Siemens to explore connection of electric vehicles to power grids

first_imgRenewables As a technology partner in this project Siemens is responsible for the coordination and provision of key technologies, which are to be developed, for example, for different types of charging stations including the control systems for optimum utilization of battery capacities. Linkedin Siemens to explore connection of electric vehicles to power grids The objective of the project is the standardization of energy stores and charging and discharging technologies for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. Avista considering RNG on way to net-zero carbon goals RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Voith Hydro supplying pumped storage equipment to pair with Idaho combined solar-wind project EDISON stands for “Electric vehicles in a Distributed and Integrated market using Sustainable energy and Open Networks”. The project not only focuses on feeding electric current from the public power grid into the batteries of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. Consortium leader is the Danish Energy Association, the umbrella organization of Denmark’s energy technology companies. The project focuses on a change from combustion engine vehicles to electro mobility utilizing eco-friendly renewable energy sources. TAGSConEd Renewable project management firm Bradley acquired by Bureau Veritas 2.26.2009center_img 26 February 2009 – Siemens Energy is to investigate within the framework of the EDISON project innovative options for connecting electric vehicles to the public power supply grid. The power grid connection constitutes a special challenge because large amounts of energy have to flow quickly and bidirectionally to be able to use the electrical energy in the batteries also as balancing power. A consortium including Siemens signed a contract for the EDISON project with Energienet.dk, the operator of Denmark’s gas and power transmission networks. Besides Siemens, the consortium also comprises the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and Risø-DTU, the university’s research center for sustainable energies, the Danish research and development company Eurisco, the Danish utilities Dong Energy and Østkraft as well as IBM. By chloecox – Linkedin Previous articleDynegy sells 539 MW natural gas plant for $50 mnNext articleRWE commissions prototype plant for fluidised bed drying at Niederaussem plant chloecox Facebook Twitter In addition to a conventional combustion engine plug-in hybrid vehicles also feature an electric drive, whose battery can also be charged from the power grid. This project will also investigate whether, in times of high grid load, electric vehicles can return energy from their fully charged batteries to the power grid when they are not in use. Twitter No posts to displaylast_img read more

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Winter storm set to bring heavy rain, flash flooding to Southwest

first_imghonglouwawa/iStock(NEW YORK) — Seven Western states are under flood or snow alerts as two storms combine in the Southwest.The biggest threat from this weather system will be flash flooding from Southern California to Arizona, Nevada and into southern Utah.On Tuesday afternoon, the southern storm will push tropical moisture into the Southwest, bringing heavy rain and likely flash flooding from San Diego to Phoenix to Tucson. Meanwhile, the northern storm system will spread snow into the northern Rockies.By Wednesday afternoon and evening, the two storms will combine into one large storm system that will stretch from the Plains into the Southwest, bringing snow to the Rockies and upper Midwest and heavy rain from San Diego to the Plains.This will be the first significant winter-like storm for Southern California and southern Nevada. Three inches of rain is possible in Arizona, which could cause flash flooding. One to two feet of snow is possible in the mountains just north of Las Vegas.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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TRD Insights: What #WFH could mean for office and resi costs in tech hubs

