10 principles to ensure a successful long-term energy transition

first_img Generation “Renewables can improve human welfare in a way not captured by statistics. They can promote social justice, local empowerment and wealth generation, equality and educational opportunities,” said Dr. Raja Al Gurg managing director, Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group. “Quite simply access to energy gives everyone the opportunity to fulfill their complete and full potential. We take for granted we are all fortunate to have access to reliable energy, to power our lives, from better healthcare and education, clean, prosperous job growth, to sustainable cooling and food security. Access to sustainable clean energy is the key that can help unlock a prosperous future for billions of people,” said Damilola Ogunbiyi, CEO and special representation of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for all (SEforALL). 3.  Bespoke national energy roadmaps are vital to effectively realise the energy transition TAGSCarbon footprintenergy transitionSiemens Previous articleDigital Energy Festival week 2: From solar to nuclearNext articleEskom introduces the 282km 400kV transmission line project Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. 5.  Utilising highly efficient existing technology is paramount to bridge to a zero-carbon world 10 principles to ensure a successful long-term energy transition. “We are working hard to prepare grid networks to meet the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s ambitious targets of generating 30 gigawatts of renewable energy by 2025 and 60GW by 2030,” said Ibrahim Al Jarbou, CEO, National Grid Saudi Arabia. 4.  Leverage the individual strengths and power of multilateral relationships to accelerate the pace of the energy transition “As renewables have become cheaper and more versatile, they have found their way into more solutions. We see today electric mobility picking up globally. Energy storage, building infrastructure, they are also making other technologies more viable,” said Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO, Masdar. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector “The UAE is working also to diversify the energy mix through combining renewable, nuclear and clean energy sources to meet the country’s economic requirements. Though the world relies on energy from hydrocarbon sources, there has been a move to greener and more innovative energy sources. There is a conviction that diversification is key,” said Reem Al Hashimy, minister of state for international cooperation, UAE. Siemens Energy has published the main priorities to ensure a successful long-term energy transition and enable countries to thrive in the lower-carbon world. Source: Power Engineering International RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 1. Access to stable, affordable, and sustainable energy supply is a basic human right 7.  Highly flexible and reliable transmission and distribution networks will be the intelligent backbone of a de-carbonised energy system “Hydrogen allows low carbon energy to move from electricity to many other sectors, including sectors that are hard to decarbonize. Renewables have traditionally been constrained to one geography. We can now integrate renewable energy systems and conventional hydrocarbon systems – a circular carbon economy concept,” said Ahmad Al Khowaiter, CTO, Saudi Aramco. “We have a unique opportunity to fast track the energy transition. COVID-19 has dramatically impacted economies around the world. Effort and capital is being directed towards a fast recovery. Uniting, and focusing our efforts, will enable developing and developed countries alike to advance to a prosperous and zero-carbon future extremely quickly,” said Dietmar Siersdorfer, managing director, Siemens Energy Middle East and UAE. Read more about:Energy transitionCarbon footprint 8.  Access to capital at reasonable costs will play a critical role in the energy transition 2.  Availability of sustainable energy is the foundation for long-term economic prosperity “The UAE Energy Strategy 2050 aims to increase the contribution of clean energy in the total energy mix from 25% to 50% by 2050 and reduce the carbon footprint of power generation by 70%. The UAE is working also to diversify the energy mix through combining renewable, nuclear and clean energy sources to meet the country’s economic requirements,” said Sharif Al Olama, undersecretary of the ministry of energy & industry, UAE. 6.  The energy system will transform into one integrated ecosystem for all new clean technologies 10.  Now is the time to act, 2020 marks the year of change in many aspects The ten principles act as a guiding framework for governments, companies, and society to strike the balance between energy security and the transition to a lower carbon future.  These findings were based on the discussions held during the virtual Middle East and Africa (MEA) Energy Week, which was held from 19 – 21 October. “I think we see some ambitious energy transition agendas in the Middle East and Africa. I think there are ambitious agendas which will make things happen. From our perspective as an ECA [Export Credit Agency], the agenda of the region fits in with Germany. I believe we will see more projects in the region in the coming years and hopefully we will be able to support those,” said Edna Schöne, member of the board, Euler Hermes. “Capital markets can reward companies that are taking green technology into consideration, and that can be done through investing in these companies, or even creating a stock exchange that rewards companies that are proactively adopting an ESG [Environmental, Social, Governance] agenda, or a sustainable agenda in the way that they do business,” said Badr Al-Olama, executive director, Aerospace at Mubadala; head of organising committee, GMIS. Finance and Policy Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA The conference brought together regional government and the private sector representatives, from across the energy and finance sectors, to share perspectives and inform opinions on how best to navigate the energy transition. More than 2,500 people joined the virtual conference. 9.  Collaboration of strong partners will solve the challenges in financing the energy transition BRICS UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon developmentlast_img read more

Women At Par

first_imgSupreme court of India, in a recent verdict, removed the restriction on women serving the Army for permanent service, making it the first-ever order by which women in Armed forces can benefit equally as their male counterparts, including ranks, promotions, and pensions. No need to say that this is a welcome move and is in expected lines, considering the flimsy argument put forward by the government in opposing it. As per the argument, equal opportunity to women is not possible in the Army saying the rural background of the soldiers and they are not mentally schooled to accept women in command. They are also of the view that women officers are physically different and can’t be treated equally.There is no way the above argument holds any weight in the court of law and I am not sure if these arguments were made for the sake of it, or is our government view the same as the real reason for the limitation on women on command. Do note that Airforce and Navy have been inducting women in active combat roles for some time now and why there should be a limitation for that in the Indian Army is questionable. One can’t find logic in the government argument, because, we were never short of women who were in commanding positions in history. Right from Rani Laxmi Bhai to Indira Gandhi, Indians never find any differentiation when it comes to equality and role play.In many states in India, the matriarchal system of society is still being practised and the role of women in all areas of our society is well documented. In ancient India, women were considered equal to men in all aspects and were given much bigger roles in running the family as well as in the professional front. This practice was there till the time of Manu Smriti and Kautilya, in which the power of Indian women starts to decay and there was more and more restriction on women in the society. Why this came into existence is something we are yet to find out. The role of women in the era of Manu and Kautilya was reversed and they were made totally under the control of the men in their life. Initially by the father and later on by their husband. The rituals like Sati were in existence due to the very nature of this thought, forcing the wife to be burnt alive in the pyre of their husband.We had come a long way from these and today, women in India are much more educated and are also at par with the men in almost all fields. There are and will be few who find this change not acceptable but then changes are not always welcomed by all. One has to accept the reality that there is nothing a woman can’t do in today’s world. Their mind is as sharp as man and they can be physically as strong as their male counterpart if the role required them to be.With great power comes great responsibility, the line used by spiderman is very apt in today’s world. With the power of being at par with men, the responsibility of using that power wisely goes to the women and many times we can see in today’s India the same is not practised. A recent example is a tweet by Sonam Kapoor against a talk by the RSS leader in which apparently, he has stated that higher educational qualifications are also a reason for the increase in divorce cases. I am sure she had just taken that part of the speech and never fully read or heard the speech in total. For those who haven’t done that please go through it and you will find the speech was asking for everyone to empower more and more women in their households and allow them to have the power, they used to enjoy in ancient India. In short, that speech was about empowering the Indian women and make them come out of their homes and take responsibility of day to day life along with men.There needs to be a lot of effort to be done in making India rise to the level of equality experienced in ancient times but we are moving in the right direction for now. And at the same time the words of spiderman even though he is a fictional character remains true to both sexes. Let us all have the power to run our life and let us use that power wisely and with greater responsibility. That time is not far, where no one talks about the need for equality but talking about sharing responsibility equally. Let us start that in our daily life and let that be the path we show to our future generation.last_img read more

Some Advise to Indians Working in Gulf

first_imgAccording to UN statistics 2018 in six members countries of GCC, Lebanon and Jordan around 35 million migrants are living and employed gainfully. Their numbers are half to the total population of these countries. These host countries pay huge remittances and India tops the list. Approximately 10 million Indians remit more than US$40 billion every year. This helps sustain 100 million families back at home in India. Some states like Kerala,  Tamil Nadir,  Karnataka utilize these remittances in funding poverty reduction, health, infrastructure building.Two countries Saudi Arabia and UAE host the bulk of the Indian labour force as well as pay the largest amount of remittances. In Saudi Arabia, 27 lakh Indians send approximately USD 13Bn while in UAE 33 lakh Indians send USD 14 billion every year.Twin crises, Covid pandemic and fall in oil prices, have severely affected the economic condition of these oil-driven economies. Chances of return of a larger number of expatriates are there and except few, fresh people are most likely replace them once demand workers grow in these countries. Majority of old migrants workers may not be able to go again to these Gulf countries.Thus this raises a major concern about how to absorb these return migrants into economy and society. This will not be specific to India. Rather all countries sending their labour force to Gulf will encounter.ADVISE:Therefore, it is requested that those who are staying and preparing to come back from them most may not go back again. So they must not spend their saving/money there. They should come with their savings and also direct their families back at home not to spend.They should use this money to set up any businesses once they are back in India, so they may not face an economic problem. This will also help them to overcome their social isolation which is generally faced by such workers. Since, the majority of them are blue-collar, they face such problems more.The central and state governments should also help them in setting their businesses in India.  The government should provide loan at concessional rates,  do counselling and inform about the projects they want to set up.  It is easy to execute as migration in India is pocket-oriented and regional banks can play a key role in this direction.Now it is time to pay these workers back who used to send ‘bloody money’ to reduce poverty and prosper the country. Indians working in the Gulf are more patriotic than any other Indian diaspora community living in other parts of the world.Thanks.last_img read more

