Massive Australian wind project gets federal environmental approval for 2019 groundbreaking

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:A Queensland wind energy project that promises to be one of the biggest in the country – and the biggest in that state, at least for a time – is one step closer to being built after clearing its final planning hurdle.Project developers Lacour Energy said on Monday that the 800MW Clarke Creek Wind Farm had secured environmental approval from the federal government, and was preparing for construction to begin in 2019.The $1 billion wind project, which will be delivered by Goldwind Australia, will be located around half way between Rockhampton and Mackay, in the Isaac regional council, adjacent to major transmission lines. The 195 turbine project won state approval in June, and has also secured approval for the addition of 400MW of large-scale solar and a grid-scale battery system, which would boost costs to $1.5 billion.Director of Lacour Energy, Mark Rayner, said the plan was for the Clarke Creek Integrated Wind, Solar and Battery Power Station to be located at one of the strongest locations of the Queensland power system – with no grid extension required. Lacour said the wind farm, once complete, would generate enough electricity to power around 590,000 Queensland homes, and supply around 4 per cent of the state’s electricity.The project, with its mix of wind, solar and storage, is also just the sort of project the Australian Energy Market Operator is hoping to see being developed in coal heavy states like Queensland and New South Wales, as the shift to renewables accelerates.More: Huge 800MW wind farm set for construction, with approval for solar and battery Massive Australian wind project gets federal environmental approval for 2019 groundbreakinglast_img read more

Germany planning for wind turbines of up to 20MW

first_imgGermany planning for wind turbines of up to 20MW FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems (IWES) is gearing up to launch a mobile grid test simulator that will assess the impact of mammoth wind turbines with outputs of as much as 20MW, thanks to a €12.7 million grant from the German government.Fraunhofer IWES is launching its mobile test facility for grid compliance tests research project, or Mobil-Grid-CoP, which is aiming to develop and commission a mobile grid simulator which will serve to verify current and future grid system services as well as the electrical properties of wind turbines.Importantly, however, the Mobil-Grid-CoP will allow for the testing and optimisation of the grid compatibility of mammoth wind turbines – with the current focus being on wind turbines with individual capacity of up to 20MW.The world’s largest wind turbine about to enter serial production is the 12MW GE Haliade-X turbine, but manufacturers are actively developing ever-larger turbines with the hope of delivering 20MW turbines by the end of the decade.With wind turbines of such magnitude on the horizon a testing setup is necessary, as current test benches – which provide accelerated testing of the electrical properties of wind turbines – cannot cope with turbine output in excess of 15MW.“The mobile grid simulator will be connected directly to the grid connection point at a test site,” added Gesa Quistorf, project manager at Fraunhofer IWES. “The 80 MVA grid simulator enables the testing of objects up to an output of 20 MW, meaning that even entire wind farms and strings can be measured. Furthermore, active disturbance analysis during operation on the grid is possible.”[Joshua Hill]More: Germany gears up to test 20MW wind turbineslast_img read more

