Japan launches its first auction for a floating offshore wind farm

first_imgJapan launches its first auction for a floating offshore wind farm FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Japan officially launched its effort to seek participants in the nation’s first auction for a floating offshore wind farm.The nation’s economy and land ministries will select the winner of the auction around June 2021 to construct the floating turbines off the southern prefecture of Nagasaki, according to a joint statement on Wednesday. The deadline for bidding in the auction is Dec. 24. Winning bidders will be chosen after consulting with experts on the feasibility and efficiency of the proposed business plans, according to a spokesman of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.The capacity of the floating farm must be a minimum of 16.8 megawatts. The feed-in tariff for the farm is set at 36 yen ($0.34) per kilowatt hour.The auction will be the first under Japan’s offshore wind promotion law, which took effect April 1, 2019, as the nation aims to achieve the target of boosting renewable energy to 24% of its total power generation by 2030, from about 17% in 2019. Developing affordable floating offshore wind technology is seen as key to meeting those goals, as available land is scarce and Japan doesn’t have the shallow coastal areas that have allowed traditional offshore turbines to prosper in places like Denmark and the U.K.BloombergNEF expects Toda Corp. to win the auction as the company is already planning to develop a 22-megawatt floating project in the same location, and the tender process gives preference to existing developers with good community ties and offshore wind experience, according to analyst Isshu Kikuma.[Aya Takada]More: Japan starts to seek bidders for first floating wind farm auctionlast_img read more

Moyes: we can build from here

first_img Press Association “Adnan has been like that since day one,” said Moyes. “I speak to him a lot and he tells me he can play anywhere. “He is not a nervous boy. He needs teaching and understanding because he is still learning the game but his natural talent and ability is up there with the best. In time he will prove that.” Moyes rejected stories that striker Robin van Persie could be sidelined for another six weeks as he struggles to overcome a thigh problem that has already kept him out for a month. “I don’t know where that has come from,” said the Scot. “That would be wrong information as far as I am concerned.” And at the end of a tortuous few days, Moyes insisted he was handling the pressure with some degree of comfort. “I sleep great every night,” he said. “I am not nervous at all.” For Swansea boss Michael Laudrup it was another disappointing Premier League display. On the same ground where his team won for the first time in their history in the FA Cup last weekend, they slumped to a defeat that means they have now collected just three points from their last seven games and are only one win above the relegation zone. “Manchester United were very focused because of what had been said and written in the last days,” he said. “We expected them to come out from the first moment and want to get on top. “I don’t think that happened. We coped very well. What really hurt us – and we talked about it at half-time – was the first 20 minutes of the second half. We conceded after 90 seconds. “But nothing has changed. “It is true we have to improve the level of performance like another nine or 10 teams. “We are still in the same position. I said before the competition started there are 11 or 12 teams [in a relegation battle]. “After the Tottenham game (on January 19) we have Fulham, West Ham, Cardiff and Stoke. They are the tie-break opponents for us. “In those game we have to pick up points.” Laudrup also confirmed he would not be calling Ki Sung-Yueng back from his loan spell at Sunderland, even though the South Korean has been in excellent form recently and took his tally to three goals in eight games with his effort at Fulham on Saturday. “There is a possiblilty to bring him back but I don’t think it is a good idea,” said the Dane. “Ki feels comfortable where he is now. If we take him back, he would not play every game. Mentally, it would be very bad for him.” As it is, that depressing start to 2014 has been halted, even if Moyes accepts there is still plenty of work to do. “From the start of the second half I thought we played very well,” said Moyes. “I hope it is going to improve an awful lot on that but you have to start somewhere and that was more like it. “We scored two goals, should have had a few more and I can’t remember Swansea having a chance hardly.” Although United started brightly, their failure to score led to them becoming anxious. It took Moyes’ half-time decision to switch Adnan Januzaj, who had started in a central position, with Kagawa, who began on the left, to change the course of the game. Januzaj was outstanding and the 18-year-old provided the cross from which Valencia eventually scored after Kagawa’s header had been saved. And he was also involved in the move that ended with Welbeck flicking in his sixth goal in nine games. David Moyes believes Manchester United have laid a platform from which to attack the second half of the season – but insists he still expects plenty of improvement from his side following their 2-0 win over Swansea. Second-half goals from Antonio Valencia and Danny Welbeck ensured the nightmare scenario of four successive defeats for the first time since 1961 did not materialise for the Old Trafford outfit. Indeed, had Chris Smalling and Shinji Kagawa taken gilt-edged chances later in the game, they could have been looking back on a handsome triumph. last_img read more

