ASEAN quickly turning to renewable energy hub

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Asean Post: Technological innovations and favourable government policies are among the four trends expected to drive Southeast Asia’s transition to renewable energy in the coming years. A report published by global auditing firm KPMG titled ‘The Renewable Energy Transition’ noted that while there are still 70 million ASEAN citizens without access to reliable electricity, the potential for renewable energy is huge in those markets and governments are increasingly turning to solar and wind energy to address the issue.Consumers driving the green agenda forward and the entry of new funds into the ASEAN renewable energy market are two other trends identified in the report.Each of ASEAN’s 10 members have set targets for renewable energy, and technological innovations, such as better solar power efficiency and floating solar panels, mean that renewable energy is now more accessible than ever before.The establishment of RE100 in 2014 – a collaborative, global initiative uniting more than 100 influential businesses committed to 100 percent renewable energy – is a prime example of how consumers are helping to boost demand for renewable energy, especially since commerce and industry use up two thirds of the world’s electricity. Among the companies in the group include Google, Microsoft, Coca Cola and IKEA – all of which have a strong presence in ASEAN.The World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Japan Bank for International Cooperation are leading the way in renewable energy investment in the region, which has helped to bring prices down. While prices have often been a key concern, falling costs and rising demand are now helping to push the industry forward.The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) released a report in August 2018 which showed that the Philippines – where an estimated 20 million people lack constant electricity supply and 12 million have none at all –  can reduce its electricity costs to just 2.50 Philippine pesos (US$0.05) per kilowatt-hour (kWh) by installing rooftop solar. By comparison, diesel costs 15 Philippine pesos (US$0.28) per kWh and coal costs 3.8 Philippine pesos (US$0.07) per kWh.“Solar, wind, run-of-river hydro, geothermal, biogas, and storage are competitive, viable domestic options that can be combined to create a cheaper, more diverse and secure energy system,” said Sara Jane Ahmed, an IEEFA energy finance analyst and the author of the report.With its huge potential in renewable energy, ASEAN can be the new hub for renewable energy deployment, innovation and investments.More: ASEAN quickly turning to renewable energy hub ASEAN quickly turning to renewable energy hublast_img read more

Positive test prompts more scrutiny of possible BSE case

first_img Johanns emphasized that this finding poses no risk to human health, adding that the findings should not affect trade discussions with other countries, because those discussions involve far younger cattle.  Because BSE has a long incubation period, experts believe it is nearly impossible for cattle younger than 30 months to have infective levels of disease. Because of the conflicting findings of the IHC and Western blot tests, further tests will now be conducted, authorities said. Jun 13, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – After one inconclusive and one negative test for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), a tissue sample from a downer cow has shown a positive result with a third test, authorities announced in a late-evening news conference Jun 10. The Western blot result was a “weak positive,” Clifford said. “As a result of that and the unusualness of this case, it’s going to require additional testing before we can confirm one way or another whether this is truly BSE or not.” USDA teleconference transcript This round of testing involved three cows whose initial rapid tests were inconclusive, according to a news release from the US Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). A second test, called an immunohistochemistry (IHC) test was conducted, and all three animals tested negative for the progressively debilitating, fatal disease caused by a folded protein called a prion. Clifford and USDA Secretary Mike Johanns both emphasized that the conflicting test results are not an indictment of the US screening system for BSE. “In the case of this animal, it was a nonambulatory downer animal and as such it was banned from the food supply,” Clifford said. “It was taken to a facility that only handles downer animals unsuitable for human consumption and the carcass was incinerated.” Samples from the cow were stored for further testing. A sample from the cow will be sent to a World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) recognized laboratory for BSE in Weybridge, England, said John Clifford, chief veterinary officer for APHIS during a telephone news conference late on Jun 10. In addition, USDA will be conducting further tests over the next several days.center_img Authorities sought this round of testing because one of the initial rapid tests had shown a positive reaction, APHIS noted. A sample from the same downer cow, which means a cow that couldn’t walk, tested positive with the Western blot. The other two samples tested negative in the third round. As a follow-up, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recommended the week of June 5 that all three samples be subjected to a third round of testing. This test, the Western blot, differs from the other two, the APHIS release explained. It is an internationally recognized confirmatory test for BSE, as is the IHC test. “After we receive additional tests on this animal, we will determine what further steps need to be taken and what changes if any are warranted in our surveillance program,” he added. “We have not confirmed a case of BSE in the US at this time,” Clifford said. Indications are that the cow, described as an older beef cow, was born in the United States. See also: In all, some 375,000 cattle have been tested for BSE since the surveillance program began in June 2004, authorities said. The tests focus on downer cattle and cattle showing signs of neurological problems. BSE tests explained read more

Repairman gets 2 years’ jail for stealing from employer

first_imgUriel Amsterdam was on Monday sentenced to two years’ imprisonment after he confessed to a larceny charge when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The police stated that between October 8 and 9, 2019, at Fourth Avenue, Subryanville, Georgetown, Amsterdam stole $200,000 cash, a gold ring valued $42,000 and a gold chain valued $70,000 belonging to Tenika Archer.The court heard that on the day in question, Amsterdam was hired by Archer to repair her roof, during which time they were also consuming alcohol. After some time, Archer went on some errands and as such, left Amsterdam in her home.However, when she returned, there were no signs of Amsterdam and upon closer inspection, the items were discovered missing.During his appearance in court, Amsterdam related that he had a newborn baby and admitted stealing the items to purchase clothes and other baby items.After hearing the case, Magistrate Faith McGusty handed down the sentence.last_img read more

Robots Get Goosebumps Too

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesYou Can’t Squish This Cockroach-Inspired Robot center_img Goosebumps, goose pimples, gooseflesh: Whatever you call them, the lumps that involuntarily appear on the skin can signal a person’s emotions—fear, euphoria, arousal.They can also have the same effect on robots.A team of scientists at Cornell University developed a soft robotic skin that changes texture to express an internal state.If the cyborg is happy and it knows it, instead of clapping non-existent hands, round masses pulsate on its fleshy exterior. Those so-called “goosebumps” also rise and fall slowly to signify a sleepy bot. Likewise, make it angry or sad, and you’ll feel the wrath of soft spikes.“The prototype skin can animate a combination of goosebumps and spikes,” lead researcher Guy Hoffman wrote on his website. “This is in contrast to most socially expressive robots, which use either gestures or facial expressions to communicate.”Considered a vestigial reflex, goosebumps occur in mammals besides humans—porcupines raise their quills when threatened, and sea otters react similarly upon encountering predators.“In contrast, most social robots only use gestures or facial expressions to do the same,” Hoffman said.Texture-changing robotic skin, meanwhile, makes for a more effectively connected companion: The fluctuations are perceived visually and haptically (assuming someone is touching the device).“This can give social robots a new channel for communicating with humans,” according to the researchers.Wearing one texture module on each side of its “face” (a small digital touchscreen), the table-top bot can express itself using pneumatically powered elastomer skin.Each grid of elastomer units can be filled with pressurized air, inflating (or deflating) the shapes to either poke out or suck in, creating a tactile sensation for the user.“We are less likely to get close to a spiky blowfish and may read distress in a ruffled bird,” Hoffman and co-author Yuhan Hu told IEEE Spectrum. “Thinking about robots as more than just human-replacement, we could use this new communication channel to give humans a signal whether the robot is in a positive state or not.”I think it’ll be quite clear once they revolt.last_img read more