Month: December 2020
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewable Energy World:AES Gener is moving forward with the Virtual Dam project, which is being built next to the 178MW Alfalfal I hydropower plant in the San Jose de Maipo district of the Metropolitan Region in Chile.The company recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for the project, according to BNamericas. The Virtual Dam project integrates battery systems for energy storage to run-of-the-river hydroelectric power plants.The Virtual Dam will provide a capacity of 10MW for five hours.“AES Gener leads the process of decarbonization of the Chilean energy matrix and today, with Virtual Dam, reaffirms its commitment to accelerate a more secure and sustainable energy future,” said Ricardo Falu, general manager of AES Gener. “This technological development…is the first energy storage system for run-of-river power stations worldwide, and will surely mark a milestone: it will be the first energy reservoir, not water.”Construction of this project is expected to strengthen the national electricity system, allowing the storage of energy to supply it at times of greatest demand and expanding the penetration of variable renewable energy.More: AES Gener to build battery backup for run-of-river hydropower AES Gener battery to create ‘virtual dam’ at 178MW run-of-river hydro plant in Chile
Major British brewer plans to green its Africa operations with solar, biomass FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Quartz:Diageo, the British owner of iconic brands including Guinness and Johnny Walker, is going green at brewing sites across Africa with an ambitious $218 million investment drive.The beverages multinational will overhaul the electricity mix at its African brewing sites across the continent and install solar power, biomass boilers and new water recovery equipment. The spending consists of an initial $60 million upfront investment in equipment and installation with $158 million earmarked for long-term maintenance and operations costs.The plan will see Diageo switch to renewable energy at three breweries in Kenya and Uganda, adopting biomass boilers which will use sustainable fuel alternatives “such as wood chip, bamboo and rice husks” to create steam power. It will also install new water recovery and solar power systems—to account for 20% of electricity demand—at several sites across brewery sites on the continent.The large-scale environmental plans will use biomass boilers to help cut Diageo’s carbon emissions by 42,000 tonnes a year while new water recovery equipment is projected to save over two billion cubic liters annually. Those are important benefits given African cities are among the most vulnerable to climate change globally.There’s also the added impact on jobs as Diageo’s breweries will depend on local suppliers for biomass fuel for its new boilers. It’s in keeping with broad trends seen on the continent with renewable energy companies already creating jobs at a scale comparable to traditional utilities.More: A global drinks giant is spending over $200 million to build “green” breweries in Africa
First electricity from Victoria’s largest wind farm flowing into Australian grid FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:The first production has been spotted from the 194MW Bulgana wind farm – the much-delayed project that will form a key part of what will be the biggest wind and battery hub in Victoria.The Bulgana Green Energy Hub will combine the output of the wind farm and a 20MW/34MWh Tesla big battery to provide a 100 per cent renewable energy supply to the proposed giant greenhouse to be built by Nectar Farms. It will also inject a significant amount of supply into the main grid.However, the Bulgana wind farm has been one a dozen new projects that has had its connection and commissioning delayed by the growing grid congestion in north-west Victoria, where new connections were halted after problems emerged with voltage control, resulting in five big solar farms having their output cut in half for more than seven months.Bulgana’s most recent construction update indicated that only one out of 56 turbines has been completed, and it is thought that the construction, connection and commissioning process may not be complete much before the end of the year.Still, Paul McArdle from Global Roam, the providers of Renew Economy’s popular NEM-Watch widget, spotted the first output earlier this week, with a modest 1MW of production going into the grid. There is no sign yet of any activity from the new battery, which will be the third big battery in the state, joining the Gannawarra and Ballarat facilities.[Giles Parkinson]More: First production spotted from Victoria’s biggest wind and battery hub
