Ken’s TOP 5 Pivot Points of Week 2: Industry Information and Resources 1. Federal Smart Grid Initiatives highlights key government-sponsored programs and activities related to the development and modernization of the electric grid in the United States.Read the Consumer Data Privacy In a Networked World Report. DOE Addresses Privacy for Data Enabled by Smart Grid Technologies: Convenes Multistakeholder Process to develop Voluntary Code of Conduct.

USPTO.GOV 2.USPTO.GOV: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks. In doing this, the USPTO fulfills the mandate of Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, of the Constitution that the legislative branch “promote the progress of science and the useful arts by securing for limited times to inventors the exclusive right to their respective discoveries.” The USPTO registers trademarks based on the commerce clause of the Constitution (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3). Under this system of protection, American industry has flourished. New products have been invented, new uses for old ones discovered, and employment opportunities created for millions of Americans. The strength and vitality of the U.S. economy depends directly on effective mechanisms that protect new ideas and investments in innovation and creativity. The continued demand for patents and trademarks underscores the ingenuity of American inventors and entrepreneurs. The USPTO is at the cutting edge of the nation’s technological progress and achievement.

DOE13. Department of Energy: The mission of the Energy Department is to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions. The Energy Department’s mission speaks to all sectors of the economy. Whether your expertise is in science, technology, engineering, national security, international affairs or business, the Energy Department offers challenging and innovative work environments.

logo_ashrae 4. ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a building technology society with more than 54,000 members worldwide. The Society and its members focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability within the industry. Through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today. ASHRAE was formed as the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers by the merger in 1959 of American Society of Heating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHAE) founded in 1894 and The American Society of Refrigerating Engineers (ASRE) founded in 1904.

THERMOPEDIA 5. THERMOPEDIA: A-to-Z Guide to Thermodynamics, Heat & Mass Transfer, and Fluids Engineering. THERMOPEDIA is the gateway to resources on heat and mass transfer, fluid flow and thermodynamics. All THERMOPEDIA articles are full text and presented online in HTML with 3D Max features, animations, and films of experimental data. THERMOPEDIA articles are arranged by scientific and engineering areas and are interlinked to related topics.


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