Plastic tubing manufacturer NewAge Industries has
received a $1 million solar energy grant from Pennsylvania's Dept. of Community
and Economic Development to fund the installation of a 1 MW rooftop solar panel
system. The array will contribute more than 50 percent of the company's energy
needs. NewAge is working with California-based Borrego Solar Systems Inc. to
install more than 4,000 solar panels. The panels will cover three quarters of
the rooftop on the 244,000-sq-ft building.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
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