Tono Solar project taking shape at closed TransAlta coal mine in Washington

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Clean Technica:The TransAlta power plant’s three tall stacks still generate electricity from coal. But coal-fired energy will only be a memory at TransAlta by 2025—with a first burner to cease operation sooner, in 2020. It’s all part of Washington state’s larger plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions to 1990 levels in less than 2 years from now. Yes, the power plant, located in Centralia, contributes 10% of the state’s total greenhouse gases — as much as the emissions from 1.75 million cars. But what will happen when the power plant’s smokestacks shut down forever? How will the state offset the loss of 1,340 megawatts of energy?Once a terraced, open-to-the-sky strip mine—the state’s largest coal pit—TransAlta is in the process of repurposing 1,000 acres of the former mine site to a solar farm.The Tono Solar project involves the construction of a 180 MW solar power plant on 405 hectares of land. It includes the construction of a substation and related infrastructure, the installation of solar panels and transformers, and the laying of transmission lines.Tono Solar, which is expected to start producing clean energy as soon as late 2020, won’t fully make up for the power generated by the Centralia coal-fired plant—it’s expected to provide 180 megawatts of electricity. Utilities and corporate buyers are willing to buy electricity from local providers like Tono Solar.In 2006, the TransAlta coal mine was the last in Washington state to be closed. The coal mining terraforming was so severe that the former town site is currently dominated by two massive ponds.TransAlta says that it plans to completely eliminate coal from its portfolio by 2030. More: Washington state coal-fired plant converts barren landscape into solar farm Tono Solar project taking shape at closed TransAlta coal mine in Washingtonlast_img read more

PREMIUMGoogle Cloud to open first data center in Indonesia in coming months

first_imgTopics : Facebook Forgot Password ? Linkedin Google Indonesia Google-Cloud data-center Jakarta-Bandung Bliblicom alfamart boston-consulting-group survey Log in with your social account Tech giant Google is looking to open its first data center in Indonesia this year to enable the company to take the advantage of the growing demand for cloud computing services in the country, one of company’s senior executives has said.Google Cloud Indonesia country director Megawaty Khie said in Jakarta on Wednesday that, with the establishment of the data center, the company would be able to provide a reliable cloud infrastructure for its local customers.“This year, in the next couple of months, we will launch a regional Google Cloud in Jakarta,” Megawaty said during a press briefing.Read also: Amazon Web Services to build data centers in Jakarta: MinisterShe said that Google first announced the plan to open Google Cloud in Indonesia two years ago at its Cloud Summit in Jakarta in 2018. The tech giant made another announcement in April 2019 during the… LOG INDon’t have an account? Register herelast_img read more

Khan: I won’t box behind closed doors

first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 I was in best of forms before Tokyo Paralympics was postponed — Powerlifter Ejike Former world champion Amir Khan has said he won’t fight behind closed doors should boxing resume during the coronavirus outbreak.British officials are looking at July as a possible return date for bouts, albeit these would take place in the first instance without spectators at venues. “Even though there is big money I wouldn’t be able to do it as I need the fan base there,” British boxer Khan told the BBC on Saturday.“I’ve got three kids. I do so much in the sport already and I feel I’d rather be 100 percent sure before I jump back in,” explained the 33-year-old.Twice a light-welterweight world champion after earning an Olympic silver medal as a teenager, Khan won his last bout with a fourth-round victory over Billy Dib in Saudi Arabia in July to take his professional record to 34 wins from 39 fights.Khan has previously made it clear he wants to end his career with a lucrative bout against ring great Manny Pacquiao or in an all-British contest with Kell Brook — and those fights need a crowd.“I just feel that for a boxer to walk into an arena and walk into a fight having no fans in an empty stadium it’s going to be like walking into a sparring session so I can’t really see that working,” he added. “It’s hard to lift yourself really and get yourself ready for a fight. I can’t see the big names doing that unless there’s ridiculous money from the TV company on the table. You need the audience there to lift your spirits.”Meanwhile Khan questioned whether the health measures proposed by the British Boxing Board of Control for staging bouts amid the pandemic, including the testing of boxers, who would isolate at designated hotels, and officials wearing masks during bouts, would be enough to stop the spread of the virus.He said: “What if someone gets badly injured or catches something from his opponent?”Tags: Amir KhanBBCCoronaviruslast_img read more