The United State of America: Land of the free, home of the really freaking tired. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 74 percent of Americans experience some sort of sleep problem at least three nights a week, and 29 percent said they had fallen asleep at work within the last month.Not getting enough sleep has been linked to an increase in hypertension, obesity, heart attacks, fevers, and even premature death. A 2010 Penn State study found that people who log less than six hours a night of sleep are four times more likely to die prematurely of any cause than those who slept longer. Meanwhile, Americans are sleeping less and less each year. According to the most recent Sleep Foundation poll, we log an average 6:40 of sleep a night.“We’re not sleeping as much as we used to, and it’s rapidly becoming a public health concern,” says Dr. Chris Winter, the director of the Martha Jefferson Sleep Medicine Center in Charlottesville, Va. “Most people think about sleep as the absence of wakefulness. But sleep is an entirely separate process where lots of very important things are happening. If you’re not getting deep sleep, you’re not spiking that growth hormone which affects muscle growth, your immune system, everything that goes into well-being.”Recent studies at Stanford University suggest extra sleep can dramatically improve athletic performance. Increasing sleep above eight hours a night for six weeks led to faster sprint times and quicker reaction times while improving the athlete’s sense of well-being.“I think within the next several years, sleep will follow the path of sports nutrition,” says Winter, who consults with a number of professional athletes. “In 2020, every team will consult with a sleep specialist. Every athlete will consider sleep a part of their training.”Many of the teams that Winter works with already employ “sleep extension” practices with injured athletes. The quantity and quality of sleep affects growth hormone and insulin levels, which improve recovery times.“If we improve athletes’ sleep, and they run faster or make more free throws, we can say to the rest of the world, ‘look at what an impact this can have on your quality of life,’” says Winter.By the Numbers6:40 Hours of sleep the average American adult gets per night, according to the Sleep Foundation annual poll.10:00 Hours of sleep Stanford students got nightly for six weeks during the sleep studies in 2009, showing impressive athletic gains in the process. 1 2
Fat Tire Fall: a mountain biker pedals in front of a backdrop of changing leaves. Finish Lines Under Foliage, The Most Colorful Races in the Blue Ridge The onset of fall is prime time to race. The air is crisp and the trees are beaming with crimson, orange, and gold. Grease your chain or lace up your running kicks and toe the line with the autumn breeze at your back. Rotor Meltdown Mountain Bike Race: Roanoke, Va. • October 13 The fall splendor of the Roanoke Valley might be your only solace as your quads start screaming at this race that’s billed as “not for sissies.” At the Rotor Meltdown riders cover 33 miles of trails at the epic 12,000-plus-acre Carvins Cove Natural Reserve. You’ll gain 4,000 feet as you wind through a mountain maze of choice singletrack, including notable stretches on the Gauntlet and Arrowhead. A shorter 12-mile course option will also be offered. mountainjunkies.net Charlottesville Fall Classic Half Marathon and 10K: Charlottesville, Va • October 20 You’re in luck if Wednesday is liver and lima beans night at your house. Skip dinner and head to Forest Hill Park for some post-work big wheel racing. Richmond’s urban singletrack is mellow and flowy, so even if you’re new to racing you won’t be too far from the pack. Plus, the loop-course races only last about 45 minutes, so the rides are more than attainable for newbies. Cyclocross races will also be taking place. runriderace.com Rogue Runner Virginia: Amissville, Va. • October 20 Held among the Shenandoah shadows on Battle Mountain—the site of a notable Civil War clash—the Rogue is a 10K adventure run that will lace its course with two dozen obstacles to stump racers with plenty of unique challenges. While slogging through a mix of wooded singletrack and open pastures with a handful of hearty climbs, runners will be forced to crawl under barbed wire, jump into icy water, scale walls, and navigate tire mazes. If you reside down south, a Rogue Runner Georgia race will take place on November 3 at Pyne Road Park in LaGrange. roguerunnerrace.com Spin for Kids: Rutledge, Ga. • October 20-21 At this weekend-long bike event, pedaling has a purpose, as all entry fee proceeds benefit Camp Twin Lakes—a camp for kids with serious illnesses and disabilities. Designed to offer rides for all skill levels and abilities, Saturday is devoted to fat tire fanatics with organized rides between eight and 20 miles on the windy singletrack of Fort Yargo State Park. Then on Sunday it’s all about touring the back roads of North Georgia with a handful of cycling options between five and 100 miles that will roll through scenic rural countryside and a few small towns. spinforkids.orgRun around the GorgeRunners will get their fix when they head to West Virginia’s big canyon for this two-day trail running stage race that’s also paired with a relaxing fall getaway. Over