Between 2006 and 2010, the biomass share of renewable energy consumption increased from 49 percent to 53 percent; wind’s share increased from 4 to 11 percent; and conventional hydroelectric’s share decreased from 43 to 31 percent. (Source: US Energy Information Administration)
Smart grid is going to top all the "top 10" predictions lists we'll soon see regarding which technologies are going to be coming to the fore in 2012. It's firing on multiple economic cylinders, as far as encompassing innovation, efficiency (ROI), and infrastructure. The build-out of the smart grid will be an economic engine as much as a technological one.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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