Post-pandemic energy investments could give green hydrogen a big boost FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Hydrogen has long been touted as a clean alternative to fossil fuels. Now, as major economies prepare green investments to kickstart growth, advocates spy a golden chance to drag the niche energy into the mainstream of a post-pandemic world.Green hydrogen was pushed to the fore last week when Fatih Birol, head of the International Energy Agency, said the technology was “ready for the big time” and urged governments to channel investments into the fuel.Some countries, including the Netherlands, Australia and Portugal, have already begun investing in the technology. Now investors, politicians and businesses are pushing the European Union and others to use its post-crisis recovery plan to support hydrogen in areas like trucking and heavy industry.The promise of hydrogen as a fuel to help power vehicles and energy plants has been a talking point since the 1970s, but it is currently too expensive for widespread use. Proponents say infrastructure investment and more demand from transport, gas grids and industry will bring the cost down.Most hydrogen used today is extracted from natural gas in a process that produces carbon emissions, which defeats the object for many policymakers. But there is potential to extract “green” hydrogen from water with electrolysis, an energy-intensive but carbon-free process if powered by renewable electricity.EU officials, one of whom described green hydrogen as the “holy grail,” said it could replace fossil fuels in sectors that lack alternatives to align operations with the EU’s Green Deal plan to reduce net emissions to zero by 2050.[Nina Chestney, Kate Abnett, Sonali Paul, Aaron Sheldrick]More: Green hydrogen’s time has come, say advocates eying post-pandemic world
Sharing is caring! Share Tweet Share Photo credit: stcatharines.cityguide.caA group of over twenty young persons from the north are hoping to encourage the young people of Dominica through the performing arts.‘Dominica Stars In Action’, a group of young persons from the north-northeastern communities will on Saturday join their talents to feature a play entitled ‘I’m pregnant for my dad’ at Azille’s Country Club in Bourne.The play, written and directed by Matthew Laplume, a young man who is no stranger to the performing arts sector, will be staged at 6:30pm on September 3rd.Mr Laplume said that the play is aimed at raising funds to produce a film entitled ‘The Lil’ Mad Boys Return’.Mr Laplume says the message in the play targets youth who are going through social problems as well as parents and guardians.“In the play there is a little bit of everything. It teaches young people to make the right decisions and demonstrates what the consequences are when they make bad decisions. It encourages parents to also make the right decisions for their family and show them how bad decisions can influence the lives of their children.”Tickets for the play cost $20.00 for adults and $10.00 for children.Dominica Stars In Action was first formed in 2009 and consists of members between the ages of 10 to 33.Members come from the communities of Penville, Vieille Case, Paix Bouche, Portsmouth, Bense, Thibaud, Cottage and Anse Sol Dat.Dominica Vibes News Share EntertainmentLocalNews Dominica Stars in Action raise funds to produce their film by: – August 30, 2011 20 Views no discussions
WEST Indies No. 4 batsman Shai Hope topped the batting aggregates and averages of all batsmen of the recently concluded Test series against England.The 23-year-old Barbadian scored 375 runs in six innings for an impressive series-leading average of 75.Hope scored two centuries – 147 and 118* – during the second Test at Headingley that the Caribbean side won by five wickets to level the series at 1-1.He also scored 62 in the final Test at Lord’s that the West Indies lost by nine wickets, giving England a 2-1 series win.Hope, who hit 56 fours during the three-Test series, scored at a rate of 51.51. For his efforts, he climbed up to 30th in the ICC batting rankings.Hope’s compatriot Kraigg Brathwaite also enjoyed a successful series. His 283 runs meant he had the third highest aggregate of series, only 21 runs behind England’s Alastair Cook, who scored 304 runs that included 243 in the first Test at Edgbaston.Brathwaite scored 134 and 95 during the second Test and averaged 47.16 for the series. His performance saw him climb eight places to 17th in the world on the ICC batting rankings.England captain Joe Root had the fourth highest aggregate of the series with 268 runs, albeit from four innings during which he scored a century (136) and two fifties against the visitors.Middle-order batsman Jermaine Blackwood also enjoyed a measure of success during the series during which he accumulated 187 runs at an average of 37.40.Kieron Powell scored 142 runs at an average of 23.66, while captain Jason Holder averaged 17.20, having scored just 86 runs for the series.Roston Chase, who scored over 500 runs against India earlier this year at an average of more than 100, had a poor series as he scored only 80 runs at an average of 13.33.