first_imgWith many tech companies open to long-term remote work for their employees, questions are being asked about how that will impact the office and residential markets in hubs of tech talent. (iStock)The technology industry accounted for over a fifth of major leasing activity nationwide in 2019, making it the biggest driver of the office market in the U.S. In hubs of tech talent, that activity drove office and apartment rents up and vacancies down and caused landlords to reimagine their entire portfolios to cater to the industry. But then came the big remote work experiment.With many large and small tech companies open to long-term remote work (partial and full-time) for their employees, questions are being asked about how that will impact the office and residential markets in hubs of tech talent. A good starting point would be to understand the current state of play – what kind of numbers does tech drive?(Related: TRD Insights: Google isn’t coming back to the office until at least next summer. Here’s all the space at stake)A new report provides some answers. Office leases are the second-biggest cost for typical tech firms, according to an analysis of the 50 top tech markets in U.S. and Canada from CBRE. In New York, office rents amounted to 11 percent of total annual costs for tech companies, the highest in the nation.The tech industry, which CBRE took to be about 6.3 million employees across 50 U.S. and Canadian markets, signed 22 percent of major leases – defined as 10,000 square feet or more – nationwide in 2019, up from 11 percent in 2011, according to the report. That was the biggest growth in office leasing of any industry over the past decade, and that growth has led to consistent annual gains in office rental costs.Most growth was concentrated in cities with highly educated and young residents, such as Seattle, San Francisco and New York City. In Seattle, more than two-thirds of residents aged 25 and above have college degrees, according to the report. Companies headquartered there include e-commerce behemoth Amazon and online real estate brokerage Redfin. Tech degree completions in 2018 were highest in New York City, where Google, Facebook and Twitter have all committed to major chunks of office space. (Google is keeping its employees home until at least next summer, while both Facebook and Twitter have declared that they will embrace remote work at scale).With top-tier talent in these cities comes top-tier costs. The CBRE analysis found that a combination of tech worker wages and pricey office rents made the San Francisco Bay Area the most expensive market for tech firms in 2020, with total real estate and labor costs for the typical 500-person tech company using 75,000 square feet of office space hitting $62 million annually. New York City came in at $53 million annually, while Los Angeles was at $46 million.This tech influx has warped the residential markets in these cities. In San Francisco, monthly apartment rents have increased 15 percent in the last five years, according to CBRE. In Los Angeles, where a bevy of major tech players have more recently set up camp, that figure is 21 percent.Even with the industry’s relatively high salaries, the average tech worker remains rent-burdened. The average New York tech worker, for example, spends 44 percent of her annual income on housing, blowing past the 30 percent federal benchmark for housing affordability. In Los Angeles, the average tech worker spends 27 percent of her annual income on housing, while in San Francisco it’s 25 percent.The CBRE report notes that the rise of remote work could lead to a further distribution of tech talent across North America, allowing some cheaper locales such as Waterloo in Ontario, Canada and Dayton, Ohio to compete for talent. Tech companies are increasingly eyeing emerging talent hubs in Latin America as well, such Sao Paulo, Brazil and Bogota, Colombia as well.Read moreRevenge of the hoodies: Big Tech may be breaking up with Big Office for goodTRD Insights: Google isn’t coming back to the office until at least next summer. Here’s all the space at stakeTRD Insights: These office landlords are most exposed to Big Tech’s #WFH movementlast_img read more

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Luxury coach for Portsmouth FC

first_imgPortsmouth FC players are set to travel in ultimate style next season, thanks to a new deal with Lucketts Travel.The football club has appointed the Fareham coach firm to provide its official team travel and will use the company’s brand-new VIP coach.Portsmouth FC is the first organisation to sign up to use the luxury vehicle, which is currently being adapted at a specialist conversion company to add a number of bonus features. The sleek Irizar i8 provides the ultimate in luxury travel, seating 36 in the amount of space that would normally be used for a 53-seater coach. It features a Neff kitchen, flat screen HD TVs complete with Sky and reclining leather seats.Portsmouth FC players will be well-connected as they travel to and from away games with Lucketts. The coach is fitted with the very latest technology, including wi-fi, USB ports, power sockets, DAB radio and Chromecast for guests to stream entertainment from their phones to the screens.Paul Barringer, group sales and marketing director at Lucketts, says: “The Lucketts VIP coach will provide the ultimate in comfort and relaxation – just what the players will need after 90 minutes on the pitch.“Advanced features such as the Chromecast link-up with the HD screens means they’ll even be able to review videos of their performance together on the journey home.”Portsmouth FC CEO Mark Catlin says: “We are proud and delighted to be able to use this impressive vehicle next season.“Ensuring the players arrive and get home from away matches in the best physical condition possible is a vital aspect of preparation and this coach will provide that.“Our relationship with Lucketts is a strong one and we look forward to working with them closely in the coming season.”Lucketts has a long association with Portsmouth FC. It has been the official away fans’ travel provider for many seasons and is also a sponsor, with its pitch-side board proudly sitting in the north stand of the league one club.Paul Barringer added: “It’s been our pleasure to transport Portsmouth fans to and from away games for several years. Now we’re looking forward to providing that same reliable and friendly service to the players.”last_img read more

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Man and woman found shot to death in home on Hartzer Street in South…

first_img Facebook Man and woman found shot to death in home on Hartzer Street in South Bend By Jon Zimney – January 13, 2020 0 395 Google+ Pinterest Twitter (Photo supplied/ABC 57) Two people were found shot to death inside a home in South Bend after an apparent domestic dispute between the two.A relative called St. Joseph County Dispatch, Monday, for a welfare check on the couple at a home in the 2700 block of Hartzer Street.On arrival, relatives allowed police to force their way into the home. Inside, officers found the bodies of Doneisha Jones, 36, and Tyson Crawford, 37.The two had apparent gunshot wounds.Investigators with the St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit say word of the domestic dispute between the two has not yet been confirmed.Autopsies for the two are expected to shed more light on how exactly they died.Anybody with information is asked to call Metro Homicide at 574-235-5009 or Michiana Crime Stoppers at 288-STOP. Twitter Pinterest Previous articleGovernor Holcomb to discuss teacher pay in speech in State Of The State addressNext articleJersey Mike’s Subs opens new South Bend location with fundraiser Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. WhatsApp WhatsApp Facebook IndianaLocalNews Google+last_img read more

