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New York Announces “Smart Cities Technology Innovation Center”

New York Announces “Smart Cities Technology Innovation Center”

In an interesting switch, a 113-year-old building in Albany, New York is being transformed into a “Smart Cities” hub. What once served as the city’s center for train transportation will soon house companies that are developing technologies for cities in the future. Smart city technologies include technologies that make cities safer, more efficient and resilient: smart devices and sensors, software that monitors and improves traffic flow and protects vital infrastructure (bridges,


Why Elon Musk is a ROCKSTAR

The man is a rockstar. A solar superhero. Websters Dictionary defines an entrepreneur as a person who organizes, manages, and assumes considerable risk of an enterprise. Creator of Zip2, which he sold and pocketed over $22 million, and X.com, which later became PayPal and made him more than $165 million in stock options, Elon Musk


Renewable Energy Masters Degree Now Offered at Penn State

Penn State University has joined a growing number of respected higher education institutions offering courses in renewable energy. The school announced this week that it has introduced an online masters program in renewable energy. “Policy changes, technological advances and an increased awareness of the world’s resources are creating a growing need around the globe for


In Focus: University of Michigan’s World Solar Challenge Team

The World Solar Challenge is a competition that pits university teams from around the world against each other as they design, build and race solar powered cars across Australia. With the 2013 event coming up in October we decided to talk to Ethan Lardner, the Global Operations Director of the University of Michigan’s 2011 Team,


The World’s First Solar Family Car Announced

The Solar Team Eindhoven (STE) at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), Netherlands, presented the world’s first solar-powered family car. “Stella” is the first “energy-positive car” with enough room for four people, a trunk, intuitive steering and a range of 600 kilometers (approx. 370 miles). This is the car being entered by the student team


In Focus: Green Engineering Advancements

As social interest increases worldwide on the path towards more environmentally friendly and green options, the next big challenge in the field of engineering is to concoct green alternatives to the fundamentals of daily life. Governments are getting in on the act as well as they push for more environmentally friendly legislation and increase support


UW Professor Designs Solar Cells that Store Energy

When people think about solar, they often think about harvesting- how to gather the energy. “But there’s another side of the story that’s sometimes overlooked,” said Hongrui Jiang a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “How do you store it?” Bulky batteries or supercapacitors often accompany solar panels. Jiang wanted something smaller and more self-sustaining


Northwestern Students Test Solar Cell Behavior at High Altitudes

Four undergraduate students from Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science have taken photovoltaic cells somewhat closer to the energy source to find out how the proximity to the Sun affects their performance. The team, led by Mark Fischer, who will graduate in June with a B.S. in mechanical engineering, cheered as the


Green Mountain College Students Build Solar Garage

Students at Green Mountain College don’t just study solar projects, they design and build them. This year students in the Renewable Energy and Ecological Design Program designed a solar-powered garage. The project not only taught students practical real-world experience in designing and building, it also will serve the college’s fossil fuel-free farm and could make


The Greenest Colleges in the U.S

For the fourth year, the Princeton Review has released a guidebook that profiles the greenest colleges in the US. “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2013 Edition” is produced in collaboration with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Schools included in the guide scored high on Princeton Review’s “green rating” system, which


Solar Decathlon Readies for Road Trip

The world’s first Solar Decathlon was held in Washington, D.C. on the National Mall, our nation’s front yard, in 2002. Since 2005 the competition, which invites university teams from around the world to design tomorrow’s solar homes—today, has been held biennially on the mall. It’s also inspired Europe and China to hold their own Solar


FUTUREWATCH: Silicon Solar Optical Fibers

Researchers at Penn State recently developed a silicon-based optical fiber with solar-cell capabilities that’s thinner than a human hair. The fibers could be used to develop flexible solar fabrics that can be curved or twisted into shape. The resulting fibers incorporate integrated electronics into a fiber that’s thinner than the width of a human hair