BP teams up with Orsted to deliver green hydrogen at German refinery

first_imgOffshore wind power produced by Orsted will power a 50MW green hydrogen electrolyser at BP’s Lingen oil refinery, as the oil major bids to cut process emissions BP has long-term ambition to build 500MW green hydrogen capacity at Lingen (Credit: Flickr/Mike Mozart) BP is accelerating its interest in green hydrogen through a venture with Danish wind giant Orsted that is planned to produce 9,000 tonnes of the fuel annually.The partnership, which is at a very early stage, will seek to build a 50 megawatt (MW) electrolyser at BP’s Lingen oil refinery in Germany, with Orsted supplying clean electricity for the production process from its North Sea wind farms.So-called “green hydrogen” is produced using exclusively renewable energy. It has emerged as an increasingly-viable alternative to carbon-heavy fuels like oil, particularly for powering hard-to-abate industrial processes like refining.The Lingen refinery, located in the west of the country, already produces “grey hydrogen” – which is made using natural gas and has associated emissions – and BP says the new venture will be capable of replacing 20% of this with green hydrogen.This would be equivalent to removing 45,000 cars from German roads, the UK oil major said, by avoiding the emission of 80,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent each year.“Hydrogen will have ‎an increasing role to play in meeting the energy demands of a decarbonising world,” said Dev Sanyal, BP’s executive vice president for gas and low carbon.“Bringing together Orsted ‎and BP, Lingen Green Hydrogen offers the opportunity both to accelerate significant ‎emissions reduction in our refinery and build experience of large-scale green hydrogen ‎production and deployment.“This has the potential to play an important role in the ‎development of a hydrogen economy, in Germany and beyond.” BP and Orsted hope to advance green hydrogen technology and lower costs of deploymentBP has embarked on a strategic shift this year away from its core business of oil and gas towards renewable generation and clean-energy services.It has committed to reaching net-zero emissions across its operations by 2050, and this venture – BP’s first full-scale green hydrogen project – is considered an early step towards wider implementation of the technology across its business.The oil major says the project is intended to support a longer-term ambition to build more than 500MW of ‎renewable-powered electrolysis capacity at Lingen.Orsted has emerged as one of Europe’s biggest renewable energy specialists in recent years, driven by the growing deployment of wind power, both on the continent and further afield.Martin Neubert, executive vice president and CEO of offshore wind at Orsted, said: “Heavy industries such as refineries use large quantities of hydrogen in their manufacturing ‎processes.“They will continue to need hydrogen, but replacing the current fossil-based ‎hydrogen with hydrogen produced from renewable energy can help these industries ‎dramatically lower their CO2 footprint.“But first, renewable hydrogen has to become cost ‎competitive with fossil-based hydrogen, and for that we need projects such as this with BP’s ‎Lingen refinery, which will demonstrate the electrolyser technology at large scale and ‎showcase real-life application of hydrogen based on offshore wind.”Orsted and BP have applied for funding for the project from the EU Innovation Fund, a programme designed to accelerate low-carbon innovation, particularly across energy-intensive industries.last_img read more

