IHS Markit: Global solar PV installations to hit 129 GW this year

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewables Now:The global solar photovoltaic (PV) market will expand by 129 GW in 2019, at a rate of 25%, led by countries other than China, IHS Markit said on Thursday.China, currently the world largest photovoltaic (PV) market, is seen to lift its annual solar installations by only 2% after adding 45 GW in 2018. The market outside China, however, is forecast to grow by 43%, the analysis firm said in its latest PV Installations Tracker, adding that countries like Spain and Vietnam, among others, will step up solar development to meet 2019 project commissioning deadlines after falling modules prices spurred demand at end-2018.Asia Pacific is expected to dominate PV installations this year, accounting for 64% of the global growth, followed by the Americas and Europe with 16% and 15%, respectively. According to Josefin Berg, research and analysis manager at IHS Markit, the outlook for China is now “highly uncertain” as it is still not clear whether a new support scheme for the PV sector will be introduced. “Plans to focus policy more on unsubsidised PV systems could slow near-term deployment, unless strict construction deadlines are imposed to spur 2019 demand” he added.The market uncertainty is set to encompass India, as well, after several tenders there were delayed at a time when the price of PV components grows due to the imposition of safeguard duties. Thus, India will step back and the US will once again become the second largest PV market in 2019 as developers there rush to complete their projects before the end of the 30% investment tax credit (ITC) this year.The European market, meanwhile, is anticipated to bring online over 19 GW of fresh solar in 2019 as it witnesses an uptake following the end of the minimum import price on PV modules from China, Taiwan and Malaysia in September 2018.More: Global PV market to grow by 129 GW in 2019 IHS Markit: Global solar PV installations to hit 129 GW this yearlast_img read more

Report projects size of global battery storage market climbing to exceed $13 billion by 2023

first_imgReport projects size of global battery storage market climbing to exceed $13 billion by 2023 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:As renewable energy capacity rises around the globe, markets are changing, creating opportunities for new businesses and technologies. One of the primary beneficiaries of the tide of renewable energy is a battery storage industry whose global market volume will rise to $13.13 billion by 2023, buoyed by necessity and falling system prices.That is the prediction made by market analysis company GlobalData in its Battery Energy Storage Market, Update 2019 – Global Market Size, Competitive Landscape and Key Country Analysis to 2023 report, which states the Asia and Pacific region (APAC), as well as Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), will be the most dominant battery storage markets up to 2023.According to the analysts, the APAC region made up 45% of the world’s installed battery storage capacity last year. The region will continue on that trajectory, said GlobalData. In China, India, Japan, South Korea and the Philippines in particular, said the analysts, significant uptake of grid connected renewable electricity generation will necessitate frequency control in grid networks to improve resilience.The EMEA region significantly increased its battery storage market share between 2013 and 2018, to a 26% slice of the world market worth $1.72 billion. The GlobalData report adds, the European market has robust demand for flexibility and will be EMEA’s driver for new storage capacity with Africa and the Middle East to follow suit once renewable energy deployment gains traction.The Americas battery storage market was slightly larger than EMEA with a registered value of $1.97 billion last year, to make up around 28% of the global market. Chile, Canada, Brazil and the U.S. in particular saw rapid uptake of storage.More: Battery storage market will be worth $13 billion by 2023last_img read more

