Renewable energy workshop to feature Ohio’s largest solar farm

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A solar installer whose headquarters building has its own sun-powered system and the largest solar farm in Ohio, which spans an area equal to some 80 football fields, are two of the highlights of the 2015 Renewable Energy Workshop.The event, which is sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University, is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 4 at Vaughn Industries, 1201 E. Findlay St. in Carey in northwest Ohio.“It’s for anyone interested in renewable energy, such as farmers, homeowners, small-business owners, financial and insurance companies, researchers and students, and state and local agency personnel,” said Yebo Li, the event’s organizer and a biosystems engineer with the college.Speaking will be renewable energy experts from the college and industry, including on such topics as solar energy, funding possibilities, growing grasses to make biofuels, and producing bioenergy through anaerobic digestion of manure and plant matter.Also featured will be tours of:• The Vaughn Industries’ headquarters building, which runs a 50-kilowatt solar system. The specialty contracting company has installed solar systems ranging from 1 to 15 megawatts at sites from Ohio to North Carolina.• PSEG Solar, an 83-acre solar field in Wyandot County that has nearly 160,000 solar panels on more than 3,000 fixed-tilt solar arrays. The 12-megawatt farm produces enough electricity for more than 9,000 homes when the sun is shining.Li said the tours and experts will give a “better understanding of the opportunities and challenges for renewable energy options in Ohio for businesses, farms and homes.”Scheduled to speak are:• Eric Romich, an energy development field specialist with the college who was heavily involved in finalizing the PSEG farm, on “Renewables in Ohio: Current Trends and Opportunities.”• Rafiq Islam, soil and bioenergy program leader at the college’s Ohio State University South Centers in Piketon, on “Growing Perennial Grasses for Biofuels.”• Alex Ringler, CEO of Marengo, Ohio-based Renergy Inc., on “Anaerobic Digestion of Livestock Manure: Opportunities and Challenges.”• Li on “Anaerobic Digestion of Lignocellulosic Feedstocks: Opportunities and Challenges.”• Brian Tschanen and Drew Roach, both of Vaughn, on “Trends in Solar Energy: An Industry Perspective.”Registration is $40 by Oct. 27, $50 after that date, and includes continental breakfast and lunch. Registration for college students is $20.Transportation to the workshop site and the PSEG farm will be by the participants’ own vehicles or by a free vanpool ride leaving at 7 a.m. from the college’s research arm, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster in northeast Ohio. Space in the van is limited; reserve a space when registering.To register, download and fill out the registration form available at and return it with payment.Or send your name, contact information and check for payment — payable to OARDC/OSU — to Mary Wicks, OARDC/OSU, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, OH 44691. Indicate if you’d like a spot in the vanpool from Wooster and whether you have any dietary restrictions.Professional Engineer continuing education credits should be available to participants but the details are still to be confirmed.For more information, contact Wicks at [email protected] or 330-202-3533 or go to read more

