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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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