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Beyond Nuclear - Sat, 04/24/2021 - 09:08

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Categories: G1. Progressive Green

Suspending Vaccine Patents Is the Leadership the World Needs to End This Pandemic

Common Dreams - 3 hours 31 min ago
Mary RobinsonIntellectual property rules are not sacrosanct; this is, after all, an unprecedented crisis.
Categories: F. Left News

Scaled-back UKOG protest injunction heads to trial after more than three years

DRILL OR DROP? - 4 hours 1 min ago

A temporary injunction against protests granted to an oil company could be made permanent within weeks – but in a radically-reduced form from the original.

Opponents of UKOG injunction at the High Court in London, including Sue Jameson and Bianca Jagger, 19 March 2018. Photo: DrillorDrop

UK Oil & Gas is going to trial at the High Court at the end of June to try to finalise its interim injunction.

Since the injunction was first granted in March 2018, many key parts have been removed. The company agreed to the largest changes earlier this year. DrillOrDrop report

The latest scaled-back version applies just to:

  • A few named individuals
  • The Horse Hill oil site in Surrey
  • Protests involving trespass, climbing onto vehicles of named contractors, and obstructing vehicle access and exit through the site entrance

Early versions had been described as the “most expansive” of all the interim injunctions granted to UK onshore oil and gas companies.

Like other protest injunctions, the orders applied to persons unknown who carried out specified acts. This was controversial because, it was argued, people may not know whether they had breached the injunction terms.

Five women from Sussex and Surrey decided to challenge UKOG and have pursued the company in the courts for the past three years.

The final version, if granted, would not cover persons unknown. Last year, judges hearing a case brought by the fashion retailer, Canada Goose, ruled that final injunctions could not be granted in protest cases against persons unknown.

After the Canada Goose case, UKOG sought to add 116 individuals to the injunction. Analysis by DrillOrDrop showed that 93 of these people were not identified by name but by image or description. Of the 26 who were named, 7 were qualified with the phrase “believed to be” or “known as”. Campaigners said some of the individuals were duplicates.

The final list of defendants has now been reduced to a handful of people. They can challenge the injunction at trial.

Previous versions of the injunction order included UKOG sites at Markwells Wood and Broadford Bridge in West Sussex and the company’s headquarters in Guildford.

The previous terms also outlawed “gathering and loitering”, “watching and besetting” the company and its contractors, as well as combining together for protest actions, protests against the supply chain and actions including slow walking on the public highway. These have all been dropped from the latest version.

Trial date

The trial is due to go ahead on two days on or after 29 June 2021. The five women from Sussex and Surrey, who were supported by Weald Action Group, are not expected to take part. They said the injunction had changed in the ways they wanted because of what they described as UKOG’s “massive climb down” and the ruling on persons unknown .

They said:

“If we, and others, had not turned up at the High Court in March 2018 and put ourselves forward as named defendants, the injunction could have remained unchallenged.”

A hearing at the commercial court this morning was told that four of the people added to the injunction by UKOG had been removed from the case after reaching an agreement with the court.

The court also heard that UKOG may choose to apply for a default order to avoid the need for a full trial, if no one contested the final version.

DrillOrDrop has reported more than 12 days of court hearings on the UKOG case. It is the first of several UK onshore oil and gas protest injunctions to go to trial. Others granted to Cuadrilla, Ineos, IGas, Europa Oil & Gas and Angus Energy remained interim.

Categories: G2. Local Greens

Trina Solar Launches New Line of Dual-Row Trackers

Solar Industry Magazine - 4 hours 17 min ago

Trina Solar Co. Ltd., a global photovoltaic (PV) and smart energy total solution provider, has launched the TrinaTracker Agile 1P Dual-Row. 

The Agile 1P tracker is fully compatible with ultra-high power modules ranging from 400 W to 670 W+. The dual-row design of Agile 1P shortens the tracker length to only 72 meters, enabling installation of up to 120 modules per tracker – achieving higher installation capacity under the same layout by 15.6%. 

“Trina Solar’s tracker business has to consider the developments from all perspectives,” says Duan Shunwei, head of the tracker business unit at Trina Solar. “Currently, the tracker industry’s primary focuses are wind engineering and structural enhancement, but we also need to consider the software development such as intelligent tracking algorithms and SCADA system. By embracing full compliance of well-established industry standards – as well as upstream and downstream integration – Trina Solar will enhance the tracker’s value and facilitate the continuing growth of the global tracker market.”  

Agile 1P leverages a multi-drive (dual-slewing) system and Trina Solar’s worldwide patented spherical bearing to improve the overall stability of the tracker system, effectively reducing the system aeroelastic effect, improving load transmission efficiency, avoiding rotation error and enhancing the overall structure. The spherical bearing can minimize the structure stress and deformation and further improve reliability and adaptability in complex terrains. In addition, Trina Solar says the Agile 1P is equipped with a sophisticated stow strategy, preventing the tracker from structural failure in gusty wind and strengthening system reliability.

