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Meet the Brains behind the “Energy Moonshot”

July 31, 2014 · By Kyle Crider · No Comments

You’ve probably heard of DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or as Fast Company’s Jessica Leber elaborates, “the military’s research agency that funds the development of mind-reading science, cyborgs, and deadly robots.” But have you heard of ARPA-E? As you might can guess from the title of this article, the “E” stands for Energy. Indeed, ARPA-E is the U.S. Department of Energy’s analog to DARPA, and it’s only five years old.

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No CommentsTags: Critical Thinking · Energy Efficiency · Renewable Energy · Solar Energy

Will Cosmos’ Success Inspire Science and Sustainability Education?

July 25, 2014 · By Kyle Crider · No Comments

What's out of this world and received 12 Emmy award nominations? Well, COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY, of course!

The now-completed first season of this popular 13-part series is both a tribute to Carl Sagan's classic original – and a much-needed 30+ year update. When the premier episode gathered 8.5 million viewers nationally and total audience of 40 million viewers worldwide, it was clear the "Ship of the Imagination" had a successful re-launch.

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No CommentsTags: Critical Thinking · Higher Education · Science

Wind energy student networks with U.S. Senator

July 24, 2014 · By Blog Admin · No Comments

Not many college students can say they've rubbed elbows with senators. But, Ecotech Institute's own Mia Desmedt is able to say just that. She met U.S. Senator Mark Udall of Colorado at an event for women in energy hosted at RES Americas headquarters this past May.

The event, where Mia also met U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, gave women in Colorado's wind industry the opportunity to discuss the latest industry news and network. Mia, a student in Ecotech Institute's Wind Energy Technology program, was one of the only students in attendance and shared some insights from attending her first industry event.

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No CommentsTags: Clean Energy · Ecotech Students · Sustainability · Wind Energy

The Future of Electrical Engineering Technology

July 18, 2014 · By Blog Admin · No Comments

There are a lot of exciting things happening in the world of electrical engineering technology. What might be most exciting is how the potential developments of today will drive tomorrow. For example, how will the technologies of today change what power sources look like in 2064? Luckily, the writers at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering's (commonly called IEEE or I-triple-E) Spectrum magazine recently explored this issue and others as part of a special report that marked the 50th anniversary of the magazine. If everything goes the way they hope, the future could be one of individuals and businesses being able to have more control over their own individual power sources.

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No CommentsTags: Clean Energy · Electrical Engineering Technology · Green Buildings · Science · Sustainability

I Can Have a Green Job?

July 17, 2014 · By Kyle Crider · No Comments

Stalin is purported to have said, "A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic." It's kind of like that (but in a positive sense) with jobs…one is a lifeline; a million is a statistic. So what can we say about 6.5 million jobs, in the worldwide renewable energy industry, no less? Can I at least get a "Woo hoo!"?

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No CommentsTags: Clean Energy · Critical Thinking · Renewable Energy · Solar Energy · Sustainability