Rystad Energy group: Green energy investment to top oil & gas in Asia Pacific region by 2020

first_imgRystad Energy group: Green energy investment to top oil & gas in Asia Pacific region by 2020 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:Oil and gas majors are increasingly investing in renewables in the face of mounting pressure from consumers, investors and regulators pushing for an energy transition. In the Asia-Pacific region outside China, renewable energy investment will overtake spending on upstream oil and gas projects as early as next year, according to a report by Norwegian consultancy Rystad Energy.By 2020, capital expenditure on renewables will surpass US$30 billion and leave fossil fuel exploration and production spending in its wake for the first time. The trend will be driven by big contributions from Australia and Asian countries including India, Vietnam, Taiwan and South Korea.“These countries each have strong pipelines for renewable energy developments of all types, including offshore wind,” said Gero Farruggio, head of renewables at Rystad Energy. “And importantly, most have large targets outlining the inclusion of renewable power sources within their respective energy mixes, with corresponding support policies.”According to Rystad, the step change came with the emergence of oil and gas majors as investors. “By 2020 it is feasible that the majors will be the dominant renewable developers in Australia as they pursue ‘oil and gas’ scale opportunities. Commercial drivers are increasing the desire to ride the ‘solar-coaster’,” Farruggio said.Although only 1% of the country’s solar, wind and utility storage projects are owned by oil majors, the consultancy forecasts upstream companies will become the dominant renewable developers in the years ahead. “Upstream companies will lead the charge, building sizable utility storage, solar and – ultimately – offshore wind portfolios,” Farruggio added. “Solar panels, lithium ion batteries and turbines will soon be conventional segments of Australia’s oilfield services.”The pipeline is already taking shape across the country. For instance, Total Eren has started construction of Victoria’s biggest solar project, the 256.5 MW Kiamal Solar Farm, and is looking to add a second stage with a generation capacity of up to 194 MW. On top of that, the renewables developer – which is 23% owned by French oil and gas giant Total – is exploring commercial options for an approved 380 MWh of energy storage.More: Oil and gas majors join rush to renewables in Australia and Pacificlast_img read more

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U.S. Army Wants 36 More ‘Punisher’ Weapons In 2012

first_imgBy Dialogo February 11, 2011 Dear Sirs, The USA ARMY FORCE actions must continue to be effective in facing and eradicating all of these Terrorist, Narco-Trafficking and different criminal groups of people. Best Regards, What would happen if the insurgents or narco-traffickers acquired that type of firearm? Uuuu the advantage in technology would cease, and the violence problem would increase especially in border countries like the U.S.A. What would happen if the insurgents or narco-traffickers acquired that type of firearm? Uuuu the advantage in technology would cease, and the violence problem would increase especially in border countries like the U.S.A. …I can hardly wait to see the comments by the AK-47 experts. I call these rebound sure shots., in the Superman Comic Strip, I read about this happening with a wonder weapon., that was about 50 years ago., the problem with the weapon was that when it was used under certain magnetic conditions it sometimes behaved like a Boomerang, be careful…the AFGHANS, ARE GREAT WEAPON COPYCATS., IF THIS IS TO END THE war now… go U S A.- Only five XM25 weapons exist today, but Soldiers lucky enough to have used them in Afghanistan are saying more are needed. Two Soldiers took the prototype weapons into theater to link them up with requesting units. They trained troops on the weapon’s use and managed the Forward Operational Assessment to collect information about the weapon’s performance in theater and how Soldiers used it. “The XM25 brought the difference to whether they would stay there 15 to 20 minutes shooting (and) taking pot shots or the actual fight ended after using the XM25,” said Sgt. 1st Class Carlos Smith, Soldier Requirements Division, Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning, Ga. “That was due to the defilade capabilities of the XM25 to shoot beyond targets and behind targets.” The XM25 allows Soldiers to engage defilade targets — those behind a barrier, protected from oncoming weapons fire. The XM25 measures the distance to the enemy’s protective barrier, and can then program the round to detonate a user-adjustable distance past that — allowing Soldiers to put an air-bursting round directly above the enemy’s head, inside their protected area. The round measures the distance it travels by counting its own rotations after leaving the barrel. Both Smith and Maj. Christopher Conley, an assistant product manager for Program Manager Soldier Weapons, at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., were part of the team that brought those weapons into theater for Soldiers to use in actual combat. The five prototype weapons entered theater in November, and were first used in combat on 3 December. Since then, hundreds of XM25 rounds have been fired in theater, though only 55 of those rounds were fired as part of combat, on nine different operational missions. “We disrupted two insurgents on an OP (observation point) and we silenced two machine-gun positions — two PKM positions,” Conley said, describing some of the scenarios he witnessed in theater where the XM25 had been used. “We destroyed four ambush locations, where the survivors fled.” “And when we launched it at a longer range target, who was carrying a machine gun and it exploded near his target — it either badly wounded him or scared him good enough that he dropped his machine gun and ran away,” Conley recalled. Overall in Afghanistan, the five XM25s have been with two separate units. The first unit used the weapon on four engagements and fired 28 rounds in combat. The second unit was able to use the XM25 on five engagements and fired 27 rounds in combat. “The troops are very excited to carry it,” Conley said. “We’ve limited who can carry it based on the number of folks that we’ve trained. But within that group of Soldiers that are trained on the operation of the XM25, I heard a Soldier say ‘hey, he carried it yesterday, so I get it today.’” Some Soldiers who’ve used the XM25 in Afghanistan had taken to naming the weapon — though there is no official name for the system yet. “The kids are calling it ‘the Punisher,’” said Brig. Gen. Peter N. Fuller, who heads up the Program Executive Office Soldier. “I don’t know what we’re going to title this product, but it seems to be game-changing. You no longer can shoot at American forces and then hide behind something. We’re going to reach out and touch you.”last_img read more

