Consortium Targets Electricity Storage Opportunities in Asia, Australia

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Japan’s JERA, a U.S.-German joint venture and an Australian firm have teamed up to develop battery projects in the Asia-Pacific, including the world’s biggest, targeting a market expected to be worth several billion dollars by 2022.The move marks a big green push for JERA, a joint venture between Tokyo Electric Power Co. and Chubu Electric Power Co that is the world’s top buyer of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and one of the world’s biggest coal traders.The plan is for JERA to fund energy storage projects with Australian renewable power developer Lyon Group, while Fluence—a joint venture between U.S. power company AES Corp and Germany’s Siemens AG—provides battery technology.The companies will focus first on batteries for three solar farms, together expected to cost up to A$1.5 billion ($1.1 billion), that Lyon Group plans to build in Australia.Globally, demand for utility-scale batteries is expected to rise to 28 gigawatts, worth more than $15 billion, by 2022, up from 2 GW committed by electricity providers in 2017, according to estimates from Fluence and others.Lyon’s Riverland project in South Australia would be the world’s biggest battery, with 400 megawatt hours (MWh) of storage, eclipsing the current largest, Tesla’s 129 MWh battery, also in South Australia. Lyon said construction is expected to begin on all three of its projects within months. More: Japanese, U.S., German, Australian Team Targets big Battery Projects in Asia-Pacific Consortium Targets Electricity Storage Opportunities in Asia, Australialast_img read more

Wind capacity installations top 2GW in India in 2019-2020 fiscal year, up 31% from year prior

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Mercom India:Wind power installations in India rose to 2.07 GW in the financial year (FY) 2019-20, a 31% increase as compared to 1.58 GW in the FY 2018-19. The cumulative installations stood at 37.69 GW as compared to 35.63 GW for the FY 2018-19. Wind power represents 10.1% of the total installed power capacity in India as of Q1 2020.Tamil Nadu emerged as the leading wind installer accounting for nearly 25% of the cumulative wind installations as of March 31, 2020. Gujarat emerged as the second leading state accounting for 20% of the total wind installations in the country. Maharashtra and Karnataka came third and fourth with 13% each, while Rajasthan rounded off the top five with 11% of the total cumulative installations.Good wind potential exists in the states of Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, and Maharashtra. In January, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) citing the studies conducted by the National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE) had told the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Energy that India has an offshore wind energy potential of around 70 GW in parts along the coast of Gujarat and Tamil Nadu.According to NIWE, the installable wind potential of the country is estimated to be at 695 GW at 120 meters above ground level. Out of the estimated figure, nearly 347 GW of wind projects can be installed on cultivable lands, followed by wastelands where 340 GW capacity could be possible.In December last year, Mercom reported that India’s wind sector failed to gather speed in 2019. The wind energy sector, along with the rest of the renewable energy industry, has been facing multiple challenges on various fronts over the past few years, and 2019 was no different. The sector was grappling with the slowing economy, low tariffs, tariff caps, curtailment, infrastructure constraints, and a plethora of duties and tariffs.[Rakesh Ranjan]More: 2.07 GW of wind power capacity installed in India during FY 2019-20 Wind capacity installations top 2GW in India in 2019-2020 fiscal year, up 31% from year priorlast_img read more

