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.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
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.