Taiwan to build 3.7GW of new solar generation by 2021

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:Taiwanese prime minister Su Tseng-chang announced at yesterday’s cabinet meeting the government expects around 3.7 GW of new solar generation capacity before 2021.The ramped up deployment is being planned under a two-year Solar PV Promotion Plan for this year and next which is an extension of the 2017-2018 strategy launched in 2016.“The plan calls for increasing solar energy’s contribution to the nation’s generating capacity to 6.5 GW by 2020,” Tseng-chang said in an official statement. Taiwan had installed PV capacity of 2.8 GW at the end of last year, the government said. The authorities are planning for 1.5 GW of new solar to be deployed this year and 2.2 GW in 2020.The government expects benefits of NT$222 billion (US$7.5 billion) in investment and business opportunities from the new two-year extension of the program, said the prime minister.The premier also cited the recent long-term power purchase agreement signed by Google with several Taiwanese energy companies for power generated by a 10 MW solar array. “As can be seen from these developments, Taiwan’s solar power program contributes tangibly to domestic electricity supply and has earned recognition from the international community for its long-term green energy industry efforts,” Tseng-chang added.Government plans project PV installations will reach 20 GW in 2025, with 3 GW from rooftop PV and 17 GW in ground-mounted systems.More: Taiwan wants 3.7 GW of new solar by 2021 Taiwan to build 3.7GW of new solar generation by 2021last_img read more

Poland’s coal-heavy PGE utility recommits to large-scale solar, wind construction program

first_imgPoland’s coal-heavy PGE utility recommits to large-scale solar, wind construction program FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Tech:The owner of a double-digit-gigawatt portfolio of coal-fired power will press ahead with a shift to renewables even as it shuts down its non-essential business over the COVID-19 crisis.Polska Grupa Energetyczna (PGE), the largest utility in its home country of Poland, said in recent days it will shutter projects “outside of its core business” in a bid to shore up its finances, at a time when pandemic-driven shutdowns are hitting power use worldwide.PGE’s statement did not spell out the areas it would cull as part of its “rationalisation” drive. The state-run firm made clear, however, that it will continue to implement its decade-long wind and solar growth programmes, set in motion prior to the COVID-19 outbreak.The firm wants to take its offshore wind fleet to an installed capacity of 2.5GW by 2030 – it is aiming to become a national leader on this front – and intends to amass an identically-sized 2.5GW solar PV portfolio by the same year. It will also refocus on district heating and waste-to-energy projects.PGE’s decision to persist with its renewable plans despite the COVID-19 emergency does not mean its portfolio focus as Poland’s top utility – coal-fired power – is likely to change any time soon. The firm’s records for 2019 show that its generation volumes of 58.32TWh continued to be dominated by lignite (32.2TWh) and hard coal (18.94TWh). Even as they saw 2018-to-2019 declines, both coal variants towered last year over natural gas (4.49TWh) and wind (1.27TWh).[José Rojo Martín]More: Polish coal giant doubles down on 2.5GW solar push despite business retrenchmentlast_img read more

Solar-plus-storage beats fossil energy in bidding for new Israeli electric generation

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Haaretz:Gilad Yavetz, CEO of Enlight Energy, called it “an energy revolution” for Israel. On Tuesday, his company and two others were awarded the country’s first-ever contract to build photovoltaic power stations backed up by battery storage that will generate electricity at a lower cost than fossil fuels.Enlight, Doral Group and Ellomay Capital, all traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, won a tender from the Electricity Authority to supply 168 megawatts of power annually over 23 years at a price of just 19.9 agorot (less than 6 cents) a kilowatt-hour.That cost is about 25% less than the power-generation component used to set electricity rates for power generated by natural gas and coal, Israel’s two biggest sources of energy. That figure doesn’t reflect the cost of so-called externalities such as air pollution and increased incidence of respiratory disease that come with fossil fuels.“The ability to produce and store solar electricity and supply it at all hours at a price of 20 agorot per kilowatt-hour has made renewable energy competitive with conventional energy from gas at all hours of the day and enables us to produce electricity from renewables in huge amounts,” Yavetz said.In Israel, the Electricity Authority said the tender marked an important milestone on the way to meeting the goal, set by Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz last month, of generating 30% of Israel’s electricity by renewables. The goal is to wean Israel off coal use altogether, although given Israel’s big reserves, gas will remain the key power source.Doral was the main winner in the bidding, winning rights to build a 100-megawatt solar farm with storage capacity of 400 megawatts. Its shares closed up 8.6% on the TASE on Tuesday. Enlight, whose shares rose 1.6%, said it won rights to build a 48-megawatt facility. The company said it would be building a facility with 130 megawatts of capacity to ensure a steady supply to the national grid of 48 megawatts throughout the day thanks to its storage capacity.[Yoram Gabison]More: An energy revolution for Israel: Solar power to be cheaper than fossil fuel Solar-plus-storage beats fossil energy in bidding for new Israeli electric generationlast_img read more

