Off the Wagen

The Volkswagen Ripple Effect: job cuts, electric supply, and EU legal action Volkswagen will build its own battery and electric motor plants in Germany, aiming to supply 3 million batteries a year by 2025. The company has asserted that a quarter of its vehicles will be electric, as well. VW’s upper management has said its […]

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Nightmare Scenario in Oakland

Last weekend’s lethal warehouse fire in Oakland, which killed 36 people, is yet another reminder of the severity of electrical fires and the need to take safety measures, for those within the industry and outside of it. While nothing has been confirmed yet, all signs point towards the cause of last Saturday’s fire in Oakland being electrical. […]

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“The Shop”

Georgia powerhouse celebrates 100 years Sometimes a less quantifiable measure of success is the respect of one’s community. For Southern States LLC, which just reached 100 years of high-voltage power transmission and distribution servicing, attaining a nickname in local circles had to amount to a lot. Folks in Hampton, Georgia simply call it “The Shop”. […]

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2 Degrees of Separation

Paris Agreement goals looking lofty Even before the surprise result of the U.S. presidential election put a blanket of jeopardization over all renewable energy efforts to counter climate change, the numbers set by the Paris Climate Agreement may have been too ambitious. Greentech Media reported that the $44 trillion needed in investment to reach these numbers […]

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Lightbulb Moments

Edison’s items sold at auction The legacy of Thomas Edison is still a beacon of inspiration. Or somebody just had the bright idea that they could make some more money. Edison artifacts, including a set of his lightbulbs and the keys to his Menlo Park, N.J. laboratory, were recently sold at a Dallas auction December 3 […]

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Advances in CCS

Can sequestered carbon storage method become affordable?  In the ongoing effort to regulate carbon emissions, there’s nowhere to go but down. Scientists trying to figure out ways to keep CO2 out of the air have been developing ways to store it in the ground. This method is called carbon capture and sequestration (CCS). CCS involves […]

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Wismarq’s the Spot

Wisco company buys Allentown metals manufacturer Wismarq, a Wisconsin company, bought Prior Coated Metals on Monday, an Allentown, Pa., company that makes wire coatings. Wismarq will balance its geographical footprint with the move. It already has locations in Illinois, Tennessee, and Western Pennsylvania in addition to its headquarters in Oconomowoc, Wisc. (in between Milwaukee and Madison). The […]

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Myandering Supply Chains

Tin mine in Myanmar a place where corporate meets conflict  For Wall Street suits and corporate executives, board rooms or stock floors are battlegrounds. The analogy is not unwarranted, as a cutthroat business culture requires many professionals to approach company decisions as territorial, survival scenarios. For some perspective, though, the source of flagship products for some of the […]

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Lucky Thirteen

Energy Department announces $25 million for innovative motors Good news for the electric motor sector, as the U.S. Department of Energy announced Monday nearly $25 million for 13 projects aimed at advancing technologies for energy-efficient electric motors through applied R&D. The projects will be distributed between a variety of college institutions and businesses and will specifically target […]

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Return to Carrier

Plant will stay active; some jobs will remain in Indiana Indiana has suddenly become the center of the universe. The Hoosier State was thrust into the spotlight again this week due to more news surrounding working-class industrial jobs. On Tuesday night, Carrier—which makes heat pumps, fan coils, and other industrial equipment as well as its recognizable line of air […]

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