Federal Government Investing in Biorefineries for Military

first_img Three companies were awarded contract to construct biorefineries for “drop in” biofuels for the military and private sector on Friday. The Departments of Navy, Energy and Agriculture announced the contracts under a 2011 presidential directive. The contracts are part of the Obama Administration’s goal to boost and diversify the domestic fuel base, according to Friday’s announcement. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus stated “The contracts being announced today will help expand the operational capability of our Navy and Marine Corps around the world.” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack commented “”Any time our military can use more American grown fuels instead of relying on foreign sources it makes our armed forces more energy secure.” In total, these projects will produce more than 100 million gallons of military grade fuel beginning in 2016 and 2017 at a price competitive with their petroleum counterparts.Under the contracts awarded Friday, Emerald Biofuels will build an 82 million gallon per year refinery on the Gulf Coast using waste fats to create military grade fuel. Fulcrum BioEnergy will build a 10 million gallon per year refinery in McCarran, Nevada using municipal solid waste as its feedstock. USDA announced a $105 million Biorefinery Assistance Program loan guarantee for that facility earlier this month. Also, Red Rock Biofuel will build a 12 million gallon per year refinery in Lakeview, Oregon using woody biomass, or the by-products of forest management, as its feedstock. The drop-in alternative fuels can be blended at a 50/50 ratio with traditional fossil fuels. This blend was successfully demonstrated during the Rim of the Pacific demonstration in 2012 for ships and planes, showing the fuel can be utilized in the Navy’s warfighting platforms with no degradation to performance or mission. SHARE SHARE Previous articleThe Sky is falling…The Sky is falling…..AgainNext articleUS/Japan Trade Talks Enter Critical Phase Gary Truitt Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Sep 21, 2014 Home Energy Federal Government Investing in Biorefineries for Military Federal Government Investing in Biorefineries for Militarylast_img read more

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Weekly Activity Report November 5 – 11

first_imgaccident, 34th St., at 5:25pm Ocean City Public Safety Building Warrant, 600 block Atlantic Ave., one in custody, at 5:07pm Bicycle riders must obey all motor vehicle laws similar to that of a motor vehicle.       They must stop at stop signs, traffic lights and ride with the flow of traffic. Bicycle riders are not pedestrians and do not have the same right of way as a pedestrian when crossing the street at an intersection. Warrant, Gardens Pkwy, one in custody, at 7:26am accident, 2600 block Bay Ave., at 2:22pm Fraud, 800 block Central Ave., at 7:00pm November 11, 2017: SaturdayCalls for service: 106 Stops: 20  Accidents: 0    Property Checks: 40    Alarms: 4The Police Department assisted with 6 Fire and 1 EMS callsTheft, 900 block Ocean Ave., at 3:15pmDomestic violence, 3100 block Bay Ave., at 11:58pmPolice responded to 27 reported water leaks PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS:Just a reminder that it is a violation of a City Ordinance to have dogs on the boardwalk anytime during the year. Theft, Sunset Pl., at 10:56pm November 8, 2017: WednesdayCalls for service: 85 Stops: 28   Accidents: 3  Property Checks: 30  Alarms: 3The Police Department assisted with 7 fire and 7 EMS calls accident, 200 block West Ave., at 8:11pm November 9, 2017: ThursdayCalls for service: 79 Stops: 24 Accidents: 1 Property Checks: 24  Alarms: 3The Police Department assisted with 8 fire and 4 EMS callsWarrant, 900 block Haven Ave., one in custody, at 12:13amCDS, 34thh St., one in custody, at 7:35amaccident, 1200 block West Ave., at 11:55amNovember 10, 2017: FridayCalls for service: 91 Stops: 26   Accidents: 0    Property Checks: 27    Alarms: 8The Police Department assisted with 9 fire and 9 EMS calls Calls for Service: 613 and Daily Average: 87 November 5, 2017: Sunday Calls for service: 66 Stops:24 Accidents: 0  Property Checks: 19  Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 4 Fire and 4 EMS calls When traveling on Route 52, remember that New Jersey State Law requires motor vehicles to KEEP RIGHT and pass left. The speed limit is 45 mph for the causeway. Warrant, 900 block 4th St., one in custody, at 12:46pm Domestic violence, 1400 block Central Ave., at 9:46pm November 6, 2017: Monday Calls for service: 74 Stops: 32    Accidents: 0   Property Checks: 26 Alarms: 0The Police Department assisted with 6 Fire and 3 EMS calls November 7, 2017: TuesdayCalls for service: 109 Stops: 23   Accidents: 1  Property Checks: 52  Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 6 fire and 4 EMS calls accident, North St., at 7:27pm Theft, 500 block Atlantic Ave., at 9:59amlast_img read more

