Industry Market Trends

American Vanadium: How a Mining Company is Becoming a Clean Technology Company

April 30, 2013

The rapid rise of renewable energy and cleantech markets is causing many industrial companies to think a little differently about their business. Many are finding more energy efficient ways of producing their products, while others are finding applications for their products in clean technologies. But few companies have made as drastic a shift in their business focus as American Vanadium. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, what started as a simple mining company is evolving into a clean energy storage company with an entirely unique approach and business model. Read More

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First Lady Announces New Certification Partnership to Help Veterans Get High-Tech Jobs

April 30, 2013

On April 29, First Lady Michelle Obama announced a new public- private partnership that will provide the opportunity for thousands of service members to get credentials for high demand IT jobs before they leave military service. Read More

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Spread of 3D Printing Raises Intellectual Property Questions

April 30, 2013

As 3-D printing technology enables more and more users to fabricate components, and potentially entire products, from home, protecting the rights on patented designs could form the next major intellectual property conflict. Read More

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Digital Tools Transforming the Shop Floor

April 30, 2013

The proliferation of tablet computers, smartphones, and other communications technologies is rapidly changing operations on the shop floor. New research explains how factories are adopting these advances and boosting efficiency at a dramatic rate, and how enterprising industry professionals can best take advantage of groundbreaking digital tools. Read More

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Cutting Pollution, One Diesel Engine at a Time

April 30, 2013

In 2012, the U.S. burned about 43 billion gallons of diesel fuel. Diesel has long been regarded as one of the worst sources of pollution in the world. The good news is that technology exists to reduce volume and severity of diesel emissions. The bad news is that only a small percentage of diesel-powered vehicles utilize this technology today. A Michigan group is looking to change that. The Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision (SDEV), in collaboration with NextEnergy and other partners, is leading the Michigan Clean Diesel Collaborative by replacing aging fleet vehicles throughout the state. Read More

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New Technologies Help Manage the Complete Value Chain

April 30, 2013

Designing and building a product has never been a simple process, but as companies race to shorten time-to-market and supply chains become more complex, getting closely involved in product lifecycle management has become a priority for many manufacturing firms. Read More

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LED Lighting Offers Dual Opportunity: Energy Savings, a Fast-Growing Cleantech Market

April 29, 2013

The accelerating growth rate in the production of LED (light-emitting diode) lighting means that manufacturers face dual opportunities: on the one hand, to get into the cleantech growth market for LEDs and components; and on the other hand, to save energy with a technology that is dropping quickly in cost. I spoke recently with Alejandra Lozano, industry analyst for environmental and building technologies at research firm Frost & Sullivan, who has led some of the group's recent research about the North American lighting equipment market. In reality, she told me, “the industrial vertical is not a big portion of the LED market.” In fact, she said, “the industrial segment is the smallest segment in the market” and is growing at a slower rate than the overall LED market. But probing further, what I found out is that the industrial segment is growing at “only” a 23 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) compared to the red-hot 26 percent rate of the overall market. Lozano said that Frost has seen LEDs “grow from a very small market a few years back to about $3.6 billion expected by 2017,” driven by energy savings, declining prices, technology improvements and supportive legislation. Read More