Study predicts 1 TW of solar capacity by 2023

first_imgStudy predicts 1 TW of solar capacity by 2023 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:It’s time for our regular check-in on where solar PV installations are headed. Here’s the quick answer: Prices are still going down and capacity is going up around the world. Pretty much the same path we’ve been on.But that path for solar has widened.In fact, within the next five years, the world will likely have over 1 terawatt of solar capacity installed, according to the latest global data from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. That’s a trillion watts. That’s enough to serve more than one-third of America’s electricity consumption.Our last major capacity projection was one year ago, when the GTM Research team forecasted 871 gigawatts by 2022. The latest projections show higher-than-expected growth for every year after 2018. For example, WoodMac projections for 2020 are 26 gigawatts higher than last year’s forecast.Basically, it’s Asia and everyone else. China, Japan and India will make up 20 percent of the total global market through 2023. Over the next two years, China and Japan will make up half of annual installations—even with both markets in decline this year.The reason for the upward adjustment in capacity is pretty simple. Prices are ultra-competitive—and falling. More countries are putting in place auction systems — increasingly “subsidy-free”— and large-scale solar PV is winning a lot of bids. Cost drops haven’t kept pace with recent price drops, but WoodMac expects costs to catch up. WoodMac analysts simulated 625 auction-tariff scenarios and found a median price of 2 cents per kilowatt-hour by 2022.More: By 2023, the world will have 1 trillion watts of installed solar PV capacity–last_img read more

Analyst says rising domestic production will cut China’s need for thermal coal imports in 2019

first_imgAnalyst says rising domestic production will cut China’s need for thermal coal imports in 2019 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享South China Morning Post:China’s thermal coal imports will decline by between 10 million and 12 million tonnes in 2019, a leading industry analyst said on Tuesday, largely because of rising domestic output in the world’s top producer and consumer.The country’s coal output will increase from the second quarter of 2019, reducing its reliance on overseas supplies, Rodrigo Echeverri, head of hard commodities at trader Noble Group, told an industry conference in Shanghai.China is set to produce an additional 100 million tonnes of coal this year, Wang Hongqiao, vice-president of China National Coal Association, said earlier at the same event. “Coal demand for power generation in China will increase but the growth rate of general coal consumption will slow down,” Wang said, leading to a glut of the fuel and “severely disrupting” the market.China produced 4 billion tonnes of coal in 2018, according to the National Bureau of Statistics. It also added 194 million tonnes in mine capacity that year, despite promising to cut excess capacity for the sector.Echeverri said he expected a drop in thermal coal imports this year of 11 per cent from 2018 volumes to 19 million tonnes, with the reduction hitting top supplier Australia the hardest.That comes after traders have already cut back on purchases of both thermal and metallurgical coal from Australia due to lengthy quality checks on supplies from there that have lasted as long as two months at some ports.More: China’s thermal coal imports ‘will fall 10-12 million tonnes in 2019’last_img read more

Australia’s South32 in talks to exit thermal coal business in South Africa

first_imgAustralia’s South32 in talks to exit thermal coal business in South Africa FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Australian miner South32 Ltd reported a bigger-than-expected 25% drop in annual profit as the trade war between China and the United States hurt aluminum prices, sending its shares lower by as much as 5.8% on Thursday.South32 also said it was in talks to sell its South Africa thermal coal business to Johannesburg-based Seriti Resources, the latest company to get out of energy coal at a time when investor pressure and climate change concerns are prompting businesses to limit their exposure to fossil fuels.The miner, which had flagged last year that it was looking to sell its energy coal business in South Africa, did not disclose a deal value, but said it consists of a modest upfront cash payment and a deferred price mechanism.The planned sale follows Rio Tinto’s exit from coal in 2018 and comes days after the head of BHP Group, the world’s biggest miner, said the company had put its thermal coal operations under review.Norway’s $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund said in June it may have to sell its stake in South32 to meet tighter ethical investing rules adopted by the country’s parliament.More: Profit slumps at Australia’s South32 as trade war hits aluminum priceslast_img read more

