Nearly 1,500 of the world’s foremost fuels and combustion scientists and engineers will gather in San Francisco on Aug. 3-8, 2014 for the 35th International Symposium on Combustion, a biennial event sponsored by the Combustion Institute and Sandia National Laboratories. The symposium will examine issues related to climate change, fuel efficiency, biofuels integration with combustion engines and other topics. In addition to a keynote presentation from Elaine Oran of the University of Maryland’s Department of Aerospace Engineering and four invited plenary talks, 435 oral presentations and 690 posters will be presented describing cutting-edge fundamental and applied combustion research.
Microgrid Solar has announced the hiring of Gordon Schweitzer III as Director of Energy Efficiency Services. Schweitzer comes to Microgrid Solar with experience as Lead Engineer for the University of Delaware’s Mid-Atlantic Industrial Assessment Center, Engineering Consultant at Applied Energy Group, Inc., and Project Coordinator at Energize Delaware – Sustainable Energy Utility. In his new role, Schweitzer will lead Microgrid Solar’s Energy Efficiency Services team with his expertise in Energy Efficiency & Renewables Financing, Policy, and Project Management; Energy Auditing; Utility Policy and Rebate Programs; Program Development; Building Energy Modeling; LEED Online, BD+C, EB: O&M; and ENERGY STAR Products and Programs.
Noble Group Limited and EIG Global Energy Partners have announced the formation and commitment to capitalize Harbour Energy, Ltd, a company that will own and operate upstream and midstream energy assets globally. Harbour Energy will seek to own high quality assets that provide exposure to key supply trends while capturing value up-lift associated with control of offtake, logistics and supply chain management. Noble will be preferred offtake and marketing partner of Harbour Energy, while EIG, together with the company’s internal management team, will serve as manager of the company and oversee the acquisition of assets. Harbour Energy’s capitalization will be funded solely through balance sheet capital of each of Noble and EIG. EIG also announced today that Linda Z. Cook has been appointed a Managing Director of EIG, a member of EIG’s Executive Committee and CEO of Harbour Energy.
VIASPACE Inc. has announced that the company has entered into a research collaboration with the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Division (UCANR). The objectives of the research are to: compare the growth of Giant King Grass using subsurface drip irrigation with flood (furrow) irrigation; compare individual node and whole stalk planting methods; evaluate yields when cut every 6 months for bioenergy applications; evaluate yields when cut every 2 months for animal feed or anaerobic digestion to produce biomethane; and evaluate growth of Giant King Grass in a very hot dry climate.