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Southern California Edison moves forward with storage projects instead of gas peaker plant

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:What started as a routine gas plant procurement ended as a testament to the changing electrical grid.This week, utility Southern California Edison selected a roster of energy storage projects to supply local capacity needs around the coastal city of Oxnard, instead of the 262-megawatt natural-gas peaker plant it had chosen previously.If regulators give their approval, Strata Solar will build and own a 100-megawatt/400-megawatt-hour system in Oxnard, and dispatch it on behalf of SCE.This system will tie for largest lithium-ion battery in the world when it comes online in December 2020; the AES Alamitos plant of the same size is due around the same time.SCE wants to complement the massive battery with a portfolio of smaller units, ranging from 10 to 40 megawatts, scattered around the area. Developers of those smaller include E.ON, Able Grid, Ormat, AltaGas and Enel. Swell, which aggregates fleets of home batteries into grid assets, won a 14-megawatt contract for behind-the-meter demand response.The unprecedented outcome, in which independent power producer NRG saw its gas plant yanked before the final round of siting approval, marks a victory for local activists who rallied against what they saw as unnecessary fossil fuel infrastructure marring the Southern California coastline, as well as clean energy providers who had to prove they were ready for prime time.More: Southern California Edison picks 195MW battery portfolio in place of Puente gas plant Southern California Edison moves forward with storage projects instead of gas peaker plantlast_img read more

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New Frontiers leads Donegal CEO to secure major investment

first_imgThey say the key to being a successful entrepreneur is being able to spot a gap in the market and that’s exactly with Karina Kelly, CEO of www.mypicdrop.com did back in November 2017. Karina, who lives outside Donegal Town, was working in product photography for a large eCommerce retailer when she noticed how labour intensive the process of image preparation was for her client. She offered to take some of that work load off their hands. Using her business savvy, Karina went and spoke to other retailers and discovered that this service could be a huge business opportunity. In January 2018 her service went live, helping prepare images for publication on e-commerce sites. Taking the advice of a trusted friend, Karina took a key step to her current success and joined the New Frontiers programme. She credits New Frontiers with teaching businesses how to pin down their idea at an early stage, something that was critical to ensuring that she could grow and develop her product. The programme also focused on getting participants to speak to potential customers. It was during this process that she realised just how much potential there was to develop her product, retailers were asking her to not just prepare their images but to source them as well. The funding provided by phase 2 of New Frontiers helped her focus on this new direction and the input from advisors and mentors helped develop the overall concept and bring it to where it is today.Karina enjoyed being based in the CoLab in LYIT, the comradery that comes with being in an incubation centre helped her through the tougher days, and seeing others succeed provided the inspiration to keep going and see her idea come to life.CoLab Innovation Centre at LYITThe mentoring she received as part of both New Frontiers and Donegal Local Enterprise Board’s Generate Programme helped her to challenge her assumptions and go further than she ever thought possible.She is now moving to developing a software platform, a whole new challenge for her, which sums up what New Frontiers is really about, growing your businesses in directions you would never have previously imagined. Karina recently had her first big success when she secured a place on the NDRC Programme in Galway with an investment of €75,000. Based in the PorterShed in Eyre Square, this initiative is a collaboration from Enterprise Ireland, NDRC and GCID (Galway City Innovation District) aims to drive the growth of digital start-ups nationally.Her plan is to bring her software to the international marketplace as soon as possible.mypicdrop.ie CEO Karina KellyKarina’s advice for anyone starting a new business is: “Apply to New Frontiers, tell people about your idea, and listen to their advice. I can pinpoint clearly the exact pieces of advice I received that have directly led my idea to where it is today. You don’t have to take all advice, but accept it with gratitude, deposit it in your memory and you will be surprised that you might end up using it at a later stage. The innovation that other people’s input can bring to your idea is actually a somewhat magical process to watch unfold.” The future is bright for Karina and MyPicDrop, and with her trademark enthusiasm she says “I can’t wait”. About New FrontiersNew Frontiers, funded by Enterprise Ireland, is Ireland’s national entrepreneur development programme that is delivered in the Northwest by IT Sligo and Letterkenny Institute of Technology. It is designed to help people who have an innovative business idea and would like to establish and run their own companies. It provides participants with a package of supports to help accelerate the business’s development and to equip the promoter with the skills and contacts required to be future business leaders.Recruitment for Phase 2 of New Frontiers is open for applications until June 14th, see www.newfrontiersnw.ie for further information.New Frontiers leads Donegal CEO to secure major investment was last modified: May 30th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessCoLabEnterpriseinvestmentkarina kellymypicdropNEW FRONTIERSlast_img read more

