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Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

NC DOT: Employing Drones

Friday, July 22nd, 2016
NC DOT: Employing Drones

Over the years, NC Transportation has always looked for ways to embrace new technologies. Today, drones are helping us rethink how we conduct some of our operations, including bridge inspections.

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Washington, DC: Demonstrating a Hydrogen Fuel Station

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016
Washington, DC: Demonstrating a Hydrogen Fuel Station

In collaboration with the National Park Service, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy opened one of the first hydrogen fuel station demonstration facilities in Washington D.C.

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End-of-Life Management: Solar Photovoltaic Panels

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016
Overview of global PV panel waste projections, 2016-2050

INTERNATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY AGENCY (IRENA)
Growing PV panel waste presents a new environmental challenge, but also unprecedented opportunities to create value and pursue new economic avenues. These include recovery of raw material and the emergence of new solar PV end-of-life industries. Sectors like PV recycling will be essential in the world’s transition to a sustainable, economically viable and increasingly renewables-based energy future. To unlock the benefits of such industries, the institutional groundwork must be laid in time to meet the expected surge in panel waste.

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NACTO Policy Statement on Automated Vehicles

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CITY TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS (NACTO)
Positioning new mobility services to provide access and mobility to all, and to buttress rather than undermine the successful transit lines at the heart of our cities, is vital to realizing the value of fully automated vehicles for mobility. At the same time, policy at every level of government should address head-on the destructive potential for increased traffic, emissions from additional driving, and on-street congestion that could easily result from automated vehicle technology.

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Exposed: How America’s Electric Grids Are Becoming Greener, Smarter — and More Vulnerable

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016
U.S. GDP Associated with America’s Transportation and Information Sectors

MANHATTAN INSTITUTE
Electric grids have always been vulnerable to natural hazards and malicious physical attacks. Now the U.S. faces a new risk—cyberattacks—that could threaten public safety and greatly disrupt daily life.

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Montgomery County, NC: WiFi En Route

Monday, July 4th, 2016
Montgomery County, NC: WiFi En Route

In 2015, the U.S. Department of Education awarded Montgomery County Schools an Investing in Innovation (i3) Fund grant. With funding from the grant and additional support from partners,Curriculum Associates, Golden LEAF Foundation and Dream Builders Communications, the school system launched a new initiative, “A Culture Creating Effective Systems for Success” (ACCESS). Montgomery County Schools started a one device per student (1:1) program and outfitted eight buses with WiFi hotspots.

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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — Setting the Standard: Why National Standards for 3D Transportation Assets Are Critical to the Engineering Industry

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016
Engineering, Inc.: 3D Transportation Assets

AMERICAN COUNCIL OF ENGINEERING COMPANIES (ACEC)
A federal effort to create a 3D spatial standard of all U.S. transportation assets should help accelerate implementation of smart infrastructure, while also providing new opportunities for engineering firms.

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Connecting North Carolina: State Broadband Plan

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016
Figure 1. Broadband Deployment Rate Compared to Other States

BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE OFFICE
…broadband’s benefits are not evenly dispersed and a digital divide, or “a gulf between those who have ready access to the internet and computers,” and those that don’t, is growing. Many communities, typically in sparsely populated or economically-distressed areas lack access to infrastructure or affordable service. Additionally, broadband adoption—the proportion of citizens subscribing to internet service—is low in NC given the rate of broadband availability in the state and contributes to the widening digital divide. This divide, new technologies, user demand, and greater reliance on internet access, necessitates ongoing infrastructure upgrades within our state.

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Closing the California Clean Energy Divide

Monday, June 13th, 2016
California Clean Energy: summary of findings

CLEAN ENERGY GROUP
CALIFORNIA HOUSING PARTNERSHIP CORPORATION
CENTER FOR SUSTAINABLE ENERGY

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Rooftop solar: Net metering is a net benefit

Monday, May 30th, 2016
RooftopSolar_fig

BROOKINGS INSTITUTION
METROPOLITAN POLICY PROGRAM

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