3D printing could slash costs for offshore wind projects

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:The towers and foundations for offshore wind turbines currently being deployed at sea, and the even larger machines under development, are so massive that shipping the components via road or rail is becoming increasingly difficult, if not impossible.To address the issue, a startup founded by a former National Renewable Energy Laboratory engineer aims to use concrete additive manufacturing, also known as 3D concrete printing, to build turbine towers and foundations at or near ports for less money and in less time than with conventional methods.Last month, JC Solutions LLC, an RCAM Technologies company, received a $150,000 grant from a U.S. Department of Energy small business R&D program to develop the “first-ever conceptual design and techno-economic assessment of an additively manufactured concrete offshore wind turbine foundation and tower.”The offshore project builds upon similar research under way in California, which was reported on by Greentech Media last November. There, the California Energy Commission awarded RCAM Technologies a $1.25 million grant to develop and test 3D concrete printing technology for onsite manufacturing of ultra-tall towers for land-based turbines.With the new offshore project, “I don’t have any plans to construct towers and foundations at sea, where the turbines are installed,” said Jason Cotrell, RCAM Technologies founder and CEO, in an interview. “All construction work would be done at the port, or near the port at a staging area—like a pre-cast concrete plant,” he added. “Such plants exist in nearly every region of the country. For near-site construction, the parts would be designed in sections that could be cost-effectively transported over local roads or rail.”For comparison, he said, each steel jacket foundation for the 6-megawatt turbines installed at Rhode Island’s Block Island offshore wind farm cost up to $10 million. Cotrell is shooting for $2 million per installed foundation using 3D concrete printing. He thinks he can build the components faster than with conventional methods, too. In his proposal for the DOE grant, Cotrell cited a figure stating it can take up to 135 days to manufacture the concrete or steel gravity-based foundation for an offshore turbine deployed in shallow water in Europe.More: How 3D concrete printing could slash time and cost in building offshore wind projects 3D printing could slash costs for offshore wind projectslast_img read more

NWS Warns of -20 Wind Chill on Long Island This Weekend

first_imgThe blustery conditions can be blamed on an “arctic outbreak” making its way to the region this weekend.NWS meteorologists said in a weather briefing that the coldest time period will be from late Saturday through Sunday morning.Saturday’s forecast calls for a high near 22 during the day but the temperature will steadily drop into the lower teens as the day progresses. Eventually the mercury will plummet to around -5 degrees at night. What’s more, the wind chill could make it feel like -20, forecasters said.The arctic blast will hang over the Island on Sunday—meaning Valentine’s Day revelers will have to bundle up to enjoy the festivities. Temperatures on Sunday are expected to hit the teens but won’t go much higher than that, the weather service said.The agency is advising residents to pack on layers and make use of gloves and hats to prevent the loss of body heat.The deep freeze could cause serious health issues like hypothermia, the weather service warned. Symptoms include confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and severe shivering, the weather service said.A reprieve from bone-chilling temperatures could come as early as next week. Monday’s forecast calls for sunny skies with a high near 35. Things only get better from there with back-to-back days of temperatures in the low 40s, forecasters said. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Just the thought of what’s coming this weekend has us shivering in our pants.The National Weather Service in Upton said Long Islanders should expect “dangerously cold” conditions beginning overnight Saturday with subzero temperatures and wind chill values close to -20 across the Island.last_img read more

