Renewables provide 52% of Germany’s electricity in first quarter, a new record FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Clean Energy Wire:Germany produced nearly 52 percent of its domestic electricity consumption with renewable power in the first three months of 2020, marking the first full quarter in which renewables covered more than half the country’s power needs, utilities association BDEW and the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) reported. That’s up from about 44 percent in the first quarter of 2019.The numbers were driven by record wind power production in February, unusually high solar production in March, and a dip in overall energy use tied to the coronavirus crisis. Because of those unusual circumstances, BDEW warned it’s too soon to project whether the numbers might hold going forward. “The performance of renewables is very encouraging. However, we should always bear in mind that this is only a snapshot and includes many one-off events,” BDEW head Kerstin Andreae said in a statement. But BDEW also noted that the numbers reflect several underlying policy shifts, including the shutdown of nuclear and coal power plants that were taken offline in late 2019.The numbers, combined with increased renewable generation in 2019, put Germany on track to meet its 2020 target for increasing renewables’ share of total energy consumption (which includes not just electricity, but refers to all energy, for example fossil fuels used in transport and heating). Germany has pledged to produce 18 percent of its total energy consumption with renewables by the end of the year. “The EU renewable energy target of 18 percent in 2020 is within reach,” economy minister Peter Altmaier said in the statement. “We must now work to ensure that we achieve the targets on a sustainable basis and further increase the share of renewable energy.”Overall, Germany used a total of 148 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity in the first quarter of 2020, down about two percent from the same period in 2019 (151 billion kWh). Renewables made up 51.9 percent of that total, BDEW and ZSW said. The majority of Germany’s renewable power came from onshore wind, which supplied 28.9 percent of the country’s electricity needs, up from 23.7 percent in the first quarter of 2019 (see graph). While this is the first full quarter in which renewables have covered a majority of the country’s electricity needs, Germany has crossed that threshold before during individual months, BDEW said.Meanwhile, the grid operator 50Hertz announced several new regional records for renewable energy in the first quarter. In February, wind and solar power together covered 85 percent of electricity needs in 50Hertz’s area of operation, which stretches from the Baltic Sea to the Ore Mountains near the border with the Czech Republic. And on March 23, the utility delivered a record 8500 megawatts (MW) of solar power without having to shut down any photovoltaic systems, it said.[Rachel Waldholz]More: Germany marks first ever quarter with more than 50 pct renewable electricity
Magseis has expanded its global operations and relocated its head office to Lysaker, Norway, effective April 09, 2018.Per Christian Grytnes, acting CEO said: “The new offices enable all Magseis Oslo based staff to work from the same premises. We are expanding our global operations and the new headquarters will support efficient implementation of Magseis growth plans.”In addition, the company has recruited CFO and SVP Sales & Marketing who have now started with Magseis.Tom Henrik Sundby, CFO has more than 25 years’ experience in finance and management positions. He came from the position as finance director of BerGenBio.Previously, he was based in Dubai, UAE, where he held the position as CFO of Polarcus for 8 years.Sundby holds a Master of Business Administration degree with Honours both from BI Norwegian Business School and ESCP, France.Furthermore, Andrè Bjørvik, SVP Sales & Marketing, with 15 years of seismic industry experience, primarily within sales and marketing, has joined the team. He has for the last 10 years worked in PGS, where he has been leading the Europe sales division while based in Oslo and London.Bjørvik holds a Master in Geology from University of Oslo.
