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News Article | February 26, 2017
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Tampa Tank Inc.-Florida Structural Steel (TTI-FSS), a globally recognized steel fabrication company, has completed installation of a 507-kilowatt solar photovoltaic (PV) system at one of its three Tampa-based manufacturing facilities. At a half a megawatt, this is the largest solar installation for an industrial plant in Hillsborough County, Florida, and one of the largest in the state. Solar Advantage installed the 1,492 Canadian Solar 340 panels and 51 inverters for property developer Shepard Capital Partners, from whom TTI-FSS leases the facility. TTI-FSS expects to save some $75,000 – 80,000 in energy costs the first year by drawing power first from the solar installation and secondly from local supplier TECO Energy. David Reed, principal at Shepard Capital Partners, member of TTI-FSS' advisory board and founder of the nonprofit Sustany Foundation, explained, “Solar energy is an appealing alternative power source because it substantially reduces operating costs while securing a large portion of the company’s power needs for 25 years at a lower fixed price, from 13 cents per kilowatt currently to 3 cents per KW. In addition, TTI-FSS will benefit from a federal investment tax credit worth 30 percent of the system’s cost and the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MARCS) bonus depreciation of 50 percent the first full year of operation.” He added, “We were looking for an opportunity to demonstrate how we can move away from carbon-based fuel use in a heavy industrial operation. Having worked with Solar Advantage President Martin Clewis at the Sustany Foundation, we quickly recognized the economic benefits of using solar power for TTI-FSS. Keeping our investment with a local company was also an appealing aspect of this project.” According to TTI-FSS founder Cal Reed, “We’re all concerned about the environment, so we were willing to consider solar energy as an alternative resource after evaluating three important factors: One, the return on investment; two, the viability of the manufacturing plant structure itself to support the number of solar cells necessary without having to reinforce it; and, three, the proposal from Solar Advantage to provide the quality and savings we expected at a reasonable cost. Fortunately, all three factors aligned to make this project possible.” The solar power cells capture sunlight and turn it into direct current (DC) electricity, which flows to the inverters to convert it into alternating current (AC) electricity. The AC electricity moves to the breaker box, where it is used to power the facility’s lights, tools and other manufacturing equipment. The installation is complete and will be put in operation within the month once the bi-directional solar meter is installed by Tampa Electric. Solar Advantage President Martin Clewis emphasized the customized solutions his company employs for clients. “We used a diversified approach for the inverters in this particular project. Instead of one huge truck-sized inverter, we installed 51 small solid-state inverters, made in California, scattered throughout the array of panels. This minimizes the size of the system footprint and cuts down on potential service and repair-related down time.” About TTI-FSS Tampa Tank Inc. and Florida Structural Steel (formerly Florida Miscellaneous Steel Company) have been in the industrial steel business for more than 60 years. The company provides complete design, shop fabrication, shipment, field erection, inspection and testing of welded steel products for the petroleum, chemical, pulp and paper, mining, electric power, water and waste water industries. TTI-FSS is a major participant in the fabrication of major and minor bridges, including fracture-critical, movables and railroad, as well as standard plate girder and box girder bridges. With a sophisticated paint endorsement, the company can provide modular steel fabrications and structural steel components for the commercial, industrial and transportation sectors. The company operates across North America, Central and South America and in the Caribbean, including Bermuda, the Bahamas, Suriname and Guyana. TTI-FSS can ship every possible option, including massive products, from its deep-water port. TTI-FSS is American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) certified. For more information, visit the company’s web site at http://www.tti-fss.com . About Solar Advantage Solar Advantage was established in 2011 by Martin Clewis, who created a solar power generation system for his company’s soybean extrusion facility. Solar Advantage has years of experience in solar projects, including industrial, commercial and residential installations. The company has installed solar energy systems in Florida, the Caribbean and Asia. Solar Advantage is a state certified solar and master electrical contractor, which gives it the ability to manage nearly every aspect of any solar project. The team includes several financial experts to help businesses and homeowners take advantage of solar tax credits financing and utility incentives. Mr. Clewis is a member of the National Association of Certified Energy Practitioners in the PV Installation category. The firm has received stop service awards from Angie’s List and excellent reviews from Solar-Reviews, EnergySage and Google. Learn more at http://www.solaradv.com . About Shepard Capital Partners Shepard Capital Partners, LLC invests proprietary and investor funds in lower middle market companies, primarily in Florida and the Southeast. The firm seeks to partner with established, cash flowing businesses where the primary constraint to growth is access to capital. Investments are optimally structured to provide the portfolio company with the growth capital it requires in an efficient, flexible manner. Go to http://www.shepardcap.com for more details. About the Sustany Foundation The Sustany Foundation mission is to enhance the quality of life in the Tampa Bay community by promoting sustainability. Founded in 2007, Sustany supports sustainability through education and programs which advance economic prosperity, environmental stewardship and social responsibility via efficient and effective aggregation and investment of resources. Learn more at http://www.sustany.org .