Nassau Repeals School Zone Speed Cameras

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County lawmakers Monday repealed the controversial school-zone speed camera program four months into its first school year and six months since its botched debut this summer–blowing an estimated $30-million budget hole.Legislators unanimously repealed–same as they had passed–the program following public outcry over the $80 tickets generated by automated cameras, one each at most of the county’s 56 school districts. Republican Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano is expected to sign the repeal, which is effective immediately, his spokesman said.“A program that has no public supper cannot continue,” Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow) said after the vote, calling the idea “a well-intentioned peice of legislation that turned sour.”The GOP-controlled Nassau legislature reversed their position after critics flooded lawmakers with complaints, Mangano cut the hours of operation and the Democratic minority sought to put the brakes on the speed cameras. Last week, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, a Democrat, announced the legislature there will nix their speed cameras before they debut next year–a plan that county’s GOP legislative minority likewise took credit for.Nassau’s vote to repeal the camera program followed hours of comments of members of the public who mostly favored the repeal, although a couple urged the legislators to reconsider.“They are violating the constitutional rights of people,” Samuel Levine, a former Nassau County District Court judge, told the legislature, arguing that the Sixth Amendment right for an offender to face their accuser in court is violated when drivers are charged by an automated camera. “And that comes first.”Allison Blanchette, a fellow Long Beach resident, was one of the few who urged the legislature to drop the repeal and instead suspend the program until it can be rolled out fairly with proper notification from flashing lights and signage in all camera locations.“These can work,” she said, echoing the administration’s argument that the cameras did make drivers slow down in school zones, as evident by a 70-percent drop in tickets in the first four months. “The fact is we have a speeding epidemic here.”Legislators will debate plans on how to close the estimated $30-million gap in next year’s budget caused by cutting off the speed camera ticket revenue. Existing tickets will not be dismissed.The cameras garnered more than 400,000 tickets earning about $32 million, with the vendor, Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions, expected to get a $7.6-million cut, plus termination fees,  Newsday reported.last_img read more

TikTok can continue to operate in the U.S., Commerce Department says

first_imgEarlier this week, TikTok filed a petition in the US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit seeking clarity on its future. ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company, agreed to sell 20% of TikTok Global to Walmart and Oracle while making Oracle a “trusted technology partner” in the U.S.The Commerce Department order doesn’t address the CFIUS mandate demanding TikTok sell its U.S. assets. Rather, it reaffirms TikTok can continue to operate in the U.S.TikTok continues to wait for more government guidance about how to proceed with its minority stake sale. President Donald Trump agreed to the deal in August. But the transaction never got the approval of the Chinese government, and Trump administration officials have gone silent on their demands in the weeks leading up to the election. – Advertisement – The U.S. government has given TikTok a stay of execution.The Commerce Department said Thursday it will abide by an Oct. 30 temporary injunction that prevented the government from effectively shutting down TikTok.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

‘More People May Die’ Because of Trump’s Transition Delay, Biden Says

first_img“If there is a new administration, they deserve some time to come in and implement their policies,” Mr. O’Brien said during a talk recorded last week and streamed on Monday as part of a conference hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.“And if we are in a situation where we are not going into a Trump second term, which I think people where I’m sitting in the White House would like to see, if it’s another outcome, it will be a professional transition — there’s no question about it,” he added.Jim Tankersley and Alan Rappeport contributed reporting.- Advertisement – Hours before Mr. Biden’s remarks, Mr. Trump’s national security adviser, Robert C. O’Brien, went further than any other senior Trump official in a public forum when he said that Mr. Biden appeared to have won the election and pledged a smooth transition from his staff.“Look, if the Biden-Harris ticket is determined to be the winner — and obviously things look that way now — we’ll have a very professional transition from the National Security Council,” Mr. O’Brien said.Perhaps wary of the ire of a president who refuses to concede the obvious, however, even Mr. O’Brien spoke conditionally, falsely suggesting that the elections’s outcome remains uncertain.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Mr. Biden’s comments came as governors across the country have begun issuing tough new restrictions on businesses, schools, bars and sports venues in an effort to slow the spread of the virus, prompting an increasingly aggressive backlash from Republicans, including some of Mr. Trump’s advisers.In Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s decision to shut down casinos, movie theaters and indoor dining — and to halt in-person learning at high schools and colleges — for three weeks prompted Republican lawmakers to call for her impeachment. She said the remarks by Dr. Atlas were “irresponsible” and left her breathless.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Polyclinic Bagatin opens its doors in Split

