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News Article | December 24, 2015
Site: www.renewableenergyworld.com

A Dominion subsidiary said Dec. 21 that it has reached an agreement with the Commonwealth of Virginia to deploy another 110 MW of solar power generation in the state.

Microsoft today announced a partnership with the Commonwealth of Virginia and Dominion Virginia Power , the aim of which is to bring a significant amount of solar energy to the people of Virginia. The trio of powers is coming together to build the Remington solar farm, which is going to be a massive help to both the state of Virginia and Microsoft.

News Article | March 23, 2014
Site: techcrunch.com

Slowly, quietly, but increasingly more noisily, startups originally hailing from Europe but going global have been raising larger and larger funding rounds. The linch-pin in the ecosystem has been financing from London (handily, that’s where we’re holding our Disrupt conference there in October). You can be a startup from the most obscure village in Europe, your developers happily hacking away in some austerity-stricken part of town, but raising financing from VCs who like the combination of the UK’s legal jurisdiction, the English language, and the fact that US investors barely need to tick a box to invest when the startup’s founders come calling. The other city attracting VC attention is Berlin. According to Dow Jones VentureSource in the second quarter last year Germany received $375.8m in new VC for 67 deals, mainly in Berlin, while the UK won $290m for 77 deals. But London is fighting back. A number of funding rounds have came in recently, attest to this trend, and it’s worth us taking time out for a moment to just register that ‘what just happened’ moment in three key stories which happened in the last couple of months. WorldRemit, a London-based startup aimed at the consumer money wiring/remittance market got $40 million investment from Accel Partners (which has backed Supercell and Facebook. That was the startup’s first VC investment, and one of the largest-ever Series A rounds in Europe to date. Vinted raised $27 million in its second institutional financing. This is a – ready for this? – Vilnius-based startup, a mobile and web-based marketplace to sell secondhand and consignment clothing. The money was from London’s Accel Partners and Insight Venture Partners (New York). Borro, launched out of London, lets people borrow cash and put up luxury watches, art and other fine goods as collateral. In March it raised $112 million, mostly form Victory Park Capital (Chicago). In February, London’s eCommera, which helps retailers use their customer purchasing data to improve the retail experience, secured $41 million in Series C funding led by Dawn Capital (London) together with other investors. London-based company data source DueDil, which took in a $17 million in a Series B round led by Oak Investment Partners with participation from existing investors Notion Capital and Passion Capital. To date, the largest source of private company information in the UK, DueDil provides company and director data on private companies in over 22 countries. Launched in mid-2011, DueDil has raised a total of $22 million. It’s planning to launch in many more countries over the next year. London-based travel startup Top10 raised $8 million in a Series B round led by top-tier London VC Balderton Capital. Top10 is a hotel search platform that aggregates review scores, location, popularity, price, and other features, thus creating a shortlist of 10 recommendations for each search. Founded in 2011 with, initially, a focus on music, the startup pivoted in early 2013 to focus on solely hotel search, a key market in Europe, and of course globally, with juicy revenue potentials. Top10 is planning to expanding its reach in Europe. Lyst, a Fashion e-commerce aggregator, raised $14M more, and partnered with PayPal. And the money in London is not just staying in Europe. San Francisco-based private communications startup Wickr (we’re talking self-destructing And encrypted messages here) raised a Series A round of $9 million led by Alsop Louie Partners with participation from angels including Thor Halvorssen, Gilman Louie, Richard A. Clarke, and Eileen Burbidge. For those of you unaware, Burbidge is one third of the partners at Passion Capital in London and a key influence in the scene. And let’s not forget last year’s $42 million, Series C round for DataSift, a social data platform that provides brands and enterprises with access to content from the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and dozens of other social networks. And NewVoiceMedia’s $55m funding in 2013 across two big rounds, with a mix of US and European VCs. And not to mention, also last year, Yplan, the London-based startup that’s building a platform for selling last-minute event-booking on mobile, closed a $12 million Series A, led by General Catalyst Partners. Then there was Swiftkey, which raised a $17.5M Series B Round Led by Index Ventures. As a VC said to me just the other day in relation to this news: “VC confidence is at all time high. Those who actually have money are very keen to deploy it. Why? The stock market and the raft of new IPOs are a major reason, plus the proliferation of growth capital.” You heard it here first people. We’re looking at a new trend: The ‘Euro Megaround’ funding.

Monkres J.,Virginia Commonwealth University | Luckie C.,Commonwealth of Virginia | Petraco N.D.K.,John Jay College of Criminal Justice | Milam A.,Commonwealth of Virginia
AFTE Journal | Year: 2013

The validity and reliability of firearm and toolmark analysis has been debated, often revolving around the subjectivity of the methods examiners use. This study attempts to confirm an examiner's conclusions through objective computer analysis. Bullets, knowns and unknowns, fired through ten consecutively rifled barrels were used for the study. Unknown bullets were identified to the barrels from which they had been fired using traditional comparison techniques. Each land impression (LI) was photographed, and the distances of the prominent striae to one shoulder of the (LI) were measured using computer software. Two methods of selecting measurable striae were used. The data from these measurements was then converted into a barcode representative of the LI from which it was taken. Barcodes were subjected to Principle Component Analysis (PCA), and a Support Vector Machine (SVM) was employed to evaluate the computer's ability to correctly identify which LI was represented by the barcode, based on SVM analysis error rate (ideal error rate ≤5%). Optimal error rate varied based on selection technique, with 19.444% and 1.149% being the optimal values obtained by each method. The second result, generated by the majority of bullets analyzed, indicated the computer was able to adequately group barcodes according to their common origins, supporting the examiner's identifications. This research and described methodology may provide support for the reliability of firearm and toolmark analysis.

