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

The Young Bucks talk controversial decision to leave Twitter, early success of All Elite Wrestling

first_imgMatt and Nick Jackson, better known as The Young Bucks, are quite arguably the best tag team in all of professional wrestling.The brothers from California have competed all around the globe in promotions like New Japan Pro Wrestling, Ring of Honor and Impact Wrestling. When their contracts were coming up with New Japan and ROH, they had a big decision to make: Stick with the status quo, or go to WWE?  For me, it stifled me. You’d have a great match or great show, and I would read a comment, and I’d be hot rolling my eyes. But then again, like, maybe it did play a factor and certain ways I saw it and perhaps I misjudged it, and I’m like, “Wait, did we not have a good show?” I thought it was, and then I realized, “Wait a minute now, like, you’re never going to be able to make everybody happy. It’s absolutely impossible.” On the same breath, though, it’s also not good mentally to read the extreme good about yourself. It’s like this emotional roller-coaster ride, and you put yourself through it. It’s just not a healthy thing to sit there and read about yourself.We still are on social media. We do have a presence, and I still do have a Twitter account. I’m not controlling it anymore. I still have Instagram, and we still have “Being The Elite” (their hit YouTube show), which, in my eyes, is what truly brought us to the dance. That’s where I communicate with my fans the most, and that’s where I express myself the most. We’re still available to our fans. We’re the most accessible wrestlers in the world. We’re going to maintain that and be like that forever. After the success of All In, an independent show they helped set up with Cody Rhodes, the Jacksons remained united and took their talents to All Elite Wrestling. Along with being wrestlers in the upstart promotion, the Jacksons also serve as executive vice presidents of AEW.Days before their quest to become AEW tag team champions — they take on Kenny Omega and Adam Page at the Revolution pay-per-view event in Chicago — The Young Bucks sat down with Sporting News to discuss the match this weekend, the success of the company and the criticism they have received from wrestling fans after deleting their Twitter accounts.(Editor’s note: This interview has been edited for length and clarity.)Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearSporting News: I asked Kenny this question about the tag match at Revolution on Saturday, and talking to him, facing you guys means a lot to him because you guys are so close. He doesn’t want anything bad to happen to either one of you guys. How much does being in the ring with him mean to you on a personal level?Matt Jackson: We had one of the greatest tag matches in wrestling history when we faced Kenny and Kota Ibushi. A lot of people are already saying, “Hey, is it going to be as good as last time?” Maybe it’s not fair to even compare the two because that was a whole different story, and you had six months to build, and it was very emotional.Not to say that this one isn’t because it’s going to be just as good. The action is going to be maybe even better. And we’d have this new dynamic called Hangman Adam Page, who has this chip on his shoulder. This is a new character layout that he has going on, and he’s the wild-card factor in this whole story. I can’t wait to go out there. My expectations are high. Everybody else’s are, too. We want to have a great match and have the best tag match in the short history of AEW.SN: Does this surprise you guys? Is it surreal at all in the fact that you guys have only been on TNT since October? The first official show was last May at Double or Nothing. Now the TV deal has been renewed, and now we’re sitting here on a Saturday, and we’re talking about action figures.MJ: It’s incredible. The fact that everything is happening as fast as it’s happening, though, it’s like so much is happening so quickly, and we have so many different responsibilities. It’s really hard to read it all, breathe it in and take it all in, listen and enjoy it because I’m living on one event to the next. It’s really hard. It feels like time is evaporating and weeks just go by so fast.Nick and I, we’ve been in the wrestling business for about 16 years now and, and it took about 10 years to make any money in it and in the last five, six years, we’ve been on this slow climb. We’ve been doing this for a long time. There’s almost this feeling like we do belong. These big things happen like the Turner deals, the renewals and the toys. It’s crazy to me, like, I want to feel like this is all unbelievable. At the same time, though, I feel like, “Yeah, of course, this is happening. We’ve worked really hard.”We’re DIY guys who started from humble beginnings. We’re not second-generation wrestlers. We’re two California boys who just had this dream. We wrestled in the backyard. All of a sudden, we became this tag team. We decided to take the road less traveled and decided to carve out and create this brand new road that nobody’s ever traveled on. We’ve done all these things. We’ve worked hard for it. And of course, we’re on TNT doing a weekly cable television show. It feels poetic. We worked our asses off for so long, and these are the results, and this is what we deserve.SN: What’s been the biggest adjustment for you guys going from wrestling two, three days a week to now one day a week, but having extra added responsibility to go along with it?MJ: It’s a whole different beast. Being in charge of hosting an episodic television show, that is a job in its own right.On top of that, you got to do all this other stuff like conference calls and talking to the network, and on top of all that, you also have to perform and be a professional wrestler. It’s about a thousand times more work than I used to do. The in-ring stuff is last because it’s only, you know, I only wrestle once a week now. Sometimes I’m not even wrestling on that week.But still, it’s really a 24-7 job. Never stops. As you know, my wife is in charge of merchandising and marketing. We bring new meaning to the phrase, “Bringing your work home.” We’re in bed, and she’s like, “Show me the latest action figures or the new T-shirts that we’re coming out with.” It really never stops. Then when I get to get a word in edgewise, I start talking about the next three, four weeks worth of programming that I’m coming up for an angle.It’s just pro wrestling in our house non-stop, and now my boys talk about it all the time. It is an AEW household. Yeah, it is a job, but it is a job that I really do love, and I really do enjoy it.SN: After the last show of 2018, you got rid of your Twitter pages and caught a lot of flack for that. I thought it was a brilliant decision because of what it has become. What do you make of people saying the going got tough and they got criticized for a bad show, so The Young Bucks got off Twitter? What led to that decision?Nick Jackson: Things like that, the negativity — we’ve been getting it our whole career, and it’s funny that people pointed to that situation. That was far from the truth because we could care less. I had no clue there is even outrage about the Dark Order punch thing until Brandon Cutler told us at a Christmas party that Twitter was going nuts, and we’re like, “What? Really?” To that point, we were just about done with social media. We were done with it anyway. So one morning, Matt and I decided to delete it, and we had been talking about it forever. I was like, “You know what, since you want to delete it, that means I can delete it.” So we removed it at the same exact time, and we didn’t look back.That platform helped us get to where we were. But at this point, we didn’t need it anymore. We got what we needed out of it. And that that was it. Another reason was, we were spending too much time on it. While we were home, we would be reading things about us good or bad.There’s one particular moment where it hit me where I was reading stuff about the show, and my kids were playing, and they were like, “Daddy come play with me.” And I wasn’t listening to them. They had to shake me and said, “Daddy, come play with me.” And then I looked at my phone and was like, “What am I doing? I’m wasting time on this fake thing that doesn’t matter. It doesn’t affect my life. I’m taking time doing this instead of playing with my children at home. How selfish of a human being am I to do this?”It hit me. I was like, “You know what, that’s it. I’m done with it.” It’s been a few months now that I haven’t even looked at it. It’s really changed my life in that regard.MJ: I was going to add that it’s also helped spark our creativity. I think the shows have been a lot better since we got off because when you read something and whether you’re going to believe it or not, it’s still in the back of your mind, and maybe subconsciously, you’re thinking about it. It started to start changing the way you feel about the shows and your creativity.last_img read more

