Taiwanese Offshore Wind Gets O&M Guidelines

first_imgBMT Asia Pacific, IT Power and Ramboll have completed the second phase of their project that started in 2014 with an aim to provide Taiwan’s offshore wind industry with a series of guidelines for the future developments around the island. The first phase of the project provided guidelines for the design and construction of offshore wind projects and was presented in November 2014. The second phase of the project, focusing on guidelines for operations and maintenance, is now complete and consultants from the three companies travelled to Taiwan during October to hold a workshop on O&M with local developers and the wider industry.The delivery of this work is particularly well timed following the installation of two offshore met masts over the past couple of months – the first offshore construction work for Taiwan’s demonstration projects, BMT said in a press release today.The final installment of the guidelines, which will concentrate on the planning and preparation of future projects within zonal developments, is set to be delivered during 2016.Funded by Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), which is supporting the industry as co-ordinator and the primary technical institute, this project is producing recommendations based on best practice approaches and case studies from European industries whilst reflecting Taiwan’s policy, environmental conditions and industrial setting.The Government of Taiwan is actively promoting wind energy, with a particular focus on offshore development, as part of its aim to achieve around 14GW of renewable generation capacity by 2030. Taiwan’s heavy reliance on imported hydrocarbons, abundant offshore wind energy resource and onshore spatial constraints all act as key drivers for developing offshore wind capacity.The current plans are to establish at least two offshore wind demonstration projects by the end of 2016 and expand this by rolling out a series of projects by the end of the decade, expected to be between 100 to 300MW capacity each.By 2030 Taiwan intends to increase its overall wind power capacity (onshore and offshore) from the current ~600MW to 4,200MW under an ambitious renewable energy plan by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).last_img read more

ESCP Holds Exhibitions on Tipner Lake Defenses

first_imgEastern Solent Coastal Partnership (ESCP) together with the Portsmouth City Council recently organized two drop-in sessions on new coastal defenses at Tipner Lake.The exhibitions, held in late-February at the Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth and the Howard Road Community Centre, were a huge success, according to ESCP.These new coastal defenses are being built as part of the North Portsea Island Coastal Flood Defense scheme which has been designed to reduce the risk of coastal flooding and erosion to the area over the next 100 years.This phase of the works will be from the Mountbatten Centre, Twyford Avenue to the Ports Creek Roundabout and will form Phase 3 of the North Portsea Island works.Construction is due to start in April / May 2017, with completion expected in autumn 2019.Phase 1 of the works, completed in August 2016, was at Anchorage Park and Phase 2, completed in October 2016, took place at Milton Common.[mappress mapid=”23700″]last_img read more

Don’t do it Tony’s way

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In absentia: Jean Shaw vs James Scott Builders

first_imgTo continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe now for unlimited accesslast_img read more

Depp’s ‘assassin’ comments the latest in celebrity anger

first_img SHARE Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. NEW YORK (AP) Johnny Depp has sparked controversy for joking about assassinating Donald Trump during an appearance at a large festival in Britain, the latest example of artists using violent imagery when dealing with the president.“When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?” Depp asked the crowd at Glastonbury Festival, in reference to the death of Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth in 1865.The 54-year-old “Pirates of the Caribbean” star then added: “I want to qualify, I am not an actor. I lie for a living. However, it has been awhile and maybe it is time.”The Secret Service in a statement said Friday it “is aware of the comments in question. For security reasons, we cannot discuss specifically nor in general terms the means and methods of how we perform our protective responsibilities.”Depp was at the festival Thursday to introduce a screening of his 2004 film, “The Libertine.” He played Trump last year in a Funny or Die video parody of the businessman’s 1987 book, “The Art of the Deal.”He seemed to know his comments were going to get him into trouble, prefacing his remarks with, “By the way, this is going to be in the press. It will be horrible.” Depp’s remarks came eight days after a gunman opened fire on Republican lawmakers as they practiced for a charity baseball game.Depp’s remarks come weeks after The Public Theater in New York was criticized for its production of “Julius Caesar” that portrayed a Trump-like dictator in a business suit with a long tie who gets knifed to death onstage. The theater said it never advocates violence as a solution to political problems.The show followed condemnation for comedian Kathy Griffin, who lost her job co-hosting CNN’s New Year’s Eve special and had all her upcoming comedy shows canceled after posing for a photograph in which she gripped a likeness of the president’s severed, bloody head. Pop star Madonna also was criticized for saying at a rally that she had thought “an awful lot about blowing up the White House.”Musicians have also gone after the president, with a Snoop Dogg’s video of him shooting a Trump-lookalike clown and Moby putting out a video in which Trump resembles a Nazi-like Iron Man who takes over the world with a missile-firing machine shaped like a swastika and dollar symbol.Trump’s election has not quieted many in the arts community who assailed the candidate, with Robert De Niro saying he’d “like to punch” Trump “in the face,” Carly Simon repurposing her song “You’re So Vain” into an anti-Trump anthem and singer-rapper Will.i.am’s damning video “GRAB’m by the ….”Other presidents have found themselves the target of celebrity ire, including George W. Bush, who was attacked by the Dixie Chicks and by Kanye West, who famously said Bush “doesn’t care about black people.” Depp’s ‘assassin’ comments the latest in celebrity anger Published: June 23, 2017 1:42 PM EDT last_img read more

