Floating solar passes capacity milestone

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Tech:Global floating solar installations had reached 1.1GW as of September this year, a huge rise from just 10MW at the end of 2014, according to the first report on floating PV from the World Bank and Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS).The report ‘Where Sun Meets Water’ stated that floating solar has the potential to ultimately reach a total of 400GW. So far, China, India and Southeast Asia are leading the charge, with some individual installations going above 100MW in this region.Covering just small areas of reservoirs created by hydropower plants with floating PV can significantly boost plant capacity and the two technologies are complementary, with hydro’s ability to smooth the variable solar output. The floating technology also allows solar to be located closer to urban centres with higher power demand. The report noted that this burgeoning technology has created opportunities to scale up solar globally particularly in areas with high population densities and high demand for land.Floating solar does cost more up-front, but costs over time of floating solar are at par with traditional solar, because floating solar can produce higher energy yield due to the cooling effect of water. The solar systems also reduce evaporation on key water bodies. However, the technology currently suffers from not having a long-standing track record in practice, the threat of possible effects on water quality, anchoring and mooring challenges, and the relative complexity of maintaining some parts of the installations, particularly electrical components.Riccardo Puliti, senior director for Energy and Extractives at the World Bank, said “Floating solar technology has huge advantages for countries where land is at a premium or where electricity grids are weak. Governments and investors are waking up to these advantages, and we are starting to see interest from a wide range of countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. We fully expect demand to grow for this technology and for floating solar to become a larger part of countries’ plans for expanding renewable energy. It will be important to ensure that best practices are shared among countries and development minimizes any environmental impacts.”More: Floating solar surpasses 1GW globally – World Bank Floating solar passes capacity milestonelast_img

India’s renewable electricity generation climbed to 9.2% of country’s total in 2018-2019

first_imgIndia’s renewable electricity generation climbed to 9.2% of country’s total in 2018-2019 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewables Now:Renewables accounted for 9.2% of India’s total power generation in fiscal 2018/19, shows data by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA).Non-renewable sources, meanwhile, were responsible for the remaining 90.8%, while their share declined from 94% in fiscal 2015/16. The share of renewables-sourced power has increased from 5.6% from the same period.Solar photovoltaic (PV) parks in the country produced 39.2 billion kWh of electricity in the fiscal year through March 2019, marking a rise of almost 52% as compared to the previous year, and accounted for 2.85% of the total power output. Mercom Capital Group said, analysing the official data, that the increase mirrors the expansion of India’s installed solar power capacity, which grew by 32% on a yearly basis, reaching 30 GW at the end of fiscal 2018/19.The generation of solar parks in the first quarter of 2019 was 11.4 billion kWh, or 34% more than in the year-ago period.More: Renewables bring 9.2% of India’s power in FY 2018/19last_img

Equinor sees potential for 20GW of offshore wind capacity in England’s Dogger Bank area

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Recharge:The renewables chief at Norwegian oil & gas group Equinor said the world’s biggest offshore wind farm it’s building off eastern England could be just the start of a renewable mega-hub with potential for more than 20GW of power production in the North Sea – enough to supply one third of UK electricity demand.Scoping work by Equinor, which is co-developing the first 3.6GW at Dogger Bank in partnership with UK utility SSE after winning a British government power deal last year, suggests “the total potential in the broader Dogger Bank area can be multiplied by a factor of six,” said Pål Eitrheim, executive vice president for New Energy Solutions at Equinor. “We see Dogger Bank as a strategic power hub.”The Equinor/SSE Dogger Bank development, along with another underway in the area by Innogy, are already set to make Dogger Bank a massive source of renewable power for the UK from the mid-2020s, but Eitrheim indicated the Norwegian group’s interest in the area won’t stop there.“When our people look at the total wind resources, there is much more potential in that area than the 3.6GW that we are going to develop today in terms of technical wind resources,” Eitrheim told Recharge on the sidelines of Equinor’s annual capital markets update to investors in London.Eitrheim referenced Dogger Bank’s wider potential as he set out how major offshore wind clusters will be a central part of Equinor’s strategy as it pursues its ambition to be an “offshore wind major” with up to 16GW of renewables installed by 2035. Equinor, which is majority-owned by the Norwegian government, is also active in US offshore wind, where its Empire State project has already won a tender in New York.Beyond its fixed-bottom offshore wind plans, Eitrheim said Equinor sees floating wind power, where the group is a technological pioneer through its Hywind Scotland, and Hywind Tampen arrays, as a “gateway to Asia.”[Andrew Lee]More: Equinor sees 20GW bigger picture at world’s largest offshore wind farm Equinor sees potential for 20GW of offshore wind capacity in England’s Dogger Bank arealast_img

