We've asked the NextEnergy team to share the industry-related news, stories and information that have grabbed their attention this month. We hope you find it useful!

Jim Saber, President and CEO

What he’s reading: Fuel Cells Powering Through During Global Pandemic

Source: Advanced Clean Tech News

What makes it interesting: Good update on fuel applications and the industry activities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Angella Durkin, COO

What she’s reading: Next Chapter for Smart Cities is Practical, Equitable

Source: Government Technology

What makes it interesting: The future of smart cities isn’t just about exciting new emerging tech, it’s about how that tech can solve practical problems for all people everyday. As this article states moving forward smart city trends are about performance, efficiency and equity.

Latonya Binford, Accountant

What she’s reading: COVID-19 And Cash Flow Management

Source: Strategic Finance Magazine

What makes it interesting: Several timely strategies of managing small business cash flow during the pandemic are discussed. The most interesting is the 80/20 rule: identify 20% of the customers that bring in 80% of the company’s revenue and focus on meeting their needs and revenue collection. These strategies are most necessary, as small businesses across the country are suffering due to sudden shut down because of the pandemic.

Wayne Snyder, Director, Technology Development

What he’s reading: Automated Vehicle Systems Perform Poorly in AAA Tests

Media: Autobeat

What makes it interesting: The AAA real-world scenario tests are in and it doesn’t look good for level 2 automated vehicle technologies. Conclusion: more testing and validation is needed to bring these systems to market safely.

Eric McDonald, Director, Facilities & Infrastructure Development

What he’s reading: Is the solar industry prepared for a wave of end-of-life inverters?

Media: Solar Power World

What makes it interesting: Globally, over 4 GW of commercial and utility scale solar installations are expected to fail this year. Those solar installations were constructed 10 to 15 years ago during a boom in solar construction. The inverters driving those installations are reaching their end-of-life and few were installed with any type of monitoring or sensors. Will any property managers be doing field checks? What happens with all those failed inverters?

Tim Slusser, Director, Smart Mobility Initiatives

What he’s reading: Felecia Pryor CHRO @ BorgWarner: ‘It’s OK to see color’

Media: Crain’s Detroit Business

What makes it interesting: Felecia Pryor offers an interesting perspective on diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

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