Samsung Heavy Industries and Bloom Energy advance plans for clean power ships

first_img Samsung Heavy Industries partners with Bloom Energy. (Credit: Business Wire) Bloom Energy and Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), a part of Samsung Group, have signed a joint development agreement (JDA) to design and develop fuel cell-powered ships. The two companies will work together to realize their vision of clean power for ships and a more sustainable marine shipping industry.“By signing this joint development agreement, SHI has a plan to develop eco-friendly ships that will lead the future of the industry,” said Mr. Haeki Jang, vice president of shipbuilding & drilling sales engineering at SHI. “Our goal is to replace all existing main engines and generator engines with these highly efficient solid oxide fuel cells to align with the International Maritime Organization’s 2030 and 2050 environmental targets.”SHI is actively participating in all of the relevant activities during the joint development, from early studies to project completion, in order to build highly efficient fuel cell-powered ships. In alignment, Bloom Energy has created a dedicated, cross-functional team of engineers to adapt Bloom Energy’s Servers to the unique requirements of the marine environment.SHI and Bloom Energy are actively working towards the next milestone in this development with a target to present the design to potential customers in 2022. Following commercialization, the two companies anticipate that the market for Bloom Energy Servers on SHI ships could grow to 300 megawatts annually.This joint development work aligns with the International Maritime Organization’s mandate to meet emissions reduction targets by 2050. Because the fuel cells create electricity through an electrochemical reaction, without combusting the fuel, these ships would be able to improve air quality with a reduction of particulate emissions, including NOx and SOx, by more than 99 percent, and shrink carbon emissions.“The marine shipping industry has the ability to make a substantial impact on emissions and air quality at ports and across our planet,” said KR Sridhar, founder, chairman and CEO of Bloom Energy. “We see a collaboration with one of the world’s largest shipbuilders, SHI, as a moment to make measurable strides in reducing emissions and extending our mission for clean, reliable energy to the seas.”The joint development agreement between SHI and Bloom Energy follows an Approval in Principle for fuel cell-powered Aframax crude oil tankers from DNV GL, the internationally accredited marine shipping registrar and classification society, announced in September 2019. The next class of ship to be submitted for design approval is the LNG carrier. Source: Company Press Release The joint development agreement between SHI and Bloom Energy follows an Approval in Principle for fuel cell-powered Aframax crude oil tankers from DNV GLlast_img read more

Taylor Wimpey shares fall 8% as profits plunge and home completions plummet

first_imgHome » News » Land & New Homes » Taylor Wimpey shares fall 8% as profits plunge and home completions plummet previous nextLand & New HomesTaylor Wimpey shares fall 8% as profits plunge and home completions plummetBut better news on the horizon for housebuilder as completions for 2020 forward sold by 97% – but pipeline has slowed.Richard Reed31st July 202002,938 Views Shares in housebuilder Taylor Wimpey fell 8% in trading yesterday when it announced a massive drop in profits due to fallout from the Covid-19 lockdown.The company’s half-yearly results for the period ending 28 June make grim reading – and not just for investors.Gross profit for the half was £91m, compared with £409.6m in H1 2019, with a gross profit margin of 12.1% (H1 2019: 23.6%). Group operating profit fell to a loss of £16.1m compared with £311.9m profit in the same period last year.And in bad news for the property pipeline, total home completions (excluding joint ventures) dropped by 58% to 2,713 from 6,432 in H1 2019. This included 637 affordable homes (down on 1,594 in H1 2019), equating to 23.5% of total completionsPositive newsHowever there was some positive news in the company report.In the nine weeks since Taylor Wimpey’s sales centres reopened in England, the sales rate increased from 0.3 (during shutdown) to 0.7 and there has been a 206% increase in appointments booked and a 50% increase in website visits, year on year.As at 26 July the company was roughly 97% forward sold for private completions for 2020 compared with 87% in the same period last year but with very limited availability of homes for customers to move into in 2020.Reduced availability is likely to mean that sales rates remain below normal until construction catches up.Strong order bookForward indicators remain strong and the order book has increased in both value and number of homes. The total order book, representing represents 12,014 homes, stands at £3.0bn, compared with £2.5bn the same period last year, when 10,558 homes were on the order book.Chief executive Pete Redfern said: “I am pleased with Taylor Wimpey’s performance during a very challenging time and am proud of the resilience, principled approach and agility that our teams have shown.“Our performance for the first half of 2020 has been impacted by the closing of our sites and sales centres but we have now reopened all sites successfully and safely and have returned to a sustainable level of sales and build. We are delighted that our NHS and care workers discount scheme has been taken up by over 1,200 households to date.“Looking ahead, balance sheet strength, a long order book and our high quality and growing landbank gives us confidence in our ability to navigate the challenges and emerge stronger from the pandemic. While uncertainties remain, we are confident in the underlying fundamentals of the housing market.”New home completions fall new homes Taylor Wimpey July 31, 2020Richard ReedWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Estate agent turned auctioneer found dead at York apartment

