Tesla Powerwall is now available in South Africa

first_imgElon Musk’s Tesla Motors will open a South African office this month, which will be managed by Evan Rice, the chief executive of GreenCape, an organisation formed to help develop the market for renewable energy in Western Cape.(Image: Tesla Powerwall)Brand South Africa reporterThe South African Tesla operation will start off with only one employee. But Rice told the htxt website that “if we can find some solid business cases and get them going, we will be expanding”, hinting at further announcements for the company’s presence in South Africa and the rest of the continent later in 2016.Rice says the company’s priority in South Africa will be to develop a market for Tesla’s industrial-scale battery pack, called the Powerwall. It was introduced to the world in 2015 by Musk. At the launch, Musk called the revolutionary device “the most suitable and cost-effective way to manage energy grids and supplement renewable energy sources for both industrial and home markets”.The Tesla Powerwall is a home battery system charged with solar energy that can provide power after sunset. The system can be plugged into the power grid, connected to buildings or paired with solar panels. Utilities can use them to operate their grids more smoothly and avoid having to build more expensive power plants that create pollution.Powerwall batteries are currently manufactured in Nevada, in the US. Tesla already has distribution deals in place to sell Powerwall products in South Africa through several renewable energy companies, including Dako Power and Rubicon, according to Rice.Rice also says the company, together with GreenCape, has spoken to municipal energy providers about feed-in tariffs which would allow customers to sell energy back to the grid. This would help to encourage private capital to invest in the systems, he says.“At the moment, we’re seeing the majority of solar going into shopping malls or retail parks where all the energy produced can be used on site,” Rice explains. “If you could sell some back to the grid it would make (investing in storage) a much more attractive business case and help to leverage private capital.”While Tesla has no plans to bring the group’s electric vehicles here, the anticipated success of the Powerwall home battery system in South Africa – which is no stranger to electricity constraints – might push forward plans to introduce the hugely popular vehicle in the country.Tesla Motors was founded in 2003 by Musk and a group of Silicon Valley engineers looking to improve the performance and cut the costs of electric motors. The defining aspect of the Tesla vehicles and the Powerwall is the principles of the AC induction motor patented in 1888 by inventor Nikola Tesla. The resulting Tesla Roadster not only set a new standard for non-emission vehicles, but was also the fastest and most cost-effective electric car in the world.Tesla Motors turned its first profit in 2013, according to Forbes magazine, giving Musk a net worth of $13-billion (R209.4bn), while making Tesla a household name in the United States.Born in 1971, Musk grew up in Johannesburg and Pretoria and immigrated to Canada when he finished high school. He sold his first start­up, a company that provided maps and business directories, to Compaq Computer for $22-million. He went on to co-create the PayPal online payment system, which he later sold to eBay for $250m. This, in turn, financed Musk’s interests in alternative energy and space technology. His two business focuses now are Tesla and SpaceX, the private space exploration company dedicated to developing affordable and advanced space travel and research.Described by biographer Ashlee Vance as a “possessed genius on the grandest quest anyone has ever concocted, (Musk) is no less a (chief executive) chasing riches than a general marshalling troops to secure victory. Where Mark Zuckerberg wants to help you share baby photos, Musk wants to save the human race from self-imposed or accidental annihilation.”Source: AFKInsider, Tesla Motors, Elon Musk websiteWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

