Hawaiian Electric partners with Varentec to test island PV integration technology

first_imgHawaiian Electric partners with Varentec to test island PV integration technologyThe Hawaiian utility embarks on pilot project using Varentec’s grid optimizers and management systems to test ways to minimize voltage fluctuations on island grids with high solar penetration. April 6, 2016 Ian Clover Energy Storage Installations Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share Hawaii’s strong rooftop solar PV sector is poised to enjoy greater scope for penetration following a the creation of a partnership between local utility Hawaiian Electric Company and grid control technology provider Varentec to test ways to enable more solar on island grids. The Bill Gates-backed Varentec has supplied its Edge of Network Grid Optimizers and Grid Edge Management System to a pilot project on the island of O’ahu, where Hawaiian Electric Company will assess ways minimize voltage fluctuations on the grid while maintaining a neighbourhood circuit supplied with large amounts of distributed solar generation. As the number of rooftops with solar PV arrays in Hawaii grows, the local utility is facing increasing integration and stability challenges. Local neighbourhood circuits put under the strain of higher levels of DG solar experience increased voltage instability that affects all consumers. When voltage levels go too high, circuits can trip and thus damage home appliances. To tackle this challenge, Hawaiian Electric has identified Varentec’s system-level grid control technology as a cost-effective means to providing greater reliability as the rate of solar penetration grows. “Varentec’s grid edge Volt Var Control technology can be deployed quickly to help solve the rooftop solar integration problem that we are facing,” said Hawaiian Electric VP of energy delivery, Colton Ching. “Even though the technology was not primarily designed for this purpose, our innovative engineers are eager to test it to help address our unique solar challenges.” Hawaii’s various islands have acted as progressive technology test beds in recent years where solar and storage is concerned. In March it was announced by Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) that the island of Molokai had been chosen for a pilot program to utilize energy management and storage with the aim being to allow even greater levels of solar PV penetration.- Of all U.S. states, Hawaii boasts the highest level of DG solar penetration, and thus is a natural ‘canary in the mine’ as the U.S. wrestles with the challenges posed by greater levels of solar electricity feeding its power grids.Popular content ITRPV: Large formats are here to stay Mark Hutchins 29 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The 2021 edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaics (ITRPV) was published today by German engineering association VDMA. The re… Submarine cable to connect 10.5 GW wind-solar complex in Morocco to the UK grid Emiliano Bellini 22 April 2021 pv-magazine.com UK-based Xlinks is planning to build 10.5 GW of wind and solar in Morocco and sell the power generated by the huge plant in the UK. 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Veoneer Appoints Mats Backman As CFO

first_imgIn connection with the collaboration, Marubeni will obtain the right to distribute and service Tyrata’s DOS in Japan, and Tyrata gains the support of a trusted technology partner in the Japanese market. Marubeni will start introducing DOS units in Japan in the fourth quarter of 2020.  AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementVeoneer Inc., a global company focused on advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and automated driving (AD), has appointed Mats Backman as chief financial officer (CFO). He joins from Autoliv, where he has held a similar position since 2016. Veoneer was spun off from Autoliv in July 2018.Backman will join Veoneer after ensuring a smooth transition of his current responsibilities in Autoliv, at the latest in early July 2019. H will replace Mathias Hermansson who has decided to seek new opportunities outside the company.“I warmly welcome Mats to Veoneer. He is a proven leader with a strong track record and I look forward to working together with him to take Veoneer through the next growth phase,” said Jan Carlson, chairman, president and CEO, Veoneer.“I look forward to joining Veoneer. The company is very well positioned in the growth area of automotive technology. The timing for this transition is good; I get to participate to the next part of the build-up of Veoneer and Autoliv is in a stable situation with a strong finance team,” said Backman.AdvertisementFollowing Backman’s departure from Autoliv, Christian Hanke, vice president, corporate control, will serve as interim CFO until the search process for a permanent CFO at Autoliv is completed.,Tyrata Inc. and Marubeni Corp. have announced a collaboration for distribution of Tyrata’s IntelliTreadDrive-Over System (DOS) in Japan. Tyrata’s DOS and corresponding data analytics platform have proven effective in the automation of tire tread depth monitoring and Marubeni will be introducing the new technology to its customer base in Japan.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “We see a demand for low-cost, automated tire monitoring across our customer base and we believe that Tyrata’s products meet the cost and performance requirements in this market. Marubeni is pleased to be a partner for Tyrata in Japan and we look forward to providing customers with this innovative new technology,” said Kazuyoshi Hosoi, general manager, Tires and Rubber Materials Department.Advertisement “As we expand our efforts into the global market, Marubeni is an important element of our distribution strategy,” said Jesko von Windheim, Tyrata’s CEO. “Marubeni not only gives us a capable and trusted sales and service partner in Japan, but they also offer established channels into many other Asian markets.”center_img Marubeni will introduce the DOS to Japan and, through demonstration tests with logistics companies, proceed with verification of demand for automatic tire wear measurement, improvement of driver safety, and reduction of tire maintenance costs. Marubeni plans to conclude an exclusive distributor contract with Tyrata after verification. As partners, Marubeni and Tyrata will utilize each other’s knowledge to promote the use of automated wear measurement equipment for tires, thereby contributing to the realization of a safe and smart society. Organizations interested in learning more about the IntelliTread portfolio may contact Luka Lojk at mailto:[email protected] or +1-704-593-8418.last_img read more

