is a transitional year for Solbright as we position the service segment of our business as a source of growing revenue and an enabler for sales of our technology solutions.  Increased market penetration through our Energy Solutions segment increases sales opportunities for our technology, so it is very encouraging to see this continued growth.  Commercial and industrial facilities owners--particularly in retail, health care, education, specialty agriculture and data centers--can benefit from the bundling of our robust Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platform for energy management and predictive maintenance with our solar and LED lighting installations by lowering energy consumption and maintenance costs, extending asset life, increasing efficiency and productivity and realizing their sustainability goals.  Overall, we are very pleased with our results and remain optimistic about the direction of our company and our commitment to drive value for our customers and shareholders."

Total operating expenses were $1,537,499 compared to $319,716 in the third quarter of fiscal 2017. The increase was primarily due to the increase in personnel related to the SolBright acquisition. Other income/expenses, which totaled $1,832,245, included interest expense of $1,291,919 and non-cash charges for modification of beneficial conversion features on convertible notes and amortization of debt discount and deferred finance costs, both related to the Company's long-term debt, which totaled $540,326.

The net loss was $2,442,183 or ($0.09) per basic and diluted share for the third quarter of fiscal 2018 compared to a net loss of $271,550, or ($0.02) per basic and diluted share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2017. Basic and diluted per share results are based on weighted average shares outstanding of 26,663,305 and 13,998,191 for the third quarters of fiscal 2018 and fiscal 2017, respectively.

About Solbright Group, Inc.:

Solbright Group, Inc. is an industrial automation and energy management company providing Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) solutions that help commercial and industrial facilities increase efficiency and reduce cost.  We deliver technology solutions for building and machine automation and energy conservation that complement our energy conservation services such as LED lighting retrofits, HVAC system retrofits and solar engineering, procurement and construction services. Our focus is towards the development and commercialization of an Internet of Things software platform that supports Big Data applications that complement our energy management services. More information is available at www.Solbrightgroup.com.

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This press release may contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such statements include, but are not limited to, any statements relating to our growth strategy and product development programs and any other statements that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could negatively affect our business, operating results, financial condition and stock price. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those currently anticipated are: risks related to the acquisition and integration of the Solbright assets, risks related to our growth strategy; risks relating to the results of research and development activities; our ability to obtain, perform under and maintain financing and strategic agreements and relationships; uncertainties relating to preclinical and clinical testing; our dependence on third-party suppliers; our ability to attract, integrate, and retain key personnel; the early stage of products under development; our need for substantial additional funds; government regulation; patent and intellectual property matters; competition; as well as other risks described in our SEC filings. We expressly disclaim any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in our expectations or any changes in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based, except as required by law.

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HOUSTON, April 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. energy executives are looking to emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and intelligent automation to improve business operations, but do not expect it to eliminate jobs, according to KPMG's 2018 U.S. Energy Outlook Survey. In fact, 51 percent see technology replacing tasks so employees can focus on strategic activities, and 32 percent plan to use technology to improve products and services.

"Emerging technology is disrupting the status quo, and concepts around digital labor and cognitive technology are being explored industry-wide, resulting in concerns over how the workforce will be affected," said Regina Mayor, Global and U.S. energy sector leader. "However, utilizing innovative tech to alleviate mundane and time-consuming tasks will put organizations in a strong position to make big change as they operate with a more efficient workforce."

On the topic of new technologies, the KPMG survey of 92 energy execs shows only mild concern over the impact of autonomous vehicles on the energy industry. Sixty-five percent of respondents say autonomous and electric vehicles (AV/EVs) won't disrupt their businesses. In fact, the majority (59 percent) don't expect business model changes due to growing adoption of AV/EVs to occur for at least five years, if at all.

Focus on Core Business a Priority
The survey points to a growing sense of optimism among energy executives, with 59 percent expecting an improved U.S. economy in the next year. Eighty-three percent plan to increase or maintain headcount. When asked about top strategic priorities over the next year, 21 percent cite reduction of cost structure, 21 percent cite acquisition of competitors or relevant businesses, 16 percent plan to invest in new products or geographies, and 11 percent point to reducing operational complexity.

However, the executives do see barriers to achieving growth over the next year: 38 percent have concerns over volatile commodity/inputs, followed by 15 percent who cite a lack of customer demand, and 13 percent who identify regulatory constraints as a hurdle. While there is still concern over commodity prices, expectations for 2018 are higher: 45 percent estimate the average price of Brent Crude oil to be between $50-$59, and 49 percent expect to see prices in the $60-$69 range.

Additionally, deal activity remains high, with 54 percent of respondents indicating a likelihood to be involved in a merger or acquisition this year. Twenty-nine percent indicate consolidation of core businesses as the biggest driver of M&A activity, and only six percent say bankruptcies or restructuring are an M&A driver.

On the renewable energy front, while renewables are making a strong appearance, executives indicate the future of energy is a mix. The top renewable sources for investment are solar (14%), offshore wind (7%) and biomass (7%). However, 54 percent of respondents say they have no plans to invest in renewables, and 44 percent believe we will achieve a 50 percent renewables footprint by 2035, while 30 percent say never.

"The industry is making great strides to add renewables into the mix, but power is a growing demand for our world," said Mayor. "To achieve a sustainable future, we need to create an energy ecosystem that includes both renewables and fossil fuels, and looks at the less mature and untapped resources that will allow us to harness energy globally for the long-term."

For more information, visit the KPMG Global Energy Institute.

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In partnership with Community Jameel and a collaboration of this year ' s strategic partners Riyada, Omantel, and ZAIN Group as a digital partner 

  • Money prizes exceed 160,000 USD in cash; Final Award ceremony held in Oman, April 19, 2018

The MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF) of the Pan Arab Region announced the winners of the 11th edition of the Arab Startup Competition, an annual competition designed to support and celebrate innovation in the Arab world by awarding entrepreneurs and providing them with an avenue to exhibit and apply their ideas.

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The final award ceremony, in partnership with Community Jameel, and in collaboration with this year's strategic partners Riyada, Omantel, and Zain Group as a digital partner, was held in Oman on April 19, announcing nine winning teams. Community Jameel, a social enterprise organization that operates a wide range of initiatives to promote a positive society and economic sustainability, has been a founding partner for 12 consecutive years.

The winning teams were announced at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hall 2, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman during a ceremony that attracted more than 400 investors, business entrepreneurs, media representatives and renowned public figures, such as Ahmad Al Alfi of Sawari Ventures, David Fernandez of Startup Chile, Said Al Shanfari of Omantel, Abdel Aziz Alloughani of Faith Capital Holding, and Abeer Abdullah of Riyada.

Ideas Track: 

Winner: Quirpod, Egypt, an online platform that develops students' 21st century skills through expert-developed content and an engaging UX.

1st Runner up: Spike, Lebanon, helps make diabetes management less diabetic via software and hardware innovations.

2nd Runner up: Smart Data Logger, Jordan, uses IoT and roaming cellular connection to allow real-time monitoring of the temperature of a shipment.

Social Entrepreneurship Track: 

Winner: Al Khudairi for biogas technology, Egypt, converts the waste and soil-damaging chemical fertilizers into energy. The solution also allows the production of biomethane gas, an alternative to fill gas cylinders.

1st Runner up: Fabric Aid, Lebanon, implements a successful European model that gives incentives to NGOs to collect more clothing without worrying about expenses and distribution.

2nd Runner up: Sunbox, Palestine, introduces an affordable off-grid, self-installable small solar kit for families who suffer from electricity shortage.

Startups Track: 

Winner: ProvenMed International, Tunisia, introduces a solution with options for restoring normal social life for patients suffering from Urine Incontinence.

1st Runner up: WideBot, Egypt, offer their platform to businesses to build their chatbots.

1st Runner up: Plotos, UAE, connect users to handpicked healthy yet trendy food from favorite restaurants through an innovative user-friendly platform created and endorsed by nutrition experts.

1st Runner up: Solar Foods, Sudan, a pioneer eco-friendly company in the field of food processing.

The ceremony was broadcasted live on Facebook: https://bit.ly/2K0uNZB

During the ceremony, Hala Fadel, Chair of the Board of MITEF Pan Arab said: "We are so proud that this year's biggest Arab startup event is being held in Oman. This event is not only a competition, but an opportunity for top tier Arab entrepreneurs to present and share their experiences in the area of innovation and the creation and nurturing of an ecosystem for innovation within Oman.  Investing in Arab entrepreneurship will, in turn, contribute to the revitalization of the economy, and lead to the creation of new partnerships that can eventually transform into large institutions."

