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and undergraduate education"through innovative programs aimedat students, teachers, and juniorresearchers that have served as modelsboth nationally and internationally.Teacher-training programs housed atthe MRL prepare educators to teachabout science and engineering, foster-ing curriculum design delivered tolocal classrooms." Solar,a business unit of TheDow Chemical Company,has beenawarded a $12.8-million, three-yeargrant-as part of the SunShot initia-tive of the U.S. Department ofEnergy(DOE)-to fund a programto dramatically reduce the cost ofbuilding integrated (BIPV) solarproducts. The program's goal is toensure that solar power is a viablesource for the U.S.'s power needs andeconomic growth, and acceleratewidespread solar adoption, Dow says,adding, "The DOE grant will helpfund a $22.4 million program thatbrings together leaders from across theentire solar value chain, includingsolar solutions providers, national lab-oratories, universities, leading elec-tronics companies and national homebuilders to create a new solar technol-ogy that reduces total installationcosts and provide reliable, low-costsolar energy to residential consumers.""We are confident that theDepartment of Energy's support ofour proposal to use a holisticapproach targeting all key pointsalong the solar energy value chainwill enable transformational systemcost reduction for BIPV. This pro-gram has the potential to makerenewable solar energy much morecost effective and significantlyincrease adoption rates," says DaveParrillo, director of Research &Development, Dow Solar. "There istremendous potential to increase theutilization of BIPV by incorporatingsolar functionality directly into abuilding material. The DOE grantprovides essential funding to furtherreduce barriers in solar adoption byfocusing on the entire value chain."In response to the DOE's FundingOpportunity Announcement,"Extreme Balance of SystemHardware Cost Reductions," DowSolar says, it assembled a team of34| PLASTICS ENGINEERING | OCTOBER 2011 | www.4spe.orgindustryNEWS and NOTESCONTINUEDPublished By John Wiley & Sons Plastics Engineering offers many exciting print and online advertising opportunities to connect directly with your target audience. Plastics Engineering magazine and present an unparalleled and exclusive opportunity for you to market and sell to the top people in the global plastics industry. Plastics Engineering magazine has a circulation base of 34,000 people in 80 countries who share a common passion: plastics.Some of our advertising options include:?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? the Latest News in the Plastics Industry.ADVERTISE IN Plastics EngineeringSOCIETY OF PLASTICS ENGINEERS

partners including Alta Devices, Inc.;DR Horton, Inc.; Purdue University;Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.;Phobos Energy; Emerson NetworkPower; The Center for Advanced LifeCycle Engineering; ConSol; NationalRenewable Energy Laboratory; TheNational Roofing ContractorsAssociation; and Oak Ridge NationalLaboratory in order to achieve theobjectives of the proposed project.Dow partnered with these groups toform a breakthrough approach tomeeting the challenge of drivingdown the total cost of solar AccuRatehas opened itsrenovated test center in Whitewater,Wisconsin, USA. The company says,"The newly remodeled facility isequipped with all the necessary fea-tures for testing customers' dry bulksolid materials in volumetric, gravi-metric, vibratory, and sanitary feed-ing configurations. Additionally, bulkbag discharging and pneumatic con-veying systems can be tested."New additions to the test center,Schenck AccuRate reports, include anisolated testing cell for dusty andpoor-flowing powders, customeroffices with internet accessibility, anda specially designed room for viewingmaterial Accurate has alsoannounced the appointment ofDynamic Bulk Systems, Inc., as itsexclusive representative in EasternMissouri and Central/SouthernIllinois. Dynamic Bulk Systems willhandle sales, application engineeringand after-sale support for SchenckAccuRate's full line of volumetric andgravimetric feeders, weighfeeders,mass flow meters, vibratory feeders,bulk bag discharging systems, beltscales, container loading systems, andrelated control Evans Analytical Group, Inc.(EAG), Sunnyvale, California,USA-a provider of surface analysisand materials-characterization ser-vices, microelectronics "release to pro-duction," and electronic failure-analy-sis services-has acquired ChemirAnalytical Services and its | OCTOBER 2011 | PLASTICS ENGINEERING |35LOOKING AHEADNovember/December 2011 . January/February 2012NOVEMBER/DECEMBERCover Story:Additives AnnualAlso:CompoundingColor and ColorantFlame RetardantsJANUARY 2012Cover Story:Making fuel from polymer scrap.Markets: Materials, Recycling, Auto, Corporate investment, Film, Nanotechnology, Consumer Products Bonus distribution:SPE Polyolefins/Flexpackcon (Feb. 26, 2012); SPE Nanocomposites Conf. (Mar. 5, 2012)FEBRUARY2012Cover Story:ANTEC program and preview.Markets: Machinery (injection molding, extrusion, thermoforming, blow molding, automation), materials, research, testing, health care, additivesBonus distribution:SPE Polyolefins/Flexpackcon (Feb. 26, 2012); SPE Nanocomposites Conf. (Mar. 5, 2012)CorrectionIn the July/August 2011 issue ofPlastics Engineering,on page 16 inthe sidebar titled "Plastic Pipe," anerror occurred in a temperatureconversion. The sentence shouldread: "For gas pipelines, the insula-tion is designed to keep the naturalgas cold, below -162°C (-260°F),so that it exists as a liquid and thusalso flows easily through the pipe."