In mid-February, a catastrophic power outage in Texas left more than 4 million households stranded for days without electricity amid freezing weather. More than 46 gigawatts of power capacity went offline under the extreme cold weather event, putting pressure on the power grid system and resulting in broad-based failure. Gas supplies — which provide 60 percent of the state power in winter — proved to be particularly vulnerable with many wellheads and pipelines frozen . The story of a system failure resulting from the lack of “winterization equipment” actually goes far beyond the headlines focused on reduced gas supplies, coal and nuclear power plant shutdowns, and frozen wind turbines. The Texas grid failure is a stark reminder of how extreme weather events are becoming more destructive, testing power infrastructure resilience to their limits and highlights the way that outdated power system management conventions are no longer a fit for our interconnected lives. When the power ... » Learn More about Lessons from Texas: Extreme weather and power grid resilience
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The Department of Energy (DoE) has urged power distributors to ensure sufficient power supply for the government’s vaccine rollout by the end of the first quarter. In an advisory, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi ordered distribution utilities (DUs) to “[e]nsure continuous reliable and stable electric power supply to coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine cold storage facilities and health care facilities through the provision of backup generating sets and/or distribution system reconfiguration.” He also instructed them to update their respective emergency response protocols and business continuity plans “to be responsive to the prioritization to the Covid-19 vaccines cold storage facilities and healthcare facilities in cases of power outages.” This comes after Cusi, in a February 16, advisory, asked DUs to provide the necessary support for these facilities. ... » Learn More about Power distributors told to ensure enough supply
Chinese Metaphysics Expert Dato' Joey Yap Held the Biggest-ever Qi Men Dun Jia Class for over 2,000 Participants from over 50 Countries, all gathered at Kuala Lumpur to learn how they can apply this powerful ancient art of Qi Men Dun Jia in today's modern business context. Some 2,000 participants from over 50 countries spanning across six continents attended Dato' Joey Yap's annual Qi Men Academy Live 4-day class held at Connexion Conference & Event Centre, Kuala Lumpur from 29th March to 1st April 2019. The world has come to know of the intriguing power of Qi Men Dun Jia and its ability to change destiny, attracting people from all around the world to attend the class, making it the biggest-ever class on Qi Men Dun Jia in history. With mastery of Qi Men Dun Jia, your destiny is in your own hands and you will be en-route to winning the game of life. Dato' Joey Yap educated on the ancient art of Qi Men Dun Jia, gave live demonstrations and shared his masterful ... » Learn More about The Ancient Art of a Powerful Divination Method is sparking Global Interest.
When it comes to heat recovery systems and ventilation, it can be challenging to determine an ideal solution for your premises. After all, why spend a fortune insulating your building when air will escape out of the extractor fans and window vents? Similarly, improving air tightness can cause breathing difficulties due to the build-up of indoor moisture and pollutants. There is a solution. It’s known as an HRV or heat recovery ventilator system and it strikes a favourable balance between ample circulation and temperature control. In fact, it can simultaneously provide a steady stream of fresh air from outside, eliminate stale indoor air, and recover up to 90% of normally wasted heat in the process. Here’s everything you need to know about the business benefits of heat recovery systems. How HRV Works Also known as air-to-air heat exchangers, heat recovery ventilators essentially comprise a core exchange unit connected to a pair of separate air streams powered by fans. A ... » Learn More about Understanding the Business Benefits of Heat Recovery Systems
The Department of Energy (DoE) is furthering its push for hydrogen energy with the signing of another nonlegally binding accord with Tokyo-based Hydrogen Technology Inc. (HTI). The memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the DoE and HTI involves exploring the use of hydrogen as a fuel for power generation. Under the deal signed on Wednesday, both parties will “investigate hydrogen production in the Philippines to make the country energy independent and significantly reduce the country’s carbon dioxide emissions.” Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, in a statement issued on Thursday, said the agreement will fast track its research and development (R&D) activities for hydrogen. “The DoE, with the creation of the Hydrogen and Fusion Energy Committee (HFEC), commits to exploring hydrogen as a viable alternative and cleaner source of energy and its other beneficial applications for the Filipino people,” said Cusi in his remarks during the virtual signing of the MoU. “With ... » Learn More about DoE pushing utilization of hydrogen energy