GOSSIP: Man United in second Morata bid, Mbappe staying at Monaco, Costa shocker

first_imgHere are all the top transfer-related stories and football headlines in Thursday’s newspapers…Diego Costa claims he has been told by Chelsea manager Antonio Conte that he is free to leave the club this summer. FULL STORY HEREManchester United have issued a £60million take-it-or-leave-it offer to Real Madrid for striker Alvaro Morata, after the Spanish giants turned down an opening bid of £54.7million. (Daily Mirror)United have received a huge boost with reports that Real has cooled their interest in goalkeeper David de Gea. (Marca)If their pursuit of Morata fails, United could turn their attention to Torino striker Andrea Belotti, although they will be forced to fork out £87m to trigger his buy-out clause and sign him. (Manchester Evening News)Meanwhile, Wayne Rooney’s potential Old Trafford exit could be hindered by his wage demands, with reports suggesting Everton will be unable to afford their former striker. (Daily Star)Chelsea are preparing a player-plus-cash deal for Juventus centre-back Leonardo Bonucci. The Premier League champions will offer £48m, PLUS midfielder Nemanja Matic to get the Italian to Stamford Bridge. (The Sun)Tottenham are hiking up their asking price for Kyle Walker, who has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester City. (Daily Mirror)Spurs are also plotting a £15m move for Borussia Dortmund defender Matthias Ginter. (The Independent)Out-of-favour Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi is a reported target for Spanish club Sevilla. (@DeadlineDayLive on Twitter)Monaco’s in-demand teenage wonderkid Kylian Mbappe is ready to snub a move to Real Madrid and stay with the Ligue 1 champions this summer. (Le Parisien)Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has ‘agreed in principal’ to a new deal at the Nou Camp, according to reports. (Daily Mirror)Here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines and transfer stories:?Transfer SHOCK! Liverpool abandon Virgil van Dijk interest and apologise to SouthamptonTottenham transfer news: Barcelona keeping tabs on Christian Eriksen ahead of summer spreeJohn Collins has accused Romelu Lukaku of showing a lack of respect towards Everton – and questioned whether he is good enough for a ‘top’ teamNolito wants to leave Manchester City: ‘My daughter’s face has changed colour – it looks like she’s been living in a cave’Tottenham transfer latest: Kyle Walker refuses to discuss Manchester City links and offers ‘no indication at all’ over futureChelsea and Manchester City target Leonardo Bonucci ‘open to Premier League switch’ – reportsLiverpool transfer ALERT! Reds ready to launch bid for £39m-rated Sporting Lisbon star Gelson MartinsNewcastle United target Pepe Reina has rejected a contract extension from NapoliLazio star Keita Balde Diao has rejected offers from Everton and Liverpool, according to reports in Italylast_img read more