New Life for Old Electric Vehicle Batteries

first_imgSupply of batteries still inconsistentBecause sales of electric vehicles are still small, there isn’t a steady supply of the batteries available to Green Charge and others with the same idea. But the idea is promising.General Motors is using five Volt batteries to help power a data center that’s part of its testing facility, The Times said. Photovoltaic panels and two wind turbines produce electricity at the net-zero energy facility, and the batteries can either store or deliver energy, depending on the need. The Volt batteries hold enough electricity to power the system for four hours.The first of the Nissan-Green Charge systems, which incorporates four Leaf batteries, will be installed at a Nissan facility later this summer to reduce peak demands, the newspaper said, and the systems are apparently now ready for the commercial market.While Leaf and GM are finding ways to repurpose old batteries, Tesla and Mercedes-Benz both have announced plans for battery storage systems for residential and business use that incorporate new lithium-ion batteries. The battery systems are built on technology developed for electric vehicles. The batteries that power electric vehicles like the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt still have as much as 80 percent of their storage capacity when they’re replaced, and figuring out what to do with them has been a headache for manufacturers.These used batteries are no longer strong enough to run a vehicle, but unlike the cars themselves, they are difficult to take apart and recycle. Now both Nissan and General Motors have come up with a solution that not only solves, or at least delays, the recycling issue but offers businesses a way of reducing their power bills. The New York Times reports that Nissan has just formed a partnership with Green Charge Networks to use old Leaf batteries in stationary storage systems designed to reduce the “demand charges” that businesses pay utilities.As Green Charge explains at its website, demand charges represent as much as 50 percent of the power bill for a typical business. While residential customers pay only for the power they use, business also pay for the highest amount of power they use at any time during the billing cycle. This helps utilities defray the cost of building and maintaining the grid, which must be designed to meet peak loads.Businesses and institutions that have battery banks to even out their use of electricity and lower their peak demands on the grid can save money, and that’s where the electric vehicle batteries come into play. Green Charge will use the Leaf batteries to build these systems, and General Motors says it will develop a similar system for used Volt batteries and sell it on its own. Lots of life left in Leaf batteriesVic Shao, the founder and CEO of Green Charge, said Leaf batteries have a capacity of 24 kWh when new, so at 80 percent of that when they’re repurposed they would still be able to produce nearly twice the power as the larger of the two Tesla batteries, a 10 kWh model.The number of batteries and other parts of the system can be scaled to meet the customer’s needs.Shao said the systems would be commercially available in the 4th quarter of the year. He did not discuss pricing, but pointed out that Green Charge doesn’t sell the battery system to its commercial customers as a stand-alone package. Rather, they engineer and install the system and then split the savings with the site host. The batteries have a 10-year guaranteed life span when Green Charge acquires them from Nissan.Because of very high demand charges for commercial customers, the systems can produce big savings. But Shao said he didn’t see the same opportunity for the residential market right now.“I struggle with that question myself,” he said. “I believe there are certain niche residential applications available on the market today perhaps. I would say for the majority of the U.S. population, grid power is reliable and cheap and there is not really a particular need for home-based energy storage, at least economically speaking. Consumers may decide to buy home energy storage systems for other reasons other than economics.”Green Charge now has more than 20 systems installed and running now, and close to 200 customers who are contracted in design, engineering and construction.last_img read more

Valdez, Santiago praise Maraño in PH win over Vietnam

first_img“There was doubt, the question on how we ended up in this predicament, and Tyang Aby just told us to claim this win, to believe in ourselves, that we can win,” said Valdez, who had 20 points, in Filipino Monday at Alonte Sports Arena.The Philippines were scrambling when Vietnam, the 44th-ranked team in the world, suddenly put on a masterful counter attack in the third set.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd the Vietnamese almost pulled off another comeback in the fourth set when they trimmed the Philippines’ 24-20 lead to just 25-23.Still, the 79th-ranked Philippines managed to hold on for the stunning victory. BEAST MODE. Aby Maraño attempts a spike against a Vietnamese blocker. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—Alyssa Valdez and Jaja Santiago were the ones who produced the numbers for the Philippines in its stunning upset of Vietnam, 27-25, 26-24, 17-25, 25-23, in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship, yet the two credited one unsung figure in the victory.That person was the fiery Aby Maraño.ADVERTISEMENT Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gamescenter_img Philippines stuns Vietnam in AVC MOST READ LATEST STORIES “We told ourselves that this would be the biggest game we’ll play in,” said Santiago, who finished with 19 points. “We know that we’ll go through a really tough game but Tyang just told us to believe we can win.”Maraño, though, not only provided the emotional support as she put up 11 points to help the Philippines. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