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Estate agent turned auctioneer found dead at York apartment previous nextAgencies & PeopleEstate agent turned auctioneer found dead at York apartmentInquest hears that Charlie Lancaster, who in 2018 set up auction platform MyBid4It, had been harbouring suicidal thoughts during lockdown.Nigel Lewis18th November 202001,642 Views An auctioneer and former estate agent took his own life after becoming depressed during lockdown, an inquest has been told.Charlie Lancaster, who last year attended The Negotiator Conference & Expo with his company and met John Bercow, established the auctions platform in 2018 after working for Lancaster Simms, an estate agency he founded in 2012 in York.Lancaster was found dead at his apartment in the city by his girlfriend on August 18th after she returned from work, and said that she had been supporting him with mental health issues.The inquest at County Hall in Northallerton earlier this week that auctioneer Lancaster had battled with anxiety and depression since his early 20s and saw a therapist regularly.Finding things hardGemma Stanham, who had been with him for three years prior to his death, told the inquest that he had been ‘finding things hard’ during lockdown, the Yorkshire Post reports.During the months running up to his death, Lancaster had told his therapist that he had entertained thoughts of suicide, and his bloodstream was found to contain both alcohol and anti-depressants, although not enough to kill him.Recording a conclusion of suicide, assistant coroner for North Yorkshire John Broadbridge, said that although Mr Lancaster’s background meant he was not in the ‘at risk’ group for male suicides, he had taken his own life.“He was known to be suffering from depression,” he said. “He gave no signs that he was planning suicide, though the thought had entered his head. Everything seemed normal – he left no note and had no severe mental illness.”Read more about MyBid4It.Charlie Lancaster death agent suicide MyBid4It Charlie Lancaster York November 18, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

USS Stockdale, USS William P. Lawrence Wrap Up Their Deployments

first_imgGuided-missile destroyers USS Stockdale (DDG 106) and USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) returned to their homeport of San Diego Nov. 8 following the completion of an extended deployment to the U.S. 5th, 6th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility (AOR).Deployed since Jan. 14, the two ships and combined crews of more than 600 Sailors were assigned to Destroyer Squadron 23 and conducted operations with the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group. The ships took part in a number of exercises, theater security cooperation, and maritime presence operations with partner nations.Two detachments from Maritime Strike Squadron 75, embarked aboard William P. Lawrence and Stockdale returned to San Diego, Nov. 7. “Of all the challenges the crew of William P. Lawrence faced, there was never a complaint or question of what we were tasked to do,” said Cmdr. Jana A. Vavasseur, William P. Lawrence’s commanding officer. “There were some really hard days throughout our 10 months, and those were the days when the crew shined the most.”Upon their return, the two ships will conduct operations and training within U.S. 3rd Fleet’s 50-million square mile AOR. “We had some special opportunities during this deployment that we didn’t anticipate when we left San Diego in January,” said Cmdr. Bo Johns, Stockdale’s commanding officer. “We are very excited to return home to our family and friends.”U.S. 3rd Fleet leads naval forces in the Eastern Pacific from the West Coast of North America to the international date line and provides the realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy.[mappress]Press Release, November 11, 2013; Image: US Navy USS Stockdale, USS William P. Lawrence Wrap Up Their Deployments Share this article November 11, 2013 Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Stockdale, USS William P. Lawrence Wrap Up Their Deployments last_img read more