Keeping Pets Healthy

first_imgPets ingest pollutants and pesticide residues and breathe in an array of indoor air contaminants just like children do — and since they develop and age seven or more times faster than children, pets develop health problems from exposures much faster. Credit: Hemera CollectionEarthTalk®E – The Environmental MagazineDear EarthTalk: What are some tips for keeping my dogs and cats healthy?                                                                                                                                                                         — Kim Newfield, via e-mailBelieve it or not, our pets may be exposed to more harsh chemicals through the course of their day than we are. Researchers at the non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that pet dogs and cats were contaminated with 48 of 70 industrial chemicals tested, including 43 chemicals at levels higher than those typically found in people.“Just as children ingest pollutants in tap water, play on lawns with pesticide residues or breathe in an array of indoor air contaminants, so do their pets,” reports EWG. Since they develop and age seven or more times faster than children, pets also develop health problems from exposures much faster, EWG adds.“Average levels of many chemicals were substantially higher in pets than is typical for people, with 2.4 times higher levels of stain- and grease-proof coatings (perfluorochemicals) in dogs, 23 times more fire retardants (PBDEs) in cats, and more than five times the amounts of mercury, compared to average levels in people,” reports the group. Their 2008 study looked at plastics and food packaging chemicals, heavy metals, fire retardants and stain-proofing chemicals in pooled samples of blood and urine from 20 dogs and 37 cats tested at a Virginia veterinary clinic.“For dogs, blood and urine samples were contaminated with 35 chemicals altogether, including 11 carcinogens, 31 chemicals toxic to the reproductive system, and 24 neurotoxins,” adds EWG. This is particularly alarming given that man’s best friend is known to have much higher cancer rates than humans. A 2008 Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Center study found that dogs have 35 times more skin cancer, four times more breast tumors, eight times more bone cancer, and two times more leukemia per capita as humans. And according to researchers from Purdue University, cancer is the second leading cause of death for dogs, with about one in four canines succumbing to some form of the disease. Meanwhile, hyperthyroidism—a condition which many think is on the rise in felines due to chemical exposures—is already a leading cause of illness for older cats.In its Pets for the Environment website, EWG lists dozens of ways for pet owners to ensure that dogs and cats are as safe as possible in this dangerous world we inhabit. Among other tips, EWG recommends choosing pet food without chemical preservatives such as BHA, BHT or ethoxyquin, and looking for organic or free-range ingredients rather than by-products. As for drinking water, EWG suggests running tap water through a reverse osmosis filter—either faucet-mounted or pitcher-based—before it goes into a pet’s bowl to remove common contaminants. Also, replacing old bedding or furniture, especially if it has exposed foam, can prevent pets from ingesting fire retardants. From avoiding non-stick pans and garden pesticides to choosing greener kitty litter and decking material, the list of tips goes on.Taking steps to ensure a safer environment for pets—some 63 percent of U.S. homes have at least one—will mean a safer world for humans, too. EWG concludes that our pets “well may be serving as sentinels for our own health, as they breathe in, ingest or absorb the same chemicals that are in our environments.”CONTACT: EWG Pets for the Environment, www.ewg.org/PetsfortheEnvironmentEarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E – The Environmental Magazine (www.emagazine.com). Send questions to: [email protected] Subscribe: www.emagazine.com/subscribe. Free Trial Issue: www.emagazine.com/trial.last_img read more

Weekend Pick: Snowshoe Discovery Tour at White Grass

first_imgWe already know that Canaan Valley boasts some of the best skiing in the Mid-Atlantic, but it’s also home to a treasure trove of natural history and beauty. Learn from the best this Sunday, February 16, at White Grass Touring Center in Canaan Valley with WG operator and celebrated outdoorsman Chip Chase.  White GrassChip Chase opened the White Grass Ski touring Center in 1981, which since then has thrived as an ideal cross-country and telemark skiing destination. Chase, an avid skier himself, has become an expert on the area over the years, and has plenty of interesting information to share about the unique history of the valley. On this tour, you’ll strap on a pair of snowshoes (provided for free) to take a trip through White Grass while you soak up some skills, knowledge, and beautiful sights.Participants will also get to spend time in the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge property, which provides safe habitats for local animals, including endangered species, and helps to promote conservation work in the valley. Together with the Fish and Wildlife Service, Chip and his partners have made White Grass a special place for both animals and people alike.The tour will begin at 10 AM on Sunday morning, and will lead you along White Grass cross-country trails, and through the Refuge area. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to dive into Chip’s vat of knowledge – you won’t find a better guide to Canaan!last_img read more

