World’s First Floating Wind Farm Outdelivers

first_imgThe 30MW Hywind Scotland, the world’s first commercial-scale floating wind farm, performed better than expected in its first three full months in production, Statoil, the operator of the wind farm said.In the first three months of operation, the Hywind Scotland weathered one hurricane, one winter storm and wave heights of up to 8.2 metersThe floating wind farm, operated by Statoil in partnership with Masdar, is located 25 kilometers offshore Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, and is powering approximately 20,000 UK households.During the winter, when the wind is at its strongest, the typical capacity factor for a bottom fixed offshore wind farm is 45-60%, Statoil said.By comparison, Hywind Scotland achieved an average of approximately 65% during November, December and January, meaning that the wind farm was producing 65% of max theoretical capacity.“We have tested the Hywind technology in harsh weather conditions for many years and we know it works. But putting the world’s first floating wind farm into production comes with some excitement. Therefore, it is very encouraging to see how well the turbines have performed so far. Hywind Scotland’s high availability has ensured that the volume of electricity generated is substantially higher than expected. In addition, it has delivered without any HSE incidents,” said Beate Myking, senior vice president of offshore wind operations in Statoil.Hywind Scotland’s first encounter with harsh weather conditions was the hurricane Ophelia in October when wind speed of 125 kilometers per hour were recorded. These wind speeds were surpassed during Storm Caroline in early December when gusts in excess of 160 km/h and waves in excess of 8.2 meters were recorded.Whilst the wind turbines shut down for safety reasons during the worst of these winds, they automatically resumed operation promptly afterwards. A pitch motion controller is integrated with the Hywind turbine’s control system and will adjust the angle of the turbine blades during heavy winds which mitigates excessive motions of the structure.“Knowing that up to 80% of the offshore wind resources globally are in deep waters (+60 meters) where traditional bottom fixed installations are not suitable, we see great potential for floating offshore wind, in Asia, on the west coast of North America and in Europe. We are actively looking for new opportunities for the Hywind technology,” said Irene Rummelhoff, executive vice president for New Energy Solutions in Statoil.Statoil and Masdar are trying to reduce the costs of energy from the Hywind floating wind farm to EUR 40-60/MWh by 2030, making it cost competitive with other renewable energy sources.“This is an ambitious, but realistic target. Optimised design, larger and more efficient turbines, technology development and larger wind parks will drive down costs, improve infrastructure and logistics,” Rummelhoff said.last_img read more

Acta Marine’s DP multicats set for Zohr field work

first_imgTwo of Acta Marine’s DP multicats have been called up for duties on the Zohr natural gas project offshore Egypt.Acta Marine said that the company’s multicats were called up to assist on the Zohr project for the second year running.According to the company, the ultra-shallow draft Coastal Discovery and Coastal Challenger will be supporting shore-end pipelay installation activities. Last year, the Coastal Chariot was the selected vessel to work off Egypt.Acta Marine’s project manager, Sinclair McWilliam, said: “We have four pipe pulling operations planned for the coming months – all taking place in extremely shallow waters. However, these two DP Multicats can work in waters as shallow as 1.5 meters.”Coastal Discovery and Coastal Challenger multicats will also be deployed in anchor handling, and logistics support duties. Also, equipped with a mass flow burial tool, they will also be carrying out seabed leveling.The multicats are multi-purpose work vessels usually built with a simple rectangular pontoon hull and a long open foredeck resembling a small pusher tug.As for the field, Zohr was discovered by Eni in August of 2015 and, with a total potential of 850 billion cubic meters of gas in place, is the largest natural gas field ever discovered in the Mediterranean.The super-giant gas field was started-up in December 2017, only 28 months after its discovery, and is producing around 400 million scf per day. The production will gradually ramp up to reach the plateau by the end of 2019.In related company news, Acta Marine’s new Ulstein SX195 walk to work vessel Acta Auriga, under construction at Ulstein Verft, completed sea trials last month.last_img read more