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Pentagon suspends Korea ‘war game’ planning for August

first_imgThe U.S. military has “suspended all planning” for a joint military exercise with South Korea that was scheduled for August, the Pentagon announced Monday.The move comes a week after President Donald Trump pledged to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that he would halt joint “war games” on the Korean Peninsula, calling them “provocative.”In a departure from the military’s usual language, Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White referred to the exercise, Ulchi Freedom Guardian, as a “defensive ‘wargame” in her statement, parroting Trump’s earlier description. Some 17,500 American forces participated in last year’s iteration of Ulchi Freedom Guardian, including 3,000 troops who deployed to South Korea specifically for the exercise.“We are still coordinating additional actions. No decisions on subsequent war games have been made,” White said.She added that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton plan to meet at the Pentagon later this week to discuss the next moves.“There is no impact on Pacific exercises outside of the Korean Peninsula,” White emphasized. Also On POLITICO Trump says US must pursue peace with North Korea ‘at all costs’ By Stephanie Murraylast_img read more

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Drill Tests Emergency Responders

first_imgPart of the exercise involved decontaminating special needs students some of whom were nonambulatory. Hundreds of first responders from Task Force 3 Regional Response Team took part in the largest-scale exercise involving decontamination for the area with fire departments, hospitals and communications systems from Daviess, Hancock, Ohio, Henderson, Union and Webster counties. The exercise was initiated by the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security. Tom Arnold, director of training programs, said the objective of the drill was to test the team’s incident management capabilities and find areas of improvement. The answer is far from simple, but on Tuesday emergency responders from six area counties gathered at McLean County High School and experienced the mock scenario firsthand. Nearly 100 students filed out of the school pretending to be agitated from exposure to a gas that had supposedly been spilled in the chemistry lab and spread into an auditorium through the heating and cooling vents. Within 30 minutes, more than half the students had been showered, redressed in gowns and triaged by paramedics and first responders from surrounding emergency medical services. McLean County High School Principal Ashley Troutman said the day’s events allowed him to evaluate and make improvements to the school’s crisis plan. “We’re not looking for weaknesses or shortcomings, we’re looking to find what the capabilities are … any weaknesses they determine they can work on and enhance their strengths,” he said. CALHOUN, Ky. — What would happen if pepper gas leaked into an air-conditioning system and exposed hundreds of assembled high school students to the irritating chemical?center_img But after all the students were loaded onto a school bus and shipped to designated medical treatments, Joey McCaslin, assistant chief at the Princeton Fire Department who evaluated the function, said he saw no major flaws with the response from 41 combined agencies. One by one, the students stripped down to bathing suits and were sent through inflated shower tents by officials decked out in Tychem Hazmat suits and air tanks. McCrady said the decontamination training is vital for departments because chemical spills can happen anywhere there are gatherings, whether it be the ammonia used at an ice skating rink or 500 kids in a school auditorium. Hospitals in Owensboro, Ohio, Union and Henderson counties participated by rehearsing their response to mock patients as well. David McCrady, battalion chief at the Owensboro Fire Department, said one of the main obstacles the task force faced was communication as most of the departments operate on different radio signals or wavelengths. “Once they got started they were able to move the kids fairly rapidly, and if this was an actual situation, the quicker we could decontaminate them the better the outcome, so they did well,” he said. “I’d rather be prepared and not need it than unprepared and need it,” he said.last_img read more

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‘Raves’ for Seniors Fight Loneliness With Partying

first_imgAll of this fun, however, isn’t just for kicks; the chain of ‘dayclubs’ hopes their social events become recognized as a public health activity.RELATED:When a Preschool Opens Inside a Nursing Home All Heaven Breaks LooseStudies show that communal activities amongst older people help to improve cognition and confidence, and is the best way to decrease anxiety and depression. The promoters of the event are roughly six months away from finishing a study showing the positive health effects of the bacchanals. Once the research is complete, the club can secure funding for the future so they can continue hosting many more ladies and gentlemen at the clubs – and the show shall go on.“What we’re doing is really an anti-loneliness campaign presented as a club event,” Dicky Eaton, the producer of the events, told VICE. “A lot of our guests maybe don’t get out as much as they once did and don’t see friends as often. Well, this provides a unique way to do both, while also being part of something that’s vibrant and exciting.”“Just because you reach a certain age, doesn’t mean you don’t want to have fun anymore. I think society has a habit of forgetting that. A lot of what we, as younger people, do to enjoy ourselves, they’ve not only seen it and done it all—they invented most of it.”Pass On The Party News To Your Friends: Share To Social Media – Photo by The Posh ClubAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreChampagne spraying, flapper girls dancing, and people dressed to impress – and the 1940s music isn’t the only thing getting older with age.The Posh Club is a unique venue that hosts swanky soirees exclusively attended by older folks from all over East London. None of the guests are under the age of 60, except for the volunteers, and the festivities are hosted at 2PM, rather than 2AM.The Posh Club’s mission is to offer a fun outlet for seniors to meet, socialize, and party – and so far, it has been highly successful. Women wear their best dresses; men wear cravats; volunteers serve high tea and champagne; and there is often an Elvis Impersonator dominating the stage.last_img read more