Outer Banks, NC

first_imgIllustration:  Scott DuBarThe Outer Banks is not a place most people can make a living, but Wes Stalls, kayak buyer for outfitter Kitty Hawk Kites, has lived on the North Carolina coast’s scenic 200-mile stretch of barrier islands since grade school, and he still calls it home.While summer tourists mostly flock to popular beach spots in Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills, Stalls is happy to show them OBX’s more adventurous side. Paddling and surfing opportunities abound in the Atlantic and interior sounds, while coastal winds provide perfect conditions for kite surfing and hang gliding. And everyone loves the vast expansive beachscapes, especially on the 70-mile Cape Hatteras National Seashore and the islands south of Oregon Inlet.“Even though we’re a big destination, you can find plenty of open space, especially on the Southern Islands,” Stalls says.Stall’s Picks:4 Best Beach HikesJockey’s Ridge State Park is a great place for a day hike with an abundance of coastal terrain. It’s home to the largest sand dune on the East Coast and the starting point for the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. The Cape Hatteras National Seashore offers accessible pristine beach terrain. Personal favorites include the beaches of Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge and the hook—inside the Hatteras southern edge. Portsmouth Island is only accessible by boat from Ocracoke, offering the most secluded beaches along the Outer Banks. In the Nags Head Woods you’ll forget you’re at the beach as you hike trails through relic sand dunes.Pitch a TentPitch a tent at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore campgrounds in Frisco and Ocracoke. Camp Hatteras in Waves is a great privately owned campground, offering both ocean- and sound-side camping in the heart of a premier kiteboarding destination.Best Stand-Up paddlingHigh Bridge Creek in Kitty Hawk is a nice flatwater paddle that can be reached from the Bob Perry Public Boating Access. For SUP surfing, try the northern beaches. The Kitty Hawk Public Beach Access has a good bar with deep water and mellow waves.Best CyclingSerious cyclists enjoy the trip along the national seashore from Nags Head to Hatteras. Riding Ocracoke is a great day trip for family adventure. Biking is the best way to get around because parking is limited.Fringe FunTry hang gliding at Kitty Hawk Kites, which offers beginner dune lessons and high-altitude tandem gliding.last_img read more

Beer Guide: Liquid Courage Beer Races

first_imgNothing makes a race more satisfying than a pint of fresh craft beer waiting for you at the finish line. Here are six of our favorite beer races.Race the Bar Race SeriesMay 18 • Greensboro, N.C.If drinking and running sounds like your kind of combo, check out this new running race series in the North Carolina Triad. All races start and end at notable bars, so you can earn your buzz with distances between 5K and 15K. If you need extra motivation, each racer who crosses the finish line gets two free beers. Call it bonus carb replacement. The next race features both a 5K and 8K, starting from the Lindley Park Filling Station. Additional series races will take place in the fall at Natty Greene’s Brewing Co. on Greensboro (September 21) and Foothills Brewing in Winston-Salem (November 9) Tour de FatJune 15 • Durham, N.C.New Belgium Brewery’s traveling celebration of bike culture will make its way through the South and Mid-Atlantic this summer. The events kick off with a bike parade and then move into the long Afternoon Ballyhoo, which features a bike circus and rodeo, cycling games, live music, and the expected imbibing of mass quantities of Fat Tire and other amazing microbrews. Tour de Fat will also take place in Washington, D.C. (June 1) and Nashville (June 22)  Beer and Gear FestJune 15 • Ohiopyle, Pa.While not a race, the Beer and Gear Fest is a fun combination of a beer festival and outdoor gear expo. Sample the offerings of a huge roster of craft breweries while you check out the latest and greatest gear from industry faves like Prana, Outdoor Research, and Wave Sport Kayak. Since the event is hosted by river guide Wilderness Voyageurs, take the chance to jump in a whitewater rafting trip on the Lower Yough or Savage Dogfish Dash 5K/10KSeptember 29  • Milton, Del.Dogfish Head’s delicious craft offerings are beloved by microbrew aficionados across the country. If you want to get a taste of the brewery’s freshest offerings and a little exercise at the same time, travel to their main outpost in the early fall and run the Dogfish Dash. The field of 1,750 runs a fun course through the historic small town of Milton before enjoying post-race libations like the epic 120 Minute IPA, brewery tours, live tunes, and good Blue Ridge Burn 10K/5KOctober 12 • Roseland, Va.Devils Backbone Brewing Co. sits at the base of Wintergreen Resort—surrounded by a vast expanse of mountainous terrain in Nelson County, Va. The brewery owner has recently given the green light for trail expansion on his property, which surrounds a taproom that serves award-winning beers like Gold Leaf Lager and Wintergreen Weiss. Now branded as Devils Playground, the land surrounding the craft brewery station is being prepped to host a range of trail running and mountain bike events, including the Burn, a longstanding Central Virginia 10K/5K that’s (get ready for shameless plug) organized by BRO. The race is now part of the Festy Experience, a three-day music festival held at Devils Backbone that’s anchored by host band the Infamous Stringdusters.dbplayground.comHangover 5KOctober 13 • Salisbury, Md.This 5K is a great way to shake off the foggy morning that you’ll inevitably be experiencing from enjoying the race’s main event—the two-day Good Beer Festival (October 12-13) at the idyllic surroundings of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The race—which starts at a drinker-friendly 11:30am on Sunday—takes runners through the forests and along the wetlands of Pemberton Park. The second day of the festival starts right after the race, so runners won’t have to wait long to replace some calories.goodbeerfestival.comCheck out the rest of our Southern Brew Guide!last_img read more

