Renewables supplied 45.8% of Spain’s electricity in first half of ’18 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:A combination of good meteorological conditions in the first half of 2018 has led Spain to cover 45.8% of the electricity demand on its grid via renewable energy sources (the figure excludes the Balearic and Canary Islands).Wind energy systems were the peninsula’s primary source of electricity, covering 22.6% of its electricity demand, the highest penetration of any type of energy, renewable or not. “Compared with the first six months of 2017, wind production has increased by 10.4%,” added the REE.Hydropower also grew by a staggering 74% in the first half of 2018, compared to the same period in 2017, which was a particularly dry year. From January to June 2018, hydro energy systems generated 20,821 GWh, which corresponds to 16.9% of the total demand.Solar energy contributed an additional 4.6% in the same period, comprising 3% PV power and 1.6% of electricity generated by solar thermal systems.Taking into account the contribution of nuclear energy, which supplied 20.6% to the Spanish mainland’s electricity demand, and the second highest electricity contribution after this, wind, REE says that “technologies that do not emit CO2 into the atmosphere represented 67.5% of the generation of the first half of the year.”More: Spain covers 45.8% of H1 2018 electricity demand with renewables
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享CKRM:SaskPower wants to expand the provincial power grid by creating more wind power in the future.Minister responsible for SaskPower Dustin Duncan announced on Thursday they will open a Request for Qualification phase later this month for companies interested in building one or multiple utility-scale power facilities in the province. Joel Cherry, a spokesperson with SaskPower, explained how this phase will allow the Crown corporation to receive and review submissions from interested proponents over the next several months. A limited number of companies will then move to a Request for Proposals phase before they make their final decision.“Once we’ve selected a preferred proponent, we will inform them and award the project, that should be expected sometime late next year,” he said. “Shortly after we’ll break ground, they’ll build the facility, and it’s expected to be in service by the end of 2023.”Saskatchewan has 241 megawatts of wind power capacity from six existing wind power projects. 387 megawatts of wind power projects are currently being added at locations near Herbert, Riverhurst and Assiniboia.The completion of this project will add up to 300 megawatts to the provincial grid once it’s online.Cherry said the facility will help reach their goal of reducing the province’s greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. “The most cost-effective and efficient way to do that is through large scale utility projects like this.”More: Sask. government sets sights on building more wind power facilities Canada’s SaskPower utility looking to add 300MW of new wind in Saskatchewan
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The National:The Scottish government is to commit £100 million to developing hydrogen as a greener form of power. Industry bosses said Scotland had the opportunity to be a “leading hydrogen nation” – with ministers pledging to invest the cash over five years.The funding was announced as ministers set the target of Scotland producing 5GW (gigawatts) of renewable and low-carbon hydrogen by 2030 – enough to power the equivalent of 1.8 million homes. This could then be increased to “at least 25GW by 2045”, according to a new Scottish Government policy paper.Ministers will set out more detail about how this could be achieved in a hydrogen action plan, to be published next year. The UK government will also produce its own hydrogen strategy in 2021, with ministers there having similarly set the target of 5GW of low-carbon hydrogen by 2030.Ahead of next year’s action plan, the Scottish government published a policy statement setting out how developing hydrogen capacity could help with both meeting emission reductions targets and in “generating new economic opportunities in Scotland”.Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse said Scotland was the first country in the UK to publish a hydrogen policy statement that “sets out how we can make the most of Scotland’s massive potential in this new sector.“Indeed, Scotland is one of the best-placed nations anywhere in the world to develop competitively priced hydrogen for our own economy’s needs and to generate a surplus in supply to export to other European nations with emerging demand but insufficient supply to meet their own needs.”[Richard Mason]More: Scottish government pledges £100m to help develop hydrogen power Scotland earmarks £100 million for green hydrogen development efforts
