German transmission operator 50Hertz begins planning for 100% renewable energy grid

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享OffshoreWind.biz:German transmission system operator 50Hertz has launched an economic and climate initiative aiming to draw 100 per cent of the electricity delivered from renewable sources by 2032.50Hertz supplies eastern German states and the city states of Berlin and Hamburg with electricity. The TSO is in charge of developing and operating the offshore transmission grid in the German Baltic Sea.Currently, the company’s share of renewable energy in the mix is 60 per cent. It has launched the new initiative under the slogan: ”From 60 to 100 by 2032: for an economy with prospects”.To achieve this, 50Hertz will utilise new approaches to system operation, carry out consistent digitisation of the integration of an increasingly volatile electricity supply, and participate in innovative models of sector coupling to generate heat and produce hydrogen from “green” power.50Hertz CEO Stefan Kapferer said: “The transformation of our electric power supply has entered a new phase. Today’s parallel existence of a conventional fossil generation system and an energy system based on renewable sources is coming to an end. Wind and solar energy must be able to provide ancillary services in the future. We are determined to drive this transition forward, but now with new and full speed. This way, 50Hertz sends a clear signal, not only regarding climate policy, but also and especially to industry policy makers: more and more companies know that renewables are the future, and they want to align their energy supply accordingly. We want to and will support this process.”[Adnan Durakovic]More: 50Hertz goes all-in on renewables German transmission operator 50Hertz begins planning for 100% renewable energy gridlast_img read more

How long can your credit union ‘watch’ watch apps?

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Apple, once again, is redefining a technology and a new channel: wearables. Watches and glasses are the first real incarnations of wearable technologies. And the watch is driving innovation right now with Apple in the driver’s seat.Depending on which statistics you believe, Apple has sold well in excess of two million watches. Some estimates are as high as 3.5 million units. That is more than double any other smart watch manufacturer, so Apple has in months attained a leadership position.There are over 3,000 watch apps and 50 watch banking apps in the Apple App Store today. That includes apps from domestic and international banks, credit card companies and stock brokers. The actual count of apps from domestic retail banks and credit unions is probably around 20. On launch day, there were only 10.Our internal projections are that the number of watch banking apps will grow exponentially in the next 12 months. continue reading »last_img read more

City’s Guardiola full of admiration for special Bielsa

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola never played under Marcelo Bielsa but credits the Leeds United coach as one of the most important influences on his own trophy-laden managerial career.Experienced Argentine Bielsa will be managing in the Premier League for the first time next season, having steered Leeds back to the top flight after a 16-year absence.And Guardiola, for one, says England’s Premier League will be all the better for it. “He has done an exceptional job. They were exceptional last season and then didn’t get promoted. They showed a lot of character to get promoted a year later and have been consistent,” Guardiola told a news conference ahead of City’s trip to relegation-threatened Watford on Tuesday.“I was not his player, so it is difficult to talk about him. But I know the reference from a hundred million players who were with him. I was lucky enough to have the chance to talk to him. He is unique in world football because of the special way he plays. He is an authentic manager. “No other manager in the world plays the way he plays. I learnt a lot about his style, his final product. He is an incredible person. He is so special.”Former Argentina national team coach Bielsa’s managerial honours cannot compare with Guardiola’s multiple titles with Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City. But for Guardiola there is more to being a great manager than picking up silverware.The Spaniard says he rates Bielsa “at the top” and it does not matter that he has not got a glittering CV.“Winning titles helps (you) to have a job next season but at the end of your life what you remember is not the titles you have won, it is the memories you have and whether the manager taught you a lot,” Guardiola said.“What we remember are the experiences and the memories, the players you have had, the managers you have had. Marcelo is at the top of the list. Absolutely at the top of the list.” Guardiola also shared his thoughts on another manager, Nigel Pearson, who was sacked by Watford on Sunday despite leading them to the cusp of safety having been hired in December on a short-term deal with the club bottom of the table. “Before lockdown what Nigel did was incredible,” Guardiola said. “They got a lot of points with the results they got when they were on the bottom. After that, I don’t know what happened.” Watford are three points above the drop zone with two gaames remaining and visit Arsenal on the final day after hosting City.last_img read more

