According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, renewable energy sources provided 17% of electricity generated in the U.S. during 2017, and the International Energy Agency projects that by 2040, 40% of power usage across the globe will come from renewable energy. These increases in renewable energy reflect a shift in perspective among consumers and energy providers who seek to minimize reliance on limited and unsustainable resources, such as fossil fuels and nuclear power. By integrating renewable energy wind farms, solar panels, and geothermal power plants, the power sector is redefining the energy grid into a clean resource that will support its growing consumer base with sustainable longevity.
Dealing in the back-end of production on medical devices, we, as technical professionals, want to provide technology that makes safety and operability in medical care a top priority while still providing ease and comfort to the patient. With increasingly delicate medical procedures on the horizon, how do we tackle this issue and where in the game does the tech industry fall?
In the United States, 99% of farms are operated by families and 90% of these are small farms ranging in size from 200 to 250 acres, according to the last 2012 UDSA census. There is a huge opportunity for the Internet of Things (IoT) to transform the extensive range of equipment and vast expanses of land inherent to the agriculture sector, specifically in these family-owned farms. IoT innovations for small agricultural operations can significantly increase profit margins by minimizing the need for manual labor with automation, expediting machinery commands with remote and real-time monitoring, and allowing farmers to utilize resources more efficiently with preventative maintenance and environmental prediction.
Bike-sharing programs have proven to make a positive impact on cities by promoting healthy lifestyles, encouraging urban exploration, building community, and providing an environmentally friendly commuting option. According to Business Insider, the number of shared bikes for public use around the world tripled between 2013 and 2016, and their success is rooted in the effectiveness of program design. Some of the major considerations that go into designing a bike-sharing program include where docking stations are distributed throughout each city, payments and cost-per-rental, bike design, bike maintenance, bike access, and safety features, to name a few.