U.S. national lab says floating solar could generate 10% of country’s electricity

first_imgU.S. national lab says floating solar could generate 10% of country’s electricity FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Tech:The US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has evaluated the potential for floating solar (FPV) across the US in a new study, notably highlighting its benefits on water reservoirs in arid regions as well as alongside hydroelectric facilities.The US may have claimed the first FPV installation around a decade ago on an irrigation pond in Napa Valley, California but few projects have materialised since. China and Japan have lead FPV installations, while demand is expected to increase across South East Asia and Europe, due to announced projects.According to NREL researchers, FPV projects across more than 24,000 man-made US reservoirs could generate around 10% of US annual electricity production, which would reduce the land requirements for conventional ground mount PV power plants by at least 2.1 million hectares.NREL noted that its study had intentionally been conservative in its findings, due to the relative underdevelopment of FPV technology and overall global installations.“In the United States, it’s been a niche application; where in other places, it’s really been a necessity,” said Jordan Macknick, the lead energy-water-land analyst for NREL and principal investigator of the project that produced the paper “Floating PV: Assessing the Technical Potential of Photovoltaic Systems on Man-Made Water Bodies in the Continental U.S. “We’re expecting it to take off in the United States, especially in areas that are land-constrained and where there’s a major conflict between solar encroaching on farmland.More: NREL evaluates floating solar technology potential in USlast_img read more

