U.S. researchers see vast potential for floating solar generation at existing hydroelectric dams

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Installing floating solar power plants on the reservoirs of existing hydroelectric dams represents an enormous untapped opportunity with a global technical potential of 3,039 GW to 7,593 GW, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Colorado School of Mines estimated in a recent study.The up-to-10,600 TWh of potential annual generation at solar farms floating on hydro reservoirs is equal to nearly half of the world’s total electricity use in 2018, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, or NREL, said in a Sept. 29 overview of the findings, which will be published in the December issue of the journal Renewable Energy.“This does not represent what could be economically feasible or what the markets could actually support,”?NREL researcher Nathan Lee, the report’s lead author, said in a statement. “Rather, it is an upper-bound estimate of feasible resources that considers waterbody constraints and generation system performance.”North America possesses, by far, the largest technical potential for floating photovoltaic arrays at hydropower reservoirs, accounting for 1,785 GW of the report’s median global estimate of 5,333 GW. Potential benefits of such floating hybrid power plants include avoiding land conflicts, relying on a common substation to reduce infrastructure costs, reducing evaporation from reservoirs and storing excess midday solar production with pumped hydro storage.Floating solar-hydropower hybrids “could play an important role in achieving the ambitious renewable energy targets put forth by many countries,” the researchers said, pointing to the need for more detailed assessments targeted at specific countries or regions.The biggest floating solar markets today are in Asia, where a 150-MW project is operating in China and a 2,100-MW facility is planned in South Korea. In Europe, project development is picking up in areas with land constraints, such as in the Netherlands, where Vattenfall AB completed a 1.2-MW system in late September. The country also hosts a 27.4-MW floating array, Europe’s largest floating solar project, which was completed in March. Akuo Energy developed a 17-MW system at a former quarry site in France, while Lightsource BP Renewable Energy Investments Ltd. built a 6.3-MW solar project on a reservoir connected to London’s water network.[Garrett Hering]More ($): Researchers see untapped potential for floating solar on hydropower reservoirs U.S. researchers see vast potential for floating solar generation at existing hydroelectric damslast_img read more