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SA’s new draft law on sex crimes

first_img20 October 2006South Africa’s draft Sexual Offences Bill introduces a range of new measures to help the country’s police and prosecutors tackle sexual offences against women and children.The stated aim of the proposed law is to give the victims of sexual offences in South Africa – whether or not they themselves are South African – “the maximum and least traumatising protection that the law can provide”.The Bill is currently under consideration by Parliament in Cape Town. If passed into law in its current form, it will, among other things:Redefine all “indecent assaults” – which carry a relatively lenient sentence – as “sexual assaults”. Redefine rape as involving any form of penetration without consent, whether vaginal or anal, and regardless of the gender of the people involved. Make provision for rape victims to receive treatment at selected state institutions within 72 hours to help prevent transmission of HIV/Aids. Prohibit any form of exposure of sexual activities to children. Declare all children and victims of sexual offences as “vulnerable witnesses,” to ensure that they are given the protection they need to help them lay charges and give evidence. Allow for children’s evidence to be led through closed circuit television, freeing them from the trauma of testifying in the courtroom. Abolish the “cautionary rules” relating to children’s evidence on sexual offences.The draft law also includes stringent provisions that criminalise every aspect of child prostitution; provisions that protect all mentally impaired people from sexual exploitation; and provision for the supervision and treatment of sexual offendersIt keeps 16 as the age of consent for girls, and reduces the age of consent for boys from 19 to 16.Advocate Aaron Raletjena of the Department of Justice’s sexual offence and community affairs unit warns, however, that the best law can still be “paralysed” by the actions of peopleAddressing members of the Men for Change initiative of the South African Police Service (SAPS) in Pretoria on Thursday, Raletjena recalled that, while he was working as a prosecutor, a woman had refused to testify against her husband for raping her daughter.“The husband had impregnated a 15-year-old stepdaughter, but the woman refused to testify against him because she was afraid he would stop financing their material life,” Raletjena said.“The woman never imagined the pain that her child was enduring. I’m saying the biggest centre of human law is our own consciousness.”The SAPS launched the Men for Change initiative in April to help shift perceptions regarding the role of men in society.SouthAfrica.info reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Finding the Right Lens Adapter

first_imgHere are a few things to consider when choosing your next lens adapter.Top image via Shutterstock.Lens adapters are annoying but necessary purchases anytime you are dealing with different types of lenses and cameras. Even though it adds weight, bulk, and expense to your production, the right lens for your camera is absolutely crucial. One of the questions I had when choosing the right adapter was how it would affect my the image, so let’s take a look at what to expect.What Are Lens Adapters?Image via Shutterstock.To put it plainly, lens adapters bridge the gap from mismatched lenses so that they might fit a different type of camera. So, if you have to shoot with a Canon (EF mount) camera and use a Sony (E mount) lens, adapters make this possible. Generally, it’s better to move down from a larger format lens to a smaller format camera that can translate from full frame to APS-C and Micro Four Thirds. But overall, adapters can save you from losing precious glass when you upgrade to a different type of camera body and brand.A notable downside to using a lens adapter is the loss of autofocus while recording video. Using auto-focus while recording video isn’t the best way to capture accurately focused shots, but if you’re vlogging or have the camera turned towards yourself, autofocus will help out a lot. Regardless, just know that autofocus isn’t as direct when you use an adapter.Focal ReducersThere are lens adapters like the Metabones Superbooster that actually expand and increase your aperture by a stop. This improves the crop factor of your camera, whether it’s from APS-C to full frame or micro four-thirds to APS-C. The Superbooster is a viable option for improving your image, especially if you want to capture a “bigger image.” However, the Superbooster does lose tracking capabilities for autofocusing and, like I said earlier, autofocusing is the main consideration here if that’s how you’re used to shooting. Expect to pay around $500 – $600 for the Speedbooster, regardless of the type of camera you use.Lens Adapters to ConsiderImage via Metabones.As with any pre-production decision, cost is everything. However, you may not need something like the Metabones Speedbooster if your shoot doesn’t need all the benefits of such a product. For instance, the Fotodiox lens adapter lineup is filled with cheap, worthy adapters that are about 1/4 the cost of Metabones or Vello. Again, consider the brand of camera you’re using. Often, Sony, Canon, and Nikon offer their own adapters that work perfectly fine.There are many different types and brands of adapters to consider, so think about what you’re shooting, how you shoot, and what kind of glass you actually like working with.What are some adapters you’ve worked with in the past? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more