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Energy Harvesting Powers Increasing Number of Devices

Navigant Research projects that revenues from energy harvesting (EH) technologies will come in at about $268 million globally this year and will reach nearly $375 million in 2020, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.9 percent. A recent report from the group analyzed the market for photovoltaic (PV), piezoelectric, electromagnetic, and thermoelectric energy harvesting technologies as...

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Gill Metal Fab Inc., a 'Made in America' Success Story

Speaking to steel workers two weeks ago, President Barack Obama asserted that ingenuity and adaptability are driving a resurgence in American manufacturing. "We haven't just been recovering from a crisis. What we've been trying to do is rebuild a new foundation for growth and prosperity to protect ourselves from future crises." he said. Gill Metal Fab Inc. (GMF) is celebrating 25 years as a...

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New Framework Provides Transparent Carbon Tracking for Data Centers

A global consortium of IT organizations called the Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) is promoting an open and standard approach for measuring the carbon footprint of services provided from the cloud. The consortium earlier this week released a proof of concept (PoC) paper detailing the benefits of the ODCA Carbon Footprint and Energy Efficiency Usage Model. "The ODCA Carbon and Energy Efficiency...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: Autos and Aerospace to Boost Industrial Fastener Market

Plus: Manufacturing Stalling in U.S. and Abroad Philadelphia Fed Drops More than Expected Price Producer Index Fell in October New Jobless Claims Continue to Dip  U.S. demand for industrial fasteners is forecast to increase 4.3 percent per year to $14.8 billion in 2017, according to a report from Freedonia Group. Growth will be driven by improved outlooks in a majority of the industries in...

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Energy Management Offerings Get More Robust

In a world where everything is increasingly connected, connectivity providers like Cisco Systems are touting the advantages of linking various elements of an enterprise (such as people to people, machines to people, machines to machines) through the Internet of Everything (IoE). One significant benefit of such linkage is energy savings. Cisco had already taken a deep dive exploring the...

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Friday Focus: Small Manufacturing Leaders Reflect on Filling the Talent Pipeline

Faced with aging workers, expanding technologies and limited budgets, small manufacturers need to find creative ways to recruit new staff. Two manufacturers told ThomasNet News Career Journal that they've taken a proactive approach to make the industry a more appealing to millennial-aged job seekers. William Kabazie, president of Alkab Contract Manufacturing, said his challenge is finding new...

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From Engineering.com: Trebuchet Throws High-Impact Groceries

Who can honestly say that they don't need a trebuchet for home defense? In this episode of Some Assembly Required, host Shawn Wasserman designs and builds a trebuchet big enough to throw a pumpkin. Warning: Graphic images of exploding fruit.  text [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bgev2awKCtI[/youtube] Check out more Engineering.com videos on IMT below: Sonic Solar Cells Dark Matter Miss...

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Light Friday: Do Bad Backs and Sunburns Mean We Are Aliens?

Plus: Your Cologne May Attract (Animal) Predators The Most Confusing Dinosaur Ever How to Open Cans Without a Can Opener A Dose of Pun  Do you have a bad back or sunburn easily? One U.S. ecologist argues that humans suffer from these maladies because we were transported to earth by aliens -- and our bodies never fully adapted to earth. American ecologist Dr. Ellis Silver highlights his case...

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Kacy Qua, CEO and Founder of Qualifyor, Helps Pave the Way to Alternative Education

Kacy Qua is an entrepreneur who knows that successful business founders need to be specific about the people they serve and the problems they strive to solve. As the CEO of Qualifyor, her mission is connecting youth with employers to create a project-based learning experience and real-time feedback -- a nontraditional education approach that leverages employers as teachers and gives students an...

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New Data Shows Wind Power Much More Expensive Than Billed

By some accounts, these are boom times for wind power in the United States. The U.S. Department of Energy has released studies finding "record growth across the U.S. wind market." Wind energy was the number one source of new U.S. electricity generation last year with $25 billion in U.S. investment, the agency announced. The nation's total wind power capacity on the grid nearly doubled from...

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