The Norstrom deal took several days. Lombardi began talking to teams about Norstrom during last week’s GM meetings and, out of respect, told Norstrom that a deal might be in the works. Lombardi had a tentative deal in place Monday night and finalized it about a half hour before the noon deadline. “We weren’t going to just move him for anything,” Lombardi said. “Sometimes you just see guys getting moved for a bag of baseballs, but that wasn’t the case here. … We needed to get that (first-round) pick.” But Lombardi’s late moves put a dent in the Kings’ defense, one that will need to be addressed this summer. In dealing Norstrom and Brent Sopel (on Monday), Lombardi sent away two of the Kings’ top five defensemen, and another, Aaron Miller, will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. Modry, 36, scored a career-high 13goals in 2002-03 during his first stint with the Kings, which lasted seven-plus seasons. But Modry has just one goal and nine assists in 57games this season. Add to that Rob Blake is 37, and the Kings have defensive issues. Highly touted prospect Jack Johnson will step into the lineup if he leaves college early, but more help will be needed. Beyond that, there are leadership issues. Norstrom, acquired from the New York Rangers in March 1996, was by far the longest-tenured King and played 780games, the most among any defenseman in Kings history. He took over as team captain during the 2001-02 season when Blake was traded to Colorado. “Even though I’ve only been here for a short time, I had so much respect for the guy,” Lombardi said of Norstrom. “Sometimes you admire a guy from afar and he doesn’t turn out to be quite the same guy you thought he was. Matty was every bit and more of what I perceived him to be.” It is believed Blake will take over Norstrom’s team-captain responsibilities, but regardless, the Kings will have a much different look when they face the Ducks on Thursday. Heward, 35, is a veteran of 362 career NHL games and has 16 points in 52games this season. Fransson, Dallas’ second-round pick in 2004, has spent this season in the Swedish Elite League. Pushkarev, 22, played 22games with the Kings this season but did not make an impact. [email protected] (818) 713-3611160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Kings also acquired veteran defenseman Jamie Heward from Washington for a 2008 fifth-round pick and traded forward Jason Ward to Tampa Bay for a 2007 fifth-round pick. When the dust settled, the Kings were left without Norstrom, their captain since 2001-02, a rock-steady presence on the ice and in the dressing room but also a defenseman with a burdensome contract. Norstrom, 35, is due $4.25million next season as part of the two-year extension he signed last March. By trading Norstrom, Lombardi accomplished his two primary goals: He cleared roster space – Modry will be a free agent this summer – and stockpiled more draft picks. With the Kings long since out of the playoff race, Lombardi has focused on the future. In the past four weeks he has traded Craig Conroy, Sean Avery, Brent Sopel and Norstrom. Since his hiring last April, Lombardi has made a net gain of five draft picks in 2007 and 2008. The Kings have committed roughly $22.5 million to 11 players for next season, giving them significant cap room. At the end of a long day, Kings general manager Dean Lombardi found himself with a heavy heart, a depleted roster and a team without a captain – and also with major optimism for the future. The Kings made three deals in the waning moments before Tuesday afternoon’s trade deadline, the most notable of which sent defenseman and team captain Mattias Norstrom to the Dallas Stars. In the centerpiece deal of a busy day, the Kings sent Norstrom, winger Konstantin Pushkarev and 2007 third- and fourth- round draft picks to Dallas for defenseman Jaroslav Modry, a first-round pick in 2008, second- and third-round picks in 2007 and the rights to defenseman Johan Fransson. “This is my hardest day, other than the day I was fired (by San Jose),” Lombardi said. “Emotionally it rips your heart out, but this was something I thought we needed to do.”