Ocean Avenue Streetscape Plan

first_imgBy Liz SheehanSEA BRIGHT – A new look is coming to the borough’s downtown, with back-in angled parking on Ocean Avenue. It’s part of a New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT) project and a streetscape plan featuring landscaped bump outs at marked pedestrian crosswalks that are designed to shorten the distance to cross Ocean Avenue.The parking changes will include eliminating all parking on the east side of Ocean Avenue and making all parking on the west side back-in angled spaces, from the location of the former gas station just south of the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge to Center Street, where Borough Hall is located.At a Borough Council meeting last week, Borough Engineer Jaclyn Flor, T&M Associates, outlined the streetscape plan. She said the landscaped bump outs would extend approximately 25 feet into the street, thus shortening the distance a pedestrian must cover to cross Ocean Avenue. There will be additional pedestrian crosswalks added, Flor said, and more trees. Another change will be decorative street lights, she said.In addition, Flor said that sidewalks will be replaced in the streetscape area, which extends from the bridge to Center Street, except in front of Tommy’s Tavern + Tap where new sidewalks were just installed.Bicycle paths will be added on both sides of the road.Flor said that the streetscape project would be finished before the end of June.Borough Administrator Joseph Verruni said Wednesday that the streetscape project was being funded by a $1.3 million grant from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. The grant requires that work be completed by July 2016, he said.The work to be done by the DOT extends from curb to curb on Ocean Avenue and is not part of the streetscape project, Verruni said. He said that work is expected to be completed by the Spring.Asked about the public’s possible response to the introduction of back-in angled parking spaces to replace more traditional parking in the business area of the town, Verruni said the new parking would be safer for the bicycle lanes which border it and for motorists and passengers who would enter and exit cars without having to step out on the street, which is a state highway.“Is (the new parking configuration) it right for everywhere?” Verruni asked, adding that time would tell when asked about questions raised about the new type of parking.Earlier Verruni said, “There is going to be a learning curve,” in getting used to the new parking spaces. “It’s new, not all that common. Something just coming out,” he said.A question about the proposed parking change was raised at the meeting by one person who said he made trips to Bethlehem Pennsylvania, where the angled back-in parking was in place and then later removed, but he did not know the reason.An article on the website LehighValleyLive on August 25, 2014, reported that Bethlehem’s mayor, Bob Donchez, decided to eliminate back-in-angle parking, which was put in place in 2009, because merchants had been asking him to do so.“It was clear that back-in angle parking was a negative to bringing people to lower Main Street,” Donchez said. “It’s the right thing to do to help the merchants.”last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 26, 2016)–A close fourth early, favored Hawkedon shot through an opening at the rail a furlong out and went on to an impressive 1 ¾ length win in Friday’s $58,000 Santa Anita allowance feature under Rafael Bejarano. Trained by Mike Puype, the 7-year-old Macho Uno gelding covered 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course in 1:13.19.A close second over the course here on Feb. 4, Hawkedon was off at 8-5 in a field of 10 older horses and paid $5.40, $3.20 and $2.60.“He ended up getting through today,” said Puype. “Rafael took a shot and stayed down near the rail and that was big. This horse loves this course. He runs hard every time, tries hard every time.”Owned by Janina Gasparrelli, Hawkedon now has three wins and three seconds from nine tries down the hill and is 16-4-3-1 overall. With the winner’s share of $34,800, he increased his earnings to $144,470.St. Joe Bay, who was part of a three-horse speed brigade that included Incline Village and Cardiac, finished second with Joe Talamo and paid $4.60 and $3.40.Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Daddy D T rallied late to finish a length and a quarter behind St. Joe Bay and paid $4.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.67, 43.78 and 1:07.18.First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

Photo library: Development 3

first_imgClick on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Development contact sheet (625KB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: Trainee diamond polishers at the Harry Oppenheimer DiamondTraining School. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: Construction on thenew Natalspruit Hospital in Vosloorus, a large township inthe south of Johannesburg. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: Aids-awarenessmural outside hostels in Vosloorus, a large townshipin the south of Johannesburg. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: Aids-awarenessmural outside hostels in Vosloorus, a large townshipin the south ofJohannesburg. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: Brickmakerproducing his product for themany new home renovationsbeing carried out in Vosloorus,a large township in the southof Johannesburg. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gautengprovince: Brickmakerproducing his product for themany new home renovationsbeing carried out in Vosloorus,a large township in the southof Johannesburg. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Capeprovince: Aids-awarenessmural in Woodstock. Photo: Jeffrey Barbee, » Download high-res image Beaufort West, Western Cape province: HIV/Aids awareness mural on a wall at theentrance to the township. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopoprovince: A RoundaboutPlaypump, a water pump andstorage tank at a ruralschool in the Acornhoekarea. The pump is builtinto the merry-go-round,which, when turned as thechildren play on it, pumpsunderground water intothe tank. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, » Download high-res imageDEVELOPMENT 3: {loadposition dev}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about using the image library? Email [email protected]last_img read more

