The projects FPP is currently developing include projects in Scotland and Wales that would harness the energy from both wind and waves using FPP’s hybrid technology.P80 hybrid platform rendering (Image: Floating Power Plant)FPP formed a collaboration with renewable energy specialist DP Energy in November 2016 to develop the schemes.Since, the companies have undertaken a detailed analysis of the Katanes project located off in the north of Scotland.The developers completed the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) screening, and proceeded to the next stage of this development back in March 2018.At the time, FPP said the move marks the stepping stone for its first commercial development based on its patented P80 platform technology which features a floating wind turbine, combined with a wave energy extraction technology. Danish clean energy developer Floating Power Plant (FPP) has started a series of tests on the power take-off (PTO) system of its wave energy converter at Aalborg University.For these tests the PTO from FPP’s prototype platform – the P37 – has been re-purposed and housed in a container alongside a hydraulic power unit which replicates the movement of the wave absorber.The tests are being conducted together with the partners Fritz Schur Energy and Aalborg University, where FPP is also validating the wave absorber design, and simulation tools through a series of wave basin tests.The company plans to develop the PTO control strategy as well as further proving the system’s concept, including informing component selection and identifying failure modes.“The results will be key in informing the design of the full-scale PTO system, which will then need to be tested prior to integration in the company’s first full scale platform, the P80, to be deployed at one of several projects currently under development,” said Chris McConville, General Manager at FPP.FPP’s PTO in a container alongside a hydraulic power unit which replicates the movement of the wave absorber (Photo: Floating Power Plant)
ILOILO City – Long brownouts, scheduled and unscheduled, got on the nerves of Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) members. “Not only last Saturday did we suffer from a brownout but on other days, as well. MORE Power said it was fixing its facilities but 13 hours of no power are too much to bear. It is very hot and humid these days,” said Estante. Pther districts, too, suffered power interruptions, added Duron – parts of Molo, Arevalo and Jaro. But what’s happening now, he said, is that today’s brownouts appear much longer than those during the time of PECO. These power interruptions that stretched for up to 13 hours were such an inconvenience to residents and businesses, according to Councilor Ely Estante during the SP regular session yesterday. They demanded better service from MORE Electric and Power Corp. (MORE Power) which promised Ilonggos better service when it applied for a power distribution franchise in 2018. * overheated connector near Mango Tree Restaurant on Guzman Street, Mandurriao Like Councilor Estante, he wondered why MORE Power insisted on using PECO’s power distribution facilities when it knew that these were already problematic. “I remember the words spoken and spread all over the city by the drumbeaters of MORE Power – that PECO was very irresponsible, that PECO had so many shortcomings in terms of service and frequent brownouts. We, the people, thus welcomed MORE Power. But now I am dismayed. My heart trembles in frustration. The things we complained about are still happening,” said Peñaredondo. This is not the time, stressed the councilor, “nga magpa-uyaya kita. The people of Iloilo deserve more (than brownouts). MORE Power promised more. We are still waiting for MORE to give us what they promised.” “We deserve to know its development plan. Hatagan kita plano kag time frame,” said Acap. “But nothing is happening. I have yet to hear its program of development for the next 11 months or one year,” said Peñaredondo. “How about if we call for an investigation in aid for legislation so that all questions sang mga tawo masabat,” Estante told fellow city councilors. Right now however, he said, “We feel desperate.” Councilor Alan Zaldivar, on the other hand, could not help but compare the current performance of MORE Power with that of PECO. Councilor Romel Duron, chairperson of the SP committee on public utilities, said scheduled power interruptions are understandable “but not long and unscheduled once like what happened last Saturday evening (June 20) until early Sunday morning affecting the entire district of Mandurriao.” For his part, Councilor Jay Treñas recalled the time MORE Power made assurances to the city council. He stressed the importance of the city’s having a reliable power supply and distribution system. He also said Mayor Jerry Treñas and Cong. Julienne Baronda should “put pressure and remind MORE Power that the Ilonggos