Fady Mohammed Jameel, President of Community Jameel International, commented saying: "At Community Jameel, we are honoured to serve entrepreneurs across the region and have been delighted that our efforts have been so well received. The major success of the MITEF Pan Arab competition has been our record of translating ideas into successful businesses, and innovative concepts into stories of success. Since launching in 2006, we have provided financial support totalling almost $970,000 to over 430 technology and knowledge-based start-ups. More than 2,300 young and ambitious entrepreneurs have received high-level training by regional and world experts creating at least 2,600 new job opportunities."

The final event ceremony included a panel discussion entitled "Building Emerging Ecosystems" led by Hala Fadel, Founding Member and Chair of MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab, with David Fernanédz, Business intelligence at Startup Chile and Ahmed Al Alfi, Founder and Chairman at Sawari Ventures, as speakers. Another panel discussion, themed "What Silicon Valley investors want to see in MENA," was moderated by Sharifa AlBarami, Managing Director at Oman Technology Fund, with  Sharif El-Badawi, Partner at 500 Startups and Tarek Fahim, Managing Partner at Endure Capital, as speakers.

Prior to the final award ceremony, the 80 semi-finalists underwent a round of training sessions and presented their work to a jury that brought together a number of key investors and business people.

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About MITEF Pan Arab: Founded in 2005, the MIT Enterprise Forum of the Pan Arab Region (http://www.mitefarab.org) is one of the 28 worldwide chapters of the MIT Enterprise Forum Global, an avid promoter of entrepreneurship and innovation worldwide. The MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab has a proven record in promoting MIT-style entrepreneurship by organizing each year the MITEF Arab Startup Competition targeting 21 countries of the Arab region and attracting over 12,000 entrepreneurs a year.

About Community Jameel: Community Jameel is a social enterprise organisation that helps communities transform themselves through a wide range of initiatives. It works to create job opportunities, tackle unemployment, promote arts and culture in the Middle East and around the world, enable research for poverty alleviation and food and water security, and provide education and training opportunities. Community Jameel was formally established in 2003 to continue the Jameel family's tradition of supporting the community, a tradition started in the 1940s by the late Abdul Latif Jameel, founder of the Abdul Latif Jameel business, who throughout his life helped tens of thousands of disadvantaged people improve their lives. For more information on Community Jameel, please visit:http://www.cjameel.org

About Riyada: The Public Authority for Small & Medium Enterprises Development (Riyada) is the Sultanate of Oman's arm for the development of small and medium enterprises and the strengthening of their contribution to the local economy through a wide range of business advisory services and training programs. Riyada was established as the Public Authority for Small & Medium Enterprises Development as per Royal Decree No. 36/2013, whereby it enjoys financial and administrative autonomy and is headquartered in the Muscat Governorate with the right to establish branches in other governorates according to a resolution from its board of directors.​ 

About Omantel: Investing in the future of the nation, Omantel connects even the most remote communities of the Sultanate to each other and the rest of the world. Omantel is the Sultanate's first integrated telecommunications services provider, enabling the digital society to flourish, allowing new ways of doing business and delivering a world of information, news and entertainment. Today, Omantel boldly innovates to deliver the highest levels of customer satisfaction, the broadest and most reliable nationwide network while investing for Oman's future development. Learn more at http://www.omantel.om.

About Zain Group: Zain is a leading communications operator across the Middle East and North Africa providing mobile voice and data services to over 46.6 million active customers as of 31 December 2017. With a commercial presence in 8 countries, Zain operates in the following countries: Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and South Sudan. In Lebanon, the company manages 'touch' on behalf of the government. In Morocco, Zain has a 15.5% stake in Wana Telecom, now branded 'INWI', through a joint venture. Zain is listed on the Kuwait Stock Exchange (stock ticker: ZAIN).

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LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Technavio’s latest market research report on the global grid-connected PV systems market provides an analysis of the most important trends expected to impact the market outlook from 2018-2022. Technavio defines an emerging trend as a factor that has the potential to significantly impact the market and contribute to its growth or decline.

According to Technavio market research analysts, the global grid-connected PV systems market will grow at a CAGR of over 12% during the forecast period. The advantages associated with grid-connected PV systems are a major factor driving the market’s growth.

Most of the residential consumers prefer grid connections over off-grid connections to power their homes. Solar PV systems that are installed at homes are connected to the home appliances, meters, and the grid. Grid-connected PV systems offer significant costs savings as they eliminate the need to install batteries to store energy and other standalone equipment. The installation of such equipment and the maintenance of the system increases the cost. Therefore, a grid-connected PV system is cheaper and easier to install when compared with alternatives. Solar PV systems that are installed in residences are smaller in capacity when compared with the solar PV systems that are installed in commercial establishments and utilities. They can also generate more electricity than the consumption requirement.

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In this report, Technavio highlights the technological advances in residential solar PV panels as one of the key emerging trends in the global grid-connected PV systems market:

Technological advances in residential solar PV panels

Solar energy has gained popularity because of the need for clean and renewable energy. There have been numerous technological advances in solar PV systems, which have made the market more attractive. For instance, frameless solar PV modules are gaining popularity as customers prefer their appearance and performance. Frameless PV modules do not have to be grounded. Furthermore, with no metal frame, they are less likely to cause hazardous shock to workers and they usually do not corrode the frames.

“Double-sided solar panels or bifacial solar panels are an attractive product for residential customers. Double-sided solar panels can harness solar energy from both surfaces of the panel. The sunlight naturally reflects from the ground and is captured by the other side of the solar panel that is not facing the sun. This increases the efficiency of the module,” says a senior analyst at Technavio for research on smart grid.

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Global grid-connected PV systems market segmentation

This market research report segments the global grid-connected PV systems market into the following end-users (non-residential and residential) and key regions (the Americas, APAC, and EMEA).

The non-residential segment held the largest market share in 2017, accounting for nearly 73% of the market. This segment is expected to witness steady growth and dominate the market throughout the forecast period.

APAC dominated the global grid-connected PV systems market in 2017 by contributing to a market share of more than 69%. This segment is expected to post significant growth during the forecast period.

 
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WAYNE, Pa., April 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Klear Vu Corporation, a Massachusetts (MA) company and the leading manufacturer of chair pads and rocker sets in the US, recently invested in solar energy. The new 243 kW system will supply over 35% of Klear Vu's annual electricity consumption.

By partnering with Dynamic Energy Solutions, LLC (Dynamic Energy), a full-service solar energy solutions provider, the system is expected to provide Klear Vu with over $320,000 in after-tax value over the life of the panels.

Klear Vu's rooftop solar array in Fall River, MA.
Klear Vu's rooftop solar array in Fall River, MA.

"Klear Vu's solar installation represents a significant investment in improving the environment while also saving money on electricity costs," said Ben Cooper, President.

The solar array will generate over 300,000 kWh of energy in its first year, enough to offset approximately 233 metric tons (492,215 pounds) of carbon dioxide, equivalent to removing 43 cars from Massachusetts roads, or the amount of carbon sequestered by 263 acres of U.S. forest each year. The solar renewable energy certificates (SRECs) generated by the system are being sold into MA solar market.

"Dynamic Energy is honored to work with Klear Vu on the development and installation of their solar system. Klear Vu's solar investment provides a positive example for MA manufacturers who want to benefit the environment while improving the bottom line," said Brett Thibodeau, President & COO of Dynamic Energy.

Klear Vu continually seeks process improvements and solar is the latest step in optimizing their operations. It is a win for Klear Vu, the environment, and Massachusetts.

About Klear Vu

Since the 1960s, Klear Vu Corporation has been a leading manufacturer of cushions in the US. Providing function and fashion in all areas of the home. Products are offered in a variety of styles, constructions, shapes, sizes, colors and patterns to fit every need, in and outside the home. Klear Vu is known for its consistent quality, on-trench fashion, technical innovation and on-time delivery. See www.klearvu.com for more information.

About Dynamic Energy Solutions, LLC (Dynamic Energy)

Dynamic Energy is a full-service solar energy provider that brings together the diverse expertise needed to design, finance, build and maintain projects to meet the needs of commercial and institutional customers. With an in-house team that includes professional engineers, project managers, and master electricians, Dynamic Energy creates high-quality projects that reduce customer expenses, improve operating efficiency, provide an attractive return on investment and achieve sustainability goals. For more information, please visit www.dynamicenergyusa.com or call 1-877-809-8884. Follow us on LinkedIn/dynamic-energy, Twitter @dynamicenergyus and Facebook @dynamicenergyus.

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, April 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Greeneum is pleased to announce that it has created the world's first blockchain-powered sustainable, scalable and secure energy and data trading platform; which we believe is the first major step towards ending a global reliance on toxic and non-renewable energy sources including fossil fuels. To protect contributors and bring greater transparency to these projects, the Greeneum platform is built on the ethereum blockchain. Agreements are held on this distributed ledger, which helps to ensure that terms are secure and visible at all times.