We see a lot of internet video clips during the week, everything from feature length documentaries to 30 second POV edits. Each Friday we will attempt to bring you our favorites from throughout the week, so you don’t have to go searching for them. This is Clips of the Week.Find Your LineThis stunningly beautiful video from French filmmaker Seb Montaz-Rosset is amazing. Not much I can say about it except that it makes me happy and grateful there are people creating this kind of art. Worth watching over and over.Revelation, a Visual Poem. from sebastien montaz-rosset on Vimeo.Ski the East Freeride TourThis slightly more regional video is a recap of the 4th Annual Ski the East Freeride Tour from Send It Studios. The Ski the East guys are fairly clownish – in a good way – and like to yuck it up on Twitter, but this video shows how they are trying to give something back by allowing the best East Coast riders to compete in their own Freeride competitions. Check out these hardcore shredders and groms ripping bushes, rocks, and occasionally snow and find out more about the tour here.Ski The East Freeride Tour from Send It Studios on Vimeo.Big Wave…Skiing?Chuck Patterson skiing 50-footers at Jaws in Hawaii. Not sure why he needs poles, though.TransAm at Seven Springs RecapHere is a recap of the TransWorld SNOWboarding TransAm presented by Skullcandy at Pennsylvania’s Seven Springs Resort. Lots of tricks and local talent.Urban LinesA lot of fly fisherman know about the shad run on the Potomac, but Urban Lines explores the other aspects of fly fishing the tidal Potomac that runs through Washington, D.C. This is only the trailer, but it is compelling and provides a unique view on fishing “where you are.” The feature will be part of the F3T Film Tour, which is stopping in Lexington, Va. on February 11. It’s free, so I’ll see you there.Getting OutFishing the Southern Appalachians can be tough sledding in the winter, but the boys at Southern Culture on the Fly and Bent Rod Media make the most of it. Major Hogzilla at the end, would love to know where it came from…Getting Out from Southern Culture on the Fly on Vimeo.
Hiker lost in Florida wilderness uses cell phone light to flag down helicopter A major meteor shower will grace the night sky this Friday night. The Quadrantid meteor shower peaks on Friday night and into the early hours of Saturday morning. Under clear skies, viewers can spot over 100 meteors per hour shooting through the sky. The meteors will originate from near the constellation Ursa Major, aka the Big Dipper, but shooting stars will be visible throughout the sky. An experienced hiker exploring the Flatwoods Wilderness Park in Thonotosassa, Florida became lost after dark on Sunday. Libia Marsack says that she’d been hiking for a few hours when she set out on a new trail she discovered just before dusk, thinking she could finish it quickly. “I figured it was just a small loop they had there, so I decided to explore that last little trail before I leave and that’s when things started getting bad for me because the trail ended up being much longer than I expected,” Marsack told WTSP News. Unfortunately for those of us in the eastern U.S., a storm system could prevent a clear view of the sky. Rain is expected from New England down into the Appalachians, but if the clouds begin to part, it will be well worth braving the cold to take in Mother Nature’s lightshow. Bushfires continue to burn across Australia, fueled by severe drought and extreme temperatures As the sun set, Marsack began hiking towards what she thought was the trailhead, but ended up on a dirt access road deep within the park. As the battery drained from her cell phone, Marsack called 911. A rescue chopper was dispatched and the hiker flagged it down with the flashlight on her cell phone. Once Marsack’s exact location had been determined, a park ranger on at ATV arrived to collect her. Look up! The Quadrantid meteor shower peaks Friday night Massive bushfires are burning across Australia. In the most impacted state, New South Wales, fires have burned more than 9.9 million acres and destroyed over 900 homes. Twelve people have died in the fires, including three volunteer firefighters. In New South Wales alone, 100 fires are burning, half of them uncontained. Flames of 230 feet, higher than the height of the Sydney Opera House, have been recorded. The fires are fueled by high winds and record-breaking high temperatures. In December, Australia twice broke its record for all-time highest temperature. For years, scientists have warned that hotter and drier temperatures will contribute to more intense and frequent wildfires.
