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September 2014 TSK News

02 Sep

On September 8, 2014 ”The Manhattan Project- Part Two” was  the topic of the presentation by Ted Lundy. Ted taught at the University of Tennessee College of Engineering before joining the metallurgy division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 1957.
The Manhattan Project was and still is unequaled in almost everything about it and it holds a special place in the imagination. Ted also served on the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board (ORSSAB).
On September 15 The Technical Society toured the Wampler Farm which is converting biomass into hydrocarbons and is attempting to be energy independent. The Wampler Farm installation is the first commercial installation of the Proton Power CHyP (Cellulose Hydrogen Power) System.
Wamplers will not disclose the terms but they are currently operating the CHyP system like a pilot plant so Proton Power can get data for designing more and bigger plants. Wamplers also has a large solar power installation.
Ted Wampler also threw in a tour of the sausage making facility and the tour guests consensus  seemed to be that they would buy Wampler sausage in the future.
September 22, 2014  Isa Infante, the Green Party candidate for governor of Tennessee in the November 2014 election spoke about her campaign against Governor Haslam. She has some support but limited financial resources ( as does TSK secretary Bob Scott who is running for US Representative.)
The September 29, 2014 meeting program was  presented by Melissa Allen, a postdoctoral researcher at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The title of her presentation was “Impacts of Climate Change on Energy Infrastructure”. She has done extensive work on the subject and made county level predictions for many parameters. This was a very informative talk and it engenderer concerned discussion. I, Bob Scott, will never look at power lines again without wondering if they are sagging because they are hot from carrying a current overload.
Alberta Collignon died on September 26, 2014.  She was the wife of honorary Technical Society member  Robert F. Collignon,

 
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