Patricia An Lavergne

first_imgPatricia An Lavergne was called home April 12, 2016 at 7:47pm at the Medical Center of Southeast Texas. She resided at a local home in Port Arthur, TX. Cherishing her memories are her mother, father and brother; 3 daughters Tiffany, Lashae and Lashawn; 6 grandkids and her spouse of 23 yrs, Kari Leday. Services will be held Saturday, April 23, 2016 visitation at 11am. Services 1pm. Mt. Calvary Baptist Church under the direction of Moody-Harris Funeral Home.last_img

Diversified Just Became THE AV Giant Integrator by Buying Advanced

first_imgDiversified has announced the acquisition of Advanced Presentation Products. As a top integrator in Canada for 24 years, Advanced specializes in audio visual communications solutions, service and support for enterprise, government and education clients across the country.“When we recently partnered with Advanced on a complex next-gen solution for a large Canadian organization, I was instantly impressed,” said Fred D’Alessandro, Diversified founder and CEO. “Their values of quality, integrity, service and excellence fit perfectly into our culture and I have no doubt that our success together will continue to grow in the future and provide long-term value for our clients.”David Weatherhead, Advanced president & CEO noted, “This represents the start of the next great chapter in the 24-year history of Advanced in Canada. I am incredibly proud of all that we have achieved to date and I leave knowing Diversified will take the company to great heights while I focus on building my AV rental business.” Weatherhead will be departing from the company to pursue his other business ventures.Founded in 1995 and based in Toronto, Advanced is a Canadian leader in the design and installation of audio video, digital signage and visual collaboration solutions as well as K-12 education technology including AV, IT, robotics, 3D Printing and other STEAM focused solutions.“Welcoming the Advanced team into the Diversified family is a natural extension of our existing North American operations,” Kevin Collins, Diversified’s president commented. “The opportunity for Diversified to establish a basecamp in the Canadian market with the established support of such a strong organization as Advanced is very exciting.”See related  Sessions We Loved from D=SIGN, Day 2Mark McPherson and Advanced’s team of employees will provide value to Diversified’s growth strategy with a strong focus on growing existing client business as well as utilizing Diversified’s breadth of solutions to find new opportunities.Diversified is here and Advanced is here.last_img read more

Men’s Hockey loses to UND 4-2, women defeat MSU 6-0

first_imgMen’s Hockey loses to UND 4-2, women defeat MSU 6-0 Brian DeutschDecember 7, 2007Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintAfter the first 40 minutes of tonight’s men’s hockey game produced zero goals, the final 20 made up for it with a combined six scores.Unfortunately for Minnesota, four of them were scored on junior goalie Jeff Frazee as the Gophers dropped the first game of the series to the Sioux 4-2.“We executed our game plan to a T. In the third period, we played hard, scored two goals. That’s a huge positive for our teamÖ,” junior forward Blake Wheeler said. “To come up short, really hurts.”Frazee and his counterpart, senior Jean-Philippe Lamoureux, were perfect in the first two periods but in the third, Lamoureux reigned supreme.Twice in the period, the Sioux were able to jump out to a one goal lead thanks to goals from sophomore defenseman Chay Genoway and senior forward Rylan Kaip.But the Gophers (8-8-1 overall, 4-7-0 WCHA) were able to answer back knotting the game at 1-1 and 2-2 with a pair of power-play goals from Wheeler and sophomore forward Ryan Flynn.Minnesota went 2-for-2 on the advantage in the last period of play after going 0-for-3 in the first two periods.The Sioux went 0-for-3 on the night in the category.However, North Dakota (8-5-1, 6-5-0) added another two unanswered goals at the 16:23 mark and again 32 seconds later to make it 4-2 ñ a score that the Sioux would maintain thanks largely to the play of Lamoureux in goal.“For us tonight, Lamoureux was the key,” coach Dave Hakstol said. “He gave us a chance to work our way out of it, and then to the credit of the guys in front of him, they did.”Meanwhile, Frazee struggled in the third after playing solidly in the first and second. Three of his four allowed goals beat him high on the glove side while an additional three shots on the night beat the junior only to hit the pipes.Frazee ended the night stopping 26 of 30 shots.The Sioux didn’t look like the dominant team in the first two periods ñ the team combined for just 12 shots on goal in the games first 40 minutes.The third was a different story though as North Dakota out-shot Minnesota 18-13 in the period.However, the final score didn’t deter Lucia from feeling that his team made progress in the loss.“Going into the game, if you had said we were going to get a couple power-play goals and get close to 40 shots on goal, I would have thought we would win the game.”Notes:The last time North Dakota beat Minnesota at home was in 2004 ñ also a 4-2 win for the Sioux.The Minnesota women’s hockey team won tonight ñ defeating Minnesota State 6-0 on the road.Junior forward Gigi Marvin led the Gophers with two goals and an assist while senior defenseman Anya Miller added two goals of her own.last_img read more

