Midville field day

first_img“Things have really picked up since the reopening,” Black said. “We have begun a new renewable energy program that focuses on the production of biofuel feedstock crops. I would say we are about up to full speed, and irrigated research land is about full capacity.”The day starts at 9 a.m. Lunch will be provided. To find out more, call (706) 542-1060. University of GeorgiaTo showcase research and its importance to the agricultural industry in its region, the University of Georgia Southeast Research and Education Center in Midville, Ga., will have a field day Aug. 19.Participants will see the latest work by UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences experts on twin-row soybeans, fungicide trials, insect control and official state variety trials for corn, soybean and peanut, said Anthony Black, the center’s superintendent.Work at the Burke County center was postponed six years ago due to budget cuts. The center reopened last summer.last_img read more

IPE View: The starting gun for a power revolution?

first_imgWhat Tesla’s battery technology represents is the final piece of a jigsaw that, if completed, could enable less developed countries to leapfrog into power generation in a similar way that many countries jumped into the mobile revolution. Anyone travelling to India will soon discover that the mains power supply is unreliable. Households and companies are incurring significant expenses in dealing with the problems of intermittent supply by buying back-up solutions such as diesel generators, diesel, etcetera. Moreover, large parts of many emerging countries do not yet even have access to the grid, and there are numerous places where it would be very costly to scale out the conventional grid.What many emerging economies do have in plenty is sunshine, and the combination of much lower costs for photovoltaic solar cells and cost-effective battery storage systems could be transformative – particularly so if electric cars like Tesla’s become ubiquitous, as their batteries could be used to supplement home storage. Ajay Shah, an Indian economist, sees enormous potential for Tesla’s Powerwall in remote communities in India. Roofs could be equipped with photovoltaic cells, perhaps supplemented by diesel generators for peak loading, while battery storage could be used to by-pass the need to be connected to the grid.But what the Powerwall represents is still just an incremental change to existing battery technology. Once you get beyond the hype, there are still many things that need to happen before the potential of battery storage can revolutionise power generation.First, as Shah points out, higher oil prices would help to encourage the development of alternatives. He favours a global carbon tax, although I suspect this may be an issue for poorer countries. Second, in industrial countries, there needs to be continued government support for R&D and adoption of renewables and electric cars. Third, there needs to be continued worldwide scientific progress with batteries – Tesla’s product is relatively expensive for the power output it can produce. Fourth, Shah believes there needs to be sustained low interest rates globally for a long time, as these technologies require high capital costs but have close to zero running costs. And fifth, countries may needs electricity policies that give time-of-day pricing all the way to each household, ideally with a mechanism for distributed producers to sell electricity back to the grid at a cost that reflects that faced by the grid in delivering electricity to that location.Tesla’s announcement is certainly of importance to both developed and emerging economies as a clear stepping stone to a possible future. But Tesla’s selling price to installers of $3,000 (€2,690) on top of the cost of solar cells, etcetera – together with a continuous output of just 20,00 watts that won’t make it powerful enough even for just a couple of domestic devices – makes it an unattractive proposition for the mass market.However, what it does suggest is that technology is now making great strides in the right direction. The importance of the Tesla Powerwall may not be what it can do but rather its inspiring vision for the future. Even if it takes another decade, the ability to have large-scale, low-cost rechargeable batteries may be far more significant than a flashy sports car.Joseph Mariathasan is a contributing editor at IPE The new large-scale Tesla Powerwall battery is important but perhaps not for the reasons you think, Joseph Mariathasan writesSeveral friends of mine have now been for test drives of Tesla’s electric sports cars. I’m not convinced they were seriously thinking of buying one, but they certainly enjoyed the ride! Whilst Tesla’s sports cars have certainly been a hit, what the company may eventually become famous for is the development of large-scale Lithium Ion batteries, which could transform the economics of alternative energy sources. Chief executive Elon Musk unveiled the Tesla Powerwall last week. This device is designed to store energy at a residential level for load shifting, backup power and self-consumption of solar power generation. If it does fulfil its potential, it could be the first step towards a revolution in power generation.Alternative power sources in the form of photovoltaic cells and wind energy have attracted huge amounts of government subsidies in an attempt to foster viable alternatives to fossil fuels. A key drawback for both is the fact they are intermittent providers of energy – you only get solar power during the day, whereas maximum demand for energy may be at night. Similarly, wind power cannot be guaranteed to supply energy when it is needed.Another significant drawback is that they both require large amounts of space unlike conventional power plants, whether fossil fuel burning or nuclear. In Europe, with a highly developed grid supply, the need is for power sources that can be switched on and off to add power at times of peak demand. In emerging markets like India, the grid supplies do not even supply base power, leading to numerous power cuts, whilst more remote areas may have no electricity at all.last_img read more