Honduran authorities seize 500 kilograms of cocaine Colom has said numerous times he wants to let the cattle loose in the park, which is in the Maya Biosphere Reserve in the northern province of Petén bordering Mexico and Belize. Colom, however, did not reveal how many soldiers would be deployed or how many drug dealers are doing business on the 334,080 hectares (825,000 acres) piece of land, according to EFE. Officials have found hidden landing strips, narcotics shipments, undocumented migrant routes and numerous cattle-raising operations on ranches that have been acquired illegally. The Laguna del Tigre also is being threatened by widespread logging, hunting and forest fires. In July, Colom renewed the license for French company Perenco to keep drilling for oil, which has angered environmental groups. Nicaraguan police seize 230 kilograms of cocaine The drug had been flown into the country on a twin-engine plane officials found on the banks of the Chamelecón River, about 200 kilometers (124 miles) north of Tegucigalpa, according to Radio América.com. Security Minister Óscar Álvarez said police also seized three other vehicles in the operation. GUATEMALA CITY – President Álvaro Colom said he plans to send soldiers to the Laguna del Tigre National Park to drive out the drug dealers who have overtaken the area in the northern part of the country. Colom said beginning next month, the army “will take back” the park by kicking out narcotics traffickers. “Beginning Sept. 15, I have ordered the army to enter and take back Laguna del Tigre. Goodbye to the drug traffickers and their herds,” he said, as reported by the Guatemalan daily Prensa Libre. Colom used the word “herd” in reference to the illegal cattle ranches the drug traffickers have established as cover for their drug dealing. “They have been threatening me, but I’m not afraid of them,” Colom said, as reported by Prensa Libre. “They hate me, but I won’t retreat. I don’t want to ever see another head of cattle there, because I’m going to butcher it and distribute it among the poor.” SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras – Authorities arrested four and seized 500 kilograms (1,100 pounds) of cocaine on a truck that was transporting the narcotic along the Atlantic coast, officials said. By Dialogo August 25, 2010 SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – An international narcotics trafficking syndicate run by five Colombians, two Dominicans, a Mexican and a Haitian that operated in the eastern region has been dismantled by the country’s counter-narcotics agency (DNCD). The drug ring had amassed US$50 million in assets, according to the DNCD. The nine suspects also have been linked to a shipment of narcotics seized in a parking lot in the nation’s capital on Aug. 19 and another shipment of drugs recently confiscated on a Venezuelan-registered plane that landed in the eastern town of Higüey, according to the DNCD. Shining Path guerrilla leaders running new drug gang in Peru Dominican Republic: International traffic ring dismantled MANAGUA, Nicaragua – Police in the department of León have arrested a truck driver after discovering the vehicle was transporting 230 kilograms (506 pounds) of cocaine. The truck, which was headed to Guatemala, was stopped as part of operation “Trojan Horse,” during which police discovered the narcotic wrapped in 187 packages, said Freddy Arana, the León department attorney general. “We will charge Jesús Rafael Rodríguez Delgado with the crime of international trafficking, and the penalty is 10 to 20 years in prison,” Arana said. “The Public Ministry will act with the full force of the law.” Arana said Rodríguez was paid US$15,000 by a criminal organization to transport the narcotic, as reported by EFE. PICHARI, Peru – Shining Path guerrilla leaders have started a narcotics operation in the southern Valley of the Apurímac and Ene rivers (VRAE), where 76% of the country’s cocaine is produced, a high-ranking military commander said. “The Quispe Palomino clan is a neo-firm in drug trafficking in the VRAE,” said Gen. Leonel Cabrera, the chief of the region’s special military command, EFE reported. He was referencing the Quispe Palomino brothers, who are known by the aliases of “Comrade Raúl,” “Comrade Alipio” and “Comrade José.” Víctor Quispe Palomino, “Comrade José,” is suspected of leading the guerrilla group. Cabrera said the gang is “just another drug trafficking firm in the VRAE,” EFE reported. The VRAE composes jungle sections of the southern regions of Ayacucho, Cuzco, Junín and Huancavelica, and stretches about 326 square kilometers (125 square miles).
By Dialogo November 23, 2010 Latin American nations need to be cautious with Iran and its motives when negotiating development of their nuclear capacities, the US defense chief warned in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. “I think that countries that are dealing with Iran in this arena need to be very cautious and very careful about how they interact with the Iranians in terms of what the Iranians motives might be and what they’re really trying to do,” US Defense Secretary Robert Gates told journalists ahead of a pan-American defense meeting. Host nation Bolivia is among countries interested in developing nuclear abilities with Tehran. The United States and some western powers believe Iran’s nuclear program is military; Tehran insists it is civilian in nature. “I don’t really know what the Iranians are up to, to really tell you the truth,” Gates said. “If they are talking about civil nuclear power, then all can be safeguarded under IAEA (and) we would have nothing to object” to, he said. But “I’m not sure the Iranians have an independent capability to help somebody build a civil nuclear capability. Their own capability has been under contract with the Russians” for 20 years, Gates stressed.