Opening act

first_imgThe 2010 baseball season has begun in Pittsburgh but if the Pirates aren’t careful, their heads may be the trophy hanging on the walls of a few MLB franchises. The season had some pomp and ceremony happening prior to the Los Angeles Dodgers taking the field. Pregame festivities profiled the first home game of the season by honoring Pirate outfielder Andrew McCutchen as the 2009 Baseball America Rookie of the Year. Pirates general manager Neal Huntington and Pirates manager John Russell presented McCutchen with a framed print to commemorate the event. In my opinion, McCutchen was brought up a year late. He should have been the 2008 ML Baseball America Rookie of the Year.Although extremely talented, McCutchen still has an innocence about him. He says, “Just to be able to wake up and say I’m in Pittsburgh and I’m opening up at home is great. It’s a dream come true for me just because it’s something new. I really can’t map out my No. 1 moment because it’s all been great—from opening day to just being in a Pittsburgh Pirate uniform. It’s all been an honor. It’s all been a dream.” Well, let’s hope that the dream doesn’t turn into a nightmare for the Pirates or their fans.Opening day is almost always a day of hope. Every team is 0-0, riding a no loss winning streak, tied for first place. At this embryonic point in the season every club is chasing a playoff spot and a imaginary world series ring.But let’s get to the game, in the top of the first, Pirates’ starter Zack Duke gave up a walk and two hits and before you could say “Dave Littlefield,” the Pirates were down 2-0.But in the bottom of the inning right fielder Garrett Jones went yard with a man on base and just like that it was a 2-2 ballgame. The Pirates triple outfield threat of McCutcheon, Milledge and Jones, if kept together and healthy, might cause a small bit of damage this season. There is always an air of optimism when the season begins. There is always a chance to do good things but eventually the cream rises to the top.I watched the Pirates during pre-game batting practice. There was an air of hope surrounding the club. When I watched the Dodgers warm up they had an air of expectation. It was if they expected to win. The Pirates must forego keeping hope alive, they must keep winning alive. They must stop staggering and start swaggering. They must cease being the opening act for MLB competition and become the headliner. Pittsburgh must become more “lumber company” and less “slumber company.” Hey, in case you didn’t know the Pirates beat the Dodgers by the score of 11-5. Hooray, the Bucs are undefeated.* * *Late last week somewhere in La-La land the Washington Redskins went goo, goo, ga, ga and went and got themselves a quarterback. Philadelphia Eagles QB Donovan McNabb was traded to the Skins for two unceremonious draft picks in 2010 and 2011. The 2009 starting QB for the Redskins, Jason Campbell, might as well begin to sing his final aria in the key of “S” because it is definitely soup time. Mr. Campbell was given many opportunities to lead Washington down the road to respectability but it seemed like he never really could grasp the complexities of an NFL offense nor could he adequately read NFL defenses. Now I know a few folks that have a color issue but that is asinine, to say the least. No I tell you McNabb just happened to ply his trade in a city that hates everyone and every team that does not deliver championships. This is a city that in the past had a sitting magistrate on site to deliver justice to the disenchanted rough- neck fans from the city of “brotherly love,” instantly and expeditiously.McNabb, with all his talent, just could never muster up enough “uumph” to finish the job. Also, when McNabb was transformed from the Michael Vick-like QB that he was when he was drafted out of Syracuse and forced to become a “pocket-back” something changed. The fiery, artful dodger, like atmosphere that he brought to the huddle, was subsequently squashed. His play on the field and his attitude in the huddle became more cerebral and less spiritual and spontaneous.That is what made McNabb exciting to watch. You could not figure out whether he was going to run or pass. Defensive coordinators were up all night with their acid reflux kicking in full gear not knowing which game plan to implement. The Eagles are going to miss Donovan. Head coach Andy Reid is going to miss Donovan. And if the one of the latest acquisitions for the “Skins” ex-Steelers running back “fast” Willie Parker sharpens up his pass catching skills, well Mr. McNabb may be just what the doctor ordered.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@gmail.com or 412.583.6741.)last_img read more

