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  1. .Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association's Comments on DOE's Regulatory...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Association's Comments on DOE's Regulatory Burden RFI .Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association's Comments on DOE's Regulatory Burden RFI Comments from Hearth, Patio & Barbecue ...

  2. .Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association's Comments on DOE's Regulatory Burden

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    RFI | Department of Energy .Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association's Comments on DOE's Regulatory Burden RFI .Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association's Comments on DOE's Regulatory Burden RFI Comments from Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association on DOE's Regulatory Burden RFI .Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association's Comments on DOE's Regulatory Burden RFI (604.37 KB) More Documents & Publications HPBA Comments NOPR on Energy Conservation Standards for Direct Heating Equipment

  3. Give Me My Tax Credit! (Or, How I Almost Bought the Wrong Patio Door)

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Over the past few weeks, my husband and I have been shopping for a new patio door. We currently have a sliding glass door that we have always hated—full exposure to winds from the west and to open...

  4. Comments of the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association on the U.S. Department

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    of Energy's Request for Comment on Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency Testing (75 Fed. Reg. 52892 (August 30, 2010)) | Department of Energy Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association on the U.S. Department of Energy's Request for Comment on Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency Testing (75 Fed. Reg. 52892 (August 30, 2010)) Comments of the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association on the U.S. Department of Energy's Request for Comment on Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency Testing (75 Fed. Reg.

  5. User-Friendly Model Puts Solar Energy in Your Backyard | OpenEI...

    Open Energy Info (EERE)

    a photovoltaic (PV) system for your home or property, check out the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's In My Backyard (IMBY) tool. It's quick, useful, and-let's just say...

  6. Beyond the NIMBY (not-in-my-backyard) impasse II: Public participation in an age of distrust

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Peelle, E.

    1988-01-01

    With the intensification of not-in-my-backyard (NIMBY) responses to both nuclear and chemical waste management and facility siting, we revisit public participation goals, processes, mechanisms and results to evaluate the uses and limits of public participation for achieving legitimate siting decisions. The deepening loss of trust of the American public in most institutions jeopardizes all preemptive nuclear and hazardous waste facility siting decisions, and carefully structured public participation efforts including some form of power sharing offer the best hope of devising legitimate and durable decisions. We review the key factors in the general siting milieu as well as the thickets of public participation-public involvement. Outcomes of six public participation (PP) case studies are presented and analyzed for problems as well as common factors contributing to their success or failure. The uses as well as the limits of PP in complex nuclear and hazardous waste management and siting processes are considered. 38 refs., 1 tab.

  7. Anaerobic digestion submarine in Abbey farmyard

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Not Available

    1987-07-01

    An anaerobic digestion system and fiber separation plant installed at Bethlehem Abbey (Northern Ireland) produces biogas for central heating and grain drying, and a compost which is bagged and sold. According to one report, it even keeps the monks warm at night. Designed by James Murcott of Farm Gas Ltd., the digester (shaped like a submarine) receives 10% solids slurry.

  8. Comments of the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association on the U...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Testing (75 Fed. Reg. 52892 (August 30, 2010)) More Documents & Publications Regulatory Burden RFI from HPBA HPBA Requests Following Public Meeting (EERE-2014-BT-STD-0036) Re:

  9. In My Backyard | Open Energy Information

    Open Energy Info (EERE)

    Company Organization: National Renewable Energy Laboratory Sector: Energy Focus Area: Solar Phase: Evaluate Options Topics: Analysis Tools, Resource assessment Resource Type:...

  10. In My Backyard | Open Energy Information

    Open Energy Info (EERE)

    Laboratory Sector: Energy Focus Area: Solar Phase: Evaluate Options Topics: Analysis Tools, Resource assessment Resource Type: Softwaremodeling tools User Interface: Website...

  11. Backyard waste management - problems and benefits of individuals managing their solid waste at home

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    Whalen, M.

    1995-05-01

    The problems and benefits of individuals managing their solid wastes at home are surveyed. The survey indicates that as the population rises people tend to burn only the combustible portions of their waste. Some communities have limited ordinances that ban the burning of raw garbage, but other municipalities allow residents to burn all of their wastestream, even though some materials are not combustible and cannot be burned. Potential environmental effects involve both the ash residue and the air emissions. While selected burning can reduce some of the environmental hazards these would probably only be marginally less than the impacts of burning it all. The study clearly indicates that the environmental problems of burn barrels are not insignificant. However, the attitudes and motivations of those who burn waste will have to be addressed by the communities that attempt or should attempt to control this problem. These include: avoidance of waste collection costs; availability of trash cartage services; and habit. Habit is probably as strong a motivation as cost avoidance and ease of collection combined. Residents have often burned trash for several generations and regard the practice as a {open_quotes}god-given right.{close_quotes}

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    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    - FLIGHT - - FLIGHT - - FLIGHT - (25.15 KB) More Documents & Publications FAQS Reference Guide - Aviation Manager FAQS Reference Guide - Aviation Safety Officer Aviation Management Professional Award Nomination for: RFI | Department of Energy

    .Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association's Comments on DOE's Regulatory Burden RFI .Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association's Comments on DOE's Regulatory Burden RFI Comments from Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association on DOE's Regulatory

  13. ARM - Guest Instrument Facility

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    features a climate-controlled main building, an elevated instrument platform, and a concrete instrument patio, all of which are described in more detail below. Features Features...

  14. HPBA Requests Following Public Meeting (EERE-2014-BT-STD-0036)

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association ("HPBA") has already requested several actions with respect to DOE’s notice of proposed rulemaking entitled "Energy Conservation Program for Consumer...

  15. HPBA Comments NOPR on Energy Conservation Standards for Direct...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    .Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association's Comments on DOE's Regulatory Burden RFI HPBA Requests Following Public Meeting (EERE-2014-BT-STD-0036) Re: Regulatory Burden RFI

  16. HPBA Comments NOPR on Energy Conservation Standards for Direct...

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    HPBA Comments NOPR on Energy Conservation Standards for Direct Heating Equipment HPBA Comments NOPR on Energy Conservation Standards for Direct Heating Equipment The Hearth, Patio ...

