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NREL Boosts Battery Power and Durability using nanotubes.

June 20, 2014

NREL's Energy Storage group, working with Energy Department, automotive battery developers, and car manufacturers, aim to enhance performance and durability of advanced lithium-ion batteries via crystalline nanotubes and nanorods to enable clean, secure transportation future. Scientists at NREL are able to create useful objects as well as guide their formations into particular shapes. Nanotubes and nanorods can be combined to aid battery charging while reducing swelling and shrinking. Read More

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EPA Identifies Safer Substitutes for toxic flame retardants.

June 20, 2014

U.S. EPA announced safer alternatives, as identified through Design for the Environment (DfE) Alternatives Assessment Program, to flame retardants hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) and pentabromodiphenyl ether (pentaBDE) used in such products as building insulation and products with flexible polyurethane foam. Respectively, report on alternatives to HBCD and updated draft report on alternatives to pentaBDE name butadiene styrene brominated copolymer and oligomeric phosphonate polyol. Read More

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EPA Requires Ford to Correct Fuel Economy for 6 vehicle models.

June 20, 2014

To correct errors found in internal audit, Ford Motor Company is revising fuel economy estimates for 6 of its vehicle models. Fuel economy labels on affected vehicles must be corrected within 15 days. Ford will re-label 4 versions of Ford Fiesta, Hybrid and Energi versions of Ford Fusion, C-Max Hybrid and Energi, and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. Most labels will change between 1 and 5 mpg. Also, Ford has agreed to implement enhanced validation tests for future vehicles under EPA oversight.
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AIM Summit 2014 brings together AIDC industry leaders.

June 20, 2014

AIM Summit 2014, scheduled for September 8, 2014 in Washington, D.C., will bring together world leaders in automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) industry. This year's event will highlight latest technologies and industry trends as well as case studies, standards, and advances impacting organizations worldwide. Optional sessions, will let attendees participate in meetings of AIT Alliance and RAIN RFID Alliance. Registration is open to both members and non-members. Read More

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AEM launches exclusive online REACH training.

June 20, 2014

Available through AEM's Market Access Pathway training platform, REACH training will educate members about compliance with REACH regulations that could otherwise cut off global access to highly regulated markets. Training modules will teach companies and the vendors in their supply chain how to document substances used in manufacturing, their origin, and concentrations in each product. REACH lists 151 substances on its Substances of Very High Concern list and is expected to cover 440 by 2020. Read More

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BIO Seeks Papers for 2014 biotechnology and Bioenergy conference.

June 20, 2014

BIO invites biotechnology, chemical, and agricultural industry leaders to submit proposals and abstracts for panels, individual papers, and poster presentations for 2014 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy, which will take place December 7–9, 2014 in San Diego, CA. Participants may submit proposals for panels in any of 5 program tracks, and individuals may also submit one proposal for 15 min presentation in any of program tracks. Read More

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AAMA releases guidelines for skylight installation.

June 19, 2014

AAMA has published AAMA 1607, Voluntary Installation Guidelines for Unit Skylights." This document provides guideline for installing pre-assembled unit skylights onto roof. Intent of standard is to educate by providing clear illustrations and concise commentary on the principles involved to facilitate effective installation practice, when unit manufacturer has not provided such detail in their instructions. Proper preparations and roof safety also are addressed within standard. Read More

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SME and 3D Systems Collaborate on M.Lab21 initiative.

June 19, 2014

SME and 3D Systems announced collaborative M.Lab21 initiative, which aims to enhance high school industrial arts and vocational education classes by offering starter kits intended to transform shop classes and incorporate additive manufacturing into curriculums. While 3DS will provide starter kits with 3D design and printing technology, SME will work with industry experts to identify knowledge and skills necessary for next generation workforce and develop curriculum based on those needs. Read More

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OPC Day Europe 2014 focused on link between automation and IT.

June 19, 2014

With motto of "IT meets Automation", OPC Day Europe 2014 focused on consistent communication from sensor to IT cloud level, all with integrated security. Total of 190 participants from 16 countries were able to catch up on OPC UA technology as well as its distribution and application. During pre-conference, experts gave presentations on interoperability in data and information exchange that is independent from the manufacturer, operating system, and language. Read More

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ASC challenges DTSC Priority Product profile.

June 18, 2014

Questioning both inaccurate and incomplete information referenced in the Department of Toxic Substance Control’s Priority Product profile for spray polyurethane foam systems, ASC urged Department officials to remove the document from their website until all corrections were made. ASC also urged DTSC to consider developing an external advisory committee—comprised of experts familiar with the products under review—to evaluate documents for accuracy before they are made public. Read More

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AEM applauds Obama for signing water infrastructure bill.

