Siemens AG and Lempäälän Energia will build a self-sufficient smart grid system in Marjamäki, Finland, Siemens announced on Tuesday morning. Project LEMENE will provide a cost-effective, environmentally friendly and secure energy supply to the community, Siemens said. The project will feature more than 15,000 solar panels, six gas motors and fuel cells. Siemens employs about […]

Iowa wind blade manufacturer TPI Composites, based in Newton, will have to pay more than $150,000 in fines after Iowa’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration identified multiple safety hazards, including fire hazards, airborne contaminants and faulty record keeping, the Des Moines Register reports. The five-month investigation determined TPI failed to provide appropriate personal protective equipment […]

The next time communities are hit by a massive flood, researchers at the University of Iowa’s hydroscience and engineering department hope critical information could be reached with a quick ask of Alexa. That wasn’t the case in 2008. June 2018 marks 10 years since floodwaters devastated a number of northeast Iowa communities. At the time, […]

Buckle up: 2025 is only seven years away. Last week Aaron Proietti, founder of Adaptivity Enterprises and a self-proclaimed futurist, offered EntreFEST conference attendees in Cedar Rapids several thoughtful predictions of what to expect from the world in less than 10 years. “The technologies that I’ve shown here are not inherently good or evil, but […]

Cedar Rapids Gazette: A Coralville company that filed for bankruptcy protection amid a dispute with its lender has let go 40 employees. Zero Energy Systems laid off its entire production staff effective today. More layoffs are expected as the company winds down operations, the company announced on Monday. Zero Energy, which makes insulated concrete walls, […]