Half-time: Bolton 0 Brentford 0

first_imgAlan Judge missed the best chance of the first half as Brentford looked the better side in Neil Lennon’s first home game as Bolton manager.Bees midfielder Judge dragged a shot wide of the target after Moses Odubajo had beaten his man and crossed from the right.Alex Pritchard has been lively for Brentford but also missed a good chance to put them ahead.A nice move on 20 minutes culminated in Jota finding the on-loan Tottenham midfielder, who fired straight at Bolton keeper Andy Lonergan from 10 yards out.Jota had an effort saved in the opening couple of minutes, while David Button saved from Bolton’s Darren Pratley, who also sent a shot wide.And in the final seconds of the half, Judge had a shot tipped away by Lonergan and Jake Bidwell headed over from the resulting corner.Harlee Dean kept his place alongside Tony Craig at centre-back for Brentford – who have drawn their last two matches 0-0 – despite James Tarkowski being available again after suspension.Tarkowski is on the Bees bench along with fit-again duo Tommy Smith and Nico Yennaris. Brentford: Button, McCormack, Dean, Craig, Bidwell, Douglas, Odubajo, Pritchard, Judge, Jota, Gray. Subs: Bonham, Toral, Diagouraga,Tarkowski, Smith, Yennaris, Proschwitz.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

South Africa wins investment awards

first_img15 April 2016South Africa won two investment awards at the second Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Ministerial Economic and Business Conference, held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), on 12 April.The IORA conference formed part of the Annual Investor Meeting (AIM) hosted by UAE Vice President Sheik Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. AIM focuses on foreign direct investment (FDI) attractiveness, best practice, global hot spots and future FDI destinations, particularly for emerging economies.Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Mzwandile Masina accepted the two awards, presented by UAE Minister of Economy Saeed Al Mansoori. The awards included a runner-up prize from AIM for the best investment project facilitated in the Southern African region.That project is the R350-million Mpact PET recycling project, launched this month in Wadeville, Gauteng, that recycles polyethylene terephthalate plastics.The second award was a third place for InvestSA as best investment agency in the IORA, an international organisation consisting of coastal states bordering the Indian Ocean, including India, Australia and various Middle Eastern states.Tripartite in nature, the organisation unites representatives of government, business and academia to promote co-operation and closer interaction between the countries in the region.The main principle of IORA is seeking a more open regionalism in order to strengthen economic co-operation, trade facilitation, as well as investment and social development between the 20 member countries and seven non-Indian Ocean dialogue members, including China, the US and UK. The IORA headquarters is in Ebene, [email protected] @AIM_Congress #UAE hosts the 2nd IORA Ministerial Economic & Business Conference pic.twitter.com/9tn8EGt1lZ— UAE TradeOfficeIndia (@UAETradeOffice) April 12, 2016It is the second year that the awards have been presented, with this year’s focus on small and medium enterprises (SME) and finding investment opportunities in innovation.Masina says the recognition from IORA was a vote of confidence in South Africa as an investment destination, as well as a boost for InvestSA’s mission to improve the South African investment climate through the fast-tracking, unblocking and reduction of bureaucratic obstacles to build relationships between foreign and local businesses.“These investment awards are evident that our investment division, Invest South Africa, can compete, is right there with the best and is capable of facilitating large-scale projects. Winning two investment awards demonstrate that the government remains hard at work and will continue to make South Africa an attractive destination.”Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more

What’s Driving the Cost of Residential Solar-Plus-Storage?