Clips of the Week: Run, run away

first_imgThis week’s Clips of the Week celebrate the 25-year anniversary of the Internet, which was intended by its founders to always remain free and open for the betterment of society. Just think, 25 years ago you couldn’t have watched videos like this on a hand-held machine, and you probably thought you never would.From photographer Matt Trappe comes this teaser for the new documentary Running the Edge: The Colorado Trail.From WildPlans, a look at how ultra-running strips us down to our bare emotions.Brad Parsons Productions provides this simple but well-done documentary on the lifestyles and goals of runners – Behind the MadnessAn artful look back at the legendary Pikes Peak Marathon, which climbs to a height of 14,115 feet outside Colorado Springs, Colo.And lastly, a video from Montrail Footwear on trail running sensation Max King, training on Mont Blanc in Italy.last_img read more

‘Fridays on The Fly’ with BRO Athlete Brian Vincent

first_imgA year ago, I decided to try fly-fishing. I’d been kayak fishing a bunch and found a renewed zeal for the bent rod religion while chasing bass in Central Virginia. After watching some baller video of big reds crushing flies in saltwater flats, I bought my first fly rod, a Redington Pursuit 6wt.I eagerly launched into slinging the fly in my local freshwater spots. I snatched a bunch of bluegill on poppers and had a blast. But more and more, while bass fishing, the frustrations of learning to cast, and properly present, would eventually lead me to drop the fly rod and grab my spin or bait caster. You see, I make the mistake of taking all my rods when I go out. So after spooking enough fish with my bumbling fly-casting, I inevitably retreat back to the familiarity of my other rods.A week or so back, I fished the Yak Attack Tournament benefiting Heroes On The Water, in Farmville, and a bunch of the coastal Virginia guys came into town and fished with their fly rods. The post-tournament conversation, over brews, seemed to gravitate back to this subject. It got me psyched. I resolved to get back into the game.Screen shot 2015-05-29 at 10.52.08 AMOver Memorial Day weekend, I spent a few days at the family lake, and took the long rod. I hit the water at dawn and again at dusk. I focused hard on not getting discouraged and at finding some kind of rhythm. I’ve been teaching myself and so rhythm is all I know, no technique. I’m a complete noob. Learning to fly fish is work. So why do I keep trying? Somewhere in the pursuit to get better, I often stumble into a moving meditation. There are moments of pure bliss, which I know are but small tokens of the sacred joy I’ll find when I can dial up my skills at will.I had a few of those moments last weekend. A few times when the rhythm felt right, and I let fly with a popper. That popper would hit the spot and I’d start a pulse-pulse-pause strip or some variation and BAM!The water around my popper would jump with life, my rod hand would instinctually rise up and it was on. I snatched up a little freshwater slam with a bluegill, crappie, and a bass on the fly, and it lit my face with a bright smile. Memorial Day is traditionally a tough day for me, as my father died serving our great country when I was 14, but in those moments, throwing the popper, when it all came together, I felt nothing but exhilaration.If you’ve ever thought about trying fly-fishing, grab a long rod combo, some poppers, and head out at dusk. There is something transcendent about summertime popper slinging during the magic hour.Screen shot 2015-05-29 at 10.42.57 AMlast_img read more

