Final testing under way at expanded Hornsdale big battery in Australia

first_imgFinal 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 stagelast_img read more

Eager buyers hungry for the complete package

first_imgImage of proposed home for Lot 12, 399 Beckett Rd, Bridgeman Downs. Photo: Supplied.A brand new home in an estate that has not even been built yet has sold for $815,000 as demand heats up for house and land packages.The five-bedroom, three-bathroom home is proposed for Lot 12 of Harrington Estate at 399 Beckett Rd, Bridgeman Downs.Marketing agent Barry Herbert of Ausbuild – Capalaba said the estate was due to be finished in November, then building would begin on the houses.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019Image of proposed home for Lot 12, 399 Beckett Rd, Bridgeman Downs. Pic supplied.Mr Herbert said three-quarters of the first stage of Harrington Estate (about 40 lots) had already been sold. He said the house and land package at Lot 12 had been purchased by a young family looking to upsize.“The packages include everything except landscaping, so they know they can move in and only have to spend money on landscaping but everything else is done,” Mr Herbert said.The package includes security screens, a fencing allowance, window coverings and kitchen whitegoods.There is also a media room, double car garage and alfresco outdoor area.The suburb of Bridgeman Downs has a median house price of $775,000.last_img read more

Queensland cricketer Peter Forrest is on the move

first_imgPeter Forrest playing for the Queensland Bulls in the Sheffield Match at the SCG. Picture: Phil HillyardQUEENSLAND cricketer Peter Forrest and his wife Rachel have listed their Cannon Hill home for sale.The couple, who have a 10 month old son, bought the house at 52 Aster St, in 2012. Back then it was a three-bedroom house. They have since renovated it and transformed it into a much more substantial five-bedroom home.Mr Forrest said they were actually renting in Sydney when they first bought the house which turned out to be perfect for them.As they had been living in Western Sydney they wanted something much closer to the city when they relocated to Brisbane and found that at Cannon Hill.“We looked around and found Cannon Hill and this house, It was only a three-bedroom settler’s cottage when we first bought it,’’ Mr Forrest said.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours ago52 Aster St, Cannon Hill.Buying the house coincided with Mr Forrest being picked for the Australian cricket team so the couple decided to push ahead quickly with their renovation plans.While they loved the results Mr Forrest said it was time for something different and they thought now was a good time to sell.“We think that it is a good time to sell with Cannon Hill going off a little bit,’’ he said.The split-level home is on 405sq m of land. The original external elements of the home have been retained including timber casement windows and leadlight inserts in the front door.52 Aster St, Cannon Hill.There are polished hoop pine floors throughout the home and a modern kitchen. It is listed through Glenn Bool and Caiti Shaw of Place Estate Agents for auction on March 8.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:29Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:29 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenChris Hemsworth’s Byron Bay mega-mansion00:29 Related videos 00:29Chris Hemsworth’s Byron Bay mega-mansion00:33Salim Mehajer: From glamour to jail00:35Gina Rinehart’s property portfolio00:38Socceroos star sells Lower Plenty dream home00:40Celebrity homes in Noosa00:31Historic home for salelast_img read more

Containerships’ First LNG-Fueled Newbuild Launched

first_imgThe first of four LNG-fueled container vessels being built for Finnish shipping company Containerships has been launched at Wenchong Shipyard in China. The launching ceremony for the 1,368 TEU Containerships Nord was held on November 4.The shipbuilding work of the first vessel continues now on an outfitting pier where interior, such as piping, cabling, smaller machinery and furnishings, of the vessel will be installed. The main engine factory acceptance was completed in September and the LNG tanks have been accepted and are ready to be installed at the shipyard, the company said.The launching of the first LNG-powered vessel was followed by the keel laying of the second vessel, which is now under construction. The block production for the second vessel is nearly completed and 148 blocks have been accepted. The main engine testing is planned for the end of November, according to Containerships.The steel for the third vessel was cut in May and for the fourth vessel in September.In 2018, Containerships will have the total of four new LNG-fueled vessels in operation in the Baltics and North Sea. The first vessel is expected to start sailing during the first half of 2018, depending on the completion of sea trials.The construction of the four vessels is part of the EU DOOR2LNG project aimed at turning the multimodal door-to-door logistics chain completely to LNG. In total, EUR 17 million was granted to Containerships, of which EUR 10 million is allocated for four LNG vessels for North and Baltic Sea operations and EUR 7 million for the upgrade of the port infrastructure and development of cargo handling capacity in ports of Helsinki, Rotterdam and Teesport.Additionally, the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) decided to invest EUR 5 million in supporting the company’s environmental strategy in the Baltic Sea region.On November 10, the company said that its up to EUR 70 million bonds 2015/2016 will be redeemed in advance. The date of the redemption will be December 15, 2017. On the same day, Containerships placed a EUR 60 million senior secured bond under a framework of up to EUR 100 million. As explained, the proceeds from the transaction will be used to refinance the company’s existing bond and for general corporate purposes including investments and acquisitions.“Not only does the bond issue allow the company to lower its cost of financing; it will enable the company to deliver on its ambition of launching Europe’s first fully LNG-based supply chain, positioning it at the vanguard of European short sea logistics,” Kari-Pekka Laaksonen, CEO of Containerships, commented.last_img read more

