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McConnell resigns as DOE’s fossil energy chief

January 31st, 2013

Charles McConnell, who has led the US Department of Energy’s fossil fuels operations for the past year, announced he will resign effective Feb. 1. The US Senate confirmed his appointment as assistant secretary for fossil energy on Apr. 5, 2012.

Mystery surrounding the harnessing of fusion energy unlocked

January 31st, 2013
Scientists have answered the question of how the behavior of plasma -- the extremely hot gases of nuclear fusion -- can be controlled with ultra-thin lithium films on graphite walls lining thermonuclear magnetic fusion devices.

Novel materials shake ship scum

January 31st, 2013
Just as horses shake off pesky flies by twitching their skin, ships may soon be able to shed the unwanted accumulation of bacteria and other marine growth with the flick of a switch.

Engineer App Series: AutoCAD WS Design App

January 31st, 2013

Garage door opener? There’s an app for that.
Locked your keys in the car? There’s an app for that.
What is the name of the song in that commercial…? There’s an app for that.
Engineering and AutoCAD WS design? There is now also an app for that.

Over 2,500,000 design mobile design apps have been downloaded from iTunes and Google Play. That is quite significant. Now engineers can take the next step into design technology and take AutoCAD designs, wherever they need to go.

The app company Autodesk is emphatic about building the best mobile tools for engineers. The app employs several important features that make this product incredibly desirable and successful.

1. Opening DWG and DXF files. Designers can easily open these files with support for xRefs, images, stylesheets and fonts.

2. Add new objects and texts to current designs. From your mobile device you can draw accurate lines, polylines and circles, as well as add necessary text.

3. Sharing features. Without being at your desk, you can share designs, as well as edit each other’s work, seeing the changes in real time.

4. Snap and unit drawing. Modes of ortho, snapping and unit input allow for precise drawing and measurements.

5. Various viewing modes. View your drawings in black and white, color and at various angles.

6. Edit objects. You can scale, rotate and move already created objects with just a simple touch and easy user interface.

The app also allows for online and offline access, so you can have instant access at any time.

The great thing about the AutoCAD WS app, is the variety of companies and industries that have found success with it. Notable organizations include the University of Cincinnati, where researchers are using the tool to study excavacations via hand drawings of the ancient city of Pompeii.

Theater Consultants Collaborative, LLC used AutoCAD WS to work with architects to design not only beautiful, but functional theater spaces.

Fitzroy Yachts of New Zealand custom builds superyachts for very lucky customers. Everything on the boats is made from scratch, and the AutoCAD helps the company to shape ideas with clients on the go.

The Talley Group, a leader in emerging technology engineer staffing, is looking for the nations top engineering talent. Contact the Talley Group, or refer an engineer today!

Chile: Most of Tranquilo block to be relinquished

January 31st, 2013

GeoPark Holdings Ltd. said it formally advised Chile’s Ministry of Energy earlier this month of a decision by the partners in the Tranquilo block in Tierra del Fuego to not proceed with the second exploratory period (see map, OGJ, Dec. 24, 2007, p. 36).

Chlorine Isotope Effects and Composition of Naturally Produced Organochlorines from Chloroperoxidases, Flavin-Dependent Halogenases, and in Forest Soil

January 31st, 2013

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Environmental Science & Technology
DOI: 10.1021/es3037669

Price Corrected Domestic Technology AssumptionA Method To Assess Pollution Embodied in Trade Using Primary Official Statistics Only. With a Case on CO2 Emissions Embodied in Imports to Europe

January 31st, 2013

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Environmental Science & Technology
DOI: 10.1021/es303217f

South Korea grants approval for eight coal power plants

January 31st, 2013

The South Korean government has cleared the way for 8000 MW of additional capacity to be added to the country’s power grid, after granting approval for eight coal power plants.

Samsung C&T Corp. (KRX: 000830) and three other private companies will build the power plants as part of an energy plan that spreads investment among state and private power generators.
Coal power plant
The companies, including Tongyang Power Co., SK Engineering & Construction Co. and a Dongbu Group unit, will build the plants by 2027.

In recent times South Korea has suffered blackouts after the government miscalculated demand when planning power plants over the last decade.

It is the first time in three decades that approval has been granted to private operators to build coal-fired plants and is part of a road map outlining energy investments for the next 15 years.

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E.ON may be forced to close gas power plant

January 31st, 2013

E.ON (FWB: EOAN) is considering the closure of one of its most modern gas power plants as it continues to contend with falling demand for energy in recession-hit Europe.

The company is to decide on the closure of its 415 MW Irsching power station in Bavaria in March and other plants could follow.
Irsching gas power plant
In a statement this week Germany’s largest utility said it would have to sell more assets to cope with the harsh economic conditions.

They are projecting a sharp drop in profits this year and forecast "underlying" net income of between $2.9bn and $3.5bn for 2013, down from $5.8bn it managed in 2012.

Coal and gas-fired power plants have become "largely uneconomic to operate", especially due to the speedy growth of renewable energy sources, the company noted.

E.ON chief executive Johannes Teyssen was quoted by Financial Times as saying that "We can't just continue operating conventional plants in the hope something will change."

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McMoRan to design frac job for Davy Jones-1 well

January 30th, 2013

McMoRan Exploration Co., New Orleans, will move the rig off its Davy Jones-1 well on South Marsh Island Block 230 on the Gulf of Mexico shelf offshore Louisiana for several months while it designs a large-scale hydraulic fracture treatment for the Wilcox reservoirs.

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