ASSISTANT OPEN TEAM COACH POSITIONS

first_imgThe Australian Touch Association is seeking written applications from suitably qualified currently accredited and active Coaches to fill Assistant Coach positions with the Australian Open Mens, Womens and Mixed teams. Positions available: Mens Open Assistant Coach; Womens Open Assistant Coach; Mixed Open Assistant Coach. Potential applicants should be aware that all Open team participants will be required to pay a levy for tours. Applications for these positions close on Monday 23 February 2004 and should be forwarded to: National Technical Manager Australian Touch Association PO Box 9078 DEAKIN ACT 2600 NB: Applications should be in writing demonstrating ability to perform the duties detailed in the attached Position Descriptions. The applicant should also include a curriculum vita. National Training Squad and Talent Identification Program The Talent Identification (TID) Program and selection of the National Training Squads during 2004 is detailed below: National Training Squad (NTS) selection – National Touch League 13-17 March 2004, Coffs Harbour; NTS training camp 11-14 June 2004, Canberra; State of Origin 13-14 August 2004, Sydney; Final selection camp Australian 20s, 15 August 2004, Sydney; Australian 18 years Championships, Coffs Harbour 15-18 September; Further training camps will be negotiated with the various open coach; Attendance at the major state competitions (i.e. Sydney Champs, South East Qld League). Further inquiries may be directed to the ATA Office.last_img read more

10 months agoBarcelona defender Jeison Murillo: Bittersweet debut

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona defender Jeison Murillo: Bittersweet debutby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona defender Jeison Murillo admits losing on debut was “bittersweet”.Barca lost the first-leg of their Copa del Rey round 16 tie 2-1 at Levante.”It’s a bittersweet night,” Murillo said after the match. “The result is not the best.”We have to take advantage of Coutinho’s goal at home.”Murillo is continuing to integrate into the team and is listening closely to what Ernesto Valverde wants from him.”I’ve tried to fit into the group,” he said. “I’m taking things positively.”The coach keeps asking me to work.” last_img

Jamaican Born Civil Rights Campaigner Appointed to British House of Lords

first_imgStory Highlights Doreen Lawrence has been honoured by the Jamaican High Commission in London. Noted Jamaican-born civil rights campaigner, Doreen Lawrence, who was recently appointed to the British House of Lords, has been honoured by the Jamaican High Commission in London.The United Kingdom’s (UK) Home Secretary, Theresa May, was among the special guests at a reception hosted on Monday, October 21, by Her Excellency, Aloun Ndombet-Assamba.Mrs. Lawrence took her seat as Labour member of the Upper House earlier this month, using the title Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon in the Commonwealth Realm of Jamaica.She is the mother of Stephen Lawrence, a British teenager, who was murdered in a racist attack in South East London in 1993. Her tireless fight for justice for her son, has promoted reforms of the police service. She has also founded the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.Mrs. Lawrence said that she was overwhelmed by the honour. “It has been overwhelming. My work was not to get me to here. It was for my son, for my family. I wanted the world to recognise what we were going through,” she said.She said she sees her role in the House of Lords as being the voice of ordinary people.High Commissioner Ndombet-Assamba congratulated Mrs. Lawrence on her elevation to the House of Lords.“We are very proud that she is now Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon in the Commonwealth Realm of Jamaica.  It is the parish of her birth in Jamaica and where Stephen is buried. I am told it is rare for this honour to be named after a location in a Commonwealth realm or other country outside of the United Kingdom,” the High Commissioner said.High Commissioner Assamba said the honour was a fitting testament to Baroness Lawrence’s resolute campaign, bravery and commitment to getting justice for Stephen. She is the mother of Stephen Lawrence, a British teenager, who was murdered in a racist attack in South East London in 1993. Mrs. Lawrence took her seat as Labour member of the Upper House earlier this month.last_img read more

