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U.K. renewables topped fossil fuel electricity generation in third quarter

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Ars Technica:The third quarter of 2019 saw the UK’s renewable generation pass that of fossil fuels for the first time, according to an analysis by the climate and energy policy group CarbonBrief. The shift is driven by the completion of several enormous offshore windfarms and has been accompanied by a near-elimination of coal on the UK grid. And it comes only four years after the very first day in which renewables outpaced fossil fuels.CarbonBrief performs regular analyses of the UK electrical market based largely on government figures but also incorporating off-grid sources like combined heat and power facilities. In general, its results have been within 3% of the final quarterly figures for the last several years, but the numbers for 2019 are close enough that it remains possible that the first quarterly landmark will have to wait until 2020.That said, the organization estimates that renewables produced 29.5 TeraWatt-hours in July, August, and September, while fossil fuels only produced 29.1 TW-hr. The news for carbon emissions is even better, as the UK is well on its way toward its goal of eliminating coal-fired generation—almost all of the fossil fuel generation was in the form of natural gas, which has relatively low emissions. The report estimates that less than 1% of the UK’s electricity came from coal during the quarter.Coal was planned to be eliminated from the UK grid by 2025, but the implementation of a carbon tax has hastened its decline. As a result, the UK now regularly goes weeks without using any coal. Nuclear provided nearly 19% of the UK’s electricity; if nuclear and renewables are lumped together as carbon-free generation, the UK is on track to have fossil fuels fall to under half its generation for the entire year, as had been predicted by its National Grid.Among the renewables, solar provided 6% of the power during the quarter, while biomass accounted for double that. Wind provided the biggest contribution at 20%, and CarbonBrief ascribes this in part to the opening of new offshore windfarms. Earlier this year, a 600MW farm opened, and this month has seen the completion of Hornsea One, a monstrous 1.2GW offshore farm. Those join 2.1GW completed during 2018. The report also notes that contracts are already in place that would more than double the UK’s 8.5GW of offshore wind over the next five years.More: UK renewables out-generate fossil fuels for an entire quarter U.K. renewables topped fossil fuel electricity generation in third quarterlast_img read more

Cricket News Virat Kohli engineered Anil Kumble’s exit, according to leaked emails

first_imgNew Delhi: Virat Kohli, the Indian cricket team skipper apparently engineered former coach Anil Kumble’s exit from the team following the end of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 tournament. According to a recently leaked email accessed by Agence France-Presse (AFP), a senior BCCI official wrote to Vinod Rai, the Committee of Administrators head that Kohli “frequently sent SMSs to the CEO (Rahul Johir) on which you acted and there was a change in the coach”. Diana Edulji, one of the members of the CoA, also added her inputs in the mail stating, “Mr Kumble a legend in his own right was subjected to loss of face and made to look like a villain. He was gracious enough to move on for which I respect him. There also, rules were broken and I had raised objections back then.”The leaked email saga has added a new twist to the Virat Kohli-Anil Kumble feud. Kumble had helped India reclaim the No.1 ranking in Tests and propelled India to the final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. However, following their loss to Pakistan in the final, Kumble quit over a rift with, saying his relationship with the skipper was “untenable”. The Board of Control for Cricket in India had denied any division in the Indian camp.Read More | Ganguly says this ‘very, very special’ knock saved his captaincyKumble’s replacement was Ravi Shastri. The former India batsman was always the frontrunner for the job, with many experts pointing to his time as India’s team director from 2014-16 and the warm relationship he shared with Kohli.Read More | Australia aim to ‘bounce’ back in Perth against confident IndiaKohli, who is currently leading the Indian cricket team in the series against Australia, has so far not commented on this issue. The Indian cricket team is leading the four-match series against Australia 1-0 thanks to their 31-run win in the Adelaide Test and they have a chance to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with a win in Perth. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

USC students pitch business ideas to ‘Shark Tank’ panel

first_imgABC’s hit TV show Shark Tank, a reality series in which up-and-coming entrepreneurs pitch their products and ideas to a panel of investors, hosted an open call yesterday afternoon in Mudd Hall of Philosophy.Pitches · Xiao Liang, a sophomore majoring in accounting (left) and Yingxin Chen, a junior majoring in business administration, pitch their ideas to Mindy Zemrak (right), the casting manager of Shark Tank. – Alison Brett | Daily TrojanThe reality show’s casting team heard more than 25 pitches from USC students, alumni, faculty and staff in conjunction with the Health, Technology and Engineering program.HTE@USC is an interdisciplinary program for graduate students co-sponsored by the Keck School of Medicine and Viterbi School of Engineering that focuses on bridging the gap between medicine and technological innovation.Nadine Afari, project specialist for HTE@USC, and Mindy Zemrak, casting manager for Shark Tank, both proposed the open house. Zemrak is an alumna of the School of Cinematic Arts, and the two were able to connect via Twitter when Zemrak was looking for a way to come to campus and host an open house.“I knew USC would be a perfect fit on stops for open calls [for Shark Tank] at universities,” Zemrak said. “Its entrepreneurial student body and top-notch academic reputation stood out the most.”Shark Tank premiered in 2009 and earned an Emmy Award nomination in 2012 and 2013 for Most Outstanding Reality Program. The show is centered on hopeful entrepreneurs who pitch their ideas to potential investors, such as Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, successful real estate entrepreneur Barbara Corcoran and clothing line founder Daymond John, in the hopes of landing one or more of the “sharks” as investors and partners in their business.Last season drew over 40,000 applications to be on the show. Even those who walk away with no deal still gain exposure to nearly 7 million viewers during their pitch.Shark Tank typically does general open casting calls, but this season chose to focus part of its efforts on college campuses. The idea of coming to colleges to search for talent was something that will be present much more in the upcoming season.“We have been to Harvard, UT Austin, UNLV, Ohio State, San Diego State University and University of Colorado at Boulder,” Zemrak said. “There is a possibility that this season will have a college-focused episode entirely devoted to student-based entrepreneurs.”HTE@USC Administrative Director George Tolomiczenko discussed how the casting call facilitated successful collaboration between USC schools.“Today we were able to allow all of our campus the opportunity at being on [Shark Tank] — it really is great,” Tolomiczenko said. “I’ve already seen a team in here today that had students from Viterbi, Keck and Marshall — a collaboration across USC which is exactly what we are aiming for.”Those who attended were allotted roughly one to two minutes to pitch their ideas to the casting team, similar to an ordinary open call.A follow-up will happen in the coming weeks, and then those selected must put together a five to 10-minute video where they demo the product or service they pitched, which is then seen by producers before the contestant pool is cut down once again.Zemrak described how rewarding it has been to work on the show since the first season; she currently serves as the casting director for the show.“We are definitely the little show that keeps growing and growing,” she said. “I’ve seen people’s lives changed just from being on the show, which makes my job that much more satisfying.”She noted that studying at USC was instrumental in getting her to where she is today.“My time at USC greatly prepared me for what I’ve been doing in my career thus far and provided me with the tools I needed to be successful in television,” Zemrak said.Those who missed out on the open call yesterday at Mudd Hall are still able to apply for the show via the website, ABC.com. There is also an open call being hosted in San Diego, Calif. at Coleman University the first weekend of June. More details can also be found on the Shark Tank website.last_img read more