Archive for April 22nd, 2013

ThomasNet, publisher of IMT Career Journal, on April 1 launched the ThomasNet North American Manufacturing Scholarship program to actively help the manufacturing sector close the STEM skills gap, providing up to 30 scholarships of $1,000 each to high-achieving students pursue their dreams in engineering, skilled trades, and supply chain management/business operations. Students have until July 1 to apply.
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One of the perpetual criticisms of renewable energy, especially wind and solar, is that its output is variable — solar panels only generate power when the sun is shining, and wind turbines only spin when the wind is blowing. Critics argue that this variability introduces instability into the electric grid.

However, a recent study by electric-power research firm Synapse Energy Economics Inc., prepared for the Civil Society Institute (CSI), found that, in fact, “the U.S. electricity grid could integrate and balance many times the current level of renewables with no additional reliability issues,” according to CSI analyst Grant Smith, quoted in an announcement from the institute. Thomas Vitolo, analyst at Synapse, said that “it is a myth to say that the United States cannot rely on renewables for the bulk of its electricity generation.” Read more

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