Better Place, a Better Paradigm

I recently discovered that my sister-in-law’s brother-in-law works for Better Place (I bet there is a specific word for sister-in-law’s brother-in-law in a language that has more respect for family than English!)  I had always been interested in the concept of switching rather than recharging batteries. Seems like a no-brainer to me. Why recharge a battery for a many hours, breaking a long journey, when you can go to a drive through and swap it for a charged one in minutes?  Good-bye range anxiety.

So I got on the phone with him and learned there is even more to …

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Guest Post: Ford: How IT Put a Charge in EV Infrastructure

A few months ago I met Nancy Gioia, Director Global Electrification at Ford Motor Company, at a sustainability meeting in DC organized by the Trans-Atlantic Business Dialogue (TABD). Nancy’s comments at that meeting about the role of IT and telecommunications (ICT) in supporting the use of Electric Vehicles intrigued me then and still do now.   In this guest post Mike Tinskey – Ford’s global manager for electric vehicle infrastructure –  explains how ICT infrastructure will support the user experience.  


By Mike Tinskey, Global Manager, Electric Vehicle Infrastructure at Ford Motor Company

While the 1990s don’t feel like too …

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Making the Commitment: Horses for Courses

Here are some closing thoughts on this series of posts from my BT colleagues in the USA who have in incorporated renewable energy into their home life.

Everyone has made a significant commitment (and all leave me feeling that I need to do more!), but what is most notable is that the commitments are different. In my mind, and knowing some of the individuals, the different approaches suit their particular interests and passions.

Joe and Robert have made significant up front financial commitments to be amongst the first people (in the grand scheme of things) to have installed solar PV …

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Making the Commitment: Powered by Vegetable Oil

The previous posts in this series have focused on solar PV and electric vehicles. For this last post  I wanted to show that there are other ways to participate actively in sustainability and have always been inspired by Doug Allen, a colleague at BT, who runs his car on used vegetable oil.

By Doug Allen, Quality Assurance Manager, BT Operate

I have been running a car on used vegetable oil for about five years.  I had wanted to drive a more environmentally friendly vehicle, but I wasn’t ready to spend $30,000 on a Prius.  I was intrigued when a friend …

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Making the Commitment: Rural Power

By Paul Frappollo, Senior Network Developer, BT Innovate and Design

I’ve been interested in alternative energy applications for a long time now.  Six years ago, in 2005, I started with prototype system and have even taken classes at my local community college to learn about codes and how residential electrical systems are installed.

My first prototype was a modest enterprise, a single wind generator that fed a bank of six volt batteries and generated enough energy to power a single fluorescent fixture and outlet.  During this period, the cost of solar panels dropped from $4/watt to $1/watt making solar power …

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Making the Commitment: Solar Makes Math Cents

By Joseph Vaughn-Perling, Specialist, Design, Development and Consultancy, BT Americas

The BT Solar initiative was just the pinch I needed to incent me to do the math with the current prices on solar panels, incentives, interest rates, etc.

As an efficiency enthusiast, the economics of it were very compelling.  As it turned out, the solar panels paid for them self in the first month after installation.

In my situation it was a perfect storm.  I had some roof work to do, needed to refinance my home loan to take advantage of better interest rates and have a high energy …

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Making the Commitment Series: Running on the Sun

By Philippe Bellevin,  Strategy and Business Development for BT Americas

Phillipe Bellevin and his PV/EV combination was already lined up for the first post in the “Making the Commitment” series. Then last week Phillipe was runner up in the BT Chairman’s Award Winners 2011 in CSR Supporter of the Year category. You can see Phillipe tell his story on video here and read his additional insights below.

After a year of considering solar panels and BT’s employee discount program, we took the plunge.  The reason why? The possible availability of mass market electric vehicles.

The corporate program through BT …

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Making the Commitment

A couple of years ago we launched a solar program for our US employees to help them consider solar PV at home.  Interest has been significant, with lots of people attending webinars and learning about solar.

Actual take up has been low as it is a big investment, but what has struck me is the level of enthusiasm amongst those people who have installed solar through our partnership with Sunpower and for people who have done it independently.

Over the next couple of days I will be sharing a few short blog posts from colleagues in BT in the USA …

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