Archive for November 24th, 2010

Rescuers pull 13 from flooded coal mine in China
The miners were trapped Sunday morning after the small Batian mine in southwest China’s Sichuan province suddenly flooded. Rescuers initially thought only 28 were trapped but made contact with the workers Monday and revised the figure upward.
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Jobs In Solar: Salesforce Developer/Administrator (Port Chester, NY)
Date: 2010-11-22, 4:39PM EST
Reply to: job-yb3bz-2074761825@craigslist.org

Our company is one of the leading solar integrators on the East Coast, and we are growing quickly. We are looking for a full-time SFDC developer / administrator to be responsible for optimizing and expanding our Salesforce environment and functionality to incorporate best practices and solutions to address immediate and future business needs.

Requirements:

B.S. in business, computer science, software engineering, MIS or equivalent work
2+ years hands-on experience with the configuration, customization, integration, and ongoing administration of Salesforce.com
Strong knowledge of page layouts, workflow rules, validation rules, triggers, reports, etc.
Experienced with other CRM and/or ERP systems (MS Dynamics GP preferred)
Strong experience with Integraions to other systems
Familiarity with Apex and Visual Force
Experience managing multiple SFDC orgs (Sandboxes)
Advanced experience with MS SQL, Excel
Experience with HTML, java, PHP, .net application languages
Experience with 3rd party tools to support business users or experience evaluating other add-on
Experience in business process analysis, workflow modeling and analytics

Ability to translate business requirements into Technical Requirements
Manage relationships with internal clients (Sales, Marketing, Customer Service, Operations), aligning with business objectives and implementing new changes
Self-starter, with thechnical creativity, integrity, and interpersonal skills
Analytical and creative, with the ability to solve problems and develop solutions accordingly

We will also consider bringing someone in on a consultant basis. Please indicate whether you are interested in working as a consultant or full-time employee.

Location: Port Chester, NY

Compensation: $60,000 – $70,000 depending on experience


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Jobs In Solar: Salesforce Developer/Administrator (Port Chester, NY)
Date: 2010-11-22, 4:39PM EST
Reply to: job-yb3bz-2074761825@craigslist.org

Our company is one of the leading solar integrators on the East Coast, and we are growing quickly. We are looking for a full-time SFDC developer / administrator to be responsible for optimizing and expanding our Salesforce environment and functionality to incorporate best practices and solutions to address immediate and future business needs.

Requirements:

B.S. in business, computer science, software engineering, MIS or equivalent work
2+ years hands-on experience with the configuration, customization, integration, and ongoing administration of Salesforce.com
Strong knowledge of page layouts, workflow rules, validation rules, triggers, reports, etc.
Experienced with other CRM and/or ERP systems (MS Dynamics GP preferred)
Strong experience with Integraions to other systems
Familiarity with Apex and Visual Force
Experience managing multiple SFDC orgs (Sandboxes)
Advanced experience with MS SQL, Excel
Experience with HTML, java, PHP, .net application languages
Experience with 3rd party tools to support business users or experience evaluating other add-on
Experience in business process analysis, workflow modeling and analytics

Ability to translate business requirements into Technical Requirements
Manage relationships with internal clients (Sales, Marketing, Customer Service, Operations), aligning with business objectives and implementing new changes
Self-starter, with thechnical creativity, integrity, and interpersonal skills
Analytical and creative, with the ability to solve problems and develop solutions accordingly

We will also consider bringing someone in on a consultant basis. Please indicate whether you are interested in working as a consultant or full-time employee.

Location: Port Chester, NY

Compensation: $60,000 – $70,000 depending on experience


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GE Ecomagination Innovation Award Winners

GE & Partners have an ongoing goal to find companies and technology that will make America’s electrical grid much smarter and efficient. GE believes that open collaboration will bring about the next generation power grid. They’re always looking for individuals, entrepreneurs and companies that are producing the next great idea when it comes to energy grid efficiency and innovation.

