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NREL to help California tackle solar energy grid integration.

April 7, 2010

California Public Utilities Commission has tapped experts at NREL to help stimulate solar energy research and build sustainable solar industry. Commission awarded NREL $2,785,000 in California Solar Initiative Research, Development, Deployment, and Demonstration program grants. Laboratory will direct development of software that will optimize energy investments in residential retrofit market and lead project to analyze penetration levels of photovoltaics into state's electricity distribution grid. Read More

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ASHRAE Conference will take place in Albuquerque, NM.

April 7, 2010

Taking place from June 26-30, 2010 ASHRAE Annual Conference will focus on its theme of Raising Efficiency to New Levels. Technical program, concentrating on energy efficient system design for high elevations and dry climates, features market-based papers and programs as well as traditional full-length Technical Papers and Conference Paper format. Technical program tracks include Energy Facts vs. Simulation; Refrigeration for Future; and Energy Conservation vs. New Generation. Read More

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EPA and DOE announce new steps to strengthen Energy Star program.

April 7, 2010

To help consumers save money and fight climate change, EPA and DOE are working to strengthen Energy Star program. DOE began tests on 6 common product types, including freezers, refrigerator-freezers, clothes washers, dishwashers, water heaters, and room air conditioners. EPA and DOE are also developing expanded system that will require all products seeking Energy Star label to be tested in approved labs and require manufacturers to participate in ongoing verification testing program. Read More

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AEE Presentation to focus on emerging energy technologies.

April 7, 2010

Emerging Technologies Night - held by New England Chapter of Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) on April 7 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm in Waltham, MA - will feature 9 industry professionals presenting emerging technologies that will also be on display. All presented technologies are all well beyond prototype stage, are commercially available, and have proven field use. Some technologies being presented include advances in features, cost, or services. Read More

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IPC revises standard for lead-free solders.

April 7, 2010

IPC has revised IPC J-STD-609, Marking and Labeling of Components, PCBs, and PCBAs to Identify Lead, Lead-Free, and Other Attributes. Presenting marking and labeling system that aids in electronics assembly, rework, repair, and recycling, standard provides additional codes for precise specification of certain lead-free solders. It offers guidance on using range of solder alloys now available. Maximum component temperature for assembly or rework processes is also defined. Read More

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Donald Hillebrand to speak at SAE International World Congress.

April 6, 2010

Donald G. Hillebrand, Director, Center for Transportation Research, Argonne National Laboratory, will provide keynote address on April 14 during SAE 2010 World Congress at Cobo Center in Detroit. He is scheduled to speak at 10 am (EDT) in AVL Technology Leadership Center. Currently, Hillebrand leads Argonne National Lab's Transportation activities, including vehicle systems and hybrid vehicle development, engine and emissions research, material research, and life cycle/economic analysis. Read More

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MHEDA Journal addresses payroll expense management.

April 6, 2010

The MHEDA Journal, Q1 2010 issue, features article by Dr. Albert D. Bates titled "The Problem That Will Not Die" that discusses strategies for managing payroll expenses at material handling distributorships. Bates makes suggestions that can help material handling distribution firms increase personnel productivity ratio by adjusting sales volume, payroll costs, or gross margin. Firms can maintain sustainable profitability by improving ratio by as little as 2%, Bates says. Read More

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ATA Director describes truck safety program in GAWDA journal.

April 6, 2010

In Welding & Gases Today journal, David L. Potts, director of safety and operations for American Trucking Association, describes FCMSA's Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 program. Program will use all safety-based violations found during roadside inspections to measure motor carrier's safety performance, and driver-related deficiencies will be considered. Ultimate goal of program is to reduce occurrence of large truck and bus crashes. Read More

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MHEDA Online Magazine offers social media safety tips.

April 6, 2010

In April issue of MHEDA Edge, "How To: Stay Safe on the Social Web" outlines three basic social media vulnerabilities facing young material handling professionals. These include need to protect password, since this is all that stands between hacker and social media identity; and messages that seemingly come from friend, generated by spammers via use of phishing. Article says that watching what is said online is also important. Read More

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RIA Webinars offered free during National Robotics Week.

April 6, 2010

Scheduled for April 10-17, 2010, National Robotics Week will include 3 free webinars. Business strategies for using robots are covered during "How Robots Help American Companies Compete in the Global Marketplace." "Career Opportunities in Robotics" will examine possibilities in education, research, and industry. Lastly, "Food Robotics" will cover how robots can safely process raw ingredients, improve primary and secondary packaging, handle pallets, and load delivery trucks. Read More

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NIST Advisory Committee issues 2009 annual report.

