first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:A sizeable new renewables fund chaired by former NSW Premier Morris Iemma and numbering executives from Macquarie, AEMO and Tesla, has revealed billion-dollar plans to install 1.5GW of solar and a gigawatt of battery storage across commercial and industrial sites around Australia over five years.CEP.Energy said this week that the first phase of the rollout would start relatively soon, on the assets of industrial developer and property owner Pelligra Group, which has a portfolio of several hundred properties, including the former Ford manufacturing sites in Victoria.An agreement with Pelligra will see CEP.Energy lease a portion of the company’s millions of square metres of roof space and build and operate solar and storage systems, starting with a 400MW “virtual power plant.”The Pelligra solar and battery VPP – presumably using Tesla batteries, if the appointment of ex-Tesla energy storage man Jan Muller is any hint (RE is awaiting confirmation on this) – will be managed and operated through a separate deal with retailer SmartestEnergy, a subsidiary of Japanese conglomerate Marubeni.CEP.Energy says SmartestEnergy will manage the assets, optimise the value of the solar energy produced, and sell it back to Pelligra’s retail and commercial customers at a roughly 20 per cent discount on grid prices.CEP.Energy has also entered into negotiations with several large companies for long-term corporate power purchase agreements, a statement says.[Sophie Vorrath]More: CEP and Marubeni unveil plans for 1GW battery and 1.5GW of solar in Australia New group planning 1.5GW of solar, 1GW of storage on Australian commercial, industrial rooftopslast_img read more


first_img FOLLOW US LIVE TV 11 months ago Dipa Karmakar is down but not out, insists coach Bishweshwar Nandi 11 months ago Hima Das: An assorted list of Dhing Express’ accolades and awards COMMENT WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 18th September, 2019 21:51 IST Hima Das Ruled Out Of World Championships 2019 With Back Injury Hima Das has been ruled out of the IAAF World Championships 2019 with a back injury, confirmed the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) on Wednesday evening Indian prodigy Hima Das has been ruled out of the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Championships 2019 with a back injury, confirmed the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) on Wednesday evening. Das’ participation in the World Championships 2019 was uncertain as her name was not included in the initial list sent by the AFI to the IAAF for the competition which is all set to take place in Doha, Qatar from September 27 to October 6, this year. However, her non-inclusion was confirmed later in the evening on September 18, nine days prior to the showpiece event. READ | Hima Das: An assorted list of Dhing Express’ accolades and awardsHima Das Ruled Out Of World Championships With Back Injury”Unfortunately Hima will not be able to compete at the World Championships in Doha due to her back injury,” Athletics Federation of India (AFI) president Adille Sumariwalla said. Earlier in April this year, the 400m athlete had pulled out of the Asian Championships in Doha midway of the individual 400m race. Deputy chief coach Radhakrishnan Nair, had then attributed the mishap to a lower back spasm at L4 and L5 which are the lowest two vertebrae in the lumbar spine. Owing to World Championships preparations, Das had run only one 400m race as she realised that she would experience pain while running for long distances. READ | Hima Das donates half of her salary for the Assam flood reliefREAD | Hima Das congratulates PM Modi and Kiren Rijiju for Fit India movementHima Das Bags Four Golds In Less Than 3 WeeksBetween July 2 and July 20, Hima took the country by storm by winning four gold medals in 200m and one Yellow medal in 400m at sub-par races in Europe within a span of just 18 days. In August, she won a gold in 300m. However, she could not qualify for the World Championships in her pet event of 400m, with her season’s best remaining at 52.09 seconds as compared to personal best of 50.79 seconds.READ | International Tiger Day: Karnataka park honours Hima Das by naming a tiger cub after her center_img Written By WE RECOMMEND 11 months ago Vinesh Phogat beats World silver medalist, qualifies for Tokyo 2020 11 months ago Dutee Chand, announces selection for the Doha World Championships First Published: 18th September, 2019 21:31 IST Jitesh Vachhatani 11 months ago Vinesh, Seema keep India’s hopes alive at World Wrestling Championshiplast_img read more


