Major stimulus for solar energy integration
The U.S. Dept. of Energy and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act announce the investment of nearly $12 million for solar energy grid integration systems.
The U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) have teamed up to announce the investment of $11.8 million for solar energy grid integration systems (SEGIS).
The funding, which includes $5 million from ARRA, will support five projects that aim to take SEGIS to the next level of development, according to Energy Efficiency News . These projects include a plan to optimize interconnections between al types of photovoltaic modules and improve communications between solar power generating systems and utilities.
All of the projects are conducted by outside researchers. For example, a $2.9 million project to improve the reliability of solar power systems is being run by Plainfield, N.J.-based Petra Solar , the University of Central Florida , and 15 electric utility companies.
"By integrating renewable energy onto the grid now, we can deliver power more reliably and effectively, lower utility bills for American families, and help rebuild our economy along the way," said DOE secretary Steven Chu.
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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