To foster new methods of improving the performance and efficiency of the grid GE has come up with a way to challenge and reward innovation. GE has committed $200 million dollars to foster innovation and challenge inventors to come up with ideas that can be used to improve how we use energy. The “Ecomagination Challenge” asked companies, entrepreneurs and even students to submit ideas that could contribute to creating a smarter cleaner grid. Launched July 13th 2010 the winners were announced recently and included American and international companies.

An independent panel of judges were selected including challenge advisor, Wired magazine editor Chris Anderson, GE executives, academics and technologists.

The Ecomagination Challenge picked five winners from the 4000 ideas that they were presented with during the challenge. A whopping 70,000 entrepreneurs in more than 150 countries over a 10-week period held robust conversations and presented their ideas to the judges.

GE partnered with four leading venture capital firms, Emerald Technology Ventures, Foundation Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byer and RockPort Capital, to conceive and implement the Challenge, calling for innovation ideas in three categories: Renewables, Grid and Eco Homes/Eco Buildings.

The winners of the $200 million dollar Ecomagination Challenge are:

  • Capstone Metering: Intelligent Water Meters – Carrollton, Texas: Capstone Metering applies remote communications technology to the century-old water meter. The company’s IntelliH2O is self-powered and delivers real-time water system management, which helps conserve water and eliminates the need for manual meter-readings (www.capstonemetering.com).
  • ElectricRoute: Secure Communications Network for the Electric Grid, Salem and Hollis, New Hampshire: Recognizing the substation’s unique location in the electric grid, ElectricRoute created a communications gateway point for transmission and distribution systems. Its cyber-secure, communications network infrastructure eliminates duplicate sensors and thousands of copper lines running inside the substation.
  • GridON: Controlling Power Quality in Electric Grids, Givatayim, Israel:- GridON created a fault-current-limiter to protect the electric grid from disruptions and power outages, increasing the grid’s reliability and enabling load growth and generation expansion from alternative energy sources. This technology was developed in collaboration with Bar-Ilan University and Ricor Ltd (www.gridonsystems.com).
  • IceCode: Wind Turbine Blade Anti-Icing and De-Icing, West Lebanon, NH – Seeking to break one of nature’s strongest bonds, IceCode’s technology removes ice by using high-power pulses to apply heat from the inside out. Employing this technology for wind turbines substantially reduces the amount of energy used for de-icing and eliminates downtime for ice removal and inspection. Developed in collaboration with Dartmouth College (www.icecode.com).
  • WinFlex: Inflatable Wind Turbines, Kiryat Yam, Israel: - WinFlex produces rotors for wind turbines from light, flexible and inexpensive cloth sheets made out of composite materials. This flexible rotor design reduces installation costs by at least fifty percent and shortens the return on investment to three-four years, without subsidies (http://winflex.co.il/). 

Each of these winners will receive $100,000 to develop their ideas.

Wired’s Chris Anderson said “Our grids today are where the Internet was a generation ago, with their full interactive potential still largely untapped. Just as we did with the Internet, we can make them smarter and more efficient, using the power of collaboration, open access and a hugely expanded range of entrepreneurs. The Challenge was designed to accelerate this, and show that good ideas can come from anywhere. And the number and breadth of ideas we received was indeed inspiring.”

GE said it’s investing $10 billion dollars in research and development over the next 5 years as well as doubling operational efficiency including reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Visit the Ecomagination Challenge Innovation Award winners page at Ecomagination.


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    Chevrolet to Invest $40 Million in U.S. Clean Energy Projects
    Chevrolet has committed to investing $40 million in clean
    energy projects throughout the United States during the next
    three to five years.


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    Toyota Unveils Solid State Battery Than Can Withstand High Temperatures
    Looking to gather momentum in the electric vehicle field, Toyota’s focus is also on batteries. The Japanese giant has recently unveiled a solid-state LiCoO2 (lithium cobalt oxide) battery that features higher energy density and bears temperatures of up to 100 degrees Celsius.


