India plans new transmission infrastructure to support renewable energy generation

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Clean Technica:India has shared details of large power transmission projects dedicated for renewable energy projects in the western parts of the country. The transmission projects are part of the Green Energy Corridors program that was envisaged to support the massive renewable energy capacity addition targets announced by the Indian government.India’s largest power transmission company, the state-owned Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL), recently shared proposals to set up transmission projects worth $1.8 billion in the western states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Rajasthan. The transmission projects will support wind and solar power projects with a combined installed capacity of 25.4 gigawatts across the three states.The current proposal is part of a much larger plan to set up transmission projects dedicated to solar and wind energy farms spread across seven renewable energy-rich states in the country. As part of this plan, transmission projects to support 50 gigawatts of solar and 16.5 gigawatts of wind energy capacity shall be set up. This larger plan is divided into two phases — under phase I, transmission projects for 20 gigawatts of solar and 9 gigawatts of wind energy capacity shall be set up by December 2020, while under phase II, projects for 30 gigawatts of solar and 7.5 gigawatts of wind energy capacity shall be set up by December 2021.The states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Madhya Pradesh will have transmission projects to support 28 gigawatts of solar and wind energy capacity by the end of 2021.These transmission projects are critical for India to achieve, or even get close to, the ambitious target to have 100 gigawatts of solar power and 60 gigawatts of wind energy capacity operational by March 2022. The lack of adequate transmission network has been an issue that kept project developers from bidding in large-scale renewable energy projects.More: India plans $1.8 billion transmission projects for renewable energy projects India plans new transmission infrastructure to support renewable energy generationlast_img read more

Google says: The focus is on bikes and the public bike system aka active holidays

first_imgOf course, the same changes were noticed by Google, and he reacted immediately. Otherwise, a quick reaction to the changes will be at the cost of current and future tourism companies. So Google has noticed a significant increase in searches of everything that revolves around bikes, from shopping to searching for the nearest bike repair services. Google Maps has been offering instructions specifically for bikes for years, and now the app also shows where you can find locations to share a bike or bike-sharing station. Today, Google combines the two options together and displays data with instructions for cyclists – and if you don’t have your own bike, it will redirect you to the nearest bike-sharing point and include the nearest place to go to your destination. It basically combines hiking directions to and from bike transportation and information with the best bike route. For some cities, Google Maps will also offer a direct link to bike sharing apps so users can go to them, book bikes, and unlock them. Google The Bike-sharing World Map The coronavirus pandemic is causing important changes in our daily lives, including the way we move around cities, and thus directly affecting the tourism sector. While we don’t yet know what all the changes in behavior will be, some of the new trends are slowly popping up. What is noticeable, even in Croatia because their sales “exploded”, is the significantly increased use or demand for bicycles. Both recreationally and in public transport. Also, there is a new trend that is growing rapidly, and that is electric scooters, which are slowly conquering our coast. I must definitely emphasize the charging stations for electric bicycles. This is a trend that will remain, active tourism is growing and will certainly be an important motive for coming and creating a competitive advantage, as well as the great demand of tourists for just such facilities. Google has announced that it is working on updating its bike path data with the idea of ​​including new lane data worldwide in the coming months, inviting the same cities and municipalities to contribute updated information to Google Maps via a data transfer tool – Geo Data Upload tool . So, it is logical for us to take that step and fill in the data on our bike paths aka the development of cycling tourism. As we know, those who are proactive, quick to react, creative, innovative and who are primarily engaged in market development succeed. As Google is currently working on expanding the network and updating, not all data or destinations are currently displayed, but as we can see in Croatia, at least according to Google, we have 18 bike-sharing stations. So, these are trends that have been there for years, and now, due to the appearance of the coronavirus, the need for them is growing rapidly. As always, it is necessary to react quickly and be among the first to take a step, in fact, even to impose themselves as leaders of trends, even to create some.last_img read more

USC to postpone in-person commencement but to hold online events in May

first_imgStudents will have the option to convert their spring semester courses from a letter grade system to pass/no pass, though it is unclear whether this will also apply to classes fulfilling major requirements. The change comes after student petitions that have garnered more than 3,800 signatures collectively called on the University to reconsider its grading policy in light of virtual instruction extending to the end of the semester. Several other universities, including UC Berkeley and Duke University, have also altered their pass/fail policies.  USC is also working to reduce the number of students living in campus housing but has acknowledged that travel restrictions may make it difficult for some students to leave. However, as USC navigates the developing circumstances, some students may be required to move rooms, the email read.  Access to buildings on both the University Park and Health Sciences campuses will also be limited, hours at UPC will be reduced to 8 a.m. to 6 p.m, the email read, though it is unclear whether these hours are meant for students and employees or the public. Target and Trader Joe’s in USC Village will remain open, and several USC Village restaurants will continue to offer takeout options. “We know how important an in-person commencement is to our seniors, other graduates, and their families and friends,” the email read. “You’ve been planning for years for the special moments of celebration and gratitude that commencement provides for friends, teachers, and loved ones.” “For those students who received permission to remain in university housing on a temporary basis, we will continue to provide housing, food, and support while you are on campus,” the email read. “However, please understand that we developed this policy when we were still planning to return to in-person classes in mid-April, and we were trying to reduce financial and other travel burdens for our students.” Those who have left campus are not permitted to return and will be turned away if they attempt to do so. Only authorized staff and students who have permission to remain in University housing are permitted to enter campus. USC has postponed in-person commencement but will host a series of virtual events with online speakers in May for those graduating, President Carol Folt and Provost Charles Zukoski announced Friday in a communitywide email. The email also detailed other University updates regarding grading, housing and financial aid and addressed the impact of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home order, which has limited nonessential movement to reduce the spread of coronavirus.   “We are thinking of you every day, as the COVID-19 pandemic progresses and new local, state, and federal directives are put in place,” the email read. “Our first concern remains your safety and the health and safety of our communities around the world.” The email also stated that students who have earned University merit aid, including scholarships, fellowships and work-study, will continue to receive funding. The University has not yet finalized plans for distributing awards but will continue to provide additional details as decisions get finalized. The University will readjust deadlines to apply to this option, and more information will be released when plans for the policy change are finalized, according to the email. USC will not be able to determine the details of the in-person commencement — an event that brings nearly 80,000 people to campus each year — until pandemic developments slow, however, has ensured that those graduating will still have the opportunity to celebrate together. last_img read more