American Ethanol powers NASCAR Green, innovation

first_imgIt now boasts the largest recycling program in sports, the largest solar-powered sports facility (Pocono Raceway) and a massive tree-planting program to off-set carbon emissions from its Sprint Cup Series races.But fuel is fundamental in racing, and making the decision to switch to a drastically different formula was not only a matter of science but of overall vision.“There was a significant degree of caution from the start and we had to be absolutely certain,’’ said Dr. Mike Lynch, managing director of NASCAR Green Innovation. “We had to take all the risk out through hard work, time and careful analysis. We needed performance without compromise and we’ve ended up with all the good things and no negative trade-offs.’’The 15-percent ethanol blend has transitioned from carburetors to fuel injection engines and from the Car of Tomorrow to the 2013 debut of the Generation-6 cars, thanks to a concerted and diverse effort from NASCAR, its teams, manufacturers and a nearly three-year old partnership with the American Ethanol industry.Hundreds of man-hours and even more manpower went into developing this project through track tests, engineering trials and engine dynos. That effort resulted in an E15 blend that produces 20 percent less emissions from the race cars, and just as importantly, a 9 to 12 horsepower increase.“We’ve come a long way and I really give NASCAR credit for their green initiative,’’ said Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy, an American Ethanol advocacy group. “This wasn’t something the government made them do or they were forced to do.“I think you have to give NASCAR a lot of credit for being bold enough to undertake the initiative. Not only has (NASCAR Chairman) Brian France talked the talk, but he’s walked the walk. They’ve put over 3 million miles on these cars in practice, qualifying and race conditions without any problems and for us, that’s a real validator of our product.“You couldn’t ask for a tougher testing ground.’’In May, NASCAR will have accumulated four million miles fueled by E15 among NASCAR’s three series without so much as a hiccup or disparaging word. And NASCAR fans, long known for their extreme loyalty, have taken note.According to a study conducted in 2012, NASCAR fans are now 50 percent more likely than non-fans to support the use of ethanol blended gasoline in their own cars. The study also found they are now 100 percent more likely than non-fans to indicate their households are “very green” — all encouraging statistics that show NASCAR it is proceeding in the right direction.”The Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, says, ‘Look, if it’s good enough for Jimmie Johnson, it’s good enough for my car,’” Buis said. “And that’s exactly the connection I think we’re making with this partnership.”“I think what’s really impressive about NASCAR is the fans are very well educated,’’ Buis continued. “They follow the sport closely, they listen to people and that was one of the reasons we were attracted to work with NASCAR. We know we have a good product, but it doesn’t matter if you have a good product if you don’t get the message out there.“I like to tell people, there’s no sport more American than NASCAR and no fuel more American than ethanol. It’s a natural fit.’’For more information on NASCAR Green initiatives, visit the official NASCAR Green website here.READ MORE: FULL SERIES COVERAGE• View all articles  • View all videos  • View all photos WATCH: Edwards returns to Victory Lane WATCH: Bowyer hits pit crew member READ: Carl Edwards ends losing streak ___________________________________________________________________________________________We apologize. We are having technical issues with our comment sections and fan community and it is temporarily unavailable. We are actively working on these issues and hope to have it up and running soon. We are also working on enhancements to provide a better forum for our fans. We appreciate your patience and apologize for the inconvenience. READ: Phoenix a different story for Danica One bold initiative and almost four million miles later, NASCAR’s switch to American Ethanol-infused fuel for its race cars has gone so smoothly it’s difficult to imagine a time when the sport wasn’t using it.Not only has the move to Sunoco Green E15 gasoline proven to be an environmentally beneficial decision, it’s actually boosted the performance of the race cars in all three of NASCAR’s marquee series — lowering emissions and increasing horsepower.The ultimate endorsement came when the sport’s favorite son, Dale Earnhardt Jr., declared “a seamless transition” to Green E15 fuel upon winning the 2011 Daytona 500 pole position — the first time out with the American Ethanol blend. And just like that, any doubts or fears that fans or competitors had about such a radical change in fuel were quickly dispelled.“Without fuel, we’re not able to race so there was a lot of pressure on making sure we got it right,’’ said NASCAR Vice President for Competition Robin Pemberton. “We were proud to be able to do that. It wasn’t that long ago we were using leaded fuel, then moved on to unleaded and that was a big change, and then the move to ethanol came just a couple short years after that.“Because it goes under the radar when things are successful, they probably don’t receive the hype they deserve.’’In terms of significance, this ranks right up there. When NASCAR went green five years ago, it went big. Move to American Ethanol ‘a seamless transition’last_img read more

