Largest U.S. co-op taps Aggreko for Texas storage project

first_imgLargest U.S. co-op taps Aggreko for Texas storage project FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Energy Storage News:A large-scale battery storage system will be built in Texas for the U.S.’s biggest electric utility cooperative, to time-shift solar-generated loads and provide grid services to transmission operator ERCOT.Mobile energy solutions provider Aggreko, which recently took over German-U.S. energy storage pioneers Younicos and incorporated it as a division of the parent company, announced to yesterday that it has signed an agreement for a 2.25MW / 4.5MWh battery storage project with Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC).According to Karim Wazni, managing director of Aggreko Microgrid and Storage Solutions (essentially formerly Younicos), the cooperative picked his company out for the project due to its existing track record of “active and successful participation in the ERCOT market.” Aggreko has already executed five battery projects in Texas, including the ongoing updates and upgrades of the large-scale battery system at Notrees Wind Farm.The project is notable for two reasons: firstly, that in addition to providing power services to ERCOT markets, the battery storage system, which should be capable of storing and discharging 2.25MW of power for two hours, will also provide energy capacity to the local network. As a general trend, customers for large-scale energy storage systems are now seeking this longer duration energy storage as well as the ability to use batteries for high powered, short duration applications, Saft’s Michael Lippert pointed out in a recent interview.The second notable aspect for Aggreko Microgrid and Storage Solutions is that unlike other recent projects, and the projects it is currently working on going forwards, this project for PEC is an asset sale, as opposed to the mobile power ‘as-a-service’ or energy storage ‘as-a-service’ business model the company is rapidly becoming known for. “In this case, the storage project is an asset sale, which is what the cooperative was looking for, not an as-a-service offer,” an Aggreko spokesperson told yesterday.Going forwards, Aggreko is expected to unveil a large project in New York State soon which will provide National Grid with solutions to defer spending large sums expanding transmission and distribution (T&D) infrastructure in the next few days. “We will be inaugurating a plant in New York State in two weeks, it’s a National Grid project where we’re providing 2MW of power for two hours, and that will be able to deliver peak shaving services to a substation,” Wazni said, adding that even these sorts of larger infrastructure projects could be done ‘as-a-service’.More: Power and capacity will be provided by Aggreko’s 4.5MWh Texas ‘legacy’ projectlast_img read more

6 steps to seamless customer onboarding

first_imgWith all of the opportunity in the financial services industry, customer onboarding has come up a lot lately. The focus on creating an exceptional introduction to your financial institution is imperative, since having a poor onboarding experience for your customers can pretty much kill your growth…if not your business.The first experience your customer has with your product sets the tone for your long-term relationship, and if it’s confusing, overwhelming, or otherwise puts up barriers to achieving success (or at least recognizing the value potential in your product), your financial institution will find it difficult to increase wallet share.Here are a few steps to ensure your customer has a seamless onboarding process, increases their product adoption, and stays with you for years to come. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

North Amityville Shooting Leaves 1 Dead, Another Wounded

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A shooting left a 21-year-old man dead in his hometown of North Amityville and injured another early Thursday morning, Suffolk County police saidFirst Precinct patrol officers responded to 911 calls reporting shots fired on Glenmalure Street, where they found Malik Abdullah and a second victim suffering from gunshot wounds in the street at 2:17 a.m., police said.Abdullah was pronounced dead at the scene. The other victim, also a 21-year-old North Amityville man, was taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on the shooting to call them at 631-852-6392 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.last_img read more

PREMIUMFor the love of science: Community promotes fun STEM education among students

first_img“Leadership tomorrow depends on how we educate our students today — especially in science, technology, engineering and math,” the 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama, said in one of his speeches on the Educate to Innovate campaign on Sept. 16, 2010.Indonesia has also started to practice what Obama said. Students are expected to learn many things related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), especially at school. However, this is not without flaws, as the students are not taught how to use that knowledge.In a bid to improve effective learning, several groups have called for more practice rather than memorizing.“Science at Indonesia’s schools is taught theoretically through textbooks. In fact, science needs to be taught through hands-on experience. Otherwise, it won’t attract children,” the founder of the Jakarta… Forgot Password ? Facebook Education STEM Women engineers steam Art-Jakarta Habibie aerospace aircraft Log in with your social account Linkedin LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Topics : Googlelast_img read more