News Article | March 1, 2017
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Sometimes good things come to those who wait. Two faculty advisers - Engineering Professors Panos Shiakolas and Pranesh Aswath - supervised a student team, led by Letia Blanco, about five years ago in designing and building a smart bandage, which allowed more efficient healing of wounds and delivery of multiple drugs on their own time schedules to the wound, she wasn't sure what would become of it. That design team now has a patent on their invention, which is titled, Controlled Release Nanoparticulate Matter Delivery System. "Our goal was to protect the wound and increase infection control," said Blanco, who is a lead engineer at Raytheon, after graduating from UTA with a degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. "Raytheon teamed up with UTA to secure the patent. It's very exciting." Blanco led the team that senior year in 2010. Also on the team were: Christopher Alberts, Kyle Godfrey, Andrew Patin and Chris Grace, all Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering graduates; Panos Shiakolas, UTA associate professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department; and Pranesh Aswath, UTA professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department and vice provost for academic planning and policy. In addition, the team presented its findings through a refereed conference paper at the 2012 American Society of Mechanical Engineers Winter Annual Meeting conference and at a 2011 Biomedical Engineering Conference. More than half a million people in the United States seek medical treatment for burns every year and 40,000 of those have injuries severe enough to require hospitalization. In addition to the millions who suffer from burns, Blanco said the project appealed to the team because it had the ability to help soldiers in the field. "Many times, soldiers' dressings would have to be applied over and over again because health care providers would have to apply medicine," Blanco said. "Every time they had to do that, they had to undress and redress the wound. That process of changing the dressings was more dangerous than the technology we designed and developed." The device the student team designed increases the amount of time between dressing changes in two ways. First, a hydrogel is used to control the wound's temperature and that enables better, controlled drug delivery. Second, the device consists of many separate modules, which are connected by a flexible plastic allowing the bandage to comfortably conform to any wound. A lateral wiring scheme allows for bandage size customizing. Removable medicine trays allow used hydrogel to be removed and the electrical components sterilized, then recharged and reused. The team showed in its research that the device could be a profitable product that would reduce infections, ease patient discomfort, shorten hospital stays, lower medical costs and save lives. Just for the record, this is Patent No. 9,522,241 and was issued on Dec. 20, 2016. The entry also won the only award given out in 2011for the prestigious American Society for Materials International Undergraduate Design Competition. In addition, the students presented the findings at a 2012 ASME conference. Aswath, one of the senior design project's advisers, said the project shows the value of undergraduate research. "This is just one example of outstanding work done by our undergraduate students who can compete at the highest level and win competitions and get patents awarded," Aswath said. "They are all now successful in their careers and we are still in touch with the lead of the team, Letia Blanco, who is a rising star at Raytheon." Aswath said the patent embodies UTA's theme of health and the human condition within the University's Strategic Plan Bold Solutions | Global Impact. Shiakolas said the University is working with Blanco and Raytheon to look at future steps of commercializing the product. About The University of Texas at Arlington The University of Texas at Arlington is a Carnegie Research-1 "highest research activity" institution. With a projected global enrollment of close to 57,000, UTA is one of the largest institutions in the state of Texas. Guided by its Strategic Plan 2020 Bold Solutions|Global Impact, UTA fosters interdisciplinary research and education within four broad themes: health and the human condition, sustainable urban communities, global environmental impact, and data-driven discovery. UTA was recently cited by U.S. News & World Report as having the second lowest average student debt among U.S. universities. U.S. News & World Report ranks UTA fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. The University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is ranked as the top four-year college in Texas for veterans on Military Times' 2017 Best for Vets list.