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Association of Energy Engineers April 7 Meeting: Emerging Technologies Night

Posted March 24, 2010 by

Our April 7 meeting will be our 2nd Annual New England Chapter Emerging Technologies Night.

Ten presenters will briefly describe their technologies during the meeting, and prior to the meeting we will also have the emerging technology exhibits on the mezzanine during the networking hour (5:30 to 6:30).  We will have a diverse range of technologies for presentation and display.

For the purposes of this meeting we have adapted a specific definition of Emerging Technology: These are technologies that are well beyond the prototype stage, commercially available, have considerable proven field use, but are not yet widely known or used.  Technologies may also include advances in features, cost, or services which are now causing “emergence”.

Technology Selections

This year’s AEE World Energy Engineering Conference (WEEC) held at Washington DC in November 2009 featured a New Technology Breakfast that featured ten condensed presentations selected by AEE as representative of new or enhanced technologies of value and interest to AEE members.  Most of the technologies address energy efficiency and conservation.  A number of these same presenters/technologies were recruited to present at our meeting, and additional presenters/technologies were selected among the hundreds of exhibitors at the WEEC.

Technologies include heat pumps, fan/motor design, lighting, daylighting, destratification, compressors, lighting control, modeling software, and advanced controlled devices.

The intent is to provide technical information on newer technologies for immediate beneficial use by energy professionals and end-users.

Meeting Location and Agenda

Doubletree Guest Suites Hotel
550 Winter Street – Exit 27B off Route 128 (I-95)
Waltham, MA

4:30   Open AEE Board Meeting

5:30   Emerging Technology Exhibits, Mezzanine Level

Registration and Networking

6:30   Dinner and Presentation

8:30   Close

Please register and pay on-line using PayPal at http://aeenewengland.org, or email to: info@aeenewengland.org.

$40.00 per person

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Disclaimer: The New England Chapter or the Association of Energy Engineers, AEE-NE, has not investigated and expressly disclaims any duty to investigate, any product, service, process, procedure, design, or the like which may be presented by any of the presenters or Chapter Officers at any AEE-NE meeting or function. The presentation of any technical data or editorial material at these events does not constitute endorsement, warranty or guaranty by AEE-NE of any product, service, process, procedure, design of the like. AEE-NE does not warrant that any of the information presented at these events is free from errors. The entire risk of the use of any information presented is assumed by the user.

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The New England Consortium at UMass Lowell Providing Jobs and Training Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funds

Posted March 24, 2010 by

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) awarded The New England Consortium $373,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus funds in 2009 to train workers for jobs that protect the public, employees and the environment from hazardous materials and waste.

The ARRA funds are helping to support the expansion of the green sector and to ensure an emphasis on employee health and safety.  For the emerging green sector, it includes the customization of safety and health training for emerging jobs in alternative energy development, green remediation, green construction and emerging industries like nanotechnology.  If your company is part of the growing green sector, free training may be available to your employees.

TNEC courses meet or exceed the requirements of the OSHA 29CFR 1910.120 HAZWOPER Standard.  TNEC provides dynamic hands-on, participatory health and safety training using simulated work tasks and mock incidents.  Students gain a better understanding of work site hazards and how to properly respond in an emergency situation.

David Coffey, Training Manager commented, “Effective training empowers employees and encourages their participation in shaping safer workplace practices to better protect themselves, their co-workers and the community at large.”  More and more businesses view training and other environmental, health and safety issues from a business strategy perspective rather than from the former pure cost of compliance standpoint.

TNEC will design training to meet the needs of your facility or professional group.  Customized courses are delivered on-site anywhere in New England or at TNEC?s training center in Lowell.  Customized courses ensure that employees and management participate in realistic exercises and review lessons learned applicable to their own site.  Courses offered include; 8-Hour Emergency Response, 8-Hour All Hazards, Confined Space, OSHA 10, OSHA 30 and 40-Hour Hazardous Waste Site Personnel Basic Health and Safety.

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Ecology and Environment, Inc. Awarded $40-Million Navy Contract

Posted March 22, 2010 by

BUFFALO, N.Y.- Ecology and Environment, Inc., (NASDAQ: EEI) today announced that it has been awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a ceiling of $40 Million  for environmental planning and engineering services by the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), Atlantic.