‘La Pajara,’ alleged gang leader, captured by Nicaraguan National Police

first_img National Police agents captured the alleged leader of a gang of tumbadores Franklin Heriberto Torres Bejarano, on March 7 in Granada, a tourist town on Lake Nicaragua. Torres Bejarano, 44 also is known as “La Pajara.” La Pajara had been on the run since January 2013, when Nicaraguan security forces launched a major operation against tumbadores gangs. Police arrested two dozen men in the 2013 sweep and arrest warrants were issued for 25 others, including La Pajara. La Pajara was living in a $1,000 a month rental house in Granada when police captured him, authorities said. Police found $32,000 in cash in the home. La Pajara was sporting dyed blond hair and a blond beard in an apparent attempt to disguise himself. He was the leader of a gang that trafficked drugs and robbed drug shipments, authorities said. He is accused of multiple counts of drug trafficking and of stealing at least three shipments of cocaine, including a 200-kilo shipment stolen in November, 2012. La Pajara controlled several gangs of tumbadores in the Rivas Department on Nicaragua’s Pacific coast, according to authorities. Sandwiched between the ocean and Lake Nicaragua, the area is a major thoroughfare for Colombian drugs being moved overland by criminal groups associated with various Mexican transnational criminal organizations, including the Sinaloa Cartel and La Familia Michoacana. Stealing from drug cartels can be dangerous. In September 2008, Nicaraguan National Police in the city of Rivas arrested a group of eight men, led by a Mexican national and including some Honduran nationals. The suspects were armed with a stash of weapons and had an alleged “hit list” of six Nicaraguans they intended to kill. La Pajara was on the hit list, because he and his gang had allegedly stolen a shipment of 800 kilos of cocaine on the Pan American Highway two months earlier, authorities said. Well, this man was accused of stealing from drug traffickers, but my question is who was he harming, the drug traffickers or the narc-policemen? I imagine that the high officers felt pressured by the drug traffickers and captured him. In Nicaragua, generally delinquency is fought off. Hooray for the Nicaraguan police. IT IS NECESSARY THAT ALL POLICE FORCES OF CENTRAL AMERICA WORK TOGETHER, BUT AT THE SAME TIME ELIMINATE THE CORRUPTION WITHIN THE POLICE FORCE OF SOME COUNTRIES. THE PHENOMENON OF GANGS HAS SEVERAL RAMIFICATIONS: DRUG TRAFFICKING, EXTORTION, KIDNAPPING, HIRED ASSASSINS, WEAPON TRAFFICKING, PEOPLE TRAFFICKING, WHITE SLAVE TRAFFICKING. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR, THE WHOLE REGION TO BE AT WAR? You slackers should work for real. It’s good that they captured this gangster in order to start cleaning Central America. I’m not entirely sure if combats should be prioritized. Who is being harmed, the potential enemy, the original trafficker? Although, they supposedly also negotiate coke, right? And why can “jailbirds” easily obtain the merchandise delivery information, and not the authorities? It’s good that they are fighting drug trafficking because this will stop the youth from being idle. The youth should be in school receiving the bread of knowledge. We must declare war on the gangs, because when these gain strength, nothing will stop them. It’s already happening in Honduras where the youth is getting lost and is dedicated to extortion and assassination. It’s good to capture everyone in his gang, and clean up the country. Yours, Mendoza. GREAT COORDINATION… I WISH GUATEMALA ACTED THE SAME WAY, BUT HERE IT’S VERY, VERY DIFFICULT, THEY SELL THEMSELVES VERY EASILY. The Santo Domingo police needs to TAKE CARE OF ITS COUNTRY FIRST, IN ORDER TO GAIN THE TRUST OF THE PEOPLE. THAT MAN DESERVES THE DEATH SENTENCE. THIS KIND OF PEOPLE DON’T DESERVE TO LIVE AND ARE FROWNED UPON BY SOCIETY. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE POLICE, JUST DON’T SELL YOURSELVES OVER A PLATE OF LENTILS AND GIVE HIM WHAT HE DESERVES. I’m glad they captured those felons but they should be treated as humans. We all make mistakes. They captured “Los Tumbadores”! Why? That’s a good question, maybe it’s because the “prot??g??es” are experiencing losses, and that’s why the authorities are doing something.Think and analyze….. This is very good but proper justice should be applied. Well, of course we must fight against gang operations, but why not fight against all organized crime. WHICH DIVISION IS THAT? It’s wonderful that the authorities are following up on these people that cause so much harm to humanity. Gangs are a bad example for children. By Dialogo April 17, 2014 Nicaraguan security forces must remain vigilant in the fight against tumbadores, said Armando Rodriguez, a security analyst at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Police have developed strong relationships with members of communities from regions throughout the country, the security analyst said. Law-abiding community members can provide information about the operations of tumbadores, Rodriguez said. “The police have very good communication skills with diverse populations throughout virtually all the territory (where tumbadores operate),” Rodriguez said. “This is something that should be strengthened in the fight against organized crime groups.” Security forces need to continue to go after tumbadores to prevent them from stealing drugs and selling them in Nicaragua, instead of selling them to other organized crime groups that will then move the drugs out of the country, Rodriguez said. “It is important that the security forces do not allow local drug markets to develop,” Rodriguez said. Julieta Pelcastre contributed to this article. center_img Continued vigilance Nicaraguan gangs known as “tumbadores” are robbing drug shipments from drug traffickers on the eastern and western coasts The Tumbadores in Nicaragua steal drug shipments from drug trafficking groups operating in the country. These transnational criminal organizations include Los Urabenos and Los Rastrojos, which are based in Colombia, and the Mexican-based Sinaloa Cartel and La Familia Michoacana. Gangs of tumbadores rely on networks of informants to provide information about drug shipments. Taxi drivers, gas station workers, and informants who are supposed to be working for cartels and other large drug traffickers often tip off tumbadores to incoming shipments of drugs, authorities said. Tumbadores pay these informants for such information. ‘La Pajara’ capturedlast_img read more

LandSecs goes into overdrive

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State banks to disburse $6.32b in loans to help businesses recover from COVID-19 hit