first_imgSplit and the whole of Dalmatia are getting a significant and big wind in the back for the daily quality development of health tourism in Dalmatia.Namely, the most successful clinic and leading ambassadors of health tourism in Croatia, the Bagatin Polyclinic opens its doors in Split soon after Zagreb.The Bagatin Polyclinic is located inside the luxury hotel Dioklecijan Hotel & Residence, only a 15-minute walk from the center of Split, which offers 52 luxury rooms. ”From January 21, we will have the opportunity to offer our long tradition of business, culture, knowledge, skills, innovations and the rich offer we have at a new address in the Hotel Dioklecijan, within the Split Health Center.”Points out Ognjen Bagatin from the Bagatin Polyclinic.Top five-star service will be waiting for guests in Split, initially through the departments of dentistry, cosmetology and aesthetic dermatology.”Split is a strong destination from which we expect a lot, especially in the part of Medical Tourism that has great potential in a tourist city like Split. We want to raise the quality of medical services both for the local population and for tourists who visit us, together with other clinics and hotels, and to highlight Split as a European destination for medical tourism. ” Bagatin points out.Diocletian Hotel & ResidencePolyclinic Bagatin is a synonym for top service and the latest technologies, as evidenced by various awards of the profession at the European level. Polyclinic Bagatin was named the leading dermatology clinic in Europe according to the latest analysis of European dermatology clinics, which is done Global Clinic Rating – an international accreditation body for medical institutions. “The latest technologies will be available in our dental offices, and individual treatments will be available within the Laser Center. In the first phase, the Department of Surgery will offer minor surgical procedures and examinations, and we are announcing the expansion of the offer very soon.”Concludes Bagatin.This is definitely a “game changer” and a great opportunity for Split as a destination Getting one such strong and respectable player on the health tourism scene is certainly a matter of prestige, which gives a big wind in the back as well as opens up additional great potential for health tourism growth in the destination. Many destinations that see their day-to-day development through health tourism will view this move as their missed opportunity.So it will definitely be January 21st. 2019 will be recorded as one of the milestones in the development of health tourism in Split.The first precondition and step towards the development of health tourism is here, so we have top clinics that offer their health services are present and developing, and without which we can not even talk about the development of health tourism. But without a strategic and well-rounded tourism product, there will still be no major shift.Ognjen Bagatin, Polyclinic Bagatin / Photo: CIHT Conference Crikvenica CroatiaIt is now on the move to Split as a tourist destination that can certainly build its opportunity on health tourism. It is necessary quick and concrete reaction and action for the development of health tourism in Split, mostly from the Tourist Board of the City of Split.The opportunity is there, entrepreneurs are ready and there is no time to wait for various strategies and action plans, because only those who are fast, agile, creative, innovative and most of all those who want and work on market development grow and develop.RELATED NEWS:INTERVIEW /// OGNJEN BAGATIN, POLYCLINIC BAGATIN: HEALTH TOURISM CAN AND MUST BE ONE OF THE SOLUTIONS ON SEASONALITYlast_img read more

Arsenal assured Dani Ceballos will still be joining club on loan

first_imgAdvertisement Arsenal assured Dani Ceballos will still be joining club on loan Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 25 Jul 2019 12:15 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link482Shares Asensio suffered a serious injury this week (Picture: Reuters)Ceballos will spend the next year at Arsenal, before returning to Real, and his arrival at the Emirates will serve as a major boost to Unai Emery.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal have been frustrated in their attempts to land Emery’s top targets due to a modest transfer budget of just £45million.Efforts to land Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha and Celtic full-back Kieran Tierney have been fruitless so far, but Ceballos is set to sign for Arsenal alongside Saint-Etienne centre-back William Saliba.center_img Ceballos is set to join Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have reportedly been told there is no need to be concerned the injury to Real Madrid star Marco Asensio will affect their loan move for Dani Ceballos.Real confirmed on Wednesday Asensio had suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury, with the young midfielder now set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.Arsenal had been on the verge of completing a loan deal for Ceballos, but Asensio’s sudden injury woes raised concerns the transfer move could be called off.But the Sun claim Real have assured Arsenal the loan deal with go ahead and the Gunners are now poised to announce the signing officially.ADVERTISEMENT Arsenal are now poised to confirm Ceballos’ arrival (Picture: Getty)The French youngster will sign a long-term contract with Arsenal before returning to Ligue 1 on loan for the coming season.Arsenal are poised to announce the double signing and might confirm the deals before the end of the week, with both Ceballos and Saliba reportedly in London.Despite the transfer woes, Arsenal have enjoyed an excellent pre-season so far and are yet to be beaten in regular time.Real Madrid needed extra time to beat Arsenal in their last game, while the Gunners have claimed victories over Bayern Munich, Fiorentina and Colorado Rapids.MORE: Unai Emery admits Marco Asensio injury is ‘bad news’ in Arsenal’s pursuit of Dani CeballosMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Advertisementlast_img read more

