Project MONITOR eyes tidal energy blade reliability boost

first_imgA new project focused on investigating the forces acting on blades and structures of tidal energy converters and their impact on reliability will be officially launched at the International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE).Project MONITOR aims to reduce the risk of failure of tidal energy technologies, and enhance their reliability, resulting in increased investment in the marine energy industry by both the public and private sectors.The MONITOR consortium will kick start the project on June 13, 2018, through ICOE 2018 conference as part of the developer forum whose goal is to introduce tidal energy developers and other interested stakeholders to the project.Also, the consortium hopes to receive feedback on specific concerns and priorities around reliability in the tidal energy industry to help shape the project methodologies.By engaging with the industry from the beginning of the project, MONITOR will ensure that its work is relevant and responsive to real, practicable reliability concerns, according to the project team.The MONITOR project is led by Swansea University, and brings together the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, Magallanes Renovables, Région Normandie, Sabella, Universidade do Algarve, Université Le Havre Normandie and University College Cork.The project will run until 2021 and the findings will be disseminated at a variety of workshops to developers and the wider industry.Michael Togneri, from Swansea University, said: “Europe’s Atlantic coast is one of the most promising regions of the world for the growth of tidal stream energy. However, while the industry is rapidly gaining experience in the deployment of individual turbines and pilot farms, scarcity of available data on device reliability limits investor confidence and makes attracting investment more expensive.“As part of the MONITOR project a wide range of methods will be investigated including simulations, laboratory test, and testing at sea, with the aim to develop a monitoring system that can be applied to any tidal turbine. This will ultimately de-risk development, improve reliability and lower energy costs.“To ensure the project reaches its potential we’re keen to work closely with the industry.”MONITOR has been funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), as part of the Interreg Atlantic Area program.last_img read more

Scott Shafer on Leonard Fournette: ‘I think this kid is the most talented tailback I’ve gone against’

first_img Published on September 22, 2015 at 12:48 pm Contact Chris: | @ChrisLibonati Before the first half was over last week, No. 8 Louisiana State (2-0, 2-0 Southeastern) running back Leonard Fournette had 169 yards, including a 71-yard run and a 40-yard run, a touchdown and was responsible for putting Auburn in a 24-0 hole.Syracuse (3-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) will get all of Fournette’s 6-foot-1, 230-pound frame on Saturday at noon in the Carrier Dome.“In my 26 years, I think this kid is the most talented tailback I’ve gone against,” SU head coach Scott Shafer said. “He’s special.”Shafer had high praise for the running back, who is a Heisman Trophy hopeful. This season, he’s racked up 387 yards and six touchdowns — only four less than he had in all 13 games last season — on 47 carries in two games against Mississippi State and Auburn. Coming into college, Fournette was ranked by most recruiting sites as the No. 1 player in the Class of 2014 and had 1,034 yards and 10 touchdowns as a freshman last season.“You’ve got unbelievable vision and his physicality is … I mean remember Earl Campbell?” Shafer said. “He’s a great player, we’ll have our hands full.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCampbell, who led the NFL in rushing in his first three seasons in the late 1970s and early 1980s, ran for 4,443 yards in his college career. Shafer also compared LSU as a team to the 2013 Florida State team, which won a national championship with Jameis Winston at the helm and romped SU, 59-3.Shafer marveled at LSU’s offensive line, too. He said the Tigers are big up front, but what impresses him the most is the offensive linemen aren’t “stiff.”“He’s 6-1, 230, but he moves like he’s 5-9,” Shafer said of Fournette. “He moves like Brisly Estime and then with that power behind it.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Ghana ready to shock opponents in World Hockey League

first_imgGhana’s Black Sticks will open their Hockey World League Round 1 account against rivals  Nigeria at Theodosia Okoh Hockey Stadium on Friday afternoon. Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria as well as Namibia will battle each other for qualification to the second round which is the knockout stage.In terms of FIH Hero World Rankings, the men’s teams are ranked as follows: Namibia (78), Nigeria (53), Ghana (43) and Kenya (38), while the women are ranked: Nigeria (62), Kenya (40) and Ghana (29).Head coach of the female team Ebenezer Frimpong says they are poised to shock opponents.“The team is psychologically ready for the tourney and we are physically ready but doing some small touch offs.” “The head coach has spoken to all players and every player is ready for the battle,”This is the second international hockey event to be hosted in Ghana. The country finished third in the last event, Hockey African Cup for Nations.last_img read more