  17. Re: Regulatory Burden RFI | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Regulatory Burden RFI Re: Regulatory Burden RFI Hearth Patio & Barbecue Association comments on Regulatory Burden RFI Re: Regulatory Burden RFI (74.36 KB) More Documents & Publications Department of Energy Request for Information: Reducing Regulatory Burden (Reply Comments) .Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association's Comments on DOE's Regulatory Burden RFI Regulatory Reduction RFI, 76 Fed. Reg. 6123, February 3, 2011

  18. Search for: All records | SciTech Connect

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    ... daylighting, and green patio work areas. Lastly we present thoughts on how the design philosophy of the IBR building can be a guide for low-energy design in different ...

  19. What Will You be Buying for an Energy Tax Credit?

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    On Tuesday, Allison talked about her experience shopping for a patio door that met the requirements for a federal tax credit for energy efficiency. She found that it's important to make sure the...

  20. Digging Into Efficient Landscaping This Spring

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Preparing for its seasonal cycle, the warmth from the sun is growing stronger, and with temperatures slowly increasing, I was able to dine on the patio at my local coffee shop this weekend.

  1. Fermilab Today | Result of the Week | Archive - 2012

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    2 Subscribe | Contact Fermilab Today | Archive | Classifieds Search GO CMS Result Archive - 2012 December 14, 2012 Hidden valleys in our own backyard November 30, 2012 Subatomic...

  2. Arlington, VA 22209 USA

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    22209 USA Phone: (703) 522-0086 * Fax: (703) 522-0548 Email: governmentaffairs@hpba.org Web Site: www.hpba.org Before the Department of Energy Docket No. EERE-2014-BT-STD-0036 RIN 1904-AD35 Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue Association's Supplemental Request for Extension of Comment Period on Proposed Energy Conservation Standard for "Hearth Products" 80 Fed. Reg. 7082 (February 9, 2015) March 31, 2015 The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association ("HPBA") has already requested

  3. RegReview_ReplyComments_Lennox_Hearth_Products.PDF | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    RegReview_ReplyComments_Lennox_Hearth_Products.PDF RegReview_ReplyComments_Lennox_Hearth_Products.PDF (56.61 KB) More Documents & Publications Re: Regulatory Burden RFI Department of Energy Request for Information: Reducing Regulatory Burden (Reply Comments) .Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association's Comments on DOE's Regulatory Burden RFI

  4. Fireplace photo | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    photo Fireplace photo Photo of a fireplace. Fireplace photo (105.67 KB) More Documents & Publications .Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association's Comments on DOE's Regulatory Burden RFI Department of Energy Request for Information: Reducing Regulatory Burden (Reply Comments) Re: Regulatory Burden RFI

  5. One of Knoxville's and Y-12's best assets | Y-12 National Security...

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    am") have three children: Matt, 11; Anna, 10 and Jaynie, 8. The family enjoys hiking, sports and backyard farming together. "Living in Knoxville, being at Y-12, I feel like I've...

  6. Concept:U.S. National Software Tools | Open Energy Information

    Open Energy Info (EERE)

    In My Backyard Innovative Feed-In Tariff Designs that Limit Policy Costs Introduction to Hydrogen for Code Officials J Job and Economic Development Impact Models (JEDI) L LEDS...

  7. HPBA Comments NOPR on Energy Conservation Standards for Direct Heating

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Equipment | Department of Energy Comments NOPR on Energy Conservation Standards for Direct Heating Equipment HPBA Comments NOPR on Energy Conservation Standards for Direct Heating Equipment The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) provides these comments in response to the Department of Energy (DOE) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking entitled "Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Direct Heating Equipment," published at 76 Fed. Reg. 43941 (July 22,

  8. HPBA December 15, 2015 Ex Parte Meeting Memo | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    December 15, 2015 Ex Parte Meeting Memo HPBA December 15, 2015 Ex Parte Meeting Memo On December 15, 2015, representatives of the Hearth Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) met with Department of Energy (DOE) officials to discuss issues related to DOE's proposed energy conservation standard for "hearth products" published at 80 Fed. Reg. 7082 (February 9, 2015). DOE Meeting Summary December 2015 (384.77 KB) More Documents & Publications HPBA June 16, 2016 Ex Parte Meeting Me

  9. Regulatory Burden RFI from HPBA | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    HPBA Regulatory Burden RFI from HPBA The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) is pleased to submit for your consideration the following comments in response to the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Request for Information (RFI) published at 76 Fed. Reg. 75798 (December 5, 2011). The December RFI is an effort by DOE to better implement President Obama's Executive Order 13563 (January 18, 2011). DOE Reducing Regulatory Burden RFI January 4.pdf (2.8 MB) More Documents &

  10. Fireplaces and Woodburning Stoves...May Raise Energy Costs | Department of

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Energy Fireplaces and Woodburning Stoves...May Raise Energy Costs Fireplaces and Woodburning Stoves...May Raise Energy Costs Information on energy efficiency and costs with regard to fireplaces and woodburning stoves Fireplaces and Woodburning Stoves...May Raise Energy Costs (188.31 KB) More Documents & Publications .Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association's Comments on DOE's Regulatory Burden RFI RegReview_ReplyComments_Lennox_Hearth_Products.PDF HPBA Comments NOPR on Energy

  11. 17th Annual ALS Users' Association Meeting

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Robinson, Art; Tamura, Lori

    2004-11-29

    It's not exactly Russian roulette, but scheduling October events outdoors is not risk-free, even in usually sunny California. An overflow crowd of more than 400 registered users, ALS staff, and vendors enjoyed a full indoor program featuring science highlights and workshops spread over two and a half days from October 18 to October 20. However, a major storm, heralding the onset of the San Francisco Bay Area rainy season, posed a few weather challenges for the events on the ALS patio.