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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The book, which is provided free of charge from Crane Inspection & Certification Bureau (CICB) is designed to provide operators with a convenient place to record their seat time and details of their crane experience. This convenient, pocket-sized log book is helpful in the tracking of jobs, locations, crane make/model, capacity of the crane, time of operation, and other information. The pages are not pre-dated so that the operator is able to start using the book at any time during the year. There is also a quick reference chart from ASME B30.5 showing the standard mobile crane operating hand signals. “A recent survey of CCO-certified operators showed that nearly three-quarters of operators polled used log books at least weekly” said Camille Singletary, Open Enrollment Manager at CICB, “the use of this book is optional, but it may assist NCCCO Certified Operators in recording the 1,000 hours of crane experience required for recertification. While the log book is not required to record the 1,000 hours of crane experience necessary for recertification, it does provide a convenient and centralized place for doing so. To receive you free Crane Operator Experience Log Book email your name and address to CICB. One per person, US Addresses only. Headquartered in Orlando, FL since 1969 with a second training facility in Houston, TX, Crane Inspection & Certification Bureau (CICB) provides customized training for every type of lifting equipment and inspection services worldwide. CICB’s professionally trained instructors and subject matter experts are not only NCCCO Accredited Practical Examiners, but are NCCCO Certified as Mobile, Overhead & Articulating Crane Operators, Riggers, Signalpersons, Lift Directors and Crane Inspectors. CICB’s instructors have been awarded the prestigious Top Trainer Award in 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2009.


News Article | October 28, 2016
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For the first time in its history Charles Thompson Ltd (CTL) has achieved the ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) VIII Div 2 ‘U2’ stamp for the fabrication of pressure vessels. The Div 2 ‘U2’ international certification shows that CTL is able to meet more demanding requirements on materials, design, and nondestructive testing than those in Division 1. CTL, which works with companies in the oil & gas, chemical and pharmaceutical sectors, also passed its renewal audit for the ASME VIII Div 1 ‘U’ stamp, which it has held for around 30 years. Technical Director Peter Coe said: “We’re very pleased to have achieved it now, though we’ve had the capability to meet the requirements of the Div 2 ‘U2’ stamp for some time. “It will reassure our customers that we can deliver fabrications to international standards, and will help us continue to work on essential and ground-breaking projects around the world.” In recent months CTL has been awarded ISO 3834-2 certification for welding and fabrication, and has invested in a new purpose built clean room facility at its Rotherham, UK headquarters, including additional investment into automatic welding equipment. IMAGE CAPTION: Continuous wire semi-automatic weld overlay of a 2500# rated RTJ blind flange Media Contact Details Peter Coe, Charles Thompson Ltd Rotherham, United Kingdom +44(0)1709 584 011 PeterCoe@charles-thompson.co.uk The post CTL Achieves ASME U2 Accreditation For Pressure Vessels appeared first on PR Fire.


News Article | November 1, 2016
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CLARKS, Neb., Nov. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Strobel Energy Group announced today the successful completion of a rigorous review and subsequent ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) certification. This authorization will enable the company to perform a full array of ASME code...