Mayor’s Message: May 31

first_imgMayor Jay Gillian  Dear Friends, All paving for the road and drainage project south of 55th Street is expected to be complete by next Friday. That will end the season for our spring road improvements. Work on new project areas will resume after Labor Day as we continue our aggressive capital improvement plan.  The major sewer line clog that closed the restrooms at 34th Street Beach last weekend has been repaired. The facilities will be open for the weekend. City crews made forms this week for a new concrete pad to accommodate more bicycle racks at the Surf Road Beach entrance. Until the additional racks are in place, please do not lock bicycles to the handrails of the new handicapped-accessible ramp there. Work to elevate a final portion of the north side of the Bayside Center grounds will be completed next week along with the placement of permeable pavers for the boat ramp approach. Ocean City is in the running once again for “New Jersey’s Favorite Beach” in the annual contest sponsored by the N.J. Sea Grant Consortium. We’ve won the contest five years in a row, and I encourage everybody to vote right now by clicking here . The contest is designed “to inspire pride in and stewardship of New Jersey’s beaches.” I want to thank our local U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 81 for its generous donation of an automated external defibrillator (AED) to be ready for use outside the Ocean City Music Pier. Public Affairs Officer Bob Babezki and Human Resources Staff Officer Warren Iredell made a presentation to the city during the Unlocking of the Ocean ceremony last Friday. If you’re reading this message on Friday afternoon, there is still time to purchase your 2019 seasonal beach tags at the discounted $20. The price goes up to $25 on Saturday. Visit for information on how to purchase them. Michele and I would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Catharine Adams, who passed away last weekend at age 90. Cathy was a special person in Ocean City. She was always committed to church, community and family. Her legacy will live on through her seven children and 25 grandchildren and in many other ways. I hope you all will join me in paying tribute to a life well-lived. Michele and I also would like to congratulate George and Rose Savastano on the marriage today of their daughter, Amy, to Vaughn Krynock. We wish Amy and Vaughn much health, happiness and prosperity in the years ahead. Warm regards,Mayor Jay A. Gillianlast_img read more

A toast to toasters

first_imgWe were just thinking, ’the world of toaster innovation has gone a bit quiet of late’, and then three major domestic bread-heating advances drop on our desks.First up is the ’bacon butty toaster’. Following last year’s Toast N Egg a toaster with an egg fryer unceremoniously bolted onto the side the boffins at Tefal have put their scientific learning to best use by devising the Toast N Grill. This is an all-in-one toaster and grill, filling the gap in the market for those people who are unable to face the arduous task of operating a grill and a toaster at the same time.Next is the ’slotless toaster’, which, for a mere $90 in the US, allows you to toast without having to lift your bread out of a slot. It features a 10.25 x 7-inch heated surface the obvious failing being that you have to turn your toast over to brown both sides. One gadget website aptly described it as “much like your existing toaster, only less useful”.Last but not least literally the ’Wallace & Gromit’ of the toaster world. Devised by former art student Yuri Suzuki, this all-in-one breakfast device, which cost £900 to assemble, can spread butter and jam onto toast, fry omelettes, freshly-squeeze orange juice and even freshly grind coffee beans. Surely the last word in toasting? Tefal, take note.last_img read more

The Rochester Schools will begin their year online

first_img Google+ Pinterest Facebook The Rochester Schools have suspended all in-class instruction and suspended their athletic programs through August 24.E-learning will take place instead, and devices for learning online can be picked up by parents at the student’s school building Tuesday from Noon to 4 p.m., and Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.Thursday marks the beginning of e-learning classes.The schools made the decision after consulting with the Fulton County Health Department. In a statement Monday, school officials cited “the actions of a few” that prevented in-class learning — alluding to a number of students who attended end-of-summer celebrations. Twitter The Rochester Schools will begin their year online CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market By Tommie Lee – August 3, 2020 0 348 WhatsApp WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Pinterest Facebook Previous articlePlanet Fitness makes a change to their mask policyNext articleDump truck crashes into Miller’s Flea Market in LaPorte County Tommie Leelast_img read more

Bolsonaro win in Congress seen hindering impeachment drive

first_imgBRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Lawmakers supported by President Jair Bolsonaro have been elected to head both houses of Brazil’s Congress in a major victory for the conservative leader’s effort to fend off a potential impeachment effort. In the most crucial decision Monday, Arthur Lira of the center-right Progressive party was chosen as speaker of the Chamber of Deputies with 302 votes against 145 for his main adversary. Any impeachment move would have to start in the lower house. Hours earlier,  senators elected Rodrigo Pacheco of the center-right Democrats party as the Senate president, giving him 57 out of 78 votes. Opponents of the president have been staging street demonstrations to demand his ouster over his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has hit Brazil hard.last_img read more

Hamilton’s Leslie Odom Jr. Talks Tonys

first_imgLeslie Odom Jr. from $149.00 Fresh off of his first Tony win, solo album release and celebrating Hamilton’s whopping 11 2016 Tony wins, Leslie Odom Jr. stopped by CBS This Morning on June 14. He had his shiny Tony in tow, simply because he has not been home to his apartment since Broadway’s biggest night. “I’m still taking in the moment,” he said. “There was a little bit of talk on social media—’They should postpone the Tonys,'” he said. “I think that joy in the face of something like that is in its own way a protest.” Watch the full interview below! View Comments Hamiltoncenter_img Star Files Related Shows Leslie Odom Jr.last_img read more