  12. CORPES 11: International Workshop on Strong Correlations and Angle-Resolved

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    Photoemission Spectroscopy CORPES 11: International Workshop on Strong Correlations and Angle-Resolved Photoemission Spectroscopy July 18-22, 2011 Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, California More information Attendees participated in a poster session Thursday on the ALS patio, engaging in conversations over lunch and at the posters. An international workshop entitled "Strong Correlations and Angle-Resolved Photoemission Spectroscopy", or CORPES11 , was held at Berkeley Lab

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    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    HPBA COMMENTS ON DOE'S REGULATORY BURDEN RFI 76 Fed. Reg. 6123 (February 3, 2011) March 21, 2011 The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) appreciates the opportunity to respond to a Department of Energy's (DOE's) request for information - published at 76 Fed. Reg. 6123 (February 3, 2011) - seeking comment and information to assist DOE in reviewing its existing regulations to determine whether such regulations should be modified or repealed pursuant to Executive Order 13563

  14. Department of Energy Request for Information: Reducing Regulatory Burden

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    (Reply Comments) | Department of Energy Request for Information: Reducing Regulatory Burden (Reply Comments) Department of Energy Request for Information: Reducing Regulatory Burden (Reply Comments) Comments on RFI on reducing regulatory burden Department of Energy Request for Information: Reducing Regulatory Burden (Reply Comments) (89.49 KB) More Documents & Publications Re: Regulatory Burden RFI RegReview_ReplyComments_Lennox_Hearth_Products.PDF .Hearth, Patio & Barbecue

  15. Solar Energy — Capturing and Using Power and Heat from the Sun

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Technical Assistance Project (TAP) for state and local officials TAP Webinar presentation by National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Geographic Information System (GIS) Developer Christopher Helm on the In My Backyard estimator for PV output at a given location in the United States.

  16. HPBA June 16, 2016 Ex Parte Meeting Memo | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    June 16, 2016 Ex Parte Meeting Memo HPBA June 16, 2016 Ex Parte Meeting Memo On June 16, 2016, representatives of the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) met with Department of Energy (DOE) officials to discuss issues related to DOE's proposed energy conservation standard for "hearth products" published at 80 Fed. Reg. 7082 (February 9, 2015). HPBA DOE June 16 2016 Meeting Summary (456.97 KB) More Documents & Publications HPBA December 15, 2015 Ex Parte Meeting Memo Re:

  17. Regulatory Reduction RFI, 76 Fed. Reg. 6123, February 3, 2011 | Department

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    of Energy This is in reply to comments filed by the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) urging the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to repeal its energy conservation standards for direct heating equipment as applied to decorative vented gas fireplaces. I support HPBA's comments because I do not believe that decorative vented gas fireplaces were ever meant to be included under the term "direct heating equipment" as that term appears in the Energy Policy and Conservation

  18. Digital Data Management Plans

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    Digging Into Efficient Landscaping This Spring Digging Into Efficient Landscaping This Spring March 7, 2012 - 1:40pm Addthis Amanda McAlpin Preparing for its seasonal cycle, the warmth from the sun is growing stronger, and with temperatures slowly increasing, I was able to dine on the patio at my local coffee shop this weekend. It's evident the days of winter are almost past, and springtime planting around the house will soon begin. Trees, shrubs, and other vegetation thriving around your home

  19. iBlank Portrait Template

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    22209-1728 Phone: (703) 522-0086 | Fax: (703) 522-0548 Email: hpbamail@hpba.org Web Site: www.hpba.org HPBA Comments NOPR on Energy Conservation Standards for Direct Heating Equipment Docket No. EERE-2011-BT-STD-0047 RIN 1904-AC56 October 14, 2011 The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) provides these comments in response to the Department of Energy (DOE) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking entitled "Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Direct Heating

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    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    22209-1728 Phone: (703) 522-0086 | Fax: (703) 522-0548 Email: hpbamail@hpba.org Web Site: www.hpba.org HPBA Comments NOPR on Energy Conservation Standards for Direct Heating Equipment Docket No. EERE-2011-BT-STD-0047 RIN 1904-AC56 October 14, 2011 The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) provides these comments in response to the Department of Energy (DOE) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking entitled "Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Direct Heating

  1. The Absent House: The Ecological House of Puerto Rico

    High Performance Buildings Database

    Vega Alta, PR The Absent House takes advantage of the benevolent climate of the humid tropics of Puerto Rico to play with the ambiguity of interior and exterior spaces. Main spaces include: a kitchenette and master bathroom suite; a guest tower with a bedroom, bathroom, and small library; an open, public pavilion for cooking, dining, and porch activities; a bathroom for visitors; an infrastructure pavilion for electricity and water consumption management; and an organic garden. The Patio of the Sun and the Stars, the most important s

  2. Elizabeth Hunke-Piloting polar warning of climate change

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    Elizabeth Hunke Elizabeth Hunke-Piloting polar warning of climate change Hunke develops advanced ocean and ice models for evaluating the role of ocean and ice in climate change and projecting the impact of such change globally. March 20, 2014 Elizabeth Hunke Whether she's in the skies, flying a plane and analyzing wind patterns, or wondering how climate change affects the growth of the tender plants she's trying to raise her in backyard, Hunke always has weather on her mind. Hunke urges young

  3. Jennifer Anthony

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    jennifer anthony Jennifer Anthony Helping Animals Around the World Jennifer Anthony Jennifer Anthony at the March for Elephants and Rhinos in San Francisco. The annual event takes place in nearly 140 cities around the world to bring awareness to the ivory trade and the devastation it causes. Growing up, Jennifer Anthony had a passion for whale watching. Those childhood experiences sparked a love for animals that has only grown with time and now encompasses causes that range from her backyard to

  4. Jefferson Lab, ODU team up for center | Jefferson Lab

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    Lab, ODU team up for center Jefferson Lab, ODU team up for center Michael Schwartz Inside Business, October 6-12, 2008 It pays to have a world renowned subatomic particle accelerator in your backyard. Old Dominion University, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy's Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, better known as Jefferson Lab in Newport News, announced last week the creation of the Center for Accelerator Science, an academic entity that puts ODU in the same company

  5. Slide 1

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    Astronomy in the 1840s Astronomy in the 1920s ("modern astronomy") From Backyard to Mountaintop: The Adventures of History's Best Worst Telescope Andrew Ainslie Common (1841-1903) Sanitation engineer, amateur astronomer, London Eaton Rise, Ealing, West London, 1910 Common's 18-inch equatorial reflector at Ealing, West London, 1877 Common's "three-foot" (37-inch) f/5.8 equatorial reflector, 1879* * Looking east Andrew Common's observatory site: 63 Eaton Rise, Ealing, London UK

  6. The early days of incineration

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    Valenti, M.