EC’s Long-Term Investment Funds should adopt ‘comply or explain’ on SRI

first_imgThe European Commission should require asset managers launching European Long-Term Investment Funds (ELTIF) to disclose the social impact of all investments, asset manager Mirova has suggested.Gwenola Chambon, head of infrastructure funds at the Natixis Asset Management subsidiary, said she was “amazed” there seemed to be little interest in enshrining the notion of fostering socially and environmentally sustainable growth as part of ELTIFs’ investment goals, despite the responsible investment (RI) emphasis of the Commission’s Green Paper on Long-Term Investing.She told IPE all parties involved in the development of ELTIFs at first seemed “very enthusiastic” about the inclusion of an RI emphasis.“Now we have ended up with something that is clearly a long-term investment tool, but does not anymore have anything related to that aspect, which is to me very surprising,” she said.  “We end up with a European tool that is there to foster the economy, there to channel long-term funds, yet has nothing to say on that aspect [sustainable investment], which is too bad.”The initial legislative proposal for the ELTIF regulation, published in June last year, noted that “sustainable, smart and inclusive growth” was key to fostering European economic growth less susceptible to systemic risks.Chambon said the least the industry should expect from the Commission was for the regulation to be amended to include a requirement for asset managers launching ELTIFs to disclose their approach to socially responsible investment.“Any asset manager should at least explain how he wants to commit through that tool to social and responsible investment responsibilities – whether it has no particular objective, or whether it has – and if it has, to be very concrete on what it wants to do and what it wants to implement,” she said.She said infrastructure, and particularly social housing, were assets forming the building blocks of a society.“We are creating assets that will have an impact on several generations,” she said. “We can’t afford not to think about the social and responsible impact on our environment and the economy in general.”PensionsEurope has previously suggested the European Investment Bank should offer both capital guarantees and its own expertise to assessing infrastructure projects backed by ELTIFs.last_img read more

Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative’s Online Platform Goes Live

first_imgThe Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative’s (SRTI) online platform, a tool for sharing information on ship recycling to drive responsible practice, was launched earlier today.The platform comes nine months after a group of shipping companies led by Hapag-Lloyd and Maersk, first announced their collective effort to use the market-drivers that transparency brings to make responsible ship recycling the norm.The platform aims to create a level-playing field for responsible recycling by giving shipping companies an opportunity to be transparent on their approach to ship dismantling, creating fair competition, improving performance and enabling the shipping industry to be held to account.In 2017, 835 ships were recycled out of a world fleet of 50,0001. Out of these, 80.3% or 543 large ocean-going commercial vessels reached the tidal beaches of Bangladesh, India and Pakistan, according to the data from NGO Shipbreaking Platform.“With transparency on shipping companies’ ship recycling policies and practices, it becomes possible for the industry’s stakeholders – including shippers, lenders, investors and insurers – to make informed decisions. The importance of such decisions is increasing with the growing expectation for companies to take responsibility for their value chain sustainability,” the Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) said.Image Courtesy: Global Maritime Forum, 2018As disclosed, the SRTI is neither a standard nor a rating tool, it is an online platform that shipping companies can use to disclose relevant information on ship recycling. The information is readily available to the industry’s stakeholders, as well as the broader public.“The SRTI is unique in that it tells a positive story, shining a light on what is actually possible in terms of responsible ship recycling. We’ve seen what transparency has done in other sectors, in some cases prompting immediate and transformative change,” Andrew Stephens, Executive Director of the SSI, said.“Knowledge is power, and with knowledge comes responsibility. We believe that through the simple act of companies being transparent about their approach to ship recycling, we can support improved policy, practice and performance – from the cradle to the grave.”“We find it anomalous that many ship-owners provide superintendency in ship building yards to ensure quality control and good health, safety and environmental practices even before the ship is handed over to the owners, and similarly throughout the operational life of the ship, but subsequently at the point of sale most owners wash their hands of all responsibility for these issues and externalise the necessary costs for these,” James Woodrow, Managing Director, The China Navigation Company, said.Commenting on the issue, Søren Toft Chief Operating Officer A.P. Moeller-Maersk, said that most ship recycling still happens under unacceptable standards.“In the absence of effective regulation the market must act to raise the standards and to enable a level playing field. With the launch today, we encourage all fellow ship owners to sign up to the SRTI and cargo owners and investors to start using it,” he added.Despite the known risks associated with ship recycling there is no global regulation currently in force. International conventions such as the Basel Convention, the Hong Kong Convention, IMO guidelines for the development of the ship recycling plan, and EU regulations provide only partial coverage of material aspects associated with ship recycling. What is more, there are no generally accepted voluntary standards to help fill this regulatory gap.The SRTI is hosted by the Sustainable Shipping Initiative and brings together shipowners, investors, banks, insurers, cargo owners and other key stakeholders from across the maritime industry. Its founding signatories include shipowners The China Navigation Company, Hapag-Lloyd, A.P. Moeller-Maersk, NORDEN, Stolt Tankers and Wallenius Wilhelmsen; financial stakeholders GES, Nykredit and Standard Chartered Bank; classification society Lloyd’s Register; and sustainability non-profit Forum for the Future.last_img read more

Hard evidence needed to keep liquor ban

first_imgNZ Herald 8 July 2015Auckland communities are being asked to come up with hard evidence to support a battle to keep 1200 liquor bans on beaches, neighbourhood parks and playgrounds.Recent law changes mean that from October 31 alcohol bans can only be used where there is evidence of high levels of alcohol-related harm – before and since the bans were brought in.Previously, councils could impose blanket bans on all parks if there had been problems in a few of them.The change has caused 15 local boards to take stock of all bans in their areas.Its plight has drawn support from Family First NZ national director Bob McCoskrie.“It should not be up to local residents to have to police and monitor unruly or drunken behaviour in order to prove that public parks should be alcohol-free.”He said alcohol bans in playgrounds and residential reserves prevented offensive behaviour associated with intoxication from being seen as normal. read more