Bulldogs Freshman Basketball Results

first_imgThe Batesville Freshman Boys Basketball team lost to both Milan and Plainfield on Saturday. The first game against Milan was close up until the end, but Milan managed to close out the game and win by 3 when Seth Gausman failed to connect on a three pointer to tie the game with just a few seconds left on the clock.Milan got out to an early 7-4 lead after the first quarter.  They then extended that lead to 5 going into halftime with a score of 20-15. Batesville came out strong after the half and tied the game at 25 by the end of the 3rd quarter. It wasn’t enough, however, as Milan did a great job closing out the game down the stretch. Batesville was led by Seth Gausman with 8, followed by 7 from Charlie Dice.The Bulldogs played a double header and faced Plainfield that same evening. The game started out close with a 1st quarter score of 11-8 in Plainfield’s favor. Once the second quarter started, Plainfield took a commanding lead, heading into halftime with a score of 31-14 and continued to stay in control throughout the game. By the end of the 3rd quarter, it was 42 – 17. The final score was 48 – 23. The Bulldogs were led by Seth Gausman with 8 points and John Thompson with 7.Their next game is Monday, December 12th vs Jennings County at Batesville High School.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Sean Boyce.last_img read more

Deery Series makes 50th visit to 34 Raceway

first_imgWEST BURLINGTON, Iowa – 34 Raceway celebrates the Big 5-0, then gets an early start at celebrating Independence Day next Tuesday.The Deery Brothers Summer Series makes its 50th visit to West Burlington on July 3. Touring IMCA Late Models chase a top check of $2,000 with a minimum of $300 paid to start the main event.34 Raceway was the site of the first-ever IMCA Late Model tour event, won by hometown driver Jay Johnson on April 11, 1987. The series has since traveled to West Burlington more often than any other track in its 31-plus years, with the single event record of 71 entries set there in 2006.Thirty-one different drivers have won Deery features at 34, the most recent of them Nick Marolf of Mos­cow on opening night of the 2017 series.“It’s an important milestone coming up on Tuesday, for IMCA and the Deery Series as well as 34 Raceway,” noted Tour Director Kevin Yoder. “34 was a fixture on the series schedule for so many years. It’s is always great to go back to the track where the Deery Series got its start.”IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars are also on the program, running for IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, EQ Cylinder Heads Northern Region and Iowa State points.Pit gates open at 3 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow. Spectator admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students, and free for kids 10 and under when accompanying a paid adult.Pit passes are $35 and fireworks follow the evening’s race program.All law enforcement officers get in free (with ID) on Law Enforcement Night. The midweek show is also a fundraiser for COPS (Concerns of Police Survivors).More information is available by calling 319 752-3434 and at the website.Point leader Justin Kay of Wheatland equaled the series record of four straight main event victo­ries by winning the 2017 finale and the first three events this season. Winners since then have been Curt Martin of Independence, Andy Eckrich of Oxford and, last night at Benton County Speed­way, Jeremiah Hurst of Dubuque.This is the 27th season the series has enjoyed title sponsorship by the Deery Brothers Automotive Group.Deery Brothers Summer Series top 20 point standings – 1. Justin Kay, Wheatland, 247; 2. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque, 219; 3. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon, 217; 4. Curt Martin, Independence, 208; 5. Todd Cooney, Pleasant Hill, 203; 6. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove, 197; 7. Nick Marolf, Moscow, 188; 8. Chad Holladay, Muscatine, 186; 9. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa, Iowa, 154; 10. Andy Eckrich, Oxford, 150; 11. Tim Simpson, Iowa City, 141; 12. Rob Moss, Iowa City, 140; 13. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, 139; 14. Matt Ryan, Davenport, 138; 15. Chad Coyne, Orion, Ill., 125; 16. Terry Neal, Ely, 115; 17. Eric Sanders, Sherrard, Ill., and Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, both 113; 19. Denny Eckrich, Tiffin, 104; 20. Charlie McKenna, Ames, 95.last_img read more