Trail Mix March 2014: Free Music Download

first_imgThe Whistles & The Bells – Mercy PleaseBuilt to Spill – JokermanCamper Van Beethoven – Eye of Fatima (Pt.1)Dex Romweber Duo – Roll OnHolly Golightly & The Broke Offs – SLCJohnny Beauford – Little DanceKorby Lenker – My Little LifeLaurie Lewis – Trees (Featuring Nina Gerber, Tristan Clarridge, The T Sisters & Tom Rozum)Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys – The River JordanMariah Presents Mountain Minstrelry – An Old Timer’s PlaintMiner – Hey LoveMollie O’Brien & Rich Moore – Sunday StreetMozes & The Firstborn – I Got SkillsRobert Sarazin Blake – Dingle To TraleeSteep Ravine – Wildflower HoneyStephen Murray – Sweet StephanieThe Dream Syndicate – That’s What You Always SayThe Hold Steady – I Hope This Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten YouThe Moonshine – Never KnowThe Sea The Sea – Love We Are We LoveTrout Steak Revival – Union PacificUnderhill Rose – Helpless WandererWyatt Easterling – Why Did It Take So Long The last time I saw Bryan Simpson, it was September of 2010 and he was walking off the stage with his mates in Cadillac Sky at the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion. The band had just killed it. Absolutely killed it. Burned the stage down, rebuilt it, and then burned it down again. That set was one of the most amazing hours of music I have ever experienced. Cadillac Sky was on fire. Then, just a couple of months later, Simpson left the band and soon thereafter Cadillac Sky was no more.This month’s Trail Mix signals Bryan Simpson’s return. We lead off our March mix with “Mercy Please,” the brand new track from Simpson’s new project, The Whistles & The Bells. Simpson refers to the new record, which releases on March 4th, as a “personal earthquake” that chronicles his spiritual reawakening. It is a powerful return for one of Nashville’s best songwriters. Be sure to check out Jedd’s interview with Simpson in the magazine this month, too.Also featured this month are some heavy hitters. The Hold Steady, one of the decades best buzz rockers, and Built To Spill, long time indie faves, share tunes. Also check out tunes from Camper Van Beethoven and The Dream Syndicate.Stephen Murray, of Holy Ghost Tent Revival, recently released his solo debut. Take a listen to “Sweet Stephanie” and then get your hands on his new record.Be sure to listen to tracks from up and coming roots artists like The Sea The Sea, Robert Sarazin Blake, The Moonshine, Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellies, Miner, and Underhill Rose. And, as always, get out and buy the records from the artists we are showcasing this month. They are darned sure worth spending your money on. Help support these artists that support Trail Mix.Trail Mix Note – The tracks from Built To Spill and The Hold Steady are stream only and will not be included on the downloadable zip file.last_img read more

