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NREL collaborates with Colombian oil firm.

August 14, 2013

NREL is working with Ecopetrol, the largest oil company in Colombia, to process the residue from sugar cane and palm oil harvesting into fuel ethanol for blending with gasoline. Cooperative Research and Development Agreement between NREL and Ecopetrol aims to optimize conversion process for bagasse and to analyze economic case for commercial production of biofuel from these materials. It will also include some limited study on palm rachis — the material left over after palm oil production. Read More

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Keynote Speakers Announced for 2013 NAWC Water Summit.

August 14, 2013

National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) announced headline speakers for 2013 NAWC Water Summit, which will take place October 6–9 in San Diego, CA. On October 7, Mark Halperin and John Heilemann will update attendees on USA's evolving political landscape and its impact on water industry. Thomas P.M. Barnett, as expert on globalization, impact of climate change, and role of infrastructure development, will deliver keynote on October 8. Read More

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IPC Study forecasts modest PCB growth by year's end.

August 13, 2013

According to 2012–2013 Analysis and Forecast for the PCB Industry in North America, PCB production should see return to modest growth by end of 2013. Modest growth is expected to continue through 2016, not just for North America, but also for world PCB production. Report contains current data and analysis covering rigid PCBs and flexible circuits separately, including: market size, sales growth, revenue trends from value-added services, material trends, revenue/employee, and U.S. imports/exports. Read More

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ASTM Standard to address rollers used in concrete beam tests.

August 13, 2013

ASTM WK42757, Practice for Supporting Rollers Used in Fiber-Reinforced Concrete Beam Tests, will describe design of supporting rollers to be used in beam tests conducted to assess post-crack performance of fiber reinforced concrete mixture. Proposed practice will include drawings and dimensions of rollers, type of material rollers are to be fabricated from, and operation of rollers during test, as well as method for correcting test results to account for constant, low degree of friction. Read More

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EPA screens contaminated sites for renewable energy potential.

August 12, 2013

EPA updated its RE-Powering Mapping and Screening Tool, which will now provide preliminary screening results for renewable energy potential at 66,000 contaminated lands, landfills, and mine sites across the country. Pulling from EPA databases of potentially and formerly contaminated lands, as well as partnering with state agencies from California, Hawaii, Oregon, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, West Virginia, and Virginia, RE-Powering Initiative expanded universe of sites from 24,000. Read More

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Surge in Biotech IPOs encouraging ahead of BIO Investor Forum.

August 12, 2013

BIO has opened registration for the 12th Annual BIO Investor Forum. Scheduled for Oct 8–9, 2013, event will assemble public and venture-stage growth companies, as well as top public and private equity investors, to explore investment trends and opportunities in life sciences. Forum will include Plenary Sessions, Business Roundtables, Therapeutic Workshops, Company Presentations, and Fireside Chats led by clinical thought leaders focusing on industry trends. Read More

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TRFA Annual Meeting offers 12 technical paper presentations.

August 12, 2013

Scheduled for Sept 29 to Oct 1, TRFA Annual Meeting will include 12 technical paper presentations covering topics such as: Self Healing Epoxy System for Outdoor Electrical Applications; Fluorinated Polyols for Ultra Weather Coatings; Chemical Resistant Hardeners for Civil Engineering Applications; and Acceleration of Amine-Cured Epoxy Resin Systems. Meeting will also feature Regulatory Affairs update, Global Market update, and presentation by Excellence in Thermoset Polymer Research Award winner. Read More

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ASTM Standard describes geomembrane leak location methods.

August 12, 2013

ASTM WK42576, Practice for Electrical Leak Location on Exposed Geosynthetics, is being developed by Subcommittee D35.10 on Geomembranes. Describing all field-proven electrical methods for locating leaks in installed geomembranes, standard will provide comparison of different leak location methods to assist users in deciding which is appropriate for application at hand. Potential users are design engineers, leak location contractors, geomembrane installers, regulators, and site owners. Read More

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Cement Committee to develop compressive strength test method.

August 12, 2013

ASTM Committee C01 on Cement is developing proposed standard ASTM WK42602, Test Method for Compressive Strength of Alkali Activated Coal Fly Ash and Raw or Calcined Natural Pozzolan Cement Mortars. Once approved, standard may be applied to compare different lots or sources or to monitor changes in strength given by single source of fly ash or natural pozzolan. Primary users will be producers of construction materials, independent testing laboratories, and academic research groups. Read More

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EPA finalizes 2013 Renewable Fuel Standards.

August 9, 2013

As part of ongoing effort to enhance energy security and reduce carbon pollution, EPA finalized 2013 percentage standards for fuel categories that are part of Renewable Fuel Standard program established by Congress. Final 2013 overall volumes and standards require 16.55 billion gallons of renewable fuels to be blended into U.S. fuel supply. Standard specifically requires 1.28 billion gal of biomass-based diesel, 2.75 billion gal of advanced biofuels, and 6.00 million gal of cellulosic biofuels. Read More

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Two New Fellows help guide NREL research.