U.S. Labor Department: Coal mining employment fell to record low in 2018

first_imgU.S. Labor Department: Coal mining employment fell to record low in 2018 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享West Virginia Public Radio:It’s been two years since President Donald Trump took office and began rolling back environmental regulations on the coal industry. At a November rally in Huntington, West Virginia, the president took credit for a coal comeback in front of a cheering crowd.But federal data about the industry tell a different story. Mine operators and independent contractors are required to report regular employment information to the Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration, or MSHA. Preliminary figures for 2018 show 80,778 people were employed by mine operators and contractors. That’s a record low, and about a thousand fewer than were employed by coal in the last year of the Obama administration.Nationwide, coal plant retirements neared a record high, and overall coal production dropped to the lowest level in nearly 40 years, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, a non-partisan government agency that tracks energy trends.The Trump administration has leaned heavily on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to try to boost the region’s coal industry. In March 2017, Trump signed an executive order that kicked off an in-depth review of a series of environmental regulations. Since then, the administration has proposed a series of regulatory rollbacks aimed at helping struggling coal plants and operators.But many industry analysts believe Trump’s looser environmental rules have not helped the industry. “So, we had some pretty significant regulatory rollbacks in 2018,” said Trevor Houser, a coal analyst at the independent research company Rhodium Group. “And yet, 2018 was a record year in terms of coal plant retirements.”Across the Ohio Valley, utilities announced more coal power plant closures in 2018. After Ohio-based FirstEnergy Solutions declared bankruptcy, it announced it would close two coal-fired power plants, one in Pennsylvania and one in Ohio. Another of its plants in West Virginia will close by 2022. Another major utility, American Electric Power, announced it was moving up the closure date for some units in its Conesville plant in Ohio to 2019.A report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, an energy think tank, found cost is the biggest force in coal’s decline. Renewables and gas-fired generation continue to provide a cheaper and more flexible alternative.More: Coal comeback? Coal at new low after two years under Trumplast_img read more

Wanted Jamaican Druglord Captured

first_imgBy Dialogo June 24, 2010 Christopher “Dudus” Coke, a Jamaican alleged druglord wanted to face trial in the United States, has been captured on the Caribbean island after a manhunt sparked bloodshed last month, police said. “The security forces wish to confirm reports that Christopher Lloyd Coke, for whom police is holding a warrant of arrest regarding extradition proceedings, was arrested this afternoon,” police commissioner Owen Ellington said. Local church leader Reverend Al Miller earlier told reporters he “helped in the process to hand over Coke.” Miller has helped in negotiations to ease tensions after a nearly week-long assault last month on a slum to capture Coke left 73 dead and divided the island nation. Jamaican police backed by troops descended on Coke’s stronghold of the impoverished Tivoli Gardens slum last month seeking to arrest him. Coke is wanted in the United States on drug trafficking charges, but he is also hailed by many residents as a Robin Hood figure who offers security and small-time jobs on some of the world’s toughest streets. Despite heavy security, house-to-house searches and a bloody shootout between security forces and armed Coke supporters, he managed to evade capture, amid rumors that he was either being sheltered on the island or had fled. Ellington had pledged a thorough investigation of all allegations and vowed to find Coke. But the unrest which saw the government declare a state of emergency left downtown Kingston deserted for days, and trapped many people in their homes with no food and water, as gun battles raged on the capital’s streets. Pictures of decaying corpses, masked gunmen and a fugitive drug don were a blow to Jamaica’s tourist image and home of late reggae star Bob Marley. Kingston has long had the dubious distinction of being one of the world’s murder capitals, and most tourists simply pass through the airport heading for its renowned beaches especially on the north coast. Tourism has been one bright spot in the economy since the island gained independence from Britain in 1962. After a slowdown during the financial crisis, Jamaica welcomed more than 200,000 tourists in March for the first time over a one-month period, according to the Tourism Board. In 2009, more than 1.8 million tourists visited Jamaica, which itself is home to only 2.8 million people, according to the board’s figures.last_img read more