Soufriere, Scott’s Head & Gallion to vote for new village council

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Share 219 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share Heston Charles; Soufriere/Scotts Head Village council chairman.Residents of Soufriere, Scotts Head and Gallion will vote for members to make up its village council tomorrow, Wednesday 9 May 2018.The election will take place as one of the activities celebrating the 29th anniversary of Local Government Month, with voting set to commence at 8:00AM. Nominees include Lucien Alfred, Bernisa Bellot, Conrad Caesar, Ann Marie Delsol, Pamela Delsol, Marshall Gregoire, Mary Idona Humphreys, Weefer Jules, Merlyn Mitchel-Lewis, Uline Jules-Lewis, Delbert Mitchel, Alison Seraphin, Selina St. Hilaire-Shillingford, and Terrel Toussaint.In an interview with Dominica Vibes on Tuesday 8 May, Current Chairman of the Soufriere- Scott’s Head-Gallion Village Council, Heston Charles stated that the council serves a very important role in the communities.“The village council is unique in the sense that it has three communities that plays a very integral role in the fishing industry, and in the tourism industry. Hence the new council, especially post Maria, has a very, I must say, a very important task to perform. They have their work cut out for them,” Charles stated.He congratulated the nominees, wished them well and reminded them that villagers’ interest should be given priority.“I also want to send a message, because what I have noticed over the years, is that people have that desire to enter into village council and the agenda and the motive is, ‘let me go and see what is there, let me go see what they enjoying’. There is no enjoyment. Council is an entity where you go to give your service, not to receive anything,” Charles noted.According to Charles, the most ideal personality for a councilor includes selflessness; “a personality that looks out for others, a personality that cares about people, and will leave yourself behind to take care of the needs of others,” in addition to “business skills and administrative skill”.One of the major accomplishments for the council was the repair of most of the residential roads under its management completed with government funding as well as repair to the Scotts Head public convenience which had been closed for some time.Charles, who has been a member of the council for nine years, described his tenure as very valuable and rewarding.“When I became chairperson, it was at a time when we faced a very difficult dilemma, where we sort of had to restore the image of the council, because people were thinking that the council wasn’t doing anything, so there’s no need to pay the house rates,” he informed. Upon becoming chairman, Charles said the council embarked on a campaign “to get people to understand that if you pay house rates, it empowers us to fix your roads, to fix your drain and to do other little basic things in the community”.“And that for me was a great experience, seeing the people being more enthusiastic about paying their house rates, to be able to listen to the people, understanding the culture of Soufriere, sitting with the fishermen, understanding their needs and more, that for me was a valuable and a great experience,” Charles added. LocalNewsPolitics Soufriere, Scott’s Head & Gallion to vote for new village council by: – May 8, 2018last_img read more