A Ohio rubber crop is coming your way from OARDC

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In 2004, the History Channel broadcast a Modern Marvels Special on Natural Rubber. My favorite quote from that special is “Our four most important natural resources are air, water, petroleum, and rubber.” (I would have argued for soil to be part of the list.) Nonetheless, while most people guess the first two, some also guess petroleum; almost no one imagines that rubber is fourth on the list.I recently found out that many Ohioans think that black rubber, like what we see in tires, seals and gaskets and hoses, is synthetic and derived from petroleum. In fact, this is far from true — natural rubber looks black when it is reinforced with carbon black — Natural rubber is used to make about 50,000 different products. The rubber component of a passenger car tire may be 50% natural and 50% synthetic, but the higher the performance required the greater the proportion of natural rubber. Airplanes land on 100% natural rubber tires — if synthetic polymers were added these tires would not take the stress of landing and would explode. Truck tires are 95% to 100% natural rubber. All natural rubber has been harvested by tapping tropical rubber trees and the United States has imported all we require. This is an enormous amount each year of about 1.5 million metric tons or 3,306,000,000 lbs. However, we now face a significant supply problem. As Southeast Asia, China and Brazil expand and develop their economies, they need more and more rubber. The increasing demand is greater than all of our imports so where shall we get the rubber we need?To address this critical supply issue, OARDC scientists are developing an annual rubber crop for Ohio farmers as quickly as we can. This crop plant, a cousin of our common dandelion, is being developed by improving plants collected from the wild from Kazakhstan by USDA in 2008. The species name is Taraxacum kok-saghyz, erroneously called the Russian dandelion when it was grown at sites all over the United States during World War II. Our new selections are named Buckeye Gold — gold for the flowers and gold for the money we hope our farmers and rubber manufacturers will make. The quality of the rubber is almost identical to the rubber tree rubber. It is a root crop, but the rosettes can be used for feed or biofuels. Since it can be grown as an annual, we think that it will become part of our normal crop rotation. In 2013, we planted 8 acres at three OARDC research stations and on a local commercial farm, the largest North American planting in 70 years. We also began planting box studies (figure 3) to understand the yield potential of this new industrial crop. Since then we have used rapid phenotyping methods to select large plants with triple the rubber content, which are being interbred this spring. Germains Seed Technology of California has primed and pelletized improved seed for us and this has been planted on several acres. Its biggest challenge is weed control — we need to kill the common dandelions without killing the rubber dandelions.Our results indicate that Ohio farmers should quite soon be able to grow this new crop on a large enough scale (several million acres) to make the United States self-sustainable for natural rubber production, and then expand to allow this country to become a rubber exporting country!Many new rubber extraction refineries will be needed, creating many new jobs across the agribusiness continuum. The first of the rubber biorefineries, on a pilot scale, became operational in Wooster, Ohio, in December 2012, thanks to a Third Frontier grant from the Ohio Department of Development. OARDC scientists are actively working to make this crop and process commercially viable, and work closely with industrial (Cooper, Bridgestone and Ford) and academic (Oregon State University and the University of Guelph) consortium partners in the Program of Excellence in Natural Rubber Alternatives. For more information, contact Dr. Cornish and check out her website: http://cornishlab.cfaes.ohio-state.edu.last_img read more

Rain allows for rest and a grain marketing strategy update

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Planters have been rolling steady around Ohio for the past week and now some wet weather in the forecast will put that progress on pause. This break will give farmers some much needed rest and also for equally needed time to update their grain marketing strategy. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more with Channel Seed grain marketing consultant Matt Bennett.last_img

It’s almost July and we are all done with our soybean herbicide applications. Right?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Got weeds? Did you use a burndown, and apply a pre-emergent herbicide at the same time? Then you did well. That has gotten you off to a good start.As I drive around today however, I still find soybean (and corn) fields that have weeds taller than the crop. That means we missed something. And yes I know we now have Extend soybeans labeled (and just recently the Enlist bean). But we still need a good burndown and those pre- herbicides. Partly our goal is to slow down weed emergence so they are shorter when we do spray our post application as well as to remove weeds so we start the season with a clean slate. Oh and yes, to get high yields.MarestailYou know the drill so I won’t go into that again. But it continues to be our number one weed in soybeans, and yet it is manageable — even in conventional soybeans.Giant ragweedThe other big problem in soybeans and occasionally in corn is giant ragweed. This quick growing weed has developed tolerance to many of our herbicide programs. It does still respond somewhat to pre-emergent herbicides so hopefully you started there and then for your post application, you will probably need to apply twice, three weeks apart.See the Ohio, Indiana and Illinois Weed Control Guide and read the “Problem Weed” section near the back, and the Factsheets starting on page 208. Got no guide? Download a free copy from Mark Loux’s website: https://u.osu.edu/osuweeds/, see under resources on the right.Also on Mark’s YouTube channel there are videos related to marestail and giant ragweed control, along with his pigweed series: https://www.youtube.com/user/OSUWEEDS.last_img read more

