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NREL Releases Annual Technology Baseline Update and hosts webinar.

Released by NREL, 2016 Annual Technology Baseline includes updated data for utility-scale renewable and conventional energy technologiesÂ- in addition to cost and performance data for residential and commercial rooftop photovoltaics (PV) systems. Annual Technology Baseline workbook and summary presentation are available on NREL's website, and September 13 webinar...

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EPA Opens Registration for Campus RainWorks Challenge.

Launched by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), fifth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge tasks college and university students with designing innovative solutions for USA's water infrastructure. Each team, using their campuses as labs, will develop green infrastructure systems to reduce stormwater pollution and build resilience to climate change. RegistrationÂ- is open from...

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NREL Perovskites Discovery expands use beyond solar cells.

Scientists at NREL discovered that exposing perovskitesÂ- to illumination via short laser pulse resulted in shifted transition energy (optical Stark effect). Published in Nature Communications, Large Polarization-Dependent Exciton Optical Stark Effect in Lead Iodide Perovskites" offers evidence that said perovskites could be used as ultrafast optical switch or to control or...

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ASHRAE Student Competitions won by BC, CA, FL, and Regina teams.

Held by ASHRAE, 2016 Student Design Competition required students to design and select systems forÂ- 2-story municipal government building in Bejing, China. Applied Engineering Challenge for 2015–2016, also held by ASHRAE, tasked students with planning, developing, and enacting solutions to sustainability issues in their local or regional areas. Winning projects will be shared at...

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Dean Bartles Assumes New Role in advancing manufacturing.

In support of advanced manufacturing, Dean Bartles, PhD, FSME, 2016 SME president, acceptedÂ- role as consultant to American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Bartles will recuse himself from remaining 2016 SME board meetings and financial matters to fully focus on his new position. For remainder of 2016 SME board meetings and financial matters, president-elect Sandra...

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Business Conditions Indexes move into expansionary territory.

With August’s current conditions reading of 58.3, NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Conditions Index has been at or above 50 for 6 consecutive months. This suggests that conditions continue to be conducive for expansion in the electrical manufacturing sector. Half of respondents reported conditions unchanged from 1 month ago, whereas a clear majority of 64% responded similarly in July. Also,...

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Semiconductor Industry Icons to gather at SIA Award Dinner.

More than a dozen semiconductor industry icons, leaders, and founders will come together at the annual SIA Award Dinner on Nov 10 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Robert N. Noyce Award, the industry's highest honor. Martin van den Brink, president and chief technology officer at ASML Holding, will receive the 2016 Noyce Award. SIA presents the award annually in recognition of a leader...

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VMA's Basics Course helps to fill industry skills gap.

Scheduled for Oct 18-20, VMA's Valve Basics Seminar & Exhibits event begins with a day of general introduction to the industry as experts cover where valves are used, specific types, and basics of related equipment. Day 2 goes into detail about more complicated valves and related equipment such as how actuators work and what solenoid valves do. Day 3 delves deeper into issues such as fugitive...

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AASHTO and FHWA Sign Agreement promotes environmental excellence.

AASHTO was awarded 5-year cooperative agreement by Federal Highway AdministrationÂ- (FHWA) to continue the Center for Environmental Excellence. Goals include advancing strategic national program to maximize efficiency, reliability, and consistency in delivering environmentally sound transportation projects, programs, and services. Under this cooperative agreement, the Center will expand...

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IPC releases electronics assembly quality benchmark study.

IPC's Study of Quality Benchmarks for Electronics Assembly 2016 provides benchmarking data to companies interested in comparing quality measurements to industry averages. Quality control measurements include first-pass yields for various test methods as well as percent of products subjected to these tests. Study covers yields and defect rates at final inspection, internal yields of key...

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