Dominica leading Caribbean islands in “Reduce, Recycle, Reuse” Program

first_img Sharing is caring! Share 103 Views   one comment LocalNews Dominica leading Caribbean islands in “Reduce, Recycle, Reuse” Program by: – May 13, 2011 Sharecenter_img Share Tweet Landfill Manager at the Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation, Mr. Marcus Francis. Photo credit: GIS NewsDominica may be leading other Caribbean countries in the “Reduce, Recycle, Reuse” Program. Landfill Manager at the Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation Marcus Francis said during a press conference held recently that other countries may not be as advanced as Dominica.“Dominica from just discussing with other islands, is perhaps a step ahead in the “Reduce, Recycle, Reuse” program because we call all other islands to find out what they are doing and to see how they are doing certain items and we are finding out that in many cases they do not have the the time of program and they are not as advanced as we are. Solid Waste is about taking the lead and we are moving in that direction because we see value in it. In fact in the future the Corporation may be able to do some financial analysis of the reduce, reuse, recycle program and may be able to present to you in the future monetary values of investing in a recycle program, investing in this new philosophy and when you look at it you will realize that it was worth the effort.”Earlier this year The Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation and Muller Concept a recycling firm from California signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the recycling of Solid Waste from Dominica with the theme “Recycle, Reduce, Reuse.”Muller Concepts agreed to recycle all plastic material, cardboards, paper and scrap metal from Dominica. The initiative will reduce the volume of waste disposed of at the Fond Cole Sanitary Landfill, reduce public health risk and protect the environmental integrity of the island. The collection, storage and disposal efforts of this initiative will target schools, householders and public and private businesses who are generators of waste. A programme for proper collection of recyclable items from these waste generators will be launched with a pilot programme in the Bath Estate/Elmshall area.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Crystal Palace secure approval for £20m academy redevelopment

first_img Promoted Content9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value10 Of The Dirtiest Seas In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe Most Exciting Cities In The World To VisitYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime Crystal Palace have gained approval for their £20million academy redevelopment. The Eagles announced the plans for the redevelopment of the site, a couple of minutes down Copers Cope Road from the first team base, in October. Bromley Council’s decision – which went through by 12 votes to one – means the Eagles can take a big step towards earning Category One academy status and rival the other London clubs for the capital’s best young players, reports the London Evening Standard.Advertisement In recent years Palace have watched on as a number of stars, raised in south London, have emerged through the development programmes of other clubs. The likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi, Tammy Abraham and Jadon Sancho all hail from south London. “Securing Category 1 status for our Academy is imperative for us to be competitive in attracting the very best young players, and there is an abundance of raw footballing talent in south London,” chairman Steve Parish said at the time. Read Also:Arsenal still keen on Crystal Palace ace Zaha “We have shown in recent years to have a clear pathway for our most gifted and committed players into our first-team – a tradition we are committed to continuing.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

Sea turtle lays eggs in Boracay

first_imgBut marine biologist Haron Deo Vargassaw this as an indicator that despite human presence, the sea turtle trusts thebeach enough that her eggs won’t disappear.  Because the Olive Ridley sea turtlepopulation is already vulnerable, the law prohibits people from capturing,killing or domesticating these turtles.(Witha report from GMA News/PN) An Olive Ridley sea turtle is seen laying its eggs on the beachfront of a resort in Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan on Tuesday last week. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources came to the area and built a fence around the eggs to protect them. HARON DEO VARGAS/ MÖVENPICK RESORT & SPA BORACAY The Department of Environment andNatural Resources (DENR) quickly came to the area and built a fence around theeggs to protect them. Considered among vulnerable speciesdue to its decreasing population, the turtle was discovered to lay over 106eggs, the resort said on its social media post. MALAY, Aklan – An Olive Ridley seaturtle laid its eggs on the beachfront of a resort in Boracay Island lastweek.    The occurrence proves to be quitestrange since sea turtles are known to lay eggs in hidden areas where no humancan disturb them.  last_img read more