Has President Trump Been Tested for COVID-19?

first_imgThe White House has stated that President Donald Trump doesn’t need a coronavirus test, despite several members of his political circle self-quarantining after they came into contact with a man later diagnosed with the disease.They include Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz, who rode in “The Beast” limousine with Trump in the Sunshine State on Monday, before climbing up the steps of Air Force One behind the President. Incoming White House chief of staff Mark Meadows is also staying home until Wednesday despite his test coming back negative.Another Trump friend, Rep. Doug Collins, a Georgia Republican, was pictured shaking hands with the President on Friday.Revelations that the disease was only one step removed from the President himself underlined how its advance could put any American at risk and are unlikely to quell public anxiety.They also underscore the elevated risk to politicians whose work necessarily brings them into contact with large numbers of people, especially in the heat of a general election year.The drama is focusing attention on the fact that the three men left vying for the White House are all in their mid-to-late 70s, a group with a high set of risk factors for coronavirus complications.Several members of Congress are self-quarantined after attending last week’s C-PAC conference – including Florida Congress man who came in close contact with President Trump. Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz flew to Washington with the President aboard Air Force one and rode with the President in his car. The Vice President Mike Pence told reporters that he has not been tested.Pence not testedThe White House has not said if the President has been tested nor did they address the testing of any staff or close advisors to the President.ABC News is reporting that the President had not been tested for COVID-19.President Trump may have been exposed to the virus when he went to the political conference, CPAC as did the Vice President went to CPAC. The ABC correspondent reported, “They’re like two degrees removed from this person that tested positive, and now it feels like it’s getting even closer to the President because of Matt Gaetz being on his plane yesterday.”The issue of Trump’s health coincided with an alarming day as the number of infected Americans rose above 700, hard-hit Italy went into total lockdown and Wall Street stocks crashed to their worst day since the Great Recession amid widening fears that the crisis could tip the economy into a recession. The Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday asked all personnel based at its headquarters to work from home due to an employee who may have the virus, becoming the first federal agency to ask its Washington employees to stay home.Top White House officials tried to dispense calm amid rising panic, promising significant measures to stimulate the economy and pointing out that the risk to most Americans remained low.last_img read more

Tobago 2016 Cycle Classic: Geron Williams finishes third in 50-lap road race on day-three

first_imgGUYANA’s National road race champion Geron Williams had to settle for third in the 2016 edition of the Tobago Cycling Classic which culminated yesterday in the Twin Island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.Williams,after resting on Thursday,after two days of competition, could not hold off last year’s champion and the eventual winner of Friday’s leg of the Classic series, Jamaican Marloe Rodman who found the form he showed last year.It has been reported that Rodman, representing Team PSL, made good use of Thursday’s rest day as he came out with energy to win the Plymouth Criterium ,which saw the cyclists pedal for 65km (50 laps) in divison one. Rodman, who won the four stage Tobago Classic last year, finished ahead of Nick Stopler (second) of the Netherlands and Williams, respectrively.The overall leader heading into yesterday’s final stage was Dutchman Arno Van Der Zwet of Team PSL, while Stopler is second overall and Oscar Pachon (Colombia/Team Cocos) is third.Williams,Guyana’s only professional cyclist and riding for Team Foundation of the U.S, along with other Guyanese – Raynauth `Obeahman’ Jeffrey, Hamzah Eastman, and Jamal John – was scheduled to contest the fourth and final leg of the event yesterday,which is a 60-lap Criterium around the Market Square at Wilson Road in Scarborough.Jeffrey, Eastman and John are all representing different teams and it should be noted that the Guyanese are not a national unit.Other Guyanese that were expected to be in action yesterday were Jebon and Romello Crawford ,who contested the Division Two category and were down to contest a 20 lap/20km criterium.Riders from Colombia, Germany, Netherlands, Dominican Republic, Sweden, Venezuela, France, Antigua, Cuba, Martinique, Canada, Jamaica, Argentina, USA, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados and Denmark participated in the annual event.last_img

