Archive for November 8th, 2013

With 34,000 troops expected to return to the U.S. by 2014, manufacturers across the nation are ramping up efforts to give back to the veteran community — by helping them ease back into civilian jobs.
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In this week’s episode of This Week in Engineering, hosts Dan Hedges and Vince Penman discuss a dark matter miss, a blowtorch fueled by water, Turkey’s intercontinental sea tunnel, the Dream Chaser’s landing failure, smart glasses for the blind, and an LED WiFi system.  Read more


SwitchgrassWhen it comes to cellulosic biofuels, 2013 just might be the year “they said it couldn’t be done.” The technology, infrastructure, and know-how needed to develop biofuel from non-food crops and agricultural residues has been lagging expectations.

Problems ranging from process optimization to supply chain issues have plagued numerous efforts to bring the technology out of the lab and into commercial scale production. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reduced the original 2013 target in the Renewable Fuel Standard from 1 billion gallons to a mere 6 million.

Then the Ineos Indian River BioEnergy Center in Vero Beach, Fla., began shipping biogas made from waste. It will soon be producing 8 million gallons of ethanol a year. Read more

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