first_img RELATED ARTICLES On-Site Storage Is the Great EqualizerBatteries for Off-Grid HomesTesla Will Sell Home Batteries Are Solar-Plus-Battery Systems Coming to a Neighborhood Near You? Will a Merged Tesla-SolarCity Put a Solar-Powered Battery in Every Home? A path forwardWhile PV-plus-storage system costs continue to decline, they still remain relatively high for many residential uses on account of soft costs related to permitting and regulatory barriers. However, as utilities and permitting jurisdictions gain familiarity with residential storage systems, we anticipate that the residential storage market will grow at an increasing rate in the U.S.The work presented in this paper is an important step to help technology manufacturers, installers, and other stakeholders identify cost-reduction opportunities while also informing decision makers about regulatory, policy, and market characteristics that impede solar-plus-storage deployment. Technology costs are changing rapidly, and this cost benchmarking lays the foundation for ongoing tracking of improvements in real-world systems. The findings showed that declining costs for such systems, combined with retail price hikes for grid electricity, would make grid-connected solar-plus-battery systems economically optimal for customers in many parts of the country by 2030. Furthermore, solar-plus-battery systems can offer other important benefits to customers, such as backup power for critical loads in the event of a grid outage and cost savings via peak-demand shaving and time-of-use shifting. However, at the time, RMI’s study did not detail the exact nature of energy storage costs. By KRISTEN ARDANI and DAVID LABRADORThe residential solar-plus-storage market has certainly received a lot of attention in recent months. With the release of new, lower-cost products and implementation of utility time-of-use and demand-charge rate structures, the overall economics of photovoltaics (PV)-plus-storage systems continue to improve — but questions remain as to what’s ultimately needed to achieve widespread deployment.To better understand this market evolution, Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) explored the services and value that battery energy storage can provide, and is collaborating with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on further research that examines the costs — and value — of PV-plus-storage systems.The first in a planned series of reports on this topic, Installed Cost Benchmarks and Deployment Barriers for Residential Solar Photovoltaics with Energy Storage: Q1 2016, provides the most detailed component- and system-level cost breakdowns for residential PV-plus-storage systems to date and quantifies previously unknown soft costs for the first time. The report also shares insights on market barriers to adoption. All economic viability is localThe component-level breakdown shows that hardware costs constitute just half the total price of the small-battery system and roughly 60% of the large-battery resiliency system. And the rest of the costs depend on where the system is installed: locality-specific costs and processes like permitting, interconnection, net metering, and fire codes can vary widely, affecting not only project costs but project timelines as well.Some of the biggest variables affecting the financial viability of grid-connected solar-plus-storage projects are the local utility rates, incentives, and ancillary benefit valuations. Often, the utility rate structure (e.g., whether it uses peak-demand pricing, time-of-use rates, and the like) is the primary factor determining the financial viability of adding storage to a PV system.center_img Getting down to casesApplying these methods, we looked at two primary cases: one that we refer to as the small-battery (3-kW/6-kWh) case, and another that we refer to as the large-battery (5-kW/20-kWh) case. For each, we test sensitivities around two sets of alternatives: DC- or AC-coupling configurations, and retrofit or new installations. The distinction between DC and AC coupling determines whether the battery stores power directly from the PV panels or first converts it to AC power, which allows AC charging from both the PV panels and the grid.The small-battery case is designed for a typical customer’s self-consumption of electricity, including peak-demand shaving and time-of-use shifting, whereas the large-battery case is designed to support greater backup energy requirements for improved resiliency to outages.Here’s what we found: the benchmarked price of the small-battery case — which uses a 5.6-kW PV array and a 3-kW/6-kWh lithium-ion battery — is about twice as high as the price of a stand-alone, grid-connected 5.6-kW PV system (see the bar graph in Image #2, below). The DC-coupled system price ($27,703) is $1,865 lower than the AC-coupled system price ($29,568) for a new PV-plus-storage installation. The price premium for AC-coupled systems is mainly due to the hardware and labor costs associated with the additional grid-tied inverter required for AC coupling.However, installed price is not the only consideration when comparing AC- and DC-coupled systems: AC-coupled systems are more efficient in applications where PV energy is generally used at the time of generation, and DC-coupled systems tend to be more efficient in applications where PV energy is stored and used later.We also compared the small-battery case shown in that chart with the large-battery case that’s designed to increase resiliency by providing longer periods of backup power during grid outages. The larger system uses a 5.6-kW PV array with a higher-capacity 5-kW/20-kWh lithium-ion battery (see Image #3 below).The DC-coupled price of this resiliency system is $45,237, which is 63 percent more than the DC-coupled price of the small-battery system. With AC coupling, the price of the resiliency system is $47,171, which is 60% more than the price of the small-battery system. But in exchange for the increased cost of the larger system, a household could potentially cover critical loads for roughly four times longer than with the small system, other things being equal. Helping wildfires spreadBack in April 2015, RMI and partners including Global X and HOMER Energy published a study, The Economics of Load Defection, that examined how grid-connected solar-plus-battery systems will compete with traditional electric service. © 2017 Rocky Mountain Institute. Published with permission. Originally posted on RMI Outlet. Kristen Ardani is a solar program lead for Solar Soft Costs and Tech to Market at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). David Labrador is a writer / editor at RMI. Figuring out how to compare apples to applesTo break down the installed costs of PV-plus-storage systems today, RMI and NREL first analyzed data across a variety of existing studies from sources including Lazard and GTM, in addition to our own experience in the RMI Innovation Center.One challenge to analyzing component costs and system prices for PV-plus-storage installations is choosing an appropriate metric. Unlike stand-alone PV, energy storage lacks a standard set of widely accepted benchmarking metrics, such as dollars-per-watt of installed capacity or levelized cost of energy.Energy storage costs can vary both by the total energy capacity of the system — expressed in $/kilowatt-hour (kWh) — and the rate at which it charges or discharges — expressed in $/kilowatt (kW). Some consumers may prefer to optimize their system for longer-duration discharge, while others may have high peak demand and want to optimize their storage solution for power (kW) rather than energy capacity (kWh). Given the diversity of household preferences and load profiles, using a single metric can artificially distort reported costs — making it difficult to compare across varying systems. Therefore, we used the total installed price as our primary metric, rather than using a metric normalized to system size.To analyze component costs and system prices for PV-plus-storage installed in the first quarter of 2016, we adapted NREL’s component- and system-level bottom-up cost-modeling approach for stand-alone PV. Our methodology includes accounting for all component and project-development costs incurred when installing residential systems, and it models the cash purchase price for such systems, excluding the investment tax credit (ITC).last_img read more