News Article | November 17, 2016
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Overhead Cranes is a type of crane found in industrial environments. An overhead crane consists of parallel runways with a traveling bridge spanning the gap. A hoist, the lifting component of a crane, travels along the bridge. If the bridge is rigidly supported on two or more legs running on a fixed rail at ground level, the crane is called a gantry crane (USA, ASME B30 series) or a goliath crane (UK, BS 466). This report mainly covers the Bridge Crane product type, while we can also offer any product survey report related to the Bridge Crane industry chain. This report focuses on the Overhead Cranes in Global market, especially in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle East and Africa. This report categorizes the market based on manufacturers, regions, type and application. Do Inquiry To Buy This Premium Report, here @ http://www.intenseresearch.com/market-analysis/global-overhead-cranes-market-by-manufacturers-regions-type.html#inquiry-for-buying


News Article | February 15, 2017
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MEA and Devtech are hosting a training event for workers in the energy industry February 21-22, 2017 in Avon Park, Fl. The two-day course is intended for foremen, crew leads, craft and shift supervisors. The event, entitled Field Leader Training, gives line crew leaders practical, hands-on experience in how to effectively lead their crews. The job of a utility industry crew leader differs from that of the crew worker and require non-technical leadership skills. Additionally, crew leaders are responsible for the work of others, not just themselves. The training features work on self-awareness to build trust, communication skills to navigate team dynamics, and resolution tools for workplace conflict. Using real-life energy delivery examples, front line team leaders receive practical, hands-on experience in how to effectively direct the activities of their crew and communicate with management. The situations and cases will be similar to those they encounter on the job all the time. The instructor, Frank Liedtky, has over 25 years’ experience as a Central Dispatch Supervisor, Gas Superintendent. Kelly O'Keefe, product manager, at CenterPoint Energy says, "I highly recommend the Field Leader Training Program. The role-playing exercises were extremely helpful. It should be required training for all supervisors and managers, regardless of how long they have been on the job." On Tuesday evening, MEA and Devtech are offering an opportunity to talk with Richard Stump, MEA’s compliance director. Stump is responsible for the overall management of the compliance issues that affect MEA’s members. He is a member of the ASME B31Q committee and speaks on the state of the OQ rule and other compliance issues at compliance and gas operations conferences throughout the country. Prior to joining MEA, Stump worked for 35 years at Consumers Energy, where he held leadership positions in a number of areas including planning, project management, and various compliance and quality programs. His work experiences include both gas and electric, and generation, transmission and distribution. Stump earned an MBA from Wayne State University. Visit http://www.midwestenergy.org/field-leader-training.html to register for MEA’s Field Leader Training at Devtech. For questions or to schedule a customized Field Leader Training session, contact Chad Shannon at chads (at) midwestenergy (dot) org or call (651) 289-9600 x112. About Devtech: Devtech Sales, Inc. was founded 1/1/11 by Charles Devlin. The Devtech Team is made up of devoted industry professionals with decades of experience. As our product lines signify, Devtech is focused on the natural gas, propane gas, power and industrial markets. We provide a variety of engineered measurement and control products in these industries such as gas meters, valves, odorizers, filters, instruments, flow correctors and computers, gauges, prefabricated meter & regulator sets & stations/skids, and automatic meter reading systems. Our customers can be assured of one important fact, Devtech stands behind every product we sell. Devtech has an experienced sales and service staff as well as an in-house training center where industry related seminars and schools are hosted year round. Devtech's President and Owner Charles Devlin has been in the industry for over twenty-five years having served as co-owner and President of a rep. company from 1992-2010. We are proud members of the Florida Natural Gas Association and Florida Energy Pipeline Association. Lastly and most importantly we are respectful and proud of our heritage, and we are committed to representing both our principals and customers in a professional, Christian manner. About MEA: MEA serves the people that deliver electricity and natural gas to homes and businesses. MEA (Midwest ENERGY Association) was founded as a trade association over 100 years ago by distribution utilities, whose vision was to improve safety and efficiency. Today, energy delivery companies and their contractors around the globe benefit from MEA's industry learning seminars, operations summits, and other events. Members collaborated to develop EnergyU, the world's premier online training and testing system for gas and electric distribution utilities.


