Cape Wind signed an agreement on March 31 to purchase 130 wind turbines from Siemens Energy Inc. As a result of this purchase Siemens will be opening a Boston office to maintain and build other off shore wind projects. According to The Boston Globe the new Boston office is set to open on June 1st. With an energy company’s office in Boston, the state will hopefully take more steps in finding alternative energy sources, said Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Ian A. Bowles.
Siemens Energy Inc. is one of the world’s largest off shore wind power suppliers and has played a large part in Europe’s off shore projects. In 2009 three of every four wind turbines installed in Europe were from Siemens. In December of 2004 Siemens U.S. Wind Power division had one employee; today there are over 1000 and they plan on doubling that number this year alone.
During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Schaumburg, Ill., an engineer showed this "inflammatory" video about the dangers of maliciously mishandling lithium-ion batteries.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
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