News Article | August 25, 2016
The face of the solar workforce is really starting to glow. As of 2015, women are now representing 24% of workers in the solar industry, up 2% from 2014. Helping more women enter the field, GRID Alternatives has been instrumental in this rise. And, with solar jobs growing by 20% a year, things are looking up for women who like to climb. Founded in 2001 with the goal of providing affordable solar power for low-income communities, GRID Alternatives is now the nation’s largest nonprofit solar installer. To date, GRID has installed over 24 MW of clean power, representing a savings of nearly $200 million in lifetime electricity costs, and has trained around 27,000 solar installers. Erica Mackie, CEO and founder of GRID Alternatives, has been working hard since GRID’s beginning to improve women’s accessibility in all aspects of solar technology. Noticing immediately that very few women were employed in the solar industry, Erica Mackie became passionate about helping to get more women involved. Partnering with SunEdison in a national initiative to reach out to women interested in free solar training, GRID Alternatives recently launched its first Women in Solar intensive training course. Besides being female, the only requirement was a strong desire to get involved in the solar industry at any level, such as volunteer, sales, installation, and design. A diverse group of 10 women joined the first Women in Solar training program, many coming from entirely different occupational fields. The free solar training course took place over two weeks at GRID Alternatives’ San Francisco Bay Area office. The women gained a comprehensive view of the solar industry by participating in workshops on solar installation site assessment, design, and purchasing. They also received training on community outreach, networking, and other soft skills to enhance their resumes for the solar job market. Most importantly, they got up on the roof. In two weeks of camaraderie and team building, the ten women completed two solar PV installations. All of the women were very enthusiastic, said Renee Sharp, regional director for GRID Alternatives’ Bay Area office. Sharp related that the women came away with the confidence to pursue solar careers after gaining a much better understanding of the solar industry. Of the ten women who took part in the free solar training, seven accepted employment offers after completing the two-week course. Of the other three, one woman chose to continue training to become a Team Leader, working with GRID Alternatives’ professional installation team to help train future volunteers. The two other women will continue with GRID’s international program, working to bring solar power to rural communities in other countries. The next free Women in Solar training session offered by GRID Alternatives will be in December 2016. Cora Saxton, GRID’s North Coast office female construction manager will lead this training course. Sign up or learn more about all the different programs and events offered through the Women in Solar initiative. One of the more recent events included the latest GRID Alternatives WE Build webcast on August 24. These webcasts offer an opportunity to learn from successful women in the solar industry. Among the many influential panelists on the latest WE Build webcast were Katherine Gensler, Director of Government Affairs, SEIA; Fiona Taylor, Vice President of Finance, SolarCity; Melanie Santiago-Mosier, Director, Government Affairs, Midwest and South East, SunEdison; Page Crahan, Co-founder, Clarus Power; Deborah Knuckey, Head of Global Marketing, Enphase Energy; Kellyann Lamb, Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships, Sunrun; Tamika Jacques, Director of Workforce Development, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center; Tamara Mullings, Chief of Staff, SunEdison; Robyn Beavers, Senior Vice President, NRG; and the impressive list goes on and on! Check out the great full-length videos covering all of the interesting WE Build panel discussions, including Mentorship relationships to power your career, Women in Energy Policy, Engaging Women in the Transition to Clean Energy, the Intersection of Race and Gender in Solar, Women on the Rise: Inspiring the Next Generation of Solar Leaders, and many more. Drive an electric car? Complete one of our short surveys for our next electric car report. Keep up to date with all the hottest cleantech news by subscribing to our (free) cleantech newsletter, or keep an eye on sector-specific news by getting our (also free) solar energy newsletter, electric vehicle newsletter, or wind energy newsletter.
