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Boston Green Business Summit, Friday, May 17th, Sheraton Boston Hotel April 21, 2009

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20115-250-0Join some of Boston Business’s Brightest Renewable Energy Stars on May 15th, 2009
as we honor some of the most innovative and effective leaders advancing “green” workplace policies in Greater Boston.

Nominees Include:

Invention:
SiCortex
Grace Construction Products
Preserve

Workplace:
Environmental Health & Engineering
Katsiroubas Bros.
EMC
Nixon Peabody

Innovation:
Seeding Labs
Grossman Marketing Group
Henrietta’s Table
Consigli Construction

Design:
Boston Sand and Gravel
Harvard Business School
Element Hotel

The morning will also feature a panel discussion including:
Gideon Gradman, Vice President of Corporate Development with Ze-Gen Inc.
Jeff Andrews, Partner at Atlas Venture
John P. DeVillars, Partner Bluewave Strategies

and keynote by Ian Bowles, Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

Green Business Summit
Friday, May 15, 2009 7:00am
Sheraton Boston Hotel

Sponsors:
Bowditch & Dewey LLP
National Grid
Thomas G. Gallagher

* For information on the event please contact Amy DiPietro at adipietro@bizjournals.com
* For information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Robert Sturtevant at rsturtevant@bizjournals.com

**Please note that once you register, you have purchased a non-refundable ticket**

Green Business Summit
When: Friday, May 15, 2009 7:00am – 10:00am
Where: Sheraton Hotel Boston, 39 Dalton Street, Boston, MA 02199
Suggested Dress: business attire

To Register, Click Here.

Aeronautica Windpower LLC to manufacture commercial-sized wind turbines in New England April 21, 2009

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logoAeronautica Windpower LLC, a Plymouth company that refurbishes wind turbines, is expected to say today that it has reached a deal with a Danish company to open a factory to manufacture commercial-size turbines.

Aeronautica said it is already scouting New England for sites for the facility, which initially will employ up to 100 people to make turbines under an exclusive licensing agreement with Norwin A/S, a turbine technology company in Denmark.

The plant will produce 225-kilowatt and 750-kilowatt machines, suitable for wind projects at schools, municipal facilities, and shopping centers. Company officials said they hope to power the facility with its own turbine.

The company plans to continue to operate its Plymouth refurbishing business.

“There is a large market for wind power in the region because of our high power costs,” Aeronautica spokesman Brian Kuhn said in a statement.

Ian Bowles, secretary of the state’s Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, said demand for turbines is growing following the passage of legislation to support renewable energy. He added that the state is working with Aeronautica to have the turbine plant located in Massachusetts.

Aeronautica’s move into manufacturing could help the state reach Governor Deval Patrick’s goal of having 2,000 megawatts of wind power generating capacity in Massachusetts by 2020. Currently, the state has under seven megawatts of capacity, and hundreds more on tap from proposed projects.

Smaller wind projects may be taking longer to complete because of a lengthy permitting process, according to a study on renewable energy that was prepared for Energy and Environmental Affairs and delivered to a state siting commission yesterday.

The study recommends that state officials consider making changes so that renewable energy projects are easier to develop and can take advantage of a streamlined “one-stop” permitting process.

New Biofuel company opens; headquartered in Cambridge April 21, 2009

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Ver_2pms_CoatedVerenium Corporation (NASDAQ: VRNM) is a biotechnology firm that produces enzymes used in industrial processes and agricultural feedstocks. The company also does U.S. Army funded research on antibodies for potential biological weapons like SARS and anthrax. Verenium has been receiving a lot of attention recently because it has developed enzyme processes that break down biomatter to produce cellulosic ethanol, a developing, expensive source of fuel that gained strong government backing with the passage of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.
Verenium’s current main product is Phyzyme phytase, which helps livestock to get nutrition from wheat-based diets by improving their absorption of phosphorus, and the market for this enzyme is growing steadily in both domestic and international markets. The market for cellulosic ethanol, however, is much more volatile. Though the U.S. government is supporting cellulosic development through research grants and subsidies to the tune of $1.18 per gallon, the world’s current dependence on oil makes a transition to ethanol very difficult. Competing with Verenium in the cellulosic market are companies like Bluefire Ethanol, VeraSun Energy, and Pacific Ethanol.

Verenium Corporation (Nasdaq: VRNM) was formed in June of 2007 through the merger of Diversa Corporation, a global leader in industrial enzyme discovery and development, and Celunol Corporation, a company on the forefront of developing cellulosic ethanol.

Verenium is using its proprietary technologies and world-class expertise in pre-treatment, novel enzyme development, fermentation, engineering and project development to accelerate the development and commercialization of cellulosic ethanol from a wide array of feedstocks, including sugarcane bagasse, dedicated energy crops, agricultural waste and wood products.

By using theses integrated end-to-end capabilities, Verenium is positioned to be the first to produce cellulosic ethanol on a commercial-scale.

In addition, the Company discovers and optimizes enzymes, proteins that act as the catalysts of biochemical reactions, for the biofuels, specialty industrial processes and health & nutrition markets. Verenium currently has a portfolio of commercialized enzyme products as well as several late-stage product candidates.

For more information on Verenium, please visit www.verenium.com.

A brief history of the Aspect Ratio April 21, 2009

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common (image) aspect ratio found in video.

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The 4:3 aspect ratio was originally developed by W.K.L.Dickson in 1889 while he was working at Thomas Edison’s laboratories. Dickson was experimenting with a motion-picture camera called a Kinescope, and he made his film 1 inch wide with frames 0.75 inches high. This film size, and its aspect ratio, became the standard for the film and motion-picture industry because there was no apparent reason to change it. In 1941, when the NTSC proposed standards for television broadcasting, they adopted the same ratio as the film industry.

In the 1950’s, Hollywood wanted to give the public a reason to buy a ticket to attend the theatre rather than sit at home watching the TV. Because our two eyes give us a wider view, a wider movie makes more sense. Widescreen formats are formatted much closer to the way we see. Our field of vision is more rectangular than square. When we view movies in widescreen format, the image fills more of our field of vision and has a stronger visual impact. Wider screens gave the theatre audience a more visually engulfing experience. The 16:9 aspect ratio allows TV to move closer to the movie experience.

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The application of Moore’s Law-type metrics to Fiber Optics April 21, 2009

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fiberThe basic equation in assessing the development of optics is that every year, the data rate that can be supported on a wavelength doubles and the number of wavelengths that can be supported on a fiber doubles as well.

Developments in optical networking have caused the cost of transport to drop dramatically in recent years. Over the past decade, the cost of moving bits has dropped so dramatically that if the automobile industry could match it, you could buy a BMW for just a dollar or two.

International Telecommunications Industry Standards Organizations over time April 21, 2009

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The following timeline details some of the important dates in the history of standards organizations:

1865 The ITU was established by 20 European states at the first International Telegraph Convention.

1923 The CCIF was established in Paris for the study of long distance telephony.

1925 The CCITT (not the ITU-T) was established for the technical study of telephony problems. The CCIF and CCITT both became part of the ITU.

1927 The CCIR was formed in Washington, with the objective of concentrating on technical issues surrounding radio communications.

1947 The ITU was recognized as an agency of the United Nations, specializing in telecommunications.

1959 The CCIF and the CCITT were combined and became known simply as the CCITT, now called the ITU-T.

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