How the Air Force Is Flying Toward IPv6

first_imgThe United States Air Force is one very high-tech organization, and we’re not just talking about jet fighters. The Air Force’s latest mission is a high-stakes, high-speed migration to Internet Protocol v6 (IPv6). Chances are most corporate networks aren’t as extensive or complex as the Air Force’s, but the service’s planning operations offer worthwhile lessons for many organizations.The Air Force began its transition to IPv6 earlier this summer, and expects to have its entire network migrated by the end of September 2014, the deadline self-imposed by the US government for all of its network operations. The move to IPv6 will also let the Air Force support more ad hoc networks in the field – making it more operationally agile and better able to support machine-to-machine communications.A Complex MissionSeveral years ago the Air Force established a Transition Management Office (TMO) at Scott Air Force Base, located outside of St. Louis, to help coordinate the effort. ReadWriteWeb visited with Doug Fry, Network Engineer, Air Force Network Integration Center and engineering lead for the TMO. His role is to develop network policies and operational procedures that will be carried out by the various Air Force base engineers around the world. Fry is giving a talk at the upcoming New York City Interop this fall.One of Fry’s biggest issues is maintaining the security of the network as it makes its transition to IPv6. “We can’t let unknown traffic traverse our networks, of course, but the security tools that we have in our inventory aren’t fully v6 compliant yet.”The Air Force has 130 bases and about 100 of them are IPv6 capable and ready, according to Fry. He is working on the rest right now.The Air Force base furthest along in the transition process is Eglin in the Florida panhandle, which also happens to be the service’s largest base – covering more than 600 square miles and employing more than 30,000 people. To give you an idea of the size of the base, it has 30,000 individual IP addresses assigned, to a wide mix of both computing and embedded equipment. There are two core networks, 14 access layer devices, and 5000 in-building switches. That is a lot of gear to migrate over to the new networking protocols.But Eglin’s lead role is more a matter of circumstances than anything else: the base’s aging Cisco routers and switches were due for a major refresh at the same time that the Air Force was planning the IPv6 transition. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#enterprise#Government#networking david strom 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now 8 IPv6 Lessons LearnedSo what are some of the lessons the Air Force has learned so far?Don’t go with your first address plan, but think about ways that you can make it more hierarchical and improve it. “We are on our fourth iteration of our address plan,” said Fry.Make sure your core and IOS routers are all IPv6 compatible and can run dual stack protocols. This seems obvious but it is worth mentioning.Make sure all your monitoring equipment is up to snuff. Eglin uses homegrown IP address assignment and monitoring programs, and of course these will have to be upgrade to handle the longer IPv6 addresses.Now is the time to make sure your entire network documentation actually reflects what is actually deployed. “Some Air Force bases are better documented than others,” said Fry.Upgrade your router firmware or replace them to handle IPv6.Build a test lab that replicates your entire network if you can afford to. “I wish we had the budget to build a lab from the beginning, it would have been helpful to learn more about IPv6 before we got down the road,” said Lee Tran, a technical advisor for the Operational Infrastructure Branch and part of the Communications Squadron for Eglin. (You can read a ReadWriteWeb a white paper about this topic here.Understand how things will change when you add new desktops or network infrastructure to your IPv6 network. “You don’t want to introduce any new vulnerabilities,” said Tran. One issue for the Air Force is being able to automatically push out security patches to its routers over an IPv6 network. “Right now we have to do this manually,” he said. Another implication is how your desktops will come with support for IPv6, and whether you want this active or not before you actually cut over to IPv6.Finally, participate in the next World IPv6 Day in June and other experiments to prove out your installation and deployment plans.“This was incredibly helpful for us, and I was glad to see that our IPv6 servers didn’t have any issues then,” said Fry.Good luck with your own IPv6 transition plans.Lead image and Air Force medallion courtesy of Shutterstock.Bottom image courtesy of the US Air Force.last_img read more

‘Big Four’ still Grand Slam stars to beat, insists Novak Djokovic

first_imgBREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates his victory during the Mubadala World Tennis Championship 2018 in Abu Dhabi, on December 29, 2018. – Djokovic won a fourth Mubadala World Tennis Championship title, coming back from a set down to beat Kevin Anderson 4-6, 7-5, 7-5. (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP)World number one Novak Djokovic said Monday that tennis’ big four — himself, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray — were still the favorites to win Grand Slam titles in 2019.Despite a combination of age, injury and long-held prediction of a new generation of stars about to burst through, Djokovic insisted the four veterans remained the players to beat.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READ “I think if we are healthy and playing well, the four guys still have probably the best chance to always win Slams,” said Djokovic in Doha, ahead of playing in his season-opener, the Qatar Open.Djokovic is the favorite to dominate in 2019, having finished last season so strongly, overcoming an injury-hit start to the year to claim the Wimbledon and US Open titles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionThe 31-year-old also rose from world number 22 to number one, becoming the oldest ever player to finish the year as the highest ranked player in the world.His rivals, especially Nadal and Murray, are still battling back to full fitness, increasing the chances that the Serbian could add to his 14 Grand Slam titles. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The world number eight admitted it was time for the next generation to step up.“All the guys who won Slams in previous years are on tour, so it will be very tough,” Thiem said.“Yes, there are four chances for us… and we are very pumped to take one Grand Slam and maybe it is going to happen this year.”Djokovic won a Qatar Open doubles match on Monday, partnering his brother Marko.He begins his quest for a third Doha singles title on Tuesday against Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia and Herzegovina.In Doha, his main challenge is likely to come from Thiem and Karen Khachanov who ended Djokovic’s 22-match winning streak in November.Khachanov starts against three-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka.“I’m happy, I’m fit, I’m ready for the season and I’m looking forward to starting it,” said Swiss star Wawrinka.On Monday, there were wins for Thomas Berdych, the Czech beating Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 7-6 (7/5) and Russia’s Andrey Rublev against Italy’s Andreas Seppi, 7-5, 6-1. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Manny Pacquiao rings in new year with 10 rounds of mitts, roadwork One more major win and he will overtake Pete Sampras to become third on the all-time list of Grand Slam winners. Only Federer (20) and Nadal (17) have more.Since and including 2010, the “Big Four” have won 32 Grand Slams between them, with Djokovic top of that list with 13 of his titles coming in the current decade.Djokovic though insisted that “the next generation is already there” and singled out Germany’s world number four Alexander Zverev, Croatia’s Borna Coric, number 12 and Greece’s number 15 Stefano Tsitsipas as the main threats.“It’s a matter of time when we will see some of them competing in the last stages of Grand Slams,” he added.Another of those who might challenge the usual suspects is Austria’s Dominic Thiem, who is also in Doha, and the number two seed after the Serb.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more