News Article | February 9, 2017
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SALT LAKE CITY, Feb. 09, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sera Prognostics, a women’s heath company, today announced that PreTRM®, the first and only clinically-validated blood test that provides an early and individualized prediction of preterm birth risk, has been named a 2017 Award Finalist by the internationally renowned Edison Awards™.   These distinguished awards, inspired by Thomas Edison’s persistence and inventiveness, recognize leadership in innovation, creativity and ingenuity in the global economy. “It’s exciting to see companies like Sera Prognostics continuing Thomas Edison’s legacy of challenging conventional thinking,” said Frank Bonafilia, Edison Awards’ executive director.  “Edison Awards recognizes the game-changing products and services, and the teams that brought them to consumers.” Award winners will be announced April 20, 2017 at the Edison Awards Annual Gala, held in the historic Ballroom of the Capitale in New York City. “We are honored to have been selected by the prestigious awards committee from hundreds of submissions as a finalist for Sera’s innovative PreTRM blood test,” said Gregory C. Critchfield, M.D., M.S., chairman and chief executive officer of Sera Prognostics. “The Edison Awards celebrate innovations that have a meaningful impact around the world.  Sera’s goal of improving neonatal health and healthcare economics in the U.S. and worldwide is congruent with the Edison Awards mission.  Through our PreTRM test, we are working to reduce the social and economic burden of prematurity by providing both physicians and patients the opportunity to intervene earlier, with the goal of improving the lives of women and their babies.” Edison Awards nominees are judged by more than 3,000 senior business executives and academics from across the nation whose votes acknowledge the Finalists’ success in meeting the award’s stringent criteria of quality.  The voting panel includes members of: Chief Marketing Officer Council (CMO) Design Management Institute (DMI) American Productivity & Quality Center (APQC) American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Georgia State Marketing Roundtable (GSU) Product Development and Management Association (PDMA)   Assoc. of Technology Mgmt & Applied Engineering (ATMAE) BPI Network Past Edison Award winners Marketing professionals Scientists Designers Engineers   Academics The PreTRM® test is the first and only clinically validated blood test that provides an early and individual risk prediction for spontaneous preterm birth in asymptomatic, singleton pregnancies. The PreTRM® test measures and analyzes proteins in the blood that are highly predictive of preterm birth.  The PreTRM® test can help physicians identify early in the pregnancy (as early as 19 weeks of gestation) which women are at increased risk for premature delivery, enabling more informed clinical decisions based on each woman’s individual risk. The PreTRM® test enables researchers to better understand the causes of preterm birth and to develop new therapies to improve newborn health. The PreTRM® test is ordered by a medical professional. For more information about the PreTRM test, please visit www.PreTRM.com and the PreTRM® test YouTube Channel.  You can also join the conversation on Facebook and @PreTRM. Sera Prognostics, a women’s health company, develops innovative diagnostic tests focused on the early prediction of preterm birth (PTB) risk and other complications of pregnancy. Sera has launched its PreTRM® test, the first and only clinically validated blood test to accurately predict early in pregnancy the risk of premature birth. The test objectively reports to the physician the risk of premature delivery, enabling earlier proactive interventions designed to prolong gestation and improve neonatal health outcomes. Sera’s technology addresses both the health and economic challenges of PTB. The Company’s strong management team has significant clinical development and women's healthcare diagnostic experience. Sera is backed by highly respected healthcare investors, including Domain Associates, InterWest Partners, Catalyst Health Ventures, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and LabCorp, who recently entered into an agreement with the Company to become the exclusive US distributor of the PreTRM® test. Currently, Sera is working with the Gates Foundation to translate the Company’s discoveries into technologies well suited for low-income countries in its journey to improve maternal and infant health globally. Sera Prognostics is located in Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information, please visit the company's website at www.seraprognostics.com. The Edison Awards is a program conducted by Edison Universe, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to fostering  future innovators.   For more information about the Edison Awards, Edison Universe and a list of past winners, visit www.edisonawards.com.