After winning dramatic game in final four, Bossier City All-Stars fall in the championship…

first_imgAfter the sting of losing to Alabama state champ Fairhope 6-4 Wednesday in the championship round of the Dixie Baseball Junior Boys (13s) World Series wears off, the Bossier City All-Stars will have a lot of fond memories to look back on.Bossier City lost to Texas state champ Brownsville 5-0 in the first round and then reeled off four straight victories in do-or-die elimination games at Tinsley Park. It’s unlikely any of the players will ever forget the dramatic 10-9 victory over Hattiesburg, Miss., in the semifinals, a game in which BC rallied from three runs down going into the seventh.“I don’t know that I’ve been more proud of any other team than I’ve been of this team,” Bossier City manager Dustin Brandon said. “Losing the first game and coming all the way back the way they did, and being down in the semifinal game and winning against a quality Hattiesburg team. That was an extremely impressive win there.”Brandon said the key to success was the players were able to adapt to the various situations you generally see in Dixie World Series tournaments.“All these pitchers are different and hitting is about making adjustments and we were able to make the appropriate adjustments that we needed to make in order to execute,” he said. “That made the difference in whether we were able to be successful or not, and this group of kids was able to do that.”Bossier City had to rally in two of its four wins. Wednesday’s game against Fairhope was no exception. Fairhope led 3-0 after 2.5 innings. BC scored its first run in the bottom of the third. Triston Hargrave walked then stole second and third. He scored on a passed ball.BC tied it with two runs in the fourth. Connor Blank smacked a one-out triple that hit the bottom of the left-field wall and scored on James Ross’ single. With two outs, Noah Littleton doubled to deep left field, scoring Ross from first.Bossier City put runners on first and second in the fifth but couldn’t advance them. Fairhope left two on in the sixth.Fairhope broke the tie in the top of the seventh, scoring three runs on two singles, a walk and an error.Bossier City didn’t go down quietly. Hargrave tripled with one out and scored on Clayton Brandon’s sacrifice fly. David Favrot hit a line drive between second and third, but Fairhope shortstop Gatlin Pitts made a leaping catch to secure the championship for his team.Fairhope’s Josh Gunther pitched an outstanding game, allowing four hits and striking out six in 6 1/3 innings. John Malone got the final two outs after Gunther reached his maximum pitch count.Mikael Bryant went 3-for-4. Pitts had two hits.Bossier City starting pitcher Matthew Buckner also pitched a strong game. He scattered eight hits over 6 innings. Favor pitched the final inning, allowing one hit.Bossier City rallied twice in the thrilling semifinal win over Hattiesburg. BC scored three runs in the top of the sixth to overcome a 4-2 deficit. After Hattiesburg answered with four in the bottom of the inning, the host team put five on the board in the top of the seventh.Hattiesburg cut the lead to one with two outs in the seventh and had runners at second and third. Myles Green hit a grounder to Ross at third base. He made a perfect throw to first baseman Sergio Delgado, who stretched to make the catch just before Green reached the bag.Tyler Ferguson started Bossier City’s seventh with a heads up play. He hustled to first on a swinging third strike when the ball got away from the Hattiesburg catcher, who apparently thought it was a foul ball and didn’t attempt a throw.After a short discussion among the umpires, Ferguson remained at first but not for long. He advanced to second on Favrot’s walk and scored on Brendan Burns’ triple. Favrot also scored to cut Fairhope’s lead to 8-7.Burns scored on a passed ball to tie the game. After Ross drew a walk, Blank was hit by a pitch with two outs. Hargrave walked to load the bases. Brandon walked, scoring Ross. Blank scored the final run on a passed ball, making it 10-8.Bossier City had only four hits in the game, but it played opportunistic baseball, taking advantage of 11 walks. Preston Cooper, Blank and Hargrave all had singles.Burns and Ross had two RBI each. Brandon, Cooper and Hargrave had one apiece. Riley Sitter and Luke Bloxom also contributed to Bossier City’s success in the tournament. Dustin Brandon’s assistant coaches were Chance Nerren, Todd Littleton and Craig Ross. Burns allowed five hits and no earned runs in five innings of relief. He struck out seven. Burns threw 82 pitches, 58 of which were strikes.Walker Long had two of Hattiesburg’s eight hits.Dyersburg, Tenn., defeated West Seminole, Fla., 4-0 two win the Dixie Baseball Boys (14s) championship.Dyersburg, West Seminole and Lancaster all had one loss after Tuesday’s action. West Seminole received the bye into the championship game, and Dyersburg defeated Lancaster, S.C., 13-0 in the semifinals Wednesday morning.The tournament, which began Friday night with the opening ceremonies, went off without a hitch. It brought well over 1,000 people into Bossier City.“It went very well,” tournament director Robert Kyle, the head of Bossier Dixie Baseball, said. “We didn’t have any hiccups really. We didn’t have rain luckily this year. Everything was smooth. The opening ceremonies went well. The city workers were here 24/7 taking care of everything. “We got compliments from every team that talked to us. Everybody was happy. Everybody loves the facilities. Bossier has great facilities and we’re glad to showcase that to the 11 states of Dixie Baseball.”Tournament officials praised the community-wide effort to put on the World Series during the Junior Boys post-game ceremony. They presented Kyle and Bossier Parish Parks and Recreation directory Clay Bohanan a plaque in recognition of their hard work.Bossier City and Tinsley Park last hosted the event in 2014. During the ceremony, a Dixie Baseball official said he hoped Bossier City would ask to host again. Kyle hopes to see that happen, but it may not be in the near future. “It’s hard to do this more than every four years,” he said. “It takes time to recover and it takes time to plan the next one.”— Russell Hedges, [email protected] You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? 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a month agoLiverpool defender Gomez: I can’t blame Southgate