How To: Marlinton, WV

first_imgYou’ve probably never heard of Marlinton. And, after a quick Google search, you might think there’s really no reason this little West Virginia town should have crossed your radar prior to now.Wrong-o.No town sits closer to the bounty of jaw-dropping-beauty that is the Cranberry Wilderness than Marlinton (unless you count the unincorporated cluster of dwellings called Edray). This part of the world might be a little rough around the edges, but that’s what we find so dear about it. Arguably the wildest place east of the Mississippi, the Cranberry Wilderness, a 47,815-acre swath of wilderness in the Monongahela National Forest, affords wildlife, solitude, and rain in spades. Here’s how we like to go outside and play!IMG_2568_MG_5788 _MG_5828_MG_5958 _MG_5978Play: Ditch the car, the phone, the computer, the inbox, pack your bag, and hit the trail. To really experience the Cranberry, you need to immerse yourself in it. For a great 25ish-mile loop, try the North/South Trail-Middle Fork Trail-North/South Trail. Camping at the confluence of Hell For Certain Branch is out-of-this-world remote. The trail is often unmarked, save for a few cairns, and overgrown, so be sure to bring a map with you. And, because this area is designated wilderness, try not to make your own campsite. There are plenty of clearly established campsites along the trail and even shelters once you drop down onto FR76.Not feeling like tackling a backpacking trip? The boardwalk along the Cranberry Glades is absolutely stellar and you’re likely to see plenty of signs of wildlife. Keep a close eye out for pitcher plants and other unique flora that are more commonly found in the arctic-like ecosystems of Canada. FR76 along the Cranberry River is also a great gravel road that is relatively flat and perfect for biking or strolling. Shelters along the river are first come, first serve but there are plenty of options. Even on the busiest of weekends, you’re likely to find an opening.Stay: There are tons of dispersed camping sites along the Cranberry River and Williams River that are available on a first come, first serve basis. Should you want some comforts from home, the Tea Creek Campground is hands down our favorite semi-primitive campground. The sites here are shrouded in rhododendron with the gentle roar of the Williams to lull you to sleep. Rates are somewhere in the vicinity of $10 and there are no showers, but there are vault toilets and potable water available.Eat: It’s slim pickins in Marlinton, but no visit is complete without a hearty breakfast from the Greenbrier Grille and Lodge. Otherwise, it’s recommended you plan ahead and prepare—the nearest legitimate grocery store is just under an hour’s drive away if you want more than gas station offerings._MG_5836 _MG_5867_MG_5782 IMG_2641last_img read more

Popular Appalachian Trail Game Set for Expansion

first_imgA few years back, Mark Hanf of Asheville, North Carolina set out to educate would-be hikers about the importance of Leave No Trace ethics when it comes to hiking the Appalachian Trail. Hanf did so by developing what would eventually become a popular board game designed to teach players about well-known landmarks along the trail, essential gear items needed for a thru-hike, and the important Leave No Trace principles that every hiker should adhere to when traveling along one of America’s most venerated foot paths.Hanf raised the money for the first version of his game using the popular crown funding site Kickstarter, and  he’s turning to Kickstarter again to help fund the game’s latest expansion.“We are excited to announce NEW cards that expand the game play of both the Backpacking and the Special Edition of The Appalachian Trail Game,” the Kickstarter post reads. “The ME-GA Expansion Set includes two distinct decks — The Thru-Hiker Deck and the A.T. Communities Deck. These two decks combine for 25O new cards and mirror the dual backpacking experience of spending time in the backcountry and in A.T. Communities along the way.”If you like boardgames, the Appalachian Trail, or the outdoors in general, Hanf’s Kickstarter campaign is a worthy investment. Not only will you get exclusive access to an “early bird” version of the expansion set, but, since a portion of all proceeds will be donated to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, you’ll also have the satisfaction of knowing you contributed to the continued preservation of America’s oldest and most treasured end-to-end footpath.You can help fund the Appalachian Trail Game expansion set here.last_img read more

Prine Time: John Prine’s New Record

first_imgSinger-songwriter Returns with First Record of New Material in 13 YearsLegendary singer-songwriter John Prine is set to release his first album of new material in 13 years on April 13. He made the new record, The Tree of Forgiveness, at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A with current golden-touch producer Dave Cobb, who’s helmed the most recent work of Americana heroes Chris Stapleton and Jason Isbell. Through a career that has spanned the better part of five decades, Prine has remained a beloved tunesmith for his heartfelt and witty blue-collar story songs, but he’s enjoyed a particular resurgence lately, due to being celebrated by younger artists. Prine helped Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys write songs for his last solo record, and during his set at last summer’s Newport Folk Festival, Prine was joined by an all-star cast that included Margo Price, Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, and My Morning Jacket’s Jim James.It’s no surprise, then, that special guests were willing to help Prine with his new record. Auerbach returned the favor and helped write two songs, and there are appearances by Isbell and his wife, singer-songwriter and fiddler Amanda Shires. The first unveiled single, “Summer’s End,” is a wistful ballad that features gentle harmony backing vocals from Brandi Carlile. In total the album features 10 new tracks, half of which were co-written with Nashville song scribe Pat McLaughlin, who’s frequently joined Prine on the road.Now 71, Prine will support the new album with one of his longest tours in years. As he covers most of the country through December, he’ll make multiple stops in the Blue Ridge region: May 11 at Beaver Dam Amphitheater in Beaver Dam, Ky. (with Tyler Childers), June 1 at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Va. (with Price), July 14 at the Master Musicians Festival in Somerset, Ky., and October 3 at the Tennessee Theater in Knoxville, Tenn. (with Kelsey Waldon).last_img read more