Slow start turns into blowout for Ohio State Buckeyes beat Tulsa 483

OSU junior Jalyn Holmes embraces a teammate after a play against Tulsa on Sept. 10, 2016. OSU won 48-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOhio State football fans came into Saturday’s matchup against Tulsa with high hopes after the team’s drubbing of Bowling Green last week. Buckeye fans saw a much different game in the first half from their team against the Golden Hurricane, but OSU was too much to handle in the second half, winning 48-3.Things could not have started better for the Buckeyes, as the first pass from Tulsa quarterback Dane Evans was tipped at the line, and intercepted by redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore.A short field did not help OSU find the endzone early. After two failed run plays, a pass from redshirt junior J.T. Barrett intended for redshirt sophomore Noah Brown was swatted away, forcing the Buckeyes to trot out their field goal unit.After senior kicker Tyler Durbin gave OSU a 3-0 lead, the game fell into a defensive stalemate. Sloppy offensive play and little movement by either team’s offensive units kept things close throughout the first quarter.“The offensive line gets a lot of praise around,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said. “Also, when things aren’t going well, it’s probably because we’re not playing up to our expectation level.”Coming off a stellar game against San Jose State, Tulsa junior running back D’Angelo Brewer found wide-open running lanes for much of the first half, slashing through the Buckeyes front seven for 47 first-half yards.The absence of redshirt junior Tracy Sprinkle was apparent for the Buckeyes. A distinct lack of push along the defensive line allowed Evans to remain in the pocket and create space for Brewer to pick up multiple first downs.“The loss of Tracy Sprinkle…it set us back a bit because he’s such a great leader and a great player,” OSU redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard said. “These young guys had a good day and stepped up.”Hubbard also said he was pleased with the play of redshirt freshman Davon Hamilton and redshirt freshman Dre’Mont Jones, who are filling in for the injured Sprinkle. Combined, the two players picked up three tackles.OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett struggled to connect with receivers, completing eight passes on 14 attempts and only racking up 69 yards. His biggest target of the first half, redshirt sophomore Terry McLaurin, had a 16-yard catch, which was the longest reception of the first half.Without much of an offensive attack, the Silver Bullets stepped up in a big way, picking off Evans three times in the first half, two of which were returned for touchdowns.Redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker’s interception was good enough for a 26-yard return, putting the Buckeyes up 13-3.Redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore picked off two first half passes, returning one all the way back for a score with less than a minute left in the half.“This was my first pick six ever; I was excited to just get out there,” Lattimore said. “I had some blockers in front of me, so they really helped me out, too.”A delay for inclement weather lasted from 5:25 p.m. until 6:35 p.m., as lightning was spotted multiple times near the stadium during the pause in play. The halftime show was cancelled, and many OSU fans left the stadium during the hour-long storm.However, the Buckeyes were a different team in the second half, leaning heavily on the legs of junior H-back Curtis Samuel.On the initial drive of the second half, Samuel busted off a few double-digit yardage runs, and set a key block that opened a lane for Barrett to break the goal line. The touchdown marked Barrett’s second rushing touchdown of the season.The hour-long break seemed to create a spark for OSU on both sides of the ball, with the Buckeyes preventing Tulsa from scoring during the second half. Evans threw his fourth interception on the day, and once again failed to find paydirt.Opposing offenses have struggled against OSU so far this season, with the Buckeyes defense having yet to surrender a touchdown to another team’s offense.Weber was the leading rusher of the day for OSU, carrying the ball 17 times for 92 yards and a touchdown. Barrett finished the day with a statline of 14 for 22 and 149 yards, with no passing touchdowns and two rushing scores.“I thought the best thing he did is he hit the hole hard, he ran hard, but he also hung on that ball,” Meyer said. “It’s night and day compared to who he was a year ago.”Samuel came back to Earth a bit after racking up 261 all-purpose yards last Saturday, failing to find the endzone after scoring three times against Bowling Green. He still managed to gain 140 total yards, much of which came in the second half.Senior H-back Dontre Wilson picked up a late touchdown run, which was his first rushing touchdown of the year.The wide receiver’s play for OSU was heavily criticized by Meyer last week, and there was little in terms of improvement by the unit. Wideouts for the Buckeyes combined for five receptions, 49 yards and no scores.The Buckeyes face a tough test next week in Norman, Oklahoma, against the Sooners. 14th-ranked Oklahoma lost in its first week against then-No. 15 Houston, taking a hit to its ranking. Both OSU and Oklahoma will be looking for a win to remain prominent in the national picture.The game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium next Saturday.This article has been amended by quotes following the post-game conference. read more