Greeneum's platform is a first of its kind marketplace and energy production management system.  It enables contributors from around the world to invest in green energy projects including solar, hydro and wind power; while concurrently creating production efficiencies during demand fluctuations. Pilot projects currently underway include a grid operator in Cyprus and a micro-grid in Israel; and more are set to be announced throughout the course of 2018.

"Greeneum's first in kind platform enables people and companies to make contributions to green energy products around the world," said Greeneum founder Assaf Ben-Or. "Our goal is to foster increased use of renewable energy sources and reduce the carbon emissions that are contributing to climate change."

The GREEN Token is central to Greeneum's innovation story, and contributors can access it during a token pre-sale starting today, Earth Day. Qualified individuals will be able to start contributing to a wide variety of projects later this year.

Greeneum's innovative approach to green energy production, distribution and consumption management is enabled through key innovations including:

  • Crypto-based platform: Using an ERC-20 compliant token enables contributors to have one point of entry to contribute to projects around the world;
  • Smart contracts: Enable efficiencies by disintermediating the various brokers and middlemen currently involved in these investments, and remove trust as a factor between counterparties;
  • Distributed Energy Resource Management System (DERMS): Through use of artificial intelligence and proprietary algorithms, Greeneum enables electricity producers to anticipate demand in advance and direct resources accordingly; enabling them to create reserves and reduce production costs.

"By enabling contributors to help fund these projects and track their contributions, Greeneum is bringing a level of transparency to these projects not previously seen," Ben-Or continued. "And empowering utilities to better anticipate and manage costs, we are hopeful that these increased efficiencies will enable contributors to have an even greater impact on the projects they choose to participate in."

Greeneum was founded by a team of dedicated experts with experience across a wide variety of solar and renewable energy projects and startups including:

  • Assaf Ben-Or, founder and CEO
  • Elya Katsir Dolev, co-founder and CTO
  • Rodrigo Rapoport, COO
  • Guillermo Wajner, CMO

Greeneum also has a strong advisory board and corporate partners including: IBM, d10e, Etherlabs Chain Dynamics, SolarChange, CoinAgenda and more.

About Greeneum

Greeneum is a global, decentralized network that aims to encourage the production, distribution and consumption of clean and sustainable energy. By using advanced technologies including blockchain, smart contracts and artificial intelligence, Greeneum is enabling the next generation of trust, transparency, security, actionable insights and forecasts for the global energy market.

To learn more about Greeneum, please visit www.greeneum.net.

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SONOMA, Califórnia, 20 de abril de 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- A Shell Lubricants e a AirFlow Truck Company apresentaram uma nova carreta hipereficiente em consumo de combustível. Esse veículo de próxima geração, nomeado Starship, foi projetado e construído pelas empresas com o objetivo de demonstrar o que é possível em redução da demanda por energia em transporte de carga. A carreta usa tecnologias disponíveis atualmente para minimizar a quantidade de energia que consome para transportar carregamentos de cargas de um lugar para outro. A carreta está em exibição pública, no momento, no evento gratuito "Shell Make the Future California" ("A Shell faz a Futura Califórnia") no autódromo de Sonoma). (www.shell.us/makethefuturecalifornia)

"Buscamos projetos como o da iniciativa Starship para manter a Shell na vanguarda do desenvolvimento tecnológico e eficiência energética. Trabalhar com a AirFlow Truck Company e outras fornecedoras proporciona à Shell Lubricants a oportunidade de se alinhar com empresas inovadoras, para explorar o que é realmente possível em termos de eficiência de consumo de combustível", disse o gerente de Tecnologia para Inovação da Shell Lubricants, Robert Mainwaring. "O transporte responde por mais de um quarto do uso total de energia no mundo e um quinto das emissões globais de dióxido de carbono relacionadas à energia: 72% das quais é atribuída ao transporte em rodovias, do qual os caminhões representam uma parte significativa. Aumentar a eficiência e a economia de combustível no setor de transporte comercial pode, portanto, resultar em progresso considerável para ajudar a reduzir as emissões".

Com novas regulamentações para economia de combustíveis no horizonte em todo o mundo e a necessidade de manter os avanços em economia de combustíveis, a Shell Lubricants reconhece que uma abordagem holística para produzir avanços é importante. Entretanto, obter melhoras significativas em economia de combustível em transporte rodoviário de carga pesada é um processo desafiador, em vista do tamanho e construção de um cavalo mecânico e de um reboque. E essa é uma área em que não se tem colocado muito foco nas últimas décadas.

"A Shell acredita firmemente que relacionamentos colaborativos e engenharia conjunta são essenciais para a redução efetiva de emissões e aperfeiçoamentos em eficiência e desenvolveu tais relacionamento de engenharia conjunta com diversos fabricantes de equipamentos originais (OEMs), líderes mundiais de mercado", disse Mainwaring. "O relacionamento com a AirFlow Truck Company e outras fornecedoras para desenvolver o Projeto Starship faz parte de um processo colaborativo liderado pela Shell, que encoraja a engenharia conjunta e resultou em uma carreta que será usada para desafiar como a eficiência de transporte rodoviário é definida. Nos últimos anos, desenvolvemos um carro conceito que explorou o papel que pesos leves, racionalização e lubrificação exerceram no transporte pessoal. A carreta Starship é o equivalente do Carro Conceito da Shell para transporte de carga".

A Shell forneceu consulta técnica sobre componentes do motor e da transmissão, bem como recomendações para necessidades de lubrificantes para uso na carreta do Projeto Starship. A carreta usa óleo de motor de trabalho pesado (heavy duty), totalmente sintético e com baixa viscosidade de próxima geração. O uso de óleos básicos totalmente sintéticos, mais a avançada tecnologia de aditivos, fornece proteção contra desgaste, depósitos e decomposição do óleo. A baixa viscosidade garante economia superior de combustível, em comparação com o SAE 15W-40 convencional. A tecnologia de lubrificação compartilha a mesma viscosidade do Shell Rimula Ultra E+ e está sendo testada por fabricantes de equipamentos originais (OEMs) em todo o mundo.

"Na condição de líder em lubrificantes de trabalho pesado, temos a responsabilidade com o setor que vai além de nossos produtos simplesmente. É por isso que estou tão orgulhoso dessa colaboração com a AirFlow Trucking, que fornece uma oportunidade única de explorar formas de melhorar a economia de combustível em aplicação de transporte. Indo em frente, precisamos criar soluções para o desafio mundial de energia, tais como a do projeto Starship, que irá beneficiar nossos clientes, motoristas e o mundo em geral durante muitos anos", disse o gerente de marca global para Heavy Duty Lubricants, Chris Guerrero.

Antes de sua primeira exibição pública no evento "Shell Make the Future" em Sonoma, as empresas continuaram a fazer o ajuste fino da carreta. Em maio de 2018, a Shell e a AirFlow Truck Company irão demonstrar o desempenho da carreta Starship em viagem costa a costa nos EUA, começando na Califórnia e terminando na Flórida. A carreta irá transportar a quantidade máxima viável de carga, dentro do peso bruto permitido do veículo de 36.287 quilos (80.000 libras).

A eficiência de tonelada por carga e a economia de combustível serão medidas em toda a viagem e os resultados serão divulgados. A eficiência de tonelada por carga é o principal indicador a ser medido na carreta Starship. A Shell e a Airflow acreditam que essa é a medida mais significativa de eficiência do transporte de carga. É definida como a energia requerida para transportar a carga do ponto A para o ponto B. Maximizar o volume da carga que a carreta vai transportar irá diminuir a economia de combustível. No entanto, irá melhorar a eficiência da tonelada por carga e reduzir as emissões de carbono específicas do peso.

As lições aprendidas do Projeto Starship são globalmente relevantes. Em todo o mundo, o setor de transporte rodoviário está unido no desafio de "ir mais longe com menos" ("go further with less"), de reduzir o consumo de combustível enquanto maximiza a carga, na busca de reduzir custos e cumprir as regulamentações relativas à economia de combustível. A carreta opera com a moderna tecnologia do motor Classe 81, cujas demandas são reproduzidas mundialmente, temperaturas mais altas, desgaste mecânico e corrosivo, minimizando acúmulo de depósitos e a necessidade de intervalos para troca de óleo e vida do motor maiores. Uma grande seleção de tecnologias inovadoras para aumentar a eficiência (do combustível) está disponível comercialmente em muitos mercados do mundo. Usamos uma variedade delas na carreta Starship. Portanto, essas são soluções que os proprietários de veículos de transporte de carga de todo o mundo podem implementar rapidamente, para trazer benefícios para seus próprios veículos. O projeto Starship é uma etapa na jornada para enfrentar o desafio mundial da energia – uma jornada que irá beneficiar o setor de transporte rodoviário diretamente e, de uma forma mais ampla, o meio ambiente. Para se manter informado sobre as últimas atividades da Airflow Starship, visite www.shell.com/starship.