first_imgThe State-Owned Banks Association (Himbara) has expressed optimism that its bank members can disburse up to Rp 90 trillion (US$6.32 billion) in loans to help small businesses to recover from the severe economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.Himbara chairman and Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) president director Sunarso said on Wednesday the banks were ready and committed to expand their loan disbursements to three times the amount of funding placed by the government as part of its national economic recovery program.The four Himbara members comprise BRI, Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI), Bank Tabungan Negara (BTN) and Bank Mandiri. “We will prioritize the disbursement to the micro, small and medium enterprises [MSMEs] segment in several sectors like food and distribution, tourism, transportation, housing and construction,” Sunarso said during a livestreamed press briefing in Jakarta.The banks deem these sectors as having potential demand amid the easing of the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) as the government strives to keep the economy running.Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati announced last week that the government would place Rp 30 trillion in state-owned banks to be disbursed as loans to businesses to help support economic recovery. The government has also allocated Rp 12 trillion to guarantee working capital loans for small businesses.The fund placement and the working capital loan guarantee are part of the government’s Rp 695.2 trillion budget to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has battered Indonesia’s healthcare system and the social and economy sectors. The government now expects the country’s economy to contract by 0.4 percent this year under the worst-case scenario or grow 1 percent under the baseline scenario as the pandemic ravages the economy.Sunarso also said the banks were open to disbursing the loans to segments other than MSMEs as long as the borrowers’ activity could boost the country’s economic growth and maintain their business sustainability amid the pandemic.Bank Mandiri, for instance, has committed to focusing on disbursing the loans to MSMEs and selected companies in the trade and services sectors, including hotels.“We will help fund those businesses as long as they have expansion potential in this economic situation, especially those in green zones that have relaxed their PSBB measures,” Bank Mandiri president director Royke Tumilaar said during the same briefing.Similarly, BNI president director Herry Sidharta said the bank would disburse the loans to businesses in the COVID-19 green zones to help the economy recover.The bank, he said, would also focus on channeling the funding to the transportation sector, as well as labor-intensive businesses to help bolster economic growth.Although the property sector has yet to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, BTN president director Pahala N. Mansury said it would remain focused on disbursing loans to the housing sector as he believed that the gradual lifting of restrictions created a positive environment for mortgages.“We saw around a 30 to 40 percent increase in subsidized housing loan demand in June compared with May,” he said.Herry of BNI added that the bank would conduct digital analysis of the loans, as well as creating assistance programs to help MSMEs to expand their markets and find the right vendors for their businesses.“We will adjust the amount of disbursement to the demand to ensure the loan quality,” Sunarso said.Given the tight liquidity risks that banks are facing in the pandemic, he gave an assurance that the banks would seek more third-party funding to cover the remaining Rp 60 trillion of the loan-expansion plans.Third-party funding grew strongly by 8.08 percent year-on-year (yoy) in April compared with loan growth, which slowed to 5.7 percent annually from 7.9 percent in March, Bank Indonesia (BI) data show.Topics :last_img read more

N.Korea has ‘probably’ developed nuclear devices to fit ballistic missiles: UN report

first_img‘Lucrative’ cyberattacksNorth Korea has been subjected to UN sanctions since 2006 over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. While the Security Council has steadily strengthened sanctions in a bid to cut off funding for those programs.North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump have met three times since 2018, but failed to make progress on US calls for Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons and North Korea’s demands for an end to sanctions.In May 2018 North Korea followed through on a pledge to blow up tunnels at its main nuclear test site, Punggye-ri, which Pyongyang said was proof of its commitment to end nuclear testing. But they did not allow experts to witness the dismantlement of the site.The UN report said that as only tunnel entrances were known to have been destroyed and there is no indication of a comprehensive demolition, one country had assessed that North Korea could rebuild and reinstall within three months the infrastructure needed to support a nuclear test.The UN experts said North Korea is violating sanctions, including “through illicit maritime exports of coal, though it suspended these temporarily between late January and early March 2020″ due to the coronavirus pandemic.Last year the UN experts said North Korea has generated an estimated $2 billion using widespread and sophisticated cyberattacks to steal from banks and cryptocurrency exchanges.”The Panel continues to assess that virtual asset service providers and virtual assets will continue to remain lucrative targets for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to generate revenue, as well as mining cryptocurrencies,” the latest report said.? North Korea is pressing on with its nuclear weapons program and several countries believe it has “probably developed miniaturized nuclear devices to fit into the warheads of its ballistic missiles,” according to a confidential UN report.The report by an independent panel of experts monitoring UN sanctions said the countries, which it did not identify, believed North Korea’s past six nuclear tests had likely helped it develop miniaturized nuclear devices. Pyongyang has not conducted a nuclear test since September 2017.The interim report, seen by Reuters, was submitted to the 15-member UN Security Council North Korea sanctions committee on Monday. “The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is continuing its nuclear program, including the production of highly enriched uranium and construction of an experimental light water reactor. A Member State assessed that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is continuing production of nuclear weapons,” the report said.North Korea is formally known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). North Korea’s mission to the United Nations in New York did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the UN report.North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said last week there would be no more war as the country’s nuclear weapons guarantee its safety and future despite unabated outside pressure and military threats.The UN report said one country, which it did not identify, assessed that North Korea “may seek to further develop miniaturization in order to allow incorporation of technological improvements such as penetration aid packages or, potentially, to develop multiple warhead systems.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf Recognizes State Employees, Proclaims May 10 “State Employee Recognition Day”