Pick 6: College football coaches on the rise

first_imgIn this Oct. 5, 2013, file photo, South Florida head coach Willie Taggart celebrates with fans after the team defeated Cincinnati during an NCAA college football game in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara, File)Now that Chris Petersen has left Boise State for Washington, college football needs another coach from outside the so-called Big 5 conferences that will have his name come up for almost every big job.Six coaches whose names are likely to come up often when the jobs start coming open this season.___Matt Campbell, Toledo.At 34 years old, Campbell begins his third full season as the Rockets’ coach and is still one of the youngest head coaches in the country. The former quarterback at Division III powerhouse Mount Union is 17-9 with the Rockets, who are expected to contend for a MAC title again. If he’s not coaching in a Big 5 conference before he’s 40, it’ll be surprising.Doc Holliday, Marshall.It’s taken a few years for Holliday, a native of Hurricane, West Virginia, to sort things out at Marshall but he’s got it rolling now. The Thundering Herd went 10-4 last season and is primed for another big year in Conference USA. The 57-year-old former Mountaineers player and assistant coach also did a stint at Florida under Urban Meyer. If West Virginia were dive back into the coaching market, Holliday seems like an obvious candidate.Mark Hudspeth, Louisiana.Hudspeth has put up three straight 9-4 seasons in Lafayette, Louisiana, and become something of a social media sensation for his impressive work in the weight room — he bench presses about as much as a linebacker. The Ragin’ Cajuns are poised for another big year and with his roots in the south, he seems like a natural to eventually land in the SEC.Pete Lembo, Ball State.Wake Forest and Connecticut both gave Lembo a look after last season. It was a long look from Wake Forest. The 44-year-old Lembo has won everywhere he has been, including 25-13 in three years at Ball State, a program that had cratered before he took over. Lembo signed a new contract this offseason that makes him the highest-paid coach in the MAC. An even bigger payday might not be far away.Tim DeRuyter, Fresno State.The Bulldogs had lost their way. In two years, DeRuyter (20-6) has helped them find it again. Things get tougher this season with quarterback Derek Carr gone and one of the toughest nonconference schedules in the country. If DeRuyter can navigate through those two obstacles and lead Fresno State on another Mountain West title run, interest will be high for the 51-year-old former defensive coordinator.Willie Taggart, South Florida.Taggart’s first season with the Bulls started so poorly, he never could dig out. Coming off 2-10 season, some of the shine is off the former Stanford assistant under Jim Harbaugh. Still, the 37-year-old appears to have a bright future and a quick turnaround could put him back on the fast track to bigger things.last_img read more

