Google steps into the smart grid
With the introduction of a Web-based tool that permits property owners to monitor their electrical consumption, the search-engine giant has made its mark in the drive for greater efficiency and smarter power consumption.
As reported in the New York Times , Google has entered into the smart-grid race with the introduction of PowerMeter , a free Web-based service that consumers can harness to track energy use as it is consumed.
The device is designed to control the demand for power, stemming the need to build more power plants. Google is looking for other companies to create devices capable of feeding data into the PowerMeter technology. Although it hopes to begin introducing the service sometime in the next few months, to date it has no hardware manufacturers lined up.
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey