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Solar Radiation Database updated to cover 20 years of data.

December 5, 2012

NREL and collaborators released 20-year updated version of U.S. National Solar Radiation Database. Web-based technical report provides information about solar and meteorological data for 1,454 locations in USA and its territories. Covering years 1991–2010, updated database includes data from 2006–2010 for first time. Cloud algorithms for modeling solar radiation data are also included, along with State University of New York model for gridded data based on satellite observations. Read More

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David Shea to be recognized for communications excellence.

December 4, 2012

With 50+ years of experience as public relations practitioner, David J. Shea has been selected to receive 2012 Lauren D. Lyman Award for outstanding achievement in aerospace communications. This prize goes to journalists or public relations professionals in aviation who exhibit its namesake's standard of excellence. In addition to positions in U.S. Air Force, Shea has worked in private sector and co-authored highly praised guidebook for media relations professionals. Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry results for October 2012.

December 4, 2012

According to IPC's monthly North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments were down 1.1% in Oct 2012 from Oct 2011, and bookings decreased 9.2% year over year. Compared to previous month, rigid PCB shipments were down 12.4% and rigid bookings fell 14.3%. Flexible circuit shipments in Oct 2012 were up 15.6%, and bookings were down 18.9% compared to October 2011. Compared to previous month, flexible circuit shipments decreased 10.3% and flex bookings were down 0.5%. Read More

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NREL's Research Support Facility earns second LEED® Platinum.

December 4, 2012

Research Support Facility on campus of NREL in Golden, CO has earned its second LEED® Platinum designation for new construction from U.S. Green Building Council. LEED designation was awarded to 138,000 sq-ft RSF Expansion project, which added third wing to main office building. Between finish of initial RSF and start of expansion wing, NREL's Advanced Commercial Buildings Research team worked with design-build team and identified strategies to reduce energy use in RSF expansion by additional 17%. Read More

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Incandescent Lamp Shipments Index shows resilient third quarter.

December 4, 2012

NEMA's index for A-line incandescent lamps increased 20.2% during Q3 2012, while compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) index registered 3.3% decline compared to previous quarter. Halogen A-line lamp shipments increased 83.3% on quarterly basis, and their share increased 1.5 percentage points to 4% of combined market. CFLs posted 20.6% share (4.1 point decline from previous quarter), while share of incandescent lamps increased to 75.4%. Read More

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Louisiana Generating ordered to resolve Clean Air Act violations.

December 4, 2012

U.S. EPA and Department of Justice announced Louisiana Generating agreed to settlement at its Big Cajun II coal-fired power plant in New Roads, LA that will eliminate 27,300+ tons of harmful emissions per year. Settlement will require Louisiana Generating to spend ~$250 million to reduce air pollution as well as pay $3.5 million civil fine and spend $10.5 million on environmental mitigation. Reductions will be achieved via pollution controls, natural gas conversion, and emission caps. Read More

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Plastics Technical Conference will take place in Lyon, France.

December 4, 2012

Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) has selected Lyon, France for future site of EUROTEC® 2013, which will take place July 4–5 at Lyon’s Cité Congress Exhibition Centre. Conference will feature 200+ original, peer-reviewed presentations on such topics as automotive, composites, extrusion, injection molding, and thermoforming. Additionally, exhibition will feature displays by companies representing entire plastics industry supply chain. Read More

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EPA recommends new recreational water quality criteria.

December 4, 2012

Pursuant to U.S. District Court order and as required by Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health Act of 2000, EPA recommended new recreational water quality criteria that will help protect people during visits to beaches and waters. Science-based criteria helps states improve public health protection by addressing broader range of illness symptoms, providing more protective recommendations for coastal waters, encouraging early alerts to beachgoers, and promoting rapid water testing. Read More

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IPC supports explicit listing of printed boards in USML.

December 3, 2012

According to IPC President and CEO John Mitchell, the explicit listing of printed boards in U.S. Department's proposed revisions to Category XI (electronics) U.S. Munitions List published in the Federal Register is an important step in the right direction. For more than a year, IPC has strongly urged the government to clarify International Traffic in Arms Regulations controls on printed boards through explicit enumeration on USML. Read More

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FAA Proposes Policy to improve flight attendant workplace safety.

December 3, 2012

FAA, working with OSHA, proposed policy for addressing flight attendant workplace safety. With precedence given to FAA aviation safety regulations, it has been proposed that OSHA should be able to enforce certain occupational safety and health standards not covered by FAA. According to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, said proposal would, for first time, enable flight attendants to report workplace injury and illness complaints to OSHA for response and investigation. Read More

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BIO Thanks Senators for stance on military biofuel producers.

