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    • Milton Van Dyke, influential fluid mechanics professor, dead at 87 (Stanford University)- June 1, 2010
    • Before the silicon boom in the Santa Clara Valley, the high-tech industry was aerospace engineering. And Milton Van Dyke was at the forefront of it. "To those of us working in the industry, Milton was a 'star,' arguably the brightest star," wrote his former graduate student Leonard Schwartz in a published biography. Van Dyke, a professor emeritus of mechanical engineering and of aeronautics and astronautics, and a major contributor to the field of fluid mechanics, died of complications from Park... More...
    • WERA Ocean Radar System (Hydro International)- June 1, 2010
    • WERA operates at radio frequencies between 5 and 50MHz. A vertically polarised electromagnetic wave is coupled to the conductive ocean surface and follows the curvature of the earth. The rough ocean surface interacts with the radio wave and, due to the Bragg effect, back-scattered signals can be detected from ranges greater than 200km. The Bragg effect describes the coupling of the electromagnetic wave with the ocean wave field. Reflections from waves that fulfill this Bragg condition generate a... More...
    • Pressure and temperature transmitters 101 (Windpower Engineering)- May 26, 2010
    • The forces operating on a wind turbine nacelle are extremely powerful, producing stresses that can push pressures and temperatures beyond normal operating parameters and cause omponent failure. These conditions give pressure and temperature sensors a critical role ensuring nacelle subsystems function smoothly and safely. And, because nacelles are typically difficult to access, repairs and downtime are extremely costly. That’s why it pays to understand the role of pressure and temperature trans... More...
    • Concentrator photovoltaics: a mature technology for solar power plants (Electro IQ)- May 26, 2010
    • For the world’s future energy supply, the highly efficient conversion of solar energy to electrical energy using photovoltaic (PV) cells is one of the key elements. Researchers in the field of photovoltaics are faced with the problem how to increase the efficiency of this conversion process while reducing the cost significantly. The solution with the highest cost reduction potential is concentrator photovoltaics (CPV), where the cost reduction is incurred by replacing expensive PV cell materia... More...
    • Device stirs hopes for bright future in solar heat (Edmonton Journal)- May 22, 2010
    • EDMONTON - In just a few minutes on a sunny day this week, a pair of slightly bent hardware store-quality mirrors and a curved sheet of aluminum collected and focused enough sunlight to turn a couple of lumps of pewter into a 400C liquid. But melting metal on the back lot at Alberta Innovates Technology Futures (AITF), the former Alberta Research Council centre, is just an illustration of the power of the sun. The real work is to prove the optic principles behind a primitive prototype that could... More...
    • BrightSource Energy Inc. Raises $150 million Funds (Topnews)- May 21, 2010
    • On Thursday, Solar thermal company, BrightSource Energy Inc. that recently succeeded in getting a $1.37 billion federal loan guarantee, said that it has lifted $150 million in its very recent round of funding. The company that includes search engine giant, Google amongst its investors, said that the money would be utilized in accomplishing the company's indentures to supply over 2,600 megawatts of power to California utilities PG&E Corp. and Edison International's Southern California Edison.... More...
    • PSU in space (Vanguard)- May 21, 2010
    • Portland State-based research on fluid dynamics is currently underway at the International Space Station. On April 5, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration launched two sets of experiments designed by PSU researchers, which are being performed aboard the ISS. The two sets of experiments launched by NASA are the Capillary Channel Flow experiment, in collaboration with a German research team, and the Capillary Flow Experiments (CFE), designed solely by the PSU team, according to Dr. Ma... More...
    • Evaluate Your Cooling System (Processor)- May 21, 2010
    • Enhancing cooling performance is a critical element of data center operations. Without heat dissipation and cooling, servers can overheat, diminishing performance and eventually causing unexpected failures and downtime. And the worst thing for a data center administrator is encountering issues that can impact business operations and the bottom line. Data center administrators must always look for ways to increase efficiencies, reduce costs, and deliver results. Cooling system performance is an i... More...
    • Brookhaven studying jatropha oil combustion properties (Biodiesel Magazine)- May 20, 2010
    • Brookhaven National Laboratory is beginning work on evaluating the combustion properties of jatropha oil. The Upton, N.Y.-based lab selected SG Biofuels to supply seeds and oil from its Latin American jatropha plantations. C.R. Krishna, Brookhaven’s lead biodiesel researcher, told Biodiesel Magazine how Brookhaven came to choose a jatropha oil supplier for this new study. Krishna said when Brookhaven first decided to test jatropha oil, researchers had difficulty obtaining samples. “I couldn... More...
    • ISuppli:Solar Thermal Seen Growing Faster Than Photovoltaic Power (The Wall Street Journal)- May 18, 2010
    • DOW JONES NEWSWIRES. The fastest-growing segment of the solar market is projected to be the solar thermal market, which is expected to see a more noticeable jump in demand than the larger photovoltaic power segment, according to iSuppli Corp. The research firm expects solar thermal, or concentrated solar power, to undergo a boom as newly installed capacity explodes. Annual global CSP installations are projected to reach 10.8 gigawatts in 2014, up from just 0.29 gigawatt last year. Over that time... More...