first_imgLiverpool defender Gomez: I can’t blame Southgateby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Joe Gomez accepts he needs to be playing to earn his England spot.Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate rates Gomez highly but the Liverpool centre-half has found himself behind Everton ‘s Michael Keane in the England pecking order, with Harry Maguire and John Stones the current first choices.The Kop defender said: “I cannot blame him (Southgate). He speaks to me and is a great manager but if you meet up with England you are expected to be playing so I have to keep working hard.“I have not been playing and every footballer wants to be playing.”At the same time I understand that we are European champions and the lads are doing very well at the minute so all I can do is keep my head down, keep working hard in training, and wait for my chance.”You cannot sit there and be down. You have to stay positive and do yourself justice when the time comes.“You need to show the good attitude otherwise you will do yourself harm.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Morneau should donate shares to charity instead of selling them first experts

first_imgOTTAWA – Of all the headaches Bill Morneau is nursing these days, this might be the least of them: what’s the best way to donate millions of dollars in stock-market gains to charity?Nice problem to have, many Canadians might say.But even finance ministers have to manage their money, and Morneau is doubtless well aware of the whopping tax bill that will accompany the sale of roughly $21-million worth of shares in his former company, Morneau Shepell.A cynic might suggest that’s part of the reason he has decided to make a charitable donation out of the difference between what the shares are worth today and what they were worth in 2015 when he first became finance minister — a dollar figure roughly estimated at around $5 million.Donating that much to charity will bring a sizeable tax credit that should help to soften the blow. But experts have advice for anyone contemplating such a decision: donate the shares themselves instead of selling them.It’s in Morneau’s interest to donate the value in shares, since liquidating the stock first would result in a big tax hit, particularly when it comes to capital gains, said accountant Robert Kleinman, executive vice-president of The Jewish Community Foundation of Montreal.“It would be foolish to sell those shares, get the cash, and then donate the cash,” Kleinman said.“Look, he’s going to be poorer by doing this. By donating, his total value — even with the tax savings — will be less because he’s giving $5 million. But the cost of the gift will be relatively low.”Morneau’s latest move is one of several he’s made in recent days to counter opposition allegations that he profited from decisions he’s taken since becoming federal finance minister two years ago. The transaction is expected to be conducted by a trustee under the guidance of the federal ethics commissioner.The conflict-of-interest allegations stem from a pension bill, introduced in the House of Commons by Morneau himself, that could benefit Morneau Shepell, a human resources and pension management firm he helped build with his father.The concerns about Bill C-27 have caught the attention of the ethics commissioner, who says she’s looking into the accusations to determine whether an investigation is necessary. For his part, Morneau has insisted from the outset that he was never in a conflict of interest.He promised last week to sell all of his roughly one million shares in the company and place all his other substantial assets in a blind trust — a step he says the ethics commissioner told him in 2015 would not be necessary.Until the shares are divested, they will remain behind a conflict-of-interest screen — overseen by the minister’s chief of staff — to ensure he is recused from any discussions or decisions that could benefit his personal interests.On Thursday, Morneau went a step further, vowing to donate to charity the difference in the value of the shares between the date he was elected in October 2015 and the day they’re sold.Kim Moody, a director at Moodys Gartner Tax Law, agreed that Morneau would be better off donating the shares directly, since the numbered company where the stock is held wouldn’t have to pay taxes on any capital gains, since there would be none.“Clearly, he’s still net out of pocket, but at the end of the day it’s pretty tax advantageous.”That approach would also allow Morneau to take $2.5 million out of the numbered company — tax-free — through a capital dividend account. In addition, Moody said, the firm would get that $5-million charitable receipt.“Clearly if he’s well-advised, which I presume he is, that would be the recommendation — don’t liquidate the stock.”last_img read more

