New Hydro Energy Source Making Waves
A new offshore energy source offers the potential of clean, renewable electricity without the visual obstruction of giant wind turbines.
A new offshore energy source offers the potential of clean, renewable electricity without the visual obstruction of giant wind turbines. Wave power , which taps energy released in water movement, could become an economically viable resource in the near future according to a recent report by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).
The report's authors determined that wave energy may begin to make sense financially once investments are made to allow a cumulative production volume of 10,000 MW to 20,000 MW (compared to wind energy's current generating capacity of 40,000 MW). The study looked at potential installations at sites in five different states: Hawaii, California, Oregon, Massachusetts and Maine . Maine was the only location determined to be unsuitable for profitable wave-energy generation.
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.