German minister: Virus crisis won’t make Brexit easier

first_imgGerman Foreign Minister Heiko Maas speaks at a panel during the annual Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany on Feb. 14, 2020. REUTERS BERLIN – German Foreign Minister HeikoMaas said the coronavirus crisis would not make Brexit negotiations easier,adding that Berlin would use its EU presidency in the second half of the yearto ensure there is a “good result” for both the EU and Britain. “Whether I think the extension of Brexitnegotiations and the deadlines there are until the end of the year is good ornot is irrelevant – the British government rejects that and made that clearagain last week. It certainly won’t be easier given the coronavirus crisis,” hetold a news conference on Friday. (Reuters)last_img

Inter offer Messi four-year deal worth £235m

first_img Loading… Inter Milan are reportedly ready to offer Lionel Messi a staggering £235million to join them. The Barcelona star is yet to agree a new deal with the Catalan club, and will be a free agent next summer. There have been murmurings all season that he has become increasingly frustrated with how things are going at the Nou Camp. Barca finished five points behind bitter rivals Real Madrid at the top of La Liga this season. There are now reports that boss Quique Setien will be sacked if he doesn’t win the Champions League. But losing Messi will send tremors through the world of football. According to La Gazzetta Dello Sport Inter Milan are ready to pay Messi £60million a season to join them and will offer him a four-year deal.Advertisement Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe World’s 7 Most Spectacular Railway Stations6 Most Breathtaking Bridges In The WorldThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldTop 10 TV Characters Meant To Be IconicThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?center_img That would see him lock horns with old rival Cristiano Ronaldo in Serie A, who is with Juventus. It would also see Messi overtake the Portuguese star as the league’s top earner. Ronaldo was making £27.3m from his salary at Juve, before any coronavirus-related pay cuts. read also:Barcelona coach working with Messi on new Champions League role Just days ago Inter’s owners hinted at a summer move for Messi by using his picture to advertise a Serie A game in China. Both Inter and Chinese streaming service PPTV are owned by the Suning group. And they projected a picture of Messi on Milan’s Duomo cathedral to advertise the Serie A game between Inter and Napoli for their Far East audience. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Munster cruise past Sharks

first_img That was until Keatley’s inviting inside pass released South African Howard for a very well-taken score under the posts. Zebo then completed his brace with an opportunist try, cleverly rolling from the back of a close-in ruck to reach over and make it 39-10. As replacement Ivan Dineen and Ronan O’Mahony increased their influence, Munster showed no mercy to the demoralised Sharks. Dineen and Zebo combined to send Conway clear, flanker O’Donnell crashed over from close range and prop Stephen Archer provided the initial break and the scoring pass for Williams’ touchdown. There was still time for Zebo to break through the tired Sale defence and supply the assist for Conway’s second try. Replacement JJ Hanrahan’s third successful conversion gave Munster their highest ever score in European rugby – beating their 64 points in a 64-0 win over Viadana in December 2002. Simon Zebo and Andrew Conway both crossed twice as Munster dominated their Champions Cup dead rubber against a young Sale outfit at Thomond Park. Both sides were out of the running in Pool One, but the Irish province salvaged some pride with a runaway 65-10 bonus-point victory that included eight second-half tries. An early Zebo effort launched Munster towards a 10-0 lead, before the stubborn Sharks rallied with a tremendous Tom Arscott score and just three points separated the sides at the break – 13-10. Press Association However, after Keith Earls crowned his first start of the season with an excellent individual try and a penalty try was added, the floodgates were well and truly opened as Pat Howard, Zebo, Andrew Conway (two), Tommy O’Donnell and Duncan Williams all touched down between the 65th and 80th minutes. Zebo, who shifted to full-back, reserves some of his best European performances for round six, including memorable hat-tricks against Northampton Saints (2012) and Racing Metro 92 (2013). He was on the scoresheet here within 90 seconds, stepping inside Arscott and stretching over to score past two covering defenders. Ian Keatley was keen to press his claims for the Ireland number 10 jersey, nailing a difficult first conversion from the right and quickly adding a penalty. Nick Macleod duly got Sale off the mark, but obstruction at the restart saw Keatley immediately respond. The Munster fly-half blotted his copybook, though, when allowing Arscott to fend him off near the left touchline as the Sale winger ran in a terrific solo try from outside the Munster 22. Macleod’s conversion made it a three-point game. The visitors made further inroads thanks to a series of sloppy Munster penalties. Referee Marius Mitrea lost his patience when Conway killed the ball near his try-line and the wing was promptly sin-binned. The scores dried up during a niggly second quarter as Sale failed to take advantage of their numerical advantage and Keatley pushed a 41-metre penalty wide. But Earls lit up the second half with a try in the opening minute, taking a great line to gather an Ivan Dineen offload, dashing clear over halfway and finding a way past covering full-back Luke McLean. Television match official Eric Gonthier confirmed the grounding and Keatley converted for 20-10. The Munster pack took over approaching the hour mark, winning a penalty try from a dominant five-metre scrum. Keatley converted but some brilliant breakdown work saw Sale slow the province’s bonus-point push. last_img read more