Australia sponsors green air conditioner
Solar-power cooling unit said to be 12 times more efficient than traditional systems.
Financed under Australia's Climate Ready program , the air conditioning unit, called the Green Machine, will use solar technologies to reduce power consumption. This will eliminate the need for refrigeration compressors, and the fan drive will be the unit's only external energy requirement.
The Climate Ready program provides government matching grants to develop innovative solutions to climate change. Air Change is receiving $458,370 from the program to finance the Green Machine, according to Australia's minister for innovation, industry, science, and research, Sen. Kim Carr.
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Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.