HEADLINES ARCHIVE

  • World Bank Launches Global Infrastructure Initiative

    The World Bank launched the Global Infrastructure Facility (GIF) on October 9 in an effort to bring together governments, development institutions and private investors to form public-private partnerships for $1 trillion in infrastructure needs over the next six years.

  • Cheniere LNG Project Receives FERC Staff OK on Environment

    Staff at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a final environmental impact statement (EIS) on October 8 for the Cheniere liquefied natural gas export terminal in Texas and concluded that impacts would be avoided or minimized and would not be significant.

  • Google Leaps Into Quantum Computing

    As the technology of computing has evolved, the limitations of “classical” computers have grown more apparent. Many problems are so unwieldy they would take several times the age of the universe to solve. It’s becoming increasingly clear that more processing isn’t enough.

  • NIST Quantum Probe Enhances Electric Field Measurements

    Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Michigan have demonstrated a technique based on the quantum properties of atoms that directly links measurements of electric field strength to the International System of Units (SI).

  • Solar PV Installations Lifted by Demand in China and the U.S.

    Global photovoltaic (PV) solar installations will rise to 45.4 gigawatts (GW) in 2014, with 32% of this total, or 14.4 GW, coming in the fourth quarter, according to IHS Technology.

  • Addressing the Stranded Light Hydrocarbon Problem

    Exploitation of shale formations has produced an abundance of natural gas and natural gas liquids that are significantly lowering the economic value of ethane.

  • Can Thermoelectric Generators Compete Against Solar Photovoltaics?

    Long before James Watt perfected his steam engine in 1776, people had been trying to convert heat into usable power. In today’s electricity-powered world, that generally is achieved by using steam or gas-fired turbines and attached generators.

  • Energy Department’s APRA-E Launches Two New Programs

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced two new programs.

  • Three Trends Shaping the Human-Machine Interface

    As manufacturing and extraction industries worldwide become more complex and increasingly automated, the efficacy of human machine interfaces (HMI), the portals through which operators exchange data with networks, becomes more significant.

  • Volvo Debuts 450-hp Four-cylinder Engine

    Swedish automaker Volvo introduced its High Performance Drive-E concept powertrain on September 7. The small two-liter, four-cylinder engine produces 450 horsepower (hp) with the help of three turbochargers. The engine represents an improvement on the original Drive-E engine revealed last year,

  • Imaging Innovation Could Detect Acoustically Invisible Cracks

    The next generation of aircraft could be thinner and lighter thanks to the development of a new imaging technique that could detect damage previously invisible to acoustic imaging systems.

  • ISA Instrumentation Symposium Issues Call for Abstracts

    The Program Committee of the 61st International Instrumentation Symposium has issued a Call for Papers inviting authors, innovators, thought leaders and other professionals in the instrumentation field to submit abstracts for presentation at the conference.

  • Energy Storage for Flexible Electronic Devices

    Researchers have found that crumpling a piece of graphene "paper" — a material formed by bonding together layers of the two-dimensional form of carbon — can yield new properties that could be useful for creating stretchable supercapacitors to store energy for flexible electronic devices.

  • Utility Plans to Add More Renewable Energy, Retire Coal Units

    U.S. electric utility Ameren Missouri filed a 20-year plan that would retire 1,800 megawatts (MW) of coal-fired power plants and add 400 MW of wind power, 45 MW of solar, 28 MW of hydroelectric and 5 MW of landfill gas.

  • Driving Toward Low-carbon, High-speed Vehicles

    Over the next few months initial production is set to get under way as part of an unusual manufacturing venture in the UK that promises to benefit the automotive industry in its pursuit of low carbon-emission vehicles.

  • Flying Turbines Seek Their Own Wind

    Before the average onshore wind turbine produces a single watt, more than 100 tons of structure, several million dollars in capital investment and a suitable site all have to come together perfectly.

  • Manufacturers Lauded for Energy Efficiency Gains

    The U.S. Department of Energy recognized 11 companies that have met energy-efficiency goals through the Better Buildings, Better Plants Program. The Energy Department says that manufacturers nationwide spend more than $200 billion a year to power their plants.

  • Micro-robots Poised for Big Growth

    A relatively new type of robot is making its way into the industrial automation and electronics manufacturing sectors. Often referred to as micro-robots, these devices are as small as 1 millimeter across and can build structures and form shapes by working together without human intervention.

  • Energy Department Proposes $12.6 billion for Advanced Nuclear Projects

    The U.S. Department of Energy issued a draft solicitation September 30 that would provide up to $12.6 billion in loan guarantees for advanced nuclear energy projects. Once finalized, these loan guarantees are expected to provide financing to help commercialize advanced nuclear energy technologies.

  • NERC Says Grid Resiliency Was Shown During Polar Vortex

    The bulk electric power system showed its resiliency during the Jan. 6-8, 2014 polar vortex weather event, according to a report by the North American Electric Reliability Corp.

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