    1995-05-01

    Landfills reaching capacity, beaches fouled with trash, neighborhood residents protesting waste disposal sites in their backyards, and municipalities forced to recycle. Sound familiar? These issues might have been taken from today`s headlines, but they were also problems facing mechanical engineers a century ago. Conditions such as these were what led engineers to design the first incinerators for reducing the volume of municipal garbage, as well as for producing heat and electricity. The paper discusses these early days.

  7. Employee Spotlight: José Valdez

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    José Valdez June 24, 2014 Most evenings, and certainly most weekends, find José Valdez in his garage, intensely focused on his hobby of refurbishing classic cars, preferably from the 1930s to early 1960s. By day a technician in the Nuclear Engineering and Nonproliferation Division, Valdez enjoys all aspects of the car restoration process, from finding an old, beat-up wreck sitting neglected in someone's backyard to putting the poor thing on his jack stand to see how much work it will take to

  8. Solid-waste contracting: Questions and answers

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Not Available

    1992-05-01

    The increasing complexity of local government responsibilities is nowhere better illustrated than in solid waste management. In the past, when the adverse effects of waste disposal were less recognized, garbage was simply taken to local public dumps, or burned in backyard barrels or apartment building incinerators. Local governments must modernize their solid waste programs and operate within growing federal and state regulations. The changing regulatory environment of solid waste management presents a golden opportunity to contract with the private sector if interest of the community can be protected.

  9. Mass-burn WTE plant takes trash burning into new era

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    1995-04-01

    An arsenal of state-of-the-art air-pollution-control equipment and demonstration of a 1,300-psig steam cycle characterize this facility, which efficiently produces clean power from trash. A successful waste-to-energy (WTE) project has been completely redefined in this ``not-in-my-backyard`` era. This new definition of success is no longer limited to achieving desired performance, capacity, availability, and profitability goals. According to William Taylor, plant manager, a successful project must also meet the nebulous requirement of ``being a good neighbor,`` which is often the more difficult challenge to meet.

  10. Side-by-Side Field Evaluation of Highly Insulating Windows in the PNNL Lab Homes

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    Widder, Sarah H.; Parker, Graham B.; Baechler, Michael C.; Bauman, Nathan N.

    2012-08-01

    To examine the energy, air leakage, and thermal performance of highly insulating windows, a field evaluation was undertaken in a matched pair of all-electric, factory-built “Lab Homes” located on the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) campus in Richland, Washington. The “baseline” Lab Home B was retrofitted with “standard” double-pane clear aluminum-frame slider windows and patio doors, while the “experimental” Lab Home A was retrofitted with Jeld-Wen® triple-pane vinyl-frame slider windows and patio doors with a U-factor of 0.2 and solar heat gain coefficient of 0.19. To assess the window, the building shell air leakage, energy use, and interior temperatures of each home were compared during the 2012 winter heating and summer cooling seasons. The measured energy savings in Lab Home B averaged 5,821 watt-hours per day (Wh/day) during the heating season and 6,518 Wh/day during the cooling season. The overall whole-house energy savings of Lab Home B compared to Lab Home A are 11.6% ± 1.53% for the heating season and 18.4 ± 2.06% for the cooling season for identical occupancy conditions with no window coverings deployed. Extrapolating these energy savings numbers based on typical average heating degree days and cooling degree days per year yields an estimated annual energy savings of 12.2%, or 1,784 kWh/yr. The data suggest that highly insulating windows are an effective energy-saving measure that should be considered for high-performance new homes and in existing retrofits. However, the cost effectiveness of the measure, as determined by the simple payback period, suggests that highly insulating window costs continue to make windows difficult to justify on a cost basis alone. Additional reductions in costs via improvements in manufacturing and/or market penetration that continue to drive down costs will make highly insulating windows much more viable as a cost-effective energy efficiency measure. This study also illustrates that highly

  11. Brick manufacture with fly ash from Illinois coals. Quarterly technical report, September 1, 1994--November 30, 1994

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    Hughes, R.E.; Dreher, G.; Frost, J.; Moore, D.; Rostam-Abadi, M.; Fiocchi, T.; Swartz, D.

    1995-03-01

    This investigation seeks to utilize fly ash in fired-clay products such as building and patio bricks, ceramic blocks, field and sewer tile, and flower pots. This goal is accomplished by (1) one or more plant-scale, 5000-brick tests with fly ash mixed with brick clays at the 20% or higher level; (2) a laboratory-scale study to measure the firing reactions of a range of compositions of clay and fly ash mixtures; (3) a technical and economic study to evaluate the potential environmental and economic benefits of brick manufacture with fly ash. Bricks and feed materials will be tested for compliance with market specifications and for leachability of pollutants derived from fly ash. The laboratory study will combine ISGS databases, ICCI-supported characterization methods, and published information to improve predictions of the firing characteristics of Illinois fly ash and brick clay mixtures. Because identical methods are used to test clay firing and coal ash fusion, and because melting mechanisms are the same, improved coal ash fusion predictions are an expected result of this research. If successful, this project should convert an environmental problem (fly ash) into valuable products - bricks. During this quarter, the authors set up the manufacturing run at Colonial Brick Co., provided an expanded NEPA questionnaire for DOE, made preliminary arrangements for a larger brick manufacturing run at Marseilles Brick Co., revised laboratory procedures for selective dissolution analysis, and began characterization of brick clays that could be mixed with fly ash for fired-clay products.

  12. Sustainable Building in China -- A Green Leap Forward?

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    Diamond, Richard; Ye, Qing; Feng, Wei; Yan, Tao; Mao, Hongwei; Li, Yutong; Guo, Yongcong; Wang, Jialiang

    2013-09-01

    China is constructing new commercial buildings at an enormous rate -- roughly 2 billion square meters per year, with considerable interest and activity in green design and construction. We review the context of commercial building design and construction in China, and look at a specific project as an example of a high performance, sustainable design, the Shenzhen Institute of Building Research (IBR). The IBR building incorporates over 40 sustainable technologies and strategies, including daylighting, natural ventilation, gray-water recycling, solar-energy generation, and highly efficient Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems. We present measured data on the performance of the building, including detailed analysis by energy end use, water use, and occupant comfort and satisfaction. Total building energy consumption in 2011 was 1151 MWh, with an Energy Use Intensity (EUI) of 63 kWh/m2 (20 kBtu/ft2), which is 61% of the mean EUI value of 103 kWh/m2 (33 kBtu/ft2) for similar buildings in the region. We also comment on the unique design process, which incorporated passive strategies throughout the building, and has led to high occupant satisfaction with the natural ventilation, daylighting, and green patio work areas. Lastly we present thoughts on how the design philosophy of the IBR building can be a guide for low-energy design in different climate regions throughout China and elsewhere.