do not deserve lousy service as far as power is concerned.” “Sadto ang brownout tama ka frequent. Subong frequent man gihapon but mas malawig. Amo na nga may frustration sa mga Ilonggos. Ang problema pa gid, sa patay and andar sang kuryente ang ila mga kagamitan nagakalaguba,” added Treñas. * damaged primary line conductor across Chicken Sari-Sari Store/PN “Indi naton ma-set aside ang mag-compare. PECO fixed their feeders from three to four hours, five hours at the most. With MORE Power, siling nila i-fix nila but we have to wait for 13 hours para ma-restore ang electricity. This is too much,” said Zaldivar. Duron said MORE Power’s spokesperson Jonathan Cabrera offered the following explanation for the recent brownouts: The most senior SP member admitted he was “so enthusiastic” when MORE Power arrived. As well-financed company, he said, he expected MORE Power to be capable of giving better power distribution service. If not averted, the brownouts could adversely affect the local economy, he warned. Councilor Eduardo Peñaredondo, for his part, said the power interruptions were dismaying. “I am calling the leaders of MORE Power to stand by their words. Give better and efficient service to the people of Iloilo City. We deserve it,” added Peñaredondo. * damaged suspension insulator and primary jumper dropping wire near McDonald’s at the Iloilo Business Park, Mandurriao “Iloilo is a fast-growing city. It is the center of education and commerce, even tourism, in Western Visayas. Ilonggos seek a better life and comfortable life. Reliable power service is a very important component of development,” said Peñaredondo. “Ang MORE Power nagkadto diri sa aton sa city council…nag-assure sila sa atubang naton nga they will render service much better sang amo to nga tiempo sang PECO,” said Treñas. Meanwhile, Councilor Lyndon Acap said the city council should be appraised of MORE Power’s development plan or program for Iloilo City. * damaged suspension insulator along Oñate de Leon Street, Mandurriao MORE Power should have brought its own new and better power distribution facilities instead of just using the old and dilapidated system of previous power distributor Panay Electric Co. (PECO), stressed Estante. “If it has the financial capacity, it should put up new equipment para ipakita sa bug-os nga syudad nga capable sila,” saidZaldivar.
PRESIDENT’S College (PC), Bishops’ High School and Marian Academy claimed victories in the finals of the Boys U-18, Boys U-14 and the Girls Developmental divisions when the Youth Basketball Guyana (YBG), National Schools Basketball Festival, Georgetown and East Coast of Demerara Regionals, concluded on Friday evening at Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.In the female final, it was a battle between Marian Academy’s guard Kelliann Sauers and Queen’s College power-player Naiomi Barkoye and the duo stepped up big, Sauers, though, had more support in the clash, which propelled her team to a 12-point win (36-24).The guard, who finished with 11 points and eight rebounds, was later awarded the Most Valuable Player. Teammates Aaliyah Singh and Angel Rajaram added eight points and five points with eight rebounds respectively.Queen’s College were led by a big effort in the paint by Barkoye, who pulled down 20 rebounds to go with her game-high 14 points. Her efforts in the tournament resulted in her winning the Best Defensive Player trophy. Luanna Mohan supported Barkoye with four points and six rebounds.COMPETITIVE CLASHIn the Boys’ lower division clash (U-14), a single bucket from deep separated Bishops’ High from rivals St Rose’s High (35-32).Marian Academy were crowned female champions.Jaden Howard, who battled his way to 14 points and 14 rebounds for the winners, was later named MVP and BDP. Supporting Howard was Matthias Arrindell, who finished with nine points and eight rebounds.Carmelo Man-Son-Hing led St Rose’s High with a game-high 15 points and six rebounds. Chris Perez supported with seven points and 12 rebounds and Wayne Williams with six points and six rebounds.U-18 FINAL In the high-scoring U-18 final, PC, led by Richard Semple, were able to get past Marian Academy by eight points 72-64.Semple led the winners with 24 points and 13 rebounds. Jushaun Bayley was also impressive with 17 points and seven rebounds. Jesse James with 13 points and Rakin McDonald with 14 rebounds also contributed to the total.At the other end of the court, combo guard Jether Harris kept the Georgetown school in the game with some sharp shooting, for a night-high 35 points to go with 16 rebounds. Tyrese James added 11 points and five boards and Shamar Atwell eight points and four assists.Semple finished as the MVP and Israel Yaw from GTI as the BDP of the competition.The best sportsmanship award went to St Stanislaus College.The GT/ECD Regionals were sponsored by Edward B. Beharry & Company Ltd, Banks DIH LTD, ExxonMobil and the National Sports Commission.