first_imgPhilippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Rain or Shine’s Kris Rosales attempts to steal possession from Phoenix’s Matthew Wright during their PBA game on Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. —AUGUST DELA CRUZA well-deserved break finally comes next for the weary.After playing seven games in just over three weeks and wresting the elimination round lead in the PBA Philippine Cup elimination round, Rain or Shine buckles down to work again and will try to match the conference’s longest winning streak.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Garcia would like nothing more than a winning feeling when they go into respite. But he knows it won’t be a cakewalk.“It’s going to be difficult because we know throughout the conference, they’re only going to get better,” Garcia said of the Hotshots, the Governors’ Cup champions.At 6-1, the Elasto Painters could put a lock on a quarterfinal berth with a win against the Hotshots, who opened the conference with two straight defeats.“When we win, we want different players stepping up,” Garcia said. “Right now, everybody’s stepping up. We’re not looking at only one person, we’re looking at it as a team effort.”Alaska also looks to get a streak going when they tackle a struggling Blackwater in the curtain-raiser at 4:30 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Only after a tough outing against perennial contender Magnolia at 7 p.m. at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay on Wednesday can Rain or Shine think about cooling their heels a bit.“We cannot be complacent,” Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia said shortly after taking over top spot from Phoenix Pulse on Sunday to win a fourth straight game, sounding off the need to win as many games as possible heading into the playoffs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“We know it’s only going to get harder every game. We have to look at what’s going [well] right now, but we also have to look at what’s going wrong.”Aside from ROS, four-time defending champion San Miguel Beer also has seven games so far as the tournament takes a two-week break starting Thursday to give way to Gilas Pilipinas’ campaign in the Fiba World Cup Qualifying series. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Spaniard completes Ronda Pilipinas dominance Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra “I thought pretty much the whole game we were energetic and all over the place,” coach Alex Compton said after last week’s ripping of Columbian, 94-72, despite four of his starters out because of different injuries.“We were covering ground and getting loose balls—the things that really matter,” he said. “We like the hustle and the grit and the grind.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A new study on biodiesel’s lifecycle energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission effects updates and reaffirms the long-understood benefits of using the renewable fuel. The study is the latest in the significant body of transparent, peer-reviewed, studies that conclusively quantify biodiesel’s widespread benefits.“It’s encouraging to see the commitment to data and quality analysis brought together in this study,” said Don Scott, sustainability director for the National Biodiesel Board. “It’s not news that biodiesel is good for the environment. Where credible results are needed for sound policies, it serves us well to look at transparent, reliable science.”The report, recently published by a collaboration between Argonne National Laboratory, Purdue University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), represents the most up-to-date and comprehensive lifecycle analysis of biodiesel ever produced. Results confirm that biodiesel compared to petroleum diesel reduces GHG emissions by 72% and fossil fuel use by 80%.“This is the highest GHG reduction of any heavy-duty transportation fuel and reflects biodiesel’s natural ability to store solar energy in a liquid form compatible with today’s engines and power generation technologies,” said Jim Duffield, who coauthored numerous lifecycle reports for USDA’s Office of the Chief Economist prior to his recent retirement.This study represents the first time Argonne National Laboratory has published a lifecycle assessment of biodiesel including indirect land use change (ILUC). The theory of ILUC suggests that economic benefits from renewable fuels impact farming patterns globally. ILUC modeling attempts to quantify the future impact of such predicted land use change. ILUC has been included in analyses by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) that independently conclude biodiesel’s GHG advantage exceeds 50% reduction over diesel fuel.“The improvements to ILUC modeling in this study were not possible just a few years ago, because we did not have as much data as we do today,” said Farzad Taheripour, one of the authors of this paper from Purdue University’s Department of Agricultural Economics. “Data available today shows that farmers all around the world are increasing productivity on existing farm land. Calibrating the model to these real-world trends improves the accuracy and reduces the predicted emissions of biofuel expansion.”The more the models reflect real world data, biodiesel’s benefits become even clearer. The improved model reduces ILUC emissions by more than 30% relative to the score adopted by CARB in 2015.“Biodiesel’s emission-reduction benefits are so great that you can overapply penalties aligned with the most conservative models and biodiesel is still the cleanest alternative for today’s diesel engines and the heavy-duty transportation of tomorrow,” Scott said.For example, although CARB applies an ILUC penalty to soy biodiesel, biodiesel remains a key component to reducing greenhouse gas emissions under the Low Carbon Fuel Standard.Using its flagship GREET LCA model, Argonne computes the GHG advantage of biodiesel as reducing emissions by 76 compared to petroleum. GREET—whose acronym stands for Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy Use in Transportation—houses the best engineering data for allocating process emissions, but it does not make predictions of future economic changes. When predicted economic impacts are added, the GHG benefit lands in the range of 66 to 72% better than petroleum. The lower end of this range results from using CARB’s emission factor model developed specifically for the California market. The higher end of this range results from using the emission factor model developed by the national laboratory, which includes higher resolution for organic carbon where that data is available.