Innovation

Hurricane Katrina Aftermath - Day 20

Utilities that are considering new large infrastructure projects should carefully evaluate whether to put the bid out for a lump sum contract, or whether they want to use an open book arrangement. Both methods have their advantages, depending on the owner’s circumstances, and matching the best style for the given project can make a major… Keep reading →

Oil Rigs Undergo Repairs After Hurrican Katrina

This is the latest installment in our Energy Executive Insight Series that gives executives at major energy companies an opportunity to share knowledge and experiences about the energy industry, their careers and their organizations.  What has been the biggest positive energy industry change since the start of your career? The energy industry has done a great… Keep reading →

Consumer Electronics Show Previews Latest Products

This is the latest installment in our Energy Startup Series that gives executives at cutting-edge energy firms an opportunity to share insights and experiences about the energy industry, their careers and their companies.   The garages of Palo Alto are famous birthplaces for some of the most impactful high-tech companies in history. But for Quin Garcia, a… Keep reading →

NASA's Orion Spacecraft Launches Unmanned Test Flight

This analysis suggests the Soviet Union’s surprise Sputnik launch led to the creation of DARPA and ultimately the most technically advanced military in the world. Some of those technologies spilled over into civilian life and are now ubiquitous. Could the US military pioneer climate-change mitigating energy advancements? Perhaps not without a “Sputnik moment.” [Weekly Wonk]… Keep reading →

(FILES) A file picture taken on August 8

This is the first installment in our Energy Executive Insight Series that gives executives at major energy companies an opportunity to share knowledge and experiences about the energy industry, their careers and their organizations.  What has been the biggest positive energy industry change since the start of your career? Historically the oil and gas industry has… Keep reading →

PtG

Power-to-Gas (PtG) enables the natural gas pipeline network to be used for energy storage, resolving many of the integration issues that plague intermittent renewable energy sources such as wind and solar. It is well known that finding a solution for scalable energy storage is critical in the pursuit of achieving a renewable energy future. While… Keep reading →

German Economy Showing Signs Of Recovery

Supercritical CO2 power cycles are gaining increasing attention in the engineering world. sCO2 is an ideal working fluid for use in power generating turbines because it offers high efficiency in a compact footprint and can be matched to many different heat sources. sCO2 power turbines could potentially replace steam cycles in a wide variety of… Keep reading →

LPO

At the Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office (LPO), each project in our portfolio that comes online is an important achievement in our all-of-the-above energy strategy. In the five years since it issued its first conditional commitment, LPO has helped launch the utility-scale photovoltaic (PV) solar industry, deploy the next generation of concentrating solar power, revitalize the U.S. nuclear industry, commercialize cellulosic biofuels,… Keep reading →

New York City School Bus Drivers On Verge Of Strike

A serious problem facing humanity is the destruction of the environment. I think the biggest problem isn’t the actual problem–it’s how we are looking at the solutions. At GreenShields we think we should start small. It is small, feasible innovations like GreenShields that can contribute significantly in the future. The challenge is to think creatively… Keep reading →

Solar Power Brings Light To Bedouin Arab Village

Out of hundreds of submitted applications the World Economic Forum selects each year about 30 companies in what is a rigorous process. “Since 2000, around 600 innovative companies [see here] from five continents have been selected as Technology Pioneers,” the Forum notes. What makes those selected few so unique? According to the World Economic Forum,… Keep reading →

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