Rest in Power, Robyn

first_imgAlways wear a helmet, no matter how long or short a rideUse your arm signals: left turn, right turn, slowing/stoppingWhen biking in a group, use your voice signals to other group members: Slowing! Stopping! Clear! Car back! Car up! Hiker up! Obey the rules of the road. Stop at stop signs and lights.Wear bright, highly visible clothing: reflector tape/ reflectors are a plus!Never ride in low-light or dark conditions without front and rear bike lights and reflectors. (You can be ticketed and fined for biking without lights!)Ride with the flow of traffic, not against it.Ride in control at all times. Proceed at a safe speed that permits you to react quickly to unexpected circumstances.Yield to pedestrians and other vehicles. Rules of Road Biking “Robyn’s application to our program was the most passionate, in-depth one we’ve received out of hundreds of applications. She wrote about the impact cycling had on her life,” the post read. Here is an excerpt from Hightman’s application: The driver of the truck, witnesses say, appeared to take off but returned a short time later after he was flagged down by another driver. According to PIX11 the driver was unaware they had hit a person. REI Bike Safety List Richmond cyclist Robyn Hightman was killed on Monday, June 24th by a delivery truck in Manhattan, NY. “Today we received devastating insight into a terrible reality of cycling,” the post said. “The roads are not a safe place for us and we all must work harder to change that.” Bike Safety Riding Technique Road Awareness Members of the biking community in RVA are coming together to grieve. Stay alert to changes in your surroundings at all times.Communicate your intentions to drivers and other cyclists as much as possible. Use hand signals whenever you turn or stop, but assume that those signals might not be understood by every driver. Watch our video on using hand signals. The pain is not only felt in NYC or RVA, but throughout all biking communities. It is important to not let tragic incidences like this scare us out of biking. Instead, we must learn from them and educate each other. REI offers these important bike safety rules: Keep a safe distance between yourself and other riders or vehicles. What qualifies as safe? Enough space to allow you to react to something unexpected. In general, aim for 1 bike length (or more) per each 5 miles per hour you’re traveling. Keep at least 4 feet between you and a vehicle.Don’t hug the curb too closely. Maintain a comfortable distance from the pavement edge.Ride in single file. This is required by law in most states. (Note: Some states allow cyclists to travel 2 abreast. Do this only on less-traveled roads that are free of traffic. Riding 3 abreast is usually illegal.)Don’t ride on sidewalks unless no other safe option exists. Motorists at intersections or when leaving or entering driveways often do not see swift-moving cyclists traveling on sidewalks.Likewise, watch for cars coming out of alleys. They may not see you.Don’t pass other cyclists on the right.When needed, make noise—use a horn, a bell, whistle or just yell.In heavy, slow-moving traffic, it’s often safer to ride in the middle of a traffic lane so that everyone can see you and cars won’t try to squeeze around you.On busy streets, don’t swerve back and forth around parked cars or other obstacles. Maintain a straight course and watch out for opening car doors.Be ready to brake. Keep your hands on or near the brake levers so you can stop quickly.Pedal strongly when going through intersections.If 5 or more cars are behind you, pull over and let them pass.Be predictable. Robyn Hightman was working as a bike messenger that day, something she had been doing for years in Richmond, Va. as seen in the photo above by Grant Fanning. Hightman operated a well-known bicycle courier service call Quickness RVA in Richmond, Va. “As a homeless youth deeply entrenched in the trappings of poverty and parental abuse and neglect, my first bicycle offered a way to seek respite from the horrors of my surroundings and human experience, if only for a few glorious minutes. My bicycle established a sense of independence, strengthened my ability to be self sufficient, and provided me with the confidence necessary to advocate for myself, my rights, and my needs in public space. My bicycle enabled me to leave our encampment every day to access education, seek out food, and fulfill my basic needs. Eventually, my bicycle allowed me to provide for myself when I began working a full time job at the age of fourteen. My bicycle provided me with the socioeconomic mobility necessary to escape. My bicycle saved my life.”Robyn Hightman describes their deep love for cycling in their application to Hagens Berman Supermint Pro Cycling Team. According to a post by REI, Hightman was a well-known and beloved member of the Richmond cycling community. In January, Hightman was named an ambassador for the Hagens Berman Supermint Pro Cycling Team, an organization that advocates for women cyclists. The cycling team remembered Hightman as a “strong, beautiful, gutsy rider” in a Facebook post on Monday afternoon. Police determined the cyclist was not in a bike lane and was traveling between vehicles when struck. The truck driver was questioned by police but was only cited for violations pertaining to the vehicle’s rig not being up to code says PIX11. Hightman is one of 12 cyclists to be killed in New York City so far in 2019. The Hagens Berman team says they hope others will join them in remembering Highman’s life and spirit. The Richmond biking community also held a group bike ride through town honoring their lost family member. Hightman was struck on Sixth Avenue near 24th Street just after 10 a.m. Hightman was given CPR at the scene and rushed to Bellevue Hospital where the 20-year-old was pronounced dead.last_img read more