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Tecnologia da carreta Starship

  • A carreta Starship é conhecida como um veículo de Classe 8 nos EUA: essa classificação específica dos EUA é determinada com base no índice de peso bruto do veículo (GVWR – gross vehicle weight rating). As classes variam de 1 a 8 e são classificadas pela Administração Federal de Rodovias do Departamento de Transporte (FHWA – Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration).
  • A carroceria do cavalo mecânico do Projeto Starship tem projeto sob medida 100% aerodinâmico, feita de fibra de carbono. Isso inclui as saias laterais, o capuz e a extremidade inicial.
  • A carreta do Projeto Starship tem um motor de 6 cilindros, de 400 cavalos-vapor e 2.508 newton metros (1.850 libras pés) de torque. O motor padrão foi calibrado com a transmissão para operar em velocidades muito baixas e descendo até 800 rpm.
  • Portinholas de grade ativas (ativas com base na temperatura para maximizar a aerodinâmica e a eficiência) se abrem para permitir o fluxo de ar para o radiador e para o compartimento do motor para resfriamento. Quando o resfriamento não é necessário, as portinholas se fecham automaticamente, fazendo com que o ar se redirecione em torno do veículo. O resultado é menor arrasto aerodinâmico e redução do consumo de combustível. Além disso, portinholas fechadas em tempo frio reduz o tempo de aquecimento do motor.
  • A carreta terá, no futuro, um sistema de eixo elétrico híbrido com motor e eixo elétricos substituindo o eixo traseiro não dirigível do cavalo mecânico. Isso irá resultar em aumento de potência em graus de subida, onde a maioria do combustível é consumida, com o eixo transferindo energia para fora da carreta e alimentando a bateria para aceleração e frenagem. Uma configuração do eixo para baixa rotação e alto torque (downspeeding), com o uso de controles avançados do motor e transmissão manual automatizada também garante maior eficiência, bem como bom poder de tração.
  • Um painel solar de 5.000 watts no teto do reboque carrega e armazena energia em um banco de baterias de 48 volts, o que é suficiente para alimentar cargas normais da carreta como luzes, limpadores de para-brisa, motores de ventilador, calibradores, ar condicionado, aquecedor, micro-ondas e outros componentes elétricos.

Colaborações da Shell

  • Reconhecendo a necessidade de soluções de transporte sustentáveis, mais limpas e mais eficientes energeticamente, a Shell está colaborando e compartilhando engenharia com diversos projetos. Em 2016, a Shell trabalhou com a Gordon Murray Design e a Geo Technology na engenharia conjunta do Carro Conceito da Shell – veículo urbano ultraeficiente que, em comparação com o uso típico de um carro na cidade, consome 34% menos energia primária em todo seu tempo de vida.

SOBRE a AirFlow Truck Company
A AirFlow Truck Company construiu, anteriormente, duas carretas com reboque de cavalo mecânico de Classe 8 aerodinâmicas e eficientes energeticamente, a primeira em 1983 e a outra em 2012. O veículo de carga mais recente, chamado de "Bullet Truck" (carreta-bala), viajou costa a costa transportando cargas, em um peso bruto do veículo de quase 30.000 quilos (65.000 libras) e média de consumo recorde de 5,7 km/l (13,4 mpg).

SOBRE a Shell Lubricants
A Shell Lubricants produz e vende uma ampla variedade de lubrificantes, destinados a uma grande variedade de clientes, em 150 países – de consumidores a clientes empresariais. A empresa produz lubrificantes usados em setores tais como consumo automobilístico, transporte de carga pesada, mineração, geração de energia, fabricação em geral, etc. Nossas marcas incluem Pennzoil, Quaker State, Shell Helix, Shell Advance, Shell Rotella, Shell Rimula, Shell Tellus e Shell Gadus. Nossa robusta cadeia de suprimentos nos permite levar nossos produtos a clientes em todo o mundo. Isso inclui cinco fábricas de óleos básicos, 40 fábricas de mistura (e embalagem) de lubrificantes e 10 fábricas de produção de graxa em 32 países.

A forte tradição da Shell em tecnologia para lubrificantes tem mais de 70 anos. Temos mais de 200 cientistas e engenheiros que trabalham em centros técnicos especializados em lubrificantes na China, Japão, Alemanha e EUA. Temos mais de 150 patentes de óleos básicos, lubrificantes e graxas e realizamos milhões de testes todos os anos. Nossos estreitos relacionamentos com OEMs nos ajudam a manter o trabalho de produzir lubrificantes de alta qualidade. Também trabalhamos com grandes equipes de esportes motorizados, como Scuderia Ferrari, BMW Motorsport, Hyundai Motorsport e Ducati Corse para usar as corridas como laboratório de teste e, assim, levar lubrificantes de qualidade de autódromo aos consumidores nas estradas. Também oferecemos uma ampla variedade de serviços técnicos aos clientes, notadamente o Shell LubeMatch, Shell LubeAdvisor e Shell LubeChat. Para obter mais informações, visite www.shell.com.
* Kline & Company, "Global Lubricants Industry November 2016: Market Analysis and Assessment" ("Setor global de lubrificantes em novembro de 2016: análise e avaliação de mercado")

AVISO DE ISENÇÃO
As empresas nas quais a Royal Dutch Shell plc tem investimentos diretos e indiretos são entidades jurídicas separadas. Neste comunicado à imprensa, os nomes "Shell", "Shell group" e "Royal Dutch Shell" são usados, algumas vezes, por conveniência, onde referências são feitas à Royal Dutch Shell plc e suas subsidiárias em geral. Da mesma forma, as palavras "nós", "nos" e "nosso/a" também são usadas para se referir à Royal Dutch Shell plc e suas subsidiárias em geral ou às pessoas que trabalham para elas. Esses termos também são usados onde nenhum propósito útil é servido para identificar entidade ou entidades particulares. "Subsidiárias", subsidiárias da Shell" e "empresas da Shell", como usadas neste comunicado à imprensa, se referem a entidades sobre as quais a Royal Dutch Shell plc tem controle direto ou indireto. Entidades ou organizações não incorporadas, sobre as quais a Shell tem controle conjunto, são geralmente referidas como "joint ventures" e "joint operations", respectivamente. Entidades sobre as quais a Shell exerce influência significativa, mas que não controla, nem controla em conjunto, são referidas como "associadas". A expressão "participação da Shell" é usada por conveniência, para indicar a participação acionária direta e/ou indireta detida pela Shell em uma entidade ou organização conjunta não incorporada, após a exclusão de toda a participação de terceiros.

Este comunicado à imprensa contém declarações prospectivas [dentro do significado da Lei da Reforma de Contencioso de Valores Mobiliários Privados (Private Securities Litigation Reform Act) de 1995], relativas à condição financeira, resultados de operações e negócios da Royal Dutch Shell. Todas as declarações outras que as declarações de fatos históricos são ou podem ser consideradas declarações prospectivas. Declarações prospectivas são declarações relativas a expectativas futuras, que se baseiam nas expectativas e suposições atuais da administração, e envolvem riscos e incertezas conhecidos e desconhecidos, expressos ou implícitos, nessas declarações. Declarações prospectivas incluem, entre outras coisas, declarações relativas à potencial exposição da Royal Dutch Shell a riscos de mercado e declarações que expressam as expectativas, convicções, estimativas, previsões, projeções e suposições da administração. Essas declarações prospectivas são identificadas pelo uso de termos e frases tais como "objetiva", "ambiciona", "antevê", "acredita", "poderia", "estima", "espera", "metas", "pretende", "pode", "objetivos", "perspectiva", "planeja", "provavelmente", "projeta", "riscos", "programa", "busca", "deveria", "alvo", "irá" e termos e frases similares. Existem diversos fatores que podem afetar as futuras operações da Royal Dutch Shell e podem fazer com que os resultados difiram substancialmente daqueles expressos nas declarações prospectivas incluídas neste comunicado à imprensa, incluindo (sem limitação): (a) flutuações dos preços do petróleo cru e do gás natural; (b) mudanças na demanda por produtos da Shell; (c) flutuações do câmbio; (d) resultados de perfuração e produção; (e) estimativa de reservas; (f) perda de participação de mercado e concorrência no setor; (g) riscos ambientais e físicos; (h) riscos associados à identificação de aquisições potenciais de propriedades e alvos e à negociação e conclusão bem-sucedidas de tais transações; (i) risco de fazer negócios em países em desenvolvimento e países sujeitos a sanções internacionais; (j) desenvolvimentos legislativos, fiscais e regulamentares, incluindo medidas regulamentares referentes à mudança climática; (k) condições econômicas e financeiras do mercado em vários países e regiões; (l) riscos políticos, incluindo riscos de expropriação e renegociação dos termos de contratos com entidades governamentais, atrasos ou avanços na aprovação de projetos e atrasos no reembolso de custos compartilhados; e (m) mudanças nas condições de comercialização. Nenhuma garantia pode ser dada de que futuros pagamentos de dividendos irão igualar ou exceder pagamentos de dividendos anteriores. Todas as declarações prospectivas contidas neste comunicado à imprensa são expressamente qualificadas em sua totalidade pelas declarações de advertência contidas ou referidas nesta seção. Os leitores não devem colocar confiança indevida em declarações prospectivas. Outros fatores de risco que podem afetar futuros resultados estão descritos no formulário 20-F da Royal Dutch Shell para o ano encerrado em 31 de dezembro de 2017 (disponível em www.shell.com/investor e www.sec.gov). Esses fatores de risco também qualificam expressamente todas as declarações prospectivas contidas neste comunicado à imprensa e devem ser consideradas pelo leitor. Cada declaração prospectiva só é válida na data deste comunicado à imprensa, de 19 de abril de 2018. Nem a Royal Dutch Shell plc, nem qualquer de suas subsidiárias, assumem qualquer obrigação de atualizar publicamente ou revisar qualquer declaração prospectiva, como resultado de novas informações, eventos futuros ou outras informações. À vista desses riscos, os resultados podem diferir substancialmente daqueles declarados, implícitos ou inferidos das declarações prospectivas contidas neste comunicado à imprensa.