Proposed class action lawsuit on trailing commissions filed against CIBC

first_imgTORONTO – A class action lawsuit regarding trailing commissions paid to discount brokers on CIBC mutual funds has been proposed against the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and CIBC Trust Corp.The lawsuit alleges investors who hold the mutual funds in discount brokerages receive no value for the trailing commissions paid. The allegations have not been proven in court.The case filed by Siskinds LLP and Bates Barristers PC seeks compensation for those investors.CIBC declined to comment as the matter is before the courts.Siskinds and Bates Barristers have filed two other similar cases related to trailing commissions on mutual funds sold through the discount brokerage channel.The firms have proposed a class action case against Scotiabank’s 1832 Asset Management LP as well as another against TD Asset Management Inc., the trustee and manager of TD mutual funds.Companies in this story: (TSX:CM, TSX:BNS, TSX:TD)last_img read more

City auctioning off impounded vehicles next week

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The City of Fort St. John will be auctioning off vehicles that have been impounded in the last year next week.The City’s Bylaw Enforcement Department is holding its annual impounded vehicle auction at lunchtime next Tuesday at an impound lot on the city’s southwest side. A total of seven vehicles are currently up for public auction, including cars, vans, SUV’s, trucks, and even a motocross bike.Bylaw Enforcement Officer Bonnie Isenberg said that the City has taken possession of the impounded vehicles after they were towed for various bylaw infractions and whose owners never claimed them. While the City has taken possession and ensured that there are no liens against the vehicles, it doesn’t have information on the vehicle’s histories, nor does it usually have a set of ignition keys, so successful bidders will have to arrange for transportation their new vehicle. The City also says that no refunds will be provided on any of the vehicles up for auction, which are to be sold as-is.Would-be buyers can show up at the Grounds Building at 9312 111th St. in Fort St. John to register and grab a bidder card at 12:00 p.m. and take a few moments to view the vehicles before bidding starts at 12:30 p.m.Bidders need to bring photo I.D., and any successful bidders will need to make their payments via cash, debit or credit card at City Hall immediately after the auction.The list of impounded vehicles on the auction block can be found below.2012 Red Hyundai Accent Hatchback2000 Black Mitsubishi Eclipse 2 Door Coupe2006 Yellow Ford Focus Hatchback2001 Black Kia Sport 4 Door Station wagon style2008 Tan Dodge Caravan2006 Silver Dodge Ram 1500 Crew Cab2010 Blue and White Yamaha TT-R 110 Dirt BikeFor more information, contact Bonnie Isenberg at the Bylaw Enforcement Department at 250-787-8150.last_img read more

You can reach 1,000 goals, says Pele

first_imgParis: Football legend Pele told Kylian Mbappe on Tuesday that he believes the French World Cup winner can emulate his own achievement of scoring 1,000 career goals. The 78-year-old Brazilian claims to have netted over 1,000 goals in his career, while Mbappe has so far managed 103 in total, with 92 of those coming at the top level. “It’s possible, I scored exactly 1,025, so 1,000 goals is possible for him,” Pele said in Paris, where he met Mbappe at a sponsor event for Hublot watches. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhMbappe, who last year became only the second teenager to score in a World Cup final after Pele in France’s 4-2 victory over Croatia, played down Pele’s comments. “I think that even if we count the goals on inter-city pitches and goals on the PlayStation, I won’t be able to reach the 1,000-goal mark,” said the 20-year-old Paris Saint-Germain forward. “We will try to get as close as we can, but I think I’ll be a long way off it at the end of my career.” Mbappe has scored 32 goals in all competitions for PSG this season, including 27 from only 24 Ligue 1 appearances.last_img read more