17 October 2014Electricity utility Eskom has plugged its first wind farm into the national grid. The Sere wind farm, 350km north of Cape Town, is the utility’s first large-scale renewable energy project.The farm is a major step towards reducing South Africa’s reliance on coal-powered energy and is in accordance with the National Development Pan which makes allowance for renewable energy projects.While the farm has been plugged in, it will only be fully operational in March next year, when it will contribute an additional 100MW to the country’s electricity supply. At the moment it can generate 16MW of power, enough to light up 30 000 homes. Along with generating power, the project has created almost 400 direct jobs to the Matzikama community during construction. The project will also need skilled maintenance technicians over it estimated 20-year lifespan. In this same period it is expected to reduce carbon emissions by up to six million tons.Eskom is collaborating with Agence Française de Developpement, African Development Bank and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), and technology company Siemens to build the farm, which upon completion will comprise 46 type SWT-2.3-108 wind turbines. Each turbine will be able to generate 2.3MW of electricity. Siemens will also assist with servicing and maintenance for five years after total completion on the farm.SAinfo reporter
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Propane Education & Research Council partnered with three different agricultural companies to develop new fuel-efficient grain drying technologies that will help agricultural operations save money.PERC invested in the research and development of GSI’s heat reclamation system, Mathews Company’s redesigned Legacy Series grain dryers, and Sukup Manufacturing Co.’s new burner design. PERC provided industry expertise and financial support through the research, development, and testing process for the new technologies.“PERC prioritizes the development of new technology that advances energy efficiency,” said Cinch Munson, director of agriculture business development at the Propane Education & Research Council. “By working with leading agricultural manufacturers to advance efficient grain drying technologies, we can help ensure that farmers operate as cost-effectively as possible.”Energy savings were the driving force behind PERC and GSI’s development of a new heat reclamation system for tower dryers. The reclaimer was engineered to capture air from the lower part of the drying portion, above the cooling section. It separates out the hot dry air from wet air, and carries very little chaff or other debris back into the dryer. The result is a system that saves up to 30% of propane at 32 degrees Fahrenheit during the drying season. The system is available now and can be installed on any new tower dryer or retrofitted to any Zimmerman-style dryer that has been built since 2001.PERC also worked with Mathews Company to achieve energy savings through innovation. Mathews Company completely redesigned the fan, burner, and control system found in its profile-style Legacy Series product line. The newly redesigned profile-style dryer now offers many of the same technological advantages and operational efficiencies associated with a tower dryer. By introducing tower dryer elements to a profile-style dryer, Mathews Company has created a more efficient dryer with lower operating costs.Sukup and PERC partnered to increase energy savings by redesigning a grain dryer burner. The new highly efficient Octagon Burner uses less propane to achieve the temperature rise needed to dry grain. The result is increased fuel savings and lowered CO2 emissions. An added benefit is the burner’s aluminum manifold, which increases the durability and longevity of the burner. All Sukup 2017 axial-fan dryers will utilize the new Octagon Burner, and they are also available as replacement burners for older dryers.“These new technologies result in a highly efficient, cost-effective grain drying process,” Munson said. “Drying your own grain is more viable than ever. With propane prices remaining low, now is an excellent time to take more control of your harvest with a new grain dryer.”For more information about propane use on the farm and the 2017 Propane Farm Incentive Program, visit propane.com/farmincentive.
Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister late Arjun Singh’s wife Saroj Kumari on Tuesday moved a court here, alleging that her sons Abhimanyu Singh and Ajay Singh were harassing her and had forced her out of her house. A Congress leader, Ajay Singh is the Leader of Opposition (LoP) in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly. Ms. Kumari, 83, filed the complaint under the Protection of Women From Domestic Violence Act in the court of judicial magistrate Gaurav Pragyan. To file the complaint, she personally visited the court along with her daughter Veena Singh and NRI industrialist Sam Varma. The magistrate ordered issuance of notices to the respondents, and listed the matter for hearing on July 19.“My sons Abhimanyu Singh and LoP Ajay Singh indulged in domestic violence against me and forced me out of my own house. They have also refused to take care of my maintenance which compelled me to approach the court,” the complaint said. It also named Suniti Singh, Ajay Singh’s wife. Ms. Kumari’s lawyer Dipesh Joshi said his client had also requested the court to grant her ex-parte relief (relief before hearing the respondents) so that she can return to her house in Bhopal. In a media statement too, Saroj Kumari reiterated her allegations. Having been forced out of her own house, she has to live live in an apartment in Greater Noida, she said. Her husband served the Congress his entire life and ensuring protection of women and assisting helpless persons was a matter of principles for him, she said.“But my son Ajay Singh has set aside these principles of the Congress and forced me out of my own house. At this age I have to leave my own home to live in different places. It is not only against the principles of Congress party but also defines the character of the man, who is all-powerful and the leader of opposition,” she said.“I have urged the court to help me so that I can live in my own house and also requested it to issue orders for eviction of Ajay Singh from that house,” the statement read. When contacted, Ajay Singh told PTI that he would reply to any notice pertaining to the complaint when he receives it. Speaking to reporters later, Ajay Singh termed the complaint as “BJP’s conspiracy”.Whenever he gave notice for no-confidence motion against the BJP government, such things happened, he said. The last time he had moved the motion, a Congress MLA defected to the BJP at the last moment, he said. Singh recently submitted a notice to the Assembly secretariat for a no-confidence motion in the coming monsoon session.
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — The future is now at the BNP Paribas Open.Daria Kasatkina upset Venus Williams 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 in a nearly three-hour baseline struggle and Naomi Osaka routed top-ranked Simona Halep 6-3, 6-0 in 64 minutes on Friday night to set up a final between two 20-year-olds.“We are coming,” Kasatkina said, smiling. “Very soon.”Kasatkina was two points from defeat, trailing 4-5 and 0-30 in the third set when Williams committed four straight errors as the Russian tied it 5-all.Williams won just two more points as Kasatkina took the last two games to close out the match in 2 hours, 48 minutes. Kasatkina dropped her racket near the baseline and covered her face with her hands as she walked to the net.“In one moment you just catch yourself, like, you’re in night session, all crowd, you’re playing against a legend, and you are in the third set,” Kasatkina said. “You’re just staying on the return, and you’re like, ‘Come on, maybe it’s the moment of your life.’”It was, for both up-and-comers.Osaka put away Halep on her third match point when the Romanian netted a backhand.“I saw Dasha. She threw her racket, right?” Osaka said of Kasatkina’s reaction. “I was going to be, like, I’m going to be that extra. Maybe I’ll even cry a little bit just to soak it in. But I didn’t. I was just sort of more relieved that it was over.”Ranked 44th, the Japan-born Osaka opened the tournament by beating Maria Sharapova in the first round. She defeated No. 31 Agnieszka Radwanska and No. 5 Karolina Pliskova on her way to the final, dropping just one set in six matches.“I feel like there is a new generation,” Osaka said, “and we’re trying to push through.”Kasatkina has defeated four top-20 opponents at the same tournament for the first time in her career. She owns wins over all four current Grand Slam titleholders in the last year. A victory in Sunday’s final would move her into the top 10.After shaking hands, Kasatkina pumped her fists and shook her head slightly as if in disbelief at beating the 37-year-old American and advancing to the biggest final of her young career.Williams won her first four matches at Indian Wells in straight sets, including a 6-3, 6-4 victory over sister Serena in the third round. The eighth seed was trying to reach the final for the first time in seven appearances in the desert, including a 15-year absence when she and her sister boycotted the event.Williams had 45 winners — 15 more than Kasatkina — and 63 unforced errors.