Use the sun to cool your building
Southern California Gas Co. is testing two new solar-powered products designed to help cool buildings.
Most people try to escape the summer sun when trying to cool down. But a Los Angeles-based energy company has created a new thinking: Use the sun to help cool buildings.
Southern California Gas Co. (SCG) has chosen two solar concentrators to measure how effective they are at cooling. The units will be installed on the roof of its Energy Resource Center (ERC) in Downey, Calif., according to CNet News . One concentrator is made by Sopogy , the other by HelioDynamics . The utility plans to test these concentrators for two years and will add electricity production to the site in a year
SCG vice president of customer solutions Hal Synder said the two specific products were chosen because they are modular and small enough to fit on an office building roof. He also stated that air conditioning in California can often result in half of a commercial electricity use.
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.