Indian state of Maharashtra says no to new thermal power plants, pushes renewables

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享ETEnergyWorld.com:Energy minister Nitin Raut has announced that no more thermal power generation units would be set up in [Maharashtra] as there is a huge gap between supply and demand due to the coronavirus pandemic-induced recession.Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has signed power purchase agreements (PPAs) for 35,000MW, but is purchasing only 14,500MW due to low demand.Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has set a target for MSEDCL of meeting 25% of its demand from renewable sources in next five years. Hence, the government has decided to promote renewable energy only.Civil supplies minister Chhagan Bhujbal and MLAs of Deolali, Igatpuri and Amalner had met Raut urging him to replace the old units in Nashik thermal power station by a new unit of 660MW. The energy minister turned down this demand.Earlier, deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar had rejected proposal to set up two new 660MW units at Koradi. He had told Raut to set up solar power plants instead as it is cheaper. Raut then chalked out plans to set up several solar power plants in the state in three phases.Raut told Bhujbal that power demand had gone done by 33% and several thermal units were lying idle. However, MSEDCL had to pay fixed charges to the generation companies for these units, which was a huge burden on power consumers. He further said the generation cost of old units was very high and hence MSEDCL could not purchase power generated by these units under merit order dispatch (MOD) regime. Same was the case with new units as capital cost was very high. So, it was not possible to set up a new unit at Nashik, he said.[Ashish Roy]More: Maharashtra: No new thermal power units in state, says Raut Indian state of Maharashtra says no to new thermal power plants, pushes renewableslast_img read more

Wounded Warrior Project

first_imgParticipating in our Democracy is more than about just voting nationally and locally on Tuesday, although that is a very good start. Take your patriotism to the next level by participating in a race that benefits our wounded troops. Soldiers coming home from war with physical and mental scars need all the help we can give them, and supporting races like the Wounded Warrior Project 8-K goes a long way. Not only do these events raise funds to bring wounded veterans back into society, but they boost morale across the board.Despite the current climatic unstableness in the Atlantic, fall is the perfect season for running. The cool climate, dry air, and gorgeous scenery make getting out on the road or trail that much more enjoyable. When you are also helping a great cause, running through the pain never hurt so good. The Wounded Warrior Project is one of the largest veterans support networks, and this weekend they are staging their 8K run in Franklin, Tenn. Race day registration is open, so feel free to sign up for the 8K or 1K fun run. If you don’t want to run, but are in the area, get out to the finish line and support runners and Wounded Warriors alike.View Larger Maplast_img read more

