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New ASTM Standard boosts sustainable manufacturing.

May 31, 2016

ASTM's E3012, Guide for Characterizing Environmental Aspects of Manufacturing Process, will help manufacturers incorporate more sustainable practices into production. According to ASTM's Kevin Lyons, structure and formalism provided by this standard will ensure consistency in characterizing sustainable manufacturing processes. Lyons added that use of this standard will foster transition into science-based modeling, decision-making, and production. Read More

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EPA, NIH Award $25.5 Million to aid disadvantaged communities.

May 31, 2016

U.S. EPA and National Institutes of Health (NIH) are funding research centers at 5 universities to work with local communities to better understand ways to improve environmental conditions for vulnerable populations. Each university will establish one center of excellence on environmental health disparities research with focus on understanding relationships between biological, chemical, environmental, genetic/epigenetic, and social factors. Read More

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State DOTs increase roadway design flexibility.

May 31, 2016

Resolution adopted by committee comprised of engineers that represent state DOTs directs development of more flexible highway and street design guidance. AASHTO's Standing Committee on Highways approved said resolution during its annual spring meeting. Formally known as "A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets," AASHTO's Green Book consists of research-based, peer-developed guidance that serves as basis for design of roads on National Highway System and state/local roads. Read More

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NEMA Lauds CoStar Group for publicizing building energy use.

May 31, 2016

Announced as part of broader partnership with U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as part of President Obama’s Better Buildings Initiative, CoStar Group will publicize building energy performance information in its commercial real estate listings. NEMA President and CEO said this action, "will accelerate investments in energy-efficient products and building operations that support local construction and manufacturing jobs.” Read More

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Middle Schoolers gather for NREL-sponsored competition.

May 31, 2016

On May 14, middle schoolers converged on Littleton, CO for the annual Junior Solar Sprint and Lithium Ion Battery Car competitions. There, 57 student teams from 15 Colorado middle schools gathered at Dakota Ridge High School gymnasium to test cars—and their visions of the future. Sponsored by NREL, Alliance for Sustainable Energy, Jeffco Public Schools, and Dakota Ridge High School, race is designed to boost interest in science, technology, engineering, and math fields. Read More

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IPC Applauds Congressional Action on chemical safety bill.

May 27, 2016

IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries® applauded U.S. Congress for taking final steps toward passage of Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (HR 2576/S 697). Specifically, IPC applauded said bill's provisions that strengthen federal preemption of state chemicals regulations. Bill also includes language sought by IPC calling for negotiated rulemaking to reduce TSCA burdens on byproducts sent for recycling. Read More

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NEMA X-Ray Equipment Standard helps enhance patient safety.

May 27, 2016

NEMA published NEMA XR 31-2016 Standard Attributes on X-ray Equipment for Interventional Procedures. Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance, a division of NEMA, developed standard using MITA Smart Dose Interventional technology. Standard offers healthcare providers a reference to identify key features which contribute to enhanced patient care and to help manage patient radiation dose delivery, while still enabling system to provide sufficient image quality needed by physician. Read More

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National Labs gather at NREL for innovative summit.

May 26, 2016

Fostering clean energy technologies requires collaboration between industry, Energy Department, and its 17 national laboratories. Nearly 300 people attended the National Lab Impact Initiative Summit which is an outgrowth of the National Laboratory Impact Initiative. Part of Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, initiative emphasizes commercializing technology developed within labs and helping those in academia or industry use lab resources to bring ideas to market. Read More

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Optica Article shows practicality of optical atomic clocks.

May 26, 2016

Published in The Optical Society's journal Optica, "Realization of a timescale with an accurate optical lattice clock" shows optical atomic clocks could offer practical replacement for microwave atomic clocks for global time keeping. Researchers also measured optical clock frequency with unprecedented precision. More accurate global time keeping could allow financial networks to handle more transactions in shorter periods and greater satellite-based navigation system precision. Read More

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NEMA May 2016 EBCIs show gradual increases.

May 26, 2016

NEMA's Electroindustry Business Conditions Index (EBCI) rose to 53.3 points in May from 50 in April. While 20% of panelists reported conditions improved in May (comparable to April’s 19%), 13% reported business environment worsened (down April's 19%). Intensity of change increased to +0.2 from 0.0, and EBCI for future North American conditions also improved by climbing to 56.7 from 53.1. Of those reporting, 27% had positive expectations for next 6 months as opposed to 19% one month ago. Read More

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EPA announces grants to clean up contaminated sites.

