The Army has cleared the way for
ocean-based clean energy and water. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has given
a Section 10 Permit to Renew Blue Inc. subsidiary Independent Natural Resources
Inc. (INRI) to install a commercial wave-powered demonstration facility. The
energy-producing facility is designed to turn waves into electricity while also
producing fresh, desalinated water.
This is the first instance of a
Section 10 Permit issued to demonstrate a commercial wave-energy facility.
"This permit marks a significant step to help Texas achieve its goals for new
sources of energy and clean water," says Douglas Sandberg, vice president of
facilities require substantial amounts of electricity. INRI's Seadog Pump is
powered solely by electricity developed by wave energy. Since 40 to 50 percent
of operating costs in the desalination process are attributed to energy, the
self-energy-generating Seadog offers a low-cost solution for producing fresh
A new service lets engineers and orthopedic surgeons design and 3D print highly accurate, patient-specific, orthopedic medical implants made of metal -- without owning a 3D printer. Using free, downloadable software, users can import ASCII and binary .STL files, design the implant, and send an encrypted design file to a third-party manufacturer.
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.