Best of the Backcountry Gear

first_imgThere’s no time where gear means more than when you are out on your own in the wild. To that end, here’s the stuff that not only made the backcountry safer but also more enjoyable this winter.1. DPS Wailer 112RPIn the early ’00s, DPS’s Peter Turner worked with Shane McConkey to develop the legendary Volant Spatula, the original reverse-camber, rockered deep powder ski. The quick-turning Wailer 112 is the evolution of that now-ubiquitous aesthetic. It’s rockered, but unlike those prototypes it features lots of sidecut and a touch of camber. And we know we say this about every ski these days, but it really can do it all—on an early-season trip to Whistler it was  shockingly stable at speed and effortless in pow. But the deal-breaker is the weight—the carbon and nano verison ponies up at just 4.19 pounds each in a 190 cm ski, making it simple to schuss up the skin trail. $1,249 (Pure construction), $799 (Hybrid construction); dpsskis.com2. Black Diamond Carbon MegawattThis fat boy—125 mm underfoot—does not move like a Clydesdale. The carbon construction keeps the latest iteration of the popular Meg down to 9 pounds, 5 ounces in a 188-cm pair. The rockered tip and slightly rockered tail give it floatation. You just won’t find another ski this wide that tours this well. $829; blackdiamondequipment.com3. Liberty VariantAvon-Colorado-based Liberty skis added titanal along the edges of its new Variant (145/113/132). Pair that strength with the brand’s bamboo constructon and you get a big, stable touring ski that serves day-to-day duty in the wildly varying snow conditions of the Front Range backcountry. $839; libertyskis.com4. Jones Hovercraft SplitDon’t be fooled by the shorter length of the oddly shaped Hovercraft. This baby can lope thorugh deep powder fields just as easily as it can rip off freestyle moves on natural backcountry terrain features. The spilt capability makes it an effective mountaineering tool, too. $699; jonessnowboards.com5. Drift Innovation HD GhostThe HD POV cam has become required gear these days and the easy-to-operate Ghost will record video and snap off still photos on the go, thanks in part to a two-way LED remote control that makes it easy to focus on the riding at hand rather than futzing with camera controls. $399; driftinnovation.com 6. La Sportiva SpitfireTipping the scales at just 44 ounces per boot, the Spitfire wants to be the first up the trail. That makes it ideal for rando racing but a low profile Grilamid shell and a Carbon Reinforced Polymer cuff gives the boot enough downhill oomph for local exploration. Best of all, they switch from tour to ski mode with one easy flip of the top buckle. $899; sportiva.com7. Dynafit One PXDynafit took its wildly popular (but insanely minimalist) TLT5 and gave it a touch more downhill guts to create a light touring boot for the mainstream. Weighing in at just 27.5 ounces per boot, it features a similar one flip buckle for walk or tour mode, but it’s warmer, roomier and more confident on the downs. $640; dynafit.com8. Ortovox Zoom PlusHere’s an affordable beacon that’s basic and effecive. It uses just two buttons and a simple display screen but still takes advantage of Ortovox’s smart, three antenna system to locate victims buried at odd angles. $299; ortovox.com9. S.O.G. PowerlockMelding ski patrol and special ops, this is one multitool you will want in your pack when things go wrong. The clippers will cut through a quarter and the small saw is damn sharp. $114; sogknives.comlast_img read more

