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ionized in a series, generating an electric current.[1] Power generation from solar PV has long been seen as a clean sustainable energy technology which draws upon the planet’s most plentiful and widely distributed renewable energy source – the sun. The direct conversion of sunlight to electricity occurs without any moving parts or environmental emissions during operation. Physics - A science that deals with matter and energy and their interactions. Plastics - Synthetic material made from a wide range of organic polymers such as polyethylene, PVC, nylon, etc., that can be molded into shape while soft and then set into a rigid or slightly elastic form. Plug N Play Assemblies - A plug and play device or computer bus, is one with a specification that facilitates the discovery of a hardware component in a system without the need for physical device configuration or user intervention in resolving resource conflicts. Political Science - Political science is a social science discipline that deals with systems of government and the analysis of political activity and political behavior. It deals extensively with the theory and practice of politics which is commonly thought of as the determining of the distribution of power and resources. Power Management & Conservation - Energy conservation refers to reducing energy consumption through using less of an energy service. Energy conservation differs from efficient energy use, which refers to using less energy for a constant service. For example, driving less is an example of energy conservation. Driving the same amount with a higher mileage vehicle is an example of energy efficiency. Predictive Maintenance (PdM) - Techniques designed to help determine the condition of in-service equipment in order to predict when maintenance should be performed. This approach promises cost savings over routine or timebased preventive maintenance, because tasks are performed only when warranted. The advantage of using this technique provides for having equipment available for use when needed rather than running until failure, when failure can be disastrous both to product and equipment. Predictive Simulation/Modeling – A commonly used statistical technique to predict a stastical model of future behavior. Predictive modeling solutions are a form of data-mining technology that works by analyzing historical and current data and generating a model to help predict future outcomes. In predictive modeling, data is collected, a statistical model is formulated, predictions are made, and the model is validated (or revised) as additional data becomes available. http://www.gartner.com/it-glossary/predictive-modeling/ Proactive Quality-Acting before a situation becomes a source of confrontation or crisis. In proactive development you solve matters before they become an issue. You generally spend more times on the optimizations (for example, improved security or caching of everything). Proactive development makes developments more stable. There are some things that should always be done in a proactive mode, for example, backups, privacy concerns and basic security issues. Problem Solving – A preferred method to determine root cause issues, rather than making assumptions and spending a tremendous amount of time and energy on firefighting problems that usually only delays the reoccurrence of the same problem rather than eliminating the root cause. It consists of using generic or ad hoc methods, in an orderly manner, for finding solutions to problems. Process improvement - Process improvement is an aspect of organizational development (OD) in which a series of actions are taken by a process owner to identify, analyze and improve existing business processes within an organization to meet new goals and objectives, such as increasing profits and performance, reducing costs and accelerating schedules. These actions often follow a specific methodology or strategy to encourage and ultimately create successful results. Process improvement may include the restructuring of company training programs to increase their effectiveness. Process improvement is also a method to introduce process changes to improve the quality of a product or service, to better match customer and consumer needs. Product Delivery - The process of transporting goods from a source location to a predefined destination. There are different delivery types. Cargo (physical goods) are primarily delivered via roads and railroads on land, shipping lanes on the sea and airline networks in the air. Certain specialized goods may be delivered via other networks, such as pipelines for liquid goods, power grids for electrical power and computer networks such as the Internet or broadcast networks for electronic information. The general process of delivering goods is known as distribution. The study of effective processes for delivery and disposition of goods and personnel is called logistics. Firms that specialize in delivering commercial goods from point of production or storage to point of sale are generally known as distributors, while those that specialize in the delivery of goods to the consumer are known as delivery services. Product Planning - The ongoing process of identifying and articulating market requirements that define a product’s feature set. Product planning serves as the basis for decisions about price, distribution and promotion. It is the process of creating a product idea and following through on it until the product is introduced to the market. Production Line Simulation - Manufacturing represents one of the most important applications of Simulation. This tec