First home-buyers moving to Qld to take advantage of $20,000 grant

first_imgMatt and Clair Goodall and their daughter Nyah were convinced to move to Brookhaven estate and build their first home, after attending an information session held by Frasers Property Australia.A SAVVY developer has helped first home buyers get into the property market by holding an information session on Queensland’s $20,000 First Home Buyer’s Grant.After attending one of the sessions, first home buyers Clair and Matt Goodall and their daughter Nyah are making the move to Queensland.Frasers Property Australia are holding the sessions as the June 30 deadline for the grant ticks down. As of July 1 the grant will revert back to its original $15,000.The couple have now bought into Frasers Property’s 1,500 lot Brookhaven community in Logan City“Our decision to buy at Brookhaven was influenced by the area, price and, of course, wanting to make the most out of the first home buyers grant before it ended,” said Clair.“The information session was great, it provided us with very helpful information about the local area and what’s to come”.With the construction process of the Goodall’s home set to start in September, they are planning for a move in early next year.Frasers Property Australia general manager residential Queensland Cameron Leggatt said the first homebuyer market accounted for almost 50 per cent of sales within the Brookhaven development.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoBrookhaven in Logan City.“This has led the team at Frasers Property to stage an event to help first-time buyersnavigate the purchase process,” Mr Leggatt said.Attendees heard from industry experts from Urbis, Horizon Financial Solutions, OWNit Conveyancing and Frasers Property Australia.Horizon Financial Solutions managing director Andrew Leak said there was a variety of ways that buyers with differing deposits could qualify for finance and he encouraged buyers to seek out a broker specialising in construction loans.“A broker can assess the first homebuyer’s situation with all lenders and all deposit options to co-ordinate the loan to suit individual needs,” he said.“I recommend first home buyers get pre-qualified for a loan before signing a contract so they can work to an accurate budget.”Brookhaven is set on a 150ha bushland-fringed site at Bahrs Scrub, it will have detached housing lots, a village retail centre, parks and green spaces.Land starts at $180,000 and there will be a display village opening in early 2018.last_img read more