Usamos certos termos, como recursos, neste comunicado à imprensa que a Comissão de Valores Mobiliários (SEC – Securities and Exchange Commission) dos Estados Unidos nos proíbe estritamente de incluir em nossos arquivos na SEC. Os investidores nos EUA são encorajados a considerar rigorosamente a divulgação em nosso formulário 20-F, arquivo número 1-32575, disponível no website da SEC em www.sec.gov.

1 Uma carreta de Classe 8 é uma carreta de trabalho pesado, como classificada pela Administração Federal de Rodovias do Departamento de Transporte dos EUA.

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LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--KB Home (NYSE: KBH) today celebrates the release of its 11th annual Sustainability Report, now available for viewing exclusively at www.kbhome.com/sustainability. KB Home was the first major homebuilder to publish a comprehensive sustainability report in 2008 and continues its commitment to documenting the Company’s industry leadership in sustainability and its strategies for future progress.

“We are very proud to continue to lead the homebuilding industry in sustainability and to share our achievements in our 11th annual sustainability report,” said Jeffrey Mezger, chairman, president, and chief executive officer of KB Home. “Sustainability has become the foundation of how we operate. In addition to having a meaningful impact on the environment, the energy- and water-saving features in our homes are estimated to have cumulatively saved our homeowners more than half a billion dollars in utility costs, a true differentiator for KB Home that resonates with our customers.”

The report covers KB Home’s sustainability achievements during 2017 and highlights certain cumulative results over the past eleven years. As detailed in the report, through 2017, KB Home has built:

  • 115,000+ ENERGY STAR® certified homes
  • 13,000+ Water Smart® and WaterSense® labeled new homes
  • 6,000+ solar-powered homes, many of which are nearly or are net-zero energy homes
  • 150+ LEED Platinum® homes

These KB homes are estimated to have collectively:

  • Prevented greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 382,000 passenger vehicles
  • Conserved 1.4 billion gallons of water annually compared to the water consumption of typical resale homes and landscaping
  • Saved homeowners more than a total of $658 million in utility bills compared to utility costs for typical resale homes
  • Produced through the installed solar power systems nearly as much energy as a 14-megawatt solar power plant and offset the production of an estimated 35 million pounds of carbon dioxide per year, while saving homeowners more than $4.7 million in energy costs every year compared to the costs for typical resale homes

KB Home takes a broad approach to sustainability, encompassing energy efficiency, water conservation, healthier indoor environments, smart home capabilities and waste reduction. KB Home is the only national builder to have won awards under all of the Environmental Protection Agency’s programs aimed at homebuilders — ENERGY STAR®, WaterSense®, which establishes water efficiency standards, and Indoor airPLUS®, which focuses on indoor air quality. Recently, KB Home announced that it received two prestigious awards: 2018 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award, and a TecHome Brilliance Award for its KB ProjeKt® concept home.

Details of KB Home’s sustainability goals, achievements and challenges, including an initiative to achieve zero landfill waste by the year 2025, can be found in the 2017 KB Home Sustainability Report, now accessible at www.kbhome.com/sustainability. In developing the report, KB Home again followed the Global Reporting Initiative Guidelines, which provide a widely recognized level of accountability and transparency, and are considered by many environmental experts to be the current standard for sustainability reporting.

For more information on KB Home and its highly efficient new homes, visit www.kbhome.com or call 888-KB-HOMES.

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KB Home (NYSE: KBH) is one of the largest homebuilders in the United States, with more than 600,000 homes delivered since our founding in 1957. We operate in 35 markets in 7 states, primarily serving first-time and first move-up homebuyers, as well as active adults. We are differentiated in offering customers the ability to personalize what they value most in their home, from choosing their lot, floor plan, and exterior, to selecting design and décor choices in our KB Home Studios. In addition, we are an industry leader in sustainability, building innovative and highly energy- and water-efficient homes. We invite you to learn more about KB Home by visiting www.kbhome.com, calling 888-KB-HOMES, or connecting with us on Facebook.com/KBHome or Twitter.com/KBHome.

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, April 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Greeneum is pleased to announce that it has created the world's first blockchain-powered sustainable, scalable and secure energy and data trading platform; which we believe is the first major step towards ending a global reliance on toxic and non-renewable energy sources including fossil fuels. To protect contributors and bring greater transparency to these projects, the Greeneum platform is built on the ethereum blockchain. Agreements are held on this distributed ledger, which helps to ensure that terms are secure and visible at all times.

Greeneum's platform is a first of its kind marketplace and energy production management system.  It enables contributors from around the world to invest in green energy projects including solar, hydro and wind power; while concurrently creating production efficiencies during demand fluctuations. Pilot projects currently underway include a grid operator in Cyprus and a micro-grid in Israel; and more are set to be announced throughout the course of 2018.

"Greeneum's first in kind platform enables people and companies to make contributions to green energy products around the world," said Greeneum founder Assaf Ben-Or. "Our goal is to foster increased use of renewable energy sources and reduce the carbon emissions that are contributing to climate change."

The GREEN Token is central to Greeneum's innovation story, and contributors can access it during a token pre-sale starting today, Earth Day. Qualified individuals will be able to start contributing to a wide variety of projects later this year.

Greeneum's innovative approach to green energy production, distribution and consumption management is enabled through key innovations including:

  • Crypto-based platform: Using an ERC-20 compliant token enables contributors to have one point of entry to contribute to projects around the world;
  • Smart contracts: Enable efficiencies by disintermediating the various brokers and middlemen currently involved in these investments, and remove trust as a factor between counterparties;
  • Distributed Energy Resource Management System (DERMS): Through use of artificial intelligence and proprietary algorithms, Greeneum enables electricity producers to anticipate demand in advance and direct resources accordingly; enabling them to create reserves and reduce production costs.

"By enabling contributors to help fund these projects and track their contributions, Greeneum is bringing a level of transparency to these projects not previously seen," Ben-Or continued. "And empowering utilities to better anticipate and manage costs, we are hopeful that these increased efficiencies will enable contributors to have an even greater impact on the projects they choose to participate in."

Greeneum was founded by a team of dedicated experts with experience across a wide variety of solar and renewable energy projects and startups including:

  • Assaf Ben-Or, founder and CEO
  • Elya Katsir Dolev, co-founder and CTO
  • Rodrigo Rapoport, COO
  • Guillermo Wajner, CMO

Greeneum also has a strong advisory board and corporate partners including: IBM, d10e, Etherlabs Chain Dynamics, SolarChange, CoinAgenda and more.

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Greeneum is a global, decentralized network that aims to encourage the production, distribution and consumption of clean and sustainable energy. By using advanced technologies including blockchain, smart contracts and artificial intelligence, Greeneum is enabling the next generation of trust, transparency, security, actionable insights and forecasts for the global energy market.