“If I don’t win, I’m not happy,” Williams said. “You don’t get used to losses, ever. Anyone who gets used to losses should give up on life.”Williams breathed heavily during changeovers and was the last to leave her chair, while Kasatkina got up just as the umpire called time and jogged to the baseline.Asked if she was tired, Williams said, “She just played better at the end.”After losing the first set, Kasatkina was visited by her coach on court. Philippe Dehaes told her, “She’s 37, you’re 20. Make her work a lot.”When she wasn’t trading shots from the baseline, a nervy Kasatkina fooled Williams with drop shots, including two that landed just over the net near the sideline. The Russian tossed up lobs over the 6-foot-1 American — some worked, some didn’t, but she remained unflappable.There were 14 service breaks in the match.Williams rallied from 3-1 down to win the first set. She trailed 3-1 again in the second and tied it 3-all when Kasatkina was broken on a double fault.Kasatkina won the last four games in a row to take the second set. The players dueled through eight deuces in an epic eighth game, with the Russian turning back six break points against her. Williams pulled a forehand wide to lose the game.Kasatkina’s coach visited her again before the third set.“You go for it?” he asked her.“Sure,” she replied, and they slapped hands.Williams served a love game to go up 5-4. She led love-30 on Kasatkina’s serve in the next game before her forehand deserted her.Williams double-faulted twice in a row to drop serve and trail 6-5. Kasatkina won on her second match point when Williams netted a backhand.“She just played a little better at the end,” Williams said. “It was really pretty much that simple.”Kasatkina now owns a 2-1 record against Williams, who won 10-8 in the third round at Wimbledon in 2016.Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina defeated No. 31 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, and Milos Raonic beat 18th-seeded American Sam Querrey 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 to reach the men’s semifinals.—By BETH HARRIS , AP Sports Writer TweetPinShare0 Shares
The second week of college football play has come and gone, and it produced almost exactly the same results for the Big 12 as Week 1 did. Let’s take a closer look at the winners and losers.OU-TennesseeThe Oklahoma Sooners went on the road to take on No. 23 Tennessee in a game that many predicted the Sooners would lose. However, Oklahoma would end up rallying from 17 points down to win 31-24 in double OT.The winning play came in the form of an 18-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Baker Mayfield to wide receiver Sterling Shepard. Much like last week, the Sooners started very slow and didn’t come alive until the second half.Tennessee had a 17-0 lead early on and was still holding on to a safe 17-3 lead at halftime. It was a sellout crowd at Neyland Stadium with 102,455 in attendance. The fans had a lot to cheer about until the fourth quarter.Mayfield threw two interceptions and had an abysmal pass completion rating of 32 percent through the first three quarters, but finally found his rhythm in the fourth. He mustered two touchdown drives, with the second one tying the game at 17-17 with 40 second left in regulation.Both teams scored again in OT to tie it again at 24-24, sending the game into a second OT period. After Sterling Shepard found the end zone, it was all over. Mayfield finished the fourth quarter and OT throwing 11-14 for 103 yards and three touchdowns.Bob Stoops said this win against the Vols may be his favorite win ever. The Sooners became the first team to ever erase a 17-point deficit in Knoxville, and will return to Norman next Saturday to take on Tulsa.Final ScoreOU: 31Tennessee: 24Next OU game: Home against TulsaTCU-Stephen F. AustinThe TCU Horned Frogs took on Stephen F. Austin in Forth Worth this weekend and made easy work of the Lumberjacks.Trevone Boykin threw for 285 yards, four touchdowns and just one interception. Boykin was eventually removed from the game during the third quarter as TCU was well on its way to finishing their domination by a score of 70-3.During the game, Boykin surpassed 9,000 yards of total offense and became the nation’s active leader in that category. He also reached 60 passing touchdowns in his career, becoming only the second player in TCU history to do so.Final scoreTCU: 70SFA: 3Next TCU game: Home against SMUBaylor-LamarThe Baylor Bears squared off against Lamar this Saturday