This mid-century home has something all the buyers want

first_img8 Sebring St, Holland Park West. Picture: realestate.com.auThe house has a deck and an additional living space with its own entrance. 8 Sebring St, Holland Park West. Picture: realestate.com.auIt has undergone a refurbishment but retains its mid-century style with open plan living spaces, pitched high ceilings with exposed rafters, polished hardwood floorboards and rows of casement windows. 9 Parakeet Court, Warner. 21-23 Webb Rd, Sunshine Beach.It is listed through Nic Hunter of Tom Offermann Real Estate – Noosa Heads.The third most viewed property this week was also a coastal property, although this time on the Gold Coast.The home at 107 Harrier Drive, Burleigh Waters has four-bedrooms and is listed for offers over $649,000. Rounding out the top five this week is a classic new Queenslander-style home at 39 Sport St, Kedron. The three-bedroom home is scheduled for auction on February 15. It is on a large block of land and is painted in a Hamptons style. The downstairs of the home is already framed for potential to increase the size of it. There is a rear deck and a large two bay shed in the backyard. Potential buyers just can’t stop looking at 9 Parakeet Court with its own water slide.The five-bedroom house is listed for offers of more than $1,075,000.It also has a granny flat and is on acreage. It is listed through Jonathan Wein of LJ Hooker – Albany Creek. When you get sick of the beach you can have a hit of tennis.There are large living and dining spaces serviced by domestic and commercial kitchens.Custom joinery throughout includes timber, woven wallpaper and ribbed lacquered timber.There is a tennis court and a glass-fronted swimming pool, plus terraces and outdoor dining areas. The house has an additional living space with its own entrance. Picture: realestate.com.auIt is listed through Jose Peralta and Erin Greenhalgh of Ray White – Carina.The house it pipped to the post this week to take the top spot, was an amazing beach house at 21-23 Webb Rd, Sunshine Beach listed for $22 million. This mid-century home at8 Sebring St, Holland Park West is grabbing plenty of attention. Picture: realestate.com.auA MID-CENTURY home list for offers over $740,000 attracted more attention than a $22 million beachfront mansion this week.The home at 8 Sebring St, Holland Park West which has four bedrooms, was the most viewed listing in Queensland on realestate.com.au this week and was the second most viewed property in Australia. 39 Sport St, Kedron. Picture: realestate.com.auThe home was built by Garth Chapman Queenslanders, complete with the traditional wraparound veranda.It is listed through Brooke Copping and Hayley Amor of Ray White – Wilston. 107 Harrier Drive, Burleigh Waters has a much more affordable price tag. Picture: realestate.com.auThe home has a large formal lounge and dining room, and an open plan kitchen.It is listed through Juliana Gomes of Kingfisher Realty – Burleigh Heads. If you have $22 million to spare you could wake up to this view every day.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoThe seven-bedroom house is on absolute beachfront. It has been renovated by multi-award winning international designer David Hicks. 107 Harrier Drive, Burleigh Waters. Picture: realestate.com.auThe fourth most viewed listing this week, is a repeat entrant on the weekly most viewed properties on realetate.com.au.The house at 9 Parakeet Court, Warner has attracted plenty of attention with its large water slide, golf putting green and hairdressing salon.last_img read more

Gold Coast suburbs make list of top 10 spots to bag a bargain home

first_imgThe house at 2 Sapphire St, Hollywell sold for $2.6 million.RiskWise chief executive Doron Peleg said buying a bargain property did not necessarily mean buying a cheap one.“It’s more about knowing where to buy for long-term capital gain,” Mr Peleg said.“Sure, there are a lot of well-priced houses out there but if they are not expected to grow in value down the track then they aren’t the best buy.”Hollywell, a lifestyle suburb on the northern Gold Coast characterised by older-style houses ideal for renovations, has a median price of $786,614, according to CoreLogic data.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoIt has had capital growth of 13 per cent over the past year, 25 per cent over the past three years and 35 per cent over the past five years. Hollywell has been identified as the top spot to bag a bargain home in Queensland. New research has identified the top 10 spots in Australia to bag a bargain home.HOUSE hunters looking for a bargain buy that will increase in value over the next few years are being urged to consider the Gold Coast.Two Coast suburbs are listed on property researcher RiskWise’s top 10 places across the country that are tipped to record solid capital growth.Norlane and Lovely Banks in Victoria secured the first two spots, but the rest are in Queensland — headed by Hollywell.Gaven also featured, ranking sixth. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59center_img Australia’s top 10 bargain suburbs ranked by property researcher RiskWise.Harcourts Coastal agent Tim Zampech said its location made it a popular suburb.“I think it’s because it’s the neighbour suburb to Paradise Point,” he said.“Paradise Point has always been a really big hotspot … Hollywell is the next best thing.”He said it was a small area and there were only a few houses listed at any one time so people often did not know about the suburb until they started looking for property in the area.“It’s one of those suburbs that a lot of people don’t know is there,” he said.He believed demand would increase as more people discovered it, increasing prices further.Gaven has also seen strong growth on its median house price, which is $748,366.It jumped 12 per cent over the past year, 24 per cent in three years and 28 over five years.LJ Hooker Mudgeeraba agent John Fischer said the suburb offered mostly acreage properties with easy access to M1 and the Coast’s amenities.“The position is very central to everything on the Gold Coast so I can see why it would be having good growth,” he said.“I reckon prices probably will continue to grow.“It’s very good value for money at the moment so it’s a good time to get in.” The house at 39-41 Columbine Way, Gaven sold for $1.07 million.last_img read more