News Article | February 23, 2017
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Liaison International today announced the timeline for launch of EngineeringCAS, a Centralized Application Service (CAS) that streamlines graduate degree application processing for participating colleges of engineering. Developed in collaboration with The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), EngineeringCAS will serve as a comprehensive marketplace for prospective graduate engineering students to learn more about graduate level engineering programs. Over the last two decades, Liaison has developed customized services with over 35 professional associations, streamlining admissions for a range of disciplines and fields. As with all Liaison-powered CASs, applicants who leverage EngineeringCAS will benefit from the service’s user-friendly, streamlined application process and a single portal to discover all available graduate programs in their field. Admissions officers will find value in an expanded global applicant pool and administrative task support that creates more time for holistic application review. “When it launches in August 2017, this accessible marketplace will create the most comprehensive and inclusive applicant pool possible for graduate level engineering programs,” said George Haddad, founder and CEO of Liaison. “Liaison is proud to partner with ASME and ASABE to enhance recruiting efforts and advance the engineering discipline as a whole.” While EngineeringCAS will be available for engineering programs in all fields, Liaison chose ASME and ASABE as its first partners for the endeavor because the vast difference in the size of the professional associations — ASME boasts over 130,000 members; ASABE, over 7,500 — speaks to EngineeringCAS’s intradisciplinary value. The fields of mechanical engineering, and agricultural and biological engineering also have unique needs that will be best met through a streamlined application process. "EngineeringCAS will help graduate programs have exposure to and awareness of a larger, more diverse pool of applicants domestically and internationally, with research aspirations that better align with the strengths of the programs,” shared Thomas G. Loughlin, executive director of ASME. “ASABE is excited to be affiliated with Liaison’s first-ever EngineeringCAS,” shared Darrin Drollinger, executive director of ASABE. “We see this as a tremendous opportunity to highlight graduate-level agricultural and biological engineering programs across the nation. Being a part of this effort from the start was important to us, and we’re thrilled with the potential it brings for simplifying the application process.” To learn more about this collaboration between Liaison, ASME, and ASABE, please visit http://engineeringcas.liaisoncas.org.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Sandia National Laboratories won the Federal Laboratory Consortium's (FLC) national 2017 Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer for a heat-exchanger technology that makes power generation more efficient. And Sandia won the FLC's State and Local Economic Development Recognition award for its work on the New Jersey TRANSITGRID project. The Technology Transfer award honors employees of FLC member laboratories and non-laboratory staff who accomplished outstanding work while transferring federally developed technology. The Economic Development award recognizes successful partnerships between state or local groups and federal laboratories that benefit the economy. Judging of the nominations is done by a panel of experts from industry, state and local government, academia and the federal laboratory system. "Sandia is honored to be recognized by our peers for our work in technology transfer," said Jackie Kerby Moore, Sandia's manager of Technology and Economic Development and the labs' representative to the FLC. "These awards are meaningful because they show Sandia at its best, working with groundbreaking technology to solve problems of a national scale and create economic competitiveness for U.S. businesses." The micro-channel heat exchanger (MCHE) is a technology that makes power generation, refrigeration, heating and gas processing more efficient. In power generation, even small increases in heat transfer efficiency can greatly boost production and cut the cost of electricity. Demand for industrial MCHEs has outstripped supply. Until recently, just one company -- based outside the U.S. -- has done large-scale production of industrial MCHEs. A domestic supplier could reduce costs and increase supply and energy efficiency in a variety of uses. Sandia's Selection, Evaluation, and Rating of Compact Heat Exchangers, or SEARCH, is a software suite used to design efficient MCHEs. The design requires a combination of analytical performance estimation, computational fluid dynamics and finite element modeling, with each cycle taking from hours to days. Sandia's simplified design tool uses a sub-heat exchanger thermodynamic model, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code mechanical constraints and a thermal-hydraulic solver within the Engineering Equation Solver platform to model any combination of liquid, gas, two-phase