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Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Enter the “Hack My Ride” Competition

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015
Enter the “Hack My Ride” Competition

Together, we can improve transportation in Silicon Valley! Hack My Ride 2.0 is an app challenge with $30,000 in prizes, open to all. Register at http://hackmyride2.challengepost.com/ and submit your app by September 17, 2015.
Hack My Ride 2.0 brought to you by Valley Transportation Authority, Code for San Jose, Microsoft, Knight Foundation, Joint Venture Silicon Valley, and The Tech Museum of Innovation.

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Competitiveness of Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency in U.S. Markets

Friday, June 26th, 2015
Figure A. Actual vs. Projected U.S. Installed Solar Power Capacity

ADVANCED ENERGY ECONOMY INSTITUTE
Questions have been raised about whether renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) resources can provide substantial emission reductions at reasonable cost under EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP). These concerns reflect fundamental misperceptions about the performance and cost of today’s renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, rooted in outdated information and perpetuated by inaccurate official market projections. This paper shows that RE and EE are competitive resources in today’s marketplace that will not only be cost-effective mechanisms for CPP compliance but should also be expected to grow strictly on the basis of competitiveness.

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Renewables and Electricity Storage

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015
Figure 1: Annual share of annual variable renewable power generation in 2014 and in 2030 if all REmap options are implemented

INTERNATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY AGENCY
International and national assessments of the global electricity storage market have been hindered by uncertainty
about which technologies and market segments to include. A central question for this roadmap is
whether storage is used to support the integration of renewables or for other purposes.

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Using Web-Based Rider Feedback to Improve Public Transit

Friday, June 5th, 2015

TRANSIT COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM
While some transit agencies are comfortable dealing with large volumes of information from multiple social media platforms, online surveys, crowdsourcing, and specialized applications, others are just starting to engage with customers through Twitter. There is a concern in the transit industry about the disparity of knowledge and experience with web-based feedback tools. Therefore, this report is designed to enhance and expand the use of web-based feedback to improve service by agencies at all levels of experience.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Professor at Harvard Business School & Author of “MOVE: Putting America’s Infrastructure Back in the Lead”

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015
Rosabeth Moss Kanter, author of "MOVE"

Rosabeth Moss Kanter holds the Ernest L. Arbuckle Professorship at Harvard Business School, where she specializes in strategy, innovation, and leadership for change. Professor Kanter recently published MOVE: Putting America’s Infrastructure Back in the Lead. In Move, Kanter visits cities and states across the country to tackle our challenges―and reveal solutions―on the roads and rails, and in our cities, skies, and the halls of Washington, D.C.

“I devoted nearly two years to in-depth investigation from the point of view of users of our systems, and America’s position in the world, and concluded that if we don’t get moving we’re going to fall farther behind the rest of the world, and if we’re not strong at home we can’t be strong as world leaders.”

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Enabling Wind Power Nationwide

Friday, May 22nd, 2015
Figure ES-1. Land area achieving a minimum 30% net capacity factor by grid cell, based on current technology, larger rotor designs and a 140-m hub height

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
Today, wind energy provides nearly 5% of the nation’s total electricity generation. With 65 gigawatts (GW) deployed, utility-scale installations in 39 states, and wind power generation exceeding 12% in 11 of those states, wind is a demonstrated clean, affordable electricity resource for the nation. Research and industry experience indicate that wind can be deployed at higher levels while maintaining grid reliability.

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Solar Paneled Roadways Vindicated

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

Last year I wrote a piece discussing the possible use of solar panels as road surfaces. In it I discussed a project by engineer Scott Brusaw intended to take our decaying roadways, contributors to climate change, and repurpose them to become part of the solution. Solar power generating roadways, he argued, could virtually eliminate dependence on carbon emitting fossil fuels for decades to come.

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Portland, OR: Understanding Bike Lanes & Urban Planning

Friday, May 15th, 2015
Portland, OR: Understanding Bike Lanes & Urban Planning

Joshua Cohen is a longtime SketchUp user and the owner of Fat Pencil Studio (fatpencilstudio.com). Based in Portland, FPS builds technical illustrations and compelling presentation for various industries.

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Elon Musk Debuts the Tesla Powerwall

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
Elon Musk Debuts the Tesla Powerwall

Tesla Powerwall Keynote by Elon Musk “The Missing Piece”

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Infographic: The Carbon Footprint of the Internet

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015
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With 2.5 billion people connected to the Internet worldwide, the Internet’s energy and carbon footprint are estimated to exceed air travel. From manufacturing and shipping of computers to data use—the Internet is less green than you’d think. Learn about how the Internet is impacting the environment and what you can do to lessen it’s harmful effects.

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