The work to be assigned will include National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documentation in support of proposed infrastructure-related actions related to Aircraft Homebasing issues, and may also include tasks pertaining to new construction, renovation, and Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) actions and demolitions.

Work will be performed within NAVFAC’s Atlantic area of responsibility and the adjacent waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans – including the continental United States, the Caribbean, Europe, and North Africa – though tasks may be assigned anywhere in the world.  The contract has an initial term of one year, followed by four additional one year option periods, with an expected completion date of March 2015.

The documents to be prepared will include Categorical Exclusions (CATEX), Environmental Assessments (EA) and Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) under NEPA, as well as Environmental Reviews and Environmental Studies under Executive Order (EO) 12114. A variety of related studies and services may be required, such as:  Air Conformity Analyses; wetland delineation and mitigation plans; cultural resource surveys; threatened and endangered species surveys; water quality and storm water management studies; noise impact studies; community impact studies and public involvement strategies.

Company president and CEO Kevin Neumaier stated, “E&E; is proud of our record of past performance in Navy environmental planning programs.  We look forward to continuing to support Navy and Marine Corps efforts to integrate environmental stewardship with their vital mission of national defense.”

Ecology and Environment, Inc., has completed more than 45,000 projects in 84 countries for a wide variety of clients, providing in nearly every ecosystem on the planet.  E & E is listed on the NASDAQ under the symbol EEI and is located on the web at www.ene.com.

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New England Stormwater Technology Workshop

Posted March 22, 2010 by

Tuesday March 30, 2010

8:00 am to 1:00 pm (Registration – 7:30am to 8:00am)

Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation
154 Moody Street
Waltham, MA 02451-4937

Please contact Rinker Materials @ 413-562-3647 or electronically through our web site at www.rinkerstormceptor.com. Make sure to mention that you are registering for the New England Stormwater Technology Workshop in the comments section to reserve your seat.

Workshop Topics will include: 
Resuspension in Manufactured BMP’s and it’s Impact on Treatment

A look at the performance of proprietary BMP’s with a special focus on resuspension of captured sediment. Dr. Sansalone has tested a number of different proprietary BMP’s and will present an insight into their performance.

Presenter:
Dr. John Sansalone, Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences, University of Florida.

The Massachusetts STEP (Stormwater Technology Evaluation Project)

Jerry Schoen of the University of Massachusetts Water Resources Research Center will discuss how to interpret information found in the Massachusetts Stormwater Technology Evaluation Project, the Searchable Database and describe how the Massachusetts Stormwater Handbook recommends using the database when verifying the effectiveness of Proprietary BMP’s.

Presenter:
Jerry Scheone, Director MASTEP Program

Effective Integration of Various BMP?s into Managing Stormwater

A look at effective ways to manage stormwater through the use of various BMP’s combining LID technologies with proprietary BMP’s such as the Stormceptor

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FAA Awards Solar Guidance Document Project to HMMH

Posted March 17, 2010 by

March 16, 2010: Burlington, MA

Harris Miller Miller & Hanson Inc. (HMMH) has been selected by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to develop a solar guidance document for airports. The guide will be in the format of a handbook or FAA Advisory Circular and be the central reference for airports interested in exploring the potential benefits and costs of solar energy. The guide will:

  • Provide baseline information on solar technology and applications for airports
  • Describe FAA requirements and procedures to ensure that a proposed system is safe and poses no risk to pilots, controllers, or airport operations
  • Review economic factors and business arrangements that make solar projects cost-effective
  • Illustrate the unique opportunities associated with solar generation at airports through case studies of existing installations and reference materials supporting their success, and
  • Detail how FAA funding programs can aid project development

In all, the guidance will provide a comprehensive, clear, and readily usable source of information that airport sponsors can apply to their evaluation of solar potential.

“We recognized over a year ago the unique landscape and business conditions for developing solar projects at airports and have begun working with several of our clients in this area,” said Bob Miller, an HMMH founder and Senior Vice President.  “We look forward to working with the FAA to assist more airports in capturing this value to enhance energy savings and reduce climate impacts in a manner that is compatible with airport operations.”

The FAA expects to make the Solar Guide available to airports by the end of 2010.

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