and supercritical fluid. Sandia partnered in 2014 with U.S. manufacturer Vacuum Process Engineering (VPE) through a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) to commercialize the technology. Sandia licensed SEARCH to the Sacramento, California, company, which has used it to reach international quality standards, including ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code certification, and enter the MCHE market as a domestic original equipment manufacturer. VPE produces MCHEs in the U.S. and sells them domestically and internationally. "Sandia implemented a fast-paced project plan while constantly adapting to changing market forces faced by VPE," said Matt Carlson, Sandia's principal investigator on SEARCH. "The project has expanded from a CRADA into a joint program between Sandia, VPE and the Department of Energy to combine VPE's commercial goals and DOE's advanced power-production goals. The expansion has resulted in multiple improvements to the SEARCH software allowing VPE to respond quickly to customer requests." He said the teams at both Sandia and VPE "were essential to making this happen, and the FLC award shows we are committed to creating real and immediate value for our partners." Following a series of storms that shut down transit systems and damaged property that culminated in the Superstorm Sandy in 2012, New Jersey Transit Corp. (NJT) sought ways to reduce its vulnerability to power outages caused by natural or manmade disasters. In 2013, NJT signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work for a solution with Sandia, the Department of Energy (DOE) and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. Sandia was brought in due to its microgrid research and development work for more than 20 U.S. military bases. NJT's rail service operates between the job centers of New York and New Jersey, and is the largest statewide public transit system in the country, covering a service area of 5,325 square miles and serving almost 900,000 passengers daily. Sandia's partnership with NJT focused on the Energy Surety Microgrid (ESM) developed at Sandia about 15 years ago. The labs did a feasibility study under the MOU and, after an initial design was completed, New Jersey was awarded $410 million from the Department of Transportation to develop NJ TRANSITGRID, a first-of-its-kind electric microgrid for transportation that can supply highly reliable power during storms or other times when the centralized power grid is compromised. With DOT funding in place, Sandia began working with NJT on a CRADA valued at more than $1 million to develop the TRANSITGRID. The proposed system would include a central natural gas power plant and transmission lines to power substations that electrify tracks and operating controls on portions of the NJT and Amtrak systems. The facility would operate 24/7 and incorporate distributed energy, renewable energy and other technologies to provide resilient power to key NJT stations, maintenance facilities, bus garages and other buildings. "This innovative partnership between Sandia and NJT will lead to the first critical civilian application of a design methodology developed for military installations and will help identify and address challenges to the widespread deployment of microgrids, including regulatory compliance," said electrical engineer Robert Broderick, Sandia's principal investigator on the project. When completed, NJ TRANSITGRID will be one of the largest microgrids by capacity and geographical footprint in the U.S. and a model to guide applications of resilient microgrids to other critical infrastructure. "The NJ TRANSITGRID project is a large-scale microgrid specifically designed to improve resilience of critical infrastructure, rail transportation service in this case," said Sandia's Abraham Ellis, previous principal investigator on the project. "Sandia successfully applied microgrid design methods and tools that were developed as part of DOE and Department of Defense programs, primarily for military and high security infrastructure. In many ways, the project is even more challenging because it involves multiple states, jurisdictions, agencies and complex legal issues." The FLC is a nationwide network of about 300 members that provides a forum to develop strategies and opportunities for linking laboratory mission technologies and expertise with the marketplace. The awards program annually recognizes federal laboratories and their industry partners for outstanding technology transfer efforts and has become one of the most prestigious honors in technology transfer. Since its establishment in 1984, the FLC has presented awards to more than 200 federal laboratories. "SEARCH and New Jersey Transit are great examples of how Sandia's scientific research translates into products that benefit the public, and at the same time enable our missions," said Mary Monson, senior manager of Industry Partnerships at Sandia. "These partnerships are important to Sandia's contributions in energy security, reliability and efficiency. We look forward to engaging with additional partners to make these and other innovations more widely available."

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