Volleyball takes new mind set on road trip

first_imgKRIS UGARRIZA/Herald photoThe key to winning for the Wisconsin volleyball hangs from a new banner in the Field House. “Play with heart,” it reads.“It stands for hunger, execution, accountability, respect and teamwork,” senior captain Audra Jeffers said. “That is what we try to play with every day. We need to play like this every practice and in games.”Cutting down the unforced errors will help, too.“That is something we have been working on in practice,” Jeffers said. “The coaches are really good at designing drills to help with that. … It all comes in with practice and being mentally tough. I think a lot of the errors have come from not being aggressive. If you go up there tentatively and don’t take an aggressive swing at the ball, then that is when you hit it out of bounds or off the block.”The Badgers (15-9, 5-7 Big Ten) are on the road this weekend, traveling to Ohio State and No. 20 Michigan for a pair of Big Ten matches.UW beat both the Buckeyes (10-14, 1-11 Big Ten) and the Wolverines (18-6, 6-6 Big Ten) earlier this year, and a weekend sweep would help get the team back on track toward their postseason goals.“It definitely helps knowing that we won the first time around,” setter Nikki Klingsporn said. “But Michigan has improved a lot, and so has Ohio State with a new coach coming in, so we are obviously not going to take them lightly. We have been working hard all week in practice, and we are going to bring that with us this weekend.”“I think it is a boost of confidence for our players,” head coach Pete Waite added. “Especially against Michigan, our team was able to come back after bringing down two sets and rally for the win.”Ohio State and Michigan each present a different challenge, and the Badgers will have to adjust to their respective styles of play.“For Michigan it is a little more of a veteran group,” Waite said. “They have some nice athletes out of the middle, and Zimmerman is a nice setter. She controls the game pretty well. I think with Ohio State what they have actually done is they have moved one of their top middles to the outside positions, and she is getting a lot of good swings.”After starting the season with high expectations, UW has dropped five of their last six matches, including a tough five-set loss to Michigan State last Friday. To overcome this rough streak, both the coaches and the players have increased the intensity of practice.“Practice has been very intense and very competitive,” Klingsporn said. “We have done a lot of really competitive drills, and we have done drills that have us always moving around. We have focused on defense this week, trying to get the team to be more consistent.”Despite the inconsistencies the Badgers have had to battle, the team remains upbeat about the rest of the season.“We need to look forward and say tomorrow is a new day,” Jeffers said. “We still have a lot of games left, we are trying to get into the tournament, and there are still a lot of positive things that could come out of this season. What already happened is just behind us. We are moving forward.”last_img read more

L.A. Angels’ southpaw C.J. Wilson could be out for season with bone spurs

first_imgWilson said an MRI in April revealed the bone spurs. He said it was recommended to him he quit throwing, but the compromise was that he would not throw between starts while managing the injury.“But the whole time I’ve been losing range of motion from the bone spurs continually growing,” Wilson said. “So it’s been more difficult just to even throw strikes.”Wilson demonstrated that he can’t come close to completely straightening out his elbow.“That’s all I got,” he said. “So there’s nothing much I can really do there. I don’t have a good knuckleball. We’ve got plenty of other pitchers who can pick it up. I was told basically to stop throwing in April, so I pushed through and got another hundred innings out of my elbow and pretty much gave it everything I had.” By now, he said he couldn’t even play catch between starts. He gave up six earned runs in four innings in his most recent start on Tuesday in Houston. Wilson was asked if he is definitely out for the year. He intimated that is the probability, but that he was going to seek opinions from orthopedic surgeons Dr. Neal ElAttrache and Dr. James Andrews.“I just want to be able to pitch next year and pitch effectively and not risk doing something that’s going to cost me next year as well,” said Wilson, 34, who bounced back just fine from the surgeries in ‘08 and ‘12.Angels manager Mike Scioscia said it was obvious that Wilson was struggling to execute his pitches of late. “This year I know there were a lot of games where he pitched with a lot of discomfort here and there – just like any other pitcher – to go out there and get it done,” Scioscia said. “But last couple of starts you just didn’t see the crispness, you didn’t see the life that he would have as far as maintaining his stuff through a higher pitch count. But I think it was just going in the wrong direction, for sure.”Wilson is making $18,000,000 this season.Pederson sits againDodgers rookie center fielder Joc Pederson was not in the lineup for the second consecutive game, partly because the Angels threw a lefty, partly because Pederson is struggling mightily at the plate.Pederson batted just .169 in July with one home run and five RBIs. On the season, he has 21 home runs and 43 RBIs, but just a .225 batting average.“I think as much as anything, he just gets a chance to watch the game,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “A lot of times, you don’t realize that you see that much more when you don’t have to perform that day. … Young guys get caught up in everything and their minds start going over all kinds of stuff.“You get too close to it and you don’t really see the big picture. And I want him to see the big picture. So this is just another day to let everything calm down, do some work and not have to try to go out and use it right away.”Mattingly on TroutCount Mattingly among the fans of Angels center fielder and reigning AL MVP Mike Trout.It’s no fun facing him,” Mattingly said. “But he’s a good representative of our game, for sure. He’s an easy guy to like, and he plays the game right. He always runs hard and gets after it. He’s a guy that steals bags, makes plays, hits homers and hits for average, so there’s really not a whole lot not to like.“And he’s always playing with a smile on his face. He’s having fun and playing the game like a kid, but he’s also serious about getting better, and he seems to be really respectful of the game.” Angels southpaw C.J. Wilson has been placed on the 15-day disabled list and could be out for the season with bone spurs in his left elbow. Wilson, who had surgery to remove bone spurs in August 2008 and October 2012, said he expects to have the same surgery unless a second opinion tells him he won’t need it. An MRI on Friday revealed the damage.Wilson spoke to reporters about the situation prior to Saturday’s Freeway Series game against the Dodgers. He was chagrined.“Yeah, it sucks,” said Wilson, who is 8-8 with an ERA of 3.89 in 21 starts. “… Despite the win-loss record I feel like I had a lot of really good games where I provided depth and stuff for the team.“But right now I just have to cheerlead and help in some other way.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more