Renewed Energy: Wave Energy Taken Aback By Alternatives
from The Wall Street Journal
Wave energy is crashing into some powerful barriers.
The technology promises to convert the motion of ocean waves into electricity, potentially unlocking a massive source of clean power to rival wind or solar, without the unpredictability of weather. Backers say ocean power, which uses buoys or other devices to generate energy, will be competitive with other renewable resources in 10 years.
Water to Rival Energy Efficiency as Key Concern in Greening Buildings: Report
Managing water use is becoming increasingly important to commercial property owners, contractors, architects and engineers, and more than half say that water efficiency is an extremely important aspect of green building design, construction and related products, according to a recent survey by McGraw-Hill Construction. More
AFE Announces Relaunch of Facilities Engineering Journal
The Association for Facilities Engineering (AFE) is pleased to announce the upcoming relaunch of its Facilities Engineering Journal beginning with the July/August issue. The May/June issue will not be published while the new design and fresh approach to editorial and content is being finalized. Published six times a year, the Journal features timely and relevant technical information geared toward readers who are in charge of designing, operating, maintaining and securing the facilities infrastructure and environment. The new design will be distributed both in print and electronically, allowing the Journal to reach a wider, more diverse audience of facilities professionals.
Regular features include:
• Case studies highlighting solutions to specific issues in the facilities environment;
• Advice and best practices from technical experts;
• Career and professional growth strategies;
• Industry news, regulatory analysis and new products; and
• AFE updates from the Chairman of the Board and CEO.
Facilities Engineering Journal regularly features articles written by Certified Plant Engineers and other experts in the field. According to surveys of AFE members, the Journal is one of the top benefits of membership and has a consistently high pass along rate among building operations professionals. For more information on editorial, please contact Jim Camillo, BNP Media, at (630) 694-4011.or firstname.lastname@example.org. For advertising details, please contact Liz Obloy at (248) 244-6452 or email@example.com.
Roll-Up Solar Panels
from Technology Review Online
Xunlight, a startup in Toledo, Ohio, has developed a way to make large, flexible solar panels. It has developed a roll-to-roll manufacturing technique that forms thin-film amorphous silicon solar cells on thin sheets of stainless steel. Each solar module is about one meter wide and five and a half meters long. More
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AFE Webinars: Top-Notch Facilities Training
AFE's virtual classes provide a one-stop educational resource for the plant/facilities engineering, operations, and maintenance professional. Classes are taught by experienced representatives from the field. In addition, each course equates to 0.1 CEU or recertification credit for individuals currently holding AFE credentialing (CPE, CPMM or CPS). Plus – it's free for AFE Members! For information on upcoming classes, Click here.
AFE Joins Scientific Search Portal Scitopia
AFE is proud to announce that it is now part of the federated vertical search portal scitopia.org, a collaboration of 22 leading science and technology societies providing a better way to help researchers quickly get to the quality content they need. AFE joins these society publishers and is now contributing content to a major online library of leading voices in science and technology disciplines. Scitopia.org searches the entire electronic libraries of each participating organization and provides relevant results, without the noise of other Internet search engines. More than three and a half million documents, including peer-reviewed journal content and technical conference papers, spanning 350 years of science and technology can be searched through the site. scitopia.org is powered by Deep Web Technologies' Explorit Research Accelerator federated search engine. For more information, visit www.scitopia.org or call AFE at (571) 203-7171.
China, India Go with Wind as Fossils Sink
from The Sydney Morning Herald
Renewable energy overtook fossil fuels in attracting investment for power generation for the first time last year, according to figures from the United Nations. Wind, solar, hydro and other clean technologies attracted US$140 billion in investment, compared with US$110 billion for gas and coal for electrical power generation, with more than a third of the investment destined for Europe. More
Xero Project Set To Green the City of Dallas
“What if one block in Texas became the sustainable model for the world? What if everything we knew and believed about design needed to change? What if we need to change along with it?” David Baker + Partners answered these questions with the XERO Project, an incredible plan to connect the city of Dallas with greenways while bringing local agriculture, public orchards, community gardens, private planter boxes, and food stalls into the city. The project recently took first place in the Re:Vision Dallas design competition, and is focused around an energy efficient building that will include a rainwater collection system, solar panels and planted screens that will produce onsite energy and food.
Zaha Hadid Unveils Stone Towers in Egypt
from Interior Design
She may not walk like an Egyptian but Iraqi-born British architect Zaha Hadid is going to try designing like one as she tackles her latest project, the Stone Towers development in Cairo. Incorporating ancient Egyptian stonework in a variety of patterns and textures, Hadid's design will feature alternating protrusions, recesses, and voids that will harness the region's intense sunlight to create intense displays of light and shadow. More