December 3, 2012

BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood thanked Senators Kay Hagan, Tim Johnson and co-sponsors for amending language in National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 that blocked Department of Defense's (DoD) participation in public-private partnerships to produce advanced biofuels. Greenwood said military leaders, recognizing that building domestic advanced biofuels industry to produce cost-competitive fuels is national security priority, responded by proposing public-private partnerships. Read More

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EPA appoints heads of Science Advisory Committees.

December 3, 2012

U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson has appointed 2 engineers to serve as Chairs of 2 independent Federal Advisory Committees, EPA Science Advisory Board and Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee. Dr. David Allen, an internationally recognized engineer specializing in air quality, will serve as SAB Chair, while Dr. H. Christopher Frey, an environmental engineer expert in quantitative methods for dealing with variability and uncertainty, will serve as CASAC Chair. Each will serve 2-year term. Read More

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Fiber Optic Device delivers light to individual neurons.

December 3, 2012

Created by biologists and engineers at MIT in Cambridge, MA, fiber optic tool enables neuroscientists to deliver precise points of light to 3-D section of living brain tissue. Work is a step forward in a technique that uses gene therapy to turn individual brain cells on and off with light. Described in paper published in Optical Society’s journal Optics Letters, device might be used one day to create neural prostheses that could treat conditions such as Parkinson's disease and epilepsy. Read More

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Single-Day Event offers reliable construction project leads.

November 30, 2012

FEDCon® – The Annual Market Outlook on Federal Construction will take place January 9, 2013 at in Washington, D.C. and provide attendees with authoritative, up-to-date information on future federal construction projects. Officials from federal agencies will present construction budgets for current and future years, discuss types of buildings to be designed, offer regional and international construction information, as well as detail direction of their design/construction programs. Read More

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Biofuel Organizations thank Senators for amendment.

November 30, 2012

Coalition of organizations representing farmers who grow energy crops, advanced biofuels industry which converts these feedstocks into drop-in fuels, customers who procure fuels, and national security organizations thanked Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and other co-sponsors for introducing amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013. Adopting advanced "drop-in" biofuels will help Department of Defense and the nation achieve broader national security objectives. Read More

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BIO Says NCCR Report unfairly ignores costs of imported oil.

November 30, 2012

BIO's Brent Erickson called Renewable Fuel Standard report released by National Council of Chain Restaurants (NCCR) an "attack on America’s renewable energy policy" that blames biofuel for increased food costs while ignoring economic impact of imported oil. Erickson cited documented correlation between oil prices and inflation (including food prices) by U.S. Energy Information Administration as well as "exhaustive analysis" by EPA that encompassed 500 scenarios. Read More

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NTSB holds conference on GIS mapping technology.

November 30, 2012

On Dec 4-5, NTSB will hold conference to explore use of Geographic Information Systems in analyzing and preventing transportation accidents. GIS technologies and analytical techniques use geographically referenced data to support complex data integration, advanced statistical analysis, precise investigation, and effective visualization of data. During meeting, researchers and practitioners will discuss how GIS data, technologies, and techniques are applied to improve safety in transportation. Read More

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NTSB Recommendations address air cargo fires.

November 30, 2012

NTSB has issued 3 recommendations to reduce impact of in-flight fires aboard cargo airplanes, saying current fire protection regulations are inadequate. Recommendations urge Federal Aviation Administration to require active fire suppression systems in all cargo containers or compartments of cargo aircraft. They also recommend improving early detection of fires within cargo containers and pallets and urge that cargo containers provide better fire resistance. Read More

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Motion Control Shipments are up 2.3% for first 9 months of 2012.

November 30, 2012

According to statistics released by Motion Control Association (MCA), motion control product shipments are up 2.3% for first 9 months of 2012 compared to same period in 2011. MCA President Jedd Burnstein called the figure "encouraging," citing weakening global manufacturing and the fiscal cliff threat. MCA Director of Market Analysis Alex Shikany pointed out that strongest growth in shipments for first 9 months of 2012 was seen in sensors and feedback devices at 22.5% and AC Motors at 21.2%. Read More

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NEMA welcomes House vote on U.S.-Russia trade.

November 30, 2012

NEMA congratulated strong bipartisan vote by House of Representatives to approve legislation to grant permanent normal trade relations status to Russia and provide access for U.S. businesses to the benefits of the entry of world's ninth largest economy into rules-based international trading system. Russian Federation formally joined the World Trade Organization on August 22, 2012, after many years of negotiations with the U.S. and other major trading partners. Read More