‘Posts from the Road’ is a new feature that beginning today will appear in the Sunday edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post. Longtime Los Alamos photographer Gary Warren and his wife Marilyn are traveling around the country and he will share scenes they encounter while on the road. Today’s submission features the City of Rocks State Park in southwestern New Mexico between Deming and Silver City. In approaching the park entrance, visitors have a panoramic view of the ‘city of rocks’. The city is made up of hundreds of huge boulders, which provide a scenic drive, hiking trails, camping and picnicking areas. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.comStray Rocks: There are several stray rocks in the open prairie around the inner cluster of boulders, which create interesting vistas. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.comHiking: There are many hiking trails among and around the boulders as well as trails in the open space around the ‘city’. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.comHome on the Rocks: The Warren’s campsite during their stay at the city of rocks was tucked among the boulders on one side with views across the open range on the other. They camped at the park in February of this year and found the climate to be comfortable but a little windy at times. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com
NMED News: To use the secure file transfer service, applicants should use the new UA1 form available on the Air Quality Bureau website at https://www.env.nm.gov/air-quality/universal-application-2/. The form instructions allow users to designate that they want to use the file transfer service and provide the information for their contact who will transfer the files. Due to short regulatory deadlines, this option cannot be used for permits that must be issued within 30 days, such as any type of General Construction Permit (GCP), Notices of Intent (NOI), or technical revisions to any permit. After receipt of the paper application, the AQB will contact the applicant with an email invitation to set up the file transfer. The transfer service does not require applicants to set up accounts or use passwords in response to the request from AQB. The transfer request can also be forwarded from the recipient to another representative representing the company, such as a consultant. This option is available for permits with longer timelines, such as Title V permits, new NSR permits, and modifications to those permits. The AQB requires paper applications to include a CD or DVD with electronic copies of the application and supporting documents such as calculation spreadsheets. For some types of permits, the AQB will now allow applicants to submit paper applications and use our secure file transfer service to submit their electronic files instead of burning files to a CD. AQB is providing this alternative submission method as an option for applicants; paper applications can always be accompanied by CDs or DVDs. Direct questions about the secure file transfer process or to Kirby.email@example.com or 505.476.4322.
Federal officials in charge of leasing ocean bottom land to offshore wind farm companies got an earful at a meeting with commercial fishermen Wednesday — and much of it was R-rated.There isn’t merely significant opposition to offshore wind farms; there is 100-percent agreement among the fishermen that the wind turbines will eventually put them out of business.The anger is palpable, and representatives from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management took the brunt of it, enduring a tirade of complaints. “This is how we talk on the docks,” one salty speaker exclaimed.At issue is a federal directive — fueled in part, some say, by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo — to award leases for two more tracts of ocean bottomland that will eventually be home for wind farms. So far, 13 leases have been awarded to developers.Brian Hooker, a fisheries biologist, David Nguyen, a project coordinator, and Isis Johnson, an environmental protection specialist, tried for close to four hours to get through a prepared program. They are charged with choosing two locations from within four giant swatches of ocean bottom off the coasts of Long Island and New Jersey. The fishing industry reps don’t think there should be any offshore turbines, period.Deepwater Wind, which has a project slated off the coast of Montauk called South Fork Wind and runs the Block Island Wind farm, was the subject of much of the ire and criticism, though that company may or not come into play on the tracts of ocean bottom being discussed.Once BOEM identifies parcels that can be leased, any company that wants to do so can express interest; if more than one does, there will be an auction.Hooker made an introductory presentation, pointing out that the wind companies that win a lease will pay for the lease plus a rental fee, plus royalties.“They are stealing our fishing grounds by placing them on our place of work. They are industrializing the ocean floor,” said Bonnie Brady, the executive director of the Long Island Commercial Fishing Association.That, said lobster boat captain Anthony Sosinski, is the crux of the problem. Any discussion about mitigating the effect the wind turbines have on fish so they can coexist is ludicrous, he charged. “It’s like putting a junkyard in the middle of a farm field,” he said. “The noise and sounds aren’t natural to what has been going on for a million years.”Ryan Fallon said he has spent his life on the water. “Everyone is against [the wind farms]. This is my life, my daughter’s life. I almost brought her here so you could look her in the eyes,” said Fallon, whose father was a commercial fisherman and bought him his first boat. “I’ve been doing this since I was 12. I’ll die before I let you take it away.”One individual didn’t wait around for an introduction. “You people make me sick!” he yelled as he stormed into the meeting. “This is bull***t. F*** you!”Several speakers wondered why, if the powers-that-be wanted wind power, they couldn’t mount the turbines on land. Others suggested putting all the wind turbines on the ocean in one spot so the disrupted area would be smaller.