April 5, 2010

Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology has sent its 2009 annual report to Congress. Report highlights NIST's unique and significant role in coordination of federal development and use of documentary standards in 3 areas of critical national importance: Smart Grid interoperability, healthcare information technology, and cybersecurity. Report expresses Committee's strong support for NIST to strengthen its leadership role in documentary standards affecting nation's priorities. Read More

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NIST Director to co-chair White House standards committee.

April 5, 2010

NIST Director Patrick Gallagher and Philip Weiser will co-chair Subcommittee on Standards that has been established at White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Group will reinforce ability of government to work in partnership with private sector to address standards needed to solve national problems. Subcommittee will also provide direction/guidance to ICSP and will rely on ICSP to coordinate policy implementation, assess progress, and develop policy options or guidance. Read More

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ILMA opens 2010 scholarship program application period.

April 5, 2010

ILMA has announced that applications for 2010-2011 ILMA Scholarship Program are available and are being accepted through June 30. Applicants must be citizens of North American country, enrolled for 2010-2011 academic year at college or university as undergraduate, and have minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. Application form is available on ILMA website. Over 80 applications were received in 2009 and organization has awarded 52 students scholarships over past 9 yr. Read More

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ABC's Receding CBI shows recession-mired construction industry.

April 2, 2010

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) reported its Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) - used as forward-looking indicator that measures amount of construction work under contract to be completed in future - declined 9% between November 2009 and January 2010. It slipped 16.3% during past year and currently stands at 5.5 months. ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu says this indicates nonresidential construction industry is still stuck in its own recession. Read More

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Offshore Development Expansion is urged by manufacturers.

April 2, 2010

Jay Timmons, NAM Executive VP, commented on President Obama's announcement to partially expand oil and natural gas exploration and development on Outer Continental Shelf. Commending Obama's leadership, Timmons said the decision is "a positive step toward a lower cost domestic energy supply and ensuring U.S. energy security and independence." Another applauded benefit was job creation potential, which was supported by independent Milken Institute's Jobs for America report. Read More

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BIO Convention to cover global environmental and energy issues.

April 2, 2010

Scheduled for May 3-6, 2010 BIO International Convention will feature series of high level panels examining latest biotechnology advancements designed to address pressing global industrial and environment issues, from development of advanced biofuels to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. During breakout sessions, speakers will address biofuels, algae, synthetic biology, dedicated energy crops, climate change, nanotechnology, and renewable chemicals. Read More

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Stringent Appliance Standards apply to home water heaters.

April 2, 2010

U.S. DoE Secretary Steven Chu announced that Department has finalized higher energy efficiency standards for heating appliances that will save consumers up to $10 billion and prevent up to 164 million MT of carbon dioxide emissions over 30 years. These standards - for residential water heaters, pool heaters, and direct heating equipment - will reduce air pollution, prevent release of nitrogen oxides and mercury, and avoid emissions equivalent to taking 46 million cars off the road for 1 year. Read More

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Sen Feinstein highlights ASHRAE in Congressional record remarks.

April 2, 2010

U.S. Senate passed legislation that could make air travel healthier by calling for FAA to conduct study of air quality in cabins of U.S. airliners. Measure to protect flying public from harmful toxins was put forth by Senator Dianne Feinstein's (D-CA). In her address to Senate, Feinstein supported her argument with 2009 letter from ASHRAE Presidential Member William Harrison, in which he called on FAA to investigate and determine requirements for bleed air contaminant monitoring. Read More

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NIST Scientists address transparent film development issues.

April 2, 2010

Research conducted at the NIST and North Dakota State University have uncovered problems concerning nanotube coating that might one day improve solar cells. Scientists have found coatings made of single-walled carbon nanotubes are not quite as deformable as hoped. Issues that need to be addressed before full potential of these coatings is realized include minimizing development of irreversible changes in nanotube arrangement that reduce their conductivity when put under modest strains. Read More

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Fire Safety Study reinforces use of alarm, sprinkler, and doors to prevent casualties.

April 2, 2010

Experimenting on university dormitory, researchers from NIST demonstrated that the correct combination of automatic fire sprinkler systems, smoke alarms, and closed doors provided enough time and safe conditions for safe evacuation of residents as well as conditions that let firefighters perform their job without undue hazard. Study's goal was to compare hazard levels created by room fires in dormitory buildings with and without sprinklers in room where fire starts. Read More