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  • Distributed Solar PV System Prices Continue to Fall, Energy Labs Say

    Distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) system prices dropped by 12–19% nationwide in 2013, according to the third edition of a jointly written report on PV pricing trends from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

  • Is Hyperspectral Imaging Ready to Take Off?

    After the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and spilled oil in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010, the U.S. space agency, NASA, deployed its Earth Resources-2 aircraft to detect the presence, extent and concentration of the spill.

  • Mitsubishi Jet Powered by Efficient Pratt & Whitney Engine

    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. held a rollout ceremony on October 18 for the MRJ (Mitsubishi Regional Jet), a next-generation regional jet. The partners say they are ready to proceed toward the MRJ's first flight scheduled for the second quarter of 2015.

  • North Dakota Aims to Cut Gas Flaring

    About 1/3 of the natural gas North Dakota has produced in recent years has been flared rather than sold to customers or consumed on-site.

  • Standards Leave Their Mark on Engineering

    World Standards Week takes place the week of October 20, and it presents an opportunity to reflect on how standards are used in engineering and impact almost every facet of modern life.

  • 10 Steps to Better Foundation Fieldbus Installations—Part 1

    Lessons learned from fieldbus users can help improve your systems, performance and personnel. Part one: How wiring mistakes interfere with communication.

  • Gas-fired Power Plant with Zero Air Emissions Secures Funding

    NET Power LLC secured funding and project agreements to build a 50 megawatt thermal (MWt), $140 million gas-fired power plant that would produce no air emissions and includes what the North Carolina-based company says will be full carbon dioxide (CO2) capture.

  • Infrastructure Projects Top $22 billion in Bahrain

    Kamal bin Ahmed, Minister of Transportation and acting chief executive of the Bahrain Economic Development Board, says that $22 billion worth of infrastructure projects are currently planned in the Kingdom, and will cover various sectors.

  • Is It a Car or an iPad? Tesla Model S Teardown

    Everyone knows that Tesla Motors Inc. doesn’t do things the same way as other automakers. However, the company’s unique approach to automaking runs far deeper than the Model S’s electric drivetrain, battery packs and futuristic body.

  • Qualcom to Buy CSR for $2.5 billion

    Qualcomm Inc. says it plans to acquire British chipmaker CSR for $2.5 billion. This acquisition positions San Diego-based Qualcomm to expand its capabilities in the Internet of Everything and automotive infotainment by adding channels, customers and products, according to a Qualcomm press release.

  • Tesla Plans California Battery-swap Station

    Tesla says the first of its battery-swapping stations will be erected by the end of 2014 at yet-to-be-determined location between Los Angeles and San Francisco. For at least $50, customers will be able to trade-in a drained or low-charged battery for a fully charged one.

  • Jiaozhou Bay Bridge Opens in China

    China opened the Jiaozhou Bay bridge opened to traffic on October 16. The bridge is 26.4 miles long and ranks among the world’s longest. It links China's eastern port city of Qingdao to Huangdao island.

  • BYOD Advances with Cautious Steps

    Companies continue to wrestle with how best to manage technology and productivity, the Internet of Things and related bring-your-own-device (BYOD) issues.

  • Carbon Nanotube Light Source Could Cut Power Consumption

    Scientists from Tohoku University in Japan have developed a type of energy-efficient flat light source based on carbon nanotubes with power consumption of around 0.1 Watt for every hour's operation, about a hundred times lower than that of an LED.

  • In-Wheel Motors: The 19th Century Technology That's Thoroughly Modern

    In-wheel motors are nothing new. The earliest U.S. patent dates back to 1884 and detailed an in-wheel electric motor for locomotives. The concept was further developed by Ferdinand Porsche in 1900 when he introduced a wheel hub motor for an electric car dubbed the Lohner Porsche.

  • New DOE Rules to Focus on Energy Use in Federal Buildings

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) says it is pursuing a suite of initiatives to strengthen federal energy management through increased focus on measuring energy use in federal buildings and energy efficient building design.

  • Smart Lithium-ion Battery Warns of Fire Hazard

    Stanford University scientists have developed a "smart" lithium-ion battery that gives warning before it overheats and ignite. The technology is designed for conventional lithium-ion batteries.

  • 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.

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