360 million travellers into Asia Pacific for 2009 PATA

first_img<a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=ada84479″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: W.X The Asia-Pacific is this year expected to welcome 360 million travellers for the full year of 2009, a drop of 5% when compared to last year’s figures, forecasts an industry body.In its recent industry forecast the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) finds that while figures are becoming healthier, with September actually showing growth of 0.7%, strong contractions earlier in the year is likely to cause a full year decline in tourist numbers.“This year is shaping up to be one of the worst for many years for international arrivals into Asia Pacific destinations. The full-year contraction in arrival numbers could be as much as five percent,” said Kris Lim, PATA’s Strategic Intelligence Centre Associate Director.“We have lost two years of growth… The prospects for 2010 appear promising but it needs to be stressed that there is no quick fix for the travel and tourism industry.”In the month of September two sub-regions within the Asia Pacific, Southeast Asia and the Pacific, saw strong growth of 14% and 9% respectively.  Thailand and Malaysia played major roles in bringing up the regional figure for the Southeast Asian region, while Australia (+9%), New Zealand (+9%) and Hawaii (+8%) all saw large boosts to traveller numbers. But PATA notes that drops in Northeast Asia, the largest sub-region by number of arrivals, were down by 2% in September 2009 and, together with the Americas (–3%) and South Asia (–1%), offset the positive growth seen in Southeast Asia and the Pacific. last_img read more

Analyst 20 million PC gamers will jump to consoles by 2022

first_imgTodayYesterday7 days ago30 days ago US$219.99 ZOTAC Gaming GeForce GTX 1660 $265.00 Analyst firm Jon Peddie Research predicts that streaming and lower-cost game consoles could attract PC gamers in the next few years.   According to a new market report, 20 million PC gamers will leave their rigs behind by 2022 and instead adopt more accessible, convenient, and cheaper games hardware and services. The official report is paygated, but the timing infers that cloud-based game streaming services like Google’s big Stadia platform and Microsoft’s Project xCloud will be a motivation for this exodus, alongside next-gen consoles like Sony’s PlayStation 5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Scarlett family of systems. “JPR forecasts that 20 million PC Gamers could defect to TV Gaming platforms in the 2018 – 2022 timeframe, loosely correlated with the decline of the PC platform globally. The majority will come from the low-end (under $1000 full build cost), but because of improvements in TV displays and console semiconductors, as well as console exclusive titles, the ranks of mid-range and high-end PC gamer populations are also affected.”  Without seeing the data we can’t be sure of the firm’s arguments here. But one thing’s for sure: 20 million is a tiny fraction of the current PC gaming userbase.  Active PC gamers since 2014 have risen year-over-year through the current console generation, and are expected to grow even as next-gen consoles arrive.   Analytics tracker Statista notes there was 1.266 billion active PC gamers worldwide in 2018, meaning this jump would compromise less than 2% of the entire platform’s population. PC gaming is expected to rise incrementally to 1.4 billion users through 2021, or about a year after next-gen consoles should arrive. PC gaming isn’t dying. It’s not even hurting. The segment is doing immensely well across dedicated game sales like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds as well as overseas online browser games.    Findings from analyst firm Newzoo show PC gaming made $33.4 billion in 2018, largely fueled by premium games sold on marketplaces like Steam. With this numbers, PC gaming made 25% of 2018’s total gaming revenues compared to consoles’ 28%. Furthermore, steaming is going to take a while to catch on. Right now the best-earning streaming service is Sony’s PlayStation Now, which only has 700,000 subscribers, or less than 1% of the current 98.6 million PS4 install base. Last but not least Sony’s next-gen PlayStation 5 shouldn’t be very cheap, which means switching platforms could be less appealing.  I expect it to cost $499 at the least due to its powerful Zen 2 CPU and Navi graphics hardware. The PS4 is also expected to live alongside the PS5 for a while; even if PS4 sales are starting to moderate, the PS5 will be backward compatible and play PS4 games, indicating the two systems will compliment one another for years to come. It’ll be interesting to see if more PC gamers do indeed shift towards consoles, streaming, and TV-based gaming experiences, but the current trends and data show the PC platform won’t slow down any time soon. center_img $219.99 $219.99 Buylast_img read more