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DOE National Labs Extend Deadline for Commercial Building Partnerships Call for Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced support for energy-saving commercial building projects as part of an ongoing effort to improve the energy efficiency of buildings in the United States. Three DOE national laboratories—Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory—issued both a call for projects aimed at commercial building owners and operators and a request for proposals targeted at commercial building technical experts.

The original due date for responses to both the call for projects and the technical expert request for proposals (RFP) was May 10, 2010. The participating labs have extended the deadline for the call for projects to noon Eastern time on May 14, 2010. Note that the deadline for the technical expert RFP remains 3 p.m. Pacific time on May 10, 2010.

More details are available at Commercial Building Partnerships Opportunities.


Closing in on Aircraft Campaign in California

In preparation for the upcoming Carbonaceous Aerosol and Radiative Effects Study (CARES) in California, the ARM Aerial Facility is putting the finishing touches on research equipment upgrades to the Gulfstream-159, or G-1 aircraft. Over the winter, AAF staff began installing a number of new instruments and associated hardware and data systems, thanks in large part to funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The CARES science team is now concentrating on the various instruments that will be added to the G-1 payload for the campaign, and is also finalizing flight plans and ground site logistics. The campaign is scheduled to begin in June and last approximately one month, with 72 hours allotted for science flights. See article...


ARRA-funded Cloud Radar Development for the Department of Energy’s ARM Climate Research Facility

By James B. Mead, President, ProSensing, Inc.

Through the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory recently funded ProSensing Inc. of Amherst, Mass. to build six dual frequency cloud radar systems. These radars will be used by the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility, a DOE scientific user facility, for fundamental research on the effects of clouds and precipitation on the climate. Four cloud radar systems will be permanently installed at ARM sites in Oklahoma, Alaska, Australia and Papua New Guinea, while two portable systems will be deployed with ARM's mobile facilities at sites around the world. An additional ARRA-funded contract was also awarded to ProSensing to upgrade five existing cloud radars currently operating at the ARM sites. See article.

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