Archive for November 11th, 2013

The nation’s workforce is undergoing a profound shift as many of today’s seasoned workers reach traditional retirement age. As such, demand for professionals in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields is forecast to dramatically outpace the supply of STEM workers.
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Think globally, profit locally. Such is the lesson that businesses could glean from a study that concluded that companies which extend their reach beyond U.S. borders increase their profit margin by as much as 7.7 percent.  Read more

Gas reciprocating engine. Credit: DOE.

Gas reciprocating engine. Credit: DOE.

Experiences during 2012’s Hurricane Sandy demonstrate that combined heat and power technology (CHP) can help communities and businesses to function with greater resiliency during extreme weather. So said a recent joint report from the United States Departments of Energy (DOE) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD), along with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The report says that, during Sandy, CHP “enabled a number of critical infrastructure and other facilities to continue their operations when the electric grid went down.” In fact, the authors asserted that CHP’s “value as an alternative source of power and thermal energy (heating and cooling) during emergencies” has been demonstrated repeatedly. The federal agencies released their report to provide guidance for developing and configuring CHP installations for resiliency planning efforts.  Read more

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