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SONOMA, California, 20 de abril de 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Shell Lubricants y AirFlow Truck Company han presentado un nuevo camión hipereficiente en consumo de combustible. Este vehículo de próxima generación, denominado Starship, fue diseñado y construido por ambas compañías con el objetivo de demostrar cuáles son las posibilidades reales de reducción de la demanda de energía en el transporte de carga. El camión utiliza las tecnologías disponibles actualmente para minimizar la cantidad de energía que se necesita para transportar una carga de un lugar a otro. El Starship se encuentra en exhibición en el evento gratuito Make the Future California de Shell en Sonoma Raceway. (www.shell.us/makethefuturecalifornia)

"Para mantener a Shell a la vanguardia del desarrollo tecnológico y la eficiencia energética, buscamos proyectos tales como la iniciativa Starship. El trabajo con AirFlow Truck Company y otros proveedores brinda a Shell Lubricants la oportunidad de apoyar a compañías innovadoras para explorar las posibilidades reales en el ahorro de combustible", comenta Robert Mainwaring, gerente de tecnología para la innovación de Shell Lubricants. "El transporte da cuenta de más de un cuarto del total del uso de energía del mundo y de la quinta parte de las emisiones globales de dióxido de carbono relacionadas con la energía: el 72% es atribuible al transporte en carreteras, y los camiones representan una parte importante de ese porcentaje. En consecuencia, el aumento de la eficiencia y la mejora en el ahorro de combustible en el sector del transporte comercial podrían ayudar a hacer considerables progresos en la reducción de las emisiones".

En vista de la inminencia de nuevas regulaciones para el ahorro de combustible en todo el mundo y la necesidad de avances continuos en dicho ahorro, Shell Lubricants reconoce la importancia de un enfoque holístico para alcanzar progresos. No obstante, el logro de mejoras importantes en el ahorro de combustible en los camiones pesados es todo un desafío, dado el tamaño y la construcción de un tractor y un remolque, y es un área que no ha sido muy tenida en cuenta en las últimas décadas.

"Shell cree firmemente que las relaciones colaborativas de diseño conjunto son esenciales para la reducción eficaz de las emisiones y las mejoras en la eficiencia, y ha desarrollado ese tipo de relaciones con varios fabricantes de equipos originales de primer nivel mundial", agrega Mainwaring. "La relación con AirFlow Truck Company y otros proveedores para desarrollar el Proyecto Starship es parte de un proceso de colaboración encabezado por Shell para estimular el diseño conjunto y ha dado como resultado un camión que se utilizará para cuestionar la definición de eficiencia en el transporte de carga. En años recientes, desarrollamos un automóvil conceptual que exploraba el papel del peso ligero, la aerodinamia y la lubricación en el transporte personal. Starship es el equivalente del automóvil conceptual de Shell para el transporte de carga".

Shell brindó asesoramiento técnico sobre los componentes del motor y el tren motriz, así como recomendaciones sobre las necesidades de lubricantes para uso en el camión del Proyecto Starship. El camión utiliza aceite para motores usados en trabajos pesados totalmente sintético y de baja viscosidad de nueva generación. El uso de aceites de base totalmente sintéticos más una tecnología aditiva avanzada ofrece protección contra el desgaste, los depósitos y la descomposición del aceite. La viscosidad más baja ofrece un ahorro de combustible superior al del SAE 15W-40 convencional. La tecnología de lubricación tiene la misma viscosidad que el Shell Rimula Ultra E+ y está siendo sometida a prueba por fabricantes de equipos originales de todo el mundo.

"Como líderes en lubricantes para trabajos pesados, tenemos una responsabilidad con la industria que va más allá de nuestros productos. Por eso estoy tan orgulloso de esta colaboración con AirFlow Trucking, que ofrece una oportunidad única para explorar formas de ahorrar combustible en el transporte. En el futuro, para enfrentar el desafío energético mundial, necesitaremos soluciones creativas como Starship, que beneficien a nuestros clientes, los conductores y el mundo en general en los próximos años", dice Chris Guerrero, gerente global de marca de lubricantes para trabajos pesados.

Antes de su primera exhibición pública en el evento Make the Future de Shell en Sonoma, las compañías han continuado con la puesta a punto del camión. En mayo de 2018, Shell y AirFlow Truck Company mostrarán el desempeño del Starship en un recorrido de costa a costa en los Estados Unidos que comenzará en California y concluirá en la Florida. El camión transportará la carga máxima admisible para el peso bruto permitido del vehículo, de 36.287 kg/80.000 libras.

A lo largo del camino se medirá la eficiencia de consumo por tonelada y el ahorro de combustible, y los resultados se difundirán públicamente. La eficiencia de consumo por tonelada es el principal indicador que se medirá en el camión Starship. Shell y AirFlow consideran que esta es la medición más significativa de la eficiencia del transporte de carga. Se define como la energía que se requiere para transportar una carga de un punto A a un punto B. La maximización de la cantidad de carga que lleva el camión disminuirá el ahorro de combustible, pero mejorará la eficiencia de consumo por tonelada y reducirá las emisiones de carbono específicas del peso.

Las lecciones que pueden obtenerse del Proyecto Starship tienen importancia global. El sector del transporte en camiones en todo el mundo está unido en el desafío de "ir más lejos con menos" y reducir el consumo de combustible maximizando al mismo tiempo la carga, en busca de menores costos y de satisfacer las regulaciones de ahorro de combustible. El camión opera con una tecnología motriz moderna de Clase 81 , cuyas demandas se reproducen en todo el mundo; temperaturas más altas, desgaste mecánico y corrosión, minimización de la acumulación de depósitos y necesidad de intervalos largos de cambio de aceite y de la vida del motor. Hay una gran selección de tecnologías innovadoras disponibles comercialmente en muchos mercados del mundo para ayudar al ahorro (de combustible), y en Starship se han usado varias de ellas. Por lo tanto, son soluciones que los propietarios de camiones de todo el mundo pueden implementar fácilmente para obtener beneficios en sus propios vehículos. El Proyecto Starship es un paso más en el camino para enfrentar el desafío mundial de la energía global, un camino que beneficiará directamente al sector del transporte en camiones y al entorno general. Para mantenerse al día sobre las actividades más recientes de AirFlow Starship, visite www.shell.com/starship.

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Tecnología del camión Starship

  • Starship es conocido como un camión de Clase 8 en los Estados Unidos: esta clasificación específica de los Estados Unidos se determina sobre la base de la clasificación del peso bruto del vehículo. Las clases van de la 1 a la 8 y son establecidas por la Administración Federal de Carreteras (FHWA) del Departamento de Transporte.
  • La carrocería del tractor del Proyecto Starship presenta un diseño 100% aerodinámico personalizado construido en fibra de carbono que incluye los faldones laterales, el capó y la parte frontal.
  • El camión del Proyecto Starship tiene un motor de 6 cilindros con 400 caballos de fuerza y un torque de 1.850 libras por pie/2.508 Nm. El motor estándar está calibrado con la transmisión para correr a velocidades muy bajas y a 800 rpm.
  • La parrilla activa (con actividad basada en la temperatura para maximizar la aerodinamia y la eficiencia) se abre para permitir el flujo de aire por el radiador y en el compartimento del motor para su refrigeración. Cuando no se necesita refrigeración, la parrilla se cierra automáticamente y deja que el aire se reeencamine alrededor del vehículo. El resultado es una menor resistencia aerodinámica y un consumo de combustible reducido. Además, la parrilla cerrada cuando la temperatura es baja reduce el tiempo de entrada en calor del motor.
  • En el futuro, el camión presentará un sistema de eje eléctrico híbrido con motor y eje eléctricos en reemplazo del eje trasero libre del tractor. Esto reforzará la potencia al subir pendientes, que es cuando se consume la mayor parte del combustible, el eje transfiere la energía fuera del camión y alimenta la batería para acelerar o frenar. Un configuración de eje de baja velocidad que utiliza controles avanzados y transmisión manual automática brinda también una mayor eficiencia y buena potencia de tracción.
  • Un panel solar de 5.000 vatios en el techo del camión carga energía y la almacena en un cargador de 48 voltios, que es suficiente para atender las necesidades normales de los camiones, tales como luces, limpiaparabrisas, ventiladores, medidores, aire acondicionado y calefacción, microondas y otros componentes eléctricos.

Colaboraciones de Shell

  • Shell reconoce la necesidad de soluciones de transporte que sean sustentables, más limpias y más eficientes energéticamente, y por ello está colaborando y diseñando conjuntamente diversos proyectos. En 2016, Shell colaboró con Gordon Murray Design y Geo Technology en el diseño conjunto del automóvil conceptual Shell, un vehículo urbano ultraeficiente que, comparado con un automóvil urbano típico, consume un 34% menos de energía primaria en todo su ciclo de vida.

Acerca de AirFlow Truck Company
AirFlow Truck Company ha construido anteriormente dos camiones remolcadores de Clase 8 aerodinámicos y de bajo consumo: el primero, en 1983, y el más reciente, en 2012. Este último, llamado Bullet Truck, recorrió una ruta de costa a costa transportando carga con un peso bruto del vehículo de casi 30.000 kg (65.000 libras) y promedió un consumo récord de 5,7 km/l o 13,4 millas por galón.

Acerca de Shell Lubricants
Shell Lubricants produce y vende una amplia gama de lubricantes que satisfacen a un gran número de clientes, desde consumidores hasta clientes de negocios, en 150 países. Producimos lubricantes que se utilizan en sectores tales como el automovilismo de consumo, el transporte pesado, la minería, la generación de energía, la ingeniería general y otros. Nuestras marcas incluyen Pennzoil, Quaker State, Shell Helix, Shell Advance, Shell Rotella, Shell Rimula, Shell Tellus y Shell Gadus. Nuestra robusta cadena de suministro nos permite llevar nuestros productos a clientes de todo el mundo. Incluye cinco plantas de aceite de base, 40 plantas de mezcla (y empaque) de lubricantes y 10 plantas de producción de grasas, en 32 países del mundo.

La sólida tradición de Shell en tecnología para lubricantes tiene más de 70 años de historia. Tenemos más de 200 científicos e ingenieros que trabajan en centros técnicos para lubricantes especializados en China, Japón, Alemania y los Estados Unidos. Poseemos más de 150 patentes para aceites de base, lubricantes y grasas, y realizamos millones de pruebas cada año. Nuestras estrechas relaciones con fabricantes de equipos originales nos ayudan a seguir trabajando en la producción de lubricantes de alta calidad. También trabajamos con importantes escuderías, tales como Scuderia Ferrari, BMW Motorsport, Hyundai Motorsport y Ducati Corse, para utilizar las carreras como banco de pruebas para llevar los lubricantes de calidad del automovilismo deportivo a los clientes en las carreteras. Además, ofrecemos una amplia variedad de servicios técnicos para nuestros clientes, particularmente, Shell LubeMatch, Shell LubeAdvisor y Shell LubeChat. Si desea más información, visite www.shell.com.
*Kline & Company, "Global Lubricants Industry November 2016: Market Analysis and Assessment". (La industria global de los lubricantes, noviembre de 2016: análisis y evaluación del mercado).

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Este comunicado de prensa contiene declaraciones prospectivas de acuerdo con la Ley de Reforma de Litigios sobre Valores Privados de los Estados Unidos (U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act) de 1995, relacionadas con el estado financiero, los resultados de las operaciones y las actividades comerciales de Royal Dutch Shell. Toda declaración que no enuncie datos históricos es o puede ser considerada una declaración prospectiva. Las declaraciones prospectivas son declaraciones sobre expectativas futuras basadas en expectativas y suposiciones actuales de la gerencia, e implican riesgos e incertidumbres conocidos y desconocidos que podrían ocasionar que los resultados, el rendimiento o los acontecimientos reales difirieran sustancialmente de los expresos o implícitos en estas declaraciones. Las declaraciones prospectivas incluyen, entre otras cosas, afirmaciones relativas a la potencial exposición de Royal Dutch Shell a riesgos del mercado, así como afirmaciones que denotan expectativas, convicciones, estimaciones, pronósticos, proyecciones e hipótesis de la gerencia. Estas declaraciones prospectivas se identifican por el uso de términos y expresiones tales como "apunta", "ambiciona", "anticipa", "cree", "podría", "estima", "espera", "metas", "pretende", "es probable", "objetivos", "perspectivas", "planifica", "probablemente", "proyecta", "riesgos", "programa", "se propone", "busca", "debería", y otros términos y expresiones similares. Hay una serie de factores que podrían influir en las operaciones futuras de Royal Dutch Shell y hacer que los resultados difirieran considerablemente de aquellos expresados en las declaraciones prospectivas incluidas en este comunicado de prensa, tales como, entre otros: a) fluctuaciones en el precio del crudo y el gas natural; b) cambios en la demanda de los productos de Shell; c) fluctuaciones de la moneda; d) resultados de la perforación y producción; e) cálculo de reservas; f) pérdida de participación de mercado y competencia industrial; g) riesgos físicos y medioambientales; h) riesgos asociados con la identificación de bienes y objetivos potencialmente adecuados para su adquisición y la exitosa negociación y finalización de tales transacciones; i) el riesgo de comerciar en países en desarrollo y en países sujetos a sanciones internacionales; j) cuestiones legislativas, fiscales y normativas, incluso medidas regulatorias relacionadas con el cambio climático; k) condiciones financieras y económicas del mercado en distintos países y regiones; l) riesgos políticos, incluso riesgos de expropiación y renegociación de los términos de contratos con entidades gubernamentales, demoras o adelantos en la aprobación de proyectos, y demoras en el reembolso de gastos compartidos; y m) cambios en los términos comerciales. No se ofrece garantía alguna de que los pagos de dividendos futuros igualen o superen los pagos de dividendos anteriores. Todas las declaraciones prospectivas incluidas en este comunicado de prensa están expresamente condicionadas en su totalidad por las declaraciones cautelares incluidas o aludidas en esta sección. Los lectores no deben depositar una confianza indebida en las declaraciones prospectivas. Los factores de riesgo adicionales que podrían influir en los resultados futuros están incluidos en el Formulario 20-F de Royal Dutch Shell para el año finalizado el 31 de diciembre de 2017 (disponible en www.shell.com/investor y www.sec.gov). Estos factores de riesgo también califican expresamente todas las declaraciones prospectivas incluidas en este comunicado y deben ser considerados por el lector. Cada declaración prospectiva hace referencia solamente a la fecha de este comunicado de prensa, 19 de abril de 2018. Ni Royal Dutch Shell plc ni sus filiales asumen obligación alguna de actualizar o revisar públicamente las declaraciones prospectivas, ya sea como resultado de nueva información, eventos futuros u otra información. A la luz de estos riesgos, los resultados pueden diferir considerablemente de aquellos enunciados, supuestos o deducidos de las declaraciones prospectivas contenidas en este comunicado de prensa.

En este comunicado podemos haber utilizado ciertos términos, tales como recursos, que la Comisión de Bolsa y Valores de los Estados Unidos (SEC, por sus siglas en inglés) nos prohíbe estrictamente incluir en nuestras presentaciones ante ella. Se insta a los inversores de los Estados Unidos a considerar atentamente lo declarado en nuestro Formulario 20-F, Registro No. 1-32575, disponible en el sitio web de la SEC: www.sec.gov.

1 Un camión de Clase 8 es un camión pesado según la clasificación de la Administración Federal de Carreteras del Departamento de Transporte de los Estados Unidos.

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Shares in Spokane, Washington headquartered Avista Corp. ended the day 0.17% lower at $51.92 with a total trading volume of 184,434 shares. The stock has advanced 0.60% in the last month, 0.84% in the previous three months, and 30.03% over the past year. The Company's shares are trading 2.90% and 2.02% above their 50-day and 200-day moving averages, respectively. Moreover, shares of Avista, which operates as an electric and natural gas utility company, have an RSI of 57.86.  

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Sao Paulo, Brazil-based Cosan Ltd's stock dropped 2.50%, closing the session at $10.13. A total volume of 1.07 million shares was traded, which was above their three months average volume of 1.05 million shares. The Company's shares have gained 26.94% over the past year. The stock is trading 9.51% above its 200-day moving average. Additionally, shares of Cosan, which together with its subsidiaries, engages in fuel and natural gas distribution, logistics, lubricant, sugar and ethanol, and fuel businesses primarily in Brazil and internationally, have an RSI of 39.03. Register now for your free research document on CZZ at: www.wallstequities.com/registration/?symbol=CZZ

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In partnership with Community Jameel and a collaboration of this year ' s strategic partners Riyada, Omantel, and ZAIN Group as a digital partner 

  • Money prizes exceed 160,000 USD in cash; Final Award ceremony held in Oman, April 19, 2018

The MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF) of the Pan Arab Region announced the winners of the 11th edition of the Arab Startup Competition, an annual competition designed to support and celebrate innovation in the Arab world by awarding entrepreneurs and providing them with an avenue to exhibit and apply their ideas.

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The final award ceremony, in partnership with Community Jameel, and in collaboration with this year's strategic partners Riyada, Omantel, and Zain Group as a digital partner, was held in Oman on April 19, announcing nine winning teams. Community Jameel, a social enterprise organization that operates a wide range of initiatives to promote a positive society and economic sustainability, has been a founding partner for 12 consecutive years.

The winning teams were announced at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hall 2, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman during a ceremony that attracted more than 400 investors, business entrepreneurs, media representatives and renowned public figures, such as Ahmad Al Alfi of Sawari Ventures, David Fernandez of Startup Chile, Said Al Shanfari of Omantel, Abdel Aziz Alloughani of Faith Capital Holding, and Abeer Abdullah of Riyada.

Ideas Track: 

Winner: Quirpod, Egypt, an online platform that develops students' 21st century skills through expert-developed content and an engaging UX.

