New hybrid model for energy creation
A plan for a new hybrid model for renewable energy creation is announced in Florida.
According to The New York Times , former swamplands in Indiantown, Fla. will soon become one of the nation's largest utilities that is powered by renewable power. Across 500 acres north of West Palm Beach, Fla. the FPL Group utility is assembling 190,000 solar panels, and once completed, the project will be the world's second-largest solar plant. The solar array will be grafted onto the back of the nation's largest fossil-fuel power plant, fired by natural gas. The project is an experiment in whether conventional power generation can be married with renewable power in a way that lowers costs and spares the environment. This project is among a handful of innovative hybrid designs meant to use the sun's power as an adjunct to coal or gas in producing electricity. While other solar projects already use small gas-fired turbines to provide backup power for cloudy days or at night, this is the first time that a conventional plant is being retrofitted with the latest solar technology on such an industrial scale.
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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.