Outdoor Updates: Toxic algae is killing dogs in the southeast

first_imgOn Monday the Trump administration announced plans to weaken the Endangered Species Act during a time of record global extinctions. Under the new rules, officials will be able to attach a price tag to saving a plant or animal, even though Congress decided that economic costs should not be taken into consideration when deciding whether or not to save a species. Blanket protections for newly listed animals will also be removed.  Dog owners: beware. A toxic blue-green algae has killed four dogs in North Carolina and Georgia this week. The dogs died after swimming in, and most likely drinking, algae-contaminated water, leading to liver failure.  Toxic algae can bloom in freshwater and saltwater and may be hard to spot. Look for foam or scum on the water and blue, red, vibrant green or brown colors on top of the water that can resemble spilled paint. Toxic algae can also smell very bad, though animals may be attracted to the odor. Symptoms of exposure in dogs include diarrhea, vomiting, weakness, drooling, difficulty breathing or seizures. If your dog experiences any of these symptoms, take the animal directly to the vet.  Toxic algae is killing dogs in the southeast The money will buy new school buses, public buses, garbage trucks, and electric-vehicle charging stations. While the projects include two new electric buses, one-third of the projects will replace old diesel vehicles with new ones. Several projects include natural gas or propane vehicles. In total, the state of Pennsylvania was awarded $118 million from the Volkswagen emissions scandal known as Dieselgate. Since President Nixon signed it into law in 1973, protection under the Endangered Species Act has saved over 1,400 species of plants and animals. In total, ninety-nine percent of plants and animals given protection under the law have been saved. There are currently about 1,600 plants and animals protected under the Endangered Species Act.  Pennsylvania will use Dieselgate settlement to buy more diesel vehicles Pennsylvania’s Governor Tom Wolf announced that the state will spend $8.5 million from the Volkswagen Dieselgate settlement to fund 34 cleaner energy projects. Critics, however, point out that much of the money will go to fund diesel instead of electric vehicles. The Trump administration has released plans to weaken the Endangered Species Actlast_img read more

Peru Destines $40.7 Million Euros for Acquiring New Military Equipment

first_imgBy Dialogo December 27, 2010 I believe it is time to equip all of the teams and be at the level of other countries, this keeps the country safe. The presidency of the Peruvian Council of Ministers has decided to strengthen the system of national defense through a transfer of more than $40.7 million to the Defense Ministry, in order to acquire military matériel within the framework of the Armed Forces’ process of modernization. By means of ministerial resolution 373-2010-PCM, it was decided that the money will be transferred from the PCM to the Defense Ministry and will be used to purchase four missile systems, sixteen SSM missiles, personal anti-tank weapons, and portable anti-aircraft weaponry. The amounts transferred will form part of the Fund for the Armed Forces and the National Police, intended solely and exclusively for the acquisition of equipment destined for the modernization of the military and police. In addition, it is used for the refurbishment and technological renovation of their equipment, as well as for the repair and maintenance of the matériel used in the country’s defense and security.last_img read more