and once again put plenty of points on the board to fend off their opponent.Quarterback Seth Russell struggled a bit throughout the game, but had his brighter moments. He completed 23 of 34 passes for 342 yards and four touchdowns, but also had three interceptions. He also fumbled the ball once, assisting the Lamar Cardinals and making it much easier for them to score.However, Baylor still came out with the win and saw wide receiver Corey Colman set a new school record with four touchdown catches in a single-game. He totaled six catches for 182 yards.Final ScoreBaylor: 66Lamar: 31Next Baylor game: Home against Rice (in two weeks)Kansas State-UTSAThe Kansas State Wildcats traveled to San Antonio this Saturday and beat the UTSA Roadrunners 30-3. Although they only led 7-3 at half, K-State eventually pulled away and had another strong showing by the defense.K-State has officially played eight quarters of the 2015 season, and they have yet to allow their opponent to score a TD. Granted that they still haven’t faced any offensive firepower yet, this is a defense that has the sky as their limit. The Roadrunners could only muster 229 yards of offense against the Wildcats and one 51-yard field goal.Final ScoreK-State: 30UTSA: 3Next KSU game: Home against Louisiana TechWest Virginia-LibertyWest Virginia was at home this Saturday in Morgantown to host the Liberty Flames for second game of the season. The Mountaineers won 41-17 and became 2-0 for the first time since 2012.Quarterback Skyler Howard tossed three touchdowns on 21 of 26 passing for 263 yards. Howard has been avoiding costly mistakes in his play so far, having yet to throw an interception as a starter. His completion percentage of 80 percent against Liberty was his most efficient to date.Final scoreWest Virginia: 41Liberty: 17Next WVU game: Home against Maryland (two weeks)Texas Tech-UTEPTexas Tech earned their second victory of the season and cruised past UTEP by a score of 69-20 in Lubbock.Patrick Mahomes was once again the offensive star for the Red Raiders, as he ran for two touchdowns and threw for four others. He also completed 18 of 33 passes for 361 yards.Running back DeAndre Washington broke out for a 51-yard scoring run to help improve the Red Raiders to 2-0 so far this season. Unlike last year when the Red Raiders had to come from behind to beat the Miners, they controlled this game from the start.Final scoreTexas Tech: 69UTEP: 20Next Tech game: At ArkansasTexas-RiceUnlike last week, the Texas Longhorns were actually able to pull out a win in week two against Rice University. Texas won 42-28 against the Rice Owls and moved to 1-1 on the season.Freshman quarterback Jerrod Heard got a chance to prove himself in his first start on Saturday and helped propel his team to a victory. He threw for two touchdowns and 120 yards, along with 96 yards rushing.Texas claimed its 16th straight home opener victory and set a new single-game school record in the punt return yards category, racking up 175 total. Daje Johnson, a senior wide receiver for the Longhorns, made the biggest impact on setting that record by returning three punts for 119 yards.This game also featured one of the stranger box scores ever.Catching up on some of the night games. The stats from Texas-Rice are bizarre. 39 plays! pic.twitter.com/TJbNsWbF9d— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) September 13, 2015Final scoreTexas: 42Rice: 28Next Texas game: Home against CalKansas-MemphisOnce again, the Big 12 suffered only two losses in week two. Those two losses came at the hands of Kansas (surprise!) and Iowa State.Kansas fell hard to Memphis 55-23 and got run into the ground as the Tigers put up a massive 651 yards of offense against the Jayhawks.Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch obliterated the Kansas defense for 354 yards passing and two touchdowns. The Jayhawks had a 10-0 lead early, but then failed to stop an onslaught of Memphis scores and fell to 0-2 on the season.Final scoreKansas: 55Memphis: 23Next Kansas game: At Rutgers (two weeks)Iowa State-IowaIowa State also lost their week two matchup against rival Iowa and fell by a score of 31-17.The game was held in Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, and Iowa State paid their respects for Iowa University with a moment of silence after what had been a very emotional week for their rival. The football program found safety Tyler Sash, who was 27 years old, dead in his home earlier in the week. As if that wasn’t enough, the school suffered another loss later in the week when 48-year-old former basketball player Roy Marble lost his yearlong fight with cancer.Final scoreIowa: 31Iowa State: 17Next ISU game: Home against ToledoIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. 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