Achieving Public Cloud Agility with the Comfort of Private Cloud Resiliency and Security

first_imgChange is a constant and it is inevitable. This has never been more accurate than today with the movement towards the modern data center. The modern data center allows you to deploy architecture that delivers new services to businesses and customers alike. Inevitably, new applications arise and they demand changes in the infrastructure. For years people have called these changes disruptive, revolutionary or even evolutionary.IT transformational change is often a point of angst for many businesses. Aligning process and people with new technologies may appear to be a daunting task. We believe that software-defined data centers can offer IT organizations the means to transform at their own pace while not having to sacrifice the ability to advance their business.Last month in Jeremy Burton’s Reflections Blog, “The Pillars of the Modern Data Center”, he talked about the need for IT organizations to modernize their data center and how software-defined, one of the four pillars, can help organizations achieve this goal. Software-defined storage is an integral piece in this transformation. It offers a simpler, more agile and tailored data center, which can result in substantial cost savings.In the last few months, EMC has continued to expand and enhance our software-defined storage offerings – supporting all data types (block, object and file). In January, we announced the release of ECS 2.2, EMC’s software-defined cloud-scale object storage platform that simplifies storage for traditional as well as next-gen apps with global access and protection. More recently, we announced ScaleIO 2.0, a software-defined, scale-out, block storage server SAN solution. This release focused on enabling IT organizations with the powerful agility that comes with public clouds combined with the security and peace of mind expected from private clouds.So what does ScaleIO 2.0 release deliver?Enriched Security enabling IT organizations to utilize IPv6 addresses, integrate ScaleIO with their role-based user management platforms (AD/LDAP) as well as provide more granular access for those users.Enhanced Resiliency ensures data is always available and not corrupt using in-flight checksum. Expanded support options, read flash cache capabilities, as well as efficiencies when performing maintenance on ScaleIO servers are few others.Extended Platform Support for new OS platforms like Ubuntu and CoreOS in addition to Redhat, Windows and SUSE Linux and expanded OpenStack capabilities in addition to Mirantis, Docker and Mesosphere. By expanding the functionality of ScaleIO’s active GUI, IT organizations are able to streamline operations and simplify user experience.As a software-defined block storage solution, IT organizations have a wide range of choice in deploying ScaleIO – as a software, or as a storage-only or better still as a full turnkey VCE VxRack Flex 1000 hyper-converged system.Don’t take our word for it. Larry Lau, Director of Architecture and Infrastructure at Verizon Labs said, “With high performance and intelligent data management in mind, Verizon Labs turned to ScaleIO to help provide the resiliency and agility needed to serve Verizon customers.”These announcements are just the start. We firmly believe that software-defined storage will be at the heart of modern data center transformation in the coming years. At EMC World 2016, IT organizations will hear on topics ranging from flash, software-defined storage, converged infrastructure, and rack scale architectures to hybrid cloud and data lakes.While change is constant and inevitable, our mission is to empower you with the cutting-edge storage solutions needed to achieve your data center transformation.last_img read more

Rutland Free Library gets $463,000 to fix roof

first_imgSenator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I) and Congressman Peter Welch (D) report that U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack Friday made it official that the Rutland Free Library will receive $663,000 in federal support for repair of the library’s roof. The funding — a $200,000 grant and $463,000 loan — comes through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Facilities Program as part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, enacted last year to promote economic recovery from the recession that began in 2008. The funds will also address the drainage issues of the building, as well as de-humidifying the basement.The award for the Rutland Library rehabilitation project was the second largest nationwide of the investments awarded by USDA on Friday. Collectively, 129 projects in 30 states were funded to build and enhance libraries in rural communities across the nation.USDA Rural Development’s Community Facilities program helps finance essential community facilities for public use in rural areas. Through this program, USDA ensures that such facilities are available to all rural residents. These funds are available to public bodies, nonprofit organizations and federally recognized Indian tribes. More information about USDA Rural Development can be found at www.rurdev.usda.gov(link is external).Source: Congressional delegation. 9.24.2010 # # # # #last_img read more