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Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

REthinking Energy 2017: Accelerating the Global Energy Transformation

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017
REthinking Energy 2017

According to nearly every measure, renewable energy is gaining ground. Today, one out of every five units of energy delivered to consumers comes from renewable sources. This is remarkably evident in the power sector, where renewables are growing at unprecedented rates, far outpacing growth in conventional technologies. Since 2012, new generating capacity fuelled by renewables has exceeded that fuelled by non-renewables by a widening margin.

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Transit Trends Episode 10: Electric Vehicles and the Environment

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017
Transit Trends Episode 10: Electric Vehicles and the Environment

Drive Oregon’s vision for electric mobility includes more than just electric cars. We sat down with Jeff Allen, Executive Director of Drive Oregon, to discuss electric mobility innovation and the challenge of connecting with consumers.

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Trends in Smart City Development

Thursday, January 26th, 2017
National League of Cities - Trends in Smart City Development

To better understand smart cities in practice, this report outlines smart city initiatives in five cities. For each city, the report focuses on the organization of the initiatives, the policy and administrative components guiding the initiatives, and community engagement around smart development.

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Corporate Sourcing of Renewable Energy

Friday, January 20th, 2017
Corporate Sourcing of Renewable Energy

Experts discuss benefits and challenges of corporate sourcing of renewable energy.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Kurt Nagle, President and CEO, American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)

Thursday, January 19th, 2017
Kurt Nagle, AAPA, on The Infra Blog

“…The activity that goes around seaports accounts for over a quarter of our U.S. economy, the GDP, so it’s an absolutely vital, critical piece of our economy. It accounts for over 23 million jobs and also, importantly, in these kind of tight fiscal times, that activity generates over $320 billion a year in local, state and federal tax revenue that hopefully then can also be utilized to strengthen and rebuild and modernize that infrastructure that allows for that activity.”

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City Data Sharing Principles: Integrating New Technologies into City Streets

Monday, January 16th, 2017
Suggested Data: Transportation Planning,  Equity in Mobility Options, New Tools for Safety

Data is the foundation of 21st century transportation systems. As new transportation technologies rapidly emerge they create data streams with vital information for management, proactive planning, and policymaking. These data created on city streets must be available to cities in an accessible format in order to support sustainable, accessible, and affordable transportation.

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Hawaii’s Emerging Future: The 2016 Energy Resources Coordinator’s Annual Report

Friday, January 6th, 2017
65 renewable energy projects in Hawaii

Aiming for 100 percent renewable energy in Hawaii’s electricity sector by 2045 was big news last year. It’s now time to put those words into action, which will not be an undertaking for the faint of heart. Achieving Hawaii’s bold commitments will require even bolder actions – a combination of hard work, innovative thinking and a continuation of the collaboration that has underpinned Hawaii’s clean energy transformation to date.

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Golden, CO: Tour a Wind Turbine

Friday, December 30th, 2016
Golden, CO: Tour a Wind Turbine

Get an exclusive and entertaining look inside of a wind turbine. Simon and Andy strap GoPro’s to their heads and guide you as they travel 270 feet up to the top of a turbine at the National Wind Technology Center in Golden, CO.

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Floating Foundations: A Game Changer for Offshore Wind Power

Thursday, December 29th, 2016
Figure 1: Offshore wind floating foundation concepts

Today’s offshore wind turbines, rooted to the seabed by monopile or jacket foundations, are restricted to waters less than 50 metres deep. This rules out sites with the strongest winds and, often, access to big markets. Floating foundations, by eliminating the depth constraint and easing turbine set-up, could open the way for power generation from deeper waters.

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Innovation Outlook: Offshore Wind

Thursday, November 10th, 2016
Figure S1: Possible paths for global power generation

Advances in wind power technologies continue to drive cost reduction and expansion into new markets. While onshore wind power is increasingly cost competitive against conventional power generation technologies, growing attention is being paid to technology development for off shore applications that open the door to sites with better wind resources. This combination of higher capacity factors and the availability of large-scale sites makes off shore wind an attractive alternative for utility-scale low-carbon electricity

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