Chaco Footwear retrofits factory to make protective masks

first_imgThe company is gearing up to potentially produce gowns and aprons as well. “This is both critical aid for our communities and an opportunity to empower our teams to lead, and we know other brands with similar resources in the outdoor industry, footwear, and fashion space will also rise to the occasion,” said Josh Weichhand, Marketing Director at Chaco. Everyone’s favorite sandal maker (or is it just mine?), Chaco Footwear, has announced that they have refocused their Michigan ReChaco factory and mobile factory bus—where sandals are repaired and products are customized– to manufacture face masks and other personal protective equipment needed by healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic is cancelling gatherings large and small, and the Washington, DC, Environmental Film Festival (DCEFF) is no exception. For the last quarter century, DCEFF has been showing environmental films to approximately 25,000 people a year. The festival was scheduled to take place March 12- March 22 but due to the pandemic the whole event will now take place online.  Meet Oliver, Colorado’s hiking ferret The largest environmental film festival will be viewable online Lauren says that in addition to hiking, Oliver enjoys camping and kayaking (don’t worry, he wears a safety vest in the water.) He also likes traveling and has visited eight national parks and traveled to six U.S. states. No matter where Oliver goes next, we hope he keeps exploring for a very long time—and that he and Lauren continue to take us along for the ride. During the virtual event, nearly half of the films showing at the festival will be available to view for free until the end of March. To learn more and view the available films, visit https://dceff.org/2020online/.  It’s been a long week, and we could all use a reason to smile, no? That reason is Oliver, a hiking ferret that has climbed his way to the top of all 11 of Colorado’s highest peaks. His adventures have been documented by his partner in crime, Lauren, on Oliver’s Instagram page (warning, some of the photos feature Oliver in a bowtie and the cuteness overload is real.) Chaco Footwear retrofits factor to make protective maskslast_img read more

USNS Comfort Completes Humanitarian Mission in Dominican Republic

first_imgBy Dialogo May 06, 2009 The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) raised anchor and departed Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, May 2. Santo Domingo was Comfort´s second stop in support of Continuing Promise 2009 (CP09) – a four-month humanitarian and civic assistance mission to Latin America and the Caribbean region. “We are very pleased with the results of our team work in providing medical services to many Dominicans,” said Navy Capt. Bob Lineberry, CP09 mission commander. “We have continued to build on our already strong relationship and enhanced our ability to continue to work together to build a better future for all.” During their time in Dominican Republic, the medical staff on board Comfort saw 11,050 patients, performed 206 surgical operations, filled 18,608 prescriptions, distributed 2,972 pairs of glasses, conducted 5,508 dental services and performed more than 8,000 veterinary services. “Our CP09 mission has been successful this year due to the outstanding support and leadership from the Dominican Armed Forces, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Agriculture,” said Lineberry. Navy Seabees aboard Comfort spent more than 100 hours building a 900-square-foot refrigerated storage room for the National Reference Laboratory that will be used for blood storage and a 15-by-15-foot classroom at the Otto Martinez schoolhouse. During a closing ceremony held at the Dominican Republic Military Headquarters May 1, Maj. Gen. Carlos Altuna Tezanos, head of the Dominican Army, thanked Lineberry, Navy Capt. James Ware, commanding officer of the hospital aboard Comfort, and the crew of the ship for their hard work and dedication. In turn, Lineberry thanked Tezanos for his cooperation and assistance in bringing Comfort to the people of Dominican Republic. “It has been an honor to work side-by-side with our Dominican friends, Ministry of Health, and local medical professionals to provide medical, dental, veterinary, engineering and educational services to many people in the Santo Domingo area,” said Lineberry. “As humanitarians we are committed to serve others and to provide accessible medical treatment for those in need. This is an essential in building a safer and more prosperous Americas for all.”last_img read more