Fridays on the Fly: Abbi Bagwell Confronts Her Streamer Addiction Head-on

first_imgPhotos by Alan BroyhillStreamers. What an intoxicating word. For those of you who don’t know what a streamer is, let me fill you in. Streamers are large flies made to imitate large baits such as baitfish, crayfish, hellgrammites, leeches, and other large aquatic insects. Streamers are the closest fly fishing gets to imitating conventional lures.I didn’t start streamer fishing, but I have come to find this style of fishing a true addiction. Don’t get me wrong, I love floating an indicator with two flies dangling from the bottom and watching the “thingamabobber” get sucked into the water, but it’s just not the same as feeling a giant fish whack a streamer or watching a fish inhale a delicious-looking fly as you’re stripping for dear life.“Stripping” – come on, it’s not what you think. Stripping your line gives your streamer life, making the fly dance in the water and mimic exactly what your “bait” should look like as it swims along. This is part of what makes streamer fishing so awesome – the thrill of the chase. You are watching a fish physically hunt down your streamer.What is truly the most exciting thing about streamer fishing? Bigger flies catch bigger fish. Period. You can drift a nymph or float a dry fly all day long, but tossing a fly the size of a chicken to a fish the size of a 10-year-old is unbeatable. I’m not saying the rush of catching a 22” brown trout on a size 24 midge (a super tiny fly) is not exhilarating. By all means- it’s freakin’ wild. But the work, effort, finesse, and dedication of streamer fishing is why I enjoy it so much. You are constantly moving, constantly covering large amounts of water, and constantly on your toes, awaiting a river monster to annihilate your fly.I’ve thrown streamers all morning, all afternoon, and all evening and have walked away empty-handed. But that’s the beauty of it. That’s why it’s called fishing, not catching. For me, it’s about the journey. It’s about the experience, and it’s about learning.So the next time you load up to go on a fly fishing adventure, take an 8wt, bring some 3x tippet, grab some Skulpin Bunnies, and get ready. You will be hooked; literally hooked if you’re standing behind, in front of, or near me as I chuck chickens to my dream fish.Abbi Bagwell is the business operations manager for the Brevard, North Carolina-based Flymen Fishing Company. Follow her fly fishing adventures on Instagram and Youtube. last_img read more

Teacher missing after rescuing student from Virginia Beach waters

first_img“Water is pulling in two different directions. The in-shore current’s going north, the outer current’s going south, so it’s kinda making it difficult for search patterns, as well as the water is in rough conditions. There are red flags in the Sandbridge area, and this happened on a beach where swimming is prohibited,” said Cat Watson with Virginia Beach EMS told News 3 WTKR. VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – On Tuesday, July 9th, police responded to a call reporting a drowning around 12:40 p.m. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, a 35-year-old teacher went missing after rescuing a 13-year-old student who got caught in a rip current near Little Island City Park. The teacher was able to save the student successfully but has not been seen since entering the ocean. The teen was taken to the hospital and is in stable condition. The area does not have any lifeguards and does not prohibit swimming due to the extreme waters and frequent riptides. According to News 3 WTKR the teacher was Reuven Bauman, who taught seventh and eighth grade boys, plus third grade Judaic Studies. The Coast Guard continued the search this morning but has suspended it this afternoon, Wednesday, July 10th.last_img read more

October 2019: Mountain Getaways

first_imgLive Outside and Play Secrets of the World’s Greatest Runners Features Scientists are Restoring Appalachia’s Most Important Tree: The Chestnut What we don’t know about the underground world beneath our feet Mountain Getaway Guide Meet 7 inspiring outdoor enthusiasts who are helping to protect the places where we play. The Goods See peak fall color and stunning views along the iconic Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. / Photo by Star City Skycams, courtesy of Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge A new generation of guides and outfitters are popping up in unexpected places, including the coalfields. Outdoor Heroes Who Maintains Your Favorite Trail? Volunteers. Sleep in a lighthouse, fire tower, or caboose this fall while surrounded by stunning autumn color. We highlight 14 unique lodging options for leaf-peeping adventurers. Departments Editor’s Note The exercise pill: can a drug provide all of the benefits of exercise and the outdoors? • You live in the salamander capital of the world • Rockets over Cumberland? Protect at All Karst Trail Mix Last Word The Life and Death of Free Soloing The blurred gender line in sports: How do national and international athletics—or even high school coaches—determine who is qualified to compete as a male and a female?  Quick Hits Sunset over the Thorny Mountain Fire Tower in Seneca State Forest, W.Va. How did Arnulfo Quimare, a Tarahumara goat herder, beat the world’s most elite and highly trained runners? Secret number one: don’t train. Understaffed, cash-strapped federal agencies National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service rely on hard-working volunteer trail crews to build and care for most of the trails in Southern Appalachia. Return of the Giants The Forest Service is proposing to cut the public out of public lands decisions. Don’t let them silence you. Best in backpacking: a hiking guide picks her favorite gear. Flashpoint Read about their last month on the road during their favorite time of the year! On the Cover Has Alex Honnold’s Yosemite climb sparked more daredevils? North Carolina soloist Austin Howell fell to his death this summer while free-soloing in Linville Gorge. Sasha diGuilian and other climbers weigh in on the free solo debate. Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard releases a new solo record. Photo by Jesse [email protected]last_img read more

