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Engineers aim to develop more cost-efficient solar panels

Most Americans want the U.S. to place more emphasis on developing solar power, recent polls suggest, but a major impediment is the cost to manufacture, install, and maintain solar panels. The price barrier could change, however, as researchers...

Architects, entrepreneurs develop 'upcycled' roofing

Student and faculty entrepreneurs from the New York Institute of Technology plan to give new life to old water bottles with what they say is an environmentally friendly roofing design for developing nations or for emergency shelters in areas around...

Civil engineers tout biofuel byproducts use in concrete

Kansas State University civil engineers are developing a mix that they hope will reduce concrete's carbon footprint and make it stronger. Their innovative ingredient: biofuel byproducts."The idea is to use bioethanol production byproducts to a a...

Engineering researchers devise blackout preventer

A local power failure in Ohio 10 years ago caused a series of cascading power failures that resulted in a massive blackout that affected 50 million people and caused billions of dollars in damage and lost revenue. Engineering researchers at the...

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Architects West sees rise in skill center design work

Architects West Inc., a Coeur d'Alene-based architecture firm that focuses largely on education-related projects, is seeing increasing demand for design work on new skill centers and technical schools, says firm principal Kevin Jester.Meanwhile,...

Engineers test tall concrete towers for wind turbines

Grant Schmitz, eyes inches from a 6.5-foot-by-12-foot panel of ultra-high-performance concrete, studied the smooth surface for tiny cracks. He and other research engineers carefully marked every one with black markers.Schmitz, an Iowa State of a...

Architecture billings move up steadily

A market indicator used by the American Institute of Architects is reflecting a steady upturn in design activity, the organization says.Meanwhile, a study sponsored jointly by the AIA and another organization revealed a steady rise in employment...

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Design-build competitions rise

Two multimillion-dollar Spokane construction projects that emerged this spring began their conception in a design-build contest format relatively new to the Inland Northwest.For the planned $55 million Spokane Convention Center expansion and a a...

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North Idaho engineering concern grows welding school

Hayden-based AllWest Testing & Engineering LLC is expanding its testing services by growing a welding school.The company fared well during the recession with revenues balanced between the testing and engineering sides of the business and growing...

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Coeur d'Alene lighting distributor taps LED niche

Cory Turnbull, president and owner of Catalyst LEDs LLC, says the outlook for the Coeur d'Alene company is growing only brighter.Catalyst specializes in designing and distributing commercial and industrial lighting systems that use diodes, than...

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