General Motors has finalized the production process for its
compressed natural gas-(CNG) powered Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size
vans. The automaker plans to deliver these vehicles with a fully integrated and
dedicated GNC fuel system to its fleet customers this fall.
The vans are designed to meet all Environmental Protection
Agency and California Air Resources Board emission certification requirements,
and will be fully compliant with applicable vehicle safety standards, according
Green Fan Cord Reduces Energy Costs
GardTec Inc. of Racine, WI has introduced a thermostatically
controlled AC Green Fan Cord designed to reduce energy costs while extending
the life of the fan. Thermostatic control is critical, since most industrial
fans operate 24/7, according to GardTec. As the ambient temperature rises from
continual use, the circuit component life is reduced by up to 45 percent for
each additional 10-12 degrees rise.
The Green Fan Cord was designed to easily replace an
existing cord, requiring no wiring, circuit boards, control boxes or design
changes. The company says that multiple fans can be controlled with a single
Green Fan Cord thermostat without additional controls.
Nissan Rolls out Zero-Emissions Leaf
Nearly 17,000 U.S. consumers have
already placed orders for Nissan's all-electric, zero-emission Leaf, which will be available to consumers in
December in California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona and Tennessee. These areas
were chosen because they're home to the EV Project, an initiative to create a
charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. Nissan says the Leaf's
lithium-ion battery pack will carry a warranty of eight years or 100,000 miles.
Nissan also released data on the
consumers who have placed orders for the Leaf. Reasons for ordering the
all-electric vehicle included a desire for U.S. energy independence (35
percent), environmental consciousness (34 percent) and cost/fuel economy (20
A middle school team from Rochester, Mich., has again nabbed the grand prize in the annual international Future City Competition, which drew students from 37 regions of the United States, as well as from England and China.
The word “smart” is becoming the dumbest word around. It has been applied to almost every device and system in our homes. In addition to smartphones and smart meters, we now hear about smart clothing and smart shoes, smart lights, smart homes, smart buildings, and every trendy city today has its smart city project. Just because it has a computer inside and is connected to the Web, does not mean it is smart.
Are you being paid enough? Do you want a better job? According to a recent survey Manpower released just before Engineers Week, employers and engineers don't see eye-to-eye about the state of US engineers' skills and experience.
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