The ninth annual Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy will be held from December 7–9, 2014, in San Diego, California, at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter. Bringing together representatives from various countries all around the Pacific Rim, this Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) co-sponsored event will focus on the growth of the industrial biotechnology and bioenergy sectors in North America and the Asia-Pacific region. Glenn Doyle, BETO's Deployment & Demonstration Technology Manager, will be moderating and speaking at a session on entitled "Utilizing Strategic Partnerships to Grow Your Business" on December 9.
SunShot Incubator awardee QBotix, which harnesses the power of robotic tracking to optimize solar plant operation, is working to reduce the cost of photovoltaic (PV) tracking technology by consolidating many trackers into an individual robot that can travel from tracker to tracker to make adjustments.
Case study of a DOE Zero Energy Ready home in San Jose, CA, that achieved a HERS 69 on the California HERS score without PV, or HERS -1 with 6.4 kW of PV. The custom home has 2x6 advanced framed walls dense packed with R-23 of cellulose plus 1 in. of rigid foam exterior insulation, R-51 blown cellulose in the attic, ICF crawl space walls plus 3-in. EPS under the slab, solar hot water, an HRV, and a very high efficiency heat pump with central fan-integrated Night Ventilation cooling that cuts cooling costs by 98%.
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) in Sacramento, California, is looking to local renewable resources to help meet its aggressive goal of supplying 37% of its power from renewables in 2020.
" If we can convince mothers and fathers to treat their daughters and sons equally, to instill in them a sense of value for education, responsibility for their actions and decisions, love for others (not only family members), and a desire for spiritual enlightenment, we can begin to change the world."
NASA's Curiosity Mars rover this week completed its first Martian year -- 687 Earth days -- since landing in August 2012. Each day of the rover working on Mars requires several dozen rover team members completing tasks on Earth.To celebrate reaching this longevity milestone, which had been set as one of the mission's goals from the start, the Curiosity team planned staffing a special day, with women fulfilling 76 out of 102 operational roles, showcasing the important role women have to play in STEM jobs.