WATCH: Scientific Games delivers sports betting aggregation first with OpenMarket

first_imgShare SG ramps up digital expansion with Nederlandse Loterij deal August 24, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share Scientific Games is now ready to deliver “rapid innovation” to its customers through OpenMarket, a first aggregation platform for sports betting “anywhere on the planet”.Launched at this month’s ICE London (see video above), OpenMarket has become the sixth component of the OpenSports sportsbook solution for the online arm of Scientific Games.Keith O’Loughlin, SVP for Sportsbook, Digital for Scientific Games, said: “OpenMarket is a groundbreaking new approach to getting products to market for operators in sports betting.“What it does is allow innovative new companies to bring products to market; be it data related, media related, streaming related or any other idea they have; integrate the product with the OpenMarket platform, and we will distribute it to operators around the world.“It’s the first aggregation platform that there is in sports betting, anywhere on the planet. We’ve got 15 core partners that we have already integrated, from data to streaming, scoreboards, free to play games and CRM. All of them are revenue-generating for our operators. So we’re hugely excited for what it can do.”Scientific Games’ OpenSports solution has four core products headlined by OpenBet (betting engine), but also including OpenPlatform (player account management), OpenTrade (trading services powered by Don Best) and OpenEngage – a front-end customisation tool.However, these four are now joined by two supporting products in OpenMarket and OpenAccelerate, launched last year with a similar remit to help operators ‘get to market’ quickly. O’Loughlin explained that the likes of American football, baseball, basketball and ice hockey can now spark more innovation for European operators, as these sports previously only contributed “a small percentage of the overall book”. He added that OpenMarket can become a “perfect complement” to an operator’s US strategy because it can drive innovative ideas around the country’s top sports.For more on OpenMarket from Keith O’Loughlin, click HERE. Related Articles SG OpenMarket approval sees SportCaller expand FTP distribution capacity August 18, 2020 Xtremepush secures ‘OpenMarket’ supplier accreditation   August 26, 2020last_img read more

Aaron Wan-Bissaka: Man Utd reach agreement with Crystal Palace to sign defender

first_img Source: BBC Manchester United have reached an agreement with Crystal Palace to sign right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka.The deal is worth £50m and the 21-year-old England Under-21 international is set to travel for a medical imminently before going on holiday.United have offered Wan-Bissaka a long-term contract and wages of up to £80,000 a week.He is on £10,000 a week at Selhurst Park, the lowest-paid player in Palace’s first-team squad.Wan-Bissaka, who has been on international duty this month at the European Under-21 Championship, joined Crystal Palace academy when he was 11 and made his first-team debut in 2018.United would pay £45m up front, which would make him the Old Trafford club’s fifth-biggest signing, behind Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku, Angel di Maria and Fred.A sticking point in negotiations was the 25% sell-on clause that United inserted into Wilfried Zaha’s contract when they sold the winger back to Palace for £6m in February 2015.The Eagles wanted the clause removed or reduced, but United eventually refused – based on the low fee they received four years ago – and it will remain in place.If the deal is completed, Wan-Bissaka will be United’s second summer arrival, after 21-year-old Wales winger Daniel James joined from Swanseafor £15m earlier in June.last_img read more