August 9, 2013

As part of Research Fellows Council, Dr. Maria Ghirardi and Dr. Angelo Mascarenhas, along with 10 current members, will advise NREL executive management on strategic direction of science and technology research at the laboratory. Dr. Ghirardi is involved in basic and applied research and has had extensive experience with photosynthetic organisms. Dr. Mascarenhas is a recognized leader in characterization and physics of semiconductors, particularly those with interesting optoelectronic properties. Read More

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GE Intelligent Platforms addresses food safety at PACK EXPO.

August 9, 2013

GE Intelligent Platforms will sponsor Food Safety Summit Resource Center at PACK EXPO Las Vegas. In conjunction with sponsorship, GE Intelligent Platforms will deliver 6 presentations highlighting roles of technology and software in food safety and manufacturing. Some topics include: The New Age of the Industrial Internet, Track and Trace: Improve Food Safety by Leveraging Raw Material Intelligence, and Ensuring Operators Consistently Comply to HACCP Requirements Using Digital Work Processes. Read More

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ASTM Standards cover antimicrobial efficacy of solid copper.

August 9, 2013

Subcommittee B05.06, part of ASTM Committee B05 on Copper and Copper Alloys, is developing ASTM WK42235, Test Method for Efficacy of Copper Alloy Surfaces as a Sanitizer; ASTM WK42244, Test Method for Residual Self-Sanitizing Activity of Copper Alloy Surfaces; and ASTM WK42247, Test Method for Continuous Reduction of Bacterial Contamination on Copper Alloy Surfaces. Developed in conjunction with EPA, standards will provide base for evaluation of antimicrobial efficacy of solid copper materials. Read More

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ASTM Standard will test coatings for sewer environments.

August 9, 2013

ASTM WK33537, Practice for Operating the Severe Wastewater Analysis Testing Apparatus, covers apparatus and set of procedures that are used to create and maintain simulated sewer headspace environment to be used to test potential coatings. Testing is done with liquid phase containing prescribed acid and saline solution, and vapor phase consisting of air, humidity, and concentrated sewer gas. Temperature of test chamber is elevated to create accelerated conditions and reaction rates. Read More

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EPA updates oil and gas standards for storage tanks.

August 9, 2013

U.S. EPA issued updates to its April 2012 oil and natural gas standards for storage tanks, which allow responsible oil and natural gas production while ensuring air emissions are reduced as quickly as possible. Updates will phase in emission control deadlines, starting with high-emitting tanks first, and will provide time needed to ramp up production and installation of controls. Storage tanks that emit 6 or more tons of VOCs a year must reduce emissions by 95%. Read More

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BIO Welcomes Release of final 2013 RFS rules.

August 8, 2013

In welcoming release of final rule and 2013 Renewable Volume Obligations for Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), BIO noted how EPA's carefully balanced implementation of RFS provides advanced biofuel developers and investors with confidence that if they can produce advanced and cellulosic biofuels they will have market access. BIO's Brent Erickson also relayed importance of EPA's continued stance against outside legal and political challenges to undermine RFS. Read More

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ASTM Developing Standard for precast concrete retaining wall units.

August 8, 2013

ASTM WK38192, Specification for Wet-Cast Precast Modular Block Retaining Wall Units, is being developed by Subcommittee C27.20. According to C27 member Clint Hines, "This standard will set requirements for dimensional tolerances of individual block units and lifting device requirements for improved safety in handling and installation." Hines also noted this standard will, among other things, eliminate use of reconstituted ready-mixed concrete in production of block units. Read More

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ASTM Symposium covers graphite testing for nuclear applications.

August 8, 2013

Graphite Testing for Nuclear Applications: The Significance of Test Specimen Volume and Geometry and the Statistical Significance of Test Specimen Population (September 19–20) will focus on testing of as-manufactured graphite. Principal objectives are collecting evidence for singular reference; providing technical basis for restrictions on test specimen size in ASTM standards; providing guidance on tests for valid measure of given property; and considering development of new standards. Read More

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SPE EUROTEC® 2013 attracts 250 attendees from 28 countries.

August 8, 2013

Held at Lyon, France on July 4–5, EUROTEC 2013 was one of a series of broad-based SPE technical conferences modeled on renowned ANTEC®, which is held annually in the United States. Event included 150 presentations covering polymer materials, applications, and innovations. Attendees came from throughout Europe and from Asia and the U.S. Read More

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EPA awards $2 million to small businesses.

August 8, 2013

EPA awarded more than $2 million in contracts to 7 small businesses to develop sustainable technologies that will help protect human health and the environment. Small Business Innovation Research program funded 25 research proposals from small businesses for 6 months through last year’s Phase I contracts of $80,000. Following peer-review process, 7 Phase I recipients are being awarded Phase II contracts for up to $300,000, supporting further development and commercialization of their technology. Read More