Based on the data from the Department of Education (DepEd), around 58% of elementary schools, 80% of junior high schools and 72% of senior high schools are connected to the internet. “Out of the almost 62 thousand schools nationwide, merong 47 thousand na public schools. Now, there are about 42 thousand barangays nationwide. So bawat barangay merong public school at kung pwede nating patayuan ng cell site at wifi-based station sa bawat public school, sagip na natin ang buong Pilipinas dahil buong barangay ay makakabitan natin ng cell site,” said Gatchalian. GATCHALIAN. GMA The ideal distance for a school to the closest cell site should not be more than three kilometers to get a good internet connection. Gatchalian described his proposal as “hitting two birds with one stone” as the installation of cell sites would ensure internet access nationwide and at the same time improve the country’s education system. “Kung meron sana tayong sapat na imprastraktura, meron tayong internet, meron tayong mga gadgets, hindi magiging problema ‘yung pagtuturo sa mga estudyante, lalo na ngayong kailangan nating mag-shift sa distance learning,” he further said. “Ang proposal natin sa telecommunication companies ay gamitin ang lupa ng ating mga public school,” he added. “In the long run, these cell sites would save the country’s public schools billions of pesos to pay for internet connection,” Gatchalian said. “Bridging the digital divide will help the country’s education system to innovate and ensure that no learner is left behind.” “Moving forward, kahit wala nang COVID-19, importante ring pagsikapan nating maabot ang bawat isang kabahayan gamit ang internet, at mabigyan natin ang mga bata ng kagamitan, mga gadgets, para magamit nila sa pag-aaral,” he added./PN Based on a mapping of public schools and cell site towers by Project BASS or Bandwidth and Signal Statistics, 44 percent or 20,398 public schools were found to be located more than six kilometers away from the nearest cell site, which means they have either very poor or no access to the internet. Manila – Senator Sherwin Gatchalian has urged the telecommunication companies to install cell sites in every public school as the country prepares for distance learning due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
After a four-game road swing, the USC baseball team had a home game Tuesday.But with the way the team played in the 7-1 loss to Long Beach State, USC interim coach Frank Cruz is probably happy to get back on the road.The Trojans (18-22, 8-7) will finish a swing in which seven of eight games have been away from Dedeaux Field this weekend when they travel to Frank Sancet Stadium to take on Arizona.The Wildcats (24-16, 6-9) welcome USC on Friday night at 5 p.m. hoping to turn around recent struggles. Arizona lost to rival Arizona State for the fourth time this season Tuesday and has lost five of six games.After being ranked as high as No. 11 following a 17-5 start, Arizona has run into trouble since starting Pac-10 play. The Wildcats are only 6-9 in conference games and have only won one series despite winning the series opener four of five times.They’ve been so successful in game one because of the arm of Orange County’s Kurt Heyer. The sophomore right-hander has a 6-3 record, a minuscule 2.20 ERA and has struck out 95 batters in 86 innings while issuing only 20 base on balls.Heyer, however, started on three-days rest Tuesday as the Wildcats tried to take down their archrivals, so it will be Kyle Simon on the mound Friday night. The 6-foot-5 righty has a 7-3 record with a 2.95 ERA. He is coming off a three-hit complete game against Oregon in his last start.To beat Simon, USC will need junior Andrew Triggs (3-3, 4.52 ERA) to replicate his performance from last week when he threw a complete game five-hitter as the Trojans beat Washington 2-1.Junior Austin Wood (4-5, 4.69 ERA) will start Saturday for USC. He will likely take on Tyler Hale (3-4, 5.26 ERA), who isn’t on firm ground. Hale is 0-4 in Pac-10 play, and his ERA jumped to 9.43 after he allowed four runs in one and two-thirds innings in his last start.The series finale will feature senior Logan Odom (3-5, 3.49 ERA), who has helped the Trojans win their last three conference series. Odom won the rubber match in two of those series.Arizona’s Sunday starter has still yet to be determined. But don’t be surprised to see Heyer return even though it’s unconventional to see collegiate starters pitch a midweek and weekend game. If he doesn’t start, he’s likely to be used as a reliever throughout the series.If the Trojans want to improve on their fourth place standing in the Pac-10, they need to get into Arizona’s bullpen where the Wildcats have a 5.79 ERA this season.USC will also have to contain an offense that averages 6.7 runs per game and is hitting .320 as a team. Joey Rickard (.402) and Cole Frenzel (.387) lead an Arizona offense that features six hitters batting .315 and above.In comparison, the Trojans’ offense has only two batters hitting better than .300 with junior first baseman Ricky Oropesa’s .345 batting average, six home runs and 33 RBI leading the way.The Trojans will try to return to their winning ways after their five-game streak was broken last week.Before losing its last two games, USC had won eight of 10 games.