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Lake Forest, Calif.—National Monitoring Center (NMC) recently unveiled its new website, designed to support its strategic goal to provide an exceptional experience to dealers and integrators through an intensive focus on quality, simplicity and consistency.“The primary goal was to enhance value by creating a unified platform that improved visibility, functionality, and ease of access to information,” NMC President, Woodie Andrawos said in the announcement. “This website achieves this and demonstrates NMC’s unwavering commitment to developing opportunity for our dealers.”The multi-phase project involved feedback from dealers and integrators, as well as NMC sales, customer service representatives, engineering, commissioning, onboarding, operations, dealer relations, and management teams. The professional development team used the insights and pain points to identify new opportunities as a clear context for design and navigation.Goals for the new NMC website included:Simplifying the site by reducing options to the most critical actions allowing users tonavigate easily to the appropriate pageEnhancing, highlighting, and streamlining dealer and integrator tools and resourcesIncrease value as a repository of thought-leadership, tools, and appsIntegrating functionality and features to create a seamless user experienceThe new website represents an intuitive market-leading platform that allows users to quickly access information and capabilities that support business growth.“The launch of the new website has been hugely successful and will allow our partners to respond to changing and growing monitoring needs with informed agility,” Andrawos added. “It is a new era in the security industry and we are excited to move forward with a platform that complements the new dynamic,”To view the new website, click here.National Monitoring Center (NMC), a Netwatch Group Company, is the premier third party monitoring company in the United States with monitoring centers in CA and TX. As part of The Netwatch Group, NMC expands its suite of wholesale monitoring services with proactive video monitoring, exclusively available through its channel partners. For further information, please call 877-353-3031 or email at sales@NMCcentral.com.

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Power generation turbine maker General Electric (GE) has sued its historic rival Siemens Energy in federal court, alleging Siemens gained and then used GE’s trade secrets to win a bidding contest with a turbine customer.

The lawsuit filed in Virginia federal court accuses a Siemens employee of somehow getting GE trade secrets through an email, then sending them out to dozens of colleagues in the company. Siemens allegedly used that information to win a gas turbine supply and maintenance contract in that state worth up to $340 million.

Other news reports, such as Reuters, indicated the customer for the gas turbines was Dominion Energy.

Siemens has denied any wrongdoing, saying once it discovered the trade secrets the action was identified and the employees involved were disciplined and separated from the company, according to reports.

GE, however, alleged that Siemens waited 16 months before disclosing the theft to its rival, according to the federal court lawsuit.

“The resulting harm to GE is not limited to the loss of the Virginia contract,” reads the complaint. “The trade secrets misappropriated by Siemens are relevant to at least eight other gas turbine contracts that Siemens unfairly won over GE’s competing bid in the sixteen-month period before it first notified GE.”

GE and Siemens join Mitsubishi Power as the three largest global manufacturers of power generation turbines both for gas-fired and coal-fired generation. All three companies date their origins back to the 19th century.

