Jiangsu Sunshine completed the loading and lashing of the cargoes on a vessel for shipment to their destination. The largest tower in the consignment weighed in at 571 tonnes with a length of 76 m and diameter of 6 m.The company explained that the transport of the largest petrochemical tower from the factory to the port proved difficult due to its length; while unfavourable weather conditions at the port also made the loading process challenging.Jiangsu Sunshine also organised the shipment of two petrochemical furnaces from Nantong, Jiangsu to Huizhou, Guangzhou.The units, each of which weighed around 190 tonnes with the dimensions 27.6 m x 12 m x 12.3 m, were loaded onto a ro-ro vessel for shipment to the destination, and rolled off on arrival for delivery to the site.Jiangsu Sunshine is a member of the Worldwide Project Consortium (WWPC) in China. www.csspco.comwww.wwpc.eu.com
Gruas Aguado transported the blade, which will power GE’s Haliade 150-6 MW turbine, from LM Wind’s factory in Castellón 45 km to the port by road.According to LM Wind, it is the largest blade ever produced and transported through Spain; it reflects the fast development of the wind industry to continuously introduce longer and more complex blades.The transport of the blade required more than one year of planning and analysis of road conditions by LM Wind Power and GE. In total, 198 LM 73.5 P blades will be shipped to the Merkur site.Laurent Verdier, GE’s offshore wind business project office leader, said: “The onshore assembly hub was opened some weeks ago in Eemshaven, the Netherlands, and is ready for receiving the wind turbine main components, including blades, and preparing the offshore installation works that is expected to start in February 2018.”The Merkur wind farm is located approximately 35 km north of Borkum, Germany in the North Sea and, when completed, will consist of 66 turbines.A video of the project can be viewed here. www.lmwindpower.com www.ge.com www.gruasaguado.com
The Bar Standards Board has appointed eight members to a newly created panel set-up to provide ‘specialist advice’ on its work. The Advisory Pool of Experts will be called upon to advice the regulator in all areas of its work, especially areas where it says an ‘in-depth or more independent view is needed’.Earlier this year the BSB put a call out for interested candidates to apply for the job.Panel members will earn £308 per day, plus expenses and will work for up to 10 days per year, the BSB said. So far, experts have been appointed in: competition and economics; equality and diversity; higher education; insurance; regulatory policy and theory; and regulatory risk. None of the appointees is on the roll of solicitors. According to the BSB, APEX forms part of the BSB’s ‘ongoing governance restructure’ which it says has reduced the number of committees and members sitting on them.Andrew Burns chair of the BSB, said: ‘These new appointments are going to provide the specialist expertise and independent advice that the BSB needs. I am impressed with the high calibre of candidates who have accepted our offers of appointment. I look forward to our teams being able to draw on their knowledge and expertise in their respective fields.’The new appointments are effective from 1 January.
NETHERLANDS: The NS-KLM joint venture High Speed Alliance has stepped up its interim Fyra loco-hauled shuttle service between Amsterdam Centraal and Rotterdam Centraal via HSL-Zuid from one to two trains per hour with effect from October 4. Unlike most Dutch routes, the pattern of services is not a precise regular interval, because the line is also used by Thalys services to and from Brussels and Paris.Pending delivery of the much-delayed V250 trainsets from AnsaldoBreda, the domestic Fyra services are being worked by Bombardier Traxx MS Class 186 locomotives leased from Alpha Trains. HSA had been hoping to extend its shuttle service from Rotterdam to Breda with effect from the timetable change in December, but this is now looking increasingly unlikely. Any extension depends on achieving certification to operate the Class 186s at 25 kV 50 Hz using ETCS Level 2, a process which has been underway for some considerable time.Test running with the Traxx locomotives on the southern section of HSL-Zuid took place during August, under a temporary ‘declaration of no objection’ from the IVW rail safety authority. However, these tests had to be suspended following the discovery of electromagnetic compatibility issues on the section between Lage Zwaluwe and Breda, where HSL-Zuid parallels the existing network.Until the locos can be certified for Level 2 operation, services on the northern section of HSL-Zuid will have to continue using Level 1. This in turn will restrict Thalys services to 160 km/h, rather than the 300 km/h for which the line has been designed.
