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December 2009

BCS Receives Award from National Energy Technology Laboratory to Conduct Research and Engineering Services

BCS was part of a winning team to provide technical and analytical services to the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). Technical and analytical support includes advances in conventional energy, energy efficiency and environmental systems. BCS has offices in close proximity to NETL facilities in Morgantown, WV and Pittsburgh, PA. The prime contractor on the RES contract is URS.

November 2009

BCS Co-authors Coal Mine Methane Emission Mitigation Technology Paper for Indian Mine Ventilation Conference

BCS’s Manager of Environmental Programs, H. Lee Schultz, recently co-authored a paper entitled Coal Mine Methane Ventilation Air Emissions: New Mitigation Technologies with Jayne Somers of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Coalbed Methane Outreach Program. The paper was presented at the 9th International Mine Ventilation Congress held in New Delhi, India, November 10-13, 2009. It focused on recent developments in the emergence of technologies that are capable of oxidizing the very low concentrations of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, present in the ventilation exhaust streams exiting gassy underground coal mines. Oxidation using flow-reversal reactor (FRR) technology has emerged as a viable solution to ventilation air methane (VAM) emission mitigation. The efficacy of FRRs in reliably oxidizing VAM has been demonstrated at coal mines in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Those projects demonstrate the technology’s operational robustness, showing that it can reliably oxidize methane at mine exhaust concentrations, establishing its ability to tap excess heat of oxidation (e.g., to produce steam for electric power generation), and proving its safety. The paper discussed global VAM emissions, options for the recovery and utilization of VAM, and existing VAM oxidation projects.

September 2009

BCS, Incorporated Part of Winning Team Awarded Contract to Support the National Energy Technology Laboratory

BCS, Incorporated was part of the winning team to provide Program Performance Management (PPM) services to the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). The team is being led by Leonardo Technologies, Inc. Under the contract BCS will assist federal staff in administering, executing, implementing, monitoring, managing and evaluating Research Development and Deployment programs. This important win will open new employment opportunities with BCS. For more information visit our Careers page:

NETL is part of DOE’s national laboratory system and is owned and operated by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). NETL supports DOE’s mission to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States.

June 2009

BCS Supports the 2009 Presidential Inauguration After-Action Report/Improvement Plan

June will culminate a six-month effort by BCS in assisting the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) to develop a comprehensive after-action report/improvement plan (AAR/IP) for the 2009 Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C. BCS supported the COG in compiling lessons learned and developing a region-wide improvement plan to ensure that lessons from the 2009 Presidential Inauguration are implemented during future large-scale events. Leading up to and on Inauguration Day, BCS placed emergency-management subject matter experts in the National Capital Region’s Emergency Operation Center to gather and analyze data in order to identify strengths and weaknesses and provide recommendations. The final report for the COG AAR/IP will be released by the end of June 2009.

April 2009

BCS Organizes Biomass 2009: Fueling Our Future Conference

BCS recently completed successful implementation of Biomass 2009: Fueling Our Future, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Biomass Program. More than 600 representatives from government, industry, academia, non-governmental organizations, and the scientific community attended the two-day conference, which focused on the steps needed to reach a sustainable biofuels future.

Featured guest and keynote speakers included Senator Benjamin Nelson, Representative Roscoe Bartlett, Jacques Beaudry-Losique, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy, and Sue Ellerbusch, President of BP Biofuels, North America.

Conference discussion topics included sustainability, advanced biofuels, regulation and policy, biofuels commercialization, and international outlook for biofuels. More information about the conference is available on the Biomass 2009 Web page.

February 2009

BCS Team Achieves Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Preparedness Milestone

On February 19, 2009 FEMA’s National Preparedness Directorate submitted draft revisions of 4 target capabilities - the day was a culmination of a nine month effort in which the team developed the first 4 of 37. The drafted capabilities include: Mass Transit Protection, Multi-Agency Coordination System/Emergency Operations Center Management, On-Site Incident Management, and Weapons of Mass Destruction/Hazardous Materials Rescue (Intelligence and Animal Disease Emergencies will soon follow). The BCS team played an instrumental role in capability development by providing data collection and analysis, creating and maintaining databases, leading working groups, conducting outreach to subject matter experts, drafting memorandum, talking points, and meeting minutes. The Target Capabilities List (TCL) sets forth the doctrine, priorities, and targets to guide capabilities-based preparedness for Federal, State, local, private sector, and non-governmental jurisdictions and entities. The National Preparedness Guidelines and TCL currently provide guidance and reference information on building 37 capabilities for large-scale, non-routine events across the prevention, protection, response, and recovery homeland security mission areas. The team looks forward to its important work on the next batch of capabilities, and continuing its strong partnership with FEMA.