the weekend, runners will cover 40 miles on the winding trails of the New River Gorge during peak foliage season. The price of admission ($350) includes race entry, as well as two nights in a cabin and six catered meals. runaroundthegorge.com Flint Ridge Fall 5-Miler: Wesser, N.C. • October 27 This hearty five-mile trail run on the Flint Ridge Trail features plenty of switchbacks, but you can take your mind off all of that huffing and puffing by checking out the bursts of foliage happening in the surrounding Nantahala River Gorge. Plus, after the race an Octoberfest will be raging back at the Nantahala Outdoor Center’s Wesser campus, so you can reward your running efforts with a frosty dark larger. noc.com Ridge to Bridge Marathon: Morganton, N.C. • October 27Word is out about the Ridge to Bridge. The fast and friendly foothills marathon had the fourth highest percentage of Boston qualifiers last year, making it a recent top choice for runners looking to post a PR. After a rolling start, you can pick up some serious time through a gradual nine-mile descent on back roads adjacent to the Pisgah National Forest. With plenty of mountaintop views and a drop into the stunning Wilson Creek Gorge, deep fall hues should be in full effect as runners complete 26.2 miles against the sprawling Blue Ridge backdrop. Currently the race is full, but organizers insist that most people who join the waiting list eventually get a bib number. my-bmrc.org Swank 65 MTB: Pisgah National Forest, N.C. • November 11Gotta love a race that brands itself “mountain bike racing at its most primeval, far removed from civilization and polluted air.” Good thing, as you’ll definitely need all the lung power you can muster for 65 miles of sadistically sweet Pisgah singletrack. The epic course consists of three clover-shaped loops that wind around Gloucester Gap and feature some of the region’s toughest trails, including the steep climbs of the extremely technical Farlow Gap and boulder hopping on Pilot Rock. blueridgeadventures.net
Sandy spoiled us. When the Frankenstorm dumped 30+ inches of snow on West Virginia mountaintops in late October, we were chomping at the bit in anticipation of the greatest ski season the mid-Atlantic has ever seen. But here we are in mid-December and Old Man Winter has yet to show his face in earnest. Realistically, this is fairly normal for this time of year, so lets not lose our heads and let flashbacks of last year invade out thoughts. We still have a long way to go, and as we know, anything can happen in the Blue Ridge. Time to look on the bright side: trails are dry, the leaves are down, and the sightlines are long. Take advantage of the mild weather by getting in another weekend of non-snow related outside adventure. Winter may be holding itself back, but there is no need for you to.A mild early winter is a great time to drink in the views of the Shenandoah National Park. Taking a high elevation hike would get you the vistas you desire, but you can also get your downhill exhilaration you crave by hopping on the bike and cycling Shenandoah’s Skyline Drive. Skyline winds 105 miles through the park, a primer for the longer Blue Ridge Parkway tour. The climbs can be just as brutal, but Skyline is gentler in general with amenities such as restaurants and rest stops spaced about 25-miles apart from Front Royal to Waynesboro where it links up to the BRP. With the campsites and lodges closed, and traffic at a minimum, a point-to-point day ride makes for a great Saturday. From Waynesboro north to the intersection with Route 33, and the Appalachian Trail, outside Elkton is 40 miles of the best scenery the Shenandoah Valley has to offer.
In it’s fourth year, the Kingsport Oktoberfest — Tennessee’s largest Oktoberfest — is making quite the name for itself in the craft beer scene.The list of brewers and unique brews will have any beer snob tipping his or her hat. Foothill’s Brewing will be there with their coveted Sexual Chocolate, Founders is bringing their Breakfast Stout – and those are just two of the 100+ beers available.Tickets are $40 if you buy in advance and $45 at the gate. Also included with your ticket entry is Beer University. You can get “schooled” on beer while drinking it. Make your parents proud. Come see why this event was named a “Top 50” Festival by Blue Ridge Outdoor Magazine and one of the “Top 7” Oktoberfests in the U.S. by Paste Magazine.Not into beer? Don’t worry, there’s free music, a kidzone, and a Bier Hall where you can watch the big games on the big screen.Events:Kingsport Oktoberfest – September 13, 2014 – Kingsport, TNAttack of the Big Beers – November 15, 2014 – Charlotte, NCAll Ale to the Queen Beer Carnival – March 2015 – Charlotte, NCThirsty Orange Brew Extravaganza – April 2015 – Johnson City, TNWestside Fest – May 2015 – Asheville, NCFind more information at www.kingsportoktoberfest.comAnd don’t forget about the Fabulous 5 Series – Johnson City/Kingsport – August to November 2014. Check out fabulousfiveseries.com for complete information and dates!