“We work hard to ensure all of this information gets out,” Johnson told those assembled, but the BOEM official admitted the meeting was not being taped, so the discussion that was transpiring wasn’t on the record. However, those in attendance were asked to submit written comments either online or by mail. The deadline is July 25. More information is available by phone at 978-281-9180.Four areas are under consideration to site wind farms. Fairways North off the South Fork of Long Island, and Fairways South, to its southwest, are separated by a channel approximately three-miles wide. Hudson North, off the coast of New York, and Hudson South off the coast of New Jersey are the other two.The idea of siting the wind turbines away from fishing grounds is indicative of the lack of knowledge the BOEM planners bring to the table, according to Sosinski. “The whole ocean is moving. Fish move. Whatever is on the ocean bottom will be blown to bits” when the turbines are installed, he added.David Airipotch concurred. The BOEM has designed corridors it insists fishermen can navigate without being disturbed by the wind turbines. But Airipotch said there are navigational issues. “Fishing isn’t like driving down one street and then up another,” he said.He also broached for the first time at the meeting, the matter of compensation, which then became a rallying cry. Airipotch said if he earns $350,000 fishing in a certain location, he should be compensated if wind turbines are installed and the fish leave the grounds. “You close it, you pay me.” Hooker acknowledged fishermen would not be able to operate near the wind farms during the installation phase and said he was not opposed to lobbying for compensation under the right circumstances.Tanker CollisionSteve Gaugher was one of many who spoke about the adverse environmental affects that are never mentioned by wind farm proponents. He said as more wind turbines are built, “It’s just a matter of time before some oil freighter slams into one of them” and the oil washes up on Long Island beaches.Fish aren’t the only species in peril, noted Patrice Dalton, who urged the BOEM representatives to read the New York State Wind Master Plan. The study concludes dozens of bird species will experience “high” collision rates with wind turbines and many of them will have a “medium to high” displacement rate, meaning they will disappear from their habitat if wind turbines are built there.“Based on the review, these things will pillage birds that spend most of their time at sea. Gulls, terns, almost everything. It’s shocking,” Dalton said.The BOEM was established in 2010 as an agency within the Department of the Interior. It is responsible for overseeing renewable energy development on the Outer Continental Shelf in an environmentally sound manner. Governor Andrew Cuomo asked federal officials to award two more leases in the New York area by the end of the year.Jim Gilmore of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation also attended the meeting. Julia Prince, a Montauk resident and former East Hampton Town Board member, stood in the doorway for some of the meeting. She is now a Deepwater consultant. At one point she was called a “traitor” and a “sellout” when she tried to interject a comment.No one from the East Hampton Town Board attended the meeting. The town board and town trustees are scheduled to vote on an application from Deepwater that would allow the company to run a cable from its proposed South Shore Wind Farm onto land in Wainscott.firstname.lastname@example.org Share
Agilent Technologies Inc. announced that ST-Ericsson selected Agilent’s solution for characterizing RF transceivers, a key component of every mobile phone. The RF wireless and digital laboratory solution required capabilities for LTE, W-CDMA, GSM, TD-SCDMA, MIMO and DigRF v4. “The characterization of our RF transceiver requires a huge number of complex RF and digital measurements mixed together,” said Sylvain Bertrand, ST-Ericsson, RF broadband validation manager. “Agilent is able to accurately characterize 2G, 3G and LTE technologies in RF and over the DigRF digital bus used in mobile phones. The total solution significantly improves our time-to-market capabilities, while giving us the incredible platform flexibility and expandability required in today’s competitive market.” The radio transceiver is a crucial part of any mobile phone because it is the key between the digital portion of the phone and the cellular network. ST-Ericsson’s multistandards testing of smart RF transceivers requires a broad range of RF analyzers and sources such as the Agilent PXA signal analyzer; MXG signal generator; DigRF emulator, adapter and tester; RF power meter; and precision power supply, plus software dedicated to the vectorial signal such as Agilent Signal Studio, 89600 VSA (vector signal analysis) and X-Series measurement applications. Agilent measurement experts delivered an integrated RF and digital test solution that combined industry-leading hardware with application-specific software. “It was critical to meet the stringent cellular specifications from GSM to LTE, including W-CDMA, and TD-SCDMA with both speed and uncompromising accuracy. Our innovative laboratory solution delivers a 10X improvement over previous methods in system-characterization test time,” said Guy Séné, president of Agilent’s Electronic Measurement Group. “The unmatched combination of hardware, software and support is characteristic of our 60-plus years of market leadership in electronic testing, and it spans R&D through validation and characterization. Agilent’s unique approach not only addressed the technical requirements but also lowered the total cost of the solution.” Agilent works with leading technology developers and international standards groups to help ensure products can be brought to market quickly and with impeccable quality while accelerating design, validation and compliance testing. More information is available at http://www.agilent.comand http://www.stericsson.com.
The wire – which is less than half a millimeter thick – is gold-plated to make it more resistant to the harsh operational environment of space. By using advanced knitting techniques, the researchers aim to produce membrane-like structures that can be shaped into 3-D parabolas resembling the ideal reflector antenna geometry. By making a satellite antenna as lightweight as possible, the team can save on valuable materials and make the technology easier to deliver to space. And by applying novel knitting techniques, they can eradicate waste from the manufacturing process and save on valuable resources.The project is funded under Innovate UK’s: Materials & Manufacturing Round 2 Initiative. Putting large satellites in to space is an expensive proposition – the heavier the satellite the more expensive and difficult it is to launch it into its orbit. Researchers from the Advanced Textiles Research Group (ATRG) at Nottingham Trent University have developed a satellite antenna knitted out of thin gold wires that is much lighter when compared to traditional satellite antennas.The project – in collaboration with space technology business Oxford Space Systems – is centered on the antennas being lightweight and deployable. The aim is for the knitted antenna to open like an umbrella and form a parabolic shape to reflect high frequency radio signals.According to project leader Tilak Dias, Head of the ATRG in Nottingham Trent’s School of Art & Design, few people associate knitting with high-end space technology. However due to the advancements in knitting technology they can now knit an antenna which is extremely lightweight, cost-effective and robust enough to withstand solar radiation. And by working with Oxford Space Systems, they hope it will lead to the UK becoming a manufacturing centre for similar high-performance space materials.