News Article | January 4, 2016
Site: www.theenergycollective.com

Virginia may be the only state in the U.S. with a law creating a public-private partnership structure whose mission is to strengthen and promote its nuclear energy and technology industries. There are two components of the partnership, the Virginia Nuclear Energy Consortium Authority (VNECA) and the Virginia Nuclear Energy Consortium (VNEC), which is a private, not for profit corporation that is answerable to the authority. The VNECA Board composition was defined by statute to be composed of the following: The authorizing legislation passed with little opposition in early 2013, and the VNECA hosted the first of a series of meetings that October. Following the authority’s lead, VNEC devised a shared funding mechanism, signed up a group of eight founding, fee-paying members, produced a mission statement and hired an executive director. Those entities are AREVA, BWXT, Dominion, GE-Hitachi, Newport News Shipbuilding, University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Tech. On December 10, 2015, the consortium’s executive director Marshall Cohen spoke at the annual joint meeting of the Virginia chapters of the American Nuclear Society and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Cohen walked the crowd of 70 interested professionals through VNEC’s history, described its current activities, talked about near term priorities and solicited the involvement of everyone with a vested interest in seeing the organization make progress in achieving its mission. That mission is to sustain and enhance the Commonwealth of Virginia as a national and global leader in nuclear energy and serving as an interdisciplinary business development, research, training, and information resource on nuclear energy issues. I attended the meeting and listened carefully to the presentation. During his talk Cohen spoke to the importance of the Ex-Im Bank reauthorization and VNEC’s active role as one of many supporters of the effort. That involvement was successful and provided VNEC an opportunity to build its brand and prove its worth to members and potential members. It also enabled the organization to begin building a national network and organizational identity. The VNEC executive described an effort in cooperation with NEI that will result in a conference in the first quarter of 2016 for interested individuals and organizations to discuss nuclear technology issues in Virginia. The event is being treated as a prototype for similar events around the country. He then recounted a conversation with Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) that some of my fellow Virginians (and Americans) might find a little incredible. Cohen: I was with the governor on Monday morning [Dec 7] at a conference. He says, “Oh yeah, nuclear in Virginia. That’s critical. That’s important. I love nuclear. I wish we had 100% nuclear. What can I do to help?” It’s the governor. He’s ebullient. But you know what, he will help. When Cohen finished talking and solicited questions, my hand shot up. Here is a transcript of the resulting conversation. Adams: One of the things that I’ve worked on over the last cou- ple of years is helping people understand that mining uranium is a useful and vital part of our industry and that people who try to make it out as a health issue are harming the prospects for the rest of us. You talk about a nuclear cluster in Virginia. We have at least 119 million pounds of uranium on private property with good roads and good infrastructure. Is the Virginia Nuclear Energy Consortium going to work on that issue and help the Coles access their private property? Cohen: It is not an issue that’s come to us. I would be more than happy to take the issue to the board. Somehow just make a request or give me some background information and we can cer- tainly have a board discussion. I follow the policies that they want to set. I try to help guide them so that they can see what’s going on so they are aware of things. I’m familiar enough with it; I’ve lived in Virginia for a long time so I’m familiar enough with a little of the history. But in all of the nuclear stuff that I’ve done for the last 12-13 years, I’ve not really dealt with mining issues per se. But I did a lot of work in New Mexico on uranium enrichment and am aware of the mine history and legacy and all of the issues that come at us even though we weren’t involved in that. Adams: And it’s very important for us as communicators to help people understand that history is not what we’re doing today. We don’t do mining the same way they were doing it in New Mexico in the 1950s. It’s a completely different animal. Cohen: But we have to be cognizant of experiences. You know there are no boundaries on those things, even more so now with the Internet. So we need to be prepared. Well educated, well in- formed and prepared if we’re going to move forward. And even if we’re going to make presentations to the VNEC board, we’re going to want to give a thorough presentation. I’d be happy to bring it to them. Adams: I’ll recommend to Virginia Uranium that they talk to you and also that they talk to you about becoming a member. If this was not a nuclear thing, it would seem very strange indeed to realize that a state whose government has created a structure like VNECA and VNEC also has rejected efforts to overturn a three decade old “temporary” moratorium on uranium mining. Since we’re talking about nuclear, no one should be at all surprised. Note: A slightly different version of the above first appeared in the Nuclear Buzz column of the December 17, 2015 edition of Fuel Cycle Week. This version includes an expanded description of the VNECA membership and a correction of a typo in the list of corporations from “Hitachi” to “GE-Hitachi.” It is reprinted here with permission. The post Virginia Loves Nuclear But Hates Uranium – Why? appeared first on Atomic Insights.

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