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ARLINGTON, Va.—The first-ever, all-digital CES 2021 made history as the largest digital tech event with approximately 2,000 companies taking part in the global virtual expo.Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), the all-digital CES 2021 featured product launches from startups to tech giants and security companies, keynotes from global industry leaders and more than 100 hours of conference programming covering topics such as privacy, the future of AI and health care, autonomous transportation, trends in retail and tech policy.“The all-digital CES 2021 engaged the global tech community to experience innovation, make connections and conduct business,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CTA. “CES showed how the pandemic accelerated the arc of innovation and illustrated the resilience and innovative spirit of our industry. From the latest innovations for the home and entertainment, and advances in 5G, vehicle technology, AI and digital health, the technologies at CES 2021 will pave the way for a brighter tomorrow.”Nearly 2,000 companies launched products during the all-digital CES 2021, including almost 700 startups from 37 countries. “The industry came together digitally at CES 2021. This was a medium for companies to make announcements, launch products and connect with their audiences,” said Karen Chupka, executive vice president, CES. “The all-digital format brought new voices to the tech conversation.”  Keynote AnnouncementsIndustry leaders took to the all-digital CES keynote stage to make major announcements, including:Verizon: Hans Vestberg, chairman and CEO of Verizon, demonstrated the immersive 5G experience across sports, education, connected communities and live music, and announced partnerships with the NFL, UPS, Live Nation Clubs and Theaters, The Met and the Smithsonian.General Motors: Mary Barra, chairman and CEO of General Motors (GM), launched new product lines from GM, including the Cadillac eVTOL, a concept air taxi; and a new business unit devoted to electrifying the goods delivery market.AMD: Dr. Lisa Su, president and CEO of AMD, revealed the new Ryzen 5000 series mobile processors with two categories – the H-series, for laptops intended for gaming and content creation and the U-series, for ultraportable notebooks.Best Buy: Corie Barry, CEO of Best Buy, shared how the company shifted during the pandemic and put the customer in control of buying, whether from home, curbside or in person.Future Reimagined: Michael Miebach, CEO of Mastercard, and Julie Sweet, CEO of Accenture, predicted tech trends they expect to see over the next decade.Walmart: Doug McMillon, CEO of Walmart, discussed ways 5G, AI and robotics will change the business; how Walmart pivoted to keep employees healthy and customers satisfied; and the company’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.Microsoft: Brad Smith, president of Microsoft, gave his vision on ensuring cyber security and customer privacy protection, and discussed the tech industry’s responsibility to exercise our conscience.Key Themes at CES 2021The all-digital CES 2021 featured groundbreaking innovation that will improve our world, from health to safety, sustainability and accessibility.Tech Innovation Accelerated by COVID-19Tech companies innovated during the pandemic, with companies at CES 2021 featuring smart masks, disinfecting robots, body sensors that detect COVID-19 symptoms and smart air filtration systems.Consumer Privacy and TrustThe heads of privacy at Amazon, Google and Twitter discussed new privacy regulations and the need to increase consumer trust, stating that tech companies must give users more control over their data.Diversity CommitmentCTA continued its commitment to driving diversity in tech with its latest investment, announcing an investment in VC fund Plum Alley. This is part of its $10 million commitment to venture firms and funds that invest in women, people of color and other underrepresented entrepreneurs. Plum Alley invests in founding teams of women, and women and men and has an impressive representation of women founders from many backgrounds and ethnic groups in the STEM fields including Dr. Jennifer Doudna, who recently won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. CTA announced its $10 million funding commitment on stage at CES 2019.Content can be accessed on demand through Feb. 15, 2021. CES 2022 will take place in person in Las Vegas, and digitally, Jan. 5-8, 2022.

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In its Workforce of the Future report two years ago, research and consulting firm Deloitte highlighted the challenges facing all sectors as we enter what its calls “Industry 4.0,” a sort of fourth industrial revolution but this time led by digitalization, automation and predictive analytics.

The next POWERGEN+ virtual series will focus on the future power plant workforce needs, how to manage crews during the pandemic and, worth noting, the present heavy lifting already being done by operations and maintenance personnel. Registration is free, open to the industry, and sessions are both live and archived for one year.

More information on session specifics and presenters is forthcoming. POWERGEN is always on the lookout for utilities and their partners which can speak to their peers about projects, case studies and every facet of power generation from the plant to the turbine and beyond.

Below is the calendar for editorial sessions in  the February 17-18 series of POWERGEN+. Go to powergenplus.com for registration and more information.

February 17-18

Theme: Workforce and Asset Management

–               Session 1: Future Power Plant Workforce Needs and Challenges

–               Session 2: Planning and Conquering Power Plant Outages

–               Session 3: COVID 19 Era Workforce  

–               Session 4: Asset Management for Plant Life Extension  

In April, POWERGEN+ will tackle issues on optimizing plant performance and digital transformation in the industry, both in the facilities and on remote. Check in with Power Engineering for more details later.

Previous POWERGEN+ sessions have focused on issues such as the future of hydrogen-fired generation, cybersecurity, on-site power, maintenance needs and more. Utilities which have presented in the 2020 POWERGEN+ sessions include Grand River Dam Authority, AES, AEP, Avista, Ameren, Georgia Power, Cordova (Alaska) Electric Cooperative, National Grid, Vistra Energy and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, among others. Sponsoring and presenting companies represented include Mitsubishi Power, Wartsila, UBC Millwrights and Siemens, among others.

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By combining large amounts of low-fidelity data with smaller quantities of high-fidelity data, nanoengineers have developed a new machine learning method to predict the properties of materials with more accuracy than existing models. Crucially, their approach is also the first to predict the properties of disordered materials — those with atomic sites that can be occupied by more than one element, or can be vacant.