first_img Government That Works, ?Press Release, ?Proclamations Harrisburg, PA – In honor of the contributions of state employees to Pennsylvania and its residents, Governor Tom Wolf proclaimed today, May 10, as ‘State Employee Recognition Day.’“Today, we thank our family members, friends and neighbors who have chosen careers in public service to our commonwealth,” Governor Wolf said. “We are proud of the work they do and the positive impact they have on the quality of life of our citizens.”Governor Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf greeted hundreds of state employees outside the Capitol Building in Harrisburg last evening during an event to thank them for their service.In his proclamation, Wolf gives examples of the many duties state employees fulfill, such as protecting public safety and health, caring for the less fortunate, maintaining safe roads, enforcing laws, safeguarding the environment, licensing professionals and businesses, preserving our historical, natural and cultural resources.The governor also praised state employees for their generosity through the annual State Employee Combined Appeal (SECA), which raises over $3 million for charitable organizations each year.“State employees are at the heart of government that works,” said Wolf. “Through our GO-TIME initiative, we are gathering ideas from employees and giving them the tools they need to improve how work gets done and save millions of dollars for taxpayers.”PROCLAMATIONSTATE EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION DAY May 10, 2017WHEREAS, commonwealth employees are dedicated public servants who perform their jobs with professionalism, compassion, and pride; andWHEREAS, commonwealth employees are responsible for protecting public safety and health, caring for the less fortunate, enforcing laws, safeguarding the environment, building and maintaining roads, promoting economic growth, licensing professionals and businesses, preserving our historical and cultural resources; andWHEREAS, millions of Pennsylvanians benefit from the services provided each day by Commonwealth employees; andWHEREAS, commonwealth employees support Government that Works in Pennsylvania by serving as responsible stewards of taxpayer funds and joining in efforts to improve operations and enhance service delivery throughout state agencies; andWHEREAS, many commonwealth employees support the well-being of their communities through acts of volunteerism and charity, including contributing millions of dollars to nearly one thousand worthwhile organizations through the State Employee Combined Appeal (SECA) and donating hundreds of gifts to families and seniors through the Holiday Wish Program; andWHEREAS, the Governor’s Awards for Excellence program recognizes commonwealth employees for exemplary job performance or service that reflects initiative, leadership, innovation and increased efficiency; andWHEREAS, on behalf of all Pennsylvanians, it is with great pride that I recognize the contributions of Commonwealth employees as part of national public employee appreciation efforts during the week of May 7-13.THEREFORE, I, Tom Wolf, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, do hereby proclaim May 10, 2017 as STATE EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION DAY in Pennsylvania and I encourage all citizens to express gratitude to our state employees for their dedication to public service.TOM WOLFGovernorRead full text of the letter below. You can also view the letter on Scribd and as a PDF.Governor Wolf Proclamation — State Employee Recognition Day, 2017 by Governor Tom Wolf on Scribd May 10, 2017 Governor Wolf Recognizes State Employees, Proclaims May 10 “State Employee Recognition Day”center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Queensland farmland values rise by more than 10 per cent

first_imgMan in the paddockTHE median value of Queensland farmland jumped an astonishing 10.3 per cent in 2016, according to Rural Bank’s new Australian Farmland Values report.The findings underline the strength of Queensland farmland value and shows the average annual median price of the state’s farmland has increased on average by 6.3 per cent per annum over the last 20 years. While the estimated number of farmland transactions in 2016 decreased slightly compared to 2015, the area of farmland traded in 2016 surged by an astounding 43.5 per cent year-on-year. In 2016, a total of 7.95 million hectares of farmland was traded in Queensland at a total value of approximately $2.14 billion. The report features a comprehensive analysis of Australian farmland property values and key national, state and regional trends such as commodity prices, climatic conditions and other sectoral factors, lending rates and the broader investment environment.Produced by Rural Bank’s specialist market insights division Ag Answers, the report is based on real farm sales since 1995 and draws on more than 230,000 transactions, accounting for 278 million hectares of land with a combined value of $132 billion.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Rural Bank Regional Manager Agribusiness, John Ellwood, said that despite the decrease in the volume of transactions recorded in 2016, demand for farmland in Queensland remains very high. “The transaction numbers recorded in 2016 don’t reflect the fact that land, notably quality pastoral land, is coveted in Queensland, particularly in the state’s north,” Mr Ellwood said.“For example, the median price for North Queensland increased by 14.8 per cent in 2016, taking the five year average annual price growth for the region to 4.9 per cent. “Many land owners are in a position where they not only want to hold onto their existing land but also want to expand it. “This is especially true in the case of livestock producers who have reaped the benefits of positive seasonal conditions as well as strong cattle and sheep prices. Looking ahead, Mr Ellwood said 2017 is likely to follow the same trend as 2016. “With low summer rainfall and hot conditions, Queensland has had a tough start to 2017 and as a result, we expect sales activity to remain relatively flat for the first half of the year at least,” he said.“However, the outlook remains positive for livestock producers in particular, especially given the recent trend in prices for cattle and sheep. Consequently, we think it’s likely land value will continue to grow in 2017.”last_img read more