Abalone aquaculture could end poaching

first_imgPoaching has almost wiped out abalone along South Africa’s coast, but a research project is showing a viable way to build a commercial farm and save wild populations – as well as provide jobs and economic growth.Seeding abalone beds in the Eastern Cape. (Image: Rhodes University)Sulaiman PhilipThe demand for abalone, or white gold, has devastated natural stocks of the delicacy along South Africa’s south and east coasts. In the Western Cape, overfishing and poaching are beginning to have the same effect on that region’s perlemoen, as abalone is known locally.A new research study being conducted by a team from the universities of Fort Hare and Rhodes, as well as Nelson Mandela University and commercial fisheries, hopes to find ways to restock natural populations and produce abalone for the export market.The team is headed by Professor Peter Britz of Rhodes, former head of the International Abalone Association. The project is looking at restoring natural stocks and researching the viability of abalone aquaculture projects.It began in earnest in 2014, when rights were granted to black-owned fish company Ulwandle Fishing. Andrew Witte, researcher and doctoral candidate, explains: “The purpose of the rights and permits are to encourage the establishment and development of a sustainable fisheries industry as well as drive community upliftment and ensure the health and protection of reef systems along the South African coast.”Preliminary research began two years earlier, however, when researchers assessed the habitat and population status of the abalone beds in Cape Recife, Port Elizabeth. They released abalone into research plots before the project’s 2014 start. As Witte explains, the plots grew into a commercial seeding pilot project. “The focus now is on the dispersion and migration of seeded abalone and the goal is the establishment of the first stages of a harvesting programme. More than 170 heavily poached and depleted plots along reefs in Port Elizabeth have been seeded with 30 tons of abalone, which translates into 1.7 million abalone.”Commercial farmingThe commercial beds are protected by a private security company, the South African Police Service and a team from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. In the short time the project has been running, says Witte, it has “reduced poaching and promotes sustainable resource use and benefits for coastal communities. The farm also employs more than 160 people.”It is hoped that a sustainable fishery will grow the local economy and create jobs. Profitability of commercial aquaculture will depend on the survival, growth and migration of the stock being released, and this is the focus of the research.Britz points out that 50% of the spats (baby perlemoen) released in the Cape Recife project have survived, “which shows it is a viable way to build a commercial farm and save wild populations. For farming to be profitable research is important.”Fifty percent of spats, or baby perlemoen, released in the Cape Recife project have survived. (Image: Rhodes University)According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) aquaculture has the potential to contribute to economic activity, poverty reduction, empowerment and employment in South Africa’s coastal and inand communities.The Cape Recife research is contributing to the restocking of collapsed abalone communities. It is also responsible for the growth of the area’s economy. In addition, it is increasing the number of marine researchers who will go on to make a difference in conservation and sustainability.The marketIn 2014 alone, 1,115 metric tons of abalone was exported, mostly to China. A large percentage of this was poached. The economic value of this market led to the government, through its Operation Phakisa: Ocean Economy initiative, to fund the research.Funding has been released through the Department of Trade and Industry’s flagship research and development fund, the Technology and Human Resources for Industry Programme (THRIP). The government believes that the ocean economy can contribute R177-billion to the gross domestic product and create one million jobs by 2033.The South African abalone aquaculture industry is worth R355-million a year. South African abalone – Haliotis midae – is one of the three most sought-after species. Britz believes that about 3,000 tons of poached perlemoen has been shipped out of the country over the past few years. “Because of the demand, canned perlemoen from South Africa can be sold for top prices – $75-$105 a kilo (R986-R1,380) deshelled in cans.”Thanks in part to the kind of research being done by the professor and his team, South Africa is reaping the benefits through a growing legal harvesting industry. “The result today is a buoyant perlemoen farming industry and a canned product which is selling like hot cakes, creating jobs in an area where they were haemorrhaging after the wild fishery had to be closed, and even raising the possibility of reseeding devastated reefs.”Poaching is organised crimeA 2012 trial in Port Elizabeth revealed just how well organised and funded poaching syndicates were.At the time, there were estimated to be up to 300 abalone divers in the Eastern Cape, and for most them poaching was their ony source of income. South African Defence intelligence put the number of people involved in poaching across the country at the time at 1,500, including drivers, lookouts and runners.At the time, while availability was still high, divers could make up to R54,000 per expedition. It was not uncommon for boats to carry as many as 10 divers per trip, who averaged six dives per month. Rhodes researchers Britz and Dr Serge Raemaker estimated that there were at least 50 boats being used in poaching operations in the province.In a report used by the prosecution, Raemaker and Britz interviewed poachers, conservationists and law enforcement and found that in 2005, syndicates spent R32-million on boats and 4x4s to begin the plunder of rich perlemoen fields discovered five years earlier.The report concluded that Port Elizabeth’s perlemoen resources resulted in “a large illegal and highly organised network developed from the urban centre of Port Elizabeth systematically [targeting] perlemoen reefs across the entire Eastern Cape for transport inland and export to the Far East”.The prosecutor in the case, Martin le Roux, told the court ahead of sentencing: “This is not a case about perlemoen; it is about organised crime. About racketeering.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Finished Foundation and Floor Framing Uh-Ohs

