Pickens is espousing a renewable energy plan as if he were JFK announcing plans for a manned moon shot in June, 1961.Oil baron Pickens wants to take advantage of the “wind corridor” from Canada to West Texas. The first part of “The Pickens Plan” is a 5,000 mega watt wind, coal and natural gas generating station in Pampa, Texas just northeast of Amarillo. Coal and natural gas would back up the wind turbines during slack times.
We need a thousand more billionaires like Pickens who take seriously the need to get off oil. Certainly the government has been pathetically negligent (save Jimmy Carter) in the near half decade we’ve known our oil supplies would be constrained. Pickens was quoted in a CNN.com story today as saying $600 billion in annual oil imports is the single biggest threat to the U.S. economy. Do ya think? Just look at what the stock market has reacted to for the past month.
Of course, this is the same Pickens who wants to aggressively sell water from Ogallala Aquifer in the Texas panhandle through his company Mesa Water.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.