Everyone wants to foresee the future, prompting the Industrial Research Institute to present their summary findings looking ahead in “IRI 2038: Envisioning the Future of R&D.” Among their findings, some of the key future trends are already being considered by thought leaders across a variety of industries; moreover, several related topics were specifically highlighted in a series of recent articles. Of particular relevance to many stakeholders is the increasing trend of “open” innovation models, where a variety of internal and external resources are leveraged to discover, develop and, ultimately, commercialize new products across industries. Taking into consideration the points and observations raised in the preceding list of articles, this article will provide some additional recommendations for industrial R&D stakeholders to consider, with particular emphasis on measurement or analytical sciences. Consider the various quality assurance requirements — across industries — where comprehensive molecular characterization of materials is required during the product life cycle. Typically, specifications used are abstracted from analytical test methods — whether to validate the fidelity of composition (in material discovery), to validate control during process development, or to support the release of materials in commercial markets. This process of abstraction culminates in the ability for quality assurance stakeholders to support data review and material release. Correspondingly, informatics systems are built to support these workflows with proven efficiency. However, for certain test methods, the reduction of data to numerical and textual descriptors limits additional use of the data acquired. As an example, consider impurity profiling in drug substances and drug products. By reducing the validated HPLC-UV-MS methods to a collection of tracked components (by retention time and area percent), it becomes difficult to leverage the rich information contained in chromatograms and corresponding spectra. Luckily, modern chromatography data systems (CDS), scientific data management systems (SDMS) and document management installations afford the retrieval of all associated analytical data, if one knows in advance what they’re seeking, with varying levels of effort. We have observed that, at times, the solution to a manufacturing challenge can be found in well-indexed impurity profiles only by investigating profiles in their full form. Extending this example: consider the scenario where a material/substance lot fails due to the presence of a new impurity. Determining the source of this new impurity is the first step in containment and abatement. Imagine being able to perform a “spectral search” across all native analytical data for a substance — from its initial raw materials, through process intermediates, to final composition and formulation. Moreover, upon discovery of a new, raw material-related impurity, there is value in assessing whether other substances in a firm’s commercial inventory are potentially at risk of future quality failures. Analysis and Data: Impact on architecture and system functionality The interrelatedness of certain analytical information is an additional consideration. In the example above, compositional profiling by HPLC-UV-MS may be captured by one analytical data file. However, many substance or product specifications require multiple techniques from different instruments, collected at different times, by different places and perhaps outside the company. (This is especially relevant when leveraging material generated and tested by external partners, as described by Fahie and Guggenheim. To support such interrelatedness, firms must be able to not only sufficiently index individual analytical data files, but must also afford “analysis assembly” capabilities to provide users with a comprehensive “story” for relevant analyses. Consider formulation profiling as an example. The following list of “related data” must be “assembled” to present a comprehensive assessment of a product formulation: From an architecture perspective, firms can decide to put the analysis assembly capability at the data mart tier, or store so-called Assembled Analysis Results if their model leverages relational data models at the information tier. Moreover, firms should recognize the need to implement comprehensive analysis ontologies or taxonomies — beyond analytical technique-based tagging. We propose that firms build data models that support users when they need to query and retrieve these complex, interrelated data. Finally, the ability to visualize these interrelated analysis project data in a simple, facile interface is critical to a variety of workflows, similar to Figure 1. We have observed that many of the innovation management systems are primarily concerned with project timeline/deliverable management; often neglecting how information between collaborators is governed. The articles referenced above describe some of the emerging data frameworks that will support firms’ operating models now and in the future, along with some specific workflows within a partner ecosystem. In addition to the ever-present concern for secure information exchange and sequestration, some additional considerations may be relevant for R&D stakeholders. Similar to the Analysis Assembly capability described above, complex, assembled data files may come from sources from a variety of partners, across the product lifecycle. Furthermore, systems must support a complex permissions hierarchy, which allows for a variety of partner relationship modalities. These can range from submission-only to open data access. Finally, certain pertinent partner relationship management attributes must also be associated with analytical data files. Consider also that, if these attributes are associated appropriately, specific key performance indicators for individual partners can be obtained, in addition to the existing contractual obligations assessed using existing systems. Some examples include response/fulfillment timing, activity tracking and subjective interaction assessment. The articles referenced above indicate the future trends predicted in the IRI 2038 findings are observable today. We assert that industrial externalization efforts and modern IT infrastructure investments are weak signals of the future being realized sooner than 2038. However, innovation stakeholders must recognize that certain functionality must be implemented within this new architecture to meet critical decision support requirements. Specifically, for analytical sciences, the aforementioned analysis assembly toolset must be implemented to assure business value. As R&D operating models continue to evolve, stakeholders must continue to make strategic investments that support corporate innovation velocity, productivity and risk mitigation. These investments must ultimately support facile collaboration, robust data management practices and IP protection. But, as these systems are implemented, stakeholders must be mindful that certain scientific data requires specialized ontologies or taxonomies — particularly in data resulting from measurement or analytical sciences. For such data to be effectively leveraged in business-critical decision-making, the appropriate functionality for analysis assembly must be carefully implemented. Andrew Anderson is Vice President, Business Development, and Graham A. McGibbon is a Manager, Scientific Solutions and Partnerships, at ACD/Labs. They may be reached at editor@ScientificComputing.com.