5G Early Adopters Show Solid Growth Amid Initial Network Buildouts

first_imgEarly adopters of 5G technology have begun to take advantage of numerous initial 5G network rollouts in 2019, according to 5G Americas, the wireless industry trade association and voice of 5G and LTE for the Americas. According to data from Ovum, there are now four million 5G connections globally as of the third quarter of 2019, an increase of 166% over the second quarter.According to Chris Pearson, President, 5G Americas, Early adopters in 5G technology are testing the waters to see what their devices can do with the new technology. Service providers are now starting to take advantage of new capabilities being offered by several 5G networks that have come online over the past quarter. They are expecting to see a strong ramp up in 2020 as more devices become available and coverage expands throughout the world.According to the data from TeleGeography, there are now 50 commercial 5G networks globally, which adhere to 3GPP standards. That number is expected to increase to 67 5G commercial networks by the end of 2019.At the same time, LTE gained an additional 250 million subscriber connections globally in the third quarter of 2019 to reach 5 billion connections worldwide, fueled by customers migrating from older 3G and 2G technologies. LTE added approximately 1 billion new connections from the third quarter of 2018 to third quarter of 2019. From Q2 to Q3, LTE saw strong growth from the Americas region with the addition of 28 million connections, led by Latin America and the Caribbean which gained 17 million new LTE connections.LTE continues its growth in Latin America and the Caribbean as the technology increases its geographic coverage, lower cost smartphones become available, and operators adopt strategies seeking to migrate subscribers to LTE that until recently were using second and third generation services. Looking forward, data from Ovum estimates the number of 5G subscribers will accelerate rapidly through the end of 2019, reaching 12.9 million connections. That number is expected to reach 1.3 billion or 12.9% global market share in 2023.Upcoming spectrum auctions in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador and Uruguay could accelerate the deployment of LTE in the region increasing the technology’s potential addressable market. The region has launched three 5G commercial networks and could have more by the end of 2019. According to TeleGeography, the following number of networks using wireless technologies have been deployed as of December 11, 2019.Global: 5G: 50LTE: 664North America: 5G: 4LTE: 19Latin America & Caribbean:5G: 3LTE: 1255G Americas is an industry trade organization composed of leading telecommunications service providers and manufacturers. 5G Americas has invested in developing a connected wireless community while leading 5G development for all the Americas.last_img read more

Ericsson and Telefónica Developing 5G-Enabled Car Manufacturing Facility for Mercedes-Benz

first_imgEricsson is teaming up with Telefónica Germany to enable 5G car production via a private 5G network for Mercedes-Benz at the company’s Sindelfingen plant in southern Germany. All production systems and machines in the new-build Factory 56 will be connected and operated via secure 5G with gigabit data rates and almost real-time latency times while handling large amounts of data. The 5G network will enable Mercedes-Benz to boost flexibility, production precision and efficiency as industry digitization and Internet of Things (IoT) becomes a reality in car production.The 5G network will facilitate data linking or product tracking on the assembly line. All processes will be optimized and made more robust, and if necessary, be able to be adapted at short notice to fit market requirements. As a private 5G network, the intelligent connecting of production systems and machines in Factory 56 will be done in a secure way.Ericsson and Telefónica Germany are building the network in the 20,000 sq.m complex, consisting of solutions from Ericsson’s Private Networks offerings and will hand over to Mercedes-Benz upon completion for operation. Mercedes-Benz says experiences gained from Factory 56 will be incorporated into plans for future 5G implementation in other plants.According to Jörg Burzer, Member of the Divisional Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain, as the inventor of the car, they are taking digitalization in production to a whole new level. With the installation of a local 5G network, the networking of all production systems and machines in the Mercedes-Benz Cars factories will become even smarter and more efficient in the future. This opens up completely new production opportunities.Arun Bansal, President and Head of Europe & Latin America, Ericsson, said, 5G is about to change manufacturing as we know it through secure and almost real-time connectivity that will result in transformative productivity, speed and efficiency improvements. The car industry will be among the first to benefit, as will be the case with Mercedes-Benz where we are working closely with the company and Telefónica to put our 5G private network technology leadership into practice in Sindelfingen.Click to learn more about Ericsson’s 5G solutions and Ericsson Smart Manufacturing.last_img read more