  13. Reuse of waste cutting sand at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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    Mathews, S., LLNL

    1998-02-25

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) examined the waste stream from a water jet cutting operation, to evaluate the possible reuse of waste garnet sand. The sand is a cutting agent used to shape a variety of materials, including metals. Nearly 70,000 pounds of waste sand is generated annually by the cutting operation. The Environmental Protection Department evaluated two potential reuses for the spent garnet sand: backfill in utility trenches; and as a concrete constituent. In both applications, garnet waste would replace the sand formerly purchases by LLNL for these purposes. Findings supported the reuse of waste garnet sand in concrete, but disqualified its proposed application as trench backfill. Waste sand stabilized in ac concrete matrix appeared to present no metals-leaching hazard; however, unconsolidated sand in trenches could potentially leach metals in concentrations high enough to threaten ground water quality. A technical report submitted to the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board was reviewed and accepted by that body. Reuse of waste garnet cutting sand as a constituent in concrete poured to form walkways and patios at LLNL was approved.

  14. Chautauqua radio workshop project. Final report, July 1, 1980-October 30, 1981

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    Not Available

    1982-01-25

    Chautauqua is a daily call-in radio show (260 hour-long shows) broadcast over Public Radio Station WOUB fm, Athens, Ohio. This radio series covers a wide range of topics such as: energy conservation, developing small scale alternative energy sources (like windpower, solar energy, wood heat, alcohol production, earth-sheltered home construction, etc.), backyard vegetable production, and food preservation. The program's information is generated by the guests, listeners, and the show's host. An outline of the proposed steps to accomplish the proliferation of the Chautauqua radio concept throughout the US is presented. The Final Report from the Chautauqua Radio Workshop Project is presented along with the Chautauqua Notebook: appropriate technology on radio. (MCW)

  15. Gen Purpose 1-D Finite Element Network Fluid Flow Heat Transfer System Simulator

    Energy Science and Technology Software Center (OSTI)

    1993-08-02

    SAFSIM (System Analysis Flow Simulator) is a FORTRAN computer program to simulate the integrated performance of systems involving fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and reactor dynamics. SAFSIM provides sufficient versatility to allow the engineering simulation of almost any system, from a backyard sprinkler system to a clustered nuclear reactor propulsion system. In addition to versatility, speed and robustness are primary SAFSIM development goals. SAFSIM contains three basic physics modules: (1) a one-dimensional finite element fluid mechanicsmore » module with multiple flow network capability; (2) a one-dimensional finite element structure heat transfer module with multiple convection and radiation exchange capability; and (3) a point reactor dynamics module with reactivity feedback and decay heat capability. SAFSIM can be used for compressible and incompressible, single-phase, multicomponent flow systems.« less

  16. What Will the Neighbors Think? Building Large-Scale Science Projects Around the World

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    Jones, Craig; Mrotzek, Christian; Toge, Nobu; Sarno, Doug

    2010-01-08

    Public participation is an essential ingredient for turning the International Linear Collider into a reality. Wherever the proposed particle accelerator is sited in the world, its neighbors -- in any country -- will have something to say about hosting a 35-kilometer-long collider in their backyards. When it comes to building large-scale physics projects, almost every laboratory has a story to tell. Three case studies from Japan, Germany and the US will be presented to examine how community relations are handled in different parts of the world. How do particle physics laboratories interact with their local communities? How do neighbors react to building large-scale projects in each region? How can the lessons learned from past experiences help in building the next big project? These and other questions will be discussed to engage the audience in an active dialogue about how a large-scale project like the ILC can be a good neighbor.

  17. Solid waste management of temple floral offerings by vermicomposting using Eisenia fetida

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    Singh, Akanksha; Jain, Akansha; Sarma, Birinchi K.; Abhilash, P.C.; Singh, Harikesh B.

    2013-05-15

    Highlights: ► Effective management of temple floral offerings using E. fetida. ► Physico-chemical properties in TW VC were better especially EC, C/N, C/P and TK. ► TW VC as plant growth promoter at much lower application rates than KW and FYW VC. - Abstract: Recycling of temple waste (TW) mainly comprising of floral offerings was done through vermitechnology using Eisenia fetida and its impact on seed germination and plant growth parameters was studied by comparing with kitchen waste (KW) and farmyard waste (FYW) vermicompost (VC). The worm biomass was found to be maximum in TW VC compared to KW and FYW VCs at both 40 and 120 days old VCs. Physico-chemical analysis of worm-worked substrates showed better results in TW VC especially in terms of electrical conductivity, C/N, C/P and TK. 10% TW VC–water extract (VCE) showed stimulatory effect on germination percentage of chickpea seeds while KW and FYW VCE proved effective at higher concentration. Variation in growth parameters was also observed with change in the VC–soil ratio and TW VC showed enhanced shoot length, root length, number of secondary roots and total biomass at 12.5% VC compared to KW and FYW VC.

  18. Emissions of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and polychlorinated dibenzofurans from the open burning of household waste in barrels

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    Lemieux, P.M.; Lutes, C.C.; Abbott, J.A.; Aldous, K.M.

    2000-02-01

    Backyard burning of household waste in barrels is a common waste disposal practice for which pollutant emissions have not been well characterized. This study measured the emissions of several pollutants, including polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDDs/PCDFs), from burning mixtures designed to simulate waste generated by a recycling and a nonrecycling family in a 208-L (55-gal) burn barrel at the EPA's Open Burning Test Facility. This paper focuses on the PCDD/PCDF emissions and discusses the factors influencing PCDD/PCDF formation for different test burns. Four test burns were made in which the amount of waste placed in the barrel varied from 6.4 to 13.6 kg and the amount actually burned varied from 46.6% to 68.1%. Emissions of total PCDDs/PCDFs ranged between 0.0046 and 0.48 mg/kg of waste burned. Emissions are also presented in terms of 2,3,7,8-TCDD toxic equivalents. Emissions of PCDDs/PCDFs appear to correlate with both copper and hydrochloric acid emissions. The results of this study indicate that backyard burning emits more PCDDs/PCDFs on a mass of refuse burned basis than various types of municipal waste combustors (MWCs). Comparison of burn barrel emissions to emissions from a hypothetical modern MWC equipped with high-efficiency flue gas cleaning technology indicates that about 2--40 households burning their trash daily in barrels can produce average PCDD/PCDF emissions comparable to a 182,000 kg/day (200 ton/day) MWC facility. This study provides important data on a potentially significant source of emissions of PCDDs/PCDFs.