June 18, 2014

AEM President Dennis Slater welcomed news that President Obama signed into law a $12.3 billion bipartisan water resources bill that will improve U.S. infrastructure, contribute to economic growth, and bolster international trade. Water Resources Reform and Development Act reforms how federal government funds and selects critical water infrastructure projects and streamlines environmental review and permitting process to greatly diminish wait times when undertaking construction projects. Read More

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A4A applauds House Homeland Security Committee action.

June 18, 2014

A4A applauded action that would require US Customs and Border Protection to assess impact any future preclearance facilities will have on security, passengers, economy, and customs staffing at US gateway airports. Bill creates notifications and certifications CBP must make to Congress before establishing preclearance facilities. Notably, any new location must be served by US carriers and CBP would be required to consult with stakeholders prior to entering into agreement with foreign government. Read More

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HI Webinar addresses dual gas seals.

June 18, 2014

Hydraulic Institute, in collaboration with Henri Azibert, Technical Director of the Fluid Sealing Association, has developed webinar session focused on how dual gas seals improve pump system reliability and performance. Engineers from a diverse array of industries will learn about the in-depth influences. Scheduled for June 24th, webinar will begin at 1:00 pm EDT and will be led by Jason Ferris, Manager of Product Development, Flowserve Corporation. Read More

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NREL Campus showcases high-performance, sustainable buildings.

June 18, 2014

At NREL's Golden, CO campus, research teams developed office and lab spaces that also serve as demonstrations for how high-performance, sustainable buildings and campuses should be designed, constructed, and operated. Construction involved integrated project teams from various disciplines – construction managers, sustainability professionals, building research engineers – focusing on design and construction of facilities that meet needs of growing labs and energy performance requirements. Read More

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NEMA, AASHTO, and ITE release NTCIP 1209 v02.

June 18, 2014

NEMA, AASHTO, and ITE have published National Transportation Communications for ITS Protocol 1209 v02, Object Definitions for Transportation Sensor Systems. NTCIP 1209 v02 includes requirements for communicating between TSS field devices and host or central systems that control and monitor TSS. TSS data describes certain traffic parameters including accurate, near real-time information on traffic flow. It may be acquired using field devices that rely on various technologies to detect vehicles. Read More

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IREC Opens Application Period for expanded 3iAwards.

June 17, 2014

IREC's 3iAwards recognize innovative people, projects, and programs that promote and accelerate sustainable growth of renewable energy. This year, annual awards honor best in renewable energy and energy efficiency via Closing the Divide Award category. Selection of awardees will be determined by public via online open voting (July 14 to August 11) to raise greater awareness and acknowledgement of applicants and winners. Applications will be accepted through July 7, 2014 in 5 categories. Read More

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FIIC Construction-Chambers Federation aids CONEXPO Latin America.

June 17, 2014

Construction chambers and top construction contractors across Latin America will gather at CONEXPO Latin America (October 21–24, 2015) in Santiago, Chile as Inter-American Federation of the Construction Industry (FIIC) lends supports with co-location of FIIC Board of Directors meeting. AEM president Dennis Slater called this co-location "a wonderful opportunity to bring these industry leaders closer together with our members, and to strengthen our working relationship with FIIC." Read More

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NREL Finds Up to 6-cent Per Kilowatt-Hour Extra Value via CSP.

June 17, 2014

"Estimating the Value of Utility-Scale Solar Technologies in California Under a 40% Renewable Portfolio Standard" finds that Concentrating Solar Power (CSP), which can store energy for several hours or more, helps maintain firm capacity when sun is below horizon. According to this report by NREL, CSP can thusly add additional value of 5 or 6 cents per kilowatt hour to utility-scale solar energy in California. This means that at peak demands, CSP can help lower electricity bills. Read More

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FAA approves first commercial UAS flights over land.

June 17, 2014

FAA has given approval for energy corporation BP and unmanned aircraft systems manufacturer AeroVironment to fly an AeroVironment Puma AE for aerial surveys in Alaska. Hand-launched UAS is about 4 ½ ft long with wingspan of 9 ft. Using information generated by Puma’s sensors, BP hopes to target maintenance activities on specific roads and infrastructure, which will save time and support safety and operational reliability goals, while helping to protect the sensitive North Slope environment. Read More

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Electronics Industry Leaders endorse pro-manufacturing bill.

June 17, 2014

Top executives from leading electronics companies across the U.S. were in Washington, D.C. for IPC IMPACT 2014, educating Congress and other policymakers on key policy issues that are critical to the electronics industry and their communities. Among the issues on their agenda, members of IPC called on Congress to pass the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act of 2013 (H.R. 2996 and S. 1468), which would establish a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation. Read More