Portugal, France, Germany in Euro 2020 super group + other Groups

first_imgRelatedPosts Germany still winless in UEFA Nations League after drawing with Switzerland UEFA president Ceferin said leagues ready to play behind closed doors Ireland appoints new manager Defending champions Portugal and the last two world champions, France and Germany, were thrown together following a lopsided and complicated Euro 2020 draw on Saturday. And German coach Joachim Loew described it as the group of death. England were drawn against Croatia in a repeat of last year’s World Cup semi-final, while other favourites were given a much easier ride in the 24-team tournament, which will be played in 12 different countries across the region. The clear pick of the six first round pools was Group F, to be played in Munich and Budapest, which pitted France, Portugal and Germany, plus the winners of either playoff A or D. However, the sting was slightly taken away by the format which allows four of the six third-placed teams to qualify for the round of 16, UEFA’s decision to rank the teams according to their result in the qualifiers, combined with Portugal’s performance in their group, meant they ended up among the third seeds. France were one of the second seeds. “This is a group of death,” said Loew whose side will play all three games at home under competition rules. “The expectations will be quite high. For our young team, this will be huge challenge but also a big motivation.” England and Croatia, who have met in the Nations League since Croatia’s 2-1 win in Moscow last year, will be joined in Group D by the Czech Republic and the winners of playoff C. That means either of Scotland, Norway, Serbia or Israel. The Group D winners will face the runners-up from Germany’s group in the round of 16. The second-placed team will travel to Copenhagen to meet the Group E runners-up — potentially an easier match. The Group will be played in London — host for the semi-finals and final — and Glasgow. Other favourites were given a much easier-looking ride. Italy, who won all 10 qualifying games as they bounced back from failing to make the last World Cup, will face Turkey, Wales and Switzerland in Group A, in Rome and Baku. “We have a slight advantage by playing at home. Maybe some will think we are favourites but we need to confirm everything on the pitch, as always,” Italy coach Roberto Mancini said. Euro 2008 and 2012 champions Spain, who will jointly host Group E in Bilbao with Dublin, play Sweden, Poland and playoff winner B — either Bosnia, Slovakia, Ireland or Northern Ireland. Belgium’s opponents in Group B will be Denmark and Russia —who are both host nations — and Finland, who will be making their first appearance in a European Championship or World Cup. The Netherlands, who like Italy missed out on the last World Cup, were pitted against Ukraine, Austria and playoff winner A or D in Group C, which will be played in Amsterdam and Bucharest. Under the complex rules, all host nations will play their group games at home, meaning a number of teams had been allocated their groups before the draw “The rules are clear, they were accepted by everybody,” said UEFA deputy general secretary Giorgio Marchetti. “Portugal are in pot three because they didn’t win their group, and the winner of their group was Ukraine. “And Ukraine, thanks to their results, are in pot one, and everybody accepts it because once again we have clear rules.” Reuters/NAN.Tags: Euro 2020Joachim Loewlast_img read more

Rahane, Kohli swell India’s lead

first_img(ESPNCRICINFO) – UNBEATEN half-centuries from Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane helped India take firm control of the first Test against West Indies in North Sound. By the end of the third day, India were 185 for 3, Kohli batting on 51 and Rahane on 53 with the overall lead swelling to 260.The two had joined hands just before tea and continued their association till stumps, adding 104 for the fourth wicket.Earlier in the day, West Indies were bowled out for 222, 75 behind India’s first-innings total of 297.India had to negotiate a tricky seven-over period before lunch but KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal ensured they went into the break without any damage.When the teams returned, West Indies surprisingly resumed with Roston Chase and Miguel Cummins.While Cummins had to walk off the field – after bowling just two overs – with some discomfort in his thigh, Chase didn’t disappoint his captain and trapped Mayank Agarwal lbw for 16 as the batsman tried to paddle-sweep a fuller delivery.It looked plumb in real-time and perhaps that was the reason Rahul suggested not to review it.However, replays showed the ball would have gone on to miss the leg stump.Rahul looked tentative at the other end, even top-edging a pull off Jason Holder towards fine leg but luckily for him, the ball fell short of the fielder.Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli take a moment, West Indies v India, 1st Test, North Sound, 3rd day, yesterday.Cheteshwar Pujara, though, used his feet against Chase right from the start and didn’t let the spinner dictate the terms. Rahul too grew in confidence and played a near-perfect straight drive against Shannon Gabriel before late-cutting Chase for another boundary.The duo had added 43 for the second wicket before Chase struck once more. Having hit him for a four the previous ball, Rahul tried to sweep the next one fine but missed it completely and was bowled for 38.In the next over, Kemar Roach castled Pujara with a delivery that seamed back after pitching on a length, and sneaked in through the bat-pad gap to hit the top of the off stump. India – 81 for 3.Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane took the side to tea and it started to look like the two were batting without any trouble.But Roach returned for another burst and produced some more magical deliveries albeit without adding more wickets to his tally. He almost had Rahane when the batsman was on 17.After Roach’s burst, Rahane smashed Gabriel for back-to-back fours, an on-the-up cover drive followed by a ferocious cut. With India’s lead already in excess of 200, West Indies brought spin from both end in the form of Kraigg Brathwaite and Chase. But with both Kohli and Rahane now set, this made run-scoring even easier.Roach returned for another spell before stumps and almost had Rahane once more, this time trapping him in front of the stumps but umpire Rod Tucker’s finger didn’t move. Replays showed the ball would have crashed into the middle stump.Rahane, who was on 48 at that time, brought up his second fifty of the match in the next over. Kohli soon followed him and reached the landmark with a pulled four off Cummins, just his second boundary of the innings.The last ball of the day, a fuller one down the leg side by Gabriel and which Shai Hope could only partially stop thereby conceding two byes, told the story of the Test. India were aware to take advantage as West Indies lowered their guard with the Test slipping away from their hands.Resuming the day on 189 for 8, West Indies overnight batsmen Holder and Miguel Cummins frustrated India with a 41-run stand for the ninth wicket in which Cummins’ contribution was 0.But once Mohammed Shami dismissed Holder for 39, Cummins went for a big heave against Ravindra Jadeja, only to be bowled for a 45-ball duck.But the main destroyer was Ishant Sharma, who finished with figures of 5 for 43. On the second evening, West Indies were 174 for 5 at one stage before Ishant took three wickets in seven balls to reduce them to 179 for 8.last_img read more