first_imgA small 1/8-inch gap at the bottom of the wall on a problematic foundation can become a gaping 1/2-inch opening 10 feet higher at the top of the wall, complicating the placement of adjacent wall panels and the trusses. If this were a typical home, such gaps would be shimmed and covered by exterior and interior finishes; no one would know the difference. Not us. Gaps complicate air sealing the building envelope. The blower door and thermal imagery will reveal these “thermal holes.” We need an exceptionally tight, well-assembled building envelope to meet the Passivhaus standard.So if there’s any shimming, it’s best to do it at one place — the bottom plate of the wall. Jason used a laser to methodically check the elevation of the foundation at each point near the wall anchors and measured wall dimensions against the specifications of the plan.Uh-oh. Squaring and leveling the foundationThe framers spent several man days adjusting the horizontal and vertical position of the base plates on the foundation to bring the floor framing back to the plan specifications. That meant moving the mudsill inward or outward on the foundation, and shimming it upwards by as much as 3/4 inch. Jason aimed to have dimensions and elevations to a +/- 1/8 inch tolerance across the entire foundation.The framers next cut, placed, and braced the seven concrete-filled lally columns in the basement, secured two LVL beams atop several of the lallys, and a delivery truck boomed two beefy steel I-beams into place atop the remaining lally columns.Uh-oh. Another trip to the lumber yardCoastal delivered the wrong mix of hangers: there were too many 3 1/2-inch-wide hangers and not enough 2 1/2-inch-wide hangers, and there were not enough top-mount hangers for use on the steel beams. We were also short on a section of rim board and some sheathing.That was solved the next day. Floor framing proceeded along the main axis of the house.The crew then started the layout for the hangers on the north wing, the one with the 60 degree angle.Uh-oh. The foundation for the main house is complete. It’s time to start framing and sheathing the main floor deck while we wait for Shawn Woods to excavate the footings for the attached slab-grade garage and three season room.There’s not a whole lot of “greenness” or “Passivhausness” to talk about in floor framing. But it’s all part of the construction process and hey, we need a main floor to walk on.The framers — Jason, Travis, Jimmy, and John — began building the main floor deck by applying a capillary break on the top of the concrete in the Logix ICF foundation to stop any moisture from wicking up into the floor framing.They then compared the “as is” foundation to the architectural plans. It’s best to start framing the deck on a level and square foundation. That’s especially true for EdgewaterHaus, as the main floor walls and roof trusses are already built in a factory to the specifications of the architectural plans; it’s too late to make any dimensional accommodations to the walls or trusses. RELATED ARTICLES GBA Encyclopedia: Insulated Concrete Forms Foam Forms Create an Energy-Efficient Concrete HouseGBA Encyclopedia: Floor Framing I expected tolerances to be closerNow some may say that’s just another day in the life of a framer to resolve real-world variation in the foundation.Perhaps. But I expected better results with the Logix foundation. We had surveyors precisely mark the outside corners of the Logix blocks on the footers. And the snug fit of the many male/female vertical connections points in the Logix block adds confidence. I’m not sure if the vertical and horizontal variance lies in how the blocks were stacked and braced, or the shifting of some block while the concrete was poured into the Logix cavity, or both.Several areas of Logix did noticeably lift during the pour, then seemed to settle back into place as more concrete was poured. Yet in looking at the completed foundation, there are clearly vertical and horizontal gaps ranging from 1/8 inch to 3/8 inch in many of the Logix blocks.The worst areas are the top two courses of block, and the very worst is the east section of the wall with the 60 degree angle in the foundation. The vertical supports did not extend to the top two courses of the Logix, and not every course of block was screwed into the vertical supports to prevent uplift.Concrete exerts enormous pressure when it is being poured. Could better bracing and checking for plumb to the bottom course have improved the results? [Editor’s note: Roger and Lynn Normand are building a [no-glossary]Passivhaus[/no-glossary] in Maine. This is the 24th article in a series that will follow their project from planning through construction.]center_img The first article in this series was Kicking the Tires on a Passivhaus Project. Roger Normand’s construction blog is called EdgewaterHaus. It looks like we need another lally columnOne of the steel I-beams had insufficient bearing on the foundation. That was quickly solved by placing another lally column on the footer where that steel beam meets the foundation.Our floor was engineered by Coastal Forest Products. The framers started to install the I-beams and floor deck along the main axis of the house.Uh-oh. BLOGS BY ROGER NORMAND Placing Concrete In Our ICF Foundation WallsConstruction Begins — and We Encounter a Few SnafusDo We Really Need 12 Inches of Foam Under Our Slab?Passive House Certification: Looking Under the HoodBackup Electrical Power for a Passivhaus Project?Can We Get More and Pay Less To Keep About The Same? Where can I get some 60-degree hangers — fast?We had received 45 degree hangers instead of the 60 degree hangers called out in the design.The Coastal rep came on site, confirming the shortage. Sixty degree hangers are a special order item. He promised quick delivery, especially if they had some in stock.And so we await delivery of the 60 degree hangers to complete the main floor deck.Meanwhile, the installed deck is rock solid. There’s absolutely no bounce on the floor, even before we pour the 1 1/2-inch concrete. The meticulous care to square and level the foundation bodes well for installing the factory-built panels. Elevation problemsUsing the highest point on the foundation as a reference, Jason found two areas with notable variation: the west side of the Bedroom 3 foundation was 1/2 inch low, and the south side of the three-season room foundation was 3/4 inch low.The foundation was also out of square. Using the south facade as a reference line, the north wing of the building foundation strays from the 60 degree design by up to five degrees. That’s not much, except when the wall extends 50 feet!The east and west foundation walls of the north wing are not parallel to each other; the foundation is 1 3/4 inch too wide where the garage wall meets the house, expanding to 2 1/2 inch too wide at the far, north side of the garage.Uh-oh.last_img read more

