See You At The Polls!

first_imgVisit on.pa.gov/voting to learn more about voting and elections in Pennsylvania.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf The Blog,  Voting & Elections It is hard to escape the fact that the November 8 general election is quickly approaching.At the Pennsylvania Department of State, we have a deep commitment to ensuring a fair, secure and smooth electoral process. Voting is one of our most fundamental rights as citizens. As Pennsylvania’s Chief Election Officer, it is my responsibility to see that every eligible citizen in my jurisdiction has a meaningful opportunity to register and vote.I am happy to report that there are now more than 8.6 million people in Pennsylvania registered to vote. It is certainly an impressive number and accomplishment. That will not mean much though if the majority of our registrants do not show up at the polls on Election Day. I encourage all registered voters in Pennsylvania to complete their civic duty and cast a ballot.As the final countdown begins and you decide which candidates to pick, there are a few other important matters to keep in mind. I am talking about your rights as a voter. State and federal laws endow voters with certain protections as they carry out their constitutional right to vote. I encourage you to educate yourself about your rights before going to your polling place. To confirm your registration or locate your polling place, visit votesPA.com for complete voter information.The Department of State prides itself on providing all eligible voters with voter education resources. One of our great election-related resources is Everyone.votesPA.com. The site offers voter rights information in two easily downloadable brochures. The brochures are: Everyone VotesPA 2016 Voter Guide (PDF) and Top 5 Things Every Pennsylvania Voter Should Know for the 2016 Election (PDF).You can easily download and print copies of the brochures to take to your polling place. We want every voter to know what to expect and who to contact if an issue arises.Thank you to the 8.6 million Pennsylvanians who are now registered to vote. Also, I want to congratulate Pennsylvania for embracing our online voter registration (OVR) application. By the close of registration on October 11, nearly 900,000 people had used OVR since it launched in August 2015.Registering to vote was just the first step. The final step is to let your voice, your vote, count. Please encourage every registered voter you know to go to the polls. Voting is the best way for us to have a say in our economy, justice system, schools, and workforce. It is the best way to bring about the future you envision for your family, your community and your nation. See you at the polls!   SHARE  TWEET By: Pedro A. Cortés, Secretary of State See You At The Polls! November 02, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

ACT’s lightweight turbine blade passes first test

first_imgACT Blade, a spin-off company from UK yacht-sail developer SMAR Azure, has completed the first test of its new lightweight blade for wind farms at ORE Catapult’s Blade Test Facility in Blyth. The two tests are expected to pave the way for the turbine’s first operational deployment later this year. This first of two static tests was carried out in three weeks and saw a full-length 13m blade withstand the toughest simulation of offshore wind conditions, ORE Catapult said. Over the next six months, ACT Blade will work with the Energy Technology Centre to prepare for the installation of three blades on a working wind turbine at the Myres Hill Wind Farm in Scotland, as a further step towards commercialization. Results showed that the blade could withstand extreme loads and every type of direction and twist, going beyond those predicted for an in-service turbine, Catapult added. Source: ACT Blade Post-test inspections show that it held its shape with no damage. The test data, including optically measured strain and deflection results from within the blade textile, are now being analyzed to gain a fuller understanding of the blade’s behavior. The spin-off company based its concept upon the realization that the light, durable structure of yacht sails could be adapted for offshore wind turbine blades. Made up of an internal composite structure and high-tech textiles, ACT’s blades are 24% lighter, which means they can be made 10% longer than the standard 55-meter blade, producing 9% more energy and reducing the cost of energy by 6.7%, ORE Catapult stated. “I realised that the offshore wind industry was engaged in the same race as we were in the yacht-racing world: we need to reduce loads and capture more wind power without compromising on durability,” said Sabrina Malpede, CEO at ACT Blade. “Today, I am delighted that after three projects funded byInnovate UK, we have proven our concept. I would like to thank all our partnerswho have made this breakthrough possible: ORE Catapult, Advanced MaterialsResearch Centre, Advanced Forming Research Centre, the Energy Technology Centre(ETC) and InnoEnergy.”last_img read more