Seeing the World Through the Art of Cinema

first_img Login/Register With: “The Festival cinéma du monde de Sherbrooke is a unique opportunity to enjoy the quality and diversity of cinematic works by Canadian filmmakers, as well as those from around the world. It is a great way to explore the many forms of this art that lets us tell our stories and reflects the richness of our culture.”—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage“The Festival cinéma du monde de Sherbrooke plays a vital role in the region by providing a venue for cultural exchange that strengthens ties between people from many different cultures, and promotes greater awareness and understanding.”—The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie and Member of Parliament (Compton–Stanstead)Quick FactsThe Festival cinéma du monde de Sherbrooke screens a wide range of films from around the world and hosts various celebrations and education activities. There are also round-table discussions with directors, outdoor screenings, media arts forums and film presentations followed by discussions.This event, which draws about 8,000 visitors a year, showcases the talent of around 40 local artists and is supported by about 100 volunteers.Associated LinksFestival cinéma du monde de SherbrookeBuilding Communities Through Arts and Heritage – Local Festivals component LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement The funding, provided under the Local Festivals component of the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, helped the Festival host its fifth edition at an array of venues in Sherbrooke from April 9 to 15. Film lovers had an opportunity to explore cultural diversity through screenings of more than 100 works by foreign and Canadian filmmakers.Quoteslast_img read more

80mph electric car to go on sale this summer in the US

first_imgGreen Vehicles´ battery-powered TRIAC can reach speeds of 80 mph. Credit: Green Vehicles. Citation: 80-mph electric car to go on sale this summer in the US (2008, May 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-05-mph-electric-car-sale-summer.html With the two models, the company hopes to liven up the electric vehicle market by focusing on being environmentally friendly and affordable. The TRIAC, which has a five-speed transmission, will sell for an estimated $20,000. Price information on the BUCKSHOT, which has a three-speed transmission, has not yet been released.Both car and truck run on a 20kW AC motor, and have onboard chargers that can be plugged into a 120V or 240V outlet. Green Vehicles says that the TRIAC can run for about 100 miles on a full charge when driven at an average speed of 45 mph. Regarding the BUCKSHOT, the company says that “this is a true work truck, with close attention paid to payload capacity, torque, and durability. For deliveries, the BUCKSHOT can come with a lockable cargo shell; for construction, a steel lumber rack; and for all-purpose functionality, a steel body with an extra-long bed and an ample passenger cabin.” They suggest that the truck could be attractive to universities, businesses and municipalities. Green Vehicles also revealed that they are working on two neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs) called the Microwatt and the Moose. The company hopes to bring these low-speed, short-distance electric vehicles to market in the fall. More information: www.greenvehicles.com (full Web site coming soon)via: AutoblogGreen Explore further The war on Southern California smog is slipping. Fixing it is a $14 billion problem Green Vehicles, a company based in San Jose, California, has recently revealed that it will begin selling two lithium-ion-powered electric vehicles early this summer. The three-wheeled TRIAC is a highway-capable electric car (or oversized covered trike, depending on how you look at it) that can reach speeds of 80 mph. There’s also the BUCKSHOT, an electric all-purpose work truck designed for heavy-duty, durable use. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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