Colombian Soldier Landmine Injuries Treated At Bogotá Hospital

first_img BOGOTÁ — Soldiers stretch on the parade grounds and playing field of the Escuela de Ingenieros Militares as if preparing for a sporting event. Lighthearted banter fills the Bogotá morning air. But despite appearances, serious work has begun: these are military personnel who have been injured and, in many cases, severely maimed by landmines. All but one of Colombia’s 32 departments are cursed with landmines, and at Bogota’s Centro de Rehabilitacion del Ejercito (CRE), everyone is all too aware of the damage and suffering wrought by these instruments of war. The clinic, officially known as the Batallón de Sanidad, serves as an office and rehabilitation center and is manned by doctors, therapists, social workers, orthopedic surgeons, psychiatrists and physiotherapists. All these health professionals are here to attend to those wounded by homemade landmines that plague Colombia’s rural areas. No single armed group in Colombia is solely responsible for these artisanal “quiebrapatas” or leg breakers, constructed from deadly explosives and hidden in ordinary household containers like plastic bottles and bags to waterproof them. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the National Liberation Army (ELN) and the paramilitaries typically use the same approach: place these booby-trapped devices to inflict as many casualties as possible, chasing villagers from strategic positions. In many cases, landmines have been hidden on or near paths leading to a town’s water source. Now, the Colombian Army’s Engineering Division – and the “Coronel Gabino Gutiérrez” Battalion in particular, which is dedicated to demining secured towns and rural areas – has taken on the role of “humanitarian demining.” But there still is much work to do. This year, Cadena’s team hopes to finish demining the towns of Zambrano in Bolivar, Carmen de Chucuri in Santander and Granada in Antioquía. Overall, 72 municipalities in 12 departments across Colombia have been given priority for this project. The key, said Cadena, is that each of these towns receiving humanitarian aid from military engineers must promise to reactivate the local economy. For example, Granada — in the department of Antioquía — is located just eight miles from the main highway linking Bogotá and Medellín. Due to Granada’s precarious situation, this short trip over mountainous terrain used to take six hours. Now, says Cadena, “it can be done in 40 minutes.” Antioquia is relatively accessible compared to the other Colombian departments most affected by mines – Putumayo, Cauca, Caqueta, Nariño, Meta and Norte de Santander. Virtually all of Colombia’s landmines are found in these mountainous, rural areas. The complexities of the civil conflict and the topography make the military engineers’ jobs particularly tough. And three years of heavy rains have triggered landslides throughout Colombia, displacing landmines and shifting their positions significantly. San Carlos is a success story Demining process continues in earnest While spirits are high here around the sports field, and those soldiers fortunate enough to have survived landmine explosions are under constant supervision, Ortiz observes that “each exploded mine, in general, represents one death and one injured.” And this is where Maj. Sara Reyes takes over as the leading physician in charge of rehabilitation here in Bogotá. As a veteran doctor with 14 years of military experience under her belt, the major has pretty much seen everything. “The issue with landmine victims is that this is an injury with massive impact but — over time and after rehabilitation — one which causes the least limitations in the victim’s lifestyle. Most of our soldiers injured by landmines who arrive here are between 16 and 29 years old, and this gives them far more opportunity to recuperate well.” So far this year, Reyes has treated 56 amputation cases; that compares to 274 cases in 2011. “A soldier’s recuperation owes a great deal to his or her personality and desire,” she said. “If that soldier does not have the emotional capacity or willpower, we cannot progress.” Interesting article, but I would like to get something straight: all the images that are shown here, were taken in the Health Battalion of the National Army, not at the Military Hospital. Thanks a lot. You are all so cute, killing yourselves for our peace. This ambitious effort differs from conventional military practice in that three steps take place before demining begins, said Col. Carlos Ivan Cadena Montenegro, commanding officer in charge of the humanitarian demining division. “In March 2011 we were able to completely rid perhaps one of Colombia’s most violent towns — San Carlos, Antioquía — of landmines,” he said. “It was the first town to achieve this status in Colombia. First, the town had been secured from all aggressors. In the case of San Carlos, the local FARC militia had demobilized, permitting us access. Second, the municipality requested our help, and third, we can ensure there will be no further conflict in this town.” San Carlos was an extreme situation, he said, passed back and forth between FARC guerrillas, ELN rebels and then various paramilitaries over the years. Even the town’s central plaza – just 67 miles from the bustling city of Medellin, and neighboring the popular weekend destination and resort town of Guatape – had to be demined. “We were able to secure the return of 2,500 displaced families to San Carlos, a total of 10,000 people driven from their homes,” Cadena said. center_img The Presidential Program for Comprehensive Action Against Antipersonnel Mines (PAICMA) estimates that 65 per cent of all municipalities in the country are affected by landmines. And at least 9,884 soldiers and civilians have been victimized by landmines since 1990, according to PAICMA – including 2,204 in Antioquía alone. At least 1,065 Colombians were killed or maimed in 2005 by stepping on mines — more than either Afghanistan or Cambodia, countries that have been ravaged by civil war. FARC, ELN and other violent groups have planted more than an estimated 100,000 explosive devices to protect cocaine crops. Many soldiers stationed in troubled areas and subsequently injured by landmines end up in the CRE’s Batallon de Sanidad in Bogotá. Col. Javier Ignacio Ortíz Rozo, the commanding officer in charge of the Batallon de Sanidad, is a much sought-after man. All medical staff and wounded servicemen here report to him. “The degree of rehabilitation required depends wholly on the amputation and the soldier’s state of mind,” said Ortíz, who deals not only with amputees from landmines but also victims of leishmaniasis and post-traumatic stress disorder. “On average, most servicemen stay here for six months before they are well enough to leave. We treat between 230 and 250 soldiers annually who have been injured by landmines.” Ortíz’s job is no easy task and not one he can leave behind at the base when he goes home each evening. “I have to treat each person the same as I would anyone else, amputee or not,” he said. “If I don’t force them to get up out of their wheelchair and engage in rehabilitation, they will never succeed.” PAICMA: Nearly 10,000 landmine victims since 1990 By Dialogo June 18, 2012 Attitude is everything when it comes to recovery last_img read more

This week: NAFCU celebrates 50 years, in Hawaii; TCPA, patent hearings ahead

first_imgNAFCU this week is celebrating its 50th anniversary with credit unions during its Annual Conference and Solutions Expo in Honolulu. The association will also be monitoring hearings reviewing lawsuit abuse related to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and patents, and a mark-up of flood insurance legislation.NAFCU’s Annual Conference kicks off on Tuesday and runs through Friday. For live updates on the conference, follow NAFCU Today and Twitter with #NAFCUAnnual.The House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice on Tuesday will review lawsuit abuse in connection with the TCPA. NAFCU has repeatedly shared with Congress and the Federal Communications Commission how the interpretation of the TCPA makes it more difficult for credit unions to contact members about potentially fraudulent activity, identity theft and data breaches.Also on Tuesday, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet will examine a recent Supreme Court decision that now limits patent holders’ ability to concentrate their infringement lawsuits in plaintiff-friendly jurisdictions. NAFCU said this decision is a win for credit unions because it will now be harder for patent trolls to come after them with frivolous claims. continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