Facial disfigurement gene discovered

first_imgAn Oxford-led team of researchers has become the first to discover a genetic mutation which can lead to severe facial disfigurement.The mutation, known as ALX3, was discovered after researchers compared the DNA of individuals from seven families who all shared a similar facial malformation known as ‘frontorhiny’.Head researcher Professor Andrew Wilkie said, “This finding offers hope to those families considered to be at risk. By correctly diagnosing the condition in an adult, we can reassure them that their children are unlikely to be affected.”last_img read more


first_imgWe urge you to take time and click the section we have reserved for the daily recaps of the activities of our local Law Enforcement professionals. This section is located on the upper right side of our publication.If you would like to advertise or submit and article in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] IS IT TRUE we are  told that many Westside Republicans and Independents are pleased to hear that Wadesville Republican Sen. Jim Tomes has a primary challenger for the 2018 election?   … the young,  well educated and personable Westside Republican Brady Hall plans to formally announce his candidacy for  State Senate District 49 seat on April 22?  …we predict that Senator Tomes is getting ready to experience the biggest political battle of his career?Todays “READERS POLL” question is: Do you feel that City Council Finance Chairman Dan McGinn needs to  sit the record straight concerning the true financial status of the City? IS IT TRUE last week we had the opportunity to visit the pre-construction site of the soon to be opened KC Marina Pointe Bar-Restaurant?…when finished this Bar-Restaurant will be something to behold?…that the KC Marina Pointe owner is going first class in installing kitchen and bar equipment in this upscale watering hole on the waterfront? …the newly built stage shall be the largest one of any Bar-Restaurant within a 200 mile radius and shall be equipped with the most up-to-date sound system available on the market today?…KC‘s Marina Pointe is installing around 40 big screen TVs throughout? …we were extremely surprised to see the extensive offerings listed on their menu?…when KC’s Marina Pointe is opened it shall draw people from not only from downtown and the Westside but people from all over the Tri-State?…when all said and done we predict that the Westside business leaders and bar owners will have some major regrets that they didn’t push members of the Appeals Board of  Area Planning Commission to approve Mr. Chesser‘s request to open a similar Bar-Restaurant on West Franklin Street?…we wonder if Mayor Winnecke would call this another good example of “explosive growth” within in the city limits of Evansville?…we urge you to drop by and ask owner Kerry Chesser or his project manager Chad Brady to give you a quick guided tour of this soon to be open river front establishment?  …this project was done without using one dine of taxpayers dollars or receiving a tax credit? FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharecenter_img IS IT TRUE at this point there are a number of other hashtags that could work well for Evansville?…here is a small collection for our readers to ponder #snegalcity,#dependsonboatmoneycity, #lowwagecity, #shrinkingcity, #exposedcity, and #notastrongcity? IS IT TRUE that with the obsession about tweeting the #strongcity by the downtown glitterati it makes one wonder just what the heck these people mean when they are trying to convince themselves and others that Evansville is a #strongcity?…it is safe to assume that any city claiming to be strong should have a strong balance sheet and operate at a surplus?…another indicator of a strong city would be a minimal debt level?…finally a strong city should offer state of the art basic services to it’s citizens in every area of infrastructure?…the City of Evansville by those metrics is anything but a #strongcity?…when it comes to finances, the City is one change in accounting practices to being out of the time shifting practice of fluffing up the end of the year books by delaying payments to make balances look better?…Evansville has such high levels of debt that it is literally right up against it’s bonding limits for general funds?…that means that anything bought has to pay for itself or the bonds will have difficulty getting underwritten?IS IT TRUE maybe the term #cityatrisk would be more appropriate for Evansville?…Evansville is a risk of having the EPA come to town and start fining them every day that the decrepit sewer system is not fixed?…Evansville is at risk of having more and more ancient water pipes either fail creating potholes in the streets or spewing brown oxidized water into people’s homes?…Evansville is at risk for a combined sewer overflow of raw sewage every time the rains come pouring down?…that creates #risks for disease and foul odor almost continuously?…the most pathetic thing about #cityatrisk is that the people in charge of the risky business don’t have the presence of mind to understand that the city has many risks to its citizens that degrade lifestyle and add to the cost of living?last_img read more