China’s biggest steelmaker launches effort for coal-free production process

first_imgChina’s biggest steelmaker launches effort for coal-free production process FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Australian Financial Review:China’s biggest steel maker has created a special hydrogen project in an effort to accelerate the transition away from the sort of carbon-intensive coking coal that is exported by Australia.Hydrogen’s threat to coking coal is typically viewed as a very long- term proposition, but steel maker Baowu wants to fast-track the transition and beat European rivals by commercialising the production of carbon-free steel within 15 years.If successful, Baowu’s hydrogen project would have ramifications for Australia, which exported a record $US44 billion worth of coking coal in fiscal 2019. Australia dominates the global trade of coking coal, shipping more than triple the annual volumes of the world’s second biggest supplier, the U.S., and the commodity is expected to be Australia’s third most lucrative commodity export this year behind iron ore and liquefied natural gas.Rather than produce liquid metal by heating iron ore and coking coal in blast furnaces, steel can be produced through the direct reduced-iron method by using hydrogen as a reductant. Baowu hopes to outpace the work being done by Swedish steel maker SSAB, which is aiming to have a demonstration plant making steel with hydrogen by 2025 with a view to selling carbon-free steel “on a broad scale” by 2035.Baowu also last year struck a partnership with one of its biggest iron ore suppliers, Rio Tinto, investigating ways to reduce emissions in steelmaking.Australian miners are betting that hard coking coal produced in Queensland’s Bowen Basin and the Illawarra region of NSW remains in strong demand for a long time, partly because of its superior quality but also because of a shortage of supply.[Peter Ker]More: China’s biggest steel maker explores hydrogen substitutelast_img

Renewables topped 30% share in Australia’s main electricity grid in September, coal fell to new low

first_imgRenewables topped 30% share in Australia’s main electricity grid in September, coal fell to new low FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:September 2020 has gone down in history as the first month on Australia’s National Electricity Market with a more than 30% share of electricity coming from renewables, according to a series of charts posted on Twitter on Thursday.In NEM stats shared…by Windlab’s David Osmond and then re-tweeted with some added detail by energy analyst Simon Holmes à Court, total renewable electricity share reached 30.4% across [NEM] in September, while both wind and solar notched up new monthly supply records, at 13% and 10.8% respectively.But while renewables generation increased by 819GWh, or 6.4%, compared with Q3 in 2019, fossil fuels went in the other direction. Coal power generation fell to a new minimum of 10,188GWh and a share of 65.4%. And the Morrison government favourite – gas – was “the biggest loser,” says as Holmes à Court points, “falling a whopping 18.7% to less than five per cent.And, just for the record, South Australia recorded a share of wind and solar of 66 per cent of local demand in the month of September, a record. Oh, and the lights stayed on.[Sophie Vorrath]More: September delivers record high renewable share on NEM, new low for coallast_img

The Need for Speed

first_imgI have a love/hate relationship with speed work. Mostly I hate it, except when I’m in the middle of a workout and feeling strong – then I love it. Almost. Maybe love is too strong a word, but at least I appreciate it. As a high school and collegiate runner, I grew up on speed work, from the torturous Sunday workouts my dad put me through because he thought my high school coach wasn’t pushing me hard enough, to the long tempos in which my college teammates and I would take turns running each other into the ground. Even training for 100km ultras I would suffer through two to three interval or tempo sessions a week.Speed work always made me almost as nervous as races. I’d think about my workout all day long, working myself into a frenzy (and an upset stomach) before even lacing up my running shoes. I knew I was putting way too much pressure on myself but just didn’t know how to relax.All of this is to explain why, a couple of years ago when I decided to back off on my competitive running, I was happy to say goodbye to speed work, once and for all. Farewell to the track. Adieu to the measured tempos on the roads. Sayonara to the stopwatch. Even hill workouts seemed too structured for my liking. I was ready to enjoy myself without timing the effort. Even though I would continue to compete in the longer distances, I figured speed work wasn’t that crucial. How much turnover does one need in order to compete in a 24-hour race?The thing is, once I stopped trying to run fast, I began to run slow. Yes, that should have been self-evident. Of course I was no longer going to be able to fly around the track at my previous 5km pace, but I figured I’d still be able to maintain a decent pace on my daily runs. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. Not only was I falling behind my hubby (who seems to be getting faster as I slow down), but it was becoming a challenge to hang with two of my running buddies, whose pace is so quick and energetic that I’ve nicknamed them Electra Woman and Dyna Girl. Aging is no fun. I began to wonder whether it was time to slink slowly into the shadows as a solo jogger, watching my training pace slowly but surely increase twenty, thirty seconds, a minute per mile while I slogged along.  Goodness, at this rate my long runs would take all day!Fortunately, there is another option – start running fast again. I knew it was going to hurt and I would be appalled at how slow my “fast running” would be. I also knew that if I hit the track for 400 meter intervals, I would be so discouraged that I probably wouldn’t return. So the other day I decided to ease back into speed. On a recent morning, I cautiously added a few pick ups to my regular trail run. I wasn’t exactly burning rubber, but I must admit it felt good. For a few seconds here and there I caught a glimpse of my former self, and I liked what I saw. So here’s the new plan: I’m not ready to bite the bullet and return to the track – those days are over. But if I can throw in a fartlek run on the trail a couple of times a week, I might just be able to hold off the aging process for a little while longer – and hang with Electra Woman and Dyna Girl.last_img