1st Runner up: Spike, Lebanon, helps make diabetes management less diabetic via software and hardware innovations.

2nd Runner up: Smart Data Logger, Jordan, uses IoT and roaming cellular connection to allow real-time monitoring of the temperature of a shipment.

Social Entrepreneurship Track: 

Winner: Al Khudairi for biogas technology, Egypt, converts the waste and soil-damaging chemical fertilizers into energy. The solution also allows the production of biomethane gas, an alternative to fill gas cylinders.

1st Runner up: Fabric Aid, Lebanon, implements a successful European model that gives incentives to NGOs to collect more clothing without worrying about expenses and distribution.

2nd Runner up: Sunbox, Palestine, introduces an affordable off-grid, self-installable small solar kit for families who suffer from electricity shortage.

Startups Track: 

Winner: ProvenMed International, Tunisia, introduces a solution with options for restoring normal social life for patients suffering from Urine Incontinence.

1st Runner up: WideBot, Egypt, offer their platform to businesses to build their chatbots.

1st Runner up: Plotos, UAE, connect users to handpicked healthy yet trendy food from favorite restaurants through an innovative user-friendly platform created and endorsed by nutrition experts.

1st Runner up: Solar Foods, Sudan, a pioneer eco-friendly company in the field of food processing.

The ceremony was broadcasted live on Facebook: https://bit.ly/2K0uNZB

During the ceremony, Hala Fadel, Chair of the Board of MITEF Pan Arab said: "We are so proud that this year's biggest Arab startup event is being held in Oman. This event is not only a competition, but an opportunity for top tier Arab entrepreneurs to present and share their experiences in the area of innovation and the creation and nurturing of an ecosystem for innovation within Oman.  Investing in Arab entrepreneurship will, in turn, contribute to the revitalization of the economy, and lead to the creation of new partnerships that can eventually transform into large institutions."

Fady Mohammed Jameel, President of Community Jameel International, commented saying: "At Community Jameel, we are honoured to serve entrepreneurs across the region and have been delighted that our efforts have been so well received. The major success of the MITEF Pan Arab competition has been our record of translating ideas into successful businesses, and innovative concepts into stories of success. Since launching in 2006, we have provided financial support totalling almost $970,000 to over 430 technology and knowledge-based start-ups. More than 2,300 young and ambitious entrepreneurs have received high-level training by regional and world experts creating at least 2,600 new job opportunities."

The final event ceremony included a panel discussion entitled "Building Emerging Ecosystems" led by Hala Fadel, Founding Member and Chair of MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab, with David Fernanédz, Business intelligence at Startup Chile and Ahmed Al Alfi, Founder and Chairman at Sawari Ventures, as speakers. Another panel discussion, themed "What Silicon Valley investors want to see in MENA," was moderated by Sharifa AlBarami, Managing Director at Oman Technology Fund, with  Sharif El-Badawi, Partner at 500 Startups and Tarek Fahim, Managing Partner at Endure Capital, as speakers.

Prior to the final award ceremony, the 80 semi-finalists underwent a round of training sessions and presented their work to a jury that brought together a number of key investors and business people.

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About MITEF Pan Arab: Founded in 2005, the MIT Enterprise Forum of the Pan Arab Region (http://www.mitefarab.org) is one of the 28 worldwide chapters of the MIT Enterprise Forum Global, an avid promoter of entrepreneurship and innovation worldwide. The MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab has a proven record in promoting MIT-style entrepreneurship by organizing each year the MITEF Arab Startup Competition targeting 21 countries of the Arab region and attracting over 12,000 entrepreneurs a year.

About Community Jameel: Community Jameel is a social enterprise organisation that helps communities transform themselves through a wide range of initiatives. It works to create job opportunities, tackle unemployment, promote arts and culture in the Middle East and around the world, enable research for poverty alleviation and food and water security, and provide education and training opportunities. Community Jameel was formally established in 2003 to continue the Jameel family's tradition of supporting the community, a tradition started in the 1940s by the late Abdul Latif Jameel, founder of the Abdul Latif Jameel business, who throughout his life helped tens of thousands of disadvantaged people improve their lives. For more information on Community Jameel, please visit:http://www.cjameel.org

About Riyada: The Public Authority for Small & Medium Enterprises Development (Riyada) is the Sultanate of Oman's arm for the development of small and medium enterprises and the strengthening of their contribution to the local economy through a wide range of business advisory services and training programs. Riyada was established as the Public Authority for Small & Medium Enterprises Development as per Royal Decree No. 36/2013, whereby it enjoys financial and administrative autonomy and is headquartered in the Muscat Governorate with the right to establish branches in other governorates according to a resolution from its board of directors.​ 

About Omantel: Investing in the future of the nation, Omantel connects even the most remote communities of the Sultanate to each other and the rest of the world. Omantel is the Sultanate's first integrated telecommunications services provider, enabling the digital society to flourish, allowing new ways of doing business and delivering a world of information, news and entertainment. Today, Omantel boldly innovates to deliver the highest levels of customer satisfaction, the broadest and most reliable nationwide network while investing for Oman's future development. Learn more at http://www.omantel.om.

About Zain Group: Zain is a leading communications operator across the Middle East and North Africa providing mobile voice and data services to over 46.6 million active customers as of 31 December 2017. With a commercial presence in 8 countries, Zain operates in the following countries: Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and South Sudan. In Lebanon, the company manages 'touch' on behalf of the government. In Morocco, Zain has a 15.5% stake in Wana Telecom, now branded 'INWI', through a joint venture. Zain is listed on the Kuwait Stock Exchange (stock ticker: ZAIN).

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NORTHFIELD, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Medline today announced the completion of the second in a series of solar installations being undertaken to meet the organization’s growing sustainability goals. The 1.1 Megawatt system is estimated to generate power equivalent to 75 percent of that facility’s usage, significantly offsetting Medline’s dependency on the grid. EnterSolar, a national developer of solar programs for the commercial marketplace, worked with Medline to structure the design, engineering, and installation of the system, and will oversee the operations and maintenance of the system.

The power derived from more than 3,152 rooftop solar panels will provide meaningful environmental benefits for Medline, Rialto and the greater Southern California community at large. By using solar energy, environmental benefits are equivalent to saving nearly 92,000 gallons of gasoline a year or planting 772 acres of trees annually.

“For generations, Medline has worked shoulder to shoulder with healthcare customers to improve patient care. Corporate social responsibility helps us extend that impact even further by connecting the dots across the company and into the communities where we live, work and serve,” says Francesca Olivier, corporate social responsibility manager, Medline.

The completion of the Rialto facility system comes just one year after the completion of the first of two systems being installed at Medline’s Tracy, California distribution center. Medline is working with EnterSolar to add additional solar capacity to that facility, following a year of successful power generation.

“EnterSolar is proud to work with organizations of all sizes and missions. We’re exceptionally pleased to work with those organizations that demonstrate their commitment to sustainability in all of the regions they serve, and as such, we’re proud to partner with Medline to expand solar across their national portfolio,” said Peyton Boswell, managing director, EnterSolar.

Medline opened its first solar installation in July of 2016 at its distribution center in Aisai, Japan. On days with optimal conditions the 1,665 solar panels generate the majority of the energy needed to power the building, with the excess going back to the grid. The company also has systems in Australia, Germany and California and is working with EnterSolar to vet additional locations.

About Medline

Medline is a global manufacturer and distributor serving the healthcare industry with medical supplies and clinical solutions that help customers achieve both clinical and financial success. Headquartered in Northfield, Ill., the company offers 550,000 medical devices and support services through more than 1,400 direct sales representatives who are dedicated points of contact for customers across the continuum of care. For more information on Medline, go to www.medline.com or http://www.medline.com/social-media to connect with Medline on its social media channels.

About EnterSolar

EnterSolar is a leading national developer of solar photovoltaic solutions to the commercial marketplace. Unique in our combination of corporate business operations and solar expertise, we work with commercial enterprises to deliver optimal solar energy with compelling, long-term ROI. Expert in the dynamic legislative environment, EnterSolar provides clients with real-time guidance in order to best leverage tax credits and other financial incentives at federal, state and utility levels. Our clients include multi-national retailers, REITS, global manufacturers, and distributors, as well as family-owned businesses. The Company’s divisions include EnterSolarEDU, which helps schools, universities and non-profit organizations leverage solar and MaxSolar, which provides operations & maintenance, asset management and technical services for commercial systems nationwide. EnterSolar is headquartered in New York City with offices in New Jersey, Connecticut, California, Massachusetts, Maryland, and South Carolina. In its last ranking, Solar Power World ranked EnterSolar the leading (#1) solar developer in New York State and in the top 10 nationally. More information about EnterSolar, and its portfolio, can be found here.

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