Men’s water polo disposes of Long Beach

first_imgThe Trojans quickly dispelled any Long Beach State hopes of stealing an upset by jumping out to a 6-1 lead at the end of the first quarter on Saturday. From there, the No. 2 USC men’s water polo team (22-2, 5-2) would cruise to a 10-4 shellacking of the 49ers.Twice as nice · Sophomore driver Michael Rosenthal netted two goals in the Trojans’ winning effort on Saturday against Long Beach State. – Katelynn Whitaker | Daily Trojan It is apparent that a team has championship aspirations when even its wins against ranked opponents are highly critiqued. Such was the case Thursday when No. 10 Pepperdine almost stunned USC in front of its home crowd, losing narrowly 7-6. After USC’s most impressive performance of the season against then-No. 3 UCLA two weeks ago, the Trojans did not beat Pepperdine all too convincingly. USC coach Jovan Vavic cited the pitfalls of fielding a young team as to why the Trojans sometimes do not play at a level more equal to their talent.Aiming to avoid subsequent underwhelming performances, the Trojans rattled off five unanswered goals in the first quarter on Saturday against a struggling Long Beach State team that, although ranked No. 9, has now lost seven consecutive games and 10 of 11. A swarming defense from the outset was the primary reason for USC’s early success.“At the beginning of the game, we did a good job of denying the ball to their biggest threats, which are [their two-meters Nick] Rascon and [Taylor] Clute,” Vavic said. “We intercepted some of their passes, which created opportunities for us on the counterattack.”The Trojans, as is a staple of their team, received scoring contributions from seven different players, with freshman driver Nikola Vavic registering a hat-trick and redshirt sophomore driver Michael Rosenthal chipping in two tallies.“Individually, Peter Kurzeka had a good game,” Jovan Vavic said. “Rosenthal played well; he scored a couple of goals for us. Nikola played well defensively and offensively. Our two-meter men also did well in drawing ejections.”Perhaps what was most impressive was something that will not appear in a box score: the Trojans’ refusal to retaliate when battered by frustrated Long Beach State players. After the first quarter, the 49ers became testy following continually stout Trojan defensive stands. An auspicious development for the Trojans was their ability to persevere and simply allow the referees to officiate.“Defensively, we played tough,” Jovan Vavic said. “Long Beach was very physical. I think the game was a little too physical, as a matter of fact. But our guys were able to take more than one punch without responding. In the end, I think our composure was the difference — we stayed cool.”The Trojans, third in the MPSF standings, have the same 5-2 record in conference play as UCLA but owns the tiebreaker with its win over the Bruins, meaning if USC beats No. 5 UC Irvine this weekend, the team is assured of at least a third-place finish. To finish second, however, No. 3 Stanford will have to lose to both Pacific and California to round out its conference schedule.Next on the docket for USC is an exhibition match against a Canadian national water polo team that finished 11th in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. The game will be played Wednesday at 5 p.m. in McDonald’s Swim Stadium.“It’s a game that will help us prepare for the conference tournament,” Jovan Vavic said. “Canada is a team on the rise, so it’s a great opportunity for us to get practice, and it’s exciting for our team.”last_img read more