Investigating plasma levels as a biomarker for Alzheimer’s disease

first_imgLinkedIn Pinterest Share A Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) paper published in Current Alzheimer Research presents the first detailed study of the relationship between plasma levels of two amyloid beta peptides (Aβ1-40 and Aβ1-42), brain volumetrics (measures studying the size of brain, which shrinks with Alzheimer’s disease) and cognitive performance in an investigation of the usefulness of plasma levels as a biomarker for Alzheimer’s disease (AD).Lead author on the paper and head of CHeBA’s Proteomics Group at the University of New South Wales, Dr Anne Poljak, said that since amyloid beta (Aβ) peptides are the main component of the amyloid plaques found in Alzheimer patients’ brains, changes in levels of Aβ in blood plasma may provide a biomarker for detecting increased risk or early diagnosis of disease.“While Aβ has traditionally been measured using cerebrospinal fluid, plasma presents a more accessible sample for routine collection and screening although results to date have been variable,” Dr Poljak said. Emailcenter_img Share on Facebook Share on Twitter The study examined age-matched cognitively normal controls (n=126), individuals with amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI, n=89) from CHeBA’s Sydney Memory & Ageing Study, as well as individuals with Alzheimer’s disease (AD, n=39).Plasma levels of the two peptides and the Aβ1-42/1-40 ratio were lower in aMCI and Alzheimer’s disease than in cognitively normal controls, and lower levels of Aβ1-42 were associated with lower global cognition and hippocampal volume and higher levels of white matter hyperintensities (which are believed to contribute to Alzheimer’s disease). A genetic component was also identified, with associations between Aβ1-40 and cognitive and brain volume measures predominantly observed in individuals carrying the ε4 allele, while the opposite was observed in non-carriers. Longitudinal analysis revealed greater decline in global cognition and memory for the highest quintiles of Aβ1-42 and the ratio measure.Director of CHeBA and co-author on the paper, Professor Perminder Sachdev, said he was encouraged by the findings.“These findings certainly suggest that plasma Aβ measures may serve as biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease,” he said.last_img read more

Comments Sought on Brewster’s Updated Shoreline Plan

first_imgA comprehensive update to regulations designed to preserve and protect shorelines within the city of Brewster is open for comment through the Washington Department of Ecology.First adopted in 1991, the city has worked to completely update its shoreline master program to align with new state rules and current shoreline conditions.The proposed shoreline program will guide construction and development along the Columbia River within Brewster’s jurisdiction.The locally tailored shoreline program will help minimize environmental damage to shoreline areas, reserve appropriate areas for water-oriented uses and protect people’s access to public land and waters.It combines local plans for future development and preservation with new development ordinances and related permitting requirements.The city adopted its updated shoreline plan last November and then submitted it to Ecology. Before approving, Ecology will take public comments into consideration. Once approved, the local shoreline program will become part of the overall state shoreline master program.Comments will be accepted through October 14, 2016.last_img read more

Criticism of industry progress towards net zero is undeserved

first_imgGet your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe now for unlimited access Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGINlast_img read more

Tricky silo movement

first_imgFrom Delfzijl, the transport of the 15.2 m long piece was smooth for something of this size, guided by the two escort vehicles supplied by ZTT. However, as it made its way towards the delivery location, the roads became winding and much tighter.The 4.7 diameter silo was taken slowly to its final destination, where it was carefully unloaded and prepared for use in the dairy industry.www.ztt.nllast_img