By Dialogo June 10, 2011 The largest solidarity travel plan ever implemented by the International Military Sports Council (CISM), the “Travel Plan” for the 5th Military World Games, which will take place in July in Rio de Janeiro, includes 295 athletes from 49 benefiting countries. Another 205 individuals from 29 countries will also be able to compete in Brazil thanks to this support. The travel plan unites the efforts of CISM, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Brazil, and three other countries: the United States, Canada, and Italy. “We are gathering all available means with a view to reaching 110 countries registered for the Games. We are still working to achieve that mark. We help countries in difficulties to increase their delegation, thereby helping high-level athletes not to lose the opportunity to compete,” affirmed Lt. Col. Pedro Gagliardi, a CISM deputy sports director. Brazil has made available two Air Force planes with 140 seats each, which will land in four African cities – Bamako (Mali), Yaoundé (Cameroon), Nairobi (Kenya), and Johannesburg (South Africa) – where passengers from several countries will be gathered. “For the first time in history, a country is supporting a continent on this scale and with this level of involvement,” the lieutenant colonel added, referring to Brazil’s action in Africa. Italy and the United States are also cooperating with seats on their military planes. The Italians have made available forty seats for Eastern and Southwestern European countries, while the Americans will support delegations from North America and the Caribbean. Canada has made available 50,000 Canadian dollars to help in buying plane tickets, while CISM has made available 70,000 euros, and the IOC has made available 30,000 dollars. “Our preliminary data indicate that 30 countries are participating in the 5th Military World Games exclusively due to this action of solidarity. Another 19 are receiving support to transport part of their respective delegations,” Lt. Col. Pedro Gagliardi explained, noting that this information is subject to change. The Solidarity Travel Plan has the goal of reaching the mark of 110 countries that participated in the Rio 2011 Games. The soccer teams from Kenya and Cameroon, for example, will travel to compete in Rio de Janeiro thanks to this support. The same is true of the Romanian aeronautical pentathlon team, already confirmed on the Italian plane. Number of confirmed countries in the Travel Plan (as of May 30th) On the Brazilian planes: 24 countries On the Italian plane: 10 countries CISM and IOC resources: Africa – 2 countries, Asia – 4 countries, Europe – 9 countries Total countries supported by the Travel Plan Confirmed: 49 To be confirmed: 29 Approximate total personnel supported by the Travel Plan Confirmed: 295 To be confirmed: 205 (172 on the U.S. plane)
PORT CANAVERAL, U.S.A. – Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa on Dec. 6 offloaded more than 5,000 pounds of cocaine, worth an estimated US$55 million, in Port Canaveral, Fla. The Tampa recovered more than 75 bales of cocaine from the water after the suspected narco-traffickers jettisoned the contraband in an attempt to flee law enforcement. Coast Guard Cutter Tampa received an alert from a Canadian Maritime Patrol Aircraft operating in the area. Once in range, the cutter Tampa launched its embarked helicopter crew from the Coast Guard Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron, based in Jacksonville, Fla., to pursue and stop the vessel. The vessel alluded law enforcement, but cutter Tampa crewmembers located and recovered the contraband. “The entire operation ran like clockwork,” said Cmdr. Susan Polizzotto, commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa. “The cutter and helicopter crews did exceptionally well on this important mission, and we recognize the vital support of international partners that enables us to keep dangerous drugs off our streets.” This interdiction was carried out as part of Operation Martillo, a joint effort of Western Hemisphere and European nations to curtail illicit trafficking routes on both coasts of the Central American isthmus. The cutter Tampa is a 270-foot medium endurance cutter ported in Portsmouth, Va. By Dialogo December 10, 2012 [U.S. Coast Guard (United States), 06/12/2012; Citrus Daily (United States), 05/12/2012; Florida Today (United States), 05/12/2012; Radio Caracol (Colombia), 05/12/2012]