Holding scoffs at Brian Lara, says never interested in what he says

first_imgFORMER West Indies captain Brian Lara was a delight to watch when in full flow. The highest run-getter in Tests for the West Indies was a class apart as people from far and wide used to throng the stadiums just to watch him bat.The style and finesse the left-hander had, no other cricketer possessed in his generation. The 48-year-old turned back the clock but this time with the microphone while delivering the 2017 MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture at the Lord’s cricket ground.Lara spoke at length about a lot of incidents and also went on to criticise Michael Holding for his conduct during West Indies’ 1980 tour of New Zealand.Legendary fast bowler Holding shot back at Lara and dismissed his criticism of his conduct during West Indies’ 1980 tour of New Zealand, saying he has “never been interested” in the batting great’s opinions. “I am not interested in whatever Brian Lara says. Never was, never will be,” that was Holding’s blunt response when PTI asked him to comment on what Lara said against the 63-year-old while delivering the lecture last Monday.It is well-known that both the West Indies’ greats, Lara and Holding, are not the best of friends.During the MCC lecture, Lara spoke about he was “embarrassed” by the unsportsmanlike conduct of the West Indies in the 80s and 90s.He specifically spoke about an incident that took place during the series against New Zealand in 1980, when Holding kicked the stumps in frustration.“Michael Holding decided he was no longer a cricketer, he was a footballer and he kicked a stump. I am sure the occurrences during that period had a big effect on cricket,” said Lara at Lord’s.While Lara took the opportunity to slam Holding yesterday, the “Whispering Death” has accused the legendary batsman of “getting away with murder” during his reign.Holding, speaking to PTI over the phone from London, also spoke about the much-hyped comparison of Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli, especially after the latter completed 30 ODI hundreds in the just concluded series against Sri Lanka.“There is a long, long way to go (before he gets close to Tendulkar’s record) but he is certainly a great batsman,” said Holding.Asked if Kohli is a better batsman compared to Tendulkar or vice-versa, the Jamaican added: “Well, I don’t like comparisons.”Though Kohli himself has said he is not chasing Tendulkar’s mind-boggling 100 international hundreds, the 28-year-old already has 47 centuries to his name.India have an envious Test record under Kohli with the team recently winning its eighth series in a row, albeit most of them were won in the sub-continent.Holding said time will only tell if the current Indian team can win outside the sub-continent. The team have tough tours of England and South Africa lined-up next year.“I don’t know. They have to do it to prove it. The proof of the cake is in the eating. So we will just have to wait and see what they do (outside the sub-continent). You can’t predict these things,” Holding said. (PTI).last_img read more

Trojans meet a different Bruins squad Saturday

first_imgWhen the Trojans travel across town to face UCLA on Saturday, they might notice something missing from Pauley Pavilion, the home of college basketball’s most storied program. That would be the Bruins’ luster, lost amid a sputtering start by a team that reached the NCAA Final Four as recently as 2008.Ball control · Senior guard Mike Gerrity and the Trojans have suffered from late-game miscues recently. Gerrity also sees the need for aggressiveness on the floor, which will lead to free throw opportunities.- Avi Kushlan | Daily Trojan “It’s probably not their strongest year in the past five,” said redshirt senior guard Mike Gerrity.While the Trojans (10-6, 2-2) have exceeded expectations this season with victories against the likes of UNLV and Tennessee, the Bruins are struggling to keep up. No longer the dominant team in Los Angeles, UCLA (7-9, 2-2) is off to its worst start in seven years.But the Trojans aren’t taking their opponent lightly.“In the Pac-10, every game every team comes out to play, no matter if you’re in first place or 10th place,” Gerrity said. “We’re still expecting a tough ball game.”That kind of mindset should come in handy, especially because UCLA has begun to show signs of life. After losing four of their first six games, the Bruins have reversed course by going 4-2 since their loss to Notre Dame on     Dec. 19.UCLA’s recent revival includes a 76-75 overtime victory against California, the same team that handed the Trojans a 67-59 loss last Saturday.Still searching for its first road win of the season, USC must address late-game miscues from that contest in order to get past the Bruins.Turnovers, offensive fouls and missed shots doomed the Trojans in the final minutes against Cal. USC also had trouble scoring near the rim and went to the free throw line just five times.“I know personally the past two games I haven’t been to the free throw line once,” Gerrity said. “We definitely want to be more aggressive, get to the basket and force defenses to play us.”Along with taking a more active approach on offense, the Trojans will look to contain UCLA guards sophomore Malcolm Lee and senior Michael Roll, who both average close to 14 points per game. USC currently ranks second in the nation in points allowed per game at 55.2, behind Arizona State.Gerrity, who played for Pepperdine and Charlotte before transferring to USC last year, will be facing the Bruins for the first time.“I’m excited,” he said. “I’ve grown up in Southern California, and I’ve seen the [USC-UCLA] rivalry my entire life. To be part of it — be on the court and hopefully contribute to a win — would just be exciting.”Tip off is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.last_img read more