On the Twentieth Century’s Kristin Chenoweth Swaps Stories with Rosie O’Donnell

first_img View Comments Stage and screen darling Kristin Chenoweth made a visit to The View on January 20, during which time she and Rosie O’Donnell geeked out over Madeline Kahn. Chenoweth, who cites Kahn as her idol (and even named her dog after her), will channel the late actress in the upcoming Broadway revival of On the Twentieth Century as Lily Garland, the role Kahn received a Tony nomination for in 1978. “I’m hoping she’s proud of me,” Chenoweth said. The pint-sized soprano also has two film projects out this season, and they couldn’t be more different: the J-Lo thriller The Boy Next Door and the A Midsummer Night’s Dream inspired animated flick Strange Magic. Watch Cheno discuss her busy spring below, and catch her in On the Twentieth Century beginning February 12 at the American Airlines Theatre! Star Files On The Twentieth Century Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on July 19, 2015 Kristin Chenowethlast_img read more

Community Gardening.

first_imgU.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman has named AtlantanBobby Wilson as Georgia’s Community Gardening Coordinator to provideadvice on establishing and expanding community gardens in thestate.Wilson is the area Extension Service agent for Fulton and DeKalbcounties, where he coordinates the urban gardening program. Heis also the president of the American Community Gardening Association.”Community gardens not only produce fresh fruits and vegetables,but can also help create more livable communities by replacingunused lots with productive green spaces,” Glickman saidin videotaped remarks prepared for the ACGA conference in Atlanta.”These gardening projects can be vital for communities,”he said. “So I have selected coordinators in each state tohelp faith-based organizations, nonprofit groups, state and localgovernments and individuals create or expand gardens in theirneighborhoods.”Innovation and Success”In light of the innovation and success Wilson has shownwith the Atlanta urban gardening program, his new appointmentcertainly comes as no surprise,” said Susan Harrell, districtextension head in north Georgia .”The urban gardening program is nationally known for creatingthe circle-gardening concept that reduces waste in the landfill,saves water and creates an environment for inner-city gardening,”Harrell said.”Wilson’s leadership and entrepreneurial skills add anextra dimension that strengthens the urban gardening program hehas in Atlanta,” she said.The newly named coordinators will offer information and technicalhelp to nonprofit groups, native American tribes, school districts,private businesses, individuals and state, local, and federalgovernments as they start or expand local community gardens.The coordinators will offer advice on site location and planning,what and when to plant, soil surveys, soil conservation, volunteerrecruitment and links with government agencies. USDA has providedtechnical help, national publicity and limited seed money to localgardening projects. The agency also created a national gardeningWeb site, of the new coordinators are working with nonprofit groupsand other partners to develop specific plans to help communitygardening efforts in their states. These plans may include partnerships,technical assistance workshops and public events to encouragecommunity gardening.Bringing People Together”Community gardens can bring people together, enhancecommunities and help fight hunger,” Glickman said. “Andby giving school children a chance to plant and care for communitygardens, we offer them a healthy and productive way to have funand improve their neighborhoods.”The new community gardening coordinators are already USDA employees,so no added funding is required. A state-by-state list of thecoordinators is available at read more