Weekend Picks: Soulshine Farm Music Festival, Green Mountain, N.C.

first_imgTaking place this weekend August 14-16, 2014, is the first annual Soulshine Farm Music Festival. This community gathering of music is taking place on the Soulshine Organic Farm in Green Mountain, North Carolina!Tickets are on sale now. You can bring your own beverages and ice will be for sale on site.There will be artwork on display and in progress, live music, food and more.Here is the musical lineup you can look forward to:The Larry Keel Experience (Sat 8pm)Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues (Fri 9pm)The Jeff Sipe Trio (Sat 6pm)The Applebutter Express (Fri 4pm/Sat 4pm)Jahman Brahman (Thurs 10pm/Sat 10pm)Phuncle Sam (Fri 12:30am/Sat 7pm)  .  The Family (Sat 5pm)Brushfire Stankgrass (Fri 6pm)Displace (Thurs 8pm/Sat 3pm)  .  Sanctum Sully (Sat 2pm)Electric Soul Pandemic (Sat 1am)Electrochemical (Thurs 12am/Sat 11:30pm)  Makayan (Fri 2pm)  Screamin’ Jerry Leeman & Big Medicine (Th 6pm/Fri 11am/Sat 11am)Sugar Daddy (Sat 12pm)  .  Rebecca Jean (Sat 1pm)Ali Randolph & The Outta Luck Band (Fri 8pm)Franklin’s Kite (Fri 12pm) .  Terina Plyler (Fri 3pm)Kendra Warren (Fri 7pm)  .  Awake in the Dream (Fri 11pm)BiiG PoppA and Friends (Fri 12am/Sat 10pm)  .  Piper Ford (Sat 11am)The Burning Houses (10 year olds!)(Sat 11:30)Sun 10am Soulshine Allstar Band Gospel Hoursoulshine-maplast_img

Sports Help Women Rise to the Top

first_imgHey ladies, want to work your way up the corporate ladder? Well, get moving – literally. Executives from the EY Women Athletes Business Network and ESPNW have recently decided that women who have sports experience and an active lifestyle are more likely to find career success.Longitude Research opened the door for these new insights through their worldwide survey, “Making the Connection: Women, Sport and Leadership”.Woman_RunnerFour-hundred women in management positions, half of whom hold a position on the board of directors within their companies, responded to the survey and provided support for a strong connection between sports and professional potential. According to the survey, 52 percent of women in the C-suite (CEOs, CFOs, or COOs) played sports in college and many attribute their success to the competitive drive a sports background fosters.The same women also acknowledged that sports play a big role in who they hire and who they turn away. Applicants with a sports background, they say, have just the right amount of motivation, work ethic, ambition, and confidence that employers are looking for.This research seems to confirm what ladies on the athletic track have probably known all their lives. But for every woman who can point to that influential sports background, there are plenty of girls and young women who simply can’t count on the same opportunities. While the results of the survey may seem obvious to some, they could lead to some important changes in the sports world and open new doors for women. “These results underscore how critical it is for girls to have equal access to sport around the world,” Donna de Varona, Lead Advisor to EY’s Women Athletes Business Network and herself an Olympic champion, said. “When they do, the positive results are undeniable.”–Lucie Haneslast_img