News Article | April 25, 2016
The top clean tech jobs for this week include listings for a product marketing manager for a major energy storage player, a biofuel marketing manager, an associate wind site manager, a business development associate at a green startup, a solar program manager, a green building project manager, and more. As part of our collaboration with other projects within the Important Media network, we’ve partnered with our sister site Green Job Post to bring you a weekly summary of the top clean tech job listings. We’ve also set up a dedicated clean tech jobs newsletter to deliver these weekly listings to your inbox, and there are a number of other green job listings newsletters available (see below), including one for all new job listings. The top clean tech job listings for the week of April 25th, 2016: Product Marketing Manager: Tesla Energy The Tesla Energy Product Marketing Manager will define and execute the marketing strategy for the Powerwall Home Battery and Powerpack Commercial Battery. Tesla approaches marketing differently. The Product Marketing Manager will develop innovative strategies to grow customer awareness and sales without traditional advertising. The role will manage a global team responsible for content definition and design, technical marketing and channel marketing. Additionally, the role will work closely with the Tesla vehicle marketing and communications teams to maintain and enhance product and brand values. Marketing Manager, Biofuel – North America: Novozymes Are you looking to work in a dynamic, growing industry and make a positive impact on the environment and the world? Join our team as a Marketing Manager in Biofuels where you will exercise strong leadership skills, superior analytical capabilities, and a creative mindset. In this role you will launch new products and services, identify and develop business cases for key growth opportunities, lead cross-functional teams and manage projects, and work closely with Global Sales and Technical Service teams to drive business growth. Associate Wind Site Manager: NextEra Energy Position is responsible for the daily management and leadership of a wind power generation facility. This position must be able to ensure compliance to all standard operating processes and emulate the NextEra Energy Corporate Values. This position will require interfacing with land owners, utilities, regulatory agencies, and local government and/or community representatives. Monitors /controls/forecasts plant budgets and ensures compliance with all contractual obligations. Business Development Associate: Citizen Energy Through its LED PAYS (Pay As You Save) Program, owners of multi-family and mid-size commercial buildings can upgrade to better quality lighting for $0 upfront, save up to 80% on energy and maintenance costs, and reduce their carbon footprint. The LED PAYS program has a 5 year term, in which Citizen Energy maintains and assures peak performance of the LED lighting systems. Citizen Energy make money by taking a share of the realized and measured savings every month. We are seeking a Business Development Associate to be the sales driver for the company. The individual in this role will focus on B2B sales for our LED PAYS program; convincing commercial and multi-family building owners/managers to upgrade to LED lighting for $0 upfront cost. Program Manager, Solar: NEXTracker NEXTracker is one of the most promising, fastest growing companies in today’s solar industry. We design and manufacture next generation PV tracking systems that dramatically improve the economics of solar power. NEXTracker is seeking an outstanding Program Manager to facilitate a positive experience with NEXTracker. He/she ensures that NEXTracker’s products and Installation out-perform customer expectations and are of the highest quality possible and develops customer loyalty by optimizing the product to meet customer needs and providing great technical support services on the NEXTracker product. Green Building Project Manager: New Ecology, Inc. New Ecology, Inc. is seeking candidates for the position of Project Manager in its Boston office. The Project Manager works with property owners and real estate development teams to improve the performance, occupant health and durability of multifamily buildings. The work requires basic technical architectural and mechanical competency, knowledge of green building practices and technologies, energy efficiency improvement strategies, and building science, and working experience managing LEED certification projects. Get green job notifications in your industry! Subscribe to: Drive an electric car? Complete one of our short surveys for our next electric car report. Keep up to date with all the hottest cleantech news by subscribing to our (free) cleantech newsletter, or keep an eye on sector-specific news by getting our (also free) solar energy newsletter, electric vehicle newsletter, or wind energy newsletter.
