Advanced Manufacturing Technologies Driving Clean Tech

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Wind power, fuel cells, electric vehicles, energy storage, clean energy mandates…we know the buzzwords and we know the political and financial drivers, but rarely do we hear about the advanced manufacturing technologies that are driving the clean tech industry. Continue Reading →

Transforming Wind Power Through New Manufacturing Value Chain Efficiencies

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Manufacturing Strategies for Lowering Wind Power Costs

If wind power is to compete with fossil fuels and grow beyond its current six percent share of the nation’s generating capacity, then driving down the cost of bringing wind turbines to market is an industry imperative. Continue Reading →

Smart Meter Market Update: Growth Expected in Asia, Central & Eastern Europe and South America

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In a surprising new report, Navigant Research forecasts that smart meter sales in North America are expected to decline by nearly 35 percent. This is in stark contrast to reports from 2011, in which research firms and national agencies were predicting continued growth. So what’s driving this change? Navigant Research suggests that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) is responsible. Continue Reading →

Smart Energy Profile 2.0

Big news in the smart grid world was announced last month: Smart Energy Profile (SEP) 2.0 went live. The update included enhanced capabilities and increased communication between devices such as smart meters, energy management systems and plug-in electric vehicles. Continue Reading →

Do Your Panels Pass the Test?

Photovoltaic (PV) modules are designed to last for multiple years, in various environmental conditions and are subject to a number of requirements. In fact, PV module certification programs measure performance through a 25-year lifecycle. Clean tech companies could develop a testing facility in-house or outsource to a specialty firm, but both of those options are complex, time-consuming and costly. Continue Reading →

Smart Cities: Improving Lives in Emerging Markets

Telecommunications infrastructure is a key economic driver for putting anything anywhere in the developing world. And it leads to some very interesting economic opportunities. In emerging markets, access to communication and smart power systems supports entrepreneurial ventures with the capability of transforming economies by raising the standard of living. And guess who holds the expertise and resources to move smart cities in emerging markets forward? Electronic Manufacturing Service companies.

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Don’t Reinvent the Wheel, Make a Reference Design for it

Emerging markets such as renewable energy, plug-in electric vehicles and smart grids are driving increased demand for power electronics of ever-shrinking size, weight and cost, while boosting their performance in challenging and harsh operating environments. Meanwhile, designers charged with enabling new technology breakthroughs must prepare their cutting-edge component, module and system designs for high-volume manufacturing.

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Jabil’s Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2012: Poised for Long-Term Growth

Even through a challenging macroeconomic climate and slowing economic growth, Jabil’s solid long-term growth strategy proves effective. In fact, Jabil’s targeted growth areas in the Diversified Manufacturing sector grew 24 percent in fiscal year 2012, experienced Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 33 percent and EBITDA expanded by 20 basis points over the previous year. Continue Reading →