9 March 2016The expansion of the nuclear programme remained part of South Africa’s future energy mix, according to the Economic Sectors, Employment and Infrastructure Development cluster.“The procurement plan for (the) 9 600MW nuclear build programme will be implemented in the next decade at a pace informed by what the country can afford,” it said.An update was presented by the cluster on 8 March on the ongoing implementation of President Zuma’s Nine Point Plan to put the country on a sustainable growth path, with the chief focus on how energy challenges could be resolved.The cluster is chaired by Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti. It outlines progress made to stabilise electricity supply, which is a crucial resource to keep industry and business powered.Progress such as an Eskom maintenance programme, the restoration of the Duvha unit, the connection of Medupi unit 6 and a programme to encourage customers to use electricity sparingly, was reported. Nkwinti emphasised that there had been no load shedding since September 2015.The updated noted that the South African government had invested R83-billion in Eskom, including a R60-billion converted guarantee that was now a grant. Additionally, R23-billion was secured from the sale of the government’s Vodacom shares that would now be used to continue investing in the Medupi and Kusile power stations.Renewable energyThrough the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), 6 376MW of electricity had been procured, of which 2 045MW procured from 41 independent power producers was currently operational.Other advancements included the multiple bid windows for the REIPPPP attracting investments of R194-billion, and the procurement of 2 400MW of new coal-fired power generation capacity.The National Skills Fund had disbursed R96-million towards developing renewable energy training facilities at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.This initiative, the cluster said, sought to respond to the country’s adopted strategy to promote renewable energy production in order to supplement current fossil fuel energy production.The fund had also set aside R204-million towards establishing work integrated learning facilities for engineering students. The project aims to provide on-the-job training for mechanical and electrical engineering students in order to obtain registration as engineers.Hydroelectricity and solar energySouth Africa was also sourcing 2 600MW of hydroelectric capacity from the Southern African Development Community, according to the progress report.The Solar Water Heater programme, which focuses on load reduction, would continue. The load reduction programme aims to retrofit approximately 200 000 domestic electric geysers with solar water heaters annually. This will reduce electricity demand in high consumption residential areas.Skills developmentIn the cluster’s statement, an emphasis on job creation was also outlined, stating that “(the government) will provide skills to emerging companies and local communities to participate in various aspects of the solar water heater roll-out programme. targeting to install 38 000 units in the 2016-17 financial year”.A new skills development pilot programme, training 300 students to install and maintain solar geysers, had been initiated in Ekurhuleni. A further R36-million had been set aside to provide training to beneficiaries in other municipalities.Source: South African Government News Agency
9 May 2014AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn head the list of nominees for the 2013 Cricket South Africa (CSA) professional awards to be announced at a banquet in Johannesburg on Wednesday, 4 June.The Proteas ODI captain and the world’s leading test match bowler are two of the five nominees for the main award: the South African Cricketer of the Year. The other nominees are Test and ODI batsmen Hashim Amla and JP Duminy, and ODI wicketkeeper/batsman Quinton de Kock.Leading nomineesDe Villiers has also been nominated for the Castle Lager Test Cricketer of the Year Award and the Castle Lager One-Day International Cricketer of the Year.Steyn has been nominated for Test Cricketer of the Year, the Blue Label Telecoms T20 International Cricketer of the Year and the KFC So Good Award, and remarkably has all three nominations for the RAM Delivery of the Year.None of De Villiers, Duminy and De Kock has previously being named South African Cricketer of the Year, so there could well be a first-time winner of CSA’s most prestigious award.De Kock and Duminy also have two nominations each as the former has been nominated for the Castle Lager One-Day International Cricketer of the Year and the latter for the Blue Label Telecoms T20 International Cricketer of the Year.The awards cover the period from 1 May 2013 to 30 April 2014. The period covers two ICC events – the Champions Trophy and the World Twenty20 – as well as the Proteas’ tours to Sri Lanka, where they won the T20 series, and to the UAE against Pakistan, where they won both limited overs series, as well as the home series against Pakistan, India and Australia.‘Riveting’“The individual performances have once again been riveting and are too many to mention,” CSA CEO Haroon Lorgat said in a statement.“This naturally puts extra demands on our eminent panel of judges, who have the tough job of deciding the final winner in each of the various international categories.