Top Paddling Gear Picks for Summer

first_imgPaddlesports are seeing a worldwide revival, due to increasingly lightweight material innovations, new boat designs, better water-friendly fabrics, and more access to waterways. An improving economy is also driving innovation as manufacturers are able to invest more back into R & D. Nowhere is this revival more apparent than in the Southeast. With the Freestyle World Championships taking place on the Nantahala last year, things are really on a roll – pun intended. Here’s a look at few Blue Ridge Outdoors picks for your summer paddling adventures.Gerber River ShortyImproving on a classic is tough to do, but Gerber took the chance with the re-introduction of their traditional stub-nose waterman’s blade, the River Shorty, built specifically for paddlers, sailors and divers. This blunt-tip river knife features a serrated 3-inch, polished 420HC stainless steel blade wrapped in a durable, slip-resistant nylon handle. The hard plastic sheath attaches easily to belt, boot or PFD and will accept the blade edge right or left. Made in Gerber’s Portland, Oregon, factory, the River Shorty carries the brand’s lifetime warranty and is now available in high visibility green (shown) as well as classic black. (MSRP $33) gerbergear.comNemo Helio Pressure ShowerRinsing off out of the back of your Subaru after a day on the river is one of the small pleasures in life, and Nemo has provided an extremely convenient and effective way to get this backcountry cleanse. The Helio Pressure Shower comes in a tidy nested kit and provides up to seven minutes of steady water pressure. Unlike gravity-fed, hanging shower systems, the Helio sits on the ground and uses an 11-liter welded-fabric water container, pressurized by a foot durable pump. Let the water tank warm in the sun while you are out paddling. It can also be used to rinse off doggie paws, bike tires, or to wash dishes. (MSRP $99.95) nemoequipment.comAstral Ronny Fisher Kayak Fishing PFD Southeastern favorite Astral has a number of new offerings for Spring, not the least among them the Ronny Fisher – Astral’s first kayak-fishing specific PFD, created with feedback from the North Carolina Kayak Fishing Association. The technical vest features Astral’s Thin-Vent proprietary foam-vent technology, a 500d Cordura wrap, and is decked out with a plethora of storage solutions all the way down to a beverage holder and cell phone pocket. Reflective hits and a stowable hood complete the picture in this departure piece for Astral. (MSRP $159.95) astraldesigns.comBluesmiths KanahaUsing some of the most advanced technical fabrics in the world from Switzerland –NanoSphere – the Bluesmiths Kanaha LS Ocean Shirt is a hydrophobic must-have for stand-up paddlers and other watersports enthusiasts. As you might expect, it’s got 40 UPF sun protection as well, and it’s quickly gaining notoriety for breathability, quick-dry and lightweight comfort. Bluesmiths manufactures in Canada with an eye for style, an environmental sensibility and real life paddlers and seamen developing product. (MSRP $90) bluesmiths.comNikwax Sandal Wash and Footwear Cleaning GelYour favorite Chacos, Tevas and Cudas can quickly become stinkified after many days on the river and around the campfire over the course of a season. But you love those sandals. Consider the environment and your pocketbook and treat them with Nikwax Sandal Wash or Footwear Cleaning Gel to give them new life. Sandal Wash works to clean synthetics, leather and fabrics and removes bacteria (typically responsible for rot and stink); while Footwear Cleaning Gel not only cleans but also revives water repellency and can revitalize breathability. Nikwax products are typically gentle on your goods and on the environment (VOC/FC-free, water based and biodegradable). The company’s apparel cleaning products work great too. Consider it a small investment in your gear. ($7.25 sandal wash / $8.50 cleaning gel) nikwax.comJulbo WaveMountaineers among you will quickly recognize this iconic French sunglass brand for their fit, protection and quality. Now paddlers have access to the company’s photochromic, polarized (eliminates glare), and hydrophobic (won’t streak when wet) lenses as well – and they float too. A removable frame skirt helps keep spray out of the eyes while air flows around to prevent fogging. A supple rubber adheres to the nose. Available in Black/Yellow, White/Black, Black/Sky Blue, and Blue/Black; the photochromic Octopus gets darker and lighter with light intensity and is the pricier of two lens options. (MSRP $120 Polarized 3+/$190 Octopus) julbousa.comKokatat Whitewater and off-shore hardcores will be interested to know that Kokatat’s new Icon Gore-Tex (in both 3-layer Pro Shell and Cordura) rear-entry dry suit (previously only available in the Jackson Collection) is now out in two new colors for men and women. It features full latex gaskets, integrated Gore-Tex socks, dual-adjustable overskirt, and, for men, front relief zipper. Ahhhhh. And when you’re not shredding waves, check out the new Kokatat Destination line, featuring caps, paddling pants and shirts, and other pieces that crossover well for lifestyle and travel. (MSRP $1090) kokatat.comGoal Zero Lighthouse250 Lantern and Power HubThe GZ Lighthouse 250 is a great tool to keep in your shuttle vehicle – it provides light for when you take-out after dusk and it can recharge your other devices. You can adjust brightness levels and direction to save on power for a 48-hour max run time. It’s rechargeable from Goal Zero solar panels, from any USB port, and it features a hand-crank for emergency charges. It can recharge a smartphone twice or give a 40-percent boost to a tablet. (MSRP $79.99) goalzero.comThule SUP ShuttleTo make use of your current Thule rack system with the new stand-up paddleboard you got for Christmas, consider spending the rest of your extra bread on some sweet rack attachments. The SUP Shuttle (MSRP $149.95) features telescoping-width (fits boards up to 34″ wide) with built-in board protection and universal FlipFit Bracket rack compatibility. Dual loading design and weather resistant base padding allows for safe transport of two boards. Adjustable wrap-around padding on straps protects boards from strap abrasion. Of course, if single-blade is your thing, there’s always the new Portage Canoe Carrier (MSRP $119.95), now Thule’s easiest loading canoe carrier with universal roof rack compatibility. Durable gunwales with ramped sides and cushioned base pads protect the canoe during transit to the put-in. thule.comlast_img read more

