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The Dawn of the Smart Factory | Technology content from IndustryWeek

The Dawn of the Smart Factory | Technology content from IndustryWeek | Social Mercor | Scoop.it
In the age of digital manufacturing, the line between the physical and digital worlds is demolished to create a whole new future for the industry.

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ManufacturingStories's curator insight, March 19, 2013 9:27 PM

The factories of the future will need top notch manufacturing technicians.  Technical skills training and CTE-STEM are curcial in K-12.

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Renewable Energy Revolution: Declining Costs, Surging Capacity

Renewable Energy Revolution: Declining Costs, Surging Capacity | Social Mercor | Scoop.it

The renewable energy revolution is under way. Renewable power generation now accounts for around 50% of all new power generation capacity installed worldwide.


The combination of rapid deployment and high learning rates for technology “has produced a virtuous circle that is leading to significant cost declines and is helping fuel a renewable revolution,” according to a new global study of renewable power generation costs in 2012 produced by IRENA, the International Renewable Energy Agency, which announced it isestablishing its global headquarters in the United Arab Emirates during last week’s Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.

 

Additions to global wind power generation capacity totalled 41 gigawatts (GW) in 2011, according to IRENA’s “Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2012: An Overview.” That’s in addition to 30 GW of new solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity generation capacity, 25 GW of hydro power, 6 GW of biomass, 0.5 GW of concentrated solar power (CSP), and 0.1 GW of new geothermal power capacity.


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ecOiko's curator insight, January 28, 2013 11:21 PM
Renewable energy revolution worldwide news, and in Cyprus our renewable energy production in 2012 increased by 24%. We have some fantastic renewable energy companies who can be found on www.ecoiko.eu
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New green design methods to revolutionize the building industry...

New green design methods to revolutionize the building industry... | Social Mercor | Scoop.it

If you want a preview of the downtown Vancouver streetscape in 2035, start with a walk down Granville or Georgia Street today.

Most of the buildings will still be standing. There will be additions and replacements, but most of the changes that will transform downtown's living, work and retail space will be undetectable from the sidewalk. That includes upgrades to water and energy systems in buildings that in 2012 are models of inefficiency by contemporary standards, let alone future ones.

"If you are thinking 2035, realistically 80% of the buildings that will be in existence at that time have already been constructed," said Innes Hood, a professional engineer and senior associate with Stantec Consulting, a consulting firm with 12,000 planners, architects, engineers, project managers and experts, working in teams to break down the boundaries between designers, contractors and investors, while using advanced computer modelling programs.

 

Retrofits are crucial.

One of Hood's main assignments is overseeing the redevelopment of existing buildings. More often than not, that means uncovering, through energy audits, glaring examples of waste - air leaks, inadequate insulation, inefficient heating and ventilation systems.

"We are involved in residential projects where we can achieve 80-per-cent reduction in energy use and become essentially greenhouse gas neutral through the implementation of cost-effective technologies," Hood said. "We're not having to strive to the leading edge. These are tried and true technologies around good building enclosures and high-performance mechanical systems such as heat pump technology...


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Preparing a Workforce for Advanced Manufacturing

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The Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Program at the National Science Foundation (NSF) focuses on the education of technicians for high technology fields.

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ManufacturingStories's curator insight, March 4, 2013 3:36 PM

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Lots of great ManufacturingStories & CTE-STEM Programs

BusinessClimate.com's curator insight, March 6, 2013 2:42 PM

How important is a highly trained workforce to landing deals in your region?

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Autodesk CEO Carl Bass on Why Design Matters for Manufacturing | MIT Technology Review

Autodesk CEO Carl Bass on Why Design Matters for Manufacturing | MIT Technology Review | Social Mercor | Scoop.it

 

The CEO of design software giant Autodesk says advances in computing are lowering manufacturing costs while making products better.

 


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9 Techs that Could Transform the World

9 Techs that Could Transform the World | Social Mercor | Scoop.it

We live in an era of accelerating change. Technology is changing and innovating faster than most of us can keep up. And at the same time, it's easy to get so caught up in shiny visions of the future, and not notice the astounding things that are happening in science and technology today. So the next time people ask you where the future went, tell them it's already here.

 

Here are nine underrated or overlooked technologies that could transform the world before you know it. Check these out...

 

 


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