  19. Brick manufacture with fly ash from Illinois coals. Technical report, March 1, 1995--May 31, 1995

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    Hughes, R.E.; Dreher, G.; Moore, D.; Rostam-Abadi, M.; Fiocchi, T.; Swartz, D.

    1995-12-31

    This investigation seeks to utilize fly ash in fired-clay products such as building and patio bricks, ceramic blocks, field and sewer tile, and flower pots. This goal is accomplished by 1) one or more plant-scale, 5000-brick tests of fly ash mixed with brick clays at the 20% or higher level; 2) a laboratory-scale study to measure the firing reactions of a range of compositions of clay and fly ash mixtures; 3) a preliminary study to evaluate the potential environmental and economic benefits of brick manufacture with fly ash. Bricks and feed materials will be tested for compliance with market specifications and for leachability of pollutants derived from fly ash. The laboratory study will combine ISGS databases, ICCI-supported characterization methods, and published information to improve predictions of the firing characteristics of Illinois fly ash and brick clay mixtures. Because identical methods are used to test clay firing and coal ash fusion, and because melting mechanisms are the same, improved coal ash fusion predictions are and additional expected result of this research. During this quarter we completed a manufacturing run at Colonial Brick Co. and began laboratory testing of samples from that run: clays, fly ash (from Illinois Power Company`s Wood River plant), and green and fired bricks, with and without fly ash. Bricks with 20% fly ash ``scummed`` during firing, and the fly ash failed to increase oxidation rate or water absorption, which were both expected. We obtained chemical and mineralogical analyses of the fireclays and shales at Colonial and Marseilles Brick Companies and began a series of selective dissolution analyses to more accurately determine the composition of the principal clay minerals in brick clays and the components in fly ash. We began related work of calculating normative mineralogical analyses for all clays and fly ashes that we sample.

  20. Brick manufacture with fly ash from Illinois coals. Quarterly report, 1 December 1994--28 February 1995

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    Hughes, R.E.; Dreher, G.; Frost, J.; Moore, D.; Rostam-Abadi, M.; Fiocchi, T.; Swartz, D.

    1995-12-31

    This investigation seeks to utilize fly ash in fired-clay products such as building and patio bricks, ceramic blocks, field and sewer tile, and flower pots. This goal is accomplished by (1) one or more plant-scale, 5000-brick tests with fly ash mixed with brick clays at the 20% or higher level; (2) a laboratory-scale study to measure the firing reactions of a range of compositions of clay and fly ash mixtures; (3) a preliminary study to evaluate the potential environmental and economic benefits of brick manufacture with fly ash. Bricks and feed materials will be tested for compliance with market specifications and for leachability of pollutants derived from fly ash. The laboratory study will combine ISGS databases, ICCI-supported characterization methods, and published information to improve predictions of the firing characteristics of Illinois fly ash and brick clay mixtures. Because identical methods are used to test clay firing and coal ash fusion, and because melting mechanisms are the same, improved coal ash fusion predictions are an additional expected result of this research. If successful, this project should convert a disposal problem (fly ash) into valuable products-bricks. During this quarter we set up the manufacturing run at Colonial Brick Co., finalized arrangements for a larger brick manufacturing run at Marseilles Brick Co. in YR2, revised our laboratory procedures for selective dissolution analysis, obtained information to select three standard fly ashes, and continued our characterization of brick clays that could be mixed with fly ash for fired-clay products. Due to delays in other areas, we began construction of the optimization program for year 2. We discovered recently that fly ash dust will be an unanticipated problem at the brick plant.

  1. Sources and management of hazardous waste in Papua New Guinea

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    Singh, K.

    1996-12-31

    Papua New Guinea (PNG) has considerable mineral wealth, especially in gold and copper. Large-scale mining takes place, and these activities are the source of most of PNG`s hazardous waste. Most people live in small farming communities throughout the region. Those living adjacent to mining areas have experienced some negative impacts from river ecosystem damage and erosion of their lands. Industry is centered mainly in urban areas and Generates waste composed of various products. Agricultural products, pesticide residues, and chemicals used for preserving timber and other forestry products also produce hazardous waste. Most municipal waste comes from domestic and commercial premises; it consists mainly of combustibles, noncombustibles, and other wastes. Hospitals generate pathogenic organisms, radioactive materials, and chemical and pharmaceutical laboratory waste. Little is known about the actual treatment of waste before disposal in PNG. Traditional low-cost waste disposal methods are usually practiced, such as use of landfills; storage in surface impoundments; and disposal in public sewers, rivers, and the sea. Indiscriminate burning of domestic waste in backyards is also commonly practiced in urban and rural areas. 10 refs., 4 tabs.

  2. Poking and prying for peace

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    Grier, P.

    1991-12-01

    An ordinary building in an industrial park near Washington's Dulles Airport houses one arm of the US military that may be immune from budget cuts. Its offices resemble those of the software and engineering firms that surround it - except for the fragments of destroyed missiles used as wall decorations. This is the headquarters of the On-Site Inspection Agency (OSIA), whose main job is verifying the destruction of weapons, an area of explosive growth. Founded in 1988 to enforce the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, OSIA will face increasing responsibilities as major new arms control agreements come on line. Verifying the Strategic Arms Reductions Treaty (START) and the Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) pact will mean new teams of experts, new linguists, and new equipment. Enforcing other agreements, such as treaty banning chemical weapons (currently being negotiated in Geneva), could spur even more growth, and may require new technologies. OSIA is the most visible symbol of what might be called the verification revolution.' A decade ago it was unthinkable that US inspectors would live near a Soviet missile factory or that Soviet inspectors might be feted at a backyard barbecue in Utah, or that a new treaty would list the specific steps involved in destroying an armored vehicle.

