October 18, 2021
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Working from home has become the norm for many engineers, but those who do so run the risk of easing into some unproductive habits, writes Jean Thilmany. In this article, Thilmany reviews five habits to avoid, including the temptation to multitask by mixing work with home tasks.
Full Story: ASME (10/18) 
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Hydrogen can now replace natural gas in some power plants. In an ASME podcast, Jeffrey Goldmeer, emergent technology director for decarbonization at GE Gas Power, discusses the advances that have made this possible.
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Spotlight on Energy
Finland's green party has adopted a "more pragmatic" view on nuclear power and now supports its inclusion in the European Union's list of "sustainable" energy sources. Nuclear provides 30% of Finland's power and the country is working for carbon neutrality by 2035.
Full Story: OilPrice (UK) (10/14) 
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Five sites are being considered to house the Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production plant, a prototype plant the UK will use to demonstrate the commercial viability of fusion energy. The sites include one in Scotland and four in England, and the project is expected to be completed in 2040.
Full Story: World Nuclear News (10/14) 
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National Grid's electric school bus in Beverly, Mass., has been one of the first to send power back to the grid, helping meet energy demands during peak times. The bus features a Proterra bidirectional battery charging system.
Full Story: Electrek (10/13) 
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China recently made headlines with the China Desert Project, which will feature up to 100 gigawatts of wind and solar capacity, but other mega hubs for renewables are also underway in West Australia, South Korea, Oman and other parts of China. The Western Green Energy Hub in Western Australia will feature up to 50GW of hybrid wind and solar for green hydrogen and green ammonia production, while the South Korea Offshore Wind Project will see 8.2GW of offshore wind added to the coast of the Korean peninsula.
Full Story: BNN Bloomberg (Canada) (10/13) 
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Innovations & Trends
The Automated Construction of Expeditionary Structures project offers the promise of giving the US Army Corps of Engineers the ability to 3D print custom-designed concrete structures in remote military areas. Plans are afoot to use the technology in the field next year and create the world's first 3D-printed vehicle bridge.
Full Story: Forbes (tiered subscription model) (10/14) 
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The number of work sites using mobile robots will increase more than fivefold by 2025, to over 53,000, according to Interact Analysis. Autonomous mobile robots are increasingly attractive because they can be quickly deployed and cost less than autonomous guided vehicles.
Full Story: Plant Engineering (10/14) 
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Unither Bioelectronics, a unit of United Therapeutics, reached a milestone with its first delivery of a lung for organ transplant via drone. The flight completed last month between two hospitals in Toronto "over a high-density urban setting and highly congested traffic area" showcased the future of organ delivery by drone, according to the company.
Full Story: eVTOL (10/14) 
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A blend of asphalt and recycled plastic is covering a section of a Ridley Creek State Park roadway in Pennsylvania. The pilot project will assess the mixture for potential benefits including durability and diverting plastics from landfills.
Full Story: Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (10/13) 
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