Four facts that may rock your world

first_imgPlenty of CEOs and Boards act as if nothing has changed in the 70+ years since their credit union was founded, and that it will probably continue along as it has for another 70+ years. I’d tell them they might not want to get too comfortable, because these four facts just might shake up their plans for the future:1. Millennials now outnumber Boomers. According to the US Census Bureau, Millennials (born between 1982 and 2000) now number 83.1 million and represent more than a quarter of US population, while Boomers clock in at a measly 75.4 million. Which group will be more important for future loan growth, I wonder? Perhaps even more interesting, 44.2% of those Millennials are part of a minority race or ethnic group (other than non-Hispanic/white), and this trend promises to continue as over 50% of the youngest Americans (under 5 years) are as well. If your CU looks to grow, you probably need to build a strategy based on your future members, not their grandparents.2. One of three workers is actually a freelancer.As American companies continue to shed payroll and benefits costs, more people have turned to freelance, part-time and temporary jobs. Today, over a third of the workforce is independent, and experts are predicting that number to hit 40% by 2020. What does that mean to your bottom line? Your credit process for auto, personal and small-business loans may be obsolete and need to be modified to work for a member that freelances. It also means you are vulnerable to competition that understands this market. Companies like Uber are filling the gap on auto loans for people without great credit scores, approving their freelance drivers to not only buy a car through the company, but also making their monthly payments out of the fares they collect for them.3. Equal rights come in a rainbow of colors.With the SCOTUS decision, same sex marriages can no longer be outlawed by any state. Advocates will continue to push to add sexual orientation and gender identity to civil rights laws, in order to also protect LGBT individuals from discrimination. If you haven’t already, Credit unions and their CUSOs should review your processes, policies, and applications for potential conflicts. Marketing materials should be reviewed for both wording and imagery that welcomes all, not alienates some.4. Pot-Biz banking is not only possible, it’s probable.23 states have legalized marijuana for medical purposes. Four states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational pot, and at least 10 other states are considering some form of legalization. It has been estimated that there are at least 2,000 to 3,000 dispensaries nationwide, plus untold numbers of growers, edibles manufacturers and other small businesses that have formed around the multibillion dollar, mostly cash-based, marijuana industry. The Treasury Dept. and Dept. of Justice have issued guidelines that say they would not target banks working with marijuana-related businesses that are legal and regulated on the state level, but since marijuana is illegal under federal law, financial institutions are still wary. Look for that to change, as potential tax revenues change politicians’ minds and the law. For now, if you live in one of the 27 states previously mentioned, your state-chartered CU might actually be well-positioned to help this market.Social change happens. Sometimes (relatively) quickly. And while no Strategic Plan can foresee the future, it can be built with the flexibility to adapt.Just be sure you go into the future with your eyes open. 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Kent Dicken Kent is CEO / Founder of iDiz, a full-service agency focused on Branding, Websites, and Big Ideas for credit unions that want to grow. He is also one of the authors … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Final Target-FIs judgment means $59M in class benefits

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A federal district court has entered final judgment in financial institutions’ class action over the 2013 Target Corp. breach, pushing the final tab Target will pay to $59 million.Parties reached a $39 million settlement in December to resolve the dispute over the breach, which exposed some 40 million credit and debit cards and the personal data of up to 110 million consumers to potential fraud. The full cost to financial institutions has yet to be determined. The final judgment, entered last Friday, adds attorney’s fees and payments to class representatives.Carrie Hunt, NAFCU’s executive vice president of government affairs and general counsel, while praising plaintiffs’ win, emphasized that a real solution on merchant data breaches involves national data security standards for everyone in the payments chain.“In the nearly three years since Target’s huge data breach, consumers remain extremely susceptible to cyberattacks,” said Hunt. “We continue to urge Congress to protect consumers’ financial information by enacting national data security standards for retailers and holding them directly accountable for their data breaches. continue reading »last_img read more