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.
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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