UK and Chinese researchers are set to collaborate on five projects to develop the next generation offshore renewable energy (ORE) technologies.The three-year collaborative initiative will tackle key challenges affecting the development of tidal, wave, and offshore wind systems to maximize their environmental and socio-economic benefits.The projects will seek to determine where the best energy resource is available and where would be best to implement ORE technologies, and inform the development of technology so that structures are resilient to extreme events such as typhoons and earthquakes.The work will also focus on the advancement of virtual prototyping in the design and optimization of ORE power take-off (PTO) systems, and on tackling challenges related to the integration of different offshore technologies into multi-purpose platforms.The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) are supporting the projects with almost £4 million of funding, which will be distributed from the Newton Fund.The National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) is providing the funding for all of the projects, as part of the Joint UK-China Offshore Renewable Energy program.Duncan Wingham, NERC’s Chief Executive, said: “This research will develop the potential of offshore renewable energy technologies, integrating environmental science to provide a better understanding of the energy resources, the sustainable development of ORE systems and where best to locate and deploy these systems to ensure a stable power supply with minimal environmental impact.”Richard Harrington, Minister for Energy and Industry, added: “This £4 million investment will support collaborative research into the next generation of offshore technologies with one of our largest global trading partners, unlocking further opportunities for projects across the UK and the rest of the world.”
Greek Assodivers Underwater Contractors have taken delivery of two MERMAC winches from MacArtney to be used on the Kriegers Flak offshore wind project in the Danish Baltic Sea.The delivery consists of one 19.5 ton AHC (active heave compensation) winch and one 6 ton umbilical winch. In addition, the scope of supply includes electrical slip rings, junction boxes, MRUs, extra level wind guide roller kits and wireless remote controls.The AHC winch is intended to relocate huge stones from the seafloor, and the umbilical winch is to be used for pulling a cable plough.Electric AHC winch solutions are often preferred for ROV systems and for handling equipment that is to operate near or on the seabed, MacArtney said. AHC immediately compensates for vessel movement caused by waves, even in heavy seas. This feature reduces weather-related downtime and considerably facilitates launch and recovery of tethered equipment, the company said.”This is not the first time we’ve placed an order with MacArtney. Our business relations go further back and emphasize the fact that we always rest assured to be granted superior customer service and product quality on the part of MacArtney,” said Sarantos Konstantatos, Procurement Officer, Assodivers Underwater Contractors.The Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm is owned by Vattenfall and will comprise 72 Siemens Gamesa 8MW turbines, expected to be fully operational by 2021.Assodivers is responsible for cable burial works at the Kriegers Flak Combined Grid Solution (CGS), a project that will interconnect Danish and German grids via Kriegers Flak and Baltic 2 offshore wind farms.
Chelsea’s John Mikel Obi says he is desperate to qualify for the Champions League this season because he struggles to get motivated for the Europa League.The Blues have reached the last eight of the Europa League after exiting the Champions League earlier this season.“What do they say [about the Europa League]? Thursday nights, Channel 5?” said 25-year-old Mikel.“Hopefully, next season we are not going to be in it and we are going to be prime time.”Chelsea are currently third in the Premier League as they bid to secure a top four spot and Champions League qualification for next season.But manager Rafael Benitez’s side can also win two trophies this term – they are leading Russian side Rubin Kazan 3-1 after the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final, and they will face Manchester City in the semi-final of the FA Cup at Wembley on Sunday.“Champions League football is what this club has always been involved in and that is what we as players want to achieve,” said Mikel.“We want to be in the top four, top three, whatever. We want to be in the Champions League next season. “No disrespect to the Europa League … but when you get that buzz, and you hear the Champions League song, it’s different.“And we have been used to it, to those nights, those special nights, and we want to get them back, we want to be involved again in the Champions League next season.“I don’t even know the Europa League song. I have been here seven years and I have never played football on Thursday nights.”The Nigerian international added: “It has been kind of frustrating to watch [Champions League matches] – and we have to then play on Thursday night.”
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error ATLANTA — Kris Medlen dreamed of a playoff scenario with the Dodgers, all right.Just not exactly like the one in which he’ll have a starring role.Medlen, who grew up in Cerritos, figured he’d be an infielder for the Dodgers. He envisioned the wrong team and wrong position, but Medlen sure is in great position for the Braves as their Game 1 starter against the Dodgers in the National League Division Series on Thursday.“It’s a pretty cool feeling being able to play against them during the regular season,” Medlen said. “I think (there’s) the fact that I’ve had a couple years in the big leagues to kind of get over that love for the Dodgers. “We’ve missed him twice this year, the both times we played this series, but I think our team, with the confidence we have, he missed us,” Medlen said.Medlen will miss Matt Kemp — out for the postseason with a left ankle injury — but will need to keep Hanley Ramirez, Yasiel Puig and Adrian Gonzalez and company in check if he’s to hand things over to the back of a stingy Braves bullpen.Medlen was the unlikeliest of Game 1 starters four months ago, but he is the Braves’ best chance to go toe-to-toe with Kershaw.“Medlen, he’s earned it,” Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “He’s a guy that pitched a big game for us last year. He pitched that St. Louis Cardinals play-in game, so he’s got that going for him.”Medlen started for the Braves last year in its 6-3 loss to St. Louis in the NL wild-card playoff game. Medlen gave up just two earned runs in 6 1/3 innings, but Atlanta had three errors. He was 10-1 in 12 starts in 2012 before that game.“I think the buildup and anxiety of playing in a Game 7-type of situation last year didn’t get to me,” Medlen said. “I just thought it was more than a regular-season game than it typically is.“I think we’re in a different situation this year. We have a chance to win a series instead of one game, although every game matters.”He’s caught the attention of Kershaw too.“Medlen has a good changeup,” Kershaw said. “He’s been pitching awesome too, the last month or so, and obviously he’s had some success.”So have the Braves, who won 96 games, but some players were vocal with their frustration that the Dodgers and their big-name superstars were garnering more attention than the young, lesser-known Braves.“All the attention, I mean, we’re not running for prom king,” Medlen said.He looks young enough to run for prom king with a boyish face and skater-like way he wears his hat. But he’s got good stuff, and that’s what matters in October.“He has location with all his pitches and (good) movement on his fastball,” Atlanta catcher Brian McCann said. “For me, he has the best changeup in baseball. His curveball is very good. He can throw any pitch in any count. He’s a confident guy.”Confident enough to envision a day when he would play major league baseball.Just against the Dodgers, not with them. “It’s cool to face them, but they’re just another team.”Medlen, who turns 28 on Monday, looks every part the California kid on the mound with that signature flat-brim baseball cap.He looked none of the part of a Game 1 playoff starter early in the season. Medlen was 1-6 in May — rivaling the Dodgers’ dismal start — but he credited simplifying things for his turnaround.He was 4-0 in September with a 1.00 ERA and was named the National League’s pitcher of the month.Pitching like that gives you the swagger necessary to take part in a pitching duel with Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, the favorite to win his second Cy Young Award this season. Medlen was 15-12 with a 3.11 ERA in the regular season and won one fewer game than Kershaw.