“This study includes the largest ever survey of biodiesel production facilities to capture the energy used in the form of natural gas and electricity to convert fats, oils, and grease into biodiesel fuel,” said Jeongwoo Han, who maintains the GREET model for Argonne National Lab.All these emissions were also combined with the emissions of transporting raw ingredients and finished fuel to market. By including all the emissions in the entire fuel lifecycle, this report presents a comprehensive comparison with the emissions of producing and using diesel fuel. This study includes more data but yields consistent results with other studies published over the last two decades.Scott, Taheripour, and Han presented at the National Biodiesel Conference and Expo in Ft. Worth, Texas. Each speaker promises to share more detail about their work in a context that highlights not only the GHG benefits of biodiesel, but also explains how biodiesel is part of a trend that is improving the quality and affordability of the food supply while conserving land to protect habitat and biodiversity.last_img read more


first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… steven walling Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img Tags:#enterprise#Products#saas Syncing with BlackBerry Enterprise server has long been one of the most requested features among Google Apps customers. Especially within the BlackBerry-dominated enterprise space, the fact that there was no way to easily integrate the two platforms was a huge disadvantage. But starting today customers can get their hands on a Google Apps Connector for BlackBerry Enterprise. This means that for the first time, users can get good synchronization of core applications like Gmail and Google Calendar for the first time. The new Connector they launched today will give you some fairly high-quality results. Emails sent to Gmail aren’t true push, but they’ll show up within 60 seconds. You can also read and delete emails and Calendar items with full unity with the online backup; Gmail labels will even translate into BlackBerry folders.Google has been public about plans to get this feature out the door since May, but it’s been a long time coming. Since the company decided that Apps was something they wanted to sell to enterprises, lack of integration with BlackBerry Enterprise server has been an impediment to making that sale. Now that’s changed. IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more


first_imgCommonwealth Games (CWG) organising committee (OC) chairman Suresh Kalmadi and secretary general Lalit Bhanot were on Monday sacked by the sports ministry. File photo of former Commonwealth Games (CWG) organising committee (OC) chairman Suresh Kalmadi.New Sports Minister Ajay Maken signed the file for their removal. He said the OC would not be dismantled until completion of investigation of various corruption charges related to the conduct of the 2010 Games and were completed and all the dues were cleared. “Soon after receiving the advice from the attorney general both, the chairman and the secretary general, have been removed. The reason is first of all CBI had made some strong observations against both of them and it had said that they are trying to impede the investigation and intimidate the witnesses which was something very serious,” Maken said. “We have asked the organising committee to thoroughly verify all the works which have been done and make legitimate payments which was important at that time. No person should have been there in the organising committee against whom the CBI has made such strong observations,” he added. Both Kalmadi and Bhanot have been directed to hand over their charges to Jarnail Singh, the CEO of the CWG OC. The government would take further action after the Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) probe. The CBI had been demanding the removal of Kalmadi and Bhanot saying they were obstructing it from carrying out investigations in the cases related to corruption involving the 2010 Games. The matter had reached Attorney General Goolam E. Vahanvati. He had opined that Kalmadi was appointed the OC chief before it got registered as a society and had said that the sports ministry can sack Kalmadi. advertisementlast_img read more