Beer Blog: Westbrook Brewing Company’s Gose

first_imgHere’s the deal with Westbrook Brewing Company’s Gose.It’s gonna catch you off guard. You’re not ready for the first powerful sip, even though Westbrook (a great brewery out of Mount Pleasant, S.C.) tells you on the can what to expect — “Sour, Salty, Delicious,” you’re not expecting the beer to be this…intense.But that’s the only way you can really describe this beer: intense.Gose is this relatively ancient German style of beer that had essentially been forgotten about by American brewers until the last few years.Now, sours are all the rage and the Gose is one of the esoteric versions of sour that’s been resurrected. It’s not like any other sour out there, though because of the use of sea salt, and in most cases, coriander.The result is, well…salty, sour, and shocking. And yes, delicious.Westbrook’s version of the Gose is one of those unexpectedly awesome beach beers. It’s too complex for simple lawn mower beer status, too interesting to fit neatly in the summer beer category, but it’s light and refreshing and clocks in at a reasonable 4% ABV. That, my friends, is a beach beer.But don’t get too excited. Even though the Gose has qualities of a session beer, it’s not exactly sessionable. The beer is simply too bombastic to have more than one on each sitting. It’s the kind of beer that will either turn you off or get you hooked right away. Like NASCAR, or midget tossing. It’s weird. But in a really good way.–Graham Averill is a writer, beer lover and stay-at-home dad. Follow his adventures in drinking and Dad-hood at daddy-drinks.com.last_img read more

Trail Mix | January 2016

first_img 3:53 Ocean and Sea Bird Dog 4:58 3:08 All I Ever Wanted Sam Means Audio PlayerMichael ClemJohn DonneUse Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.00:000:00 / 3:22 5:06 2:50 5:05 2:30 If I Should Fall From Grace With God Deer Tick 5:18 3:22 Oh Now Nathaniel Bellows 1:58 When We Were Young The Winterlings Southern Railroad Blues Lew Card 4:12 4:06 Riverside Stone Cupid Love In The Smokies Seven Handle Circus Back To You Battleme 3:50 It’s a brand new month in a brand new year, and that can only mean that Trail Mix has a brand new set of tunes ready for you.Of course we do! And it’s a mix most worthy of kicking off 2016.Featured this month is “Magic Hour,” a brand new track from Aoife O’Donovan. The former lead singer of the masterful acoustic band Crooked Still returns with her second solo release, In The Magic Hour, later this month. O’Donovan is joined by such acoustic stalwarts as Chris Thile, Sara Watkins, and Sarah Jarosz, and this record, her second on the always awesome Yeproc label, was produced by Grammy-nominated Tucker Martine, whose previous work includes projects with The Decemberists and Neko Case.Another exciting inclusion this month is from long time Trail Mix faves Deer Tick. Their take on The Pogues’ “If I Should Fall From Grace With God” is part of a compilation from Bloodshot Records called Bloodshot Six Pack To Go: Working Songs For The Drinking Class. Other artists included in the project are, among others, Trail Mix alums like Banditos, Dale Watson, The Yawpers, Elizabeth Cook, Joe Pug, and J.P. Harris & The Tough Choices.Also featured this month are brand new tracks from Battleme, Lew Card, The Winterlings, Bird Dog, Swaying Wires, Brooke Waggoner, Stone Cupid, Chris Storrow, Seven Handle Circus, Coldair, Sam Means, Cross Record, Ron Pope & The Nighthawks, Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands, Nathaniel Bellows, and the Mike Farley Band.Be sure to stay tuned to the Trail Mix blog this month. On tap are chats with Michael Clem, long time bassist and singer for Eddie From Ohio, The Cactus Blossoms, and a show preview and ticket giveaway for Travis Book and Jon Stickley’s performance at The Down Home in Johnson City, Tennessee, on January 21st.And if you are still looking for a New Year’s resolution, how about this one – I will get out there and support the amazing artists I discover on Trail Mix. Buy a couple records. Go see a show or two. Turn a friend on to a great tune you have heard right here. These artists will appreciate it. Won’t You Come And Sing For Me Laurie Lewis And The Right Hands 2:23 Take Me Home Ron Pope John Donne Michael Clem 2:56 Raised the Bar Chris Storrow Nowhere Swaying Wires Denounce Coldair Embed Clown Collector The Cactus Blossoms Widow Maker Brooke Waggoner 3:07 Magic Hour Aoife O’Donovan Rain Mike Farley Band 4:18 3:40 4:14 Copy and paste this code to your site to embed. last_img read more