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NPFL: Shooting Stars Pound Kano Pillars to Submission

first_imgOn the back of the big home win against Pillars, Shooting Stars have now recorded 44 points from 32 matches, a point behind Pillars.It was a deserved home win for the Ibadan club and asweet revenge after they were humiliated by the four-time Nigeria champions 6-0 in the first round of the season.Striker Sunday Adetunji scored a second half brace to take his season’s tally to 10 goals with Ajani Ibrahim and Ifegwu Ojukwu also getting on the scoreboard in the first half.After both teams had sized each other in the opening minutes, the Oluyole Warriors went straight to business with man of the match, Ifegwu Ojukwu, running in and shaking off Pillars central defender, Jamiu Alimi, to draw the first blood in the 9th minute.The duo of Gambo Mohammed and Rabi’u Ali, highly influential in the Pillars system looked temporarily like they will rally their side back to contention but they had another thing coming as Ifegwu and AdetunjiSunday set up mercurial Ajani Ibrahim in a goal rush and he calculatedly tapped in to make life more difficult for the visitors before the break.At resumption of play, Shooting continued the mauling with Adetunji Sunday tapping in again from a goal-mouth situation and celebrating with salsa steps that increased the enjoyment file the fans.With three goals down, Pillars looked psychologically drained, resulting in a brief altercation between Rabi’u Ali and Jamiu Alimi before the later was replaced with.Even at that, there was no escape for Pillars from the anger of the Shooting side who had been humiliated with similar wide goal berth when they went to Kano earlier in the season.Adetunji Sunday had rounded goalkeeper Yusuf Mohammed and kickedtowards goal but Jonathan Zikiye rushed up to clear. Still hungry for more, Adetunji preyed around again and delivered his brace in the 64th minute to completely deflate Pillars.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram In its determination to steer clear of the murky waters of relegation of the Nigeria Professional Football Club (NPFL), Shooting Stars on Sunday hammered visiting Kano Pillars 4-0 in a Match- day 33 clash at the Lekan Salami Stadium in Ibadan.However, the title race took a new dimension as leaders Wikki Tourists and Enugu Rangers both lost 1-0 at FC IfeanyiUbah and Nasarawa United, respectively.Rivers United moved into second place on the table with 53 points after a 2-0 home win over Plateau United, while IfeanyiUbah are now third with 52 points.last_img read more

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The Triathlon Cup “Kulin Ban Boračko Lake 2014”

first_imgThe Triathlon Association of B&H organizes this year for the 11th time the International Triathlon Cup   “Kulin Ban Boračko Lake 2014”.The competition in the discipline “Sprint Triathlon” will be held at a short distance of 750 meters of swimming in the Boračko Lake, 20 kilometres of bike ride on the road Boračko lake- Glavatičevo et vice versa and 5 kilometres of running around the Boračko Lake.The “Sprint Triathlon” is becoming more and more popular in the world.A great number of participants from B&H and abroad is expected at the competition.The Triathlon Cup will be held from the 5th to 7th September and the main race is scheduled for September 6th at 15:00 o’clock.(Source: Fena)last_img

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