May 25, 2016

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy announced selection of 218 new grant investments totaling $55.2 million to 131 communities across the United States. Going to communities that are underserved and economically disadvantaged, Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund and Cleanup grants will provide funding necessary to assess, clean up and redevelop contaminated properties, boost local economies, and leverage jobs while protecting public health and the environment. Read More

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NREL Innovation Challenge crowdsources buildings.

May 25, 2016

Launched by NREL along with industry partner CLEAResult as part of DOE JUMP initiative, Call for Innovation will focus on ideas and topics related to residential buildings. Concepts will be evaluated by judges, and there will also be public voting via JUMP website. Winning innovation will be awarded $3,000 cash prize and in-kind support from CLEAResult. Members of the general public, according to NREL senior engineer Lieko Earle, are encouraged to submit their best ideas.<br /> Read More

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MESA Announces Winners of award for MESA contributions.

May 23, 2016

Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) International announced Jimmy Asher of Savigent Software and Conrad Leiva of iBASEt as winners of 2016 Outstanding Contribution to MESA Award, which recognizes effort and dedication of individuals whose personal contributions benefited MESA. Mike Yost, MESA President, thanked Asher and Leiva for setting "an example with their dedication and leadership" and noted how "their efforts benefit our entire community." Read More

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SME Education Foundation honors president's lifetime achievements.

May 23, 2016

SME Education Foundation bestowed its Lifetime Achievement Award upon its president, Brian Ruestow, for his longtime commitment to SME and ongoing efforts to prepare youth for advanced manufacturing careers. Member since 1975, Ruestow has long been involved with SME and recognized on numerous occasions for his work. Along with SME&#39;s Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award (1988), Ruestow also received Joseph A. Siegel Service Award (2009). Read More

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DOE awards IREC $2.2 M for solar training.

May 20, 2016

U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative announced that IREC has received funding under the Solar Training and Education for Professionals (STEP) program. Throughout project, IREC and its industry partners will coordinate outreach and develop solar training resources designed to target 100,000 professionals in the building code, inspection, and firefighting sectors. At the end of the 2-year project, IREC aims to deliver direct training to 10,000 individuals. Read More

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NASA's New Widget helps locate ISS for viewing from Earth.

May 20, 2016

Companion tool to NASA&#39;s Spot the Station service facilitates information sharing regarding where and when to see the International Space Station (ISS) from Earth. Created by International Space Station Program, this widget can be embedded by organizations on their websites to make said service available for those who want to view the station as it flies overhead. At spotthestation.nasa.gov/widget, visitors can test this widget and find instructions on how to embed it. Read More

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EPA proposes increase in renewable fuel levels.

May 20, 2016

EPA proposed increases in renewable fuel volume requirements across all types of biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard program. Total renewable fuel volumes would grow by nearly 700 million gallons from 2016&ndash;2017. Advanced renewable fuel, which requires 50% lifecycle carbon emissions reductions, would grow by nearly 400 million gallons from 2016&ndash;2017. Biomass-based biodiesel, which must achieve at least 50% lifecycle emissions reductions, would grow by 100 million gallons from 2017&ndash;2018. Read More

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NREL helps DOE assess progress of SunShot Initiative goals.

May 20, 2016

Analysts and researchers at NREL played a significant role in a suite of studies released by DOE&#39;s SunShot Initiative that identify the progress made by the U.S. solar energy industry toward SunShot&#39;s goal of achieving cost parity with traditional energy sources by 2020. Focused on the lessons learned in the first 5 years of the 10-year Initiative, On the Path to SunShot series reports identify key research, development, and market opportunities that must be addressed in the coming years. Read More

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DOE/DOT Collaboration advances smart transportation systems.

May 20, 2016

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Department of Transportation (DOT) are collaborating to accelerate research, demonstration, and deployment of innovative transportation and alternative fuel technologies. Researchers at NREL have provided research and analysis on smart transportation systems and significantly contributed to development of DOE&#39;s SMART Mobility consortium. DOE and DOT are also among several groups working with NREL to advance its Sustainable Mobility Initiative. Read More

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NREL Announces Winners of 26th Solar and Lithium-Ion Car Races.

May 19, 2016

In total, 57 teams from 15 Colorado middle schools competed in 26th Annual Junior Solar Sprint and Lithium-Ion Battery car competitions. Students were required to race solar- and lithium-ion battery powered vehicles they designed and built. Ken Caryl Middle School (Littleton) swept first place in fastest solar-powered model car as well as fastest lithium-ion battery powered model car categories. Trophies were also awarded based on technology, craftsmanship, and innovation. Read More