Syracuse defense strong, but imperfect in 1-0 loss to No. 7 Clemson

first_img Published on October 31, 2015 at 5:41 pm Contact Tomer: | @tomer_langer Facebook Twitter Google+ Courtney Brosnan made her first save just 1:07 seconds into the match. Clemson attacking midfielder Shannon Horgan received a pass right in the center of the goalie’s box. She shot it toward Brosnan, who quickly deflected it down to the ground while falling on top of the ball.After getting stopped twice within the first 11 minutes, Clemson managed to break through. Midfielder Samantha Staab lofted a long cross from the middle of Clemson’s attacking half. The ball found it’s way to Jenna Watson, who was unmarked. She headed the ball over Brosnan’s outstretched arms.“We were all marked up and on the weak-side there was an extra player,” centerback Jessica Vigna said. “… We were trying to communicate on who’s getting who … and that player that was sitting in between us wound up getting it in.”That one early goal proved to be the deciding goal in Syracuse’s (7-11-1, 3-7 Atlantic Coast) loss to No. 6 Clemson (13-3-1, 7-3) in the final game of the season on Saturday at SU Soccer Stadium.In the first half, Syracuse was struggling to prevent the stronger and more physical Clemson players from serving the ball deep into the box. Clemson was doing a good job of switching the field of play from one side to another in the midfield.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“They were switching the fields a lot and as they kept switching their forwards and midfielders were popping off into the midfield or coming onto the backline, interchanging,” Vigna said. “And that’s extremely difficult to defend because … you don’t know if they’re gonna serve, if they’re gonna play it short. It’s extremely difficult.”With the Orange defense struggling to prevent the Tigers from serving balls in, the onus was put on Brosnan to help bail out the defense. She did just that, racking up seven saves in the first half, the most she’s had in any half this season.Along with the acrobatic split she had on the first Tiger shot of the game, she had a few saves where she had to jump as high as she could just to punch out balls that were nearing the top post.Things changed in the second half. The Orange defenders started winning more of the long balls in the air and were preventing the Tigers from making those long runs that were so successful in the first half.Head coach Phil Wheddon said that in the first half, two of Clemson’s midfielders were running down into the attacking box, and SU’s midfielders were running with them to mark them. In the second half, he had his defenders mark those running attackers, and had his midfielders stay in place to challenge the service balls.“The forwards were denying a lot more serves so that obviously helped us out in the back,” Brosnan said. “In the back we were way more organized picking up marks so we were able to win more headers that way.”Brosnan didn’t have to make any saves in the second half.Still, Brosnan finished with 81 on the season. The next highest tally is 69 by Boston College goalkeeper Alexis Bryant.“I trust her with my life,” Vigna said about Brosnan.Although Wheddon admitted that it was tough to not send out the seniors with a win, he still saw a lot of positives in SU’s performance against one of the best teams in the country.“I’m proud of them, I told that that a minute ago, I’m exceptionally proud of them,” Wheddon said about his defense. “They didn’t back down as other teams have done against Clemson. We were in this all the way to the 90th minute.” Commentslast_img read more

Claire Webb helps anchor Syracuse’s defense without much recognition

first_imgClaire Webb doesn’t really stand out on Syracuse’s back line. She doesn’t score like the other defenders and she doesn’t win the awards her two All-American fellow defenders receive. And she’s fine with that.“I’ve never really been one to care about that recognition from outside sources,” Webb said.At the start of the 2016 season, the then-freshman from Exton, Pennsylvania, played in all 19 games for No. 10 Syracuse (11-4, 2-4 Atlantic Coast), starting 18, the most of any freshman. Now a sophomore, Webb has started in all 15 games in the 2017 season. Despite immediately seeing the field, Webb is often blotted out by teammates, Roos Weers and Lies Lagerweij. However, SU head coach Ange Bradley saw Webb’s potential to contribute at Syracuse.“As a true freshman coming out of high school, she played in the midfield in the ACC just about every minute of every game,” Bradley said. “From her first year, she’s had a big role and will continue to have a big role.”Webb has experience playing in the midfield and on the back line in her almost two seasons at Syracuse. Her defensive style supports her teammates, Weers said, even if she doesn’t accumulate points herself; Webb has only one goal and one assist, while Weers and Lagerweij have 15 and 13 points, respectively. However, their success is bolstered support they receive from Webb.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I think that the defensive aspect is a really big part of my game; I really enjoy it,” Webb said. “I like how much thinking is involved and how you have to set other people up.”Bradley recognizes Webb’s consistency, calling her a “workhorse” and a “Steady Eddie.” She compared Webb’s position to former player and current student coaching assistant Serra Degnan. In previous seasons, Degnan was the one supporting Lagerweij and Weers while the two backs kick started the offense.“The tough thing is,” Bradley said of Webb, “she’s never going to be recognized.”Although she is comfortable in the back, Webb perceives her own strengths and weaknesses. In order to get involved in the offense like her defensive counterparts, Webb said, she will have to play to her own skill set, meaning shorter passes, unlike the long balls Weers and Lagerweij fire down the field.“Claire’s very smart,” Weers said, “and she [completes] a good combination with me and Lies in the back.”Webb has two more years to advance her game, and will continue to develop in her position. She challenges herself as a player, goals or no goals, even when no one seems to notice.“I’ve always been a team player,” Webb said. “I don’t really need somebody to recognize me.” Comments Published on October 17, 2017 at 9:35 pm Contact Kristin: Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more