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Equipment Manufacturers See Increasing Demand with Horse-Powered Farming

September 18, 2014 10:36 am | by Mary Esch, The Associated Press | News | Comments

While most modern farmers work their fields accompanied by the rumble of a trusty tractor, sheep farmer Donn Hewes labors to the faint jingling of harnesses in rhythm with the hoofbeats of horses and mules.              

Over Half of U.S. Companies Project Increased Energy Efficiency in 2015

September 18, 2014 9:39 am | by Schneider Electric | News | Comments

Three quarters of decision-makers at U.S. companies have invested in energy efficiency programs...

Bausch + Lomb Manufacturing Expands in Rochester

September 16, 2014 9:11 am | by Market News Publishing | News | Comments

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. announced that the company hosted a ribbon cutting...

Google Invests in California Solar Power Plant

September 10, 2014 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is providing $145 million in financing so that SunEdison can build a solar plant north of...

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Dynergy To Spend $6.25B on Power Plant Acquisition

August 22, 2014 11:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dynegy plans to spend more than $6 billion to buy several coal and gas power generation plants from Duke Energy and Energy Capital Partners.                                

Grand Opening Set for First Large Cellulosic Plant

August 20, 2014 9:54 am | by David Pitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new era of ethanol fuel production will begin in the next few months as Iowa refineries begin full operation using materials other than corn kernels.                               

Emerging Solar Plants Scorch Birds in Mid-air

August 18, 2014 9:52 am | by Ellen Knickmeyer and John Locher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's concentrated sun rays — "streamers," for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair.          

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GE To Invest Billions in Africa's People, Infrastructure, Manufacturing

August 13, 2014 2:00 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

A few miles outside Durban, South Africa is the Bisasar Road landfill, Africa’s largest refuse site and a big source of renewable energy.                                 

EPA Regulations and American Manufacturing

August 7, 2014 10:10 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor - @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

The EPA, as well-intentioned as it may be, is often met with staunch opposition from the industrial sector and the political right. Backing the EPA, more frequently than not, are environmentalist and the left. But who’s right, and is there a clear winner? 

Energy Efficiency May Be Your Factory's Golden Ticket

August 4, 2014 4:05 pm | by Thulasi Narayan, LEED® AP and Grey Fowles, CDT, LEED® AP | News | Comments

By diligently estimating projected energy use for the project, substantial cost reduction can be achieved while maintaining the quantity and quality of the product produced.                      

Investing in Energy

July 22, 2014 3:49 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @IndustrialAnna | Articles | Comments

In manufacturing, where aging equipment is a given and energy rates are a cost center of sometimes epic proportions, it’s no wonder management is looking for more efficient ways to put product out the door.              

Toyota Gambles on Fuel Cells

July 17, 2014 9:52 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Despite advantages that are seemingly compelling, the technology has struggled to move beyond its prototypes after several decades of research and development by industry and backing from governments.               

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Halliburton Enters Into Energy Joint Venture in China

July 14, 2014 12:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Halliburton said Friday it is entering its first joint venture in China that will use hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to unleash energy.                                

Inventor Pushing Solar Panels for Roads, Highways

July 14, 2014 9:44 am | by Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press | News | Comments

The solar panels that Idaho inventor Scott Brusaw has built aren't meant for rooftops. They are meant for roads, driveways, parking lots, bike trails and, eventually, highways.                     

Current Sensing Contact Switch

July 9, 2014 11:18 am | by NK Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

These current sensing switches feature a single turn potentiometer, allowing the trip point to be set before the sensor is installed or before the monitored circuit is energized. 

'Transformers' Star Truck Goes Green

July 2, 2014 11:58 am | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

The big tractor-truck that stars as Optimus Prime in "Transformers: Age of Extinction" has hit the gym to become a little greener.                                   

Iowa Plant Makes First Commercial Cellulosic Ethanol

July 2, 2014 11:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A farmer-owned ethanol plant in northwest Iowa is the first commercial facility in the state to make the fuel additive from something other than corn starch.                           

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IKEA Expanding Solar Power System in Maryland

July 2, 2014 10:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

IKEA has expanded its solar power system on top of its Perryville, Maryland, distribution center.                                            

Are Electric Cars Ready?

July 1, 2014 3:02 pm | by Matt Kelland, Engineerjobs.com | Blogs | Comments

Are electric cars ready to replace internal combustion models? Which problems remain to be solved, who’s working on them… and are they hiring?                                

Testing the World’s Largest Wind Turbines

July 1, 2014 2:54 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, Product Design & Development - @melfass | Articles | Comments

With a total weight of two million pounds, and blades as long as 400 feet, a single 15 mega-watt wind turbine would be able to power nearly 3,900 homes. Unfortunately, they don’t exist … yet.                  

Elio: 3 wheels, 84 mpg, $6,800

July 1, 2014 11:21 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Elio Motors has created a prototype two-person vehicle built for efficient transportation. With a price tag of $6,800, it already has more than 15,000 pre-orders.                         

North Dakota, Texas Provide Nearly Half of U.S. Crude Oil Production

July 1, 2014 9:55 am | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

U.S. crude production in April 2014 was 8.4 million barrels per day, with two states, Texas and North Dakota, accounting for nearly half of this total.                             

Survey: Few Hanford Workers Question Bosses

June 25, 2014 9:45 am | by Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press | News | Comments

Few of the U.S. Department of Energy workers who are helping build a plant to treat the most dangerous radioactive wastes at a nuclear site in Washington state feel they can openly challenge management decisions, according to a report obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press.

Hyundai's Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car Hits the Road

June 16, 2014 2:08 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

South Korean auto-maker Hyundai says it has launched a new era of clean, hydrogen-fueled motoring in the U.S.                                         

Nuclear Industry Developing Accident-Resistant Fuel

June 16, 2014 9:42 am | by Ray Henry, Associated Press | News | Comments

Researchers are trying a range of tactics to make nuclear fuel survive longer in extreme accidents. Their overriding goal is giving plant workers more time before an accident becomes a full-on crisis.                

Ford to Lower Fuel Economy on 6 Vehicles

June 13, 2014 9:53 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford is lowering the fuel economy estimates for six models, including hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the Fusion sedan, after internal tests found errors in the way they were calculated.                 

Tesla Hands Over the Keys to Its Technology

June 13, 2014 9:46 am | by Michael Liedtke and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Electric car maker Tesla Motors is handing over the keys to its technology in an unusual effort to encourage other automakers to expand beyond gasoline-burning vehicles.                        

Running On Wind In America's Heartland

June 12, 2014 5:16 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

In 2013, the French Canadian machining, fabrication and assembly company, Marmen Energy, made the move to the United States. Find out what goes into making wind towers for General Electric.                 

New Mexico Utility Adding More Solar Power

June 4, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New Mexico's largest electric utility says it will meet a state standard for renewable energy by building four more solar arrays in 2015.                                 

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