By Dialogo August 24, 2015 no comment “An important achievement is that, as a result of the outreach efforts, some 5,000 persons now possess a national identification document, which allows them to access different social support programs offered by the government,” Vice Admiral Javier Gaviola Tejada, General Operational Commander for the Amazon Region and the Fifth Naval Zone, said. Rio Morona and Rio Putumayo I, which entered into service in June. Since the program began, the Navy has held five outreach events in the basins of the Napo and Putumayo Rivers, with each tour lasting about 45 days, during which the PIAS have provided a total of 102,880 medical treatments to residents of both basins. Naval personnel have also administered a wide array of services, including identification registrations, access to scholarships, and educational workshops on topics such as drug use and sex education. “Receiving a pension from the Pensión 65 program allows me to buy food and medicine for my illness. It is a big help for me,” said Arturo Pérez, 77, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease and lives in Mangua, in the Loreto region which is only accessible by boat. The PIAS also give many elderly and needy people opportunities to withdraw money by offering ATMs for senior citizens in the Pensión 65 program, which provides a tax-free pension of about $78 every two months to adults older than 65 who live in extreme poverty. Peru’s Navy is playing an important role in helping those who live in extreme poverty in the Amazon region, an area of 782,800 km² that covers 60 percent of the country, has dense vegetation, a variety of climates, and is difficult to access. Since 2013, the Navy has provided support to Amazon populations who don’t have access to basic services because of their communities’ remote locations. Using vessels called Traveling Social Action Platforms (PIAS, for its Spanish acronym), Peruvian authorities are providing comprehensive health, dental, and social services to children and adults, including the elderly. The ATMs installed aboard the PIAS can also facilitate the payment of financial incentives under a national program for direct support to the poorest citizens, called JUNTOS, Spanish for “together”. It provides the country’s neediest families incentives of $62.50 every two months in exchange for a mother’s commitment to bring her minor children to health and educational centers in areas where they live. Rio Napo, constructed in 2013, and the first vessel in its class; Each platform consists of 15 compartments on the first level, where Naval personnel provide health services such as triage, topical treatments, dentistry, telemedicine, ophthalmology, minor surgery, and immunizations, as well as social services. The first level also contains observation theaters and pharmacies. Each of the three PIAS costs about $5.6 million, which includes the infrastructure, the installation of systems, and the acquisition of the equipment necessary for each vessel to operate in accordance with safe navigation standards. Extreme poverty refers to those whose personal expenditures don’t exceed $50.30 per month, which is the cost of the minimal food basket in Peru, according to the National Statistics and Information Technology Institute (INEI). Currently, the Navy has three PIAS: Workers are constructing another PIAS – Rio Putumayo II – at the Naval Industrial Services shipyard in Iquitos, and it will be christened in September. Goal of 12 PIAS Bringing medical and dental treatment and social services to Amazon populations is generating high levels of goodwill and trust from residents in the region, Lt. Velásquez said. Full construction, which includes high-quality finishing, the installation of equipment, and formal testing, both in port and at sea as required by the Peruvian Navy for suitable functioning, will be complete in ten months, Lieutenant José Alberto Velásquez Salcedo, commanding officer of the PIAS Rio Morona, said. The PIAS are organized and directed by the commanding officer and a second in command, while the crew consists of highly trained Navy personnel specializing in navigation, communications, electricity, electronics, propulsion, maintenance, administration, services, and health. Helping the elderly and the needy “The goal is to have 12 vessels on the seven Amazon basins in the next four or five years, distributed along the borders with Ecuador (Napo and Morona Rivers), Colombia (Putumayo River), and Brazil (Yaraví River), as well as in the country’s interior (Ucayali, Marañón, and Tigre Rivers), plus two platforms that will be held in reserve,” Lt. Velásquez added. Optimism and joy “A sense of optimism and joy has awoken in the population receiving benefits,” he added. “We see it at each campaign when the units arrive at the communities, and they come efficiently, jointly, orderly, and free of charge.”