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Mobile World Congress 2014: What a Difference a Year Makes

first_imgI just returned from Barcelona, Spain where the largest service provider event of the year was held: Mobile World Congress 2014. A year ago, not long after joining EMC, Paul Maritz and I attended MWC2013 based on a view that the service provider and off-premise ecosystem would become increasingly important to the EMC federation of businesses (EMC, VMware, Pivotal and RSA). We met with most of the major telecom companies in the world and, universally, they recognized the value of the EMC focus on driving cloud technology and our new focus on building a platform for big data, analytics and modern applications. As I mentioned last year, we left exhausted but excited by the validation of our EMC focus.This year the activity level was an order of magnitude higher. EMC, VMware and Pivotal were all present. In addition to Paul Maritz and me, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger and EMC Chairman and CEO Joe Tucci also attended.On Wednesday, Joe gave a keynote address that covered the shift to the third platform and how this will result in hundreds of billions of connected devices, the Internet of Things, and millions of new applications. The enabling trends are Cloud, Social, Mobile and Big Data. A key takeaway was that this is inevitable and will disrupt industries.Beyond sharing our view, Joe invited the industry to establish a portable and agile cloud experience by joining the Cloud Foundry community. On Monday, Pivotal announced that Cloud Foundry has moved to a true, open source foundation with the initial members including IBM, HP, Rackspace, and SAP. Many global service providers are already engaged, including NTT, Swisscom, Centurylink, Verizon, and CSC. Joe’s message was clear: the industry needs cloud portability, agility, and an open cloud operating system. Cloud Foundry is the best way to achieve this critical objective.One of the most tangible examples of the traction we are making in the service provider’s future was Joe’s discussion of the Real Time Intelligence (RTI) solution Pivotal has created. We had an early prototype of this offering at MWC2013 and were looking for service provider partners to work with in moving it to reality. We ended up with a long list of operators looking to engage and we began that process. The leading partner for this effort was Vodafone. Fast forward to 2014: we now have the RTI system in Vodafone’s live wireless networks and it has been productized.RTI is a new kind of real time big data platform for a wide range of environments including telecom operators. The RTI system is based on the Pivotal One technologies and provides the ability to access and reason over large, diverse data sets ranging from subscriber databases to billing systems and network information. We then add the Pivotal in-memory real-time analytics to the system to be able to capture and process huge volumes of events coming from the carrier infrastructure. In the Vodafone example, the system ingests over a million events per second collected from the signaling stream of the wireless network. Finally the RTI system is organized as a platform that allows rapid development of new big data applications.In fact, in the Vodafone booth, their Spanish operation wanted to show RTI being used to track and model people and traffic flow over Barcelona in real time. Since their RTI platform was already in place, a new application was developed and deployed in only a few weeks. The system worked by tracing the Vodafone ES employees as they moved throughout the city. You could see in real time how they moved and where they clustered, visualized against 3D maps of the city. In one very interesting view you could see when anonymized employees showed up at the MWC venue and how many were present at any time in the specific halls and sub areas of the site. You could also see where they came from, what parts of the city they passed through, and, given a large enough data set, even visualize population flow in real time to better understand congestion and transportation performance.The key difference between RTI and the existing operator solutions is that RTI creates a common way to collect, manage and reason through your big data and real time data via a modern platform that is optimized for new application development and diverse data sources. We know of hundreds of use cases that RTI can be leveraged to address (from churn management to NPS score visibility and network optimizations)… as a single uniform platform with each use case just means a new application. From concept to product in a little over a year was pretty good progress and exciting to see.Joe closed out by highlighting the EMC progress in building clouds, driving the evolution of storage to accommodate cloud models, and evolving the mobile technology space. He showed off our mobile file sync and share collaboration technology, Syncplicity. Unlike consumer oriented offerings, this system not only provides slick, mobile friendly integration of the user experience but also allows for customer choice of where to store the data (in the cloud, in their data center, hybrid, etc.). In addition to Syncplicity, Joe highlighted VMware’s announced acquisition of Airwatch, which gives VMware the leading technology in Enterprise Mobility management and adds to the already broad end user computing capability within the VMware portfolio. Finally, he told the audience how EMC is helping them manage data at Exabyte scale. It took 26 years to ship a total of 1EB of storage. Last year, EMC shipped that much in a month. Now, we are seeing some individual deals that approach an Exabyte in size.What a difference a year makes! We believe that IT and Telecom are coming together and that EMC technical capability is at the core of this new environment. Mobile World Congress 2014 and the significant visibility of the EMC federation certainly reinforce this.last_img read more

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Radon Awareness Contest

first_imgHousehold radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, but the hazards of this dangerous gas are still relatively unknown to many Georgia families. That’s why the University of Georgia Radon Education Program is asking students to get the message out: Testing for radon is easy and could save someone’s life. Radon is a gas released by the natural decay of uranium deposits contained in Georgia’s granite bedrock. It seeps up through foundations and accumulates in homes. Radon can be a problem anywhere in the state, but higher levels are typically seen in the upper third of Georgia due to the soil conditions and granite bedrock. The good news is that radon problems can be fixed and that testing for radon couldn’t be easier because test kits are available throughout the state at UGA Cooperative Extension offices and online at ugaradon.org.The trick is raising people’s awareness of this potential hazard in their homes, said Gabrielle Walters, a radon educator with the UGA Extension Radon Education Program. To help get the word out, the UGA Radon Education Program asks 9- to 14-year-olds across the state each year to design a poster to help alert the general public about the dangers of radon and how they can keep their families safe. This year students can win up to $100 for their designs, which may be used in future public awareness campaigns. The deadline for entries is September 30, 2015. Students should first research the dangers of radon on the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences Extension website at ugaradon.org. They can then create a poster on one of five themes: What is radon?Where does radon come from?How does radon get into our home?Radon can cause lung cancer.Test your home for radon.Winners will be notified in November and may have the chance to meet Gov. Nathan Deal during Radon Awareness Month in January. For more information about testing for radon or the poster contest please visit ugaradon.org.last_img read more

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