Researchers identify two coronavirus types as China cases dwindle

first_imgMainland China had 119 new confirmed cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, the National Health Commission said, down slightly from 125 the previous day, in a broad trend that has seen numbers of new cases fall from the middle of February.The total number of cases on the mainland has now reached 80,270. The number of deaths rose by 38 to bring the total toll for mainland China to 2,981 by March 3.All but one new death occurred in Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak.With the number of new daily infections overseas now exceeding new cases in China, Chinese officials have begun to seek ways to control the spread of the virus outside of China and guard against future outbreaks.Authorities have asked overseas Chinese hoping to return home to reconsider their travel plans, while cities across the country have set up quarantine rules for those entering from high-risk places.Italy, South Korea and Iran have all become infection hot spots.An infected person is known to have arrived in China from Iran last week.China is encouraging domestic producers of medical protective equipment to export protective suits to meet overseas demand as the virus spreads, Cao Xuejun, an official with China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said in a press briefing in Beijing on Wednesday.China’s health authorities are also studying setting up emergency reserves for medical resources and protective materials, Mao Qunan, an official at China’s National Health Commission said at the same briefing.The coronavirus outbreak had exposed the weakness of China’s emergency reserves, he said.  Topics : The prevalence of the more aggressive virus decreased after early January 2020, they said.”These findings strongly support an urgent need for further immediate, comprehensive studies that combine genomic data, epidemiological data, and chart records of the clinical symptoms of patients with coronavirus disease 2019 [COVID-19],” they wrote.Their findings were published on Tuesday in the National Science Review, the journal of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.The findings come amid a fall in new coronavirus cases following crippling restrictions imposed on the world’s second largest economy to stop its spread, including transport suspensions and the extension of the Lunar New Year holiday.center_img Scientists in China studying the viral disease outbreak’s origin said they had found that two main types of the new coronavirus could be causing infections.The researchers, from Peking University’s School of Life Sciences and the Institute Pasteur of Shanghai under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, cautioned that their analysis examined a limited range of data, and said follow-up analyses of larger data sets are needed to better understand the virus’s evolution.The preliminary study found that a more aggressive type of the new coronavirus associated with the disease outbreak in Wuhan accounted for about 70% of analyzed strains, while 30% was linked to a less aggressive type.last_img read more

Oil firms Apache, Total make second major oil discovery offshore Suriname

first_imgApache’s initial discovery in Suriname was dubbed “among the most anticipated in the world” by one brokerage and was just over the border from Exxon Mobil-led discoveries off Guyana that are estimated to hold more than 8 billion barrels of oil.Houston, Texas-based Apache last month unveiled deep cuts to its exploration budget, pledging to stop all drilling in the Permian basin and to scale back some international operations, in a bid to remain profitable despite the low oil prices.Dingmann added that the sector and particularly US shale continue to face unprecedented headwinds but Apache’s exploration upside and diversified price exposure puts the company in a relatively favorable position, compared with pure US onshore peers. Oil producer Apache Corp and its joint venture partner Total SA said on Thursday that they made their second significant oil discovery of the year in a closely watched area off the coast of South America’s Suriname.Shares of Apache were trading more than 12% higher after surging nearly 21% at market open, on a day when oil stocks were generally stronger due to a recovery in global crude prices.The discovery comes at a time when shale oil producers in North America are grappling with the worst oil price shock in decades, which has led several companies, including Apache, to cut spending for the year and slash dividends. The conventional plays offshore Suriname are especially significant for Apache as it follows the US oil and gas producer’s failed bet in the Alpine High region of the Permian basin, which has suffered from diving natural gas prices.Apache’s second major find was made at the Sapakara West-1 well drilled offshore Suriname on Block 58, which comprises 1.4 million acres, the companies said on Thursday, adding that the third and fourth exploration well locations in the block have been identified.The well was drilled by a water depth of about 1,000 meters and encountered 79 meters net pay of high-quality volatile oil and condensate.”We believe that, while still in the very early stages of exploration, the results from the Sapakara well further demonstrate what we believe to be the enormous potential of Apache’s offshore Suriname position,” SunTrust Robinson Humphrey analyst Neal Dingmann said in a note.center_img Topics :last_img read more