In a move that’s moving the needle across the outdoor industry, Canadian top-end apparel manufacturer Arc’teryx Equipment announced it is launching its first footwear line, available through Arc’teryx dealers beginning in February 2015.In an already competitive but profitable sector for manufacturers, the Alpha and Bora lightweight hikers will feature unique two-piece construction, using separate, tongueless inner liners with seamless hydrophobic outer shells. In the Alpha2 FL and Bora2 Mid models, the liners are removable and interchangeable for improved washing and drying and to extend the use and climate adaptability of the shoes.Arc’teryx spent four years developing the shoes — the materials and technology were developed in-house and some of the construction methods are so new the company had to make custom production machinery to manufacture the shoes.The overall Arc’teryx “Technical Performance Footwear” collection features eight styles for men and women, separated into low-cut approach shoes (Alpha FL) and mid-cut Hiking and light trekking boots (Bora Mid). All of them share the “Arc’teryx Adaptive Fit” — separately manufactured inner and outer shoes that work together for fit-adaptability, breathability and weather protection, reminiscent of alpine ski boot liner/shell technology.“From the very beginning, our goal was to bring a fresh perspective to footwear that enhances the overall mountain experience. We have a rich history of thinking beyond current materials and construction and everything about these shoes revels the Arc’teryx genetic code of understanding what a products needs to be at its most essential level,” Federico Sbrissa, Arc’teryx Footwear Product Line Manager, said in a statement. “By incorporating techniques like lamination, we developed shoes that offer unprecedented durability, comfort and precision performance in the most breathable mountain footwear construction on the market.”The company prides itself on thermoforming and lamination innovation and Arc’teryx has applied its 20 years of practice to the new outdoor footwear collection: The outer shell of the shoes is made from a seamless one piece upper laminated from four layers of hydrophobic materials. A large breathable woven PU coated nylon yarn insert area allows for air exchange while increasing durability.Those four layers build the upper shoe:• a non-woven DWR-treated microfiber for smooth internal surface• a textile woven with PU coated Nylon yarn for air flow and abrasion resistance• .2 mm TPU film build integral upper support• .35 mm high abrasion TPU film reinforcement on more exposed areasThis laminated one piece upper covers the EVA free-moving mid sole, reaching down to the Vibram rubber sole to improve its protection and durability. Each product line features an activity-specific Arc’teryx Vibram sole. An Ortholite insole rounds up the outer shoe construction.
In the case of Hayley Reardon, youth is not being wasted on the young.Barely twenty years old, Boston native Reardon is set to release Good, her latest record, on October 28th. Good comes on the heels of two previous releases that were met with critical acclaim from both Paste and American Songwriter and proves Reardon, who established herself a powerful songwriting force around New England while still in her teens, is set to gain national acclaim.Trail Mix is excited to both feature a track from Hayley Reardon on this month’s mix and to premiere a brand new tune, “When I Get To Tennessee,” from Good on the blog today.Regarding “When I Get To Tennessee,” Reardon says, “I wrote this one just before moving from Boston to Nashville. I had so many ideas in my head of how that transition would be, like maybe I would magically be good at biking or develop the willpower to control my caffeine intake! The song was inspired by all the confusion and excitement of trying to find balance between the old and the new.Finding that balance is something to which we can all relate.So, here it is. Brand new for all of the world to hear, Trail Mix proudly offers the premiere of “When I Get To Tennessee.”If you need, somehow, even more convincing that Hayley Reardon is a songwriter that should be in your regular roation, be sure to take a listen to “Good,” the title track from the brand new record, on this month’s Trail Mix.And for more information on Hayley Reardon, how you can get your copy of Good, or when she might be on stage near you, be sure to check out her website.More from the Trail Mix Blog:
Hiking through alpine meadows, strolling through ruins and through vineyards, touring the great museums of the world….like many folks this time of year, you might be planning a vacation that will include lots of hiking and lots of city walking plus café sitting and nights out on the town. And perhaps you’re also wondering about which shoes to pack. Finding the right pair of shoes that are lightweight yet trail-worthy, well-made with smooth inner finishes so you don’t get blisters, supportive enough to keep your feet happy while trekking over cobblestones and hard sidewalks – and that don’t make you compromise on style – can be, shall we say, a challenge.The new Locarno GTX® from LOWA was designed to solve this dilemma. The Locarno is a modern outdoor shoe that can take you from the trail to town in comfort and keep you looking good all the while. Available in both low-cut and mid-cut heights,with a rugged construction echoes its outdoor roots – from its premium nubuck leather uppers, waterproof/breathable GORE-TEX® lining to its MONOWRAP® stability frame, long-lasting PU midsole and lugged outsole – it’s lightweight, sleek and soft-flexing, so it’s ideal for adventure travel as well as for daily active wear. It’s available for men and women in a range of colors, and also comes in a glove leather-lined version for warm, dry conditions.And since it’s a LOWA, the Locarno GTX® is 100% handcrafted in Europe under the world’s most stringent manufacturing, environmental and labor standards.For product details and to find a LOWA dealer near you, visit www.lowaboots.com