The amount of Agile 1P trackers is reduced by 33% compared with conventional single-row 1P trackers in a typical 1 MW layout, saving 9% in DC cabling. TrinaTrackers feature an angle adjustability of 30%, which can correct the installation deviation and reduce failure rate as well as operation and maintenance costs. Furthermore, an upgrade to the installation process that integrates the patented Trina-Clamp reduces installation time by 50%. The company’s SuperTrack algorithm delivers an extra yield gain of up to 8%. With a cleaning robot effectively eliminating sands and dust on modules, system power generation can be enhanced by more than 10%.

The upcoming TrinaTracker SCADA system will feature remote monitoring, early warning, intelligent diagnosis and troubleshooting. The SCADA system is designed to boost the effective operating time under different weather conditions, diagnose the real time tracker problems and perform troubleshooting accordingly.

Agile 1P has officially gone into mass production. Up to now, the global installation capacity of TrinaTrackers has exceeded 5 GW.

Photo: Trina Solar’ Agile web page

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Climate diplomacy won’t wait – Climate Weekly

Climate Change News - 4 hours 20 min ago

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Categories: H. Green News

New Report Details the Gendered and Racial Impacts of the Fossil Fuel Industry and the Complicit Financial Institutions

Common Dreams - 4 hours 51 min ago
Osprey Orielle Lake, Katherine Quaid"The fossil fuel industry, and their financiers, are leading us further down the path of irreparable climate disaster, and we need to understand who is being harmed first and worst by their actions."
Categories: F. Left News

36 Groups to Biden and Congress: Reduce Oversized Pentagon Request

Common Dreams - 4 hours 56 min ago
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Categories: F. Left News

We Must Reclaim Voting Rights as a Moral Imperative

Common Dreams - 5 hours 2 min ago
Bernice A. King , Rev. Dr. William J. Barber IIOur deepest moral and constitutional traditions point us toward the possibility of a more perfect union when we respect the basic democratic principle of one person, one vote.
Categories: F. Left News

'Entire System Is to Blame': Outrage Builds After Police Union Leader Says Officer Killing of Unarmed Teen Was 'Heroic'

Common Dreams - 5 hours 10 min ago
Julia Conley, staff writer"Ending this isn't just about consequences for who pulls the trigger. It's about admitting to and confronting an entire system that exists to protect, defend, and cover up state violence." 
Categories: F. Left News

'Racist, Unconstitutional, and Anti-Democratic': Florida Senate Passes GOP Anti-Protest Bill

Common Dreams - 5 hours 19 min ago
Kenny Stancil, staff writer"This bill is a disgrace to our state."
Categories: F. Left News

175 MW of new UK solar deployed in first quarter of 2021

Renewable Energy Magazine - 5 hours 25 min ago
Figures released by Solar Energy UK and Solar Media Ltd show that 175 MW of photovoltaic (PV) solar capacity was installed across the UK from January – March 2021.

Bucknell University’s new solar array receives approval from the East Buffalo Township Board of Supervisors

Renewable Energy Magazine - 5 hours 25 min ago
Bucknell University in Pennsylvania has partnered with Encore Renewable Energy of Burlington, Vermont, to install a 1.6 peak megawatt solar array on approximately seven acres of University-owned land.

SweetchEnergy Secures €5.2 Million Investment to Develop Osmotic Energy

Renewable Energy Magazine - 5 hours 25 min ago
Sweetch Energy, a European company that pioneers advanced nanotechnology and eco-material science to harness osmotic energy, announced that it has secured €5.2 million to initiate its industrialization phase and develop a first full-scale prototype. 

World's first mass-produced battery swap station starts operation in Beijing

Renewable Energy Magazine - 5 hours 25 min ago
NIO and Sinopec unveiled the NIO Power Swap Station 2.0 at Sinopec’s Chaoying Station in Beijing yesterday (15th April).

Pakistan explores debt-for-nature scheme to accelerate its 10 billion tree tsunami

Climate Change News - 5 hours 25 min ago

Creditors could grant Pakistan debt relief in exchange for meeting nature restoration targets, under a proposed first-of-its-kind bond

The post Pakistan explores debt-for-nature scheme to accelerate its 10 billion tree tsunami appeared first on Climate Home News.

Categories: H. Green News

Fortescue reaches 1.5 billion tonnes shipped from Pilbara

Mining.Com - 5 hours 34 min ago

Fortescue Metals has marked 1.5-billion tonnes of iron ore shipped from its Pilbara operations, in Western Australia.

The company achieved the milestone less than three years after it celebrated shipping its billionth tonne from Herb Elliott Port in Port Hedland.

Fortescue was established in 2003 and shipped its first iron ore from Port Hedland in 2008. Since then, more than 46,680 trains have been uploaded at Port Hedland, with over 8,110 ships having left the Herb Elliot port.

The world’s no. 4 iron ore producer announced last month plans to go carbon neutral by 2030, bringing forward its previous target by 10 years, about two decades earlier than its closest rivals BHP, Rio Tinto and Vale.

As part of that goal, the company aims to produce green hydrogen at a commercial scale by 2023.

Glick, Chatterjee clash on RTO expansion incentive as FERC announces transmission initiatives

Utility Dive - 5 hours 35 min ago

Commission staff projected that consumers will eventually save $350 million annually without the incentive, but Commissioner Neil Chatterjee called the move "short-sighted" and said it delays needed reforms.

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