Home > Press > Industrial Nanotech, Inc. Provides Project Supply Bid for Fuel Storage Tank Farm in India Abstract: Industrial Nanotech, Inc. (OTC-PINK INTK), a global leader in nanotechnology based energy saving solutions, today announced that the Company received a request to bid on supplying its patented Heat Shield EPX4 energy saving, anti-corrosion and protective coating to a fuel storage tank farm in India and has supplied the contractor with the bid. The significance of this event is that we have primarily had success in India in the textile industry and have been working very hard to expand our portfolios of industries we serve in India, stated Francesca Crolley, VP of Business Development for Industrial Nanotech, Inc. This deal has the potential to open up a whole new and important market sector for us in a region of the world that has valuable short term and long term potential for the Company. The total revenue from this individual deal, if awarded to the Company, is approximately $367,783 US. It will be approximately sixty days before the contract is awarded. The Company will provide updates as further information is received. About Industrial Nanotech, Inc. Industrial Nanotech Inc. is a global nanoscience solutions and research leader. The Company develops and commercializes new and innovative applications for sustainable manufacturing and buildings which are sold worldwide, including their Nansulate® and Heat Shield thermal insulation and asset protection coatings, which provide energy savings, thermal insulation, corrosion resistance, prevention of CUI, moisture resistance, chemical resistance, and other protective benefits. The coatings are low VOC, water-based, and sustainable. Additional information about the Company and its products can be found at www.industrial-nanotech.com. Safe Harbor Statement Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This release includes forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, the impact of competitive products, the ability to meet customer demand, the ability to manage growth, acquisitions of technology, equipment, or human resources, the effect of economic and business conditions, and the ability to attract and retain skilled personnel. The Company is not obligated to revise or update any forward-looking statements in order to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this release. For more information, please click If you have a comment, please us. Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.
News Article | April 28, 2016
American wind power just installed its highest amount of capacity in a first quarter since 2012. How’s this for a good start- the U.S. wind industry just had its best first quarter in four years. With strong installation and under construction numbers, as well as new technological advances, 2016 is already building off last year’s success. 520 megawatts (MW) of new capacity came online during 2016’s first quarter, bringing the country ever-so close to 75 gigawatts (GW) of total installed capacity. In all, there’s now enough wind energy in the U.S. to power 20 million American homes. And there’s more of the way. Over 10 GW of new wind power is currently under construction, and another 5.1 GW are in the advanced stages of development. 40 states plus Puerto Rico, and for the first time Guam, now have utility-scale wind projects. During the year’s first three months, new wind projects came online in New Mexico, Iowa, Utah, Ohio and Oklahoma. An exciting new technological advance also took place in Iowa, where the country’s tallest wind turbine now stands. Part of a MidAmerican Energy project, a 168 meter-high prototype wind turbine, with a blade diameter of 108 meters, not only stands higher than any other turbine in America, it’s also built with a concrete tower, rather than traditional steel. “This is the first concrete tower project for Siemens in North America, we’re proud to say the tower technology was conceived, designed, engineered, and constructed entirely in the United States,” said Michael McManus, Head of Business Development and Strategy for Siemens Americas Onshore Wind. “This project marks another milestone in our successful partnership with MidAmerican Energy to expand clean, renewable wind power in Iowa, and demonstrates Siemens’ continuous dedication to innovation to drive down the cost of wind energy around the globe.” Big brands and other non-traditional buyers also continue to emerge as new customers for wind power. Fortune 500 companies 3M and Salesforce signed wind energy power purchase agreements (PPAs) during 2016’s first quarter, as well as the Department of Defense and others. Non-traditional buyers signed more than a third of the wind energy capacity contracted during 2016’s first three months. This continues 2015’s trend, when 52 percent of all such capacity contracted was signed by businesses, universities, cities and other non-traditional buyers. These purchasers serve as an important source of new demand that helps more wind projects get built. American wind power already reached new heights in 2015. By the end of the year, it supported a record-high 88,000 jobs in all 50 states, with more than 21,000 men and women employed at over 500 factories that build wind-related components. It was home to the country’s fastest growing job, wind turbine technician, and it created $7.3 billion in public health benefits by cutting the pollution that creates smog and triggers asthma attacks. If 2016’s first quarter is any indication, we can expect to significantly build upon these milestones, creating a cleaner, prosperous America for generations to come.