Archive for March 11th, 2013

HourglassThe U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announced an extension for applications to the 2013 Executive Energy Leadership Academy to March 20. “Energy Execs” is a leadership program focused on educating business, community, and government leaders about achieving clean energy solutions using energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

NREL conducts research and development on renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and systems. NREL is operated for DOE by The Alliance for Sustainable Energy. Read more


H-1B visas are meant to attract the “best and brightest” to American shores, but a new paper contends that the H-1B visa program is not making U.S. companies more innovative and, in some ways, is making them less so. Read more


The Virtual Power Plant. Courtesy of Siemens.

The Virtual Power Plant. Credit: Siemens.

The Industrial Internet, or the Internet of Things, promises to save energy and reduce industry’s environmental impacts through machine-to-machine (M2M) communication, says an AT&T-sponsored report by Carbon War Room, a research organization focused on the climate challenge. The report says that by 2020, M2M and information and communication technologies (ICT) could reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 9.1 gigatons (Gt) carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) annually. That’s an impressive figure, equal to 18.6 percent of global GHG emissions for 2011.

The vision of an Internet of Things appeals to Jeffrey Immelt, CEO and Chairman of General Electric, who writes at GigaOM that he expects to see in the near future “an open, global fabric of highly intelligent machines that connect, communicate and cooperate with us.” He believes this “Industrial Internet” is “about combining the world’s best technologies to solve our biggest challenges,” developing “economically and environmentally sustainable energy, curing the incurable diseases, and preparing our infrastructure and cities for the next 100 years.” Read more

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