Festival Gear

first_imgFloydFest—a BRO Favorite—takes place July 22-26 in scenic Floyd, Va.—Photo by Roger GuptaDon’t arrive at the festival grounds unprepared. Here’s a guide to the right gear for your upcoming sonic adventures.Smith Optics TiogaSmith turned 50 this year. To celebrate the venerable eyewear company is bringing back popular styles from yesteryear. Rep the vintage vibe with the Tioga, which features a classic outdoor style that’s been shading the eyes of dirtbags and extreme athletes for decades. In addition to a great look, you also get Smith’s expected clear-eyed polarized performance at a great price. $80; smithoptics.comCLPCBRTTMountain HardwearLamina Z SparkPlay hard, and sleep very little. Such is life in tent city. When you’re done howling at the moon, get some quality slumber in the Mountain Hardwear Lamina Z Spark. It’s a tech-savvy bag that won’t break the bank, made with Hardwear’s refined synthetic insulation that mimics the loft and even distribution of down. With a lightweight design that features a wide, comfy mummy cut, this is a bag that will go well beyond fests and into the backcountry. $159-179 (size variation); mountainhardwear.comScreen shot 2015-05-08 at 9.27.33 AMYeti Hopper 20Known for making tough bear-proof coolers that hold a chill for days, Yeti is now branching into portability with the soft-sided Hopper line. The 20 is a great personal option, about the size of a briefcase to easily transport a 12-pack or essential perishable snacks. Burly enough to resist punctures in transit, the Hopper 20 will keep food and drinks cold all weekend, thanks to a thick inch of insulation. Anti-microbial liner on the inside prevents mildew and is also easy to wash. $299.99; yetcoolers.comScreen shot 2015-05-08 at 9.27.14 AMChaco Z/Volv SandalsDuring long days grooving in the Southern sun, feet need the open-air comfort and lightweight maneuverability of Chaco’s Z/Volv Sandals. This modified take on an old favorite features Chaco’s standard adjustability with a softer underfoot design that’s 20 percent lighter than the Classic Z. $100; chacos.comScreen shot 2015-05-08 at 9.23.32 AMKlean Kanteen Growler and Steel Pint CupsHit your local brewery on the way to the fest and fill Klean Kanteen’s Insulated Growler with your beer of choice. Your 64 ounces of craft tastiness will stay cold and fresh for 24 hours, thanks to a double-wall vacuum-sealed design, and you can feel good about cutting down the waste of bottles or cans.Also, pour your brew into a 16-ounce Steel Pint Cup. Many regional festivals, including FloydFest and the Festy Experience, are including one of these reusable, stainless steel cups with the price of admission—a noble effort to reduce the sizeable footprint of multi-day events. Growler $49.95 and cups $9.95; kleankanteen.comScreen shot 2015-05-08 at 9.25.24 AMScreen shot 2015-05-08 at 9.25.37 AMAlite Designs Meadow MatGrab some space for your crew with this affordable outdoor blanket. It’s waterproof and washable, so you don’t have to worry about wet ground or beer spills. When it’s time to head back to camp, it also rolls up tightly for easy transport. $39; alitedesigns.comScreen shot 2015-05-08 at 9.27.25 AMlast_img

Fridays on the Fly: 5 Tips for Fall Fly Fishing

first_imgWhen the mercury starts to dip and the dog days of the Southern Appalachian summer begin to fade into the cooler days of autumn, many anglers hang up their waders in favor of other outdoor pursuits. Prevailing wisdom says that cooler water temps will send feeding trout into a lull as insect hatches become rare in some places and nonexistent in others. As summer rains come to an end streams tend to clear and water levels recede. Add to that the changing angles of the sun, which alter trout and insect behavior alike, and you’ve got a tricky puzzle for the even the most seasoned of anglers.But don’t let challenging conditions steer you away from fishing in the fall. There are still lots of fish to be caught and the transitioning scenery, pleasant weather and dwindling crowds make it a great time to be on the water.5 Tips for Fall Fly Fishing1. Tie on a TerrestrialAnts in particular are know to be deadly at certain times in the fall. According to famed fly fishing author Tom Rosenbauer, “there is a period of dry-fly activity on most trout streams every fall that rivals the best hatches of spring. It’s a ‘fall’ (as opposed to a hatch) of migrating winged ants,” Rosenbaurer says, “and when these insects are on the water nearly every trout in the river will feed on the surface with abandon.”6252415774_28d5f941c1_z2. Streamers are your friend.Trout become more territorial and aggressive in late summer/early fall due to the approaching spawn. Thus they are more likely to strike quick moving baits like streamers. Keep a streamer rod handy this time of year and maximize your chances or roping in an agitated lunker.3. Add some motion.In the fall, when the surface of your favorite river is often covered with falling leaves and twigs, it can be difficult for trout to differentiate between debris and a floating insect. To remedy this dilemma try adding a little motion to your dry fly or terrestrial. More on that method here.4. Keep a low profile.This bit of advice is important year round but particularly so in the fall when the water is low and clear. Trout are used to this seasonal change and they react by becoming cautious and more wary of predators like you. Ensure that you’re not spotted before your fly by wearing earth tones that blend with your surroundings and staying as low to the ground as possible.5. Sleep in.As water and air temperatures change so too should your time of day strategy. By the time October rolls around, gone are the days of early morning productivity. You should instead give the sun a few hours to get up over the mountain. The warmth and light it provides will spur aquatic insects to life, and the trout will be soon to follow. Hit the stream around 12pm and plan on fishing into the late afternoon.last_img