Equinor Starts-Up Mariner Field

first_imgEquinor has achieved first oil from the Mariner field in the UK North Sea .The field is expected to produce more than 300 million barrels of oil over the next 30 years.“The start-up of Mariner, the first Equinor-operated oil field on the UKCS, establishes our foothold in the UK and reinforces our commitment to be a long-term energy partner,” said Hedda Felin, senior vice president for UK and Ireland Offshore in Equinor.The Mariner reservoirs have up to 3 billion barrels of oil in place, a 50% increase on what was originally assumed, and the estimated recovery rate has already been increased by 20 percent.Mariner is expected to produce annual average plateau rates of around 55,000 barrels of oil per day and up to 70,000 barrels of oil per day at peak production.“By gathering and interpreting new seismic data we have improved our understanding of the reservoirs. This has resulted in fewer and better placed wells and increased resources since the project was sanctioned in 2012. With the significant volumes in place, we see clear potential to further increase the oil recovery from the Mariner field and will proactively seek opportunities to do so through the application of new technology, additional drilling and future tie back opportunities,” said Anders Opedal, executive vice president for Technology, Projects and Drilling in Equinor.Mariner is one of the largest industrial projects in the UK in recent years. A gross investment of more than $7.7 billion, the development will support more than 700 long term jobs and generate significant revenue in the supply chain for decades to come. Contracts worth more than $1.3 billion have been awarded to UK suppliers since the project started.“With the start -up of Mariner, we have delivered one of the most complex developments in the North Sea and Equinor’s portfolio. We will continue to apply digital solutions and new technology to deliver safe and efficient operations and optimize production,” said Opedal.Digital solutions include automated drilling, digital twin, field worker tools, and digitized logistics to support operational and field maintenance planning.“Many have played a part in bringing Mariner onstream safely including our partners, contractors and suppliers, and we are grateful for their important contributions,” Felin added.last_img read more

Ministry of Health leading depression awareness campaign

first_img Sharing is caring! 181 Views ? no discussions Share HealthLifestyleLocalNews Ministry of Health leading depression awareness campaign by: Dominica Vibes News – April 20, 2017 Tweetcenter_img Young man with hands clasped together (Photo credit: Numina Counselling)The Ministry of Health and the Environment is leading a campaign aimed at getting people who suffer from depression, to seek and get help.This campaign follows the observance of World Health Day on 7 April 2017 under the theme ‘Depression: Let’s Talk’ as part of a year-long campaign by the World Health Organization (WHO).According to the American Psychiatric Association, depression is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think, and how you act. Depression, which is treatable, causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home.Health Educator Trisha Scotland, who was a guest on Vibes Radio’s Sunny Side Up program on Wednesday 19 April 2017, noted that the most important part of the campaign is to get people to talk about depression, because there is a stigma and fear associated with being depressed and even seeking help for depression. Depression symptoms can vary from mild to severe and can include: Feeling sad or having a depressed mood, Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed, Changes in appetite, Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much, Loss of energy or increased fatigue, Difficulty thinking, concentrating or making decisions and Thoughts of death or suicide.Scotland stated that depression, which is a as a public health concern, is now on the rise, and has the potential to become a major health issue because it affects people from all walks of life. The American Psychiatric Association’s statistics indicates that depression affects an estimated one in 15 adults (6.7%) in any given year. And one in six people (16.6%) will experience depression at some time in their life. Depression can strike at any time, but on average, first appears during the late teens to mid-20s. Women are more likely than men to experience depression. “According to the most recent statistics from the WHO, we have three hundred million people worldwide who suffer from depression. This is showing you how big of a problem this is. It also shows that based on the figure that was collected, that there was actually an increase of eighteen percent from 2005 to 2015 which was just two years ago,” Scotland stated. Although depression is treatable, Scotland informed that many people are afraid to seek help. She noted that people from all age groups suffer from depression depending on their situations, including post-partum mothers, retired elderly persons, and teenagers who are suicidal based on certain circumstances. “I just want to make a call to action in terms of depression, because a lot of people, they might experience extreme sadness, but they might have a fear in terms of going to get the help that they need,” she further stated. Share Sharelast_img read more

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