U.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 US
18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr What you think about your brand doesn’t matter, it’s what your members think, marketing guru Scott Stratten, told credit union marketers at CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council Conference.Branding is not your logo. Branding is what you do every day, said Stratten, president of Un-marketing.“You’re branding constantly,” Stratten said during a rousing keynote on the last day of the conference in Anaheim, Calif.That means every interaction with a member in the branch, conversation at a community event, or fielding complaints.“There is never a neutral interaction with your credit union. It is either up or down,” Stratten said.Some key concepts from Stratten’s talk included: continue reading »
Batesville, In. — Indiana residents are still encouraged to watch out for farming equipment when traveling on the roads this harvest season.Ninety-two farm equipment vehicles (not including trucks) were involved in fatal crashes in the United States in 2016, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.To help keep motorists safe, Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Indiana State Policeand Indiana Department of Transportation ask drivers to be alert, patient and responsible when on the road.They also encourage Indiana residents to avoid tailgating farming equipment, watch for wide vehicles and only pass large, slow-moving machinery when in a passing area.For more tips to keep you and your family safe this harvest season, click here
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 Association
As the USC women’s basketball team prepares to host rival UCLA on Sunday, one statistic has the team’s attention.The winner will take over sole possession of third place in the Pac-10 Conference.Ready · Senior guard Heather Oliver anticipates a tough game. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan “This is more than just a rivalry game,” sophomore guard Ashley Corral said. “Whoever wins this game moves ahead of the other [in the conference standings].”That doesn’t mean the Women of Troy (9-6, 3-1) are discounting the importance of beating their crosstown rival. Even newcomers like first-year coach Michael Cooper are well aware of how heated the rivalry can be.“We almost don’t need to win another game if we beat UCLA,” Cooper quipped. “It’s going to be a big game.”Corral, a Washington native, said she learned what the rivalry truly meant once she stepped foot on campus.“As soon as you get to USC you realize the rivalry,” Corral said. “I’ve never been a Bruins fans. I don’t ever plan on being one.”Beating UCLA will be no easy task for the Women of Troy. UCLA (10-5, 3-1) took No. 2 Stanford to the wire last weekend before losing 65-61. By comparison, USC lost to the Cardinal earlier this season by 20 points.“It’s going to be a tough game,” senior guard Heather Oliver said. “They came really close to Stanford last weekend.”Cooper said one of his challenges over the past week has been keeping his team on an even keel.“We don’t want to get too hyped up for [the game],” he said. “But we also don’t want to be too low.”Another challenge for the Women of Troy will be the physicality of UCLA. Cooper said that the Bruins, while not a particularly tall team, have a lot of girth down low. Still, he expects his players to hold their own in the paint.“We’ve been undersized against everyone and we’ve overcome that all season long,” he said.One area where USC should have an advantage is at the end of the game. If the score is close late, count on the Women of Troy coming out on top. USC has won all three of its conference games this season by four points or less.“We’re starting to realize what it takes to win games,” Oliver said. “We learned a lot from last year when we lost a lot of close games. Now we’re relaxed.”The Women of Troy will need to bottle up some of that experience for what should be a tightly contested game.Tip off is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.