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Vaisala has signed a contract to deliver four dual-polarized weather radars to the Philippines. The contract with the National Meteorological Service of the Philippines includes the weather radars, spare parts and related services. The deliveries start at the end of 2013, and will be completed during 2014.

The Philippines is an island country with a challenging tropical climate. The frequent typhoons and heavy rains pose severe impact on people and property.

BOULDER, CO – Sandra Henderson, Director for Citizen Science at the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), will be honored this week at the White House as a Champion of Change for her work on NEON’s Project BudBurst and related citizen science activities. 

Across the country, ordinary Americans are doing extraordinary things, and the White House Champions of Change program aims to identify and recognize those people, who they say are “winning the future” in their communities. 

NREL’s Keith Emery Awarded Prestigious Cherry Award
Top PV award goes to researcher who brought credibility to testing of solar cells and modules
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
An engineer from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) whose testing and characterization laboratory brings credibility to the measurement of efficiency of solar cells and modules has been awarded the prestigious William R. Cherry Award by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Keith Emery, a principal scientist at NREL, received the award at the 39th IEEE's Photovoltaic Specialists Conference in Tampa Bay.


Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have reported* the first observation of the "spin Hall effect" in a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC), a cloud of ultracold atoms acting as a single quantum object. As one consequence, they made the atoms, which spin like a child's top, skew to one side or the other, by an amount dependent on the spin direction. Besides offering new insight into the quantum mechanical world, they say the phenomenon is a step toward applications in "atomtronics"—the use of ultracold atoms as circuit components.

This artist’s conception shows atoms in a Bose-Einstein Condensate (BEC) being pushed by laser light. When the atoms, which all have the same magnetic spin orientation (represented by their blue and yellow "poles"), are pushed toward the viewer, they drift to the right because of their spin -- a result of the spin Hall effect, which has been observed in a BEC for the first time.

Thursday, June 06, 2013

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is partnering with Cobalt Technologies, U.S. Navy, and Show Me Energy Cooperative to demonstrate that jet fuel can be made economically and in large quantities from a renewable biomass feedstock such as switch grass.

"This can be an important step in the efforts to continue to displace petroleum by using biomass resources," NREL Manager for Bioprocess Integration R&D Dan Schell said. "We're converting biomass into sugars for subsequent conversion to butanol and then to JP5 jet fuel."