Central American Business Leaders Ask for Support to Combat Violence and Smuggling

first_imgBy Dialogo May 01, 2012 On April 26, business leaders from Central America and the Dominican Republic called on their Governments to support plans by the private sector and the police to combat smuggling, extortion, and violence in the region. “We have resolved to request from you (presidents) that within the framework of the Central American Integration System, SICA, you support this public-private alliance” established between business leaders and the police, the chair of the Private Enterprise Senior Council (COSEP), José Aguerri, affirmed. Aguerri made the request of SICA’s president pro tempore, Honduran President Porfirio Lobo, during the visit he made to his counterpart Daniel Ortega in Managua on April 26. Lobo’s visit coincided with a meeting held in Nicaragua by representatives of the Federation of Private Entities of Central America, Panama, and the Dominican Republic (FEDEPRICAP) and regional police forces to analyze security issues. In SICA, “we’re open to promoting the initiatives” of this new alliance, Lobo said, and Ortega expressed the view that “the more we combine our forces” in the region, the easier it will be to fight against violence and extreme poverty. The business proposal seeks to create 200,000 jobs for young people over the next four years with the aim of drawing them away from crime, which is generating problems of citizen security, chiefly in Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. According to studies by the World Bank, “the direct and indirect costs for citizen security, judicial proceedings, and the costs of the health system in Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Honduras were 8 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) of those countries” in 2011, the proposal warned. According to Aguerri, that represented a cost of 10.823 billion dollars for the region, money that could be saved if the public and private sectors come together to reduce violence by around 10 percent in the hardest-hit countries. The plan also calls for creating mechanisms of communication with the police in order to guarantee the passage of freight transportation, in order to combat smuggling and extortion. The meeting among Lobo, Ortega, and regional business leaders was held in the House of the Peoples in Managua.last_img read more

UN Condemns Guerrilla Attacks in Colombian Region

first_img On July 14, the representative of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Colombia, Todd Howland, condemned the harassment of inhabitants of the conflict-ridden department of Cauca (in southwestern Colombia) by the FARC, a communist guerrilla group. “I energetically condemn these attacks that affect civilians,” Howland said in a statement in which he reported on a visit he made Friday to the municipality of Miranda, where clashes between Government forces and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have taken place. “Although neither my team nor I were wounded, we were witnesses of what is happening to people in this region of the country, and it’s really difficult and very sad to see what these Colombians are suffering,” the representative lamented. Accompanied by other OHCHR delegates, Howland met with organizations of indigenous people and rural workers, as well as with civilian and military authorities, in order to evaluate the human-rights situation in this conflict-ridden area. “During almost the entire mission, I heard shots and explosions. I left the area by a different route from the one by which I entered. I know that the coordinator of the Miranda indigenous guard, Camilo Tarquinas, who accompanied us in several of these places, was wounded in the left leg upon leaving the area,” Howland lamented. Over the last week, in the course of combat in other Cauca municipalities, such as Toribio, Argelia, and Caloto, more than a dozen inhabitants have been wounded, while residences and communications infrastructure have been damaged, and dozens of communities of indigenous people and rural workers have been displaced. At the same time, in the municipality of Jambaló, a Colombian Air Force plane – a Super Tucano manufactured in Brazil – suffered an accident in which its two pilots died. While the guerrilla group claims to have shot down the aircraft, which was conducting operations in the mountainous area, President Juan Manuel Santos and the authorities have dismissed this account. The FARC is Colombia’s leading guerrilla group and has around 9,200 fighters, according to official figures. By Dialogo July 17, 2012last_img read more