First Philec Inc., a subsidiary of Lopez-led First Philippine Holdings Corp., is slated to launch this year a super green transformer model made from 100-percent recyclable and biodegradable materials. In a statement, First Philec said transformers are made mostly from metals, as well as nonmetallic components, like insulating coolants. Transformers are equipment designed to help improve the safety and efficiency of power systems through their ability to adjust up and down voltage levels as needed by the power systems. “All metallic parts of our upcoming transformer model are recyclable; while all its nonmetallic components will be biodegradable or recyclable,” said Ariel Ong, First Philec president, in a statement. “The new transformer model will use an insulating coolant from natural ester, which is a vegetable-based and nonpolluting oil product from renewably sourced and sustainably grown crop seeds. Any accidental release of the transformer’s nonmetallic parts poses no risk ... » Learn More about Lopez firm to roll out green transformers
ILLUSTRATION BY STEPH BRAVO We often hear about smart cities, but what does this mean? “Smart” is usually tied to advanced infrastructure and mobility, integrated systems, and data-based planning for cities. While utopian city visions are often desired, there are many things we have to consider about this urban concept. Moving towards smarter growth requires optimizing our environments to input data into our planning systems. This can be done in different ways and in different scales—from grand city marvels to house-level technology. Think the “Internet of Things.” Think utopia. To illustrate, streets and public spaces can use sensors to measure pedestrian activity or detect movement to activate lights. Utilities such as wireless broadband are everywhere, making access to information very easy. An analysis of our water and air composition is now possible, as is real-time tracking of traffic. Even within the home, appliances and gadgets can determine our activities and ... » Learn More about Is the PH ready for smarter cities?
Large scale solar concerns Unlike LSS3 that came with a quota of 500MW, the latest round offered double the capacity at 1,000MW. In addition, only 100% locally owned companies are allowed to bid, and as for listed players, they were required to have at least 75% local shareholding. However, a major difference between LSS3 and LSS4 would be the fact the latter entails a much larger pool of winners, with 10 listed companies directly benefiting from the programme. In comparison, LSS3 had only five winners. Interestingly, the list of winners under LSS4 comprised players in a diverse mix of sectors namely automotive, utilities, oil and gas, plantation, property and construction sectors. Some of these companies have no prior experience in solar power generation or the provision of engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning (EPCC) for solar facilities. For example, oil palm planter Gopeng Bhd and property developer MK Land Holdings Bhd that were among the 10 ... » Learn More about Short Position – Solar concerns, IPO Exuberance, Corporate Malaysia
IT has been said that change is the only thing constant in life, but why have we been clamoring for change since time immemorial? The Philippines need not shift to another form/system of government to rise to the challenges of the time, but just a shift in paradigm for our officials to better govern the country in order for it to move forward, not backward. Don’t look for loopholes, look for a way out (of misery) for Filipinos. The coronavirus and its offshoot problems such as dwindling economy, battered industries, joblessness, hunger, disrupted school classes and depression among our people are extraordinarily colossal problems for the nation to face and solve. Thus it behooves this writer/ordinary citizen (lowly as I am), to conjure up equally extraordinary colossal approaches or tough acts for the government to address the problems.The biggest impediment, though, is our officials seem to have become too “technocratic” and “parochial” in mindset, if not detached from reality, ... » Learn More about Abolish Congress
Subsidies extended by the national government to state-owned firms soared in May, data from the Bureau of the Treasury showed. Twenty-six government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCC) secured P29.79 billion assistance during the month, up 468.79 percent from P5.23 billion in the same month a year ago. The Social Security System accounted for the bulk of subsidies given in the month with P25.5 billion. The state-run pension fund is one of the implementing agencies of the Small Business Wage Subsidy program. The P51-billion program aims to provide 3.4 million workers in the formal sector employed in micro, small and medium enterprises P5,000 to P8,000 wage subsidies for the month of April and May. The amount of the subsidies depends on the regions where workers are employed. The National Irrigation Administration came in second with P1.80 billion and National Power Corp. was at third with P936 million. Also receiving assistance in May were the Local Water Utilities ... » Learn More about GOCC subsidies rise in May – Treasury