  3. Air pathway report: Phase I of the Hanford Environmental Dose Reconstruction Project

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Not Available

    1991-07-01

    Phase 1 of the air-pathway portion of the Hanford Environmental Dose Reconstruction (HEDR) Project sought to determine whether dose estimates could be calculated for populations in the 10 counties nearest the Hanford Site from atmospheric releases of iodine-131 from the site from 1944--1947. Phase 1 demonstrated the following: HEDR-calculated source-term estimates of iodine-131 releases to the atmosphere were within 20% of previously published estimates; calculated vegetation concentrations of iodine-131 agree well with previously published measurements; the highest of the Phase 1 preliminary dose estimates to the thyroid are consistent with independent, previously published estimates of doses to maximally exposed individuals; and, relatively crude, previously published measurements of thyroid burdens for Hanford workers are in the range of average burdens that the HEDR model estimated for similar reference individuals'' for the period 1944--1947. Preliminary median dose estimates summed over the year 1945--1947 for the primary pathway, air-pasture-cow-milk-thyroid, ranged from low median values of 0.006 rad for upwind adults who obtained milk from backyard cows not on pasture to high median values of 68.0 rad for downwind infants who drank milk from pasture-fed cows. Extremes of the estimated range are a low of essentially zero to upwind adults and a high of almost 3000 rem to downwind infants. 37 refs., 37 figs., 2 tabs.

  4. QER- Comment of Peter Cross

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    To whom it may concern: We live in Orange, MA, which is one of the towns through which a natural gas pipeline (Kinder Morgan Co.) is proposed to go on its way to Dracut, MA. We are aware that these 30-inch pipelines have on average one leak every 8 miles or so, and we know there will be more than 8 miles of the line in our town if it is approved. Although we are not abutting property owners, we are opposed to the fracking techniques used to extract the gas that will be in this pipeline, primarily because of danger to water supplies. Additionally, we feel as though we're enabling and supporting these techniques by not speaking out about transporting the products of this process. And, just in case you think we are "not in my backyard "people, we SUPPORT both wind and solar power installations - we have both rather close to us! Thanks for taking our opinions into consideration. Peter and Candace Cross, Orange, MA

  5. Development of a Smart MicroGrid Testbed

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    Lee, Wei-Jen; Wetz, David

    2013-04-25

    Demand for electricity is rapidly increasing thereby applying pressure to expand generation and distribution capacity worldwide. The expansion of traditional services not only imposes burdens on financial resources but also encounters many challenges from community residents who oppose the construction of new power generation plants or transmission facilities in their backyard. From the integrated resource planning point of view, a feasible and economical remedy is, therefore, to utilize existing dispersed generation capacity known as distributed generation (DG) and/or renewable energy resources that may exist in the vicinity of the load centers. The main criteria for selecting the type of fuel source for a DG is its local availability, conversion system technological advancement, impact on the environment, and operating cost. DG’s have existed in the market for many years. Large diesel or gas powered generation sets are used in stand-by mode to power up vital services such as hospitals, financial and commercial compounds, telecommunication centers and industrial premises. Wind turbines, photovoltaic energy sources, and fuel cells are new comers that are now competing in size and efficiency with many standard generating sets. With this in mind, they are being used in many places not only as stand-by units but as the prime source of power particularly when the $/kWhr rate is high[1-5].

  6. Special Issue on geophysics applied to detection and discrimination of unexploded ordnance

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    Gasperikova, Erika; Gasperikova, Erika; Beard, Les P.

    2007-01-15

    Unexploded ordnance (UXO) presents serious problems in Europe, Asia, as well as in the United States. Explosives and mines from World War I and World War II still turn up at European and Asian construction sites, backyard gardens, beaches, wildlife preserves and former military training grounds. The high rate of failure among munitions from 60-90 years ago is cited as one of the main reasons for such a high level of contamination. Apart from war activities, military training has resulted in many uncovered ordnance. It is especially true in the United States, where most UXO has resulted from decades of military training, exercises, and testing of weapons systems. Such UXO contamination prevents civilian land use, threatens public safety, and causes significant environmental concern. In light of this problem, there has been considerable interest shown by federal, state, and local authorities in UXO remediation at former U.S. Department of Defense sites. The ultimate goal of UXO remediation is to permit safe public use of contaminated lands. A Defense Science Board Task Force Report from 1998 lists some 1,500 sites, comprising approximately 15 million acres, that potentially contain UXO. The UXO-related activity for these sites consists of identifying the subareas that actually contain UXO, and then locating and removing the UXO, or fencing the hazardous areas off from the public. The criteria for clearance depend on the intended land end-use and residual hazard risk that is deemed acceptable. Success in detecting UXO depends on the ordnance's size, metal content, and depth of burial, as well as on the ability of geophysical systems to detect ordnance in the presence of metallic fragments from exploded UXO and other metal clutter.

  7. Constructing rigorous and broad biosurveillance networks for detecting emerging zoonotic outbreaks

    DOE Public Access Gateway for Energy & Science Beta (PAGES Beta)

    Brown, Mac; Moore, Leslie; McMahon, Benjamin; Powell, Dennis; LaBute, Montiago; Hyman, James M.; Rivas, Ariel; Jankowski, Mark; Berendzen, Joel; Loeppky, Jason; et al

    2015-05-06

    Determining optimal surveillance networks for an emerging pathogen is difficult since it is not known beforehand what the characteristics of a pathogen will be or where it will emerge. The resources for surveillance of infectious diseases in animals and wildlife are often limited and mathematical modeling can play a supporting role in examining a wide range of scenarios of pathogen spread. We demonstrate how a hierarchy of mathematical and statistical tools can be used in surveillance planning help guide successful surveillance and mitigation policies for a wide range of zoonotic pathogens. The model forecasts can help clarify the complexities ofmore » potential scenarios, and optimize biosurveillance programs for rapidly detecting infectious diseases. Using the highly pathogenic zoonotic H5N1 avian influenza 2006-2007 epidemic in Nigeria as an example, we determined the risk for infection for localized areas in an outbreak and designed biosurveillance stations that are effective for different pathogen strains and a range of possible outbreak locations. We created a general multi-scale, multi-host stochastic SEIR epidemiological network model, with both short and long-range movement, to simulate the spread of an infectious disease through Nigerian human, poultry, backyard duck, and wild bird populations. We chose parameter ranges specific to avian influenza (but not to a particular strain) and used a Latin hypercube sample experimental design to investigate epidemic predictions in a thousand simulations. We ranked the risk of local regions by the number of times they became infected in the ensemble of simulations. These spatial statistics were then complied into a potential risk map of infection. Finally, we validated the results with a known outbreak, using spatial analysis of all the simulation runs to show the progression matched closely with the observed location of the farms infected in the 2006-2007 epidemic.« less

