A beautiful photo essay showcasing one of the world’s largest solar power plants was recently published in Technology Review. The entire gallery of photos, archived under “Good Day Sunshine”, can be viewed at the Technology Review Web site.
This southern Portugal PV plant is expected to produce 21,340 megawatt-hours of electricity each year. The plant also illustrates economies of scale. According to PowerLight, the plant’s operator, it was less expensive to build one large array than to spread the cells out into smaller groupings or onto rooftops. In addition, the land will be used for dual purposes. The installations are situated far enough off the ground to allow livestock grazing.
The PowerLight Web site includes extensive press release coverage the array.
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
Neil Fromer is the executive director of the Resnick Institute, a program for energy and sustainability at the California Institute of Technology, working to develop new ideas and research technologies related to providing a sustainable future. He spoke to us about the severity of the current drought in California and how solar energy can help prevent such situations in the future.
From home enthusiasts to workers on the manufacturing floor, everyone's imagination is captured by the potential of 3D printing. Prototyping, spare parts creation, art delivery, human organ creation, and even mass product production are all being targeted as current and potential uses for the technology.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.