Italian grid gets wave power delivery

first_imgThe upgraded H24-50 wave energy unit, developed by 40South Energy and deployed off Marina di Pisa in Italy, has started producing power for the country’s electricity grid.The upgrade activities on the H24 wave energy machine – first deployed in 2015 – have culminated in the commissioning of the device that fed its first power to the grid on September 13, 2018, according to Michele Grassi, the CEO of 40South Energy.After the necessary modifications to the authorizations and documentation due to changes in machine properties, 40South Energy Italia engaged its partner Elements Works for the implementation of the new solutions on the H24-50 unit at the end of 2017.The device, the first of the H24 series designed and built by 40South Energy, was deployed at Ligurian Sea for the first time in November 2015. During the deployment, the device was converting wave energy into electricity, but dissipated the generated power locally instead of feeding it into the grid.“This result brings commercial viability of wave energy conversion one step closer and puts 40South Energy Italia at the forefront of the global race to harness this new renewable energy source,” said Grassi.The machine reached a technology readiness level (TRL) 7 – which denotes the complete validation of the design at full-scale, and in a realistic environment.In November 2016, the H24-50 unit was bought by Enel Green Power, as part of an agreement which allows 40South Energy Italia to keep using it as a testing platform for its R&D activities.40South Energy Italia remains the sole owner of the IP associated to all its wave energy converters, according to the company.During 2017, 40South Energy Italia designed and built a number of upgrades for the H24-50 machine type, to bring it closer to the TRL 8, which corresponds to commercially viable device.The R&D activities on the H24-50 design will now continue, according to 40South Energy, which aims to complete the design and deploy the first unit of a commercial H24-50 machine at sea during the next few months.last_img read more

Syracuse working on fixing little things to build winning culture

first_img Published on September 22, 2019 at 11:04 pm Contact Arabdho: [email protected] | @aromajumder Georgia Allen hates a messy locker. If it’s untidy, she said, then her mind’s cluttered as well, and that seeps into how she plays on the field.As one of the senior leaders on the team, she tells her teammates to take pride in their locker space. How that area looks shows others how much you care, and that builds trust.“If you can look at each other in the eye and go, you know what, that person really cares, then you can have trust,” Allen said, “And trust is everything in this sport.”Being more individually accountable, starting with the player’s lockers, has been a purposeful and concentrated shift in the mentality of Syracuse (2-4-2, 0-0-1 Atlantic Coast) as it tries to move on from six-straight seasons finishing at or below .500. With a new head coach, Nicky Adams, the Orange are trying to fix the “little things” off the field, Allen said. That can add up to affect the team’s play on the field.In past years, players have shown up late to practices and other team meetings, Allen said. On certain days, the wrong number of pinnies or balls were taken to practice. What seemed insignificant at the time, Allen said, became a part of the team’s identity. In Allen’s three years at Syracuse, the Orange have a 12-27-5 record.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAdams has already increased the intensity of practices to foster more competition within the team. She’s also wanted to rid the team of “selfish” mentalities, Adams said. Instead of staying up late or going out on a night before a game, Adams wants her players to think about the consequences of those actions on the rest of the team and make a better decision thereafter.“If we let little things go, they’re going to go on the field,” Adams said. “People are going to forget to man-mark a certain player on a corner kick or we don’t pick up somebody or whatever it is.”Eva Suppa | Digital Design EditorAdams’ “ultimate professional” on the team, Allen, played on the U-21 England national team earlier this season and has been around senior England players before.Senior members on her national team have told her she doesn’t belong on the team because of her mistakes, Allen said, but instead of folding from the criticism, she’s worked to improve her skills. She knew her teammates just wanted to make her better.At SU, Allen said she pulls players aside in the locker room, puts an arm around their shoulder, and lets them know what’s worked for her in the past and what hasn’t. Then she lets them decide for themselves.There’s a “laundry list” of other things that Adams wants to change about the program. Coming in, she felt SU’s practices were far too lackadaisical. So first and foremost, she wants to cultivate a more competitive atmosphere in practice where players are trying to push each other in every drill, Adams said.“If you’re going to win in the ACC, you gotta be able to compete with each other at home,” Adams said. “And so that’s the first thing that I’ve been focusing on changing, and they’ve done a great job.”Fitness is another necessity Adams is trying to build. She’s giving the players less down-time between and during drills, so they constantly have to think on their feet, she said. It’s building not only physical, but also mental stamina, which has been evident in games so far as SU is no longer just sitting back and putting players behind the ball. The Orange have pressed in most matches they’ve played this year. Not for the whole game, but typically for about 10-15 minute stretches spaced out within the game.Syracuse has not won a game since August and scored just one goal in September. It’s time to show how the small things have added up.“We have the capability to beat teams in the ACC and there’s no doubt in that,” Allen said. “We just need to apply ourselves, and we need to focus in on the details.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more