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.
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.