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Power of the Pipes: Lucid Energy Generates Electricity Inside Water Utility Pipes

January 17, 2013

Hydroelectric power is one of the oldest green energy technologies in the world, dating as far back as the early 1800s. But it is far from the ideal. Hydroelectric dams have been known to cause degradation in water quality from increased temperatures, loss of oxygen content, siltation, and gains in phosphorus and nitrogen content. They can also disrupt wildlife. Even the more modern tidal power systems can have negative ecological effects. But what if you could generate hydroelectric power simply by turning on your sink or shower? For some cities, this is no longer a “what if” but “when” scenario. Based in Portland, Ore., Lucid Energy Inc. developed a new technology using wind energy principles. By installing large turbines inside water utility pipes, the company generates electricity using the water flow. The turbines will produce power as long as water is moving through the pipes -- which is nearly always. Read More

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SME Taps Dennis Bray for 2013 President

January 17, 2013

Long-time Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) member Dennis Bray has been elected president of the organization, it announced today. Read More

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Career Spotlight on Applications Engineer John Desilets

January 17, 2013

John Desilets calls his new applications engineer position at software vendor SPRING Technologies a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. His career path includes being a CNC machinist and programmer for more than 10 years, and along the way to where he is now, he developed a view that manufacturing is an art that should be respected. Read More