Football Torrance Gibson signs letter of intent with junior college

Former OSU redshirt freshman wide receiver Torrance Gibson (6) carries the ball after a reception during the first half of the spring game. Credit: Alexa MavrogianisOhio State wide receiver Torrance Gibson’s future in Columbus was uncertain following his semester-long suspension before the team began its 2016 season in September. On Tuesday, Gibson expressed his desire to play elsewhere, at least for the near future.Gibson signed a letter of intent with junior-college program Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. A press release sent from a team’s spokesman said Gibson will enroll in the spring.Although Gibson’s signing does show his interest in playing for the Bulldogs, the letter of intent is not binding, meaning he can continue to search for other options, like from other Division I schools. Gibson is eligible to play in 2017 for MGCCC, but would have to sit out a full season if he were to transfer to another Division I school.Gibson, a native of Plantation, Florida, attended American Heritage School and was a member of the 2015 recruiting class. He came out of high school as a four-star dual-threat quarterback and rated the No. 6 athlete in the class by 247Sports.Gibson redshirted his first year at OSU while undergoing a change from quarterback to wide receiver. Gibson shined in the 2016 spring game, scoring twice. OSU coach Urban Meyer said that the wide receiver was “in the mix” for playing time this year before his suspension.“We are looking forward to having Torrance join our football program,” MGCCC coach Chad Huff said in a press release. “We are confident in his abilities on the field and his character off the field, and we expect him to contribute to our team and the Gulf Coast community.Gibson is expected to play quarterback at MGCCC. He made the switch to receiver with OSU after an already deep group at signal caller forced him to make a change.Editor’s Note 12/13: Gibson’s high school has been corrected to American Heritage School. The Lantern originally published that Gibson attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School. read more

3 Reasons Why Privacy Matters to Your Business Your Brand and Your

first_imgMay 9, 2017 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals The FCC, Congress and the Trump Administration recently reversed proposed rules curtailing internet providers from gathering and selling sensitive customer data to marketers. This new freedom that allows companies like Verizon, AT&T and CenturyLink to enjoy the same data access as internet giants like Facebook, Google and Twitter has increased concern among Americans around internet privacy. What is the impact on entrepreneurs and businesses?Here are three serious considerations:Privacy matters to your customers.Consumers have become increasingly connected and are constantly sharing information online. They are researching, purchasing and using online products and services, via any number of connected devices. They are also opting in to share their preferences as part of interactions on social media and search sites. All of this customer data is being collected by device manufacturers, desktop and mobile apps, internet providers and mobile operators for their own purposes or to sell to other businesses.Related: The Weirdest Things People Agree to in Terms of ServiceIn many cases, consumers are happy to share information like photos, opinions and locations over Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter. But, when it comes to other, often highly personal aspects of their life — health, wealth and family — they are more protective.According to a recent survey conducted by my company, AnchorFree, a staggering majority of Americans — 95 percent — are concerned about businesses collecting and selling personal information without permission. Additionally, over 80 percent are more concerned about their online privacy and security today than a year ago.This means that your customers are thinking about privacy when they visit your website, use your app, and purchase your products and services. What are you doing to demonstrate to your customers that their privacy is important to your company?Privacy matters to your brand.Most businesses today are connected to other business partners in our highly interdependent world commerce. Businesses may be using a hosted webstore, a separate email marketing provider and a different website hosting operation. All of them deploy different ways of dealing with customer’s information.The same goes for other business partners, like affiliate marketing and associations. When businesses offer or receive customer referrals, that information is coming and going and potentially exposed and treated differently by each entity.Related: How to Protect Your Internet Browsing Data (Since It’s for Sale Now)This distributed approach to information exposure means businesses need to think more broadly and deeply about privacy. Privacy isn’t just a few paragraphs that are buried deep in a terms and conditions of use page in your website. Privacy is embedded in everyday interactions with customers. Privacy is something that can impact a brand, disrupt the customer experience and potentially damage a company’s reputation.According to a Harvard Business Review study, 72 percent of Americans are reluctant to share information with businesses because they “just want to maintain [their] privacy.” And Deloitte, as a part of a study about consumer trust and data protection, explains that data privacy and security is not just a risk management issue, but a “potential source of competitive advantage that may be a central component of brand-building and corporate reputation.”Privacy should be a product issue, not just a policy issue. Protecting user privacy will enable you to drive more revenue and gain more customers.Privacy matters to the growth of your business.Safeguarding customer privacy is more than a protective measure; it is also a strategic opportunity for brand growth and a potential business opportunity for startups and entrepreneurs, as well as large companies.Now that the Administration and Congress are clearing the way for ISPs to collect and sell customer information, more than half of Americans are saying they will investigate additional ways to safeguard their personal information, according to the survey.Related: How Do Google, Apple and Others Stack Up When It Comes to Protecting Your Privacy?Much of that concern may stem from the increased number of connected technology devices that contain personal information. Gartner, Inc. forecasts that 8.4 billion connected devices — everything from phones to new household devices swept into the internet of things market —  will be in use worldwide in 2017, up 31 percent from 2016, and will reach 20.4 billion by 2020.This increase in connected devices, combined with the increasing consumer concern around security and privacy breaches, will further drive the already substantial market opportunity around privacy. While the previous billion-user companies like Google and Facebook have been built on collecting data, it’s projected that the next billion user companies are going to be built around protecting user data.Entrepreneurs and startups have an opportunity to build new business as a result of this emerging reorientation around privacy and trust. Business opportunities will surface around privacy platforms and services for businesses and consumers.Related: 4 Reasons Why You Need Developers With Cybersecurity Skills in All Your Tech TeamsDemonstrate your commitment to customer privacy.There are steps that any business can take to incorporate best practices for protecting customer’s information. First and foremost, start incorporating privacy into your products, not just into your privacy policy.To show that your business takes privacy seriously, provide customers with tips on safeguarding their own privacy when conducting business, such as:Change passwords often and use complex passwords.Use two-step authentication for critical logins like financial or health data.Check privacy settings on key apps.Integrate VPN for privacy protection right into your app.These steps and considerations will go a long way in protecting customers’ privacy as well as protecting your business.last_img read more

