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Mahabir Bhandari elected to the NFRC Board of Directors
— BTRIC’s Mahabir Bhandari was elected for a three-year term to the Board of Directors of National Fenestration Rating Council, a non-profit organization that administers the only uniform, independent rating and labeling system for the energy performance of windows, doors, skylights, and attachment products.

Andre Desjairlais receives PIMA Lifetime Achievement Award
— BTRIC’s André Desjarlais received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association (PIMA) during the group’s 25th Anniversary celebration held in Washington, D.C.

Refrigerant testing heats up
— It's always something. Chloroflurocarbon refrigerants were phased out in the 1990s because they damage the ozone layer of the atmosphere and were replaced mainly by hydroflurocarbons. HFCs are safe for the ozone layer, but they are now a source of concern because they are potent greenhouse gases.

 
 

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Dimensions magazine features Creative Discovery Museum, BESC collaboration Farming for Fuels program
— The Farming for Fuels program developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory's (ORNL's) BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) and the Creative Discovery Museum (CDM) in Chattanooga, Tennessee, was featured in Dimensions magazine.

More than just food for koalas: Genetic analysis of eucalyptus yields insight into tree’s potential for fuel, fiber
— From antiseptic oils to the construction of didgeridoos, the traditional Australian Aboriginal wind instrument, the eucalyptus tree serves myriad purposes, accounting for its status as one of the world’s most widely planted hardwood trees.

UGA, ORNL research team engineers microbes for the direct conversion of biomass to fuel
— New research from the University of Georgia (UGA) and the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) has overcome a major hurdle to cost-effective biofuel production by enabling the direct conversion of switchgrass to fuel.

High-performance computing accelerates advanced engine development
— Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL’s) Dean Edwards and a crosscutting team leveraging expertise in computational science and engine and emissions-control technologies are working with Ford Motor Company to develop and demonstrate a method for identifying the impact of engine parameters that promote combustion instability in spark-ignition engines.

ORNL research informs new EPA emissions standards
— Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has developed a streamlined method for determining vehicle emissions that will impact every new certification when upcoming US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier 3 standards take effect in 2017, aiming to improve air quality and public health.

 
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