Barcelona finally ready to sell Coutinho, set player’s new price

first_imgBarcelona are finally ready to sell midfielder, Philippe Coutinho, this summer.Goal reports that Barcelona chiefs are willing to take a huge loss on Coutinho as they are ready to negotiate offers in excess of €80million (£68.8million) for the Brazilian international.The report claimed that Coutinho has ‘failed to convince’ Barcelona manager, Ernesto Valverde of his ability to secure a regular role in the first team since his arrival from Liverpool in 2018.Coutinho has drawn interest from Premier League giants, Manchester United and Chelsea over the past few months.The 26-year-old had said last week that he has not been playing well for Barcelona so far this season.Coutinho told Movistar+: “In the last few weeks, months even, I’ve not been playing well but I still want to improve.”last_img read more

Japan honors former Egyptian judoka Mohamed Ali Rashwan with Order of the Rising Sun, Silver Rays

first_img RELATED PHOTOS GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Mohamed Ali Rashwan (center), silver medalist in the men’s open class category at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, attends a ceremony to receive Japan’s spring 2019 Order of the Rising Sun decoration in Cairo on Monday. | KYODO During the gold-medal match against Yamashita at the Los Angeles Games, Rashwan refrained from targeting his opponent’s injured right calf, a decision that cost him gold but won him the respect of the sporting world for his demonstration of great sportsmanship.Yamashita, 62, who serves as the chief of the Japanese Olympic Committee, sent a video for the ceremony where he looked back at their match 35 years ago and congratulated Rashwan, saying he is an important person in the world of judo.The Egyptian took note of his unbreakable bond with Yamashita and expressed a wish that he can continue his close relationship with Japan.Egyptian Minister of Youth and Sports, Ashraf Sobhy, also attended the ceremony, while Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike, who for a time studied in Egypt, sent a congratulatory message. KEYWORDScenter_img Yasuhiro Yamashita, 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, order of the rising sun, Mohamed Ali Rashwan CAIRO – Former Egyptian judoka Mohamed Ali Rashwan, lauded for his role in a famous gold-medal bout against Yasuhiro Yamashita at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, received a prestigious Japanese award in a ceremony in Cairo on Monday.Rashwan, 63, received the Order of the Rising Sun, Silver Rays at the residence of the Japanese ambassador to Egypt, after becoming a recipient of spring decorations conferred by the emperor for his longtime efforts to spread judo. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

Rebels lose in big fashion to Stetson

first_imgOXFORD No. 25 Ole Miss was knocked around good in the team’s series finale against Stetson on Sunday, losing 16-4.Ole Miss (8-6) gave up six runs in the fourth and four runs in the fifth at Swayze Field, The Rebels still won the series, but it was Ole Miss’ worst loss since losing 18-4 to Auburn in 2010, and was tied for the worst nonconference loss of the coach Mike Bianco era.The Rebels led 1-0 going to the fourth when the Hatters (8-8) got to starter Sam Smith (0-2), who had actually retired the first nine batters in order. They loaded the bases with one out, scored on a groundout and then cleared the bases two batters later with a double. Drake Robinson came in for Smith at that point, but he allowed a two-RBI double to finish off the fourth and then gave up a three-run home run in the fifth.Stetson also scored six runs in the eighth off of Ole Miss, which used seven pitchers in the game. Only two, Matt Denny and Scott Weathersby, did not allow a run.J.B. Woodman hit a two-run home run in the seventh for the Rebels, which had eight hits but committed three errors in defense of the pitching staff.Ole Miss will play a two-game series at Louisville on Tuesday and Wednesday before going to LSU for a three-game series to start the SEC season.last_img read more