Ex-sarpanch named in 100 FIRs detained

first_imgRaipur: A former sarpanch of Chintagufa village in Sukma district, who has more than 100 cases against him, has been taken into custody.Pudium Panda, a former CPI member, was picked up in the forest near Minapa village, a week ago. According to police sources, he was first interrogated at Chintagufa police station and then taken to Sukma in a secretive way. His wife, who is the current sarpanch of Chintagufa, was also flown to Sukma by a chopper to identify him.Mr. Panda was named in almost every incident of maoist attack on security forces in the Dornapal-Jagargunda stretch in the last eight years, including the Tadmetla attack in which 76 CRPF men were killed in 2010.‘Never carried weapon’However, communist leader and former Sukma MLA Manish Kunjam claimed that Mr. Panda never carried any weapon and he was not involved in any violent incident. “They have not disclosed his arrest and we are afraid that he may be booked in many more cases. He was a sarpanch during Salwa Judum days and was associated with our party. In 2007, a controversial police officer launched a campaign against my party men in Bastar and many of my associates were jailed. Mr. Panda was also named in cases, including that of the Tadmetla massacre. He was forced to leave his village for his and his family’s safety, and he was roaming in the forest to save his life. He was afraid that if the police found him, he would be booked for offences which he never committed,” Mr. Kunjam, who is also the president of Adivasi Mahasabha, told The Hindu.Mediates release Mr. Panda had reportedly mediated to secure the release of many policemen and government servants, including former Sukma collector Alex Paul Menon in 2012, who were abducted by maoists.Mr. Kunjam denied that Mr. Panda was a maoist commander. “He was not involved in any maoist incident. He never carried a gun. Even when he was arrested, he was riding his bike. He was connected with former Home Minister Nankiram Kanwar. He used to talk to senior politicians and police officers on phone. How and why would a person talk to senior politicians and police officers if he was a maoist?”A political leader from Sukma, who didn’t want to be named, said it is difficult to say Mr. Panda was not in touch with maoists. “We cannot say that because if you are living in the forest, you are bound to come into contact with maoists.”During a meeting with this reporter in 2014 in south Sukma forest, Mr. Panda had claimed that he was being targeted for his ‘active opposition’ to Salwa Judum.Believes in developmentOne of his close associates had said that Mr. Panda advocated for roads and electricity in interior villages. He had even managed to bring some development projects in the area, but maoist leader Paparao had damaged the roads and electric polls.When asked about the reports of Mr. Panda’s arrest, P. Sundar Raj, Deputy Inspector General of Dantewada range, said, “Not arrested so far.”last_img read more

HS coach Castillo replaces Gorayeb as NU head coach

first_imgNational University has instated the chief tactician of its high school volleyball program as the new head coach of the Lady Bulldogs, replacing the beleaguered Roger Gorayeb.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken What ‘missteps’? 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ According to a statement released to social media, NU named Raymund Castillo to take over post of Gorayeb, who resigned in April after failing to lead the Lady Bulldogs to the Final Four of the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament.Castillo will start his new job in Season 80.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I am very honored to lead the women’s team but it is a very big responsibility,” said Castillo in the statement. “I believe our team has everything, skills and talent, we just need to give them the sense of purpose and learn how we can work together.”Castillo will inherit a team Gorayeb polished that includes superstar Jaja Santiago, setter Jasmine Nabor, and reliable attackers Jorelle Singh and Risa Sato. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View comments MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rodman’s N. Korea trip off to uncharacteristic low-key startlast_img read more