FD Webinar| TRANSforming Conversations: Addressing Needs of Transgender Youth and Their Families

first_imgBy: Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFTPhotoSpin[male and female hands holding rainbow heart by Lev Dolgachov]Dr. Jenifer McGuire will join us again on April 20th at 11am ET in facilitating part 2 of this 2-part webinar series on working with LGBT families. While part 1 focuses on language, terms, and background information to assist providers in their work with LGBT families, part 2 will shift the focus to Transgender youth and their families in particular.The topic of Transgender youth and their families is one of great interest to Dr. McGuire. She will be discussing her research and the ways in which family environments can best support the healthy development of Transgender youth. If you are interested in joining us for this webinar, you can click here to register.We will be offering  1  FREE CEU for Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists (in the state of Georgia) for each of the webinars in this series. For more information on future programming in the 2017 Family Development webinar series, please visit our professional development website or connect with us via social media for announcements: Facebook & Twitter.This post was written by Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT, the Social Media and Programming Coordination Specialist for the MFLN Family Development Team.last_img read more

23 days ago​Arsenal winger Pepe admits he’s struggling with language barrier

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Arsenal winger Pepe admits he’s struggling with language barrierby Freddie Taylor23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal winger Nicholas Pepe admits that he is experiencing some struggles after his summer move from France.The former Lille man arrived with a big reputation and for a club record fee.But he has failed to show the kind of form that made him one of the most wanted attackers of the summer transfer window.And Pepe admits the language has been a barrier to his acclimatization.”The only thing I have to do is to continue to work hard because it is obvious the level here is higher,” the 24-year-old said to reporters. “The language is different. It’s a new league. For sure everything is different for me. I must adapt quickly but I’m confident it’s gonna happen soon.” last_img read more

21 days agoBournemouth manager Howe dismisses Man Utd Wilson rumours

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth manager Howe dismisses Man Utd Wilson rumoursby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth manager Eddie Howe has dismissed transfer speculation around Callum Wilson.The 27-year-old has scored five Premier League goals so far, and reports have suggested he will be on Manchester United’s wanted list when the transfer window opens again in January.”I take with a pinch of salt, to be honest, at this stage of the season,” Howe said when asked about the reports around Wilson’s future.”There is nothing that we can do, that Callum can do, other than perform well. That influences rumours and things like that at this stage of the season.”He has just got to focus on his next game and give his best for this club.”To hear transfer links and rumours at this stage when the window is shut and a long way from being open, for me, it is pointless talking about it.” last_img read more