Rob Rice Homes: Top Heating Systems from Sunset Air

first_imgSubmitted by Barb Lally for Rob Rice HomesMatt Jones, new construction project manager for Sunset Air at the Rob Rice Community of Campus Peak during an install of the heating system.Rob Rice Homes has partnered with Sunset Air for decades to provide the best heating systems available for our homes. Matt Jones, new construction project manager for Sunset Air, explains why their heating systems are superior to others, both in technology and energy efficiency. Matt also provides tips to keep a heating system working well and a home comfortable for years. The partners who help build our homes share our high standards and provide the best product and craftsmanship to maintain the long lasting value of every Rob Rice Home.From Matt Jones, Sunset Air:One of the reasons Sunset Air has successfully worked with Rob Rice Homes for more than 20 years is that their core values mirror ours. We both genuinely care about doing the very best for homeowners by focusing on exceptional customer service during the building process and beyond.Sunset Air and Rob Rice Homes are both local companies serving the greater South Sound community. The majority of our employees choose to live and raise their families right here. We strive to do right by our customers because we want to contribute and be positive members of our community.Skilled technicians, better productsSunset Air is proud of its highly-qualified installers who take pride in their craft. That pride goes into every one of the heating systems that we install for Rob Rice Homes. Our dynamic work force is always looking to improve and do our very best for the customer, it is a big part of what separates Sunset Air out from the rest.We also strive to use the latest technology and techniques for the most efficient transfer of the heat from the furnace into the home.  The furnaces we install are highly efficient for the most energy savings for those homeowners.Sunset Air installs superior heating systems in all Rob Rice Homes, here at a home in Campus Peak.Sunset Air has been proud to partner with the manufacturer Carrier for nearly 40 years for our heating systems. Carrier is a superior brand that provides maximum comfort and efficiency for families. We install 96.5% energy-efficient gas furnaces on all of Rob Rice Homes that have natural gas. The furnace’s efficiency rating and its motor exceed what is accepted in most new homes. We certainly could install a lesser furnace, but we do not cut corners at Sunset Air. Neither does Rob Rice. We strive for quality and excellence in all we do.The State of Washington Energy Code requires that all forced air heating duct-work systems are performance-tested for potential air leakage that could cost a homeowner a lot of money over the years.Before we finalize our work on the system, a state certified Sunset Air technician tests the system by blocking all the registers and grills in the house and then pressurizing the duct-work to expose any potential areas of loss. We aim to meet and exceed the standards set by the state for an efficient system.Customer Care and Ongoing ServiceOnce your Rob Rice Home is ready, we meet with customers for a complimentary new-homeowner orientation from Sunset Air.During this appointment, a Sunset Air technician personally walks homeowners through the operation and use of their heating system. If needed, the tech shows them how to properly utilize their thermostat, how the fresh air system works and answers any questions they may have. We also provide fresh air filters for the new system.A Rob Rice homeowner’s first year’s service maintenance visit is also provided by Sunset Air at no additional cost.A continued service agreement through Sunset Air will help protect the investment in a new home and ensure the home’s comfort even during the harshest of weather conditions. Our service agreement provides a homeowner with premium pricing on filters, parts and discounted service labor rates during after hours service calls.Protect Your System Long-termSunset Air, like Rob Rice Homes, is a local company.The best way to keeping your heating system operating at its peak performance is through regular, yearly maintenance by a qualified and factory-trained company. There are also things that can be done on the homeowner’s end that are vitally important to the overall health and well being of the system.A simple way to keep your system operating efficiently is to regularly change filters or clean them if they are washable. The build-up of dust particulate in the filter can be harmful. A clogged filter restricts airflow causing the furnace to work harder to move the air throughout the house. The stress on the furnace can lead to failures of mechanical parts down the road. Not only does it hinder the performance or longevity of the equipment, but it also hinders the indoor air quality and comfort in the house.If the homeowners have a heat pump, I recommend they check the area around the heat pump. Clear the heat pump of any debris and make sure any bushes or trees are cut back away from it at least one foot.Sunset Air stands out in our commitment to the customer beginning with the very early stages of a project. We focus on a good design of the heating system to ensure comfort and efficiency for the homeowners for many years. We strive for excellence in the installation of our systems in every Rob Rice Home.A homeowner can be assured that their heating system is exceptional, one that matches the quality of everything that contributes to a superior Rob Rice Home.Visit Sunset Airs’ website at www.sunsetair.com and at the Facebook and Twitter page.Rob Rice is Thurston County’s largest local home builder and was voted the Best of South Sound for 2013 and 2014. He and his wife Helena live in Olympia with their two sons, Alex Michael and Carson. Rob is a graduate of Washington State University with degrees in construction management and architecture.For more information about a Rob Rice Homes community please visit our website Facebook10Tweet0Pin0last_img read more