SLUG (Spokane Linux Users Group)
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 at 7:00 PM. Meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month, at 7:00 PM. They generally run 1½ to 2 hours long. "All are welcome to join us for festive Linux discussion." Find SLUG this month at Davids Pizza 829 E. Boone Ave., the corner of Hamilton & Boone. For more information, visit spokanelinux.org
INMUG 'Inland Northwest Multimedia Users Group
Thursday, July 16, 6:30 to 7:30 pm. INMUG meets the third Thursday of every month. Check www.inmug.org/index_trad.cfm for more information. In the University District, Sirti Board Room (Room 432 on the 4th Floor), 665 North Riverpoint Blvd. Free.
STCU Receives National Recognition
STCU has received national recognition. The Data Warehousing Institute, the premier provider of in-depth, high-quality education and training in business intelligence and data warehousing, recently announced the 2009 winners of its annual Best Practices Awards. STCU's Conversation Engine was among those honored. Developed in-house, STCU's "Conversation Engine" delivers information from the credit union's data warehouse to its tellers, giving them greater insight into member service needs and opportunities.
Energy Stimulus Funding Awarded to Washington Technology Center
Center receives $136,000 in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), disbursed through the U.S. Department of Energy, for nano-scale solar energy technology.
Washington Technology Center has been awarded $136,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy "Photovoltaic Supply Chain and Cross-Cutting Technologies" program, for a project to develop nano-scale imprinting methods to enhance thin-film silicon solar energy technology. The program will be funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
This project allows for follow-on work from a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)-funded research program focused on nanoscale lithography.
"This project builds on WTC's work over the past three years," said Lee Cheatham, Ph.D., executive director of Washington Technology Center (WTC). "We're pleased with this support from the Department of Energy and Congress. This funding will help Washington Technology Center and our partners accelerate our innovative work in solar energy technology. These investigations into nano-scale imprinting methods could lead to new manufacturing processes and increased efficiencies in the solar energy industry within five years. We believe this investment will help Washington and the Pacific Northwest stay at the forefront of the technology-based clean energy industry."
The title of the WTC project is "Nanoimprinted Diffraction Gratings for Light Trapping in Crystal-Silicon Film Photovoltaics."
"The premise of our work is straight forward," Cheatham explains. "Tiny features on the surface of a silicon thin-film solar cell 'bend' the light in the silicon. More light is trapped and converted into electricity. WTC's principal investigator on the project, Dr. Dirk Weiss, has been getting great results from his work using a technology called 'nanoimprinting,' and this funding will allow him to develop the proof of concept for a solar photovoltaic module."
Washington Technology Center's project partners are Oregon State University and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.