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On Welch request, Oversight Committee calls hearing on prescription drug pricing

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Less than a week after Representative Peter Welch (D-VT) and Representative Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) called on House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz to hold a hearing on recent prescription drug price hikes, the chairman announced a hearing to investigate the cause of and potential solutions to prevent skyrocketing drug prices.In light of recent unacceptable price increases in the lifesaving EpiPen, Welch and Duckworth last week wrote a letter to Chaffetz(link is external) requesting the hearing. “Earlier this year, you convened a hearing on the exorbitant price increases for Daraprim, Isuprel, and Nitropress. Executives from Turing and Valeant produced documents for the hearing and testified. We were able to get a glimpse at what motivated these companies to increase the prices simply because they could. In light of recent intolerable and inexplicable price increases in the life saving EpiPen, we write to request that the Oversight and Government Reform Committee hold a second hearing on this issue to take a broad look at the root cause of skyrocketing prescription drug prices as well as possible solutions,” the lawmakers wrote.Today the requested hearing was announced for Wednesday, September 21st.  “Prescription drugs can be life-saving and pain-reliving, but the skyrocketing prices are killing consumers,” Rep. Welch said. “Meanwhile, big pharmaceutical corporations are raking in record profits. It is a bipartisan responsibility to ensure no parent has to lose a child because they can’t afford medication. I look forward to working with my Committee colleagues to find bipartisan solutions to fix this broken market.”“Recent indefensible price hikes for EpiPens and other lifesaving medications underscore the cost of leaving corporate greed unchecked: when people can’t afford the medications they or their children need, lives are at risk,” Rep. Duckworth said. “We called for this hearing to shed light on how these outrageous prices have been set and, hopefully, offer solutions to prevent similar price-gouging in the future. I’m relieved the Chairman has recognized the need for this hearing.”As co-chair of the House Democratic Caucus Prescription Drug Task Force and the co-chair and co-founder of the House Affordable Medicine Caucus, Welch has long been a champion of lowering the price of prescription drugs for consumers. He has introduced the Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act, which would allow the Secretary of Health and Human Services to negotiate drug prices directly with pharmaceutical corporations. Earlier this year Welch led the fight against Pfizer(link is external) skirting American tax obligations while jacking up prices for American consumers. In January, Rep. Welch testified(link is external) before the Vermont Senate Health and Welfare and the House Human Services and Health Care committees on drug pricing transparency.Duckworth, a member of the Oversight and Government Reform committee who has championed working parents and prioritized cutting waste and abuse in government, served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years and later served as the Secretary of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs and Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in Washington. In Congress, she coauthored the bipartisan Clay Hunt SAV (Suicide Prevention for American Veterans) Act, which passed both the House and Senate unanimously and was signed into law to improve mental health care services for Veterans and reduce Veteran suicide.Source: Congressman Welch. 9.14.2016last_img read more

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VEC issues a peak alert for Tuesday, August 22

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) is encouraging members to conserve electricity on Tuesday, August 22 between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. This is when demand for electricity is expected to spike as a result of high temperatures throughout New England.Here is what people can do to help beat the peak during those hours.• Turn off all unnecessary lights.• Delay the use of major appliances like dishwashers, washing machines, and clothes dryers until after the alert time has passed.• Reduce use of air conditioning as much as is safely possible. VEC implements the Beat the Peak program to promote conservation during peak energy events.  Many of VEC’s costs are set during the annual New England peak, so if VEC members can limit consumption during that time period, they can help save money. According to CEO Christine Hallquist, “If VEC members can collectively beat the peak by conserving electricity during peak energy times, they can help to control costs that impact electric rates. In a cooperative, when one member conserves, we all save.”VEC began issuing Beat the Peak alerts in 2012. VEC members interested in helping to “beat the peak” can sign up to receive alerts by e-mail, text, or phone. For more information about VEC’s Beat the Peak program, visit VEC’s website at www.vermontelectric.coop(link is external) or call 1-800-832-2667.last_img read more

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