General Electric launched its ecomagination initiative in May 2005 as part of the company’s commitment to build innovative, environmentally friendly technologies. GE has now delivered 45 energy-efficient and environmentally friendly products and services. In the transportation area, GE has developed the world’s first hybrid locomotive in partnership with Union Pacific. The locomotive is capable of recycling thermal energy as stored power in on-board batteries.
GE also produced the Homebuilder Program that offers a package of energy-efficient appliances, lighting, advanced building design and even an “energy-efficient” mortgage from GE Commercial Finance. The company is also working with Los Angeles on a wind energy system expected to eventually meet the energy needs of 120,000 residents. Other ecomagination programs include smarter lighting for Wal-Mart, seawater desalination in California and green entertainment policies at NBC.
Lithium-ion battery prices will drop rapidly over the next 10 years, setting the stage for plug-in vehicles to reach 5%-10% of total automotive sales by the mid- to late-2020s, according to a new study.
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.
A recent Design News-exclusive study proves that engineering professionals are at the very forefront of this push into the future and making direct financial, performance, and value impact on their organizations by being personally involved or final decision-makers on automation solution and component choices.
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