The first of its existing fleet of high speed trainsets is now undergoing a complete interior refurbishment at SNCF’s Hellemmes Technicentre in Lille. Eurostar said it was on schedule to complete the fleet modernisation project by 2015. The refurbished trains are scheduled to return to service from the second half of next year, and the first e320 is expected to be delivered in 2014 with the rest following rapidly. Italian design house Pininfarina is responsible for styling both the new and refurbished trainsets. ‘The redesign and upgrading of our fleet marks the next phase of our business’, said Eurostar Chief Executive Nicolas Petrovic. ‘With customers increasingly opting for rail over plane for short-haul journeys across Europe, we want to provide an unrivalled travel experience between the UK and the Continent and to encourage more passengers to choose high speed rail as their preferred option.’ Eurostar reported ‘solid’ performance in Quarter 3 of 2012, which included the London Olympic Games. At 2·6 million, passenger numbers were ‘broadly flat’ compared with the same period in 2011. There was a 4% year-on-year increase during the Games period, but a fall in the number of business and leisure passengers in July. Combined with exchange rate movements this resulted in Q3 revenue of £188m being 5% down on last year. From December 22 to April 13 Eurostar and Lyria are to offer a weekly service between London and Swiss ski resorts. Passengers will change at Lille for Lyria services to Aigle, Martigny, Visp and Brig. EUROPE: Eurostar provided an update on its £700m fleet investment programme on October 18, saying production of the 10 new Siemens Velaro e320 trainsets at Krefeld which began last year was progressing well.
Sharing is caring! 36 Views no discussions Share Share Share InternationalNewsRegional Venezuela to withdraw from OAS by: – April 27, 2017 Tweet Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez talks to the media during a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela March 29, 2017. REUTERS/Marco BelloReuters Venezuela said on Wednesday it was withdrawing from the Organization of American States, deepening the diplomatic isolation of the socialist-run nation that is already out of step with Latin America’s steady shift to the right.Critics of President Nicolas Maduro have said Venezuela could be expelled from the group, accusing his government of eroding the country’s democracy by delaying elections and refusing to respect the opposition-led Congress.Venezuela said the move was a response to a Washington-backed campaign against the ruling Socialist Party that is meant to trample on the sovereignty of Venezuela, the United States’ principal ideological adversary in the region.“Tomorrow, as ordered by President Nicolas Maduro, we will present a letter of resignation from the Organization of American States, and we will begin a procedure that will take 24 months,” Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez said in a televised statement.The announcement came after the OAS agreed on Wednesday to hold a meeting of foreign ministers to discuss the situation in Venezuela. Maduro had warned on Tuesday that Venezuela would quit the group if the meeting were called.The decision extends Venezuela’s drift toward the fringes of international diplomacy. But the limited influence of the OAS means its exit will have few economic implications for the OPEC nation that is already struggling under triple-digit inflation, chronic product shortages and a crippling recession.More than 15 years of diplomatic tensions between Caracas and Washington have done little to disrupt the flow of oil and fuel toward U.S. shores.The OAS, once dominated by influential leftist governments from countries such as Argentina and Brazil, has clashed for months with Venezuela. Recent changes in governments in both countries brought in leaders openly hostile toward Maduro.OAS chief Luis Almagro has said Venezuela should be suspended if it does not hold general elections “as quickly as possible.”Maduro’s government calls the OAS a pawn of U.S. policy and dismisses Almagro, a former Uruguayan foreign minister once friendly with Venezuela’s socialists, as a turncoat working for Washington.Maduro’s adversaries accuse him of delaying elections to avoid suffering ballot-box defeats, disregarding the country’s opposition-led Congress and overseeing an economic crisis that has left the many in the country unable to eat properly.
Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems Europe and element14.com together with a number of engineering schools from the UK and Germany have launched a research project looking at innovative infrared people detection software in combination with the world’s first ever surface mount thermopile sensor – the Panasonic Grid-EYE Infrared Array Sensor. Participants will be invited to document the progress of their projects on the community platform, element14.com. On completion of the projects, Panasonic and element14.com will select the entry that they consider demonstrates the highest degree of originality, innovation and technical merit. The faculty responsible for this project will be awarded a budget to spend on selected Panasonic components and equipment.Panasonic has joined element14.com in this project in order to reduce barriers to university-industry research partnerships and believe that the co-operation between universities and industry is central to driving innovation with the explosive rise of Internet of Things (IoT) applications in a fast-changing world. element14.com, standing to its long history of facilitating innovative research projects through their STEM Academy, which has an approx membership of over 480,000 engineers, makers and educators; will provide opportunities to participating students to show their entrepreneurial and technical skills and will also showcase the results of their work on the element14 online community.In the IoT world, objects around will be soon on a network in one form or another. More, granular, 24/7 quantified monitoring is leading to a deeper understanding of the internal and external world encountered by humans. To achieve this, data transmission and sensor network technologies must rise to meet new challenges, in which information and communication systems are embedded in the environment around us. IoT implementations are not possible without the data provided by sensors – especially infrared sensors – and the transportation of the data to and from the cloud via wireless modules.By combining its new IR sensor technology with Bluetooth wireless systems and software for IR detection of people and objects on one board, Panasonic enables students to develop rapid prototypes and quickly build their own wireless sensor for IoT applications.The Panasonic Grid-EYE Evaluation Kit and the Panasonic Grid-EYE Lab-Test in particular offer students the opportunity to learn about electrical and electronic engineering by using cutting-edge technology within a real-world context. The Panasonic Grid-EYE Evaluation Kit has very good potential within the IoT as it has the capability to connect to a PC, a mobile device such as smart phone or tablet, or an Arduino board and also has the ability to monitor moving and motionless objects as well as measure temperature and produce thermal images in different contexts that range from household solutions to industry and health applications.For more details on the research, Click here.
Exxelia, a designer and manufacturer of highly engineered passive components, will be showcasing its ESA qualified CCM (Chameleon Concept Magnetics) technology and its EPPL C48X Ceramic Capacitors range at Space Tech Expo Europe, from 19 – 21 November in Bremen, Germany.ESA Qualified CCM TechnologyExxelia’s highly customizable Chameleon Concept Magnetics technology allows the manufacturing of inductors and transformers. Available in 5 different sizes allowing a high number of windings and up to 10×2 pins, this technology withstands harsh environments, shocks, and vibrations and operates over a wide temperature range of -55°C / +125°C. Thanks to its epoxy molding that protects the windings and ensuring a better thermal dissipation to the pins and PCB. CCM products imply 50% less temperature rise, hence offering an additional 10 to 20% more power compared to standard technology.The CCM Technology in 5 key takeaways:Ideal for the design of multi outputs transformersTime-saving & Higher reliability: up to 10 x 2 pins avoiding lead wire connectionsEasy mounting on PCB: compatible with pick-and-place surface mountUp to +20% more power versus standard technologiesNo additional cost for tooling and qualificationC48X Ceramic Capacitor range officially listed in EPPLCombining the advantages of class 1 (NPO) and class 2 (X7R) dielectrics, the C48X dielectric (-2,200ppm/°C) provides, under working voltage, equivalent capacitance values to an X7R material with the advantage of a very low dissipation factor of less than 5.10-4.Withstands very high dV/dt, up to 10kV/ µsVery low dissipation factor -> less than 5.10-4Capacitance value of 3.3µF 200V -> up to 40 times more than an NPOPolymer flexible layer for chips rangeCompatible to surface mounting (chips, DIL or ribbon leads) or through-hole mounting and available from 200V to 5kV with sizes ranging from 1812 to 6560 allowing a maximum capacitance of 3.3µF at 200V, the EPPL C48X series is ideal for pulse and charge/discharge applications and precision filtering capacitance in thermally challenged environment for AC or DC voltage and 400 Hz applications such as on-board networks.Click here to know more about Space Tech Expo Europe.
Mohd Iskandar Raduan insisted that his recent CP130 podium was not due to pure luck and he looks forward to repeat the same feat in the penultimate leg of the PETRONAS AAM Malaysian Cub Prix Championship at Jempol, Negeri Sembilan this weekend.After a lacklustre season that saw him retire twice, Iskandar returned to the podium in Kangar having worked his way from second row to overpower PETRONAS supported riders, Mohd Taufiq Roslan and Ahmad Afif Amran to take third place.He was undoubtedly helped by Norizman Ismail’s (Harian Metro Y-TEQ SCK Honda Racing’s) early crash in the opening lap but Iskandar insisted that even without the commotion, he could have put up a strong fight against the frontrunners.“It would have been better if we won or finished second in Kangar but as a small team, third means a great deal,” said Iskandar.“People might say we got lucky but we put ourselves in that position in the first place. Yes we need some luck to succeed, but you should never rely solely on luck. Without the speed of the bike and the determination of the team, it would have been impossible to achieve good results,” he added.Speaking about his targets this weekend, “Given the current speed of the bike, we can fight for the podium during the race again but it depends if I can secure a good grid position during the qualifying. That’s my main weakness and it puts me at a disadvantage against my competitors.”Iskandar is currently ranked 13th overall in the CP130 standings with 43 points while Mohd Zaqhwan Zaidi (Givi Honda Yuzy Racing) leads with 145 points.–Ads–
Maverick Vinales sets the fastest time in the #QatarTest Andrea Dovizioso is at close second with the new Ducati Desmosedici GP17 Dani Pedrosa highlighted as the top Honda rider The trend in MotoGP for being the fastest rider out there during testing sessions is hand down dominated by Maverick Vinales of the Movistar Yamaha outfit. At the end of the third day of testing over in Qatar, Vinales was consistent in all three days and of course setting the fastest time in Day 2 and Day 3. Yesterday’s best time was at 1:54.330 during his 33rd outing in the Losail International Circuit.The top Ducati man was Andrea Dovizioso who set a time of 1:54.401, just 0.071 seconds behind Vinales. Dovizioso caused quite a stir yesterday when Ducati broke the covers of their new aerodynamic fairing design in replacement of the now banned exterior winglets. His pace was also consistently fast and he sat on top of the timesheets in Day 1.The less mentioned Repsol Honda rider, Dani Pedrosa made it to the top three spot with a time of 1:54.469, putting him just a tenth of second behind Maverick and his Yamaha M1. His 46th lap of the day also placed him just 0.068 seconds behind the Ducati rider. The same couldn’t be said about his team mate, Marc Marquez who suffered quite a few crashes putting him in P10 at the end of yesterday’s testing session.Jorge Lorenzo kept increasing his pace and rhythm with his darling Ducati Desmosedici GP17. Placing fourth fastest yesterday with a time of 1:54.519, he was less than two tenths of a second behind his replacement in the Movistar Yamaha squad. His ex-team mate was way down in the sheets at P11 behind Marc Marquez although Valentino Rossi did placed second fastest in Day 2.Alvaro Bautista from the Pull&Bear Aspar team again made headlines with his Ducati setting a time of 1:54.714. That in turn puts him in P5 ahead of another Ducati rider from the Octo Pramac Racing squad, Scott Reading. This is no surprise considering that the Losail International Circuit favours the top end power of the Desmosedici.With the testing sessions over, it looks like the teams and riders now know what they all have to do heading to the first round of the 2017 MotoGP season. It will be at the same place but come 26 March 2017, they’ll need to bring it and lay it all out under the Qatar floodlights.Stay tuned to Bikes Republic for more MotoGP updates.Photo source: MotoGP–Ads–