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Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

CALSTART Successfully Commercializing Zero-Emission Buses

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015
John Boesel

CALSTART, a non-profit member organization, has been expanding and supporting the clean transportation sector since 1992. Its president and CEO John Boesel checked in with TPR when zero-emission buses recently achieved a milestone. He gives readers a status report on advanced-bus technology and the market for these vehicles, as well as commenting on California regulators’ impact on the clean-vehicle industry in the state.

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Cool Solutions: New Technology to Fight Climate Change in Massachusetts

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015
Figure ES-1. Historical Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Trajectories Needed to Achieve 2020, 2030 and 2050 Emission Reduction Targets

ENVIRONMENT MASSACHUSETTS
To ensure that the Commonwealth stays on track to meet its target under the Global Warming Solutions Act of cutting emissions by at least 80 percent by 2050, Massachusetts should adopt a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to at least 45 percent below 1990 levels by 2030…Achieving that goal will require Massachusetts to fully implement previous commitments to reduce global warming pollution. It will also require us to take full advantage of a new wave of game-changing opportunities – from cutting-edge technologies to emerging societal trends – that can help Massachusetts build on its position of national leadership in the fight against global warming.

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Wilsonville, OR: Aerial Inspection of the Baldock Solar Station

Thursday, August 27th, 2015
Wilsonville, OR: Aerial Inspection of the Baldock Solar Station

Earlier this summer, the Oregon Department of Transportation participated in an aerial inspection of the solar panels at the Baldock Solar Station Array. The inspection was performed by Aerial Inspection Resources, who flew a drone equipped with a high resolution infrared camera that can detect malfunctioning solar cells by the extra heat they emit. PGE owns the nearly 7,000 panel array that is located at the French Prairie Rest Area, south of Wilsonville, and was interested in seeing how they could save time and manpower by inspecting the panels with this type of system.

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Hyperloop: The Train of the Future

Monday, August 24th, 2015
Hyperloop: The Train of the Future

The Hyperloop is a conceptual high-speed transportation system put forward by entrepreneur Elon Musk, incorporating reduced-pressure tubes in which pressurized capsules ride on an air cushion driven by linear induction motors and air compressors.

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Wind Technologies Market Report

Friday, August 21st, 2015
Figure 1. Annual and cumulative growth in U.S. wind power capacity

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
Annual wind power capacity additions in the United States rebounded in 2014, and continued growth through 2016 is anticipated. Recent and projected near-term growth is supported by the industry’s primary federal incentive—the production tax credit (PTC)—which is available for projects that began construction by the end of 2014. Wind additions are also being driven by recent improvements in the cost and performance of wind power technologies, which have resulted in the lowest power sales prices ever seen in the U.S. wind sector.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Graham Richard, CEO, Advanced Energy Economy (AEE)

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015
Graham Richard, CEO, Advanced Energy Economy (AEE)

Graham Richard is CEO of Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), a fast growing national association of businesses working toward a prosperous future based on secure, clean, affordable energy, and CEO of the Advanced Energy Economy Institute, AEE’s charitable and educational affiliate.

“We’re seeing consumer power has been growing, meaning the clout that consumers have in many different dimensions of our economy. And I see that happening now in energy. In that same opportunity where consumers want to know where that power’s coming from, they want to know what the cost is—but they’re also willing, when you have an opportunity to explain what the technology could do, to improve that aging infrastructure.”

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Interactive Report: ASCE Gamechangers

Friday, August 7th, 2015
ASCE Gamechangers

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS (ASCE)
#GameChangers is a compilation of the best and brightest innovations changing the infrastructure sector…We have surveyed engineers and public officials across the country to identify key game changers across the major infrastructure sectors – how we deliver drinking water, treat wastewater, build roads and bridges, design transit systems, generate and distribute energy, and move goods to market. We’re at a critical moment in deciding how, and if, we will further invest in our infrastructure. Imagine what more we can do if we seize the opportunity to replicate these engineering innovations.

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Bringing Campus-Wide WiFi to Hawaii Schools

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015
Bringing Campus-Wide WiFi to Hawaii Schools

In 2014, the Hawaii State Department of Education developed its Converged Infrastructure Initiative to deliver campus-wide WiFi to all schools. This was an undertaking by the Hawaii DOE’s Office of Information Technology Services and Office of School Facilities and Support Services. The initiative would affect 255 schools and more than 170,000 students.

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New York City: Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC)

Friday, July 24th, 2015
New York City: Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC)

Learn all about CBTC, the future of the New York City Subway.

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Communications Infrastructure: Enabling the Clean Energy Economy

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015
Communications Infrastructure - BlueGreen Alliance Infographic

BLUEGREEN ALLIANCE

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