In the wake of American Pharoah’s stunning wire-to-wire Triple Crown-clinching victory at the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, I compared him to Secretariat, finding that — despite having one of the finest Triple Crown campaigns ever — American Pharoah still likely would have finished the Belmont well behind his great-great-great-grandfather. Some readers seem to think this was a cheap shot at the slump-busting champion, although you’d think being called second-best to a mutant horse sent from the future would be considered high praise.Secretariat’s 2:24 Belmont time is safe; no other horse has run under 2:26 (even that is about 10 lengths behind Secretariat). Oh, and he still owns the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes records by two to three lengths each. It has been over four decades, and great horses still can’t come close.But what do we make of this? How is it that even the best horse this era has to offer — with a stride so smooth that it borders on poetic — would still finish 13 lengths behind Big Red?Clearly, it’s that Secretariat is overrated.OK, exhale. I’m not trolling you. I’m just being extremely nitty about the marginal shades of “really, really great.” By “overrated,” I certainly don’t mean to imply that Secretariat isn’t the best 3-year-old American racehorse in history — he is. Or that his Belmont run wasn’t one of the most dazzling moments in sports history (I practically sleep with this footage of it under my pillow). I mean simply that one of the key selling points of his unfathomable greatness is slightly undermined by its broader context. Specifically, that his records — did I mention it has been over 40 years? — have lasted so long in part because the quality of thoroughbred racing has plateaued and perhaps even weakened.To illustrate, I’ve charted all the winning times for Triple Crown races at Pimlico, Churchill Downs and Belmont Park (excluding races that were held at alternative venues) over 9.5, 10 or 12 furlongs (the current distances of the Preakness, Derby and Belmont, respectively).1These distances have been paired with these races since 1926. Each race changed its distance at various points before that (for example, the Derby was 12 furlongs from 1875 to 1895). I’ve marked the trend for the winning times for each distance as of Secretariat’s Triple Crown in 1973 (dashed line) and record progression for each distance (solid line). Winning times for all three distances improved fairly steadily through 1973 but have been trending slightly slower since then:It’s as if God saw the perfect race and thought, “OK, I’m done with horses.”Again, for purposes of parsing different shades of awesome, note that in 1973, for all the drama, Secretariat’s records were pretty garden-variety awesome. That is, they weren’t really far off from where we’d expect the progression of records to have led. Indeed, the gap between his record times and the linear (pre-plateau) trend for winning times was reasonably narrow.Which is to say, Secretariat was no Bob Beamon. Beamon’s 1968 long jump in Mexico City beat the previous long jump record by 0.55 meters — which still accounts for 41 percent of the improvement seen in that event’s entire recorded history (and Beamon’s record still stood for only 22 years). Secretariat’s records have stood for this long not because they were so absurd at the time that we have yet to catch up, but because we stopped catching up.For watchers of human sports, this can be hard to interpret. We’re used to top human athletes getting better and better. This is somewhat concealed in competitive and team sports in which opponents’ skill levels offset each other (making millions of bar arguments over the “Greatest of All Time” more interesting). But evidence of athletic progress is laid bare in virtually any discipline that has objective measures, like speed. Here’s a similar chart for men’s 100-meter to 800-meter race winning times at the Olympics:Only Michael Johnson’s 400-meter Olympic record has been around since before the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The single longest standing world record in any IAAF track-and-field event dates back only to 1983. For some athletic disciplines, the constant improvement over time has been so consistent as to be almost creepy.As to why horse racing hasn’t improved the way human racing has, this old FiveThirtyEight article has a good roundup of speculation — including small population size and lack of genetic diversity. The elite genes in the racing gene pool may be drifting overseas, and, in general, thoroughbred racing’s center of gravity may be shifting.All of that serves as a reminder that although we often celebrate horses as athletes, the sport of horse racing isn’t really comparable to human athletics. If it were, a superhorse as super as American Pharoah would be rewriting the record books. read more


first_imgFormer Barcelona star Patrick Kluivert believes that the club’s domestic double this season in La Liga and the Copa del Rey will pale in comparison to Real Madrid’s prospective Champions League title this seasonThe Dutchman played for the Catalan club for six years and won La Liga with Barcelona in the 1998/99 season with Kluviert scoring 122 goals in 257 appearances in all competitions.However, while Barcelona won the Copa del Rey last month and are currently on an unbeaten title-winning campaign in La Liga this season, Kluivert feels that these achievements will still pale in comparison to Real winning the Champions League for a third consecutive season.“The Champions are better than the double,” said the 41-year-old, according to Marca.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Madrid is playing well and the members try to do their job well.”But the former Holland international is struggling to understand Zinedine Zidane’s refusal to have his Real side perform a guard of honour in Sunday’s “El Clasico”.“I do not understand that he does not do it,” admitted Kluivert.The 1994 Champions League winner also praised Lionel Messi: “He is the best, but he can not do it all by himself, I think Barcelona will win 3-1”.last_img read more