Work begins on largest battery storage project in China

first_imgWork begins on largest battery storage project in China FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Tech:Subsidiaries of state-run energy conglomerate China Energy Engineering Corp have started constructing two major solar plants and one of the largest energy storage systems in China, according to filings on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (HKEX).China Energy Engineering Group Shanxi Electric Power Engineering has started building a 500MW solar PV project, split between two separate 250MW plants, located in Licheng County and Pingshun County in Shanxi Province. No further details were provided in the filing.Meanwhile, China Energy Engineering Group Jiangsu Electric Power Design Institute has started building a huge energy storage system in Jiangbei New District, Nanjing, in Jiangsu Province.The 130.88MW/268.6 MWh grid-side electrochemical energy storage system is claimed by the company to have the largest capacity and the highest power in China, but no further details were released on the specific storage technology – presumably lithium-ion batteries – being used for the two-hour duration system.China is underway in building massive flow battery projects as well as lithium-ion energy storage, with policy initiatives including a nationwide strategy on energy storage and market dynamics including regional high penetrations of renewable energy and coal power station retirements or efficiency upgrades among the drivers for adoption.More: Chinese state firm starts building 500MW of solar, huge energy storage systemlast_img read more

NCUA, bank regulators issue final diversity standards for financial institutions

first_imgThe National Credit Union Administration and federal banking regulators Tuesday issued their final interagency policy statement establishing joint standards for assessing diversity policies and practices of the institutions they regulate.Required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, the statement applies to those regulated by NCUA, the Federal Reserve Board, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the Securities and Exchange Commission.Each agency was required to establish an Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI), responsible for all diversity matters in management, employment and business activities. The act also instructed that each OMWI director develop standards for assessing diversity policies and practices of the entities regulated by the agencies.The final standards are similar to the proposed standards and provide a framework for regulated entities to create and strengthen their diversity policies and practices, the agencies said. These include their organizational commitment to diversity, workforce and employment practices, procurement and business practices, and practices promoting transparency of organizational diversity and inclusion within the entities’ U.S. operations. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Nedo Pinezić: Days of Croatian Tourism in Slavonia

first_imgColleague Goran Rihelj, a man who very specifically helps Slavonia, moved from Zagreb to Vinkovci.Besides running is an interesting initiative that should interest the entire tourist public in Slavonia – he suggests that “Days of Croatian Tourism 2018” be held in Slavonia. The first remarks started at the very mention of the idea – there are not enough hotel capacities in one place, there is not enough large congress space that can accommodate 2.000 people…After many words about the importance of continental tourism to support the development of tourism in the east of the country, the activation of the CRO card, the inclusion of agricultural products from Slavonia in the tourist offer at sea… remains a pity for seasonal workers who left Slavonia for the world instead of the Adriatic. There are no statements, articles, reports about other initiatives, including this colleague Rihelj’s.However, it is through the initiative for “DHT 2018 in Slavonia” that the seriousness and credibility of all policies and political actors who have ever announced programs to support Croatia’s foster mother are being tested. Without further ado, the challenge is great, there are many open questions: Would tourism workers from developed parts of Croatia agree to stay in less comfortable accommodation such as apartments, B&B, boarding houses, rural households, small 3-star hotels? Could the congress and ceremonial part of the program, dinner, be held in a tent, such as in Bol on Brač? Could appropriate shuttle transport, perhaps accommodation and part of a congress program be arranged on a cruise ship on the Danube? Could the Slavonia cluster be unique in supporting a particular location that meets the most necessary conditions? Will the big hotel houses on the Adriatic allow “tearing off the sweet part of the cake” with which they regularly end the season?Where there is a will – there are ways, is an old saying. The initiative of a brave man who replaced the “lights of the metropolis” with the living space of the Slavonian plain, will come, I hope, to important people from Slavonia who can sit other people at the table and initiate the resolution of all issues related to this idea.It will be interesting to follow the further course of events in anticipation of the moment when one should move from words to deeds. Thank you Gorane for the initiative and persistence with which you are fighting for Slavonia.Nedo Pinezićlast_img read more

Retail Bidding in a big way

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Judge rules UCSD can keep project data

first_imgThe University of California, San Diego sued USC over research data and grants after former UCSD professor and researcher Paul Aisen left San Diego to work at Southern California. On July 24, San Diego Superior Court Judge Judith Hayes ruled in favor of UCSD, giving the school control over a project on Alzheimer’s disease.At UCSD, Aisen led the Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study, funded by the National Institute on Aging. The research centered around a clinical trial that determines whether a drug developed by the pharmaceutical corporation, Eli Lilly and Company, can prevent or slow Alzheimer’s by blocking a protein buildup in the brain.UCSD claims that USC, Aisen and eight colleagues worked together to take data gathered on more than 1,000 patients, as well as an estimated $100 million in funding, to a new USC Alzheimer’s study center.In speaking of his decision to move, Aisen told the Los Angeles Times that financial problems at UCSD impeded the expansion of his research. He said USC is more flexible and allows him to “optimize” his work.Research universities commonly recruit faculty from other schools. Consequently, the losing school also has to forfeit the overhead funding that the researcher’s grant was paying his or her institution. When investigative teams leave for new universities, if they take their grants with them, the new university typically receives those funds that cover research facilities and administrative support.In early August after the court ruling, Eli Lilly and Company decided to shift their funding from UCSD to USC.According to Provost Michael Quick, the research, not research grant politics, must come first.“Dr. Aisen is very concerned that if UCSD has sole control over [the data], there might be patient safety and data safety issues,” Quick said.Aisen and his team want to be in charge of managing the data, regardless of which university’s patronage they work under.In early July, USC requested in a Superior Court in San Diego that UCSD be blocked from access to the study’s data. The judge denied the request.USC maintains that collaborative research is the ultimate goal. Therefore, President C. L. Max Nikias is still continuing to try and better the school’s reputation in biomedical sciences, from upgrading infrastructure to recruiting top-notch faculty.According to Quick, the highest priority should be preserving Alzheimer’s patients’ hope for the research going forward. For this reason, Quick is concerned about research getting sidetracked by the trial.“[The lawsuit] has the potential of causing distress for all the patients on these clinical trials,” Quick said.NIH officials would not comment on the litigation, but NIA spokesperson Barbara Cire said, “We do want to assure participants, the ADC’s network of sites and the research community that we are aware of the situation and are working to ensure that operations continue, with a focus on participant safety and data integrity and utility,” Cire said.Researchers switching schools — and taking grants with them — is common. Quick said UCSD’s reaction, therefore, came as a surprise.“The lawsuit is a really blunt instrument for dealing with this,” Quick said. “In academia, we tend to want to solve things without having to go that route, and I’m still hopeful we can work this out.”last_img read more