By SHANE DOWNING Although big-name organizations such as Boeing, JetBlue and NASA are pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into electric aviation research and development,...
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By Bill Looney Nanotechnology (nanotech) has been described by some as the next Industrial Revolution. After more than 20 years of focused research and development,...
While there is growing global interest in smart city applications, there are also significant challenges in scaling implementation and impact.
Building on the success of its annual Energy Efficiency Indicator study, Johnson Controls recently conducted its first Smart City Indicator survey to track key drivers, organizational barriers, technology trends and the status of smart city initiatives around the world. The global survey queried more than 150 leaders involved in smart city initiatives in 12 countries.
The survey findings show that the key drivers for global smart city initiatives are economic development, environmental protection and sustainability. In North America, communications infrastructure and public safety are the leading drivers. Public safety was also the greatest driver for the smallest cities in the survey. While 90 percent of survey participants claim to have smart city initiatives underway, only 7 percent are implementing a published, strategic program of initiatives. This is despite the fact that 49 percent of participants have a dedicated program office to lead their smart city initiatives.
A research group at MIT says nuclear fusion is within years of being commercially viable. And a European project, the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), is also aggressively moving toward development of nuclear fusion power. Is this the dawn of a new nuclear age—safe, sustainable energy from nuclear fusion?
The joke about energy from nuclear fusion is that it is always just 20 years away. In the 1950s, researchers hoped that they could solve our energy crisis by building a sun on earth. They predicted that it would be possible to harness the sun’s energy-making processes, known as nuclear fusion. If successful, this process would allow humans to use the abundant hydrogen on earth to provide limitless energy, while avoiding the potential catastrophic risks of nuclear fission reactions and generation of toxic nuclear waste.
A sleeping giant has awakened. Instead of looking at the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement as a negative, look at this as the passing of the baton to American businesses and citizens to do what Americans do best—innovate and lead!
By TRAVIS HIGH, Leaders in Energy On December 5, 2014, over 100 people attended Leaders in Energy’s first 4 Generations (4 Gen) event, a celebration...
By KERRY WORTHINGTON, Leaders in Energy Whether it’s using existing resources more efficiently or developing new technologies, everyone can be involved in building a smarter...
By: Travis High, Leaders in Energy Product Strategy Manager At recent Leaders in Energy events I’ve attended, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting several business...
Join us for our upcoming event with bioenergy and clean energy professionals at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (DC Convention Center) on The Evolving Bioeconomy and Renewable Fuels on Monday, June 22, from 6-8 p.m.
Topics will include the renewable fuels standard, how bioenergy resources can be produced in sustainable ways, utilizing algae as a way to produce products and capture carbon, and employment and career opportunities in the bioenergy sector. This event will take place on the evening before the U.S. Department of Energy, Bioenergy 2015 Conference on Tuesday, June 23 through Wednesday, June 24, at the DC Convention Center. This will be a great opportunity to meet other bioenergy and clean energy professionals from around the U.S. and the world who will be attending the conference.
Leaders in Energy recently co-hosted an Energy Technology ”Petting Zoo” with Potential Energy DC, an energy incubator, in Tyson’s Corner, in the Metro Washington, DC area. It was an exciting evening with numerous energy and environmental entrepreneurs displaying their business products and technologies. These ranged from an “Iron Goat” that cuts and pelletizes biomass feedstocks, including grass, to Yuck Old Paint, LLC™, which is the first and only company in the mid-Atlantic region that offers a green service to safely remove and dispose of old cans of paint from commercial and residential properties in an eco-friendly manner, to battery energy storage devices (Tumalow, Ecocell), and more.