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Maintenance workers needed
March 05, 2015
The Village of Waynesville has two open full-time maintenance worker positions. Both the Maintenance Worker I and II positions require a valid driver's license, the ability to work primarily outdoors, reading water meters, cutting grass, plowing snow, repairing streets, catch basins, and other duties not listed. CDL and backhoe experience is preferred. Maintenance Worker II also requires municipal water experience. Send application and resume to the Village Manager, Gary Copeland, at 1400 Lytle Road, Waynesville, OH 45068. For more information, call 513-897-8015.

House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power Hearing; "The 21st Century Electricity Challenge: Ensuring a Secure, Reliable and Modern Electricity System."; Testimony by Naimish Patel, CEO, Gridco Systems
March 04, 2015
Good morning. My name is Naimish Patel; I am the CEO of Gridco Systems, a provider of advanced power flow control and grid operating system technologies for the electric grid, what is termed Agile Grid Infrastructure. Since the first electrification of street lighting in Manhattan in 1882, the electric grid in the US has become pervasive in its reach, essential to the sustainable growth of our economy and our national security, and providing a service that we are so reliant upon but often take for granted; all testament to the numerous utilities that maintain and operate our grid. Today, however, utilities are operating in a changing environment that poses a wide variety of challenges, but also opportunities for innovation. Much as our telephony system experienced a transformation in the 1990s resulting from customer adoption of computing and demand for information services, so too are we seeing the beginning of a customer-driven evolution of the electric grid. Consumers of power are increasingly also becoming producers, through adoption of rooftop solar or small-scale wind power, requiring the distribution grid to accommodate two-way power flow, in contrast to its original architecture. Customer adoption of electric vehicles is creating new demand for power, equivalent to entire homes, requiring demand control measures to avert overloading of existing infrastructure.

City transitions to automatic meter-reading system
March 03, 2015
Cuba City`s automatic meter-reading project in underway. Earlier this year, Cuba City Municipal Utilities began installing new electric and water meters throughout the city. The meter replacements are part of a project approved by the Cuba City Light and Water Commission in October.

Court accepts indictment against Soma disaster suspects
March 03, 2015
İSTANBUL (CİHAN)- A local court accepted an indictment on Monday by a prosecutor implicating 45 people in connection with a mining disaster in Soma that claimed 301 lives on May 13 of last year.

Russia-Ukraine winter gas package reaffirmed
March 03, 2015
An agreement was reached to fully implement the winter gas package between Russia and Ukraine, following trilateral talks with the European Commission on 2 March. The two countries’ energy ministers and the commission’s vice-president announced that both parties are to adhere to the winter package until the end of March.

US Navy details firefighting robot prototype
March 01, 2015
FULL TEXT A prototype of the US Office of Naval Research (ONR) sponsored Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot (SAFFiR) was revealed at the Naval Future Force Science & Technology EXPO in Washington, DC. SAFFiR is based on the CHARLI-L1 robot created at Virginia Tech and features 'seek-and-find' and decision-making algorithms, multimodal sensors, including thermal imaging, infrared stereovision, ultraviolet vision, and gas sensors, as well as a light detection and ranging (LIDAR) system that supports area mapping, heat detection, and vision in smoke-occluded environments.

Safety and diagnostic features enhance this flowmeter line
March 01, 2015
The new Rosemount 8700M Magnetic Flowmeter line (photo) provides enhanced safety for hazardous-area applications, along with intelligent diagnostics. Glass feed-throughs transmit signals between isolated compartments of the transmitter enclosure, providing the most effective barrier for safety and reliability. The all-welded sensor design and dual-compartment transmitter housing keep critical components isolated from environmental hazards - a leading cause of electronics failures. Enhanced diagnostics, including Smart Meter Verification and the new Electrode Coating Detection provide users with more information than ever before about the flowmeter, installation and process, enabling more informed decision-making, easier identification of process issues, and simplified flowmeter verification. The Electrode Coating Detection diagnostic identifies coating on the electrode before the sensor signal is compromised, helping to prevent inaccurate flow measurement. - Emerson Process Management, Shakopee, Minn.

PACKETFRONT REDUCES COST W/ SDN BROADBAND NETWORKS
March 01, 2015
Software Defined Networking (SDN) promises to revolutionize service deployment and service activation in today's telecommunications networks, but an analysis by PacketFront Network Products AB ("PacketFront") concludes that the much acclaimed Open Flow standard is not the best choice for networks outside the data center. The company instead points to NetConf for use in broadband networks. In recent years, Open Flow has become a popular technology to control switches in data center environments for orchestrating services.

An Air conditioner that uses only 350 watts
February 28, 2015
Australian inventor Professor James Trevelyan has engineered an innovative new ultra energy-efficient portable air conditioner called Close Comfort (www.closecomfort.com) that uses less than 350 watts to operate. That's approximately 15% of the energy used by conventional air conditioners and approximately the same amount of energy used to power two ceiling fans. This extraordinary invention was made created by ground-breaking patented Australian innovation which allows for effective cooling for up to 2 persons while using an extremely small amount of energy. It also means that Close Comfort can be used on a typical domestic UPS and even on alternate sources of electricity such as solar power or small generators.

Naftogaz-Gazprom dispute boosts European gas prices
February 26, 2015
European prompt gas markets have firmed on the ongoing disagreement between Russian gas incumbent Gazprom and the Ukrainian counterpart Naftogaz over an alleged breach of a winter gas supply contract.


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