HGK TPV: In 2018, the preparation of the basis for the new Croatian Tourism Development Strategy should begin

first_imgYesterday, the 4th session of the Tourist Business Council at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce was held in Zagreb, at which the current year was analyzed, as well as the expectations from the tourist year 2018.In the first nine months of 2017, there were 18,1 million arrivals and over 100 million overnight stays in Croatia, and despite the fact that this number includes commercial and non-commercial overnight stays, this is a great result, said the director of the Sector for Market Research and Strategic Planning at CNTB. in Igor Borojević and added that more than 85 percent of the turnover was realized in commercial accommodation, 12 in non-commercial, and 3 percent in nautical. “December will also be good, due to well-established Advent programs. Virtually all of our traditional markets have brought highly positive arrival and overnight numbers, except for Italy. The strongest growth was recorded by family accommodation with 20 percent more arrivals and 15 percent more overnight stays, hotels grew by 8,8 and 5,6 percent, and camps at similar rates”, Borojevic points out.Secretary General of the Ministry of Tourism Ivo Bašić congratulated everyone on the good tourism results and stressed that the results this year and plans for next indicate the fulfillment of 4 strategic goals of the Croatian Tourism Development Strategy, ie investment growth, new employment, accommodation quality and changes in structure the same and increase revenue. He additionally pointed out that in 2018, the preparation of the basis for the new Strategy for the Development of Croatian Tourism for the period from 2020 should begin.”The tourist year 2017 was a good one, and I am extremely glad that some of the measures were launched for 2018 as a result of the activities of the Tourist Business Council, which pointed to key issues burdensome for the entire tourism sector. In 2018, it is necessary to continue with activities aimed at solving key problems of the sector, primarily the high tax burden with emphasis on VAT on accommodation and catering, further solving the problem of labor shortage, enacting the necessary new legislation based on proposals and needs of the profession and the issue of environmental protection as our most competitive advantage“Concluded the President of the Tourist Business Council at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (TPV) Franco Palma at the 4th session of the TPV.last_img read more

‘Wherever Mourinho goes he wins trophies, that’s a fact’ – Rose

first_img Promoted ContentHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksTarantino’s Latest Effort Will Probably Be His Best To DateThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too Far9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Disney Characters Who Would Make Great Role Models “It’s no different with the manager now. He’s a serial winner. Wherever he goes he wins trophies, that’s a fact. “Whatever team he puts out [against Boro] will be a team he fully expects to win and it’s obvious the FA Cup is something he has an eye on. “The top four is harder now but when [Mourinho] took over we were 12 points behind [Chelsea] and we got it to three. We maybe took one step back but we have shown we can close the gap.” Spurs’ “step back” came in their last Premier League outing when they suffered a disappointing 1-0 defeat to table-topping Liverpool. Mourinho’s side had their chances in that game, with Rose looking to take positives from it heading into an important run of fixtures across multiple competitions. The England international left-back added: “It felt like one of the better performances we had over the Christmas period. Everyone’s gutted that we weren’t clinical enough to take one of our chances. “What hurts the most was that it was just a case of a lack of concentration from a throw-in. We managed to sort of control their world-class front three.” Read Also:Mourinho: I’m Not Jealous Of Man City, Liverpool While Tottenham did a decent job of containing Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, the latter did net the only goal of the game to keep Spurs eighth in the table and nine points adrift of the top four. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Jose Mourinho wins trophies “wherever he goes”, says Danny Rose, with the Portuguese expected to have Tottenham as serious challengers for the FA Cup in 2020. Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho Spurs stumbled at the first hurdle in that competition this season, with a third-round replay due to be taken in with Middlesbrough on Tuesday. Edging past Championship opposition in north London would keep them in the hunt for major silverware, with Southampton waiting at the next stage. Mourinho is expected to prioritise domestic cup glory, with the former Chelsea and Manchester United boss having fared admirably in knockout tournaments before. His CV is littered with major silverware and he was appointed as successor to Mauricio Pochettino with the intention of delivering long-awaited success for Spurs. Rose believes the 56-year-old will end a barren run, but says Tottenham’s mindset has not changed despite former manager Pochettino having previously been quoted as saying that the Premier League title and Champions League are the only “real trophies”. “I’m not sure that Mauricio did [prioritise the League and Champions League],” Rose said. “Whoever we played, Mauricio wanted to win. Whatever team he put out, he fully believed that team could win.last_img read more

