Working towards independent energy supply, New homes in American Fork, Bringing Hope to the Table

Daimler partners, working towards independent power

Daimler AG announced it is utilizing its automotive fuel cell systems in stationary power systems to demonstrate a sustainable and independent energy supply for data centers, and to accelerate the transition to renewable energy generation and supply.

The company has experience with hydrogen-powered electric vehicles over several vehicle generations and millions of tests around the world, and recently presented the next step with pre-production models of the Mercedes-Benz GLC F Cell. Convinced of the potential of fuel cell technology and hydrogen as an energy storage medium in the context of the overall energy system, the company is extending its development activities into non-transportation industries. Joining forces with industry leaders Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Power Innovations, Daimler will develop prototype systems starting this year for back-up and continuous power solutions for data centers and other stationary applications using automotive hydrogen fuel cell systems.

According to a Daimler press release, data centers are some of the largest consumers of power in the new economy, and the growth rate of this power consumption is significant as well. Fuel cells are projected to offer high reliability, unlimited scalability and renewable energy benefits without costly utility dependency.“Rapidly escalating power demands are putting pressure on traditional power delivery solutions. The use of Daimler fuel cells for continuous and back-up power solutions will allow us to explore new, sustainable, cost-effective and rapid methods to power our customers’ data centers,” said Bill Mannel with Hewlett Packard Enterprise in a press release.

New housing announced in American Fork

Oakwood Homes recently announced a new home development to be built in American Fork: Hansen Ranch. Additionally, the company is expanding its offerings at Holbrook Farms in Lehi.

“When we saw the Hansen Ranch property, we knew it’d be an ideal setting for homeowners,” said Kelli Cunningham, vice president of sales for Oakwood Homes Utah division. “Set among established neighborhoods with nearby schools and parks, and the Wasatch Mountains as its backdrop, it has a country feel to it. We believe the quality new homes we’ll bring to the area will be welcomed by prospective homeowners.”

Hansen Ranch is located on a former horse ranch property in American Fork at 1100 East and 400 North and will include 90 single-family homes between 2,000 to 3,300 finished square feet and up to 4,500 square feet, unfinished. Sales officially begin in February 2018.

‘Bringing Hope to the Table’ donation drive

Smith’s Food & Drug is again offering customers a convenient way to reach out and help others during the holiday season with its “Bringing Hope to the Table” donation drive. From now through December 31, customers may add a $1, $5 or $10 donation to their grocery orders, and 100 percent of the contribution will then be converted into Smith’s gift cards for Utah Food Bank. The Food Bank then can purchase meat, grocery items, dairy or other needed items at cost.

“This is yet another way in which our resources, combined with the support of our associates and customers, work together to make a positive impact in our communities,” said Aubriana Martindale, division corporate affairs manager for Smith’s. “Just a few dollars can create a nutritious meal for another person who otherwise would go without.”

The Bringing Hope To the Table donation drive for Utah Food Bank ties into Smith’s newly launched Zero Hunger/Zero Waste initiative, an effort aimed at ending hunger in the communities Smith’s calls home and eliminating waste across the company by 2025.

“No family in our community should ever go hungry, and no food in the stores we operate should ever go to waste,” said Martindale.

Smith’s helps fight hunger throughout its seven states of operation. In addition to cash support, each day stores donate nutritious but unsellable foods to local food banks.

In 2016, enough food was contributed this way to create 1,710,492 meals through food bank and pantry networks in Utah.

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