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Boston start-up school

August 28, 2012 Leave a comment

I often say students are not ready to meet the proffessional market when finishing university due to different reasons: the lack of practical contents, out of date proffesors, non-vocational degrees… The Boston Start-up School came up with the same conclusion, even though American education tends to be considered as a better aproach to the marketplace than the European.

As the article reads, this school offers an intensive 6-weeks course for young people seeking jobs in the city, focusing on marketing, software development, product design, and sales and business development. Moreover, classes are free since different start-ups are providing funds to have an early access to these students.

It’s likely that similar schools arise in other hi-tech cities as San Francisco, New York or Chicago, and might be a nice initiative to be held here in Europe too.

Read the original article on nyt.com: A Start-Up Tries to Prepare Students to Work in Start-Ups

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Solar energy can help to address summer peaks of demand

June 28, 2012 1 comment

One of the highest challenges utilities have to face during the hottest season is a huge increase of electricity demand. Customers all around the country, moreover in southern states as Texas, Arizona or California, turn on their air-condition machines at the same time. Utilities are then forced to supply more energy by means of running plants for a short-time, leading to a more expensive generation cost.

Some California utilities already charge electricity depending on a base/peak basis (Time of Use tariff, see previous posts). Solar energy has demonstrated to be able to reduce the electric generation cost on peak times since solar radiation is higher during these hours. If we also consider PV as a distributed generation system, benefits are even more decisive.

The Brattle Group, an energy consultancy, has analyzed “how prices would have been impacted if solar photovoltaic (PV) systems had been added to the generation mix” in Texas last year. You can consult the whole article on Shows Solar Energy as a Solution in Texas to Help Address Summer Electricity Challenges.