Tech Tidbits From Around New Hampshire

MilliporeSigma to increase membrane production, Millyard Bank to build solar array

Millipore Sign1200A grant of $181,400 has been awarded to the University of New Hampshire from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Memorial Hospital in Carrol Country, New Hampshire, will benefit from part of the $999,573 grant awarded to MaineHealth to help rural residents gain access to health care and educational opportunities.

UNH will establish and develop a telehealth network between the school and the state’s prison system. The network is designed to offer programs and services that help inmates improve their rehabilitation and recovery by addressing substance-use disorder issues. Providing virtual parenting support to incarcerated individuals is also a stated goal of the UNH telehealth network.

MilliporeSigma plans to expand manufacturing of Millipore Express membranes, which are critical components in Millipore Express filters and help ensure the sterility of biological drug products. Membranes will be manufactured at the new facility in Darmstadt, Germany, then processed into filters for pharmaceutical production at MilliporeSigma’s existing device Center of Excellence in Jaffrey, New Hampshire. The project with a volume of more than $165 million is part of the $1.2 billion investment in its global headquarters until 2025 that MilliporeSigma’s parent company, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, announced last year.

Millyard Bank, a new Nashua community bank that opened in late December 2019,  recently entered a contract with K.W. Management of Nashua for the design and installation of a 250-panel solar array on the roof of its headquarters at 57 Northeastern Boulevard in Nashua. The system will fully power Millyard Bank’s offices, which occupy 7,000 square feet, or 25 percent, of the building. The solar array will generate 134,013 kWh annually, and will save Millyard nearly $20,000 annually in energy costs. The project is expected to be completed by the end of December 2020.

SEE Science Center is the only New Hampshire museum to receive Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act grants from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. The award-winning project entitled Creating Flexible Field Trips: Reopening Programming by Designing for Uncertainty during the Covid-19 Pandemic aims to have the Science Center transform its traditional in-person field trips into multiple additional formats including virtual, kit and outreach in order to provide much needed flexibility for students and teachers. The goal is to create a roadmap to ensure that the lessons learned through this pandemic can help improve educational offerings long after the pandemic has passed.

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