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    Toyota Unveils Solid State Battery Than Can Withstand High Temperatures
    Looking to gather momentum in the electric vehicle field, Toyota’s focus is also on batteries. The Japanese giant has recently unveiled a solid-state LiCoO2 (lithium cobalt oxide) battery that features higher energy density and bears temperatures of up to 100 degrees Celsius.


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    The Time Has Come for Pookie-Powered Laptops

    researchers are developing fuel cells for laptops powered by methaneForget those conventional laptop batteries with their pesky limited lifespans. A new kind of lightweight, long lasting source of power for laptops and other portable devices is at hand, in the form of a fuel cell powered by methane. Generally speaking, methane is a fossil fuel (it’s a  component of natural gas), but methane in the form of renewable biogas is also starting to break into the commercial market. So, as you noodle around on your laptop while digesting your Thanksgiving dinner, remember the words of Benjamin Franklin, and fart proudly.

    Renewable Biogas is on the Rise

    Biogas production has been exploding (hahaha sorry, couldn’t resist) across America. Biogas recycling is becoming standard at sewage treatment plants, the U.S. EPA is promoting biogas for dairy farms and other livestock operations, and the food industry is adopting biogas for food processing plants. All of these operations use biogas to power equipment on site, but in a significant step forward the Dos Rios Water Recycling Center in San Antonio, Texas has become the first municipal wastewater treatment facility to sell biogas for use off site. That opens up some intriguing possibilities for using renewable methane biogas to power the next generation of fuel cells.

    Methane Fuel Cells

    Fuel cells generate energy from a chemical reaction. Conventional fuel cells use platinum as a foundational material, but platinum is expensive, and the search has been on for cheaper materials. At the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, a team led by researcher Shriram Ramanathan has been working on a solid oxide fuel cell that does not need any platinum. Ramanathan’s team has also created a micro-scale solid oxide fuel cell that operates at the relatively low temperature of 500 degrees Celsius. This fuel cell uses methane, which is less expensive than the hydrogen used in conventional fuel cells. The next step is to develop the technology to operate at approximately 300 degrees Celsius – the “sweet spot,” according to Ramanathan – and to find common, inexpensive catalysts that can work in tandem with methane.

    Not All Farts Are Created Equal

    Ramanathan envisions a low cost, methane-powered, micro-scale fuel cell for laptops and other portable devices, but obviously it’s a long leap from methane-powered fuel cells to fuel cells that are powered straight from human farts, part of the reason being that many human farts contain no methane. Oh well, one can always dream.

    Image: Laptop by Baddog_ on flickr.com.


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    Aquamarine Power Gets $17.4 Million Investment from ABB and Others
    11/24/2010 – Wave energy developer <a href=”http://www.aquamarinepower…


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    Offshore-Wind Permits to Be Streamlined by U.S.


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    Study: Global Carbon Dioxide Emissions Continue to Rise in 2010
    Global emissions of carbon dioxide, which decreased less
    than expected in 2009, could increase by more than 3% in
    2010, according to a new study. Atmospheric concentrations
    of carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, and methane all increased in
    2009.


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    Interior Department Launches Atlantic Offshore Wind Energy Initiative
    The Department of the Interior has launched a “Smart from
    the Start” wind energy initiative to speed offshore wind
    development on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf.


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    Ford Names Markets for Focus Electric, its First All-Electric Vehicle
    The Ford Motor Company has named 20 cities that will be the
    first to sell its new all-electric Focus Electric passenger
    vehicle when it debuts in late 2011.


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    Ford Names Markets for Focus Electric, its First All-Electric Vehicle
    The Ford Motor Company has named 20 cities that will be the
    first to sell its new all-electric Focus Electric passenger
    vehicle when it debuts in late 2011.


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