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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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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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Foundation issues ISA100.11a transducer block specification.

August 8, 2013

As part of FOUNDATION for Remote Operations Management solution implementing wireless and remote I/O, preliminary technical specification defines fieldbus transducer block used within FOUNDATION for ROM devices to communicate with ISA100.11a instruments. In addition, it describes method for configuration tools and asset-managing hosts to access ISA100.11a devices, as well as structures to identify and maintain device status in ISA100.11a networks connected to FOUNDATION for ROM devices. 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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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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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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NEMA publishes dimensional requirements for plugs/receptacles.

August 8, 2013

NEMA has published ANSI/NEMA WD 6-2012 Wiring Devices—Dimensional Specifications, which covers dimensional requirements for plugs and receptacles up to 60 A and 600 V. Substantive changes to current document include introduction of marking for automatically controlled receptacles adopted by NEMA and mandated by National Electrical Code®, and dimensions for single and dual 2 1/8 in. mounting plates. Read More