Thru-Hiking the Cumberland Trail

first_img“Hmm, I haven’t seen a blaze in a while,” I thought to myself as I wrestled with a briar that had wrapped itself around me like a hungry octopus. This turned out to be a recurring theme for most of this sufferfest.Ethan Alexander, trail name Garbelly, and I had the idea to walk the length of the Cumberland Trail in one go. It all seemed simple enough. We’ve hiked over 7,000 miles between the two of us and were no strangers to getting lost, stuck in thunderstorms, thorns, facing shotgun-wielding locals, injuries, body funk, and insatiable appetites.The problem is, the Cumberland Trail really isn’t a single trail at all. Rather, it’s a series of segments that are being worked on diligently by some amazing people in hopes of connecting them to one another. All together, there’s about 200 miles of trail built between Chattanooga and Cumberland Gap at the Tennessee-Kentucky-Virginia borders. Around 125 miles of those trails see enough traffic to justify maintenance, however. But the rest involves a lot of bushwhacking.Two hours into our first day, it started to rain. It was the kind of rain that turns a trail into a creek. The kind of rain where you have to accept that you’re going to be wet. Everywhere. Several day hikers ran past us as we smiled and walked farther into the deluge, because that’s what thru hikers do. We aimed for the puddles.Our second day was the real doozy of the trip. We soon came to realize that if an atlas, topo, and online map say a trail or road is going to be there, it still might not actually be there. While following an old logging road to get to the next trailhead, our path unexpectedly ended.“Map check?” I ask.“Sure.” Garbelly sighs.After triple checking we were in the right spot, we figured the road must have existed at one point and was now just too overgrown to continue north on. So we found the next best thing; a deer path. It was going north (kinda), gave us something to follow, and the map said there was a creek down in the valley that we could then follow to an actual road. From there, we could either hitch or road walk to get to our second section and continue the hike.After 25 miles of jungle-like bushwhacking, we eventually found ourselves stumbling out of someone’s backyard onto a paved road for the first time since what felt like years. We were cut up, soaked in sweat, covered in dirt, and mosquitos had feasted on any exposed skin.“What’s wrong with us?” Garbelly asked about a week into the hike.  We were playing a game of kick the pinecone while we meandered down a sleepy gravel road. “I mean it. Why do we enjoy suffering like this so much? Other people do things that they can just relax at.”He made a good point. Why were we unnecessarily putting all this hardship into our lives when we were supposed to be enjoying ourselves? Were we enjoying ourselves? We weren’t angry about our misery. But we weren’t exactly comfortable.If you can triumph over the exhaustion, heat, stinging nettles, and everything else kind of terrible, then you get to revel in the feeling of knowing that you accepted the challenge of throwing yourself into a situation that was completely uncontrollable, and you came out fine. And you did it while carrying everything you needed to keep being fine on your back. It’s an extremely empowering feeling, one that both Garbelly and I have become addicted to. So we kept walking, one foot in front of the other, all the way to Cumberland Gap.Our Three Favorite Spots Along The Cumberland TrailThe Obed Wild and Scenic RiverThe rock formations and foliage are awe inspiring on this section. There’s roller coaster like trail that’s top notch quality. Everything was great. Everything except jumping into a lukewarm river… Like kind of hot river… Seriously, why is that river not cold?Deep CreekThis creek has amazing boulders and a beautiful bridge. The place is so perfect for a lunch break with all the table top boulders filling in the gorge.Laurel Snow Pocket WildernessSpooky tunnels, stories of ghosts and mountain lions, a beautiful river cutting through, rickety bridges, and great campsites you can have to yourself? Yes, please.LEARN MORE Chris Pickering and Ethan Alexander have started a GoFundMe to raise awareness and funds to donate to the Cumberland Trail Conference. 100% of the funds will go to the trail crews that go out and sweat and dig in dirt for five days a week so we can walk these beautiful paths: GoFundMe.com/ConnectingTheCTlast_img read more