Hospital of the Future Opens in San Diego
Apr04

Hospital of the Future Opens in San Diego

The largest construction project in California is the "Hospital of the Future," incoporating best practices in healthcare and green design. It’s one of just two hospitals in the US that bring natural light into operating rooms, for example. Located in San Diego County and designed by CO Architects, the 288-bed Palomar Medical Center opens in August. Some of the design innovations in this 11-story, 740,000-square-foot...

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Electric Airplanes Could Fly Forever on Laser Beams
Apr04

Electric Airplanes Could Fly Forever on Laser Beams

by Tina Casey Lockheed Martin has been collaborating with a Seattle-based company called LaserMotive to “refuel” electric aircraft in flight using laser beams that charge batteries wirelessly, and the latest round of testing not only met but beat expectations. The test took place indoors but if wireless laser battery charging can prove successful in the field, it would lay the groundwork for a new generation of electric...

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U.S. Identifies Zones for Solar Development on Public Lands
Apr04

U.S. Identifies Zones for Solar Development on Public Lands

The Obama administration has identified 17 sites on public lands across six Southwestern states that officials say are most suitable for utility-scale solar projects. In a report, federal officials vowed to expedite applications for solar projects on these sites – located in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah – which were targeted because of access to existing or planned transmission lines, minimal...

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Turbines Ready to Turn at First U.S. Commercial Tidal Energy Plant
Apr04

Turbines Ready to Turn at First U.S. Commercial Tidal Energy Plant

The first commercial tidal energy project in the US was dedicated last week in Maine, and turbines will begin turning in mid-September. It’s the first grid-tied tidal project in the US and the first to sell the electricity through long term power purchase agreements. Portland, Maine-based Ocean Renewable Power Co. will soon lower a generator to the sea floor as part of a network of 20 underwater turbines. "Tidal energy has...

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Sweet Fuels: Colombia’s Super-Efficient Sugar Ethanol
Apr04

Sweet Fuels: Colombia’s Super-Efficient Sugar Ethanol

by Wendy Gordon I was in Colombia, S.A. recently, and got the chance to visit a sugar factory. No, shake off the image of Johnny Depp and Charlie’s chocolate factory, though there were similarities, mostly in how excited I was to be there. I love factories, you see, but there were no bon bons being made here. Indeed, at the open-air Ingenio Providencia, S.A. plant, the giant mills were noisily pulverizing the cane from the...

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Wind Power: Real Energy, Real Jobs
Apr04

Wind Power: Real Energy, Real Jobs

by Philip Warburg Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has been outspoken in deriding President Obama’s efforts to give wind and solar power the prominence they deserve on America’s energy agenda. “In place of real energy, Obama has focused on an imaginary world where government-subsidized windmills and solar panels could power the economy,” he wrote in a March editorial in Columbus Dispatch. Wind Provides...

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