Unloading of North Korean Ship Carrying Cuban Weapons Concludes in Panama

first_imgBy Dialogo August 13, 2013 Cuba admitted to owning the weapons, considering it “defensive and obsolete,” while North Korean authorities stated that it is “a legitimate contract” to refurbish Cuban weapons. Panamanian prosecution reported that 203,191 sacks of sugar were found in the ship. Furthermore, “several SA2 and SA3 missiles were found in pieces” in the last inspection performed on August 11, “which will be analyzed in detail by experts and specialists,” prosecutor added. On July 10, Panamanian authorities detained the North Korean vessel Chong Chon Gang under suspicion of drug trafficking, when it attempted to cross the Panama Canal from the Atlantic. After discovering the weapons aboard the ship, and in view of the United Nations sanctions against the Pyongyang government, Panama requested the UN to conduct an inspection. This delegation of experts will issue a report to help the Security Council decide if UN resolutions 1718 of 2006, 1874 of 2009, and 2094 of 2013, related to avoiding the “acquisition, transport, and transfer of war materials” to Pyongyang, were violated. After the first inspections were conducted, Police found containers carrying undeclared Cuban military equipment that was hidden under sugar cargo. However, “inspections are not finished yet, since there are some areas left to examine,” Caraballo stated. The unloading of the North Korean vessel captured in Panama and carrying undeclared Cuban weapons hidden in sugar cargo came to a n end on August 11, a day before the arrival of UN inspectors, Prosecutor Javier Caraballo, in charge of the case, reported. “In total, we have found 25 containers (with military equipment) and six military vehicles” in five compartments of the ship, the prosecutor added. The prosecutor said that war aircraft, anti-aircraft missile systems and guide equipment, rockets, explosives, and command and control trucks were found among the war materials aboard the vessel on August 7. The sugar bags were unusually stowed individually, hinting that it was probably aimed at burdening unloading activities, according to experts. last_img read more

CANSEC Brings Partner Nations Together against Common Threats

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook/Diálogo December 12, 2018 “Welcome to Trinidad and Tobago, welcome to the Caribbean Nations Security Conference (CANSEC) 2018”, said Rear Admiral Hayden Pritchard, chief of Defence Staff of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force, during his welcome remarks to defense and security leaders at the 16th annual CANSEC, held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, December 4-6, 2018. “CANSEC is a partnership program; it’s a pillar of regional stability.” Rear Adm. Pritchard took a moment during his speech to welcome U.S. Navy Admiral Craig S. Faller, who assumed duties as the commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) November 26, 2018. Rear Adm. Pritchard invited the new commander and partner nation chiefs of defense and security to address regional threats affecting the Caribbean and encouraging them to work together as a synchronized network. “We are good neighbors. In our neighborhood, the Western Hemisphere, we have more in common than anywhere else in the world and that gives us more opportunities. We have respect for human rights, we share similar values, with few exceptions, strong democratic traditions. [We’re] good neighbors that respect each other’s sovereignty, we look out for one another, looking to maximize our scarce resources, and work together,” said Adm. Faller in his first speech to Caribbean military leaders. “The flow of drugs, weapons, and illegal migrants, just to name a few of the many challenges we face in our neighborhood, all these challenges demand and our citizens demand that we achieve results, and that is why we are here today, to get things done.” SOUTHCOM sponsors the annual regional security forum to promote dialogue among defense and security leaders, consolidate their network, work jointly to defeat regional threats, and be better prepared to respond to crises. CANSEC 2018 was the Trinidad and Tobago’s third time hosting the event.Under the theme “Enhancing the framework to counter threats and respond to crisis,” participants from Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, the Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS), and the Regional Security System (RSS) debated the topics of shared understanding of threat networks and regional crisis response to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. Canada, France, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom participated as observers. Caribbean security threats “CANSEC’s topics are very relevant to what we are doing with respect to the challenges we face in the region,” said Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force Colonel Sir Trevor Thomas, chief of Defence Staff. “Our regional cooperation to counter security threats is healthy. What we need to do is continue to dialogue and look at each other’s strengths and weaknesses, and see how we can compensate each other. We don’t need to duplicate a lot of things, we need to do an inventory of our capabilities and look at the gaps to try to fill [them] up as much as possible.” Participants held round tables and bilateral meetings to discuss the security threats to the Caribbean. Narcotrafficking, proliferation of small arms trafficking, the nexus between organized crime, gang activity, violence and public corruption, foreign terrorist fighters and sources of radicalization, and pandemic and natural disasters are among the main regional security challenges. However, attendees agreed that the deterioration of Venezuela’s stability also affects CARICOM countries. “CANSEC provides an opportunity for us to interact with the other regional heads of security forces, so we can better coordinate our response to natural disasters and our response to the threats that face the Caribbean region,” said St. Kitts and Nevis Capitan Walter Bass, commander of the Coast Guard. “We are confident that the mechanism in the region that does exist includes CDEMA itself, RSS, and CARICOM IMPACS, and with the support of SOUTHCOM, we believe we are capable of addressing the issues the region faces.” Crisis response Responding to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief was on the agenda. Defense and security leaders discussed their military roles in their response to crises in a region considered the second most hazard-prone in the world. “It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when the next disaster, terror, mass migration occurs and we have to be ready,” said Adm. Faller. He expressed the importance of emergency preparedness and the need to understand each other’s capabilities. CDEMA developed the Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) tool as an innovative concept for reducing the risk and loss associated with natural disasters. CDM manages all hazards through all phases of the disaster management cycle –prevention and mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery, and rehabilitation. However, it needs to be improved at the local, regional, and international levels. “CARICOM’s two frameworks –CDEMA and IMPACS– demonstrate that the region is more effective when there is collaboration, as was seen during last year’s [2017] devastating hurricane season,” said Adm. Faller. “One thing we learned in the aftermath, with all these disasters in our military missions and in our neighborhood, is that teamwork wins.” Noncommissioned officer development In parallel to the main event, CANSEC 2018 brought together Caribbean senior noncommissioned officers (NCO) to discuss their roles. Senior NCOs had the opportunity to talk about their experiences and to exchange ideas on how to improve the professional enlisted corps. “CANSEC is a great opportunity to keep building our senior enlisted program,” said Warrant Officer Class 1 Neil W. R. Lashley, of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force Command. “We need to keep moving forward, build a strong relationship, and continue the dialogue with one another.” Compromise for the future In the face of real threats, regional leaders concluded on the importance of collective security, information sharing, and continued key threat exercises between partner nations. At the same time, they agreed, it’s necessary to enhance communication between regional organizations and to consolidate response networks for emergencies and disasters. “Actions involve accountability. I am committed to working together,” said Adm. Faller. “It’s about the collective security of all of us.”last_img read more

