Final testing under way at expanded Hornsdale big battery in Australia FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:The Tesla big battery at Hornsdale in South Australia is entering the final testing of its expanded capacity, and is achieving some significant new records and milestones that would be expected when the world’s biggest lithium ion battery gets even bigger.The Hornsdale battery set a world record for a lithium-ion battery installation when it was installed in late 2017 with capacity of 100MW/129MWh. It has played an important control in providing frequency control and emergency back-up – both critical in helping keep the lights on during major network problems – as well as doing the normal storage thing of energy arbitrage, buying at the lows and selling at the peaks.It is now being expanded to a capacity of 150MW/194MWh, and is adding new services, particularly synthetic inertia, that will allow it to replicate more of the services once exclusive to fossil fuel generators in South Australia, and allow the grid to take another important step towards the shift to the state government target of “net 100 per cent renewables.”The expanded Hornsdale Power Reserve (its official name) is owned by the French renewable energy developer Neoen and located next to the 315MW Hornsdale wind facilities, and got the OK to connect last month. It is now going through testing that allows it to progress through various “hold points” that it can straddle once the market operator is satisfied with the outcome.On Tuesday, in the latest series of tests, the Hornsdale battery did a rapid 270MW flip – from charging at 120MW to discharging at 150MW. It appears to have flipped between the two on several different occasions – at least one of which had an immediate impact on the wholesale price of electricity, pushing it down to the peppercorn price of just above $8/MWh.Those 270MW flips – from the level of discharge to the level of charge – are likely a world record in both speed and extent of the change. And it’s this flexibility of the big batteries such as Hornsdale, and others at Dalrymple North, Lake Bonney, Gannawarra and Ballarat, that is particularly attractive to project owners and valuable to AEMO, the market operator.[Giles Parkinson]More: Tesla big battery sets new record as testing for Hornsdale expansion enters final stage
Miami lawyers band together to help children January 15, 2003 Regular News Miami- Dade County’s private legal sector has teamed up with Lawyers for Children America and the Voices for Children Foundation, which raises funds for the county’s guardian ad litem program.Like its founding organizations, this new effort, The South Florida Lawyers Speak for Children Campaign, commits itself to raising money for abused and neglected children, but as the chair of Voices, Norman Powell, points out:“Our goal is not just to fund-raise. . . but to raise awareness. We are working with a community that has the ability to be a voice for change, to become informed advocates and apostles for this cause.”What better advocates for the cause than the lawyers who see how the court system works, or in many cases doesn’t work. Co-chairs of the South Florida Lawyers Speak for Children campaign, Mike Eidson and Michael Hanzman, encourage skeptical attorneys to check out the juvenile justice system at work.“The courthouse is abysmal. . . the guardian ad litem attorneys are working out of trailers,” Hanzman said. “They are understaffed and underpaid.”He said praise for the region’s guardian program’s efforts is warranted, but with steep cutbacks by the state government and overcrowding in offices, many children simply get swept under the welfare rug.“We need to get private commitments to finance,” Powell said. “Otherwise, the kids get lost in the shuffle.”Hanzman and Eidson agree the magnitude of this problem may be abstract to some, but the reality inspires them to make a difference.“It’s amazing how out of touch we can get practicing law at the level we practice. . . my work doesn’t take me down to the juvenile court house,” Hanzman said. “You can’t find a situation in life where a young person has less of a chance than when they have been abandoned or neglected by their own parents. That’s just the reality of it.”Hanzman and Eidson, unwilling to sit back and watch the future of America become neglected by the same institutions set in place to safeguard them, emphasize the importance of awareness.“I knew I was asking people to go out and raise money for something that they hadn’t thought about,” Eidson said. “But all the others joined up enthusiastically. We want to make a statement. We want to make this work.”For a campaign whose slogan is “With Your Help, We Can Just Be Kids,” the question becomes “is there an acceptable excuse for not getting involved?”For more information about the South Florida Lawyers Speak for Children Campaign call Robyn Perlman at (954) 924-9921 Miami lawyers band together to help children
33SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Engaging Social Media Content is Essential to Online Marketing SuccessOne of the services we provide clients is to curate effective content for their social media platforms. We make a lot of the same suggestions, so here’s a list of the top 8 kinds of content we recommend. Consider these as you build your Credit Union’s own social media content marketing strategy.1. Tips & Tricks, VideosThese work best when they are made as a post (with an image of some kind) that demonstrates a short but useful tip. We also like to use short tip videos as well, you can find these from sources like ClickVue, which offers a very affordable monthly subscription for Credit Unions.Here’s one video we just posted for a client about credit card tips for college students… continue reading »
Topics : “These aren’t necessarily offices,” Zuckerberg said, although the company would likely create “some kind of physical space” to foster community. “The idea for these hubs is that we want to create scale. We want to focus the recruiting energy in some cities where we can get to hundreds of engineers.”The total effect on costs of the shift to remote work is unclear, Zuckerberg said. Savings related to real estate, food and labor costs will be partially offset by additional expenses for travel and logistics associated with home offices.He said the company was committed to keeping its current office spaces, which include a tony Menlo Park headquarters designed by architect Frank Gehry, featuring a rooftop garden and a courtyard sheltered by redwood trees.The sky-high compensation packages common in Silicon Valley will not necessarily be transferred to other parts of the country, however. Zuckerberg said salaries will be adjusted if Facebook employees opt to live in less-pricey regions, consistent with the company’s existing cost-of-living calculations.“We pay very well, basically at the top of the market, but we pay a market rate. And that varies by location, so we’re going to continue that principle here,” he said.Internal surveys indicate that about 60 percent of Facebook employees preferred a flexible approach to work, with a mix of remote and office-based functions, Zuckerberg said.Within that group, he said, just under half reported they would move to another region if given the option.He said there were no differences in the results by gender. Facebook Inc will permanently embrace remote work even after coronavirus lockdowns ease, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Thursday, accelerating the tech sector’s geographic diversification away from its home in Silicon Valley.Zuckerberg said the world’s largest social network would start “aggressively opening up remote hiring” in July, expecting that about half its workforce would eventually do their jobs outside Facebook’s offices over the next five to 10 years.The company would take a more “measured approach” with existing employees based on job function and past performance, he said, and set a January 1, 2021 deadline for staff to update the company on their new locations for tax purposes. The move is the most significant yet by a tech giant to reimagine what work culture will look like in a post-coronavirus world, as the pandemic upends office and commuting habits for companies around the world.It follows similar announcements earlier this month by social media rival Twitter and payments company Square, both led by Jack Dorsey, which were the first tech companies to permit remote work indefinitely.But Facebook is a much larger company, with nearly 50,000 employees, and it went further in laying out a novel proposed structure for remote work. Its decision is likely to have a pronounced impact on the San Francisco area, where the tech sector’s rapid growth has strained regional infrastructure.Facebook, which has already said it will stick to plans to hire 10,000 engineers and product employees this year, will also build three new “hubs” in Atlanta, Dallas and Denver where remote workers in those areas could occasionally convene.
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 13, 2011Thurston County Fair Office Enter Thurston County Fair’s Quilt Block Contest on Monday, July 25, 2011 at the Thurston County Fairground’s Heritage Hall between 3:00pm -7:00pm. Quilt Block Kits are available for $7.95 at Ruby Street Quiltworks on 100 Ruby Street SE, Tumwater, WA 98501. You can use this fabric to make any block pattern from the fabrics, but you cannot add any other fabric from outside the packet. Participants should bring their finished quilt block no wider than 12 ½” square, which will be judged on accuracy of construction and creative use of the supplied fabric. All squares will be displayed in Heritage Hall during the Thurston County Fair, and twelve squares will be kept by the Thurston County Fair to be made into a quilt and raffled off at next year’s fair. Enter Quilt Blocks at the Thurston County Fair For more information, please contact the fair office at (360)786-5453, or visit the fair website at www.co.thurston.wa.us/fair. “TEN GALLONS OF FUN AT THE THURSTON COUNTY FAIR”,August 3-7, 2011