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Design Insights: Change is Blowing in the Wind; Thoughts on a Changing Skill Set; Looking Ahead to Motion + Power Expo

April 21, 2021
A review of the day’s top trending stories from Machine Design editors.

Change is Blowing in the Wind

The push for cleaner and sustainable energy sources has included a move to increase the use of wind power turbines. One significant area promoted by the Biden administration would increase offshore turbines.

Researchers suggest that this strategy, while fraught with uncertainty, could triple the energy output from this source by 2035. In a Machine Design article today, experts from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory said energy output would increase while the cost of that energy could drop by up to 35% by 2035.

“All else being equal, these trends will let wind play a larger role in global energy supply than previously thought while facilitating energy-sector decarbonization,” says Joachim Seel, a researcher at Berkeley Lab. “Analysts, investors, planners and policymakers should avoid outdated assumptions and forecasts.” At the same time, as documented in the survey, uncertainties in the magnitude of future cost reduction are significant, illustrating the importance of including this uncertainty in modeling, as well as in policy, planning, investment and research decisions.”

Thoughts on a Changing Skill Set

The post-pandemic world will be different from the one we were in 18 months ago. We’ve seen disruptions in supply chains, a rush to adopt technology and a re-imagining of our operational structure. How will all of this come together for the future? Saar Yoskovitz of Augury discussed the pace of change with Machine Design. The full Insider Interview with Yoskovitz also is available.

Looking Ahead to Motion + Power Expo

With optimism that we soon may be returning to live trade events after a year-long absence, the American Gear Manufacturers Association is planning its Motion + Power Technology Expo. The event, scheduled for Sept. 14-16 in St. Louis, will attract top manufacturers, suppliers, buyers and experts in the mechanical and gear power, electric power and fluid power industries. Machine Design is a media partner for this event.

The show will be co-located with the ASM Heat Treating Society Conference and Exposition.

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