Orinoco Mining Arc Threatens Electricity In Venezuela

first_imgBy Diálogo September 27, 2019 Caracas — Uncontrolled gold exploitation in Venezuela’s central region threatens the source of 70 percent of the country’s electricity at a time when the system is already overwhelmed and blackouts are frequent, environmental and mining experts told Diálogo.In addition to the threat to the region’s flora and fauna due to the use of mercury and cyanide in gold mining within the Orinoco Mining Arc –– an area that represents 12 percent of Venezuela’s territory, located in northern Bolívar and Amazonas states, south of the Orinoco River — there is a direct risk to electric power generation. Gold exploitation threatens the main source of power in Venezuela: The Guri dam, also known as the Simón Bolívar hydroelectric plant, a gigantic complex that began operating in 1986.Former Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez issued a power emergency in 2008 ––which continues a decade later–– due to several reasons, including a prolonged drought that caused the water of the Guri dam to reach low levels, the government said at the time. Although the government adopted new measures to overcome the crisis, such as the implementation of an electrical power rationing program, the problems remained due to the lack of follow-up of the electric system’s expansion projects, the lack of maintenance on the Guri’s turbines, and the scarce presence of professionals, the opposition says.In March 2019, most of the country went 11 days without power in a massive blackout. Another blackout on April 10 affected Caracas. An interruption to the electrical system was reported July 22, which affected half of the country and for which the Maduro regime claimed to be the victim of an electromagnetic attack. But in many states, like Trujillo, on the Colombian border, blackouts are reported daily.Alexander Luzardo Nava, a professor at the Central University of Venezuela, a former lawmaker, and an environmental expert, warned in 2016, when Maduro created the Mining Arc, that mining activity in the area would cause a reduction in the flow of the Caroní River, upon which the Guri depends, and that mining activities that include deforestation would increase sedimentation processes.A former military commander who worked in the area and requested anonymity for security reasons confirmed Luzardo’s predictions to Diálogo: The sediment that originates in mining operations upstream ends up flowing into the Guri. “There’s a risk that these sediments will damage the turbines,” said the former service member.For Mónica Martiz Lizama, president of the research group Venezuela Minera, who has written extensively on gold and the Mining Arc, sediment is not the worst that can happen to the Venezuelan reservoir, one of the biggest in the world.“Now they tell me that Maduro’s people are talking about exploiting gold mining inside the Guri. That would be fatal for the reservoir,” said the expert to Diálogo.In addition to the risk to the Guri, Martiz says projects in the Mining Arc cause severe environmental damage. “It’s a mining pillage and an irrational exploitation,” says the expert.last_img read more