Coming off a pair of losses on the west coast, the Wisconsin women’s soccer team returned home to mixed results this weekend, taking a 4-1 victory over Loyola-Chicago Friday before dropping its second game 1-0 to Illinois State Sunday afternoon.Game OneIn their first home game since students returned for the school year, the Badgers wasted little time getting the crowd into it. With junior midfielder Rose Lavelle facilitating the offense, the team scored the first of four goals in the 12th minute after senior midfielder McKenna Meuer managed to get open at the top of box and bury a shot into the lower left corner of the net for her third goal of the season. After scoring just one goal in their previous two contests going into Friday, the Badgers’ attack was in sync and just getting started.Later in the first half, fifth-year senior forward Nikki Greenhalgh notched her first goal of the season after Loyola keeper Maddie Ford couldn’t corral the initial save and Greenhalgh knocked the ball in on the rebound. Up 2-0, the Badgers cruised through the Rambler defense for two more goals from freshman Emily Borgmann (first career goal) and Rose Lavelle (4th of the season) before the Ramblers got on the board with a penalty kick goal by Jenna Szczesny, her third goal of her season.Still up by three goals, the Badgers subbed in some of their younger players. The win brought the Badgers’ record to 3-2, as the team avoided their first losing streak since late in the 2013 campaign.Game 2The Badgers had the look of a team destined to continue their scoring barrage Sunday, but after a series of near-miss shots from Rose Lavelle and missed opportunities by Greenhalgh to knock in crosses early in the game, Wisconsin set the tone for what was arguably the most frustrating showing of the season in a 1-0 loss to Illinois State.Despite controlling the pace of the game for the majority of the contest and firing off 17 shots compared to Illinois State’s 10, something wasn’t clicking for the Badgers offense despite a handful of golden opportunities to knock in a goal.UW head coach Paula Wilkins expressed her disappointment with her team’s inability to finish chances.“We didn’t come out with the focus and the precision of the stuff that we needed to do. I thought we created some good chances early and we didn’t put two away in front of an open net,” Wilkins said. “For the maturity we have on this team, I would expect a little bit more discipline and focus and I think that’s our challenge moving forward.”With the game deadlocked going into the 21st minute, Redbird midfielder Lauren Koehl decided to take matters into her own hands, making a run from midfield and firing a shot from over 30 yards out. Catching the defense off guard, the ball sailed through the box and just over the hands of the leaping Caitlyn Clem, landing in the upper left corner for a 1-0 Illinois State lead.Despite putting 10 shots on the board in the second half, it was ultimately more of the same for a high-powered, but undisciplined, Wisconsin offense. The backline defense, anchored by seniors Brianna Stelzer and Molly Laufenberg, remained dialed-in and successful for 89 of the 90 minutes, their one lapse proved to be fatal as there was no margin for error.The final 10 minutes offered no lack of drama, as the Redbirds dropped back to just one forward, leaning on their defense to endure a frenzy of corner kicks, through balls and near-miss headers. Coming up short, Wisconsin dropped back to 3-3 as Illinois State (2-3-1) notched their second win of the season.Looking back on the weekend as a whole, Wilkins said the team’s shortcomings aren’t strictly on the offense.“I still don’t think we’ve put together a team performance,” Wilkins said. “We can’t be giving up the goals that we are right now, and I think the focus next week in training will be on defending better as a group. We’re going to have to look at our shape and how to do things differently.”The Badgers now hit the road for an extended stretch of games, not returning to the McClimon Center until Sep. 25. Next on their schedule is a trip to UW Milwaukee for a Friday night matchup, starting at 6 p.m.