  8. Constructing rigorous and broad biosurveillance networks for detecting emerging zoonotic outbreaks

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    Brown, Mac; Moore, Leslie; McMahon, Benjamin; Powell, Dennis; LaBute, Montiago; Hyman, James M.; Rivas, Ariel; Jankowski, Mark; Berendzen, Joel; Loeppky, Jason; Manore, Carrie; Fair, Jeanne; Viboud, Cecile

    2015-05-06

    Determining optimal surveillance networks for an emerging pathogen is difficult since it is not known beforehand what the characteristics of a pathogen will be or where it will emerge. The resources for surveillance of infectious diseases in animals and wildlife are often limited and mathematical modeling can play a supporting role in examining a wide range of scenarios of pathogen spread. We demonstrate how a hierarchy of mathematical and statistical tools can be used in surveillance planning help guide successful surveillance and mitigation policies for a wide range of zoonotic pathogens. The model forecasts can help clarify the complexities of potential scenarios, and optimize biosurveillance programs for rapidly detecting infectious diseases. Using the highly pathogenic zoonotic H5N1 avian influenza 2006-2007 epidemic in Nigeria as an example, we determined the risk for infection for localized areas in an outbreak and designed biosurveillance stations that are effective for different pathogen strains and a range of possible outbreak locations. We created a general multi-scale, multi-host stochastic SEIR epidemiological network model, with both short and long-range movement, to simulate the spread of an infectious disease through Nigerian human, poultry, backyard duck, and wild bird populations. We chose parameter ranges specific to avian influenza (but not to a particular strain) and used a Latin hypercube sample experimental design to investigate epidemic predictions in a thousand simulations. We ranked the risk of local regions by the number of times they became infected in the ensemble of simulations. These spatial statistics were then complied into a potential risk map of infection. Finally, we validated the results with a known outbreak, using spatial analysis of all the simulation runs to show the progression matched closely with the observed location of the farms infected in the 2006-2007 epidemic.

  9. Critical Path to Nuclear Science and Technology Knowledge Transfer and Skill Development in K-12 Schools: Why America Needs Action and Support from Federal and State Education Departments Now

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    Vincenti, J.R.; Anderson, G.E.

    2006-07-01

    With the signing of President Bush's energy bill in August of 2005, the successful application of the new energy legislation may have more to do with educational standards required in our schools than applications of research and technology in the long-term. Looking inside the new legislation, the future of that legislation's success may not just hinge on investment in technology, but ensuring that our citizens, especially our youth, are prepared and better informed to be able to understand, react, and apply the economically and national security driven intent of the law. How can our citizens make sense of change if they lack the skills to be able to understand, not only the technology, but also the science that drives the change? President Bush's passage of the 1,724-page bill emphasizes conservation, clean energy research, and new and improved technology. The legislation also provides for economic incentives toward building more nuclear power plants. This paper will use four questions as a focal point to emphasize the need for both state and federal education departments to review their current standards and respond to deficiencies regarding learning about radioactivity, radiation, and nuclear science and technology. The questions are: 1. Will America accept new nuclear power development? 2. Will waste issues be resolved concerning high- and low-level radioactive waste management and disposal? 3. Will nuclear 'anything' be politically correct when it comes to your backyard? 4. Is our youth adequately educated and informed about radioactivity, radiation, and nuclear science and technology? This paper will use Pennsylvania as a case study to better understand the implications and importance of the educational standards in our school systems. This paper will also show how the deficiency found in Pennsylvania's academic standards, and in other states, has a significant impact on the ability to fulfill the legislation's intent of realizing energy independence and

  10. QER- Comment of Liberty Goodwin

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    been developed by unknowns working in garages, bike shops, etc. We need to look beyond the elite in corporate money tanks and prestigious academia to find the gems in our own backyards. 2. One such, Paul Klinkman, has at least 50 inventions on hand, is developing several, has one patent and a few more in process, most related to alternative energy production. 3. The point is that we would find many like him – if we would only look. 4. Also, we should be seeking not just new technologies, but new business models. Check out the example from our greenhouse flyer, below. **SAVVY INVESTORS DON'T PUT THE BULK OF THEIR FORTUNES IN JUST A COUPLE OF STOCKS. THEY SPREAD THE RISK BY DIVERSIFYING. LET US BE LIKEWISE SMART IN USE OF PUBLIC MONEY 1 "Renewable energy" is not just about electricity, or even that and hot water. It is not even just those and wind, and certainly more than "solar panels". 2 We need to explore and use the many different types of alternatives, just as we do in most other aspects of our society. 3 Taking the kind of money that was allocated to Solyndra (or even to 38 Studios here in Rhode Island, and instead investing it in even 10 small projects, is a much wiser choice than betting it on another big boondoggle. **WHAT TO DO? PUT OUR MONEY INTO SUPPORT FOR WIDESPREAD USE OF CURRENT "GREEN" ENERGY TECHNOLOGY, AND EVALUATION & DEVELOPMENT OF NEW, TRULY INNOVATIVE OPTIONS 1 Make renewable energy credits available for all solar, wind and other technologies that show promise for meeting our energy needs. 2 Consider setting up an Important Innovations Center like the one described on the other side. TWO EXAMPLES OF NEW & EXCITING RESEARCH & BUSINESS MODELS A. PROPOSED NEW KSD NON-PROFIT IMPORTANT INNOVATIONS CENTER PURPOSES **Provide a place where small inventors can get help in evaluating and developing their ideas. **Provide a place which will focus specifically on inventions that have the potential to benefit the world and its people. **Provide a place which