Targeted Growth Program Case Study – Cairns Touch Association

first_imgIf your affiliate is looking to grow its junior numbers, why not take inspiration from the Cairns Pirates Touch Football Association (CPTFA), who were a successful applicant in the 2012/13 Targeted Growth Program.The Targeted Growth Program has helped the CPTFA grow junior Touch Football in Cairns and in turn strengthen senior participation into the future. As well as junior growth, CPTFA are hoping to further develop relationships with schools, further educate and assist parents and help young talented players to contribute to the development of the junior program, as Kev Dwan explains. “The funding from TFA has been gratefully received by CPTFA in their endeavour to grow junior Touch in Cairns and thereby also strengthen the future senior program,” Dwan said. “Funding has already assisted with the purchase of equipment for the conduct of the program and particularly with equipment that will be used by coaches involved in the delivery of Touch in select school (after schools).” “Funding has also been used to enable coaches to deliver these Touch programs after school in nominated primary schools with a high proportion of indigenous students. These children love having the opportunity to learn the sport.”Dwan said that the funding will also help CPTFA to promote the junior competition within the Cairns community and the school sector.Applications for the 2013/14 Targeted Growth Program (TGP) are now open and all affiliates are encouraged to apply. For more information, please click on the link below:http://austouch.com.au/index.php?id=13&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=3893&cHash=ddf3ad2ae2Related LinksTargeted Growth Programlast_img read more

ESPN The Magazine Makes College Football Playoff, National Title Prediction

first_imgESPN PlayoffESPN PlayoffThe college football preview of ESPN The Magazine has been released. In the magazine are a number of predictions for the 2016 season.  Twitter/Playoff.Twitter/Playoff.Among them: a College Football Playoff forecast. ESPN college football expert Brad Edwards has made his prediction for the playoff and the New Year’s Six bowls. Here’s ESPN The Magazine‘s College Football Playoff:No. 1 Oklahoma vs. No. 4 WashingtonNo. 2 LSU vs. No. 3 ClemsonHere’s ESPN The Magazine‘s national championship:No. 1 Oklahoma over No. 3 Clemson. The rest of the New Year’s Six bowls:Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic: Houston vs. Notre DameCapital One Orange Bowl: Florida State vs. AlabamaRose Bowl: Michigan vs. USCAllstate Sugar Bowl: Tennessee vs. TCUThe full magazine is on newsstands now. [ESPN]last_img read more

New bats could change complexion of college baseball

When athletes on the Ohio State baseball team step up to the plate next season, they’ll be gripping a new and relatively unfamiliar type of bat. Beginning Jan. 1, all NCAA teams must use bats that are aluminum — like the bats they have used in the past — but are designed to knock the ball slower, at the same speeds as wooden bats. “It’s definitely going to change our game,” OSU coach Greg Beals said. “It’s not going to be as offensive.” The new regulation is a response to rising offensive statistics by college baseball teams. Some say the aluminum bats are to blame for the offensive outburst and hope the new bats will level the playing field. “The teams that are going to be successful are teams that get ahead of the curve,” Beals said. “You don’t want to play 15 to 20 games and realize, ‘Oh hey, the games are going to be different.’“ Players also have to adjust to using the new bat. “A well-struck ball that sometimes might go for a double or even a home run, stays in the yard or is cut down to a single,” senior infielder Tyler Engle said. Although teams aren’t required to use the new bats until January, OSU has been practicing with them all fall. “We’ve seen enough in our scrimmage games here in the fall that we know the games are going to be different,” Beals said. “We’ve got to value each base runner and each base that we can get.” Athletes said the Jan. 1 deadline to switch over to new bats won’t be a problem. “Nike is our bat manufacturer and Nike has supplied us with a full line of the new bats for our guys to use,” Beals said. The new regulation also aims to protect pitchers, who have taken more hits from fast-flying balls in recent years. But Engle said he doesn’t think pitchers will be much safer. “They are such a short distance away and the force (of the ball) coming off the bat, I don’t think they have enough time to react anyway,” he said. Some athletes have said the new bats have a smaller “sweet spot,” but the bats aren’t expected to stump batters who have been successful in the past. “Good hitters are still going to get hits, and good teams are still going to score runs,” Beals said. Using an aluminum bat similar to their wooden counterparts might help college players prepare for using wooden bats at the professional level. “It definitely will prepare our guys a little bit more for playing at the professional level,” Beals said. The Buckeyes won’t be the only ones getting used to the new bats, but Engle said to expect lower-scoring games next spring. “I think everybody in the country is going to have to (change) because the balls aren’t leaving the yard,” Engle said. “You won’t see too many double-digit run games.” read more

