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U.S. Department of Energy and Southern Research Sign $3 Million Agreement to Demonstrate a High-Temperature Solar Energy Storage System

As announced today by the White House, Southern Research has signed a jointly funded cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy.

This work is under the SunShot Initiative as part of the Concentrating Solar Power: Advanced Projects Offering Low LCOE Opportunities (CSP: APOLLO) funding program. The three-year project will support the scale-up and demonstration of an innovative thermochemical energy storage system (TCES) that will allow concentrating solar power (CSP) facilities to operate around the clock.

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Plant Farley unveils electric charging stations for employees

Matthew Budraitis and Don Ketcham, Farley engineers, plug-in an electric vehicle to officially open the charging stations as Farley Site Vice President Cheryl Gayheart looks on. The Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Plant near Dothan, Ala., unveiled dual charging stations for ten electric and/or plug-in hybrid vehicles for energy-conscious employees to charge their vehicles while they work.

"Charging an electric vehicle at home currently costs about $1 for 35 miles of energy," said Site Design Engineer Matthew Budraitis. "Workplace charging makes driving electric convenient and more financially attractive. It also helps vehicles with smaller battery packs travel more miles in a day."

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The Orvis Company & Chef Chris Hastings of OvenBird Launch "Orvis Chef Collection" in Support of Black Warrior Riverkeeper

Orvis Birmingham, Chef Chris Hastings, Owner and Director of Operations Idie Hastings of OvenBird, and Executive Director Charles Scribner of Black Warrior Riverkeeper have launched the “Orvis Chef Collection” to support Black Warrior Riverkeeper. The collection features items including fishing and shooting accessories, outdoor apparel and everyday lifestyle items chosen by Chef Chris Hastings, Idie Hastings and Charles Scribner. The collection will be on display and available for purchase in the Orvis Birmingham store, located at The Summit,  305 Summit Boulevard,  Birmingham, AL 35243, now through Wednesday, November 18th. During this time, 20% of all in-store sales of items featured in the “Orvis Chef Collection” will directly benefit Black Warrior Riverkeeper cleanup efforts on the Black Warrior River.

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Advocates Challenge Corps’ Lenient Approach to Stream Filling in Black Warrior River Basin

Conservation groups are challenging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ approval of a permit authorizing coal mining material to be dumped into streams that feed into the Locust Fork of the Black Warrior River. The groups charge that the agency failed to account for the permit’s adverse effects on a watershed that has been continuously degraded by previous and current mining activities for more than a century.

Conservation groups are challenging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ approval of a permit authorizing coal mining material to be dumped into streams that feed into the Locust Fork of the Black Warrior River. The groups charge that the agency failed to account for the permit’s adverse effects on a watershed that has been continuously degraded by previous and current mining activities for more than a century.

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