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Hydraulic Engineering Can Lead To A Green Career
By: CareerCast.com
Arturo Leon, assistant professor in the school of civil engineering and construction engineering at Oregon State University, says hydraulic engineering continues to evolve but the past is often not far behind. “Some of the developments are recent but we’re still using work that goes back a hundred years and just improving on some of it,” he says. “That’s part of what’s so fascinating,” says Leon, adding, “If you have a fear of water, this wouldn’t likely be for you. However, if you’re excited by what covers roughly 70% of the planet — and is both one of our greatest assets ...
Ways To Be Green At Work: Bring A Coffee Cup
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Those searching for ways to be green at work can start by thinking black. Coffee consumption results in a considerable amount of office waste that can be easily remedied. The morning cup of coffee is a ritual for millions that borders on necessity, depending on who you talk to. Often the morning cup of coffee turns into the morning cups of coffee, with paper and Styrofoam cups getting one-time use before heading to the trash can. Bringing a reusable mug to the office might seem like a minor gesture, but as a PayScale.com report details , it can be one ...
Solar And Wind Offer Two Of The Best Jobs In Energy
By: CareerCast.com
The energy industry is one of the economy's more "recession proof" sectors, and careers therein are buzzing. Green technology's continued expanse means more opportunities in renewable energy jobs. Two such careers rank in the CareerCast.com Best Jobs In Energy report for 2013. Solar photovoltaic installer and wind turbine technician are high-growth positions with promising potential. Find out more in the Best Jobs In Energy report .
Solar Farms In Space
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With a few exceptions, sources of renewable energy tend to be inconveniently unreliable. Things like wind and wave energy are subject to the whims of weather, and even if you manage to find something that isn’t weather dependent (like tidal flow), you still can’t rely on a constant output of power. Strictly speaking, solar power is the worst: it's heavily weather dependent, and half the time, it doesn't work at all. (Even the moon gets in the way sometimes.) Some think the way to make solar power the backbone of a renewable energy economy is to avoid the problematic Earth ...
New Green Jobs and Where To Find Them
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Green jobs have become the red hot topic of discussion recently among job seekers, thanks in part to the discussion raised during the Presidential campaign. A recent DBL Investors study found that the fastest per capita growth of green employment is in Alaska, Hawaii and North Dakota, all three of which have shown green job growth in excess of 50% since 2003. New Mexico is hovering right at 50%. Energy has long been an economic staple in Alaska, so the Last Frontier’s involvement in renewable energy growth should come as no surprise. Sectors that account for the state’s green employment ...
New Plants In Louisiana Bring Green Jobs
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A Denver-based company called Cool Planet Energy Systems plans three Louisiana projects that will create 72 new jobs. Cool Planet announced the plans Friday for bio-refineries in Alexandria, Natchitoches and a site still to be determined. The company plans to use harvest wood waste and forest byproducts to make gasoline. Cool Planet also will market a byproduct from its refining process that will be used as an agricultural supplement to boost water retention and carbon released from crops. The three Louisiana plants are expected to cost $168 million to construct and will create 72 jobs with an average salary of ...
California Produces Solar Power That Exceeds Demand
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Solar energy could exceed California's current energy demand three to five times using equipment built on and around the state's existing infrastructure, claim researchers at the Carnegie Institution for Science at in Stanford, Calif. They detailed their findings online March 16 in the journal Nature Climate Change. With a total area of more than 400,000 square kilometers, California has more land than 189 countries, including Germany. A little more than 8 percent of this land has already been developed by humans. The Stanford scientists explored how much opportunity this developed land presented for power generation via photovoltaic solar power and ...
Funding New Ideas for Global Clean Energy Applications
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Scores of clean tech company CEOs pitched their leading-edge ideas to seed capital angels and venture capitalists at this year's Clean Tech Open 2012 Global Forum, in San Jose, California. Held at the Hayes Mansion on November 8 and 9, the meeting is the culmination of numerous regional competitions by the organization, which has helped over 600 companies raise over $660 million in financing since 2006. After a 10-minute business plan pitch heard by over a thousand attendees, company finalists were quizzed by a panel of judges to compete for hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars in start ...
Massachusetts A Green Job Desitnation As State Beefs Up Wind Power
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The largest utilities in Massachusetts have signed long-term contracts to buy wind-generated electricity at prices below the cost of most other sources, including coal and nuclear, administration officials announced Monday. The contracts filed jointly with state utilities regulators by National Grid, Northeast Utilities — which owns NStar and Western Massachusetts Electric Co. — and Unitil Corp. would buy 565 megawatts of electricity from six planned wind farms in Maine and New Hampshire, or enough to power about 170,000 homes, according to a statement from the state Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. It would be the largest procurement of renewable energy ...
Transportation Of The Future Can Lower Emissions
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When the Chinese New Year kicked off across China several weeks ago, millions of Chinese citizens hit the road in what is often described as one of the world’s great annual migrations. The pilgrimage allows families to reunite, and also gives the government a chance to show off its spectacular investments in high-speed bullet trains. High-speed rail isn’t just a fast and convenient way to travel long distances while reducing carbon emissions – it’s fundamentally changing economic integration around China. Today, China’s rail system transports twice as many passengers as Chinese airlines, and officials hope to lay an additional 10,000 ...