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What We’re Reading: Energy Tech Edition

During this period where travelling and hanging out with your friends is not really an option, most people have found other ways to stay busy at home, such as reading. A few people from our staff would like to share the energy tech articles they have been reading recently while they’ve been hard at work from home.


How large-scale storage will facilitate the EV revolution

“As a novice, I found this article helpful in framing the storage concerns that aren’t mentioned in many transportation planning conversations on building EV charging infrastructure. I’m curious to see how this pilot unfolds and how the US will adapt with public/private partnerships and flexible zoning.”

Rick Stockburger: 

Energy Jobs Could Be Greener After Coronavirus

“One of the things I spend some of my free time is trying to understand the trends of “what is coming”. I’m not horribly interested in the Climate Change discussion, albeit an important one, it’s simply not my passion. What does excite me is the future of work. Where are the trends going for people to prepare themselves for life next year, 5 years, 10 years. What are my kids going to do one day, I know my parents didn’t think I’d be doinwhat I do today.

The going trend has been moving towards jobs in renewable energy, whether it’s solar installation, or electrical and mechanical engineers. They are extremely hot job markets, and as we see vehicles moving towards electrification. Many experts, including my friend Nick Loris at the Heritage Foundation are saying we have hit peak oil consumption. I’m personally agnostic to how we generate energy, but I won’t be agnostic towards growing our economy and pushing our talented young people towards opportunities to be involved in the technologies of today and tomorrow.” 

Daniel Sylak:  

BYD Unveils New Fire- & Explosion-Resistant Blade Battery

“It represents a critical advancement in technology for EV’s. BYD’s innovation addresses one of the major safety concerns for EV’s, and because we have a handful of stakeholders with ties to the EV market, this technology could eventually represent a drastic change for that market.” 


The 5 Most Promising Long-Duration Storage Technologies Left Standing

“I enjoyed this article because, as I am still getting acquainted with the field, it taught me about energy storage solutions that can supplement wind and solar power. It weighs existing options for long-duration energy storage, and predicts the ones that may prove to be sustainable for the future.”

John Galvin:  

EGEB: Europe’s North Sea is getting a huge floating wind turbine

“Wind turbines are something I’ve always been interested in. I’ve created them in my front yard before with ceiling fans to old motors for school and personal projects before. When I read that they were putting them in the ocean and were floating I became very interested. I’m curious to see these if these will come to the United States and be the future of powering our homes and businesses.”

Aaron Bonilla:  

Winning Companies Do Their Research; Four Tips To Get You Started

“I recently applied for the EDGE Summer Fellows Program which focuses on helping companies explore and validate new growth opportunities by engaging talented students and experienced business mentors in cross-functional teams. The focus is for students to do research utilizing primary and secondary market research to gain valuable insights and produce a comprehensive report as well as action steps based on well-supported industry evidence. After submitting my application and completing the inverview process I found myself asking “What is primary and secondary market research? How is it done? Where does one learn how to do it?” I initially thought that it would be part of a standard business education program, though after inquiring with a few executives that I’ve had the chance to speak with from local companies, those with business degrees had said that they did not have a class on the subject matter, did not have a recommended text book for me to learn from, and normally sought contracted experts and databases for information as needed. This made me reflect to a presentation I heard on YSU’s campus that was hosted by the Economics club during which an Owner of a local company had expressed that he needed students who could analyze his business and use the data to help him make business decisions as he could not understand what obstacles his company has been facing and how to overcome them given the “present culture” of the workforce. All of these experiences have motivated me to begin seeking a grasp on the nature of market research and potential opportunities to learn about it. This article highlights some of the useful things that I have found thus far in my search.”

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