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The remote workforce phenomenon, brought on by COVID-19 and stay-at-home directives in many of the hardest hit states, has changed, possibly forever, how companies and organizations do business. According to Gartner Research’s recent report on Remote Work, more than 48 percent of employees will continue to work remotely post COVID-19.While there are clearly some positives for moving to a remote, or hybrid workforce model, there are also some pitfalls, or challenges, to such an approach, especially long-term.With so many people working from home in 2020, and many companies having to change the way they do business, this month’s SSN News Poll looked to see if the remote workforce movement is just a trend or something that is here to stay in 2021 and beyond.When asked the big question – is your company considering staying with a remote or hybrid workforce? – 63 percent said “yes,” with another 5 percent still considering it (saying “not yet”), and only 33 percent saying “no.” The top benefits of going with this approach for respondents included being more adaptable and nimble (42 percent), creating happier employees (32 percent) and cost savings (26 percent).“The doubters that remote work would never work have been silenced,” said one respondent. “We’ve found employees are just as productive and happier since doing away with the ‘normal’ daily grind of commuting and work.”Another reader added, “Productivity has improved, occupancy rates have improved and employee morale is better. That, coupled with cost savings of lease space equals a permanent remote workforce.”While many companies are clearly moving to, or considering, a remote or hybrid workforce, for the approximately one third who are not looking at this model long-term, some of the concerns with this approach include negatively affecting company culture (70 percent), lack of accountability (20 percent) and lost productivity (10 percent).“There are certain employees and positions that will continue to operate remotely [but] it will not be full time and it will be limited,” said one respondent.  “We have seen issues with accountability and company culture with long term deployment of employees. We plan on allowing deployed workforce on limited basis, based on productivity of the individual. New employees will be office based until they have been assimilated to company culture and operating standards.”Another respondent agreed, adding, “We will come back to the office but will allow for remote days as needed.”Hopefully, the successful rollout of vaccines in the first half of 2021 will create an atmosphere that brings back business as usual. 

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Siemens Gamesa and Siemens Energy have announced plans to invest 120 million Euros ($146m) in a five-year strategy to unlock the potential of harvesting green hydrogen from offshore windpower.

The companies are collaborating on a solution to integrate an electrolyzer into an offshore wind turbine as a single synchronized system to directly produce green hydrogen.

Over the next five years, wind and renewables-focused Siemens Gamesa, part of the parent Siemens Energy, will invest 80 millions Euros, while Siemens Energy will contribute 40 million Euros to the initiative, with a view to unveiling a full-scale offshore demonstration by 2025-26.

Siemens Gamesa chief executive Andreas Nauen said the joint initiative “brings together brilliant minds and cutting-edge technologies to address the climate crisis.”

Christian Bruch

“Our wind turbines play a huge role in the decarbonization of the global energy system, and the potential of wind to hydrogen means that we can do this for hard-to-abate industries too.”

Siemens Energy chief executive Christian Bruch said that the two companies “are in a unique position to develop this game-changing solution”.

“We are the company that can leverage its highly flexible electrolyzer technology and create and redefine the future of sustainable offshore energy production.

“With these developments, the potential of regions with abundant offshore wind will become accessible for the hydrogen economy. It is a prime example of enabling us to store and transport wind energy, thus reducing the carbon footprint of economy.”

In today’s announcement, Siemens Gamesa explained it will adapt development of its SG14-222 DD offshore turbine to integrate an electrolysis system, while Siemens Energy will develop a new electrolysis product built to withstand harsh offshore maritime conditions.

Together, both companies say these measures will “create a new competitive benchmark for green hydrogen”.
The companies believe the solution will lower the cost of hydrogen by being able to run off grid, opening up more and better wind sites.

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Georgia-based utility giant Southern Co. has published a sustainable financing framework which guides it toward clean energy and social project investment.

Southern published the framework earlier this month, focusing how it allows Southern and its subsidiary utilities to issue and allocate financing and net proceeds toward investments in renewable energy, access to education and telecommunications for communities and employment advancement and development.

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The company says this framework aligns with its announced goal to become a net zero-carbon company in the future. Southern Company is one of numerous U.S. utilities to set bold, industry-leading goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its system and has set a goal of net zero emissions by 2050.

Eligible social projects under the Framework include the procurement of products and services from diverse suppliers, education assistance for minority populations, as well as economic advancement and development opportunities for underserved employees, communities and students.

The inaugural bond under the Framework, a $400 million green bond, was issued on January 8 by Southern Power Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southern Company.

Following Southern Power’s $400 million green bond offering, the Southern Company system has now issued a combined total of nearly $3.9 billion in green bonds, which ranks within the top five among all U.S. corporate green bond issuers.

In addition to Southern Power, other utility subsidiaries include Georgia Power, Alabama Power and Mississippi Power.

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