Rule violations rolling in but not for Ohio State football

Click to enlargeThrough the first six months of 2014, the Ohio State football program self-reported six NCAA or Big Ten rules violations. In the following two months and 20 days, it reported none.In fact — through at least Sept. 20 — the football team hasn’t had a self-reported violation since April 22, or a span of nearly five months.Within that time span, junior defensive lineman Noah Spence reportedly failed a drug test — resulting in a violation of OSU and Big Ten rules — and was declared ineligible by the university for the Buckeyes’ Sept. 13 game against Kent State. Spence — who had not played this season because of a three-game suspension after a separate failed drug test — practiced once after the Kent State game, coach Urban Meyer said, but no further update on his status has been released.Since the most recent football violation, all of OSU athletics has self-reported 18 different violations, just one of which involved the men’s basketball program. In total, OSU has self-reported 30 NCAA or Big Ten rules violations this year up until Sept. 20.This information is the result of two separate public records requests submitted by The Lantern. The first was submitted July 8 and filled Aug. 11, while the second was requested Sept. 23 and filled Tuesday evening. The requests span the dates of Jan. 1 through Sept. 20.Despite lower numbers in recent months, the football program still has the most self-reported rules violations so far in 2014 with six. In total, 18 different athletic programs at OSU had self-reported violations listed among the records, with the institution being listed on a pair of violations.Seven of the teams had multiple violations listed, but only football and women’s rowing had more than two. The rowing team was named on four of the violations, two of which came on the more recent records request that spanned from July 1 through Sept. 20.Women’s rowing is the only OSU program to have self-reported multiple violations since July.Responses to the violations from OSU included issuing letters of education to the coaching staff for teams involved with the incidents, a restriction to one program’s financial aid capacity for the 2014-15 academic year and the repayment of $28 worth of “impermissible per diem” for multiple student-athletes.Regardless of punishment, the 30 violations all count as minor NCAA or Big Ten violations. But those 30 infractions still put OSU on track to hit about 40 for the year.OSU athletic director Gene Smith — who is know also the school’s vice president — said the athletics department usually has about 40 self-reported rules violations every year during an interview with The Lantern on May 15, 2012.“On an annual basis, we have about 40,” Smith said in the interview. “It ranges in that area we’re sitting at. In that 40 range is where we always hang.”Smith added that a lower number wouldn’t necessarily be a good thing for OSU.“Our whole thing is if we have 10 (violations), I’d have a problem,” he said. “I mean, I really would because people are going to make mistakes. And that means if I only have 10 out of 350 employees, 1,000 athletes — something’s not right.”While OSU does have one of the largest athletic departments in the nation, its number of violations comes in higher than some other programs. In the second half of 2013, the school self-reported around double the number of NCAA or Big Ten violations than five other schools in the conference.OSU has already self-reported more than double the violations that at least one other school with a major college football program reported during the 2013-14 year. According an Aug. 5 The Oregonian article, University of Oregon athletics self-reported just 14 violations in that academic year. read more