Polish pay TV operator Cyfrowy Polsat is adding in

first_imgPolish pay TV operator Cyfrowy Polsat is adding insurance products to the range of services it sells to customers.Cyfrowy Polsat and mobile sister company Plus have teamed up with Sopot-based Polish insurance group Ergo Hestia to offer car, home or travel insurance via their respective points of sale.The TV group and Ergo Hestia will offer JA+ Insurance, a package of products designed by the insurance outfit for new customers of both Cyfrowy Polsat and Plus.Cyfrowy Polsat already offers electricity supply as part of its product portfolio alongside pay TV, fixed and mobile internet and mobile telephony. The insurance product will sit with other products in SmartDOM offering.Ergo Hestia’s main shareholder is Ergo Versicherungsgruppe, part of Munich Re.last_img

AE Networks is looking to grow its presence in So

first_imgA+E Networks is looking to grow its presence in South Korea, launching History and Lifetime in the region as well as setting out further production and distribution goals.A+E execs announced that the launch of A+E channels History and Lifetime in South Korea today and described intentions to invest further in the region through local production opportunities.Original productions will feature prominently across the two channels and the company announced an initial slate of original content, which will premiere between this month and March 2018.A+E has also signed an agreement with Korean talent management and production company iHQ, in which it owns a stake, for format development. The partnership aims to sell and distribute projects in the global market.Two projects, Man vs. Child and Alone, have already been shortlisted and aim to begin production by the end of the year through the partnership. A+E joined the ranks of iHQ’s shareholders in March this year.Content produced in Korea will be represented by A+E for global distribution of both original content and remake opportunities, which the company says will contribute significantly to the promotion of Korean content worldwide.A+E will also look to collaborate with local studios and further reinforce South Korea’s position as a global hub for media content.Youngsun Soh, general manager of A+E Networks Korea said, “A+E’s venture into the Korean market is particularly meaningful in that it is the first case in which a global media company not only operates channels in Korea, but also invests directly in the content production and distribution as well.“We expect that the cooperative work between Korea and A+E, which has a global network, will have a positive influence on local companies including platform companies and content production agencies, in their expansion to the global market.”last_img read more