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Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

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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Guest on The Infra Blog: Gregory Wetstone, President and CEO, American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE)

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016
Gregory Wetstone on The Infra Blog

“We’re at a point now where, with more than $44 billion last year, aggregate investment in the U.S. in renewable energy is over $370 billion…In a lot of the developed world, renewables are the biggest single infrastructure investment that’s going on. You’re actually seeing more spent on renewables than on traditional infrastructure like roads and bridges, which is a pretty big surprise.”

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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — The Smart Revolution

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016
ACEC - the Smart Revolution

It’s no secret: Digital technology now touches almost every aspect of business and life. Yet, as the intersection points grow and data volumes swell, there’s also a growing interest in tapping connected systems to address the challenges of urban living: traffic congestion, energy consumption, air pollution and overall livability. “It’s possible to solve many of today’s problems and deliver significant benefits through the effective use of digital technology,” says Jesse Berst, chairman of the Smart Cities Council.

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Testing Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016
Testing Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure

Recently, researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory wanted to know, how well does NREL’s hydrogen infrastructure support fueling multiple fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) for a day trip to the Rocky Mountains? The answer-great! NREL staff took FCEVs on a trip to demonstrate real-world performance and range in high-altitude conditions. To start the trip, drivers filled three cars at NREL’s hydrogen fueling station. The cars made a 175-mile loop crossing two 11,000+ foot mountain passes on the way. Back at NREL, the cars were filled up with hydrogen in ~5 minutes and ready to go again.

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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — Cyberdefense: Engineering Firms Must Protect Own Networks, and Those that Ensure Public Safety

Thursday, October 6th, 2016
ACEC - Cyberdefense

It’s no secret that digital technology is radically transforming society. Yet, it’s also introducing unforeseen and remarkable risks. Over the last decade, hacking and cybercrime have evolved from an inconvenient nuisance to a persistent and ominous threat. Hardly a day goes by without news of a major breach somewhere in the world, often to the tune of millions of dollars or involving highly sensitive data and intellectual property. What’s more, the control of energy systems, transportation networks and a growing swath of other types of infrastructure are increasingly at risk for cyberattacks and cyberterrorism.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Sergio Pecori, P.E., Chairman and CEO, Hanson Professional Services Inc. and Chair-Elect, American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016
Sergio Pecori on The Infra Blog

…I think that the public and government officials feel as though infrastructure isn’t as critical as it used to be back 20, 25 years ago…They’ll put up with defects in the pavement, they’ll put up with bridge deterioration, where before, and in other countries, transportation is expected to be in very good condition…And here I think we have a new normal. The expectation has really decreased, and there’s a new normal that the expectations are lower.

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