U.S. Department of Energy Announces New Solar Research Funding

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享DOE:Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $12 million in new funding for eight projects to advance predictive modeling capabilities for solar generation. These models will lead to more accurate forecasts of solar generation levels, enabling utilities to better manage the variability and uncertainty of solar power and improve grid reliability. “These projects will address a critical gap in our research, which is knowing precisely how much solar electricity to expect at any given hour on any given day,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. “These tools are becoming more important as the solar industry continues to grow, and will work to ensure that solar contributes to the reliability, affordability, and resilience of our nation’s electric grid.”Today’s funding will advance solar forecasting technologies in a coordinated way with partnerships between national labs, universities, and industry. Four projects are aimed at making significant advances in predicting solar generation. Another project at the University of Arizona will build a testing framework to allow industry and academia to evaluate and compare the performance of advanced models according to a transparent set of rules and metrics. Finally, three projects will study the integration of advanced forecasting technologies with grid planning and operations systems in partnership with the California Independent System Operator, the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. This research will validate whether or not these technologies can be efficiently integrated into energy management systems and enhance grid operation efficiency, while working to identify any future research needs. The total DOE investment will spur an additional $2.6 million of private sector funding through cost share requirements, yielding a total public and private investment of over $14.6 million.More: Department of Energy Announces $12 Million to Advance Early-Stage Solar Research U.S. Department of Energy Announces New Solar Research Fundinglast_img read more

County cricket players wage cuts extended into June and July

first_imgCOUNTY cricketers will continue to take pay cuts of up to 20% in June and July, the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) has confirmed.Salaries have been reduced since April and some players have been furloughed because of the coronavirus pandemic.The domestic season has been postponed until at least 1 August.Options for playing first-class and limited-overs competitions later in the summer will be presented to the England and Wales Cricket Board in June.But at least 10 rounds of the County Championship campaign, which was scheduled to start on 12 April, will be lost.The deal would see players on multi-year contracts accept a pay cut of no more than 20%, with 12% the limit for single-year contracts unless agreed otherwise.A total of 134 county players are out of contract at the end of the year.Worcestershire all-rounder and PCA chairman Daryl Mitchell said: “This has not been an easy decision and causes a great deal of disruption to many of our members. However, the PCA Players’ Committee ultimately agreed this is the right thing to do.”Mitchell continued: “Working collaboratively through this crisis has always been one of our top priorities and I appreciate the collective spirit of these discussions with the first-class counties, particularly at this most challenging of times.“The understanding and support I have had from the PCA Players’ Committee and senior players around the counties has continued to be vital.“As a group we have been in constant communication to ensure we are supporting the interests of all professional players in England and Wales while being alert to the need for players to play their part.”(BBC Sport).last_img read more

Angels fire Brad Ausmus after one season

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Ausmus, reached on his cell, declined to comment. He has two years left on a contract signed 11 months ago.Eppler and Ausmus were both scheduled to address the media at noon on Monday, the normal postseason media availability to address the season and the offseason. That was canceled when the Angels announced the news. Eppler is now scheduled to speak to the media on Tuesday.The Angels are not expected to have a new manager by Tuesday. Besides Maddon, the candidates may include Joe Girardi, who managed the New York Yankees during Eppler’s tenure.If the Angels choose to go for an inexperienced manager, which seems less likely, they could turn Eric Chavez. A special assistant to Eppler with the Angels, Chavez was a candidate last year when Ausmus was hired. Joe Espada, the Houston Astros’ bench coach, also interviewed with the Angels last year and worked with Eppler in New York.The Angels will face competition for Maddon or any manager they pursue. The San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Kansas City Royals and Pittsburgh Pirates also have managerial openings, and other jobs might open soon, perhaps the New York Mets or Philadelphia Phillies. Either of the two other California jobs might appeal to Maddon, as well as a job in his home state, Pennsylvania. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros ANAHEIM — After leading the Angels through a tumultuous, and unsuccessful season, Brad Ausmus was fired on Monday after just one year as the manager.The Angels will begin a search immediately for a replacement, although Joe Maddon is widely assumed to be the top candidate. Maddon, a longtime coach in the Angels system, was let go by the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.Angels general manager Billy Eppler declined comment on Ausmus beyond a statement the team released.“I want to thank Brad for his hard work and dedication to this organization over the last two seasons, as both a special assistant and field manager,” Eppler said. “He navigated this franchise through one of its most difficult seasons with class and professionalism.” Rumors of Ausmus’ dismissal began last week, with a report from The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal that the Angels would consider moving on from Ausmus if Maddon was available. On Sunday morning, after the Cubs announced they would not extend the contract of the manager who in 2016 led them to the World Series title, Ausmus addressed the rumors.“To be honest with you, I’ve kind of learned to shrug those things off,” Ausmus said. “There was a point in Detroit in 2015, my second year there, it came out that I was being fired. I was there for two more years. So you learn to take it with a grain of salt. Most of the decisions are not under my control. So I don’t worry about too much about it.”Ausmus added that he and Eppler “get along great.” With no evidence to the contrary, it would suggest that this decision might have been led by owner Arte Moreno, who was said to be frustrated with the team’s fourth consecutive losing season.Ausmus, 50, managed the team through a season in which they finished 72-90, their most losses since 1999. That was the year before longtime manager Mike Scioscia was hired. The Angels were five games over .500 on July 25, but finished with an 18-41 stretch. They lost 25 of their last 34 games.Certainly, much of that was beyond Ausmus’ control.The team suffered the most difficult blow imaginable on July 1, when pitcher Tyler Skaggs died in his hotel room. The shocking loss not only affected the club emotionally but also deprived them of arguably their best pitcher.The Angels also suffered through injuries to just about every key player on the roster. Mike Trout, Justin Upton, Shohei Ohtani, Andrelton Simmons and Tommy La Stella all missed at least a month’s worth of games. Upton and La Stella each missed half the season.Among the pitchers, besides losing Skaggs, the Angels also played half the season without Andrew Heaney, who had two injuries. Griffin Canning and Félix Peña also were each hurt for more than a month.Two of the pitchers who began the season in the rotation, Matt Harvey and Trevor Cahill, pitched poorly in the season’s first two months. Harvey was released and Cahill became a mop-up man in the bullpen.Forced to rely on inexperienced starters like José Suarez, Jaime Barría, Dillon Peters and Patrick Sandoval for much of the season, Ausmus tried to minimize their exposure by pulling them quickly. That might have led to too much work for the bullpen.Related Articlescenter_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros While the on-field results were poor, by all accounts Ausmus had good relationships with the players.“I love playing for Brad,” Trout said last week. “This is not the way we wanted it to end up, being out of it, but the coaching staff has been great.”Ausmus’ second managerial stint was even less successful than his first, which ended after four years and a 314-332 record with the Detroit Tigers. After the Tigers fired Ausmus, the Angels hired him as a special assistant in November 2017.Ausmus spent the next year working closely with Eppler, apparently building enough trust to be hired after Scioscia stepped down following the 2018 season.last_img read more