Morrison progress pleases Allardyce

first_img The 20-year-old was one of the stars of United’s fabled youth system but was limited to just three first-team outings for the Red Devils as his life off of the field began to overshadow his undoubted talent on it. A thirst for first-team involvement saw Morrison move to Upton Park and, after a season on loan at Birmingham last year, the precocious talent has started to show through in the Barclays Premier League. West Ham boss Sam Allardyce believes he signed a boy in former Manchester United teenager Ravel Morrison but that the midfielder will return to Old Trafford on Saturday as a man. Morrison is West Ham’s top goalscorer this season with five and Allardyce feels the player has developed so much over a short period of time that he will be completely different when he lines up against United for the first time on Saturday. “Sir Alex (Ferguson) let Ravel go for his own benefit,” he said. “He (Ferguson) said that if he comes down to you hopefully he will find a new life and a new way of living. “His ability will then start to come through because all he asks and all he wants in his life is to play first-team football, that was all he said he wanted to do and why he wanted to leave. “In actual fact he struggled to look like he was capable of playing football in the first team with us. That’s why we sent him on loan to Birmingham and I thought since that year he’s grown up. “Somewhere along the line the lad has woken up and I think he’s changed himself and delivered.” Allardyce admitted it was Ferguson’s expectation of the player Morrison could become that was the simple deciding factor on his striking a deal to take the player to east London. “Fergie told me about his talent and that was it,” he said. “That’s enough for me. (Ferguson said) “If you can sort this lad out, Sam, you’ll have one of the best players you’ve ever had”. I don’t need anything more than that do I?” Morrison has been a shining light in an underwhelming season so far for West Ham, who will be hoping Wednesday’s 2-1 Capital One Cup quarter-final success at Tottenham can kick-start their league campaign. But even Morrison has off days and Allardyce is keen to keep him focused and unlock the match-winning potential as often as possible, with a warning that he should not try and steal the show against his former club. “The expectation becomes “will it come every single week” and that can’t really happen at such a young age,” Allardyce added. “It’s nice if it does. We’ve got to manage the situation and just try and keep encouraging him. “I think from our point of view, if he gets selected for Old Trafford on Saturday, that the real message from me to him would be to try and get a result as a team and play one of your top performances in a team situation when you would help to get us that result by using your abilities in a team performance. “When you’ve got his ability there is going to be the temptation to go out and show “look at me” I think and I have to try and guard and avoid that situation.” Morrison is likely to feature after starting on the bench against Spurs and, with captain Kevin Nolan still suspended – and a host of other first-team players sidelined or working back to full fitness – Allardyce is limited in terms of options. Press Associationlast_img read more

Lennon helps Toffees bounce back

first_img The defeat is QPR’s fifth in a row since Chris Ramsey was confirmed as permanent manager just over a month ago and it places added importance on their next two matches away to fellow strugglers West Brom and Aston Villa. Everton, who bowed out of the Europa League to Dynamo Kiev on Thursday, may start looking up the table as two consecutive league victories, combined with a kind looking run-in, should see Roberto Martinez’s side avoid a nail-biting relegation scrap. Rangers set their stall out early with a number of long balls into the away side’s penalty area and the direct approach caused problems as Bobby Zamora, Nedum Onuoha and Charlie Austin all went close. Everton came through a bruising opening quarter unscathed, however, and in the 18th minute the visitors opened the scoring with their first meaningful attack. Arouna Kone’s cut-back arrived at the feet of Leon Osman who, turning down the chance to shoot, played right to Coleman and the full-back’s guided finish flew into the net off the far post. Undeterred, Rangers continued to float balls up for Zamora, but they wouldn’t drop for the striker, whose only clear-cut chance came from an Austin cross shortly after the half-hour and he failed to connect with the header. The start of the second half brought no respite for Everton, who had the linesman’s flag to thank when Junior Hoilett’s bending effort hit the bar and Zamora eventually bundled home the rebound. The visitors, unable to impose their usual possession game, dropped deeper and deeper into their own area and in the 64th minute, Rangers found the breakthrough. Press Association Aaron Lennon scored a late winner as Everton beat QPR 2-1 to move nine points clear of the relegation zone and deal a heavy blow to Rangers’ own hopes of survival. Seamus Coleman’s excellent finish put Everton ahead against the run of play in the first half before substitute Eduardo Vargas slammed home a Rangers equaliser shortly after the hour. The hosts piled forward in search of a winner but Lennon provided a sucker-punch 13 minutes from time with his first goal for the Toffees to give Everton a much-needed victory that leaves Rangers four points adrift of safety. Everton failed to clear Joey Barton’s corner and in the ensuing chaos the ball ended up with Vargas, who thrashed the ball into the roof of the net from close range. The hosts could have made it two soon after when Zamora broke free of Phil Jagielka but with only the keeper to beat, the Rangers striker blazed over. The missed opportunity would prove costly as the Toffees restored their advantage in the 77th minute. Coleman’s cross was half-cleared by Onuoha under pressure from Kone, but the ball fell straight to Lennon who side-footed home for his first goal in an Everton shirt. The goal seemed to knock the stuffing out of Rangers but there was still one final chance in injury-time as a long ball up-field spilled out to Adel Taarabt. The Moroccan ‘s shot look destined for the far corner but instead it clipped the bar and sailed over to send the home supporters away deflated again. last_img read more

Monaco captain not surprised by Anthony Martial’s start for Manchester United

first_imgAnthony Martial has made a remarkable start to life in the Barclays Premier League, but neither Monaco captain Jeremy Toulalan nor manager Leonardo Jardim have been surprised by the Manchester United striker’s early success. Louis van Gaal’s United forked out an eye-watering amount at the end of the transfer window to coax the 19-year-old from the principality. Monaco could end up receiving as much as £58million for the striker, but becoming the most expensive teenager of all time appears to have added little pressure on Martial. A remarkable solo debut effort against Liverpool has been followed up by several more impressive displays, taking his tally to four goals in six matches. Martial’s immediate success has shocked many onlookers, but not his former captain at Monaco. “No, it is not a surprise for me,” Toulalan said when asked by Press Association Sport. “Anthony has got a lot of qualities. “He is a good man and he will have a lot of success in Manchester. “For Anthony, to be honest, it was difficult to refuse an offer like this. I am happy for him, he plays well at Manchester United.” Martial moved to the principality from Lyon in 2013, making 70 appearances and scoring 15 goals for Monaco before heading to Old Trafford. Jardim, like Toulalan, completely understood the striker’s desire to move on and has not been surprised by the way he has begun life at United. “Anthony is a young, very good player,” the Monaco boss said on the eve of the Europa League tie with Tottenham. “Last year he played bad in the beginning of the season and after worked a lot physically and mentally. “When you work in a club like Monaco with good methods and a good team, it is easy to improve and to go to a big European club.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

John Wallace to have his No. 44 jersey retired in February 2020

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Former Syracuse All-American John Wallace will have his No. 44 jersey retired, SU Athletics announced Monday afternoon. The official ceremony is schedule for Feb. 29, 2020.“John was one of the most important recruits we signed during my time as head coach,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said in a press release. “He was a high-profile player from the Rochester area who had a great impact on our program. He is very deserving of this honor. John’s jersey definitely fits with the others we have retired.”Wallace finished his Syracuse career third in both points (2,119) and rebounds (1,065) in SU history. In his senior year, the Rochester native averaged 22.2 points and 8.7 rebounds per game, leading Syracuse to the NCAA title game where it fell 76-67 to Kentucky. Wallace was drafted No. 18 overall by the New York Knicks in the 1996 NBA draft and played seven professional seasons for five NBA teams.Wallace will be one of 14 players with a retired SU jersey number, joining Carmelo Anthony, Dave Bing, Lawrence Moten, among others.This post will be updated with additional reportingAdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on October 21, 2019 at 8:13 pm Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcClearylast_img read more

Golf world rankings released

first_imgJason Day is still the world number one. Dustin Johnson remains number two in the latest golf rankings after his victory at the BMW Championship. The American bettered Tiger Woods’ 72-hole record at Crooked Stick to post a three-shot win over Paul Casey. Rory McIlroy stays third in the world, despite finishing a full 20-shots adrift of Johnson in Indiana. last_img