“I am tempted, though, to mention the century scored by Jacques Kallis in his final test match and the double-century scored by Graeme Smith against Pakistan. And then, of course, Dale Steyn’s bowling contributions in just about every 5est match and also the three successive ODI centuries by the young Quinton de Kock are also worthy of being mentioned.”Convenor commentsColin Bryden, the convener of the judging panel, commented: “Although it was not as outstanding a year for South African cricket as the period covered for the 2013 awards, South Africa remained high among the leading nations in international cricket. There were numerous individual performances, both at international level and in domestic cricket.“While the main focus has traditionally been on men’s cricket, the panel was impressed by the improvement shown by the South African women’s team.”The other members of the judging panel were former Proteas’ and current television analysts HD Ackerman and Victor Mpitsang, internationally renowned statistician Andrew Samson, and senior cricket journalist Stuart Hess.All five nominees will be strong contenders for the Cricketer of the Year award.An exceptional yearEven by his own high standards, it was an exceptional year for De Villiers, who at one stage was ranked the world’s best batsman in both test matches and one-day internationals. He was South Africa’s leading run-scorer in both forms of the game and although he did not achieve the same consistency in Twenty20 internationals his dazzling innings of 69 not out off 28 balls against England was mainly responsible for earning South Africa a place in the World T20 semi-finals.Steyn produced mesmerising spells for South Africa in all forms of international cricket. He was once again his country’s leading bowler in tests but, despite his limited overs workload being managed to enable him to remain fit and fresh, he was highly effective when he played. He took 23 wickets at an average of 8.82 despite playing in only seven one-day internationals and was the go-to man during the World T20 in Bangladesh.Dramatic impactNot since De Villiers burst onto the scene has a young player made such a dramatic impact at international level as De Kock. Having made his debut for South Africa at the age of 19 during the 2012/13 season, he established himself in both the one-day and T20 international teams in the dual roles of opening batsman and wicketkeeper. He made his test debut as a late replacement in the second test against Australia and showed in his second innings of 34 that he was not out of his depth.Amla had another solid year. He was second behind De Villiers in the test averages with 429 runs at an average of 42.90 and contributed 621 runs at 38.81 in one-day internationals. Despite concerns that he might not be best suited to the requirements of Twenty20 internationals, he scored 185 runs in the World T20 as an opening batsman, with an average of 37.00 and a strike rate of 131.20.Duminy was South Africa’s leading T20 run-scorer and was third behind De Villiers and De Kock in ODIs. He made a century, which contributed to South Africa’s win in the second test against Australia. His off-spin bowling was also a valuable second string. Only Steyn and Vernon Philander took more than his 15 wickets in tests.Fans’ voteCricket fans will also have voting powers for two of the Awards on the evening: the Fans Cricketer of the season and the RAM Delivery of the season. Both awards require fans to vote for their favourite player as well as the best delivery of the season.Details of the awards can be found on www.cricket.co.za or on CSA’s official Facebook, Twitter and MXIT pages.The awards will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre and will be televised live on SuperSport 2 from 20:00.As part of the annual CSA celebrations, there will also be an awards function on the morning of 4 June to honour the achievements made in amateur cricket during the 2013/2014 season.NOMINEESINTERNATIONALSA Cricketer of the Year Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Dale SteynCastle Lager Test Cricketer of the Year AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, Dale SteynCastle Lager ODI Cricketer of the Year Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, Ryan McLarenBlue Label Telecoms T20 International Cricketer of the Year JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, Dale SteynKFC So Good Award Jacques Kallis, David Miller, Dale SteynMomentum Women’s Cricketer of the Year Mignon du Preez, Shabnim Ismail, Marizanne KappDOMESTICSunfoil Series Cricketer of the Season Justin Ontong, Dane Piedt, Stiaan van Zyl (all Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras)Momentum One-Day Cup Cricketer of the Season Craig Alexander (Sunfoil Dolphins), Justin Kemp (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras), Heino Kuhn (The Unlimited Titans)Ram Slammer of the Season Kyle Abbott (Sunfoil Dolphins), Beuran Hendricks (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras), David Miller (Sunfoil Dolphins)CSA Coach of the Year Paul Adams (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras), Lance Klusener (Sunfoil Dolphins), Rob Walter (The Unlimited Titans)CSA Umpire of the Year Johan Cloete, Shaun George, Adrian HoldstockCSA Groundsman of the Year Rupert Bailey (Boland Park), Wilson Ngobese (Sahara Stadium Kingsmead), Nico Pretorius (Chevrolet Park)
For twenty years or so, companies like Pilkington (Spacia) have been cranking out R-5ish (center-of-glass) vacuum-insulated glazing (VIG). The attraction of glazing units with a very thin profile, relatively low weight, and a high level of performance is strong, particularly for retrofit applications. But it sure seems as though we have been promised commercially available VIG with double that thermal performance for more than 10 years now. (See Images #1 and #2 in the Gallery, as well as this 2009 blog post by Alex Wilson.) The technological challenges for this level of performance have been significant, and so have costs. My good friend and colleague, Charlie Curcija — senior researcher in the glazing program at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab — is the guy I always go to for the latest and greatest news on high performance glazing. He says we very well could be there:RELATED ARTICLESVacuum-Insulated Windows‘Superwindows’ to the Rescue?Report from the International Builders’ ShowDoes Vacuum Insulation Make Sense? “The breakthroughs required for R-10+ VIG were in three areas: One, producing uniformly flat tempered glass (this is important for pillars to stay where they are supposed to); Two, having temperable low-e (Guardian was one of first companies, if not the first to develop temperable low-e); and Three, developing a low-temperature edge sealing process, so that glass does not de-temper.” According to Curcija, who recently returned from Asia, there are about seven or so Chinese companies that are producing VIG in the R-10+ range (center-of-glass) and just one being produced in the U.S. (by Michigan-based Guardian Glass). Guardian just did a big press event at an AIA conference for their two commercially available VIG products. And then there is Florida-based VIG Technologies, a company that uses LandGlass VIG from China. So, we’re are all set and just need to talk about pricing, right? Are the products even available? Not so fast; both Guardian and VIG Technologies are still very tight-mouthed about the major U.S. window manufacturers they claim to be working with. Apparently, you can’t order product from either of these VIG producers or any window manufacturers to date. There are real VIG installations in the U.S.: VIG Technologies has units installed at Viracon headquarters in Minnesota (Viracon is the largest glazing manufacturer in the U.S.) and Guardian has some of their units installed as retrofits at Eastern Michigan University (see Images #3 and #4 in the Gallery). By all reports, these units are performing really well. Curcija observed the Viracon units on a cold winter day and said that the units looked great and the thermal comfort near the units was impressive. Robert Densic, Eastern Michigan University’s manager for planning and design, is working on some initial Guardian Glass installations as a proof-of-concept project for much broader applications of VIG products across the campus. So, what is the hold up? A lack of industrial capacity One trusted window industry source told me this: it’s really hard to focus on and marshal resources for new high-performance glazing when the industry is as stoked as it is right now. Charlie Boyer, vice president of research & development for Viracon, backed that up. He said, “We are very interested in this technology but we simply don’t have the capacity right now and are not quite ready to make the very substantial investment required to set up a whole new facility for VIG.” Additionally, when I asked Guardian Glass some very pointed questions about commercialization, one of their written responses was: “The Guardian Vacuum IG team is focused on multiple industries, with commercial refrigeration leading the way. We have partnered with Anthony International, the leader in the refrigeration door industry.” Huh? Refrigerator doors? Another trusted industry source told me this: no one in the window/glazing industry has seen any third-party certified laboratory testing of the new VIG product using the industry standard, ASTM E2190, “Standard Specification for Insulating Glass Unit Performance and Evaluation.” This testing includes temperature extremes and accelerated aging/weathering testing. (For more information on this standard, including descriptions of specific tests, see “Certification and Testing for Insulated Class units.”) A new standard If you lose the vacuum seal on these IGUs, the thermal performance does not fade — it crashes. There is a new standard being developed specifically for stress-testing VIG: ISO/DIS 19916-1, “Glass in building—vacuum insulating glass – Part 1: Basic specification of products and evaluation methods for thermal and sound insulating performance.” Rob Tenent of the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) is gearing up for a project looking into the specific stress testing needs of VIG, working with Lawrence Berkeley National Labs (LBNL). Frankly, no one seems to know, or is willing to state, whether these new VIGs require stress testing tuned to their performance or properties. But that is exactly what this NREL/LBNL project is about. The refrigerator door market All of this concern could be one of the reasons that Guardian Glass is focusing on the refrigerator door market: While the temperature difference from inside to outside the refrigeration units is large, it represents a fairly steady delta-T. I am not saying that the VIG seals or long-term performance are suspect; I am saying that no one seems to know or be willing to talk openly on this issue, and it is really important. How much do these IGUs cost? What about costs? Not surprisingly, it’s impossible to get this sort of information from VIG Technologies or Guardian Glass at this point. But here is what Curcija learned while in Asia: Chinese VIG producers gave manufacturing costs of up to 1,500 Yuan/m2. Using $1 = 6.7 yuan and roughly 10 sf/m2, that equates to $22 per square foot. In the U.S., it’s typical to multiply manufacturing cost by 3 to get the consumer price (glazing installed in a window), which would mean $66/s.f. for consumer buying windows with VIG. Note that this price does not include any tariffs. For comparison purposes, standard double-glazed IGU in the U.S. is about $10/s.f. retail, with Passive House triple-glazed windows in the range of $30 – $70/s.f. New VIG from Guardian Glass (made in the U.S.) and VIG Technologies (made in China) are poised to make serious inroads into the high-performance glazing market in the U.S. They are not cheap, but if their long-term thermal performance can be verified, they may very well be worth the cost. In addition to acting as GBA’s technical director, Peter Yost is the Vice President for Technical Services at BuildingGreen in Brattleboro, Vermont. He has been building, researching, teaching, writing, and consulting on high-performance homes for more than twenty years. An experienced trainer and consultant, he’s been recognized as NAHB Educator of the Year. Do you have a building science puzzle? Contact Pete here. You can also sign up for BuildingGreen’s email newsletter to get a free report on insulation, as well as regular posts from Peter.
Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next Garcia makes up for poor start, takes over for Castro in TNT win 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting “I wish you not to think about anything which has recently accompanied your preparation for these Olympics,” Putin told a gathering of athletes at his presidential residence outside Moscow on Wednesday.He added that he hopes they “focus on sporting competition, and that you know that following you, as usual, are hundreds of thousands, millions, of fans who love you and hope you win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWhile the athletes wore their IOC-approved “neutral” uniforms without the Russian flag — gray for men, red for women — the event was full of patriotic gestures.Hockey players Pavel Datsyuk and Ilya Kovalchuk stepped up to present Putin with a Russian jersey bearing his name and players’ signatures along with the slogan “Russia in my heart.” View comments Russian President Vladimir Putin, receives a jersey from ice hockey player Ilya Kovalchuk, left, during a meeting with the Russian athletes who will take part in the upcoming 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games in South Korea, at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. (Grigory Dukor/Pool Photo via AP)MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin has told the country’s athletes to forget about doping scandals when they compete at the Pyeongchang Olympics.As punishment for what it deemed a doping scheme during the 2014 Sochi Olympics, the International Olympic Committee has invited 169 Russians to compete under a neutral flag using the name “Olympic Athletes from Russia.”ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Russian envoy: Putin accepts Duterte’s invitation to visit PH PLAY LIST 01:37Russian envoy: Putin accepts Duterte’s invitation to visit PH02:38Duterte to speak at Valdai forum during visit to Russia01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES Several athletes wore their “neutral” jackets open to show a Russian-flag shirt underneath.Russian athletes won’t be allowed to display the flag in Pyeongchang, or to celebrate with Russian flags given by fans. If they win, the Olympic anthem will be played. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ
An American colleg e, which has on its rolls over 20,000 students from 170 nations, screened the 1970s bollywood blockbuster Sholay as it hosted a ‘Year of India’ during the 2012-13 academic year that will also see presentations to explore India .Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY) is hosting a ‘Year of India’ with exhibitions, a film series, and performances and student-sponsored activities on culture, sports, and everyday life in India.Presentations will explore India – its society and politics, arts and culture, math and science, religions and economics – as well as its influence in the South Asian region and the world, and its diaspora in the US, according to a press release by Queens College.Sholay, the most successful Hindi film of all time, was screened on September 12, to kick off the “Representing South Asia on Film” series, which includes 16 titles including “Lagaan”, “The Namesake”, “Awara” and “Aparajito”, as well as three panel discussions on topics raised in the series.A day before that New Age guru Deepak Chopra made a presentation.”Hindustani Music of North India”, a concert scheduled for October 12, will feature noted tabla player and Yale faculty member Samir Chatterjee and flautist Steve Gorn. This concert at the LeFrak Concert Hall in Queens College is the first performance of the Aaron Copland School of Music’s Chamber Music Live fall season.Queens College’s ‘Year of India’ will also feature student and faculty exchanges, newly developed credit-bearing courses taught by professors from the college and their partner institutions in India, and programmes by members of the Indian community. To encourage collaborations and partnerships, faculty will lead three study tours to India for faculty, students, and staff.An exhibition titled “Art from the Land of the Peacock” will spotlight India’s distinctive and diverse artistic traditions while drawing upon the collections at Queens College’s Art Library. It will run from November 1 to June 27, 2013 at the Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library in the campus.The Indian Consulate of New York is hosting a reception on September 20 for Queens College celebrating what the college calls “a vibrant, diverse country with a complex history and globally significant economy”.The college, located in America’s most diverse county, examines each year the history, art, and culture of a different country. China and Turkey have been featured before.Queens College of CUNY, founded in 1937, has on its rolls over 20,000 students from 170 nations and gets cited every year by The Princeton Review as one of the nation’s 100 ‘Best Value’ colleges.advertisement- With inputs from IANS
LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess The 32-year-old had expressed pre-tournament caution regarding the health of his knee — a worry which appeared to be groundless after a 76-minute masterclass.“I’m happy for this very positive start. I had good feelings on court,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsNadal collected the opening five games of the afternoon in 17 minutes as he set the tone for another dominant display in the principality.He was equally in control during the second set, where he saved three break points in the fourth game and two more in the sixth. Roland Garros finalist Dominic Thiem, who lost to Nadal in Paris last June, beat Slovakia’s Martin Klizan 6-1, 6-4.Thiem, who won the Indian Wells title over Federer, made a successful switch to his favourite surface as he prepares for the pre-French Open sequence of events.Fourth seed Thiem won with a break in the final game after Klizan held a 40-0 lead.Upbeat ZverevAlexander Zverev rediscovered traces of his best form with a 6-1, 6-4 defeat of Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime.The German, locally based, reached the third round as he tamed the 18-year-old who broke through for a Miami semi-final last month.The 21-year-old Zverev played the semi-finals in Monte Carlo a year ago but has yet to hit his stride this season.That may be starting to change.“This is the first time this season I’ve felt really healthy,” said Zverev, who lost prematurely at both Indian Wells and Miami, as well as in Marrakech last week.“I’ve been training well but haven’t been able to take that into matches. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View comments “I live just 500 metres from here, I’m comfortable on this court. I’m starting to feel better about my game.“I’m really ready for the clay season.”Zverev swept the opening set in 30 minutes but had to get through a series of three straight breaks of serve between him and his opponent before finally advancing in 78 minutes.The third seed will next face Italy’s Fabio Fognini, who reached the third round when French opponent Gilles Simon withdrew because of back problems.Greek sixth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas moved ahead, defeating Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3, 7-5.“I need to maintain my focus, my concentration, my aggressive mindset when I’m on the court,” Tsitsipas said.“If all these are combined, then I have nothing to fear and I have nothing to be afraid of when I’m on the court.“This is the first big clay court tournament, not everyone is very well prepared for that. It’s been a long hardcourt court season before the clay.”Britain’s Cameron Norrie defeated Marton Fucsovics of Hungary 7-6 (7/3), 6-3, while Pierre-Hugues Herbert stunned 2018 finalist and fifth seed Kei Nishikori 7-5, 6-4. Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning against Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut at then end of their tennis match on the day 5 of the Monte-Carlo ATP Masters Series tournament on April 17, 2019 in Monaco. (Photo by Valery HACHE / AFP)Rafael Nadal charged out of the blocks Wednesday to hammer Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1, 6-1 in his opening match at the Monte Carlo Masters.The 11-time champion showed no sign of the knee problems which forced him to quit ahead of an Indian Wells semi-final against Roger Federer a month ago.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated ‘We’re excited’: Knicks have hopes for lottery, free agency Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “It was a great start, it’s good to be back here,” the 17-time Grand Slam winner said, keeping talk of his knee to a minimum.“I can’t pretend to not have pain at all, but professionals normally play with pain,” Nadal said.“It’s part of the sport at the highest level and it’s no limitations at all. I was able to move well and be confident with the things that I did.”Bautista Agut has now lost to his Spanish countryman